Mistakes That Put Candidates Off

Attracting top talent is always the priority for any SME. However, there are some common mistakes that employers make that can put candidates off. During such a tight candidate market, it’s even more important to be mindful of these errors to avoid losing talent to the competition. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – Australia’s affordable recruitment agency:

A Lengthy Recruitment Process

One of the most off-putting things to candidates are the length of recruitment processes that drag out over several weeks. Especially with more than 2 interviews (excluding recruitment agency pre-screen). If you have a lengthy and tedious recruitment process, it might be time to make some changes. Chances are, you will miss out on candidates to someone else who moves more quickly and efficiently.

Harsh Interview Style

If a candidate feels they are more being interrogated than interviewed, you will miss out on the opportunity to find out what they are really like, as they will cage up. In addition to this, you will put them off your business and potentially create a bad reputation. Whilst you have questions you need to go through and potentially a tight schedule to stick to, it is important you set a positive tone in your interviews. Candidates will feel more comfortable being themselves. As such, you will get a better read on them and if they would be suitable for the role or not.

Lack of Communication

If you fail to maintain communication with the candidates during the hiring process, they won’t stick around for long. It is important to maintain regular communication. So candidates are not kept in the dark. This goes for when you are working with a Recruitment Agency as well. Be sure to get back to them so they can keep the candidate warm for you to avoid losing them to the competition.

Are you an SME looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

Christmas Recruitment Tips

Christmas is quickly approaching. We are all starting to wind down and look forward to some rest and relaxation after all the Covid drama. However, before you pack up for the year there are some recruitment tips you should consider. Christmas recruitment is beneficial for many businesses, especially to have your team trained and ready to go in 2022. Here are some Christmas recruitment tips from The Recruitment Alternative.

Start Early

Santa may have a seasonal business, but many small to medium sized business owners in Australia and New Zealand do not. Planning for next year starts now. Know what new hires you need to make before the New Year so that you can decide if they should start now or next year. If recruiting this year is in your plans, it’s better to start early then waiting to late December.

Look Beyond Experience

It is a competitive candidate market out there. There is a lot of demand but not enough supply so don’t limit your search to candidates with similar work histories. Use scenario-based questions to determine whether they can do what’s needed. Candidates could have transferrable skills sets that with a little training could make them the perfect fit for your business. Just because they haven’t done this exact role before, doesn’t mean they won’t be good at it. You can always train those would an excellent work ethic and attitude.

Review Your Culture

Santa’s elves want to work for him because he is jolly and approachable and there is a positive work environment. The elves never fail to deliver the presents on time for Santa to give to all the children. If your company culture has taken a hit, it may be time to consider the following:

  • Building stronger employee relationships
  • Connect your team with a purpose
  • Have frequent employee recognition
  • Be more transparent and open with your team
  • Allow more autonomy or flexible working arrangements for balance
  • Check in with your team one on one

When you’re interviewing candidates for new roles, they will pick up on the company culture and vibe.

Leave Nothing To Chance

Use The Recruitment Alternative to take all of the hassle out of the recruitment process for you. Our expert team of Recruitment Consultants can find the right candidate for your business at an affordable price. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 (AU) or 0800 587 546 (NZ). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hiring Advice For SME

Being able to maximise your time and keep within an affordable budget is vital for any small to medium business when it comes to recruitment. Here is some hiring advice for your SME from The Recruitment Alternative team:

Enticing Job Descriptions

Writing enticing job descriptions is crucial to engaging with experienced and qualified candidates. Here are a few tips to consider according to Indeed:

  • Make titles as specific as possible – The more accurate your title, the more effective you will be in piquing the interest of the most qualified and interested job seekers.
  • Open with a captivating summary – Provide an overview that gets job seekers excited about the role and your SME
  • Include the essentials – Include core responsibilities, skills, day-to-day activities, and explain how the position fits into the organisation.
  • Keep descriptions concise – Job descriptions between 700 and 2,000 characters receive up to 30% more applications, according to Indeed Data.

