Job Seeking: Review Multiple Job Boards

To give yourself the best shot at finding your new employment opportunity, it’s important to review multiple job boards during your job-seeking efforts. Many businesses and recruitment agencies will use more than just Seek to share job vacancies.

Job Boards To Review

Here is a list of the top job boards we recommend reviewing as part of your job seeking efforts:

Tailor Your Approach

If you are applying for a position within a specific industry, try looking for industry-specific job boards to narrow your search. For example, if you work within the Environmental Industry you could try looking for environmental jobs on:

Or if you are in the Engineering Industry you could try:

It’s important to study the job description when applying for any job, no matter the industry. Tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly. Consider, are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths key areas vital to this role?

Personalised Technique

Consider crafting genuine thank you emails for the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. It should go to the interviewer/s and or the recruiter involved. The speed at which you send your thank you email and the overall quality will make an impact.

If you would like to 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 Australia and 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.

Why You Should Recruit In December

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

  1. Cherry-pick the best candidates ahead of the competition
  2. Induct and train candidates so they are ready to hit the ground running in the New Year
  3. As other companies wind down it means candidates will have more flexibility to take time off to attend interviews
  4. There will be less competition, as most companies believe Christmas is a quiet time for recruitment
  5. 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.

Affordable New Zealand Wide Employment Agency

Recruitment New Zealand Wide – The Recruitment Alternative Your Affordable Employment Option.

The Recruitment Alternative are a multi-award winning recruitment agency. In addition to being low-cost, we offer high-quality recruitment solutions. Currently, we are looking for recruitment staff throughout New Zealand.

So why pay more for your recruitment? We can recruit for you at a fraction of the price conventional recruitment agencies charge.

Join the recruitment revolution and save thousands of dollars on your next recruitment campaign.

  • The Recruitment Alternative, New Zealand’s low-cost recruitment agency.
  • Recruiting in the vast majority of job categories at a fraction of existing prices.  Why pay more?
  • As well as offering genuinely low-cost pricing solutions we offer a “Three Month Replacement Guarantee”
  • You don’t pay our low-cost placement fee unless we find you an employee that you are happy with
  • Proven time and time again
  • The Recruitment Alternative has over a 90% success rate in placing great candidates with employers

All of our recruitment procedures undergo rigorous quality control procedures designed to ensure the best outcomes for all our clients.

Furthermore, our recruitment consultants are all seasoned professionals and dedicated to their work.

In addition, we have many satisfied clients who love our low-cost recruitment model. Therefore they keep on using us for all their recruitment needs. Check out our “Testimonials page”.

Our clients keep on coming back. Why don’t you try us today?

Nationwide recruitment solutions

Our recruitment of staff extends to every city within New Zealand. Working in major cities near you. So whether you’re looking for a Junior Recruitment Assistant or a Senior HR Manager The Recruitment Alternative can help you. In conclusion, we want you to know “affordable employment services to suit your budget is our business!”

Finally,  Click here to contact us now or call 0800 587 546 for a quick response!

How To Retain Good Staff – Tips From The Recruitment Alternative

Employers often go to considerable lengths and expense to recruit good people. Given that staff motivation and retention one of the key business performance indicators such as customer service, quality control, productivity levels and corporate memory, it is important that you, as a manager of people, have a well-constructed and effective people motivation and retention strategy in place. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to retain good staff:

Keep Records of How Many People Leave & Why

The purpose of keeping simple statistics on your staff turnover will eventually prove to be a great source of information for you. It will allow you to better target your actions and make improvements where needed

Train Your Staff –

A common mistake many companies make is promoting good staff to a management position without giving them the required training. As you probably know, managing staff can be a very challenging duty. It takes some people years to do it properly. To thrust a person into a management position without the proper training is asking for trouble.

Offer Professional Development Opportunities –

We hear often from candidates they would like an opportunity to grow and develop within their new job. Where appropriate you should offer professional development opportunities to support this, which will only improve your business operations as staff become more skilled.

