How To Prepare Your 2021 Job Search

As we all collectively wave goodbye to long year that was 2020, many still feel uncertain about what the job market has install for us. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to prepare your 2021 job search efforts.

Highlight Your Achievements On Your Resume

Under each role you have listed on your resume, be sure to outline any notable achievements which clearly summaries your results and accomplishments. This will help your resume to stand out from the crowd and preparing multiple copies (depending on the job you apply for), will help customise your application.

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

Employers and recruiters will often take a look at candidates social media presence. If there is something on your social media that you wouldn’t want a future employer to see it would be a good time to remove it. In addition to this, having a professional profile picture will help tidy things up. Especially update your LinkedIn profile, making sure your career history is current, any inconsistencies between your LinkedIn and resume are rectified and have a clear and well-written summary displayed.

Have Referees Ready To Go

There is nothing worse than coming towards the conclusion of an application process and having things drag out even further or even fall through because you don’t have referee’s available. Take time to determine who your references will be. Contact them in advance to see if they are willing to be your referee. Have more than two up your sleeve in case some fall-through.

Job Alerts

Set up job alerts for the industry and job roles you are seeking to apply for on Seek, Indeed, LinkedIn, recruitment agency job boards, etc. This means you will be able to apply quickly for the roles you are most passionate about. Be sure to have these alerts set up on your phone and desktop so you don’t miss a beat.

The Recruitment Alternative

What type of jobs does The Recruitment Alternative typically advertise? See the list below:

Service Coordinator               Field Service Technician               Business Development Manager
Sales Support                            Workshop Assistant                       Software Developer
Diesel Mechanic                       Club Manager                                   Customer Service Consultant
Receptionist                               Admin Assistant                              Personal Trainer
Accountant                                 Lawyer                                                 Property Manager
Physiotherapist                        Warehouse Worker                        Landscaper

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity.

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. Keep in touch to help improve your 2021 Job Search.

The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, 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.

How Small Businesses Find BIG Talent

Large businesses often offer candidates the big brand name, several bonuses and benefits aligning with a large pay package. So, how can small businesses compete with the top guns and recruit the best possible talent? Fortunately, it is quite easy because there are many candidates looking to work in smaller companies. For example, smaller businesses often have fewer employees, therefore, the hierarchy is easier to climb and is less competitive. This offers employees more of a chance for career progression. Smaller businesses also offer opportunities in broader job profiles which allows them to build their learning and capabilities where often the larger companies are very job specific. Here are some more ways small businesses can compete with larger ones:

1. Offer competitive compensation

This can vary by industry and how many other roles to the same regard are available. By conducting market research and surveys, a ballpark figure will emerge. From here, creating benefits and perks to add to that or increasing the figure- you will attract the right candidates.

2. Provide a flexible workplace

Most large organizations have the expectation that employees will work normal business hours in their head office. They are unable to support further specific requirements as there are too many employees within their organization. By providing candidates the option to work in a different environment, such as from home, or with flexible hours they are more likely to apply for your role. Allowing this point of difference makes your organisation attractive and appealing to a larger pool of candidates. 

3. Don’t use generic job descriptions

Try to change the responsibilities of the ideal candidate by adding extra duties and using less “wordy”, descriptive tasks. Generally, this is provided in bullet points, which is more likely to be read by candidates. Also, try using language that is consistent with your company culture as this will also ensure the right people are found in the talent pool. 

4. Use diversity to your advantage

Most candidates look for diversity before agreeing to sign a contract and commencing a role. For example, women will look for and be wary of gender equality in their workplace. Large organisations can fall into the trap of being too busy to be mindful of this. Therefore smaller companies can use this to their advantage by ensuring a diverse workplace of people from different parts of the world and different genders to attract top talent.

Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s affordable solutions for new roles you are hiring. Also, take a look at our testimonials for feedback from happy clients in small or large organisations who have used these tips to their advantage.

How To Effectively Work With Recruiters

So you have decided to engage the services of a recruitment agency, what’s next? To get the most effective outcome, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Be Prepared

Whatever position you are recruiting for, be prepared with all the correct information before speaking with a recruitment agency. Information such as position title, salary range, position description, ideal candidate etc. Also being able to articulate the company culture to assist the recruiter in finding the overall right fit for your business.

Open To Feedback

Recruitment Consultants have a great deal of industry insight which includes job market trends, appropriate salary range, industry tips etc. Being open to feedback and discussion is vital to finding the right candidate. For example, when there are more roles available than people looking for work, you may need to consider being flexible with your offerings. Be prepared to possibly increase the salary on offer. If a candidate is interviewing for a number of positions, employers may offer an increased salary and benefits to secure them. You may also need to be flexible with the years of experience or education levels of the candidates.

Interview Process

Always have your questions ready to go. Remember that there are questions that you are just not allowed to ask. Recruiters are happy to offer advice around this topic if you need it. However, questions about age, marital status, number of children, religion (to name a few) cannot be asked and leave you open to possible legal action.

