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.

Interview Remotely

With lockdowns in place across New Zealand, you may find yourself in the position of being interviewed remotely. That may be over the phone or Zoom (or other video chat platforms). Although other states may not be in lockdown, you may still find yourself in the position of being virtually interviewed. But, how can you successfully interview remotely? From The Recruitment Alternative, here are the top 5 things to consider:

Prevent Technical Difficulties

There is nothing worse than coming across internet connection issues. Prior to your interview, be sure to check your connection to avoid any technical difficulties or glitches. Ensure you have downloaded the required video chat software prior to your interview time and run a test. Have all other tabs closed in advance so you are not distracted during the interview and so it doesn’t affect the video chat by slowing it down.

Your Appearance

Just because it is over video chat in your home, doesn’t mean you should not dress for the job. Still dress according to the industry you are interviewing for, with your goal being to look professional. You should also consider your background. Can you see your messy kitchen counter in the background or your unmade bed? Aim to have a plain and natural background with plenty of lighting on your face as possible.

Interview Best Practise

As you would for any other interview, prepare, prepare, prepare. You should:

  • Still conduct appropriate research of the company you are interviewing with
  • Have questions prepared
  • Be body language conscious
  • Prepare your outfit in advance
  • Be ready to go 10 minutes in advance
  • If headphones are needed, use an appropriate set that has been tested so that the interviewer can hear you and you can hear them
  • Thank the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview

Body Language

When interviewing remotely your body language has never been more important. Don’t forget to smile, when listening nodded to show you can hear and understand, sit up straight and in the frame so that the interviewer can see you correctly and avoid any visual distractions as they will notice your eyes darting around and not maintaining eye contact.

Interview Remotely: Take Notes

During the interview, take notes on a note pad not on the computer you are using to interview on. It would be handy to keep a notepad next to the computer should you need it. You can use it to note down the answers to your prepared questions if needed. It would also be handy to keep your resume printed off and near you as well for reference.

So, how can you successfully interview remotely? We hope you now feel more confident to tackle your next virtual interview.

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 centre’. 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

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.

Looking For Affordable Recruitment?

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

Our Value Proposition

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

Why Choose Us?

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

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

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

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

What Industries Do We Recruit For?

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

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

Our Client Feedback

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

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

Fiona – Promo Brands P/L

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

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

Steve – Apex Display

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

Looking For Affordable Recruitment – What Are Our Prices?

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

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide which includes Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc.  We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost pricepoint that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

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.

Recruitment Trick or Treat?

Halloween is approaching, don’t let your new hire be a recruitment trick or treat lucky dip. 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.

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!

  • 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. Also 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Company Culture – 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 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. Recruitment trick or treat – No risk with The Recruitment Alternative.

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.

Christchurch’s Affordable Employment Agency

Christchurch’s affordable employment agency, The Recruitment Alternative, recruits everything from Senior BDM to Accounts and Marketing positions, and more. Currently, in Christchurch, 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 Employment 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 an Employment 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 New Zealand’s Low-cost employment agency provider.

Currently recruiting across Christchurch 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.

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!

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.