Anonymous Staff Surveys

Give staff the opportunity to safely (anonymously) let you know what they think about matters that are important to them. It would be a good idea to do these every 6 months and make sure you follow up. Let staff know that you’ve read their issues and what you’re going to do about them. The worst thing you can do is keep silent about the results.

Treat Staff With The Utmost Dignity & Respect

Even if your staff make mistakes, that’s no excuse to talk down to them or belittle them. Dignity and respect means things like:

    • Praising staff when they deserve it
    • Always be open and honest with them
    • Never raise our voice to staff
    • Never embarrass or humiliate staff
    • At all cost avoid creating the impression that you have favourites. The ‘non-favoured’ will feel excluded and like second class citizens
    • Always do what you say you will do
    • Be prepared to admit your mistakes

Balanced employees tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work. Which increases the overall company productivity and can reduce staff turn over.

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

Questions To Ask During Interview

Interviews are very much a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you, your skills and experience. It is equally important to find out if the role is a good fit for you too. Preparing questions to ask your potential employer about the position and the company, will not only provide insight but help you to stand out from the crowd by engaging with the employer and displaying interest.

Your opportunity to ask questions typically comes at the end of the interview. It would be best to have at least two or three questions prepared that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to succeed in the role, and the fact that you’ve done some research on the company or industry etc. Try to avoid closed questions which result in ‘yes or no’ answers. Open-ended questions allow you the opportunity to find out more about the employer, engage and build a rapport in a short space of time.

Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top five suggested questions to ask during an interview:

1 – Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

2 – What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

3 – What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

4 – Could you describe the company culture and dynamics?

5 – What are the next steps in the interview process?

For further tips and advice heard over to The Recruitment Alternative’s job seeker help center by clicking here. While you’re there check out the position we have listed on our jobs board. We are currently recruiting across New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Sales and IT – just to name a few! 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.

Marketing Recruitment Specialists – Auckland

In Auckland’s competitive job market, it’s not uncommon for employers to seek the services of a recruitment agency. The Recruitment Alternative are Marketing Recruitment Specialists! From Marketing Assistants to Senior Management positions, we are here to help you find the right person on your next recruitment campaign.

From Social Media positions, Digital Marketing Coordinators to Marketing Managers this ever evolving space is in high demand! As organisations try to keep up with increasing customer demands and changing marketing platforms. This means you will want to find the right person with the right skill set to benefit your company.


The Recruitment Alternative have extensive experience in marketing recruitment. Our professional consultants will find the right candidate with the correct technical skills to meet rise to the challenge. We have an excellent customer service rating to support our top-notch service. Sandra Catt, Practice Manager of Zonaras Consulting said this about her experience using The Recruitment Alternative:

“I thought that there must be a “Catch” as the fee was so reasonable. Finally, we have found a recruitment agency that we can afford. A first-class service was provided and saved me hours of work. I would definitely use The Recruitment Alternative again.”

Recruitment Excellence

The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low cost recruitment excellence that is a budget option for employers. We fly in the face of the perception that great service costs a lot of money. We delight in how happy our clients are when they hire a great new staff member and make such great savings. The Recruitment Alternative provide services not only in Auckland, but Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. 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.

Career goals for the New Year!

Have you given a thought to what you would like to achieve in the New Year of 2018? With New Year’s Resolutions being the focus of January, why not start considering your career goals now.

Here are The Recruitment Alternatives top 5 tips for achieving your career goals in 2018……

Figure out your passion

Is there something that you absolutely love? What’s the one thing you are most enthusiastic about? We all have something that we are drawn to or that we love doing. So why not turn your passion into a career. You may be passionate about a range of thing such as:

  • Creative arts – photography, painting/drawing, design, acting, film etc.
  • Technology – coding, app development, website development, editing etc.
  • Outdoors – fitness, building things, travel, nature conservation, climate change etc.
  • Social – working with youth, helping people, sales – real estate/retail/travel, child protection etc.