Whilst the candidate is there to be interviewed by you, they are also deciding if you are an employer that they want to work for. Be professional, positive and on time. Don’t forget really good candidates are usually in a position to choose who they want to work for. So you need to impress them too!

Move Quickly

With candidates having an abundance of jobs to choose from at the moment, they are often interviewing for more than one role at a time. If you interview a candidate and deem them suitable for the role you are looking to fill, it’s advisable to move quickly. Decide whether you would like to offer them the position or continue with the recruitment process. Candidates are often offered a role upon the conclusion of an interview. You do not want to risk losing them to the competition because you have been too busy to get back to them.

How To Choose The Right Agency

In today’s highly competitive candidate driven marketing finding and hiring the ideal candidate can be a challenge. This is why many businesses turn to recruitment agencies such as The Recruitment Alternative. Recruitment agencies can add real value to your business. By providing expert knowledge and contacts to help you find the right staff for your organisation. We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is high-quality candidates and the second is low-cost recruitment fees. We provide both! A quality recruiter will add value to the hiring process. Contact us today on 0800 587 546 to find out more about our affordable prices and high standard of customer service.

5 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers

It may seem like a cliché to make a list of resolutions for 2019. But the New Year is actually the perfect time to commit to actions that will positively affect your career. Over the Christmas break, you’ve probably had some time to reflect on the previous year and are eager to shed bad habits and start over. Saying you’re going to do something is the easy part. If you’re really serious about finding your dream job this year, here are some great resolutions from The Recruitment Alternative to try and keep:

“I Will Make A Plan”

Once you have decided on your new goals it makes sense to make a clear plan. To ensure you can reach your career goals, making a plan that takes you back to the basics. Refresh your resume, cover letter and build a professional online presence. Make a list of companies to target in your search and set realistic daily job seeking activities. In your plan, you can dot point the next few steps such as preparing for an interview, negotiation tactics etc.

“I Will Work Positively With Recruiters”

Working with recruiters can make all the difference in your job seeking journey. They can offer you fantastic advice, prepare you for an interview, provide you with feedback on your resume, negotiate on your behalf etc. It’s important to always respond in a timely fashion and, be open and honest with your recruiter. Don’t waste your time or a recruiters time by applying for positions you are not qualified for. Always read job ads carefully, recruiters act on behalf of employers so being professional at all times will help you to stand out from the crowd.

“I Will Build And Maintain A Professional Network”

In today’s job-seeking market, an online presence is a very important step on your job seeking journey. Make sure your LinkedIn and Seek profiles are current. Make new connections and continuously cultivate existing connections. Use social media, there are many jobs seeking groups and other such networks to connect with. Don’t forget other tools such as the good old telephone, to stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Take advantage of industry events and other networking opportunities to meet new people in your field.

“I Will Remain Positive”

You may not find overnight success when job seeking. More often then not these things take time so it’s important to remain positive and don’t pass up on good opportunities when they arise. Reward yourself regularly for small victories and take on feedback. While you’re working on goals specific to job hunting, it also makes sense to enhance your work-related skills. Look for opportunities to better yourself and help improve your job prospects.

“I Will Think About The Kind Of Job I Really Want”

If you’re going to take the time to look for a new position, it should be something you really want to do. In other words, determine what will make you happy and what exactly you want from a new position. Is it a higher salary, more flexibility, added responsibility, and authority etc. A work-life balance is one of the most important and trending things to many job seekers. You will save a lot of time by knowing what you want, what you will compromise/negotiate on etc.

Seeking a new job is always going to require exceptional effort on your part. Following these suggestions along the way should help you to move toward a successful search in the new year. Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey.

Happy New Year!

Auckland: 4 Signs You Need A Bookkeeper

As a small business owner, you may start off by doing everything yourself. However, as the business grows and develops you may find yourself spread thin. There are some tasks that you may need assistance completing. Evaluating what area is lacking is vital in determining where to seek help. An area of business that is often overlooked is the bookkeeping/accounts.

Here are 4 signs you may need a Bookkeeper, tips from The Recruitment Alternative Auckland’s affordable low-cost recruitment agency.

Your Books Are Not Up To Date

This probably seems like an obvious sign but when you get in the mindset of “I’ll get to it” or “I’ll do the bare minimum and fix it all next time” you are clearly falling behind. If you leave everything till “later” or tax time, you find yourself in a world of stress and likely run into financial issues. Including a decrease in cash flow or budgeting errors. This can be prevented by hiring a Bookkeeper to stay on top of the workflow.

Unsure Of Regulations Or Financial ObligationsBookkeeper Melbourne

Another sign you may need a Bookkeeper is if you find yourself feeling a little lost or confused regarding compliance or legislation. When it comes to your business ensuring you meet all government regulations and obligations is very important. With tax compliance becoming more complicated, this area is best left to a qualified professional.

You’re Spending Too Much Time On Bookkeeping Duties

If you are increasingly being taken away from running your business because you’re spending a large portion of your time managing financial records a Bookkeeper can help you. They can take care of processing invoices, chasing debtors, producing reports, reconciliations, payroll etc. You will take a sigh of relief when you finally delegate responsibility.