Social Media Platforms

Social media has evolved into being a great recruitment tool. Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn allow you to share job posting with your entire network and offers the ability to apply via the platform. Even if the people you reach aren’t interested in the role, it’s likely they may know someone who is a good fit. This means they could send the role to them, tag them in the post or share it on via other methods.

Candidate Experience

It doesn’t matter how much you’re paying, or how great the projects you’re working on are, if you fail to treat candidates with dignity and respect, you’re doing your SME a disservice. You may want to consider the following:

  • Have you provided an accurate up-front job description?
  • For interviews, did you show up on time?
  • How well did you prepare for the interview process?
  • Did you introduce the candidate to co-interviewers or offer a tour of the office?
  • Was there enough time to exchange feedback with the candidate and allow questions?

Differentiate Yourself From The Competition

Don’t use the same old lines about your winning culture or generic overviews, instead discuss your value proposition. Highlight what makes you different from the competition. Ask yourself, why would someone want to work at your SME?

Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

Looking For Affordable Recruitment?

The Recruitment Alternative is New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. Join the SME recruitment solution and save a bucket load on your next recruitment campaign. We can take over the whole recruitment campaign, leaving you free to get on with the day to day running of your company. So, are you looking for affordable recruitment without compromising on quality?

Our Value Proposition

  • You no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates
  • We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is great candidates and the second is low cost recruitment We provide both.
  • Low cost recruitment to suit your budget. Wesave our clients over 70% of conventional recruitment
  • Our clients consistently rate us over9 out of 10 for our service levels.
  • We’ve won multiple awards for our budget pricing and outstanding service levels.
  • When looking for affordable recruitment you don’t have to compromise on quality

Why Choose Us?

We can save you time, hassle and stress – We take a thorough job brief and discuss our recruitment strategy with you, so you can be at ease throughout the recruitment campaign. You’re in good hands with us!

Our proven methodologies save you money – Hiring the wrong person can cost SME thousands of dollars. Instead, use The Recruitment Alternatives proven methodologies and you’ll recruit the right person each time.

Partnership approach – We’d like to be a long-term partner in your business growth, we understand the importance of effective recruitment. Our consultants work very hard to understand your company culture to ensure we find the best possible candidate for your organisation.

We offer flexible service – You can choose the service level that’s right for your business. Whether you want The Recruitment Alternative to take over your complete end to end recruitment or just a selection of placements. Whatever you choose, you can be assured that you’re receiving the best service and advice. You campaign manager will be there every step of the way.

What Industries Do We Recruit For?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we recruit across all job categories from junior roles all the way up to senior executive levels. Here are just some of the type of roles we recruit for:

  • IT
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Call Centre and Customer Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sales
  • Legal
  • Health and Fitness
  • Trades and Services
  • Science and Technology
  • And more!

Our Client Feedback

You can tell a lot about any company by what their clients say about them. We have over 220+ positive customer reviews on our website. We also have an 80% client return rate due to our high standard of customer service and low cost flat free rates.

“Thank you very much TRA and look forward to working with you again and we already are. We will be coming to TRA whenever we have recruitment needs. I hope we can keep working with our consultant as well, she is a credit to TRA and a good asset to your business. 100 out of 10!!”

Fiona – Promo Brands P/L

Those who have used our services for the first time always report a positive experience, as seen below:

“The campaign went very well and we appreciate the help of our consultant in finding the right candidate. I’ve never used a recruitment company for recruiting before – I’ve always done the hack work myself, but this certainly saved us a lot of time and made the hiring of our candidate possible during one of the busiest times we’ve known in the business.”

Steve – Apex Display

To read more, head to our ‘testimonials’ page to find out more about what our clients say about us. You won’t be disappointed!

Looking For Affordable Recruitment – What Are Our Prices?

