Top 3 Tips To Improve Interview Performance

No one is born with great interview skills. Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency:

Interview Tips #1 –  Preparing Your Answers

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers will want to know about you. Such as:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions. Rehearse your answers aloud before the interview – it’s one thing to know what to say quite another to say it fluently. Remember: how you say things at an interview is just as important as what you say.

Interview Tips #2 – Research Preparation

Do not just focus on the specific skills that relate to the job you’re going for. You must also prepare answers to the generic competencies. These include planning and organising skills, communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork, coping with change and conflict resolution skills.

By researching the organisation, you are interviewing with, you can relate your prior experience to their business. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. Prepare specific examples of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve achieved it. Do the same when you’re preparing answers about your personal attributes and motivators and de-motivators.

Interview Tip #3 – Ask Questions

Prepare some questions to ask in the interview but avoid asking too many questions at the end of the interview. Interviewers generally appreciate inciteful relevant questions.

It’s very handy to have a short summary statement highlighting your strengths up your sleeve. You can use this at the end of an interview as a final flourish – good endings at interviews are extremely important.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative provides low-cost recruitment services to small businesses and operates throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Seeking? Get onto LinkedIn

In this day and age, you are only damaging your job-seeking efforts if you’re not on LinkedIn. Almost every person regardless of their industry should try and set up a LinkedIn profile. Why? Because you get to speak to recruiters directly and also be tapped on the shoulder when a position becomes available matching your skills and experience.

Features to help jobseekers

On LinkedIn, you are able to turn on (in settings) that you are open to work and put a ‘badge’ on your profile picture to indicate you are open to work too. This lets recruiters and employers know you are willing to be approached about a new career opportunity. It also increases your chances of finding a suitable position in a short space of time.

Things to remember

It’s important that your profile is up to date and contains as much relevant information as possible to avoid providing the wrong details to a potential employer. Keywords throughout your profile are used to help recruiters find you, so be sure you have completed the ‘skills’ section on your profile. It is also worth mentioning that the profile picture you choose should be clear (not pixilated) and professional in appearance.

Something else to consider is building your network. Connect with recruiters, past and or current colleagues, potential future employers, etc. You are also able to follow pages to receive regular updates and job ad listings.

Recommendations and endorsements

A recommendation from those who have worked with you highlights your strengths and shows that you were a valued employee. You can obtain these by reaching out to your past managers and work colleagues to gain recommendations from them. Endorsements are also a great way to highlight specific skill sets you have. An effective way to gather up some of your own is by going through your trusted connections and endorsing them for skills. More often than not they will return the favour.

If you would like to keep updated with our job postings and connect with our ‘LinkedIn page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

New Job Market Trends

With all the changes that this year has brought it is no surprise that there are new job market trends to be aware of. There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent report completed by Seek.com.au, the current top 20 jobs in demand in Australia are as follows:

  1. Nursing
  2. Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
  3. Aged & Disability Support
  4. Automotive Trades
  5. Admin Assistants
  6. Sales Representative/Consultants
  7. Physiotherapy, OT and Rehabilitation
  8. Childcare & Outside School Hours Care
  9. Chefs/Cooks
  10. Retail Assistants
  11. Developers/Programmers
  12. Mining – Engineering & Maintenance
  13. Labourers
  14. Road Transport
  15. Psychology, Counselling & Social Work
  16. Dental
  17. Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
  18. Plant & Machinery Operators
  19. Business/System Analysts
  20. Mining – Operations

Salary Trends

With all the alterations to the job market, it makes sense that salary trends would also change. When it comes to a salary range, there are many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. Such as how long you’ve worked in the industry, qualifications, achievements, demand for skills, etc. Click here to check what salary range you should expect for your current or future job role.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay a part of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

The Recruitment Alternative

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Seeking Tips During Covid-19 Virus

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we all need to find new ways to adapt until we are all through the other end. The employment space is quickly changing and evolving across the globe. With all these changes brings uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some job seeking tips for during this period.

Look For The Demand

There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent study by Victoria University, the following top 4 industries are in demand:

  • Heath Care – aged care workers, nurses, dentists, social workers/mental health workers, etc.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Industries – legal services, accounting services, IT, computer system design, veterinary services, call centre, retail worker, cleaners, etc.
  • Trades & Construction – engineering, labourers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, etc.
  • Education & Training – primary and high school teachers, early educators, Tafe/RTO trainer/assessors, etc.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Technology

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. Such as Zoom, Skype, ZenDesk, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, and more! Being familiar with multiple platforms will help avoid potential technical issues, user errors, etc. during interactions such as a job interview.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay apart of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center’ a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide, including Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Seeking Tips For The Christmas & New Year Season – From The Recruitment Alternative

We are almost at that time of year again. You may be thinking of pausing your job seeking efforts and picking it back up again in the New Year or maybe you have been considering applying for a new position but feel like you can’t now. You might want to think again! Here are some great job seeking tips from The Recruitment Alternative for the Christmas and New Year season:

Think Ahead Of The Competition

You shouldn’t leave applying for your dream job until next year because that is exactly what everyone else is going to do! Think a head of your competition and adjust your job seeking strategy. Employers still advertise during this period and while everyone else is putting their efforts on the back burner and the competition thins, you can jump in and land your dream job.