Accountant Performing Bookkeeping Duties

Chances are you are paying your account more many than you need to. As accountants typically don’t update financial records, prepare BAS or other such compliance tasks. By hiring an experienced bookkeeper, they will be able to perform all these tasks at a lower price point.

So now that you have identified that you need a Bookkeeper what’s the next step? Don’t complicate yourAdministration Melbourne life further by adding another task to your busy schedule. Leave it to the professionals and contact The Recruitment Alternative. We offer low-cost flat fee recruitment solutions to all sized businesses, without compromising on quality.

Our experienced staff will take a detailed job brief to ensure we find the right fit for your organisation. Take the first step towards reducing your workload and finding a quality Bookkeeper by contacting us on 0800 587 546.

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.

Are you seeking a career change?

Are you thinking about making a career change but can’t seem to take the necessary steps to make it happen? Does the thought of starting fresh in a new job and the thought of dealing with Recruitment Agencies overwhelm you?

Sounds like fear may be holding you back from taking the leap. When making the transition across industries in particular, for example you may be a Receptionist looking for a new career in Human Resources, this fear and doubt can intensify.  Whilst finding a new job can be overwhelming, having the right tools and mindset will go a long way in helping you navigate the process.

Mindset Tips

* Don’t get caught in analysis paralysis; if there’s a role that sparks your interest or a company you would love to work for, take steps to make it happen. Make a list of the pros and cons the new role will afford you, both personally and professionally. Try not to overthink it and compare it to your current role.

* Good things happen outside your comfort zone; When you’ve been in a job for some time it’s easy to want to stay as it feels comfortable rather than take a risk and try something new. If you’re thinking about making a change, particularly to a new industry such as Administration to Sales, there’s a good chance it’s because you know it’s time for a new opportunity. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?!

* Trust your instincts; Only you know what feels right so check in with yourself if you feel doubt creep in. Think about why you might be resisting and know that when fear presents itself, it usually means you are on the right track.

* Seek support; Change can be uncomfortable but you don’t have to go it alone. If you are concerned about not having a current resume, or whether you have the skills necessary for a new career, seek support. There are great tools available at your disposal including information that’s available on The Recruitment Alternative website.

Support

At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, we have you covered. Our experienced consultants recruit for roles in the areas of Customer Service, Digital Marketing, I.T, Retail and much more. Not only do we showcase all of our current vacancies on our website, we also have an amazing Jobseeker Resource Centre to support you as you make the transition to a new job or career. You can access it here: www.therecruitmentalternative.co.nz/job-seekers/

Phone Interview Tips

Phone interviews are more important than you might think. Whether it’s a scheduled call or ‘on the go’ you must be prepared to respond appropriately. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you land a second interview.

Receiving the Call

If a recruiter or employer has contacted you for a phone interview, should treat it with the same importance as you would a ‘face to face’ meeting. Which means you need to be prepared!

  • Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be interrupted or distracted
  • Use a reliable phone that has good reception
  • Have your resume and cover letter in front of you – a recruiter will have your application in front of them as they are conducting the phone interview. Don’t risk blanking or making something up when they start asking specific questions
  • Get ready to take as many notes as required – these could help you if/when you’re successful to the next stage of the application process

During the Phone Interview

How you conduct yourself and respond to questions during a phone interview will determine if you progress or not. Thinking about your tone of voice is very important. In a face to face interview it allows to you make an impression based on several visible factors. Such as body language to help convey your interest and enthusiasm about the role. Thus, over the phone the tone of your voice and how you respond is extremely important. You should sound clear, engaged, upbeat and friendly. This is particularly important for Reception, Sales Consultant or other such roles where your phone manner is critical.

Some other things to consider are:

  • Listening – You will obviously be asked questions as this is an interview, however it is important to listen and respond correctly. This is a great opportunity to show a perspective employer or recruiter you are a great listener. Let the interview guide the conversation and respond accordingly
  • Don’t dominate the conversation – You don’t want to give the wrong impression by over answering or waffling on when responding to a question or making a comment. Be direct and to the point
  • Be ready to answer questions – Being prepared with adequate responses to standard questions will give you an edge. Take some time to think about how you would respond to questions regarding salary, your availability to start this position or attend an interview, why you are leaving your current position etc.
  • Prepare questions – Along with note taking, have a list of pre-prepared questions or even questions you noted down during your conversation to discuss with the interviewer

 After the Phone Interview

After the phone call, send an email thanking them for the interview. Make your final impression before entering the next stage of the process. You may also consider following up on the progress of your application after an appropriate amount of time has passed.

Phone interviews are becoming more and more common in the recruitment process. That’s why it’s important to know how to use them to your advantage! They are also often used to screen out basic incompatibilities which is why they should be taken seriously.

For more information including further tips and advice head over to our ‘job seeker help center’. The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Warehousing and IT – just to name a few! Why don’t you pay our ‘jobs board’ a visit, your next career opportunity could be a click away.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer 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.