Top 3 Tips To Improve Interview Performance

No one is born with great interview skills. 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. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency:

Interview Tips #1 –  Preparing Your Answers

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers will want to know about you. Such as:

  • 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 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. Rehearse your answers aloud before the interview – it’s one thing to know what to say quite another to say it fluently. Remember: how you say things at an interview is just as important as what you say.

Interview Tips #2 – Research Preparation

Do not just focus on the specific skills that relate to the job you’re going for. You must also prepare answers to the generic competencies. These include planning and organising skills, communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork, coping with change and conflict resolution skills.

By researching the organisation, you are interviewing with, you can relate your prior experience to their business. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. Prepare specific examples of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve achieved it. Do the same when you’re preparing answers about your personal attributes and motivators and de-motivators.

Interview Tip #3 – Ask Questions

Prepare some questions to ask in the interview but avoid asking too many questions at the end of the interview. Interviewers generally appreciate inciteful relevant questions.

It’s very handy to have a short summary statement highlighting your strengths up your sleeve. You can use this at the end of an interview as a final flourish – good endings at interviews are extremely important.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative provides low-cost recruitment services to small businesses and operates throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Search Trends For The New Year 2022

As of late the job market has felt less than normal. As we progress into 2022, the career landscape is predicted to be tricky to navigate for both job seekers and employers. Here are some job search trends to be aware of for the New Year in 2022.

Some Industries Will Thrive, While Others Will Struggle

As we saw over the bulk of the pandemic some industries struggled and others thrived or continued as normal, this trend is will continue into 2022. For example, hospitality, tourism and the fitness are industries that are still recovering. Unfortunately, labour shortages are set to linger.

There are plenty of jobs out there at the moment, so when starting your own job search taking time to review all your options is going to make the world of difference. Consider if the industry you are seeking to get into is struggling or not rehiring at the same level as it used to. You may even contemplate a career change and draw upon transferrable skills.

Lots of Perks Available – But is This a Good Thing?

As employers report a shortage of workers, you may have seen they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at new hires to attract talent. On a recent news story from Melbourne, Victoria one restaurant owner went as far as offering one year’s paid rent as a perk for a new Restaurant Manager.

Perks are great and all but let’s not forget about the other things that tend to matter to us in the long run. Such as:

  • company culture
  • work-life balance
  • career progression
  • professional development opportunities
  • employee recognition
  • flexibility – working from home, part time school hours, etc.

Freelancing & Less Experienced Workers

Those who choose to freelance are finding more opportunities due to the “great resignation” forcing more companies to pay high premiums for more experienced employees. This has also opened a door for those who are either less experience or lack experience entirely. Employers are now considering candidates who they may have never in the past. Choosing training above the salary inflation we are seeing. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to try a new field or apply for a more senior role to take on more responsibility.

Faster Recruitment Process

It is likely that we will see a much faster recruitment process in an effort to secure talent in a tight market. Hiring speed now gives companies an edge over their competition. This means it’s important for job seekers to know what they want, to save time and avoid missing out on a perfect opportunity. For more job search trends click here.

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’ or ‘Employer Information’ section on our website. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

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: https://environmentaljobs.com.au.

Or if you are in the Engineering Industry you could try: https://www.engineeringjobs.com.au.

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.

Recruitment Tips For Hiring Managers

Finding the right staff members can be challenging. Especially taking into consideration the specific needs of your department and company culture. Unfortunately, your day job doesn’t go on hold while you recruit. Given the significant costs that can come into play when a new hire goes sideways, a hiring manager needs to ensure that they are fully prepared and are not making a desperate hire. Here are some recruitment tips for hiring managers put together by The Recruitment Alternative to help you find the right fit:

What are you looking for?

Knowing what you are looking for prior to advertising and interviewing is vital. Draft an appropriate position description (PD) with clear information regarding the role requirements, job title, expectations, skills required, any qualifications specified, etc. When writing your job ad, you can take information from this PD but also be sure to highlight the benefits of working with your organisation.

The Interview Process

Being prepared for the interview process is a very important step. Have questions both skills based and behavioural written down in advance and take notes during the interview with each candidate. Know what you’re looking for and predetermine your salary budget. Interviews are a two-way street, candidates are looking at many other employers just as you are looking at other candidates. Prepare yourself to negotiate. Especially if you come across a standout candidate. You wouldn’t want to potentially miss out on a suitable applicant because you hadn’t crunched numbers beforehand.

