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.

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.

Attract The Right Talent Through Your Brand – New Zealand’s Affordable Employment Agency

Is your SME is struggling to attract & target talent, you will need to think about its appeal to candidates. Including whether its employer brand is compelling to others.

Your firm’s ‘brand’ is composed of the values that underpin your business’s culture and how it operates.

A powerful employer brand is therefore vital. And it isn’t just there to lure those who may have never heard of your company before. In fact, there may be many suitable potential employees among your long-time existing customers.

Why you should Attract and Target talent through your brand?

Here are a few reasons to create and maintain a strong employer brand.

  • It attracts more candidates – So if you concentrate on your employer brand, you will be able to attract applicants to your future vacancies, website or online campaigns – and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If applicants have heard good things about your firm or seen an advertisement online highlighting the benefits of working for your organisation, they are more likely to want to find out more. Start a Facebook page, update it often and create a buzz.
  • It encourages referrals – An organisations brand is not only about how you market to and handle new candidates. It’s also about how you treat your current workforce, clients and customers. If your employees are happy in their roles at your company, they are more likely to say all of the right things about their brand to their friends, family and jobseekers. The opposite is also true, and they will likely discourage others from applying.
  • It helps to find like-minded applicants – An organisations brand should demonstrate the values, ethics and culture behind your business – and by communicating the right messages about what your brand truly stands for, you will be able to better attract likeminded individuals.

By hiring people who understand and identify with your brand

And see your vacant position as more than just a job, also truly believing in the importance of what your company does, you can improve retention and as a result, not have to spend so much time and money on continually hunting out new talent.

Younger employees are attracted to positions that offer a culture of continual growth and instant feedback. Sometimes even valuing these aspects of a role over salary. This age group are also particularly brand-conscious, developing an attractive brand image will encourage them to consider your organisation.

If you are looking to develop your firm’s employer brand, why not take advantage of the employer resources currently available through The Recruitment Alternatives webpage? As well as guides to executing a successful online recruitment campaign, our Recruitment Consultants can work alongside you to ensure that you find the right talent for your business.

In addition, the experienced recruitment consultants at The Recruitment Alternative can help guide you through this process. So check out our Employee or Job Seeker page for more helpful advice or contact us today.

Call: 0800 587 546

Job Seeking Tips During Covid-19 Virus

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we all need to find new ways to adapt until we are all through the other end. The employment space is quickly changing and evolving across the globe. With all these changes brings uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some job seeking tips for during this period.

Look For The Demand

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 study by Victoria University, the following top 4 industries are in demand:

  • Heath Care – aged care workers, nurses, dentists, social workers/mental health workers, etc.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Industries – legal services, accounting services, IT, computer system design, veterinary services, call centre, retail worker, cleaners, etc.
  • Trades & Construction – engineering, labourers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, etc.
  • Education & Training – primary and high school teachers, early educators, Tafe/RTO trainer/assessors, etc.

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.

Technology

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. Such as Zoom, Skype, ZenDesk, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, and more! Being familiar with multiple platforms will help avoid potential technical issues, user errors, etc. during interactions such as a job interview.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay apart 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.

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, including Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, 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.

Employee Recognition

Employee recognition is about acknowledging the work your staff do to achieve goals, improve efficiencies, boost profit and make the organisation an enjoyable and inspiring place to work at. Through rewarding staff, you will boost morale, improved productivity and maintain a positive company culture. Employee recognition is an important part of team management. When employees are happy and satisfied, they tend to be more loyal and committed to the company. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

1. Personal Touch

It’s critical to be specific, personal and accurate. Use positive words, and demonstrate to the employee that you actually understand their accomplishments. It makes all the difference compared to a generalised statement or simple thank you.

2. Magnify Recognition

While verbal communication is an effective way to recognise employees, the best strategy is to back it up by publicising employee accomplishments across multiple forums such as company newsletters, networks and in team meetings.