Life is to short, so why not figure out the one thing that you enjoy the most. Whether it’s to be a Journalist, Personal Trainer, Lawyer, Accountant, Graphic Designer – find your true calling and create a career that gets you out of bed in the morning and excited for the day. Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Make a plan

Once you’re ready for change, make a plan and be smart about it! You cannot achieve your career goals running head first with no plan what so ever. As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. Write out a list of goals, ways to achieve them and a general time line. A good question to ask yourself is “where do I see myself in 1-2 years’ time and even 5 to 10 years’ time”. To achieve what you want out of your career will take time. So be patient, realistic and don’t expect overnight success.

Get out of your comfort zone

As Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while, to take a worthwhile risk to succeed. If you want to become a Human Resources Manager and need to go back to school then why not do it? If you work in Administration and want to do Project Management, then get ready to do it! You could then ask for that promotion or leave that boring job, it may seem scary for a little while but totally worth it in the end.

Accept failure and reject procrastination

Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing like most people think. More often than not failure is a great learning experience. Let’s face it, we all make mistakes but it’s how we respond to those mistakes that makes us who we are. Do we pick ourselves back up and try again or wallow in sadness? The quicker we learn to accept failure the quicker we’ll learn to succeed.

Now that we have accepted that it’s ok to fail we need to reject procrastination! It’s one of the reasons why some people don’t achieve or do well. The whole “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’ll do it next year” or “I just don’t have the time” are such common phrases. If you really want it, then find a way to make it work. Not fritter away time, remove distractions, stay focused, organised and be productive!  Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.


In today’s modern world there are an incredible range of opportunities out there. You don’t necessarily have to go back to school to learn a new skill. Did you know Steve Jobs never went to University but successfully ran Apple now worth well over a billion dollars? Richard Branson who founded Virgin Group (which is worth well over 4 billion dollars) dropped out of high school at age 16. Michael Dell founder of Dell computers dropped out of University and went on to be one of the youngest and most successful CEO’s on the Fortune 500 list. Rachel Ray is now a successful cooking TV Show star/author/business woman but never attended college. Doesn’t have a formal culinary training or qualifications but now earns over $50 million.

Self-education is an important life skill to master. Don’t expect things to come easily, it takes time, research, watching tutorials etc. We learn all the time and it can’t always be on a schedule laid down by a curriculum. Some things are easier than others to learn but sticking to it will gradually make things that once seemed difficult at first become second nature.

It’s never too late to implement change, establish your goals and a plan to make them happen! If your goal includes looking for a new career head to our ‘job seeker help center’ for more information. While you’re there why not pay our jobs board a visit – your next career opportunity could be a click away!

The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration and IT – just to name a few! 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.

Top 5 tips on how to be an amazing Sales Consultant!

Wondering how to improve your selling technique? The Recruitment Alternative, Auckland and Wellington’s, low cost recruitment agency are happy to offer our ‘top 5 tips’ to help you be an amazing Sales Consultant and stand out from the crowd.

Selling is an art, a balance of persuasion and charisma. Selling and buying is not a purely intellectual exercises as both buyer and seller are emotional human beings. Which is why engaging and connecting with your buyer is so important. If you think about it would you like to purchase an item or service from a pushy rude numbers focused Sales Consultant who could care less about you as the buyer? Or someone who is friendly, informative, clear and takes the time to listen and respond? Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top 5 tips to help you be an amazing Sales Consultant:

  1. Empathy – This entails adapting your behavior to the customer’s mood and emotions. This begins with listening, observing and responding accordingly. This also builds trust, which any sales pro will tell you is absolutely necessary to build lasting relationships. Empathy shows that you care about the buyer and you want to help them (or their business).
  2. Be an expert in your field – Know everything there is to know about your product and your competitors products so that you can justify to your customer why your recommended product is the right one for them.
  3. Stay optimistic and learn from ‘bad sales’ – Spending lots of time on that sale that falls through can be frustrating and somewhat discouraging. Learn to put bad sales behind you and quickly approach new opportunities with a fresh start. Treat each failed sale as practice and think about what you learned from it to improve upon next time. As the saying goes practice makes perfect!
  4. Problem Solving – Sell the solution not just the product, a product or service sale results from solving a problem first. The desire to solve a problem helps you create new ways to satisfy the customer’s needs.
  5. Follow up – Go the extra mile and write down the names and contact information of your customers and follow up with a brief call or note to make sure they are 100% happy with their purchase or service. This is how you can encourage customers to refer you on to others. Don’t underestimate word of mouth and the power of a great customer service experience.

