There is no doubt that recruiting in December can be tricky due to the Christmas season. However, we’ll share some information on why you should recruit in December. So you don’t put it off until the New Year, when you can start fresh. As commencing a recruitment campaign in December has many advantages over starting in January.
Top Five Benefits
- Cherry-pick the best candidates ahead of the competition
- Induct and train candidates so they are ready to hit the ground running in the New Year
- As other companies wind down it means candidates will have more flexibility to take time off to attend interviews
- There will be less competition, as most companies believe Christmas is a quiet time for recruitment
- When advertising, there is a high chance that your ad will be seen by the right candidates as job seekers are usually saturated with ads and this time of year means less competition and more visibility
Leverage Your Social Media
Social media use ramps up at this time of year due to online shopping, people sharing their Christmas selfies, family/friends getting in touch with each other to coordinate social gatherings, posting pictures of beach trips, etc. Utilising your social media correctly during this period means you will have more opportunity of connecting to the right candidates. Not only that, but it’s an excellent branding opportunity as well!
Post COVID-19 Recruitment
Some states such as Victoria, have been greatly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. This has changed the recruitment scene for 2020 compared to what it looked like in 2019. With the employment landscape ever-changing, it is important to be prepared for what recruitment will look like for your organisation now. Such as flexible working hours, ability to work from home, training with new software such as Zoom, etc.
Feeling Busy But Need To Recruit?
If you are just too busy but still need to recruit in December, that is what The Recruitment Alternative is here for! With our affordable fixed pricing, we offer a low-cost recruitment solution that makes sense. Operating across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. our highly skilled consultants are ready to find the right fit for your organisation. Contact us on 0800 587 546 today to discuss how we can help save you money and time on your next recruitment campaign over this Christmas season.
As an employer, there may come a time when you are in need of hiring staff in a hurry! Whether it’s due to company growth, restructure or an unexpected resignation, it can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some handy tips from The Recruitment Alternative to assist you when hiring staff:
Getting clear on your business needs as well as what you are seeking in a new employee is key. Take some time to think about and answer the following questions:
- What does the business truly need?
- How does this position fit into the smaller team and wider organisation?
- How will this role support the business moving forward?
- What are the key skills and experience required for the position?
- What is our company culture and what type of person will fit into this culture?
Once you are clear and your needs are clearly defined, formalise this in writing via a detailed Position Description.
- Have your calendar ready with days and times scheduled in for candidate interviews.
- Know your recruitment process. How many interviews will prospective candidates have? Will they be required to do any additional testing? Plan ahead and ensure you have your interview questions and interview guides prepared. Having a clearly defined recruitment process will alleviate some pressure and you can also confidently communicate this to the candidates.
- If you are interested in making an employment offer, don’t delay! In this candidate short market, candidates have no shortage of jobs to choose from and are quickly being snapped up!
Whether you are short on time, it’s your first time recruiting or you just find the process overwhelming, seek support and assistance from an experienced Recruitment Agency like The Recruitment Alternative. We will take the stress away from you so that you can focus on business at hand.
At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in 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. Call us on 0800 587 546 to find out how we can assist you with your recruitment needs
LinkedIn is a very popular professional networking platform, where job seekers and employers can connect. As a job seeker, it can be tough to find a job on your own. Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage, especially against candidates who do not have an account.
What can you do to improve your profile?
Some employers look up their potential employees online, so why not have a professional profile for them to view? LinkedIn is basically an online extension of your resume. You can build your profile to be a positive reflection of your skills and experience you can offer a new organisation. Especially if you are applying for Marketing, Social Media or other such positions that would utilize online tools such as LinkedIn.
Here are some tips on how to fine tune your LinkedIn profile:
- Professional Profile Picture – Don’t have a party shot or a blurry selfie, ensure you display a clear, current and well-presented image of just you.
- Updated Information – If you’re going to have a LinkedIn profile be sure to keep in current. If an employer is comparing your resume to your profile and notices discrepancies it’s not a good look as a future employee.
- Positive Endorsements – On LinkedIn other professionals can ‘endorse’ your skills and leave feedback on their experiences with you. Having this positive feedback helps back up what you have listed on your resume.
- Network – Take some time to build your professional network, endorse others, leave feedback and they could return the favor. This helps support your profile and increases your exposure to potential opportunities.
- Proof Read – On a professional plat form correct grammar and formatting is highly important. Always proof read and even triple check yourself!
- Follow Positive Influencers – Following relevant influencers on LinkedIn helps to put a range of interesting content in your feed, which you can then share with others when you think it adds value. It also helps to give context to your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating your passion for what you do.
Always be mindful of what you post online and use social media platforms to your advantage, not your disadvantage. If you are looking for a new position The Recruitment Alternative is current recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to access our jobs board and while you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center’ a visit for some more tips and hints.
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.
New Zealand’s award winning and budget recruitment agency. Currently recruiting Technical staff. We recruit everything from new graduates to high-end senior management roles.
The Recruitment Alternative have recruitment professionals on staff who understand the industry and who also understand the administration recruitment landscape.
If you’re a PA professional or a graduate wanting to build your career it is vital that you stay abreast of all the developments in order to maximise your chances of remaining competitive in the job market. You will find that employers and recruitment agencies are always looking for key administration people who are up to date with their skills and who can demonstrate how they can add value. Once you have secured the interview it’s now time to plan to secure the job.
With any job interview, first impressions are crucial. Before the interview makes sure you research the prospective employer and understand the nature of their business. Do a Google search to find out who their customers are, how and when the company was established and other relevant statistics. Prepare the weekend before your interview by planning your journey to the company. If necessary, do a practise run to get there on time.
Our top 10 tips for interviews:
- Make sure you arrive on time
- Always dress appropriately for an interview
- Know your abilities. What programs have you worked with? Know your typing speed.
- Do you know what your weaknesses are? Have something ready to discuss if they are this question.
- Smile and give eye contact. Learn to smile with your tone of voice
- Remember an interview is an opportunity for you to decide whether the company is right for you as much as it is the other way around. Have some questions ready to ask them.
- Thank the interviewer/s for their time and shake their hand.
- Listen and ensure you’re answering the question they have asked!
- Don’t interrupt or talk over the interviewers and make sure you tell them that you are interested in the job.
- Before you leave… Ask about the next stage of the interview process.