Casual/Temp Work

You may find yourself in between jobs at the moment so why not apply for contact/temp work or Christmas casual positions? You could end up working for a company that may just be so impressed with you they offer full time work. Look for alternative avenues to get your foot into the door.

December Rush

As we discussed employers will often advertise during this time of year, especially within December. More often than not their goal is to train up a new staff member and have them ready to go in the New Year. They will also be keen to finalise their recruitment process which puts you in an excellent position to negotiate.

Easier To Reach

With the end of the year approaching staff are less likely to take extended holidays for obvious reasons. This is a great opportunity for you to actually be able to speak to the right person! They will be winding things down, finishing up projects and clearing their calendars. Take your job seeking efforts to the next level and engage with potential future employers, network, maintain contact with recruiters and let them know of your availability and take advantage of the ‘holiday spirit’ that often puts people in a happier mindset.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to ourjobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our job seeker help centre a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Australia.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. Which includes Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Administration Jobs In Christchurch

Are you looking for an Administration job in Christchurch? If you are in the middle of a job search you will know that there are a lot of companies looking for Receptionists, Personal Assistants, Administration Officers, Legal Secretaries, etc. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

How to stand out from the crowd?

Having an outstanding resume is the best possible reflection you can offer a recruiter. It’s so important for you as a candidate to make your resume stand out. Be sure to include

  • A strong opening statement or summary – What makes you unique? What can you offer an organization that someone else can’t?
  • List your key achievements – Perhaps you successfully handled all administrative functions when a new company was starting up. Noting this will make an impression far better than just basic work history. If you have done something impressive why not show it off?
  • Add ‘keywords’ – Many Recruitment Consultants and companies scan resumes for specific words and phrases. Try to use some of the language that is in the job ad, as long as it accurately reflects your background. For example, if a Recruitment Consultant or employer is looking for someone who has excellent customer service experience or switchboard operation experience be sure to note this in your resume
  • Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program or software such as MYOB or Microsoft Suite, gives you an edge on your resume. The more skills you have to offer the more appealing your application will be

As a job seeker, you can’t afford to ignore the digital extension of your professional self. Prospective employers, recruiters, and companies will most often than not search for you online. If you have a LinkedIn profile, it’s very likely to be the first result they find. If you have an account take some time to freshen it up, if you don’t have one, we strongly recommend you set on up!

Always Remember To Prepare!

There are so many things to prepare for its easy to get overwhelmed. Remember to keep in mind the following:

  • Look the part – personal presentation is very important. If you’re attending a job interview for an administration position, you wouldn’t dress as if you’re going to the gym or for a night out. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised!
  • Research the company – know who you are applying to so that you can tailor your resume and be a step ahead if you are invited for an interview
  • Stay organised – if you are in the process of job-seeking you will, of course, be applying for more than one position. By keeping a note of who you have applied with will help you when you receive a call to discuss your application. You can also prepare answers for interview questions and relaxing techniques for nerves during interviews

Industry Research

Administration jobs are a part of almost all types of industries. If you’re unsure of what business you’d like to work for take some time to research where the industry demand is, if there is an area that you have an interest in, etc. It is also important to know ‘your worth’ so that if the salary is discussed you know what your expectations are. Researching the salary expectation for your industry will provide you with a general guide of what to expect. If you’re bringing a truckload of experience to the table don’t be shy to ask for a fair amount.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help centre a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Melbourne.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia wide. So not only in Christchurch but Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587546.

Have You Hired The Wrong Person?

You have placed an ad, rushed through interviews and made an offer because you were rushed? And you have now come to learn that you have hired the wrong person for the job. When it comes to recruiting new team members, hiring managers can be either too busy or have an urgent requirement that means they need someone to start yesterday. Both situations can lead to hiring the wrong person and cause further delays. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help next time you find yourself in this position:

1. Define The Role

Have a clear picture of what you are looking for both within a new candidate as well as the requirements of the position. Having a list to refer to can help keep you on track and provide an accurate description. This may be a great opportunity to review your previous requirements for the role. Are there any changes you can make? For example, you may have listed against a certain requirement as “must have experience in….”. It may turn out that if the candidate ticks all the other boxes you can train them in this area. Or they could have transferrable skills that would make them suitable.

2. Highlight Your Value

Candidates often look for a work-life balance and cultural feel of an organisation. We spend 8 hours a day or more at work so why not highlight your value to prospective employees. What sets you apart from the competition? What growth opportunities do you have available? You will attract top-quality talent and set the tone of your business from the get-go.

3. Interview Process

Just as much as candidates need to prepare for an interview, so do you. To avoid rushing into making the wrong decision plan the right questions, allow enough time to interview each candidate, tailor some questions to individual candidates especially if something jumps out on their resume and take some notes during the meeting to review during the decision making process.