References and Then What?

While you’re weighing up your options after the interviews, your preferred candidate may also be considering other employers. So, once you’ve made a decision and all the candidate’s references check out, extend your offer as soon as possible to avoid losing them to another opportunity. Decide beforehand how high you’re willing to go with salary. As you enter the final stages of negotiation, consider adding non-monetary perks to sweeten the deal. Work life balance is often what candidates prioritise, so consider how you can highlight this in your offer.

Feeling Busy But Need To Recruit?

As the hiring managers you may still find that you are too busy to recruit. The Recruitment Alternative can help you! With our affordable fixed pricing, we offer a low-cost recruitment solution that can save you serious money, seriously. 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.

Apply For Jobs On Facebook

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

Take It Seriously

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

How To Apply

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

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

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

Review Your Facebook Profile

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

Keep update with our job postings and connect with our ‘Facebook page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

How To Prepare Your 2021 Job Search

As we all collectively wave goodbye to long year that was 2020, many still feel uncertain about what the job market has install for us. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to prepare your 2021 job search efforts.

Highlight Your Achievements On Your Resume

Under each role you have listed on your resume, be sure to outline any notable achievements which clearly summaries your results and accomplishments. This will help your resume to stand out from the crowd and preparing multiple copies (depending on the job you apply for), will help customise your application.

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

Employers and recruiters will often take a look at candidates social media presence. If there is something on your social media that you wouldn’t want a future employer to see it would be a good time to remove it. In addition to this, having a professional profile picture will help tidy things up. Especially update your LinkedIn profile, making sure your career history is current, any inconsistencies between your LinkedIn and resume are rectified and have a clear and well-written summary displayed.

Have Referees Ready To Go

There is nothing worse than coming towards the conclusion of an application process and having things drag out even further or even fall through because you don’t have referee’s available. Take time to determine who your references will be. Contact them in advance to see if they are willing to be your referee. Have more than two up your sleeve in case some fall-through.

Job Alerts

Set up job alerts for the industry and job roles you are seeking to apply for on Seek, Indeed, LinkedIn, recruitment agency job boards, etc. This means you will be able to apply quickly for the roles you are most passionate about. Be sure to have these alerts set up on your phone and desktop so you don’t miss a beat.

The Recruitment Alternative

What type of jobs does The Recruitment Alternative typically advertise? See the list below:

Service Coordinator               Field Service Technician               Business Development Manager
Sales Support                            Workshop Assistant                       Software Developer
Diesel Mechanic                       Club Manager                                   Customer Service Consultant
Receptionist                               Admin Assistant                              Personal Trainer
Accountant                                 Lawyer                                                 Property Manager
Physiotherapist                        Warehouse Worker                        Landscaper

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity.

We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available. Keep in touch to help improve your 2021 Job Search.

The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Resume Questions

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

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

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

Do I really need a summary or objective statement?

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

How long should my resume be?

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

Should I put my birthdate on my resume?

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

Is it still applicable to include hobbies and interests?

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

What order should my resume be in?

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

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity.

We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

New Job Market Trends

With all the changes that this year has brought it is no surprise that there are new job market trends to be aware of. There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent report completed by Seek.com.au, the current top 20 jobs in demand in Australia are as follows:

  1. Nursing
  2. Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
  3. Aged & Disability Support
  4. Automotive Trades
  5. Admin Assistants
  6. Sales Representative/Consultants
  7. Physiotherapy, OT and Rehabilitation
  8. Childcare & Outside School Hours Care
  9. Chefs/Cooks
  10. Retail Assistants
  11. Developers/Programmers
  12. Mining – Engineering & Maintenance
  13. Labourers
  14. Road Transport
  15. Psychology, Counselling & Social Work
  16. Dental
  17. Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
  18. Plant & Machinery Operators
  19. Business/System Analysts
  20. Mining – Operations

Salary Trends

With all the alterations to the job market, it makes sense that salary trends would also change. When it comes to a salary range, there are many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. Such as how long you’ve worked in the industry, qualifications, achievements, demand for skills, etc. Click here to check what salary range you should expect for your current or future job role.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay a part of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

The Recruitment Alternative

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.

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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!”

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