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.

Affordable Recruitment For Small Businesses

Our value proposition is that you no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates. Here at The Recruitment Alternative, we offer affordable recruitment services for small businesses. 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 fees. We provide both!

How are we so affordable?

This is a question that we are asked often. “How can we provide such an effective recruitment service at such low recruitment prices?”

The answer is simple. We are able to offer a highly effective recruitment service by adopting a range of innovative reforms.  These reforms allow us to provide our clients with high levels of service at a low cost. You no longer have to pay high prices to access a great recruitment service.

Check out what we do to keep our prices down:

  1. Lots of work means we can keep our margins low.Due to our budget pricing and our very high service levels we get lots of work. Because we get lots of work, we’re able to keep our prices down.
  2. We work very hard to keep our administration, infrastructure and marketing costs down.We save thousands of dollars by aggressively eliminating unnecessary expenditures. There are no fancy offices with city views and no long client lunches for us. Much of our work comes from word of mouth!
  3. The bulk of our consultants’ pay comes from successfully placing a candidate with our clients.If we don’t place a candidate our income is severely curtailed.
  4. We’re not greedy.Conventional agencies charge, on average, 12% (and even that’s on the low side). 12% of, say, a $70K role is: $8400. That’s $8,400 for a single placement. We think that’s excessive. If you agree why not contact us for a chat?
  5. Excellent Recruitment Service at a budget price!

Simple Flat Fee Structure For Small Businesses

Our affordable pricing model is simplicity itself. We have a 3-tiered low-cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited. To view our current pricing please click here.

Three Month Replacement Guarantee

We understand that when recruiting for a small business, affordable and affective recruitment is key. As well as having peace of mind during the process.

We enjoy a fantastic reputation amongst our clients for providing them with a cast iron, no questions asked three-month replacement guarantee. It’s one of the reasons 80% of our business is repeat business! Should a candidate we place with you leave within the first 3 months (for any reason) we’ll start the whole campaign for you again for the small fee engagement fee.

We are a low-cost recruitment agency with the in-house experience to recruit in all job categories. Our budget recruitment model allows small businesses to source all your recruitment needs at a price that suits your budget for your small business. We’ve helped clients across New Zealand and Australia by identifying and recruiting the best talent every day.

To find out more about our affordable recruitment services and how we can help you and your smallbusiness, contact us today!

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.

Have You Been Made Redundant? Employment Ideas To Get You Back On Track

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, many people found themselves in the unfortunate position of being made redundant. The employment space is quickly changing and with all these changes it can bring uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new employment opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some employment ideas and tips to get you back on track after being made redundant.

Review Your Resume

A great place to start is by reviewing your resume. Refresh and refine it with current information and tailor it to each job to apply for. Highlighting how you and your experience make you the right fit for the employment opportunity.

Planning and Routines

After being made redundant, especially if you have worked for the organisation for many years, it may seem like a daunting task to start applying for jobs. Don’t rush into it but instead, make a plan and put a routine in place. For example, you may want to choose 9:30am every day to apply for 10 jobs. It’s important not to just everything for ‘everything’ you see but research the roles and apply for those to which your skills would a match.

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.

Interview Practice

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. However more importantly, you should take some time to practice and prepare for an interview. This includes both your written, verbal and non-verbal skills. You may want to check out our blog on ‘Over Coming Interview Nerves’ for more assistance in this area.

As a generalist employment 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.

Hamilton: How To Hire The Right Employee

From The Recruitment Alternative. Australia’s Affordable Recruitment Agency

Are you wondering how to hire the right employee? Whether you’re looking for Business Development ManagersReceptionists, Digital Marketing Coordinators, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, Physiotherapists, etc. the recruitment process is important to ensure you hire the right employee for the job.

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to hire the right employee for you the job role and your business.

Define The Position

Before commencing the recruitment process, clearly define the parameters of the job role. Reviewing the requirements can help you collect valuable information about the skills and abilities needed to fulfil the job role requirements. Preparing a clear and accurate job description will assist you during the recruitment process. This may also be a great opportunity to review your previous requirements for the role if it is not a new role. Are there any changes or adjustments you would like to make?

Interview Process

Just 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.

Salary Range

This can vary from industry to industry and also on depends on how many other roles of the same regard are currently available. By conducting market research and reviewing the competition, a ballpark salary range will emerge. From here, highlight benefits and perks and select a competitive figure to attract top quality candidates.

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.

Affordable Recruitment Solution

Many agencies will tell you what you want to hear and charge you through the nose. The Recruitment Alternative of Hamilton is different! We offer affordable, honest recruitment solutions tailored to your needs. You no longer have to pay high recruitment fees to find a great candidate! We consistently source great candidates for its clients at budget prices.

