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.

Apply For Jobs On Facebook

Many of you may have already noticed the new job ads feature on Facebook that has been with us for several months now. This job ads come direct from recruiters and business owners where users can apply directly through Facebook. However, what’s the best way to apply for jobs on Facebook? Here is what you need to consider when applying for a job via Facebook.

Take It Seriously

When you apply for a job on Facebook it is important that you take it seriously. Treat it as if you are submitting your resume via Seek, Indeed, a recruiter’s website, etc. Hitting apply and only listing your name and contact details doesn’t tell the hiring manager anything about why you would be suitable for the job. With the many applications coming in, yours will unfortunately be disregarded.

How To Apply

After hitting the ‘apply now’ button you will be taken to an application page. It is important to ensure you complete the following:

  • Fill out all the fields in the contact us section
  • Attach a CV (where possible this should always be done)
  • List all work experience by adding you previous or current workplace name, your job title, brief description of your role and length of time in the position
  • Mention any relevant education history
  • Answer any questions that may have been listed with the job ad (this is a separate field that may not always appear as it is only listed by the discretion of the hiring manager)

Before submitting your Facebook job application, read the requirements in the job ad and tailor your response accordingly. If you are applying on your phone and don’t have a copy of your CV to attach, it is vital you provide as much information as possible in the work experience section. As this is all the Hiring Manager will have to determine if you are suitable for the job role or not. This will contribute to whether you receive a call for interview or not.

Review Your Facebook Profile

By applying for a job on Facebook recruiters and business owners will have the ability to see your profile. This is an excellent opportunity to review your privacy settings for your safety and ensure there is nothing untoward that could hurt your chances for interview. Having a clear and appropriate profile image can also help you stand out from the crowd.

Keep update with our job postings and connect with our ‘Facebook page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. 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.

Frequently Asked Resume Questions

As recruiters, we are often asked “what should I include on my resume?”. So, we have put together a list of frequently asked resume questions and answers to help your resume stand out from the crowd.

How far back should my work history go on my resume?

The general rule is about 10 years give or take depending on the roles you have previously held. It is always beneficial to make a note at the end of your employment record saying, “previous work history beyond this point available upon request”.

Do I really need a summary or objective statement?

The short answer is yes! However, your summary shouldn’t be very long, use clear language and get straight to the point. There is a difference between summary and objective to keep in mind. Summaries describe your work and experience and an objective will state your short-term or long-term goals.

How long should my resume be?

This is dependent on your work experience and education history, typically up to 3 pages is the average.

Should I put my birthdate on my resume?

We always advise keeping personal information off your resume, such as birthday, gender, full address, relationship status, photo of yourself, etc.

Is it still applicable to include hobbies and interests?

Adding hobbies and interests should only be done so when appropriate and relevant to the job you are applying for. Sometimes employers will review this section of a resume as a ‘pre-screen’ to you being a cultural fit for the organisation. It is also the perfect place to list down any volunteering you’ve been doing or have previously done.

What order should my resume be in?

  • The recommended flow of a resume is as follows:
  • Personal details – name, contact information, etc.
  • Objective or summary
  • Education
  • Career history
  • Skills – tailor this for each job you apply for using keywords
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • References

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.

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.

Tips for recruiting in a candidate driven market

There are always ebbs and flows in the labour market. As an employer, there are times when there are no shortage of candidates to choose from to fill a vacancy. There are, however, times when there are more jobs than candidates. During these times, candidates are in a solid position to seek an increase in salary as well as negotiate other benefits, which often sees them taking a job with one of your competitors.

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to assist you when recruiting in a candidate driven market.

MOVE QUICKLY

With candidates having an abundance of jobs to choose from, 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.

BE FLEXIBLE

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.

USE A RECRUITMENT AGENCY

Take the stress out of finding talent for your business and engage in the services of a Recruitment Agency. It’s important to note that while a Recruitment Consultant will do all the groundwork in sourcing potential candidates, you will still need to be flexible and move quickly in order to secure the best person for the role and for your organization.

The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low cost recruitment excellence that is a budget option for employers. The Recruitment Alternative provide services across Australia and New Zealand. 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 1300 548 546.

So you want to be a Recruitment Consultant?