We have a 3-tiered low cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited, CLICK HERE to view our pricing.

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 pricepoint that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Productivity Boost While Working From Home

With all the recent changes many people are now required to work from home. Those who are not used to working at home, may take some getting used to this new challenge. Especially if you don’t have a home office. Everybody is different. Some people work better in clutter while others can’t concentrate unless their workspace is tidy. There are some tips and tricks to help boost productivity and motivate you while you work at home.

Typical Day In The Office

It’s important to treat working from home as a typical day in the office. Making this mental association and doing all the things you would typically do will help maintain your focus. Be sure to set your alarm, make tea or coffee, put on nice clothes, set up a small workspace, and take regular breaks.

Structured Day

Structuring your day as you would in the physical workplace can help you stay on schedule throughout the course of the day. Also using scheduling software such as Asana or Meistertask can help you stay on task. Create a to-do list for the tasks you need to accomplish each day and check them off as you go. Make sure you start and finish on time for the day and don’t do extra work outside of those hours where possible. It can end up feeling like you’re working all the time if you don’t have set moments where you log off.

Clear Breaks

It can be easy to get distracted when working from home, however by setting clear and regular breaks will help boost your productivity. Take a walk around the block for fresh air, play with your children, sit down in another room for a cup of tea, etc.

Reduce Distractions Where Possible

Try to reduce the distractions around the home like having the TV on and other non-work related notifications during your office hours. Be realistic about your situation when measuring the amount of work, you can do while also balancing family life. When you work from home, there are high chances to receive chat and email notifications beyond your ‘official working hours.’

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.

Spark Your 2020 Job Search – Tips From The Recruitment Alternative

If you want to spark your job search efforts in 2020, you’re not alone. A career change is often near the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolution list. January is one of the best times to start this hunt. To put yourself in the right position for that perfect opportunity, you need to start preparing now. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you on your way:

Update Your Resume

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.

Set Goals & Make Plans

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. In conjunction with refreshing your resume, be sure to tweak your 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.

Pick Up The Phone

Don’t solely rely on establishing your online presence and sending online applications, a personal touch never goes unnoticed. Once you have applied for a position contact the recruiter or business directly to follow up on your application. You can prepare some intelligent questions to ask about the position to help you stand out from the crowd and build an initial rapport with the hiring manager.

Research Businesses

With a ‘cultural fit’ being the deciding factor in many cases it makes sense to research companies with a focus on their culture as much as possible prior to an interview. This will help you to understand their values and if they align with your own goals. Check out their social media platforms as well for further insight.

Be Sure To Know What You Want

This may seem obvious however a lot of candidates aren’t sure what they are looking for. So when it comes to the interview process they are not as confident as they could be. Even when they are made a job offer they change their minds in terms of salary, position expectations, etc. If you know what you want you will not waste your time or anyone else’s time. Of course, sometimes it can be hard to find the ‘perfect’ job that meets all of your expectations. A good place to start is to consider the top three or four most important aspects of the next job you’d like before you apply.

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 centre for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job-seeking journey.

Recruitment New Year’s Resolutions

Have you thought about what type of recruitment new year’s resolutions you’ll make you’re your business? As things are winding down now is the perfect time to put a plan in place, instead of waiting till you come back after a well-deserved break. It will mean one more thing off your to-do list!

Here are some resolution suggestions from The Recruitment Alternative to help you kick start your planning process:

  1. Don’t make resolutions you can’t control – Set a plan

Planning is key! Set a plan in action for future recruitment drives. Have job descriptions ready for key roles and keep your mind on growth and future possibilities. Make an effort to talk to other staff about what’s missing in the workplace. What areas can they see need improvement? Who needs support or opportunities to grow?