Check out our low-cost recruitment fees:

  • AU$2695 plus GST for roles with remuneration under AU$100K
  • AU$2950 plus GST for roles between AU$100K and AU$150K
  • AU$3950 plus GST for roles over AU$150k

If you are looking to add to your team, as a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! The Recruitment Alternative operates across New Zealand. including HamiltonAuckland, 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.

New Zealand: Interview Tips To Win The Job

From The Recruitment Alternative. New Zealand’s Affordable Recruitment Agency.

Are you in the process of job-seeking in New Zealand? If so, you would have noticed that is a lot of companies looking for Business Development Managers, Receptionists, Research and Development Leaders, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, 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.

Here are some Interview Tips from The Recruitment Alternative to be prepared for the competitive recruitment market:

Body Language

Communication experts tell us that only about 10% of our communication is represented by what we say. Another 30% is represented by our sounds and 60% by our body language!

Obviously, what you say at an interview will go a long way to securing you the job. However, how you say things also plays an extremely important role. In fact, some experts strongly contend that how you say things is more important. During your interview, be sure to:

  • Maintain a confident posture by sitting up straight and keep your hands relaxed in front of you (crossed arms projects being closed off)
  • Use natural hand gestures while speaking – when resting, face your palms up as it projects honesty and engagement
  • Nod your head while listening and maintain eye contact
  • Avoid fidgeting as it conveys nervousness and can seem unprofessional

Prepare Answers

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.

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers want to know the following key things about you:

  • 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 three 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.

Demonstrate Your Research

Adding to being prepared to answer any question, in your preparation you should also research the company. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. The rule of thumb is the higher the position you’re going for the more you should know about the company and the industry. Any questions you can ask about the company during the interview is also helpful and shows you are taking an interest in a potential future employer.

Things To Avoid

Important things to avoid during an interview are:

  • Arguing – avoid arguing even if you know you are right, you may want to demonstrate your knowledge by arguing your point. It only demonstrates that you are predisposed to arguing and can look unprofessional depending on the circumstances
  • Being negative about yourself – don’t put yourself down during interviews or downplay your abilities. Interviews are about selling yourself and highlighting your strengths and how you would be an asset to the business.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer or talk over them – we often hear that interviewers get frustrated when they are confronted with a talkative interviewee who interrupts or ‘waffles on’
  • Being fake – in an attempt to demonstrate being cheerful or have a pleasant disposition interviewee can amplify certain traits such as smiling excessively, laughing too much, nodding too much, etc.
  • Unprepared questions – some questions may come up organically during the course of the interview. At the end of the interview, you will often be asked if you have any questions, try to have some prepared in advance from your research of the company to avoid asking potentially embarrassing questions or asking too many questions

After The Interview

Highly successful job candidates are alert to the fact that an interview often does not finish when you walk out of the interview room. One of the things these candidates do is adhere to simple but important post-interview actions that often yield great results, such as:

  • Following up at least three days after the interview – you can thank them for their time, reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and open the line for communication should they require any further information
  • Contact references and let them know to expect a call – tell them about the job you have applied for, the company who will be calling, etc.

We wish you the best of luck for your next interview!

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 New Zealand.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. Including 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.

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.

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!

How To Win The Recruitment Race

There is no doubt that it is a competitive recruitment market at the moment. So how can you be ahead of the competition and find a winning candidate that will give you the best return? Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you take off your ‘blinkers’ and find your ‘front-runner’:

Act Quickly

With candidates having many positions to choose from, how fast you act can often be a key factor in securing the right candidate before they’re snapped up. If your interview process is excessively lengthy, you’re not willing to negotiate and take too long to make a decision your ability to secure top talent may diminish significantly.

If you lack the time and manpower to run a recruitment campaign to its highest standard then you need to outsource this task. The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low-cost recruitment excellence. We fly in the face of the perception that great service costs a lot of money. Contact us to find out more.

Interview Process

Once you have decided on a shortlist of candidates you would like to interview, along with acting quickly you will need to prepare the right interview questions and communicate clearly. You may want to include questions that are tailored to each candidate’s resume. Here are some suggestions you can adapt to suit each candidate:

  • Open-ended that require more than a ‘yes or no’ answer
  • Behavioral and or hypothetical questions that candidates can relate to. This often will reveal how candidates would respond in real situations the job role will present
  • Check facts – some close-ended questions may be required to confirm information noted on the candidates resume such as dates, length of time etc.

Be Thorough

Don’t be too quick to rush a decision, you still need to consider all criteria to avoid selecting the wrong candidate. Ensure reference checks are completed on your choice applicant as this will form part of your final decision. Especially if you have two candidates who are heading for a ‘photo finish’. Take notes during the interview process so that you can highlight any key points. Take time to picture your top applicant in the role and how they would fit culturally.

We delight in how happy our clients are when they hire a great new staff member and make such great savings. We provide services across 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 0800 587 546.