Have you ever thought about a career as a Recruitment Consultant but don’t have a background in recruitment? Ever wondered how you might be able to break into the industry without previous experience?   The Recruitment Alternative believe the following skills and attributes are key to success in the Recruitment Consultant role:

Relationship Building:

Whether it’s with clients or candidates, your ability to build trust, confidence and rapport is vital. Clients need to know they can rely on you to thoroughly understand their needs and take the stress away from them in regards to filling their vacancy. It’s important to build relationships with candidates in order to maximize your opportunity of successfully placing them in a role.

Resilience:

In recruitment, no two days are the same and things don’t always go according to plan. A client may suddenly decide they no longer have the workflow to recruit for the position you were working on, or candidates may withdraw their acceptance of a role you just placed them in.  Whatever the situation, your ability to work through the day-to-day challenges and anticipate what’s ahead will stand you in good stead.

Intuition:

Trusting yourself and your inner knowing regarding whether a candidate is suitable for a role and being able to intuit a client’s needs outside of the information they initially provide you is crucial. You will need to read between the lines. Ask clarifying questions and know how to draw out the information you are seeking from both candidates and clients.

Communication Skills:

Strong communication skills both verbal and written and your ability to communicate on a professional level is paramount. Communication is key as your days will consist of telephone and email conversations, preparing documentation, correspondence, and administrative tasks.  This ties in with relationship building and the way you communicate with your clients and candidates will determine the strength of your professional relationships.

The Recruitment Alternative has an amazing opportunity to join our team. If you’ve considered becoming a Recruitment Consultant? Why not join an organization that offers flexibility, amazing training, ongoing mentoring and a supportive team culture.

Click on the following link to apply now via ‘jobs with TRA‘.

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.

Administration Jobs in Christchurch

Are you looking for an Administration job in Christchurch? If you are in the middle of your job search you will know that a lot of companies are looking for administrative positions. That’s really good news, but it also means that a lot of candidates will be applying which means competition.

How to stand out from the crowd in Administration?

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 a basic work history. If you have done something impressive why not show it off?

Add ‘key words’ – 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 can handle multiple phone lines, you should use the wording “multiple phone lines” in your resume instead of saying you “answered phone calls.”

Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program such as MYOB 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! To optimize your profile be sure to:

  • Add a current, clear and professional profile picture
  • Write a ‘grabby’ headline that sums up your skills, experience, highlight specialisations and what you can offer. Here is your chance to publicly share how you’re different!
  • List any links to things you may have worked on previously as examples of your work. Update your employment history to focus on your achievements and projects that you have worked on.
  • Add professional skills and have others endorse you (that can confirm your skills) and this will boost your profile.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more!

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

What industries do we recruit for?

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 so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Christchurch.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia wide. So not only in Christchurch but Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton 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

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Our low-cost recruitment solutions are working for many SME’s across New Zealand. Join the recruitment revolution and save thousands of dollars on your next recruitment campaign.  The Recruitment Alternative is New Zealand’s low-cost recruitment agency. We recruit in the vast majority of job categories at a fraction of existing prices.  Why pay more?

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Find Great Sales Staff

As we all know the Sales profession is undergoing radical changes.  With the rapid rise of online technology, including social media and digital services, today’s Sales professional needs to be across a broad range of media and strategies if they are to succeed.

As a Star Sales Professional, it is vital you stay abreast of all these changes. These Sales staff will maximise your chances of remaining competitive in the job market.  They need to be up-to-date with their skills and able to demonstrate how they can add value to your company.

It’s one thing to claim that you know how to use, say, Facebook for marketing purposes, but quite another to demonstrate return on investment.

Look for Passion

Whether your looking for a seasoned professional or a trainee, a sales person needs to have that special drive for their job.  So most importantly, they should have a passion for sales and a desire to meet new prospects and solve client’s problem through creatively crafting their sales solution.

Whether you’re looking for junior Sales people or senior Sales Managers The Recruitment Alternative can help you.

Low-cost Effective Recruitment Strategies

Effective marketing is the key to success in many businesses.  Get it right and your business will thrive – getting it wrong is not an option in today’s ultra-competitive business world.

The Recruitment Alternative will only send through the best candidates for you to interview. So our success stories speak for themselves and our Recruitment Consultants are trained to find the right person to fit both the role and your company.

Our in-house expertise and access to large marketing candidate databases allow us to provide our clients with the best possible service at a price that makes sense. Our multi-awarding winning budget recruitment service means you no longer have to pay exorbitant fees to recruit good marketing people.