Hybrid Work Environment

After the impact of Covid-19 and having to adapt working conditions to cater operating from home, a hybrid work environment seems to be the way of the future. Meaning that employers are offering a combination of in-office and work from home days as part of the standard working week. This level of workplace flexibility is extremely appealing to most and according to Seek research, 56% of job seekers want new employers to offer a hybrid work environment with a strong emphasis on working from home.

Why does this new style of flexibility matter?

A hybrid work environment typically refers to the ability to work from home and in a physical office. However, workplace flexibility can cover many things. Such as start and finish times, how many days per week, random days off (RDO), etc. But why does flexibility matter?

  • It offers a work life balance for employees which many believe is more important than a pay rise
  • Employers can save on overheads
  • Attracts top talent who are more likely to stay for the long haul
  • Employees are more engaged and productive which can boost business
  • Builds a strong culture and brand for your business

Ideas on how to help your team work remotely

There is a lot of technology out there now that can help you stay connected to employers when working remotely. You can do this through task management apps such as Asana, chat apps such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, video calling or meetings through Zoom or other platforms, file sharing via the Cloud, screen recordings to show employees step by step instructions on how to complete certain tasks, phone conference sessions, and much more! If you want to offer a remote work environment there is something out there that can meet your needs while providing you ease of mind.

A clear structure is vital

Offering a hybrid work model sounds good on paper, but in practice can be complex if there is no clear structure. Without structure, you risk the whole idea collapsing and looking unprofessional. Here are some things you should consider:

  • Staying connected – employees will need to feel connected to the organisation to maintain productivity and purpose. This is where assistive technology and regular engagement with your team is vital
  • Feedback – creative an open environment for feedback, it’s worth asking employees how they feel they can maintain regular check-ins and communication, especially if what you have in place is not really working
  • Clear operating systems – Keeping track of employees individually and as a team can feel like a task of its own. Having a defined system in place on how to do this for your work from home staff and in-office staff is vital. Have everyone on the same technology and not have it split up, this will make communication much easier.

Hybrid work environments are increasingly sought after by all talent. You risk being left behind if your workplace doesn’t offer some level of flexibility to your employees. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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 key words
  • 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 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.

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 Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, BrisbaneSydney, 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.

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 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.