For more information and tips head to our ‘job seeker help center’ and why not pay our jobs board a visit – your next career opportunity could be a click away. The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand, roles at all levels in Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design, Administration and IT – just to name a few!

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.

Recruiting great staff in Auckland

As all employers quickly learn, there’s a world of difference between a new employee who’s correctly matched to their job and their organization, and recruiting one who is not.


Recruiting in Auckland


How do you find and match the right people to the right jobs?

By including, in your organisation’s people strategy, a well-structured recruiting program. So the key to successfully running such a program is to follow a recruiting process. Resist the temptation to omit steps, because shortcutting the process can short-change your results.

Here’s what you’ll need to do

1. Have accurate, current job descriptions.

Make sure you have an effective job description for each position in your company. Your job descriptions should reflect careful thought as to the roles the individual will fill, the skill sets they’ll need, the personality attributes that are important to completing their tasks, and any relevant experience that would differentiate one applicant from another. This may sound basic, but you’d be surprised at how many small companies fail to develop or maintain updated job descriptions.

2. Compile “Team member profiles”

It’s important to develop a “Team member profile” of the ideal employee for key positions in your company. This is critical to the execution of your organisations business plan. These might include such positions as team leaders, direct managers, and salespeople. The aim to be able to clearly identify any missing skills and attributes that you may have in your team. By using this information, you’ll be able to develop a profile to help you select the candidates most likely to succeed in any future vacancies.

3. Contact a Recruitment Agency that has a proven success record with small to medium sized business.

Recruitment agencies have more time than you do to contact potential candidates and screen their qualifications. They can also conduct pre-screening interviews and narrow down the pool to the best candidates available.

4. Draft the ad, describing the position and the key qualifications required.

Although some applicants will ignore these requirements and respond regardless, including this information will help you limit the number of unqualified applicants.

5. Post the ad in the mediums most likely to reach your potential job candidates.

Of course, the Internet has become the leading venue for posting job openings, but don’t overlook targeted industry publications and local business groups.

6. Schedule and conduct candidate interviews.

Once you’ve received a list of potential candidates, select candidates by matching the best applicant to the profiled job description. The “Team member profile” you created for each position will help you determine which behavioural traits are important. Use a consistent set of 10 or 12 questions to maintain a structured interview and offer a sound basis for comparing applicants.

7. Select the candidate.

Ensure to conduct at least two interviews with your top candidate(s). Sometimes personality issues don’t surface on the first interview. Plus, you want to make sure you have the right chemistry with the successful candidate.

8. Run a background check on the individual to uncover any potential problems not revealed by previous testing and interviews.

As a completed recruitment provider The Recruitment Alternative will conduct the reference check on behalf of their clients. If you are conducting this stage yourself visit our Employee page and check out our question Library link on questions that you could ask.

9. Make your offer to the candidate.

The information you collected during the interview process will provide you with important insights as to starting compensation levels and training needs.

Additional Pre-Recruiting Tips

So before you start the hiring process, determine your strategy. Make sure the successful candidate is a good fit with your company’s culture.

Do you understand your company’s culture? If need be, ask an outsider to assess the culture of your organisation. Your goal is to have a plan that will help you determine whether you have a the right person who will fit into your company’s culture.

Your goal is to have a plan that will help you determine whether you have the right person who will fit into your company’s culture.

In conclusion, your people strategy must include a recruiting and selection strategy that attracts and retains quality employees. So following a structured process will help you best match the right people to the right jobs.

The Recruitment Alternative – Low-Cost Recruitment Solutions for all size businesses throughout New Zealand.