4. Work With A Recruiter

Many organisations are so busy with daily operations finding the time to recruit is just another thing to add to the list. So why not engage the services of a recruitment agency? If you’re looking to add to your team and avoid hiring the wrong person, The Recruitment Alternative can help! We look at the whole picture to ensure they are not only technically sound but a cultural fit too. As a generalist multi-award winning recruitment agency, we offer affordable fixed price recruitment solutions. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Return to work tips for mums

Are you a mum thinking about returning to work after years as a full time mum? You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed and confused about where to start. You may be thinking; how am I going to find a job? Will I need to go and complete further training? Will I find a job that offers flexibility around family?

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you navigate this transition:

Leverage off your network

Speak to family, friends, former colleagues and employers and let them know you are looking for work. You just never know what might present itself and they can also keep an eye out for any opportunities for you. Also speak with other mothers you know who have returned to work and ask for their advice.

Update your CV

Ensure your CV is up to date and any gaps in employment are addressed, including the years you spent as a full time mum. You may want to consider an introduction paragraph to your CV titled Career Profile or Employment Profile. This is where you highlight your key strengths, skills and experiences. If you are applying for jobs across a number of different industries, you might want to consider having more than one CV and tailor your career profile to suit the industry.

Transferable skills

Take some time to think about all of the skills that motherhood has afforded you. Be sure to highlight these in your CV and you can also mention them during a job interview. Skills such as self-discipline, multitasking, sound decisions making and communication skills. Think about how these skills can add value to an employer and how they are relevant to the role you are applying for.

Seek support

There are a number of free resources available online to assist you in writing a CV and cover letter as well as help you prepare for a job interview. The Recruitment Alternative have a dedicated Job Seeker Resource Centre on our website which if full of valuable information. You can access it via this link: https://www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/job-seekers/

Whether you are thinking of going back to work full time, part time, or even one day a week, do your research, be prepared and connect with people and organisations both online and in person. Speak to Recruitment Consultants and start to build relationships with them. If you are on Facebook, you can connect with us there via this link:

https://www.facebook.com/therecruitmentalternative.com.au/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Here we share the latest job offerings, industry tips and articles.

Good Luck!

Benefits of goal setting

Are you someone who regularly sets goals? Perhaps you’ve never given it much thought, or you might know and see the value in goal setting, but don’t actually schedule in the time to do it.  Setting both personal and professional goals is a great way to set you up for success in these areas and offer a number of benefits. If you are looking at making a significant career change from say administration to IT, or just looking for a new opportunity in a similar industry, setting goals can be a great way to get you to take action.

Let’s take a look at 3 key benefits of setting career goals:

Clear Focus and Intention

It’s one thing to have goals, but do you have them written somewhere where you can regularly revisit them? Having your goals written down and broken into small, short-term ones and medium to long-term, gives you something to focus on. When you can are clear about what you want, you become more focused on achieving it.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” ~ Tony Robbins

Inspired Action

Having a clear vision and something tangible to work towards gives you the drive and motivation to take action towards making it happen. Let’s say you are looking for employment as a receptionist. You are unhappy in your current job and you want to transition into a new role. You are more likely to take steps towards this goal if you write it down and then break it down into small manageable tasks. It can be overwhelming to look for a new job but if you write down a list of things you need to do in order to make it happen, you can work through it step by step.

Aids Motivation

When you map out your goals and can visualise the end result, you will be more motivated to do the work. When setting your goals, ensure they follow the ‘SMART’ principle: that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If you follow this approach, it will help to combat overwhelm and keep you on task when you feel like giving up.

Remember to celebrate your wins along the way as you achieve each milestone and goal. As you write out your goals, think about how you will celebrate once you have achieved it. This will help keep you motivated and on path.

At The Recruitment Alternative, we offer Jobseekers valuable tools to support you on your employment journey. If your goal is to write or update your resume or refresh your interview skills, we have some great resources on our website via our Job Seeker Help Centre. Come and take a look around: www.therecruitmentalternative.co.nz/job-seekers

Resume Writing Tips

The purpose of a resume is to help you secure an interview with a prospective employer or recruiter.  In this fast-paced world we live in, employers and recruitment consultants often view hundreds of resumes. It’s important to showcase your expertise and suitability clearly.

Here are some resume writing tips to consider:

Relevance

  • If you are applying for a variety of jobs in various fields such as administration, sales, and accounts, consider having a different resume for each position.
  • Pick out the key duties and responsibilities from the job ad. If your experience is a match, be sure to highlight this.

Consistency

  • List your education and previous employment information in reverse chronological order.
  • Check spacing between each section and each page.
  • If including information in Bold or Italic, ensure these are consistent throughout.
  • Include subheadings to separate the sections and have these clearly labeled.

Detail

  • Highlight relevant training, education, professional skills, and even personal attributes.
  • Address gaps in your employment history.
  • Be sure to include any career breaks.

If you would like a sample format, you can download a copy of a Resume Template via the Job Seekers page on The Recruitment Alternative website. For more information including tips and tricks head over to our Job Seeker Help Centre.