Job Seeking? Get onto LinkedIn

In this day and age, you are only damaging your job-seeking efforts if you’re not on LinkedIn. Almost every person regardless of their industry should try and set up a LinkedIn profile. Why? Because you get to speak to recruiters directly and also be tapped on the shoulder when a position becomes available matching your skills and experience.

Features to help jobseekers

On LinkedIn, you are able to turn on (in settings) that you are open to work and put a ‘badge’ on your profile picture to indicate you are open to work too. This lets recruiters and employers know you are willing to be approached about a new career opportunity. It also increases your chances of finding a suitable position in a short space of time.

Things to remember

It’s important that your profile is up to date and contains as much relevant information as possible to avoid providing the wrong details to a potential employer. Keywords throughout your profile are used to help recruiters find you, so be sure you have completed the ‘skills’ section on your profile. It is also worth mentioning that the profile picture you choose should be clear (not pixilated) and professional in appearance.

Something else to consider is building your network. Connect with recruiters, past and or current colleagues, potential future employers, etc. You are also able to follow pages to receive regular updates and job ad listings.

Recommendations and endorsements

A recommendation from those who have worked with you highlights your strengths and shows that you were a valued employee. You can obtain these by reaching out to your past managers and work colleagues to gain recommendations from them. Endorsements are also a great way to highlight specific skill sets you have. An effective way to gather up some of your own is by going through your trusted connections and endorsing them for skills. More often than not they will return the favour.

If you would like to keep updated with our job postings and connect with our ‘LinkedIn page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’. The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Starting A New Career From Scratch

You may have thought about a fresh start in your career but may not know where to begin. Starting over can feel daunting and can be a big step. Research completed by Seek shows that more than 1 in 3 people switch industries at some point in their lives. With 93% of them being happy that made that decision. What motivates people change career?

Why do people change careers?

There are many reasons why people choose to change careers and start from scratch. Some reasons could be:

  • To obtain a better work/life balance
  • High salary and or benefits
  • Further challenging themselves
  • No longer interested in the field they are in
  • To try something new
  • To feel more fulfilled in their employment
  • And more!

How to start from scratch?

  1. Research roles and the industry you would like to go into to find out more about what is really required. You may have an idea of something and think it’s what you want, then get started and realise it is something totally different. Research is key! Speaking with others in the field is also a great way to find out what it is really like. This can lead to networking which will benefit you when you’re ready to make the change.
  2. Look into furthering your education. When thinking about starting a new career you may need to consider completing a long or short course in order to become qualified and gain employment.
  3. If you’re not sure what career you want to move into but know you need a change, try a self-assessment as your first step. What are my strengths? If money was no object, what would I do? What gets me out of bed in the morning? What makes me happy and feel fulfilled? Who do I want to work with? There are some online personality and or career quizzes you can take too for some inspiration.
  4. Consider saving some money first. Sometimes with a career change, you may have to start from the bottom and work your way up. This could mean a change in income. You should try and set some savings aside for a financial buffer.
  5. Create a plan! Once you have decided what you want to do, write an action plan so that you can follow through on your goals.

Be Prepared

It’s important to be prepared for challenges to come along. Including self-sabotage! You may talk yourself out of your dream job due to fear of failure or because you feel like you’re not ready yet. You may be more ready than you think. Review your current skills and check how they may be transferrable to a new career. You can start by refreshing your resume and cover letter in order to highlight these skills.

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 operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

5 Recruitment Strategies Tips

Recruiting top talent takes a combination of creativity, diligence, consistency and communication. Here are a few recruitment strategies tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you attract job seekers, create a great first impression of your company and hire top talent.

1. Treat Candidates Like Customers

Whether it is a phone screen or an in-person interview, a candidate’s first impression of your company is critical. It’s important you make them feel you’re as excited about getting to know them. As they are about being considered for the role. Mutual respect is key. One of the easiest techniques is to treat candidates the same way you treat customers. For example:

  • Be respectful of their time – No matter the interview method, always be sure to show up on time. If you’re running late, let the candidate know as far in advance as possible.
  • Be hospitable – When a candidate arrives for an in-person interview, help them to feel comfortable. You could try asking them if they would like something to drink. Help them feel as welcome as possible as this will assist them in relaxing during the interview so you can get a more accurate read on who they are as a potential employee.
  • Make yourself available – Provide candidates with your contact information or a nominated contact person, so they’re able to reach out with questions and concerns throughout the process.

2. Social Media

This is a fantastic recruiting tool as we have seen in recent trends. Social recruiting allows you to share job posting with your entire network and encourages a two-way conversation. Even if the people you reach aren’t interested in the role for which you’re hiring, it’s likely they may know someone who is a good fit and may refer the job on. Also, by sharing photos and videos from company events or day-to-day office life, you give potential applicants a glimpse into your company culture.