3. Motivate With Financial Incentives

Although financial incentives aren’t always the best motivators, they can certainly demonstrate appreciation for work well-performed. The best financial incentives are more open-ended and unpredictable because they motivate people to work their best.

4. Express Interest In Employees Professional Development

Be proactive when it comes to your own learning and development. Research and keep up to date with the latest developments and qualifications within accounting and finance. You want to be able to remain competitive and current. As mentioned above networking can help you stay in the loop.

5. Staff Activity Days

Organising an out of office activity day or afternoon for your employees is a great way to prove you value them and the work they do. It could be a movie afternoon, lunch or dinner, family picnic etc. More than just a reward, activities like these usually succeed at improving employee-to-employee bonds and staff morale.

If you’re looking to add to your team, The Recruitment Alternative can help you find the right person. 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.

3 tips on hiring staff in a hurry!

As an employer, there may come a time when you are in need of hiring staff in a hurry! Whether it’s due to company growth, restructure or an unexpected resignation, it can be stressful and overwhelming.  Here are some handy tips from The Recruitment Alternative to assist you when hiring staff:

Get Clear:

Getting clear on your business needs as well as what you are seeking in a new employee is key. Take some time to think about and answer the following questions:

  • What does the business truly need?
  • How does this position fit into the smaller team and wider organisation?
  • How will this role support the business moving forward?
  • What are the key skills and experience required for the position?
  • What is our company culture and what type of person will fit into this culture?

Once you are clear and your needs are clearly defined, formalise this in writing via a detailed Position Description.

Get Organised:

  • Have your calendar ready with days and times scheduled in for candidate interviews.
  • Know your recruitment process. How many interviews will prospective candidates have? Will they be required to do any additional testing? Plan ahead and ensure you have your interview questions and interview guides prepared. Having a clearly defined recruitment process will alleviate some pressure and you can also confidently communicate this to the candidates.
  • If you are interested in making an employment offer, don’t delay! In this candidate short market, candidates have no shortage of jobs to choose from and are quickly being snapped up!

Get Assistance:

Whether you are short on time, it’s your first time recruiting or you just find the process overwhelming, seek support and assistance from an experienced Recruitment Agency like The Recruitment Alternative. We will take the stress away from you so that you can focus on business at hand.

At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in New Zealand, we have you covered. Our experienced consultants recruit for roles in the areas of Customer Service, Digital Marketing, I.T, Retail and much more. Call us on 0800 587 546 to find out how we can assist you with your recruitment needs

Benefits of goal setting

Are you someone who regularly sets goals? Perhaps you’ve never given it much thought, or you might know and see the value in goal setting, but don’t actually schedule in the time to do it.  Setting both personal and professional goals is a great way to set you up for success in these areas and offer a number of benefits. If you are looking at making a significant career change from say administration to IT, or just looking for a new opportunity in a similar industry, setting goals can be a great way to get you to take action.

Let’s take a look at 3 key benefits of setting career goals:

Clear Focus and Intention

It’s one thing to have goals, but do you have them written somewhere where you can regularly revisit them? Having your goals written down and broken into small, short-term ones and medium to long-term, gives you something to focus on. When you can are clear about what you want, you become more focused on achieving it.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” ~ Tony Robbins

Inspired Action

Having a clear vision and something tangible to work towards gives you the drive and motivation to take action towards making it happen. Let’s say you are looking for employment as a receptionist. You are unhappy in your current job and you want to transition into a new role. You are more likely to take steps towards this goal if you write it down and then break it down into small manageable tasks. It can be overwhelming to look for a new job but if you write down a list of things you need to do in order to make it happen, you can work through it step by step.

Aids Motivation

When you map out your goals and can visualise the end result, you will be more motivated to do the work. When setting your goals, ensure they follow the ‘SMART’ principle: that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If you follow this approach, it will help to combat overwhelm and keep you on task when you feel like giving up.