  1. Encourage professional growth

Just because it’s a new year and you’re looking to make some positive changes, presumably your everyday responsibilities won’t change. Your staff still have the same commitments they had last year – to their partners, kids, employer, and friends. Therefore, keep these commitments in mind when making professional development action plans, and try to keep them realistic. Instead of vowing to get a degree or a certification, start by offering a short course, professional development seminars, networking opportunities, etc. Each small step will move your employees closer toward their goals.

  1. Set a realistic timeframe

A common reason that new year’s resolutions fail is the lack of an appropriate timeframe. Not setting a target date invites procrastination, and while there may be several months left in the year, an “I’ll get to it when I have time” attitude can easily lead to unmet goals and feelings of failure. Likewise, setting a target date that’s too soon can lead to similar frustration. Choose a date that’s realistic for completing your resolution, and that will allow you to balance the extra work with your daily schedule. Once it’s set, hold yourself accountable. Ensure you’re taking the necessary steps on a regular basis to achieve your goal on the chosen date.

  1. Review Workplace Policies

Sometimes workplace policies and procedures need improving or adjusting, this could be due to any number of factors depending on the industry. To keep up with your competitors and to streamline your company processes a review at the end of the years is always beneficial. Especially if you’re going to be on-boarding new staff members. Best make changes now or have a plan in place instead of confusing new staff.

  1. Improve Work/Life Balance

Candidate market feedback tells us that all work/life balance is one of the top priorities. It can often be the deciding factor when a candidate is accepting a new position. Finding ways to improve your business work/life balance and putting some strategies in place will help you to stand out from the competition and improve productivity.

The experienced consultants at The Recruitment Alternative can help shape and staff your company. As a generalist recruitment company, we can fill roles from the trades and services through to corporate management.

Let The Recruitment Alternative help shape your future in 2020. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you save on your next recruitment campaign.

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.

Work-Life Balance In Your Business

One of the biggest drives for employees is whether or not they can achieve a work-life balance in their current or future place of employment. This factor often determines if an employee will leave or stay with an organisation. It’s not always easy to achieve in an unpredictable and fast-paced business environment. With so many other things to think about how can employers help create an environment to foster a work-life balance? Here are some great tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Support and Encourage Time Off

A break from the daily grind will provide your employees with an opportunity to switch off and recharge their batteries. It can also help boost productivity when they return and improve mental health. As an employer, you are showing your employees you support them and care about them. Burnt out employees are less productive, unhappy and more likely to leave.

Employee Feedback

Encourage and implement ways your employees can provide constructive feedback. Improving work-life balance can be achieved when employees are able to contribute in other ways to the business. They could introduce new innovations ideas, provide a different perspective, suggest new ideas, etc.

Flexible Schedule

If you are in a position to offer flexible conditions such as working one day a week at home, adjusting start and finishing times so employees can pick up children from school, being open to swapping days/hours around depending on life demands, etc. Then why not do so? Have a set plan in place and a guide of how you would like things to proceed so it doesn’t feel like employees are ‘coming and going whenever they want’. It’s all about finding the right balance with give and take on both sides.

Open Communication Lines

Work-life balance can look different for everyone. Once you have established a general guide of how you will support your employees, be sure to leave your lines of communication open. If employees feel comfortable approaching you and discuss a change in their circumstances (which may require some flexibility or understanding) they will feel more supported and you’re less likely to lose a valuable employee.

Balanced employees tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work, which increases the overall company productivity and can reduce the number of conflicts among co-workers and management. Companies who gain a reputation for encouraging work-life balance have become very attractive to workers and will draw a valuable pool of candidates for new job openings.

If you are looking to add to your team, as a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand and wide. including Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, 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.

Business Development Jobs in Wellington

Are you looking for Business Development jobs in Wellington? If you are in the middle of a job search you will know that there are a lot of companies looking for business development managers or sales representatives. 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 in BDM?

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 generate leads and cold call prospective customers be sure to note this in your resume if you have the experience.
  • Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program such as Salesforce 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 a Business Development 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 Melbourne.

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