3. Craft Compelling Job Descriptions

Writing an attention-grabbing and thorough job description is crucial to engaging with qualified candidates. Make it clear, precise and accurate to avoid confusion of responsibilities. You may want to consider:

  • Specific job titles – The more accurate your title, the more effective you will be in piquing the interest of the most qualified and interested job seekers.
  • Opening summary – Provide an overview that gets job seekers excited about the role and the company.
  • Don’t forget the essentials – Include core responsibilities, hard and soft skills, day-to-day activities, and explain how the position fits into the organisation.
  • Keep descriptions to the point – Job descriptions between 700 and 2,000 characters receive up to 30% more applications, according to Indeed Data.

4. Consider Past Candidates

Often when you hire for a position, there are a few talented candidates that end up not making the cut due to timing or other external factors. When you’re recruiting for a similar position, consider re-visiting the resumes of past applicants. You could end up placing a candidate in record time!

5. Include Current Employees in the Interview Process

Your employees can add valuable insight into a potential new hire. Especially if they work in the same department that you are recruiting for. Current employees can give an accurate description of day-to-day experiences and help candidates better understand what they can expect if hired.

Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 1300 548 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

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 tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’ or ‘Employer Information’ section on our website. The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Christmas Recruitment Tips

Christmas is quickly approaching. We are all starting to wind down and look forward to some rest and relaxation after all the Covid drama. However, before you pack up for the year there are some recruitment tips you should consider. Christmas recruitment is beneficial for many businesses, especially to have your team trained and ready to go in 2022. Here are some Christmas recruitment tips from The Recruitment Alternative.

Start Early

Santa may have a seasonal business, but many small to medium sized business owners in Australia and New Zealand do not. Planning for next year starts now. Know what new hires you need to make before the New Year so that you can decide if they should start now or next year. If recruiting this year is in your plans, it’s better to start early then waiting to late December.

Look Beyond Experience

It is a competitive candidate market out there. There is a lot of demand but not enough supply so don’t limit your search to candidates with similar work histories. Use scenario-based questions to determine whether they can do what’s needed. Candidates could have transferrable skills sets that with a little training could make them the perfect fit for your business. Just because they haven’t done this exact role before, doesn’t mean they won’t be good at it. You can always train those would an excellent work ethic and attitude.

Review Your Culture

Santa’s elves want to work for him because he is jolly and approachable and there is a positive work environment. The elves never fail to deliver the presents on time for Santa to give to all the children. If your company culture has taken a hit, it may be time to consider the following:

  • Building stronger employee relationships
  • Connect your team with a purpose
  • Have frequent employee recognition
  • Be more transparent and open with your team
  • Allow more autonomy or flexible working arrangements for balance
  • Check in with your team one on one

When you’re interviewing candidates for new roles, they will pick up on the company culture and vibe.

Leave Nothing To Chance

Use The Recruitment Alternative to take all of the hassle out of the recruitment process for you. Our expert team of Recruitment Consultants can find the right candidate for your business at an affordable price. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 (AU) or 0800 587 546 (NZ). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Interview Remotely

With lockdowns in place across NSW and VIC 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.

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.

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 Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

What Are Transferrable Skill Sets?

As a job seeker you may hear the term ‘transferrable skills’ discussed in an interview with either a recruitment consultant or hiring manger within an organisation. But what are transferrable skill sets defined as?

Transferrable skills refer to a set of your skills and abilities that go beyond your current job role or industry. These skills can be applied to almost any role regardless of the title. For example, if you are seeking to apply for a receptionist role and you are coming from a retail background, your customer service experience is something you should highlight as a transferrable skill set. To elaborate, you could mention your ability to build a rapport in a short amount of time, communicate effectively face to face or over the phone, listening to customers and providing them with appropriate information and feedback, etc.

How to apply this to your job seeking efforts

To apply your transferrable skills to your job seeking efforts, we suggest the following:

  • Tailor your cover letter and resume to the job you are applying for. Highlight keys words from the job ad in your resume that you have experience with
  • Prepare your responses for interview. Spend some time preparing your responses to typical interview questions specifically emphasising how your current skills can apply to this new position. Provide examples to the interviewer where possible
  • Obtain qualifications/licenses. Even though you may not have direct industry experience but have transferrable skills to offer, adding a qualification or license required for your desired new role, will only better your chances in being successful for it
  • Volunteering. Where possible, volunteering in the industry you are seeking to work in, is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and put into action your transferrable skills that you have to offer. It also provides a real-life example of how you can apply those skills in that new industry

How can you develop more transferrable skills?

If you’re looking for ways to develop more transferrable skills and even gain new ones entirely, we suggest taking some online short courses. Here is a list of reputable websites that offer free or affordable training on a range of topics and industries:

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 Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

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 manager 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 Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, etc. our highly skilled consultants are ready to find the right fit for your organisation. Contact us on 1300 548 546 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 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 1300 548 546.

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 1300 548 546.