Remember to celebrate your wins along the way as you achieve each milestone and goal. As you write out your goals, think about how you will celebrate once you have achieved it. This will help keep you motivated and on path.

At The Recruitment Alternative, we offer Jobseekers valuable tools to support you on your employment journey. If your goal is to write or update your resume or refresh your interview skills, we have some great resources on our website via our Job Seeker Help Centre. Come and take a look around: www.therecruitmentalternative.co.nz/job-seekers

Are you seeking a career change?

Are you thinking about making a career change but can’t seem to take the necessary steps to make it happen? Does the thought of starting fresh in a new job and the thought of dealing with Recruitment Agencies overwhelm you?

Sounds like fear may be holding you back from taking the leap. When making the transition across industries in particular, for example you may be a Receptionist looking for a new career in Human Resources, this fear and doubt can intensify.  Whilst finding a new job can be overwhelming, having the right tools and mindset will go a long way in helping you navigate the process.

Mindset Tips

* Don’t get caught in analysis paralysis; if there’s a role that sparks your interest or a company you would love to work for, take steps to make it happen. Make a list of the pros and cons the new role will afford you, both personally and professionally. Try not to overthink it and compare it to your current role.

* Good things happen outside your comfort zone; When you’ve been in a job for some time it’s easy to want to stay as it feels comfortable rather than take a risk and try something new. If you’re thinking about making a change, particularly to a new industry such as Administration to Sales, there’s a good chance it’s because you know it’s time for a new opportunity. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?!

* Trust your instincts; Only you know what feels right so check in with yourself if you feel doubt creep in. Think about why you might be resisting and know that when fear presents itself, it usually means you are on the right track.

* Seek support; Change can be uncomfortable but you don’t have to go it alone. If you are concerned about not having a current resume, or whether you have the skills necessary for a new career, seek support. There are great tools available at your disposal including information that’s available on The Recruitment Alternative website.

Support

At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, we have you covered. Our experienced consultants recruit for roles in the areas of Customer Service, Digital Marketing, I.T, Retail and much more. Not only do we showcase all of our current vacancies on our website, we also have an amazing Jobseeker Resource Centre to support you as you make the transition to a new job or career. You can access it here: www.therecruitmentalternative.co.nz/job-seekers/

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.

Self-Learning

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.

Wellingtons Budget Recruitment Agency

Wellingtons Budget recruitment agency, The Recruitment Alternative, recruits everything from Senior BDM to Accounts and Marketing positions.

Currently, in Wellington, the key to finding the right employee for your business can be following a few important steps.

Creating a correct Job Brief

– Recruitment for the role needs to be thought out and specific. So think about what you need the person to do. Make sure your job brief gives a true and correct example of what the role will entail.  Always share this whole job brief with your recruiter so we get the job done right the first time. “Time is money” and a placement carried out correctly the first time will save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Pre-Screening Applicants

– Also be wary of agencies that just pass on CV’s without conducting interviews. Your Recruitment Specialists should know your company, the vacancy, and the candidate. A Professional Recruitment Agency will only pass on the best candidates for you to interview.

Interview & Selection

– So always act quickly if you get the right candidate in front of you. The recruitment market is competitive. Great candidates don’t stay looking for long. If you get the best candidate through in the first interviews don’t wait. They may not be available a few weeks later when you’re ready to select the successful applicant.

Engage a Recruitment Agency you can trust

– Recruitment is a skill. Having a great Recruitment specialist that can identify a good match is key to retention. Therefore it’s good to understand that effective recruitment has a domino effect in the workplace. Employees see that you make wise decisions. As a result, this positive attitude will affect the quality of your products or services, and ultimately, your customers’ perceptions of your company.

The Recruitment Alternative is Wellington’s Low-cost recruitment provider.

Currently recruiting across New Zealand various roles from Admin / Sales Support, BDM, Real Estate roles and Factory staff.

Contact us on our Freephone line number: 0800 587 546 to book a no obligation, free consultation for your companies’ recruitment needs.