Affordable Recruitment For Small Businesses

Our value proposition is that you no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates. Here at The Recruitment Alternative, we offer affordable recruitment services for small businesses. 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 fees. We provide both!

How are we so affordable?

This is a question that we are asked often. “How can we provide such an effective recruitment service at such low recruitment prices?”

The answer is simple. We are able to offer a highly effective recruitment service by adopting a range of innovative reforms.  These reforms allow us to provide our clients with high levels of service at a low cost. You no longer have to pay high prices to access a great recruitment service.

Check out what we do to keep our prices down:

  1. Lots of work means we can keep our margins low.Due to our budget pricing and our very high service levels we get lots of work. Because we get lots of work, we’re able to keep our prices down.
  2. We work very hard to keep our administration, infrastructure and marketing costs down.We save thousands of dollars by aggressively eliminating unnecessary expenditures. There are no fancy offices with city views and no long client lunches for us. Much of our work comes from word of mouth!
  3. The bulk of our consultants’ pay comes from successfully placing a candidate with our clients.If we don’t place a candidate our income is severely curtailed.
  4. We’re not greedy.Conventional agencies charge, on average, 12% (and even that’s on the low side). 12% of, say, a $70K role is: $8400. That’s $8,400 for a single placement. We think that’s excessive. If you agree why not contact us for a chat?
  5. Excellent Recruitment Service at a budget price!

Simple Flat Fee Structure For Small Businesses

Our affordable pricing model is simplicity itself. We have a 3-tiered low-cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited. To view our current pricing please click here.

Three Month Replacement Guarantee

We understand that when recruiting for a small business, affordable and affective recruitment is key. As well as having peace of mind during the process.

We enjoy a fantastic reputation amongst our clients for providing them with a cast iron, no questions asked three-month replacement guarantee. It’s one of the reasons 80% of our business is repeat business! Should a candidate we place with you leave within the first 3 months (for any reason) we’ll start the whole campaign for you again for the small fee engagement fee.

We are a low-cost recruitment agency with the in-house experience to recruit in all job categories. Our budget recruitment model allows small businesses to source all your recruitment needs at a price that suits your budget for your small business. We’ve helped clients across Australia and New Zealand by identifying and recruiting the best talent every day.

To find out more about our affordable recruitment services and how we can help you and your smallbusiness, contact us today!

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.

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.

How To Make A Successful Career Change

Seek reports that in Australia, 57% of people have made a career change before and 19% have done so in the last twelve months. If you have been thinking its time for a career change, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Take A Step Back

A good place to start is by taking a step back and having an honest self-assessment. A career change can mean significant life changes, not just work changes. What do you want from your career? Are you prepared to do to reach your end goal? What makes if unhappy about your current job? By evaluating your situation and asking yourself these easy questions you can help set up you for success. 

BrainStorm

If you are feeling uncertain, a good way to get all your ideas out is to ‘brainstorm’ your career change. Write down your ideas, research alternatives, start networking and even seek the advice from a career counselor. 

Up-skill 

By seeking a career change you may be required to possess specific experience. Be sure to research your options and investigate your educational opportunities. By networking as suggested in the above point, you can also speak to those directly in the field you are seeking to enter. They will be able to provide you with real-life advice and experience to help you on your journey. 

A New Job In The Same Industry? 

Considering an alternative role within the industry you are experienced in, could be the change you needed. Have a chat with your employer and see what options could be available for you to grow with the company. 

When you’re ready to start applying for jobs in your new industry, be sure to write a cover letter that reflects your aspirations, as well a resume that is refocused based on your new goals. Check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey. 

5 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers

It may seem like a cliché to make a list of resolutions for 2019. But the New Year is actually the perfect time to commit to actions that will positively affect your career. Over the Christmas break, you’ve probably had some time to reflect on the previous year and are eager to shed bad habits and start over. Saying you’re going to do something is the easy part. If you’re really serious about finding your dream job this year, here are some great resolutions from The Recruitment Alternative to try and keep:

“I Will Make A Plan”

Once you have decided on your new goals it makes sense to make a clear plan. To ensure you can reach your career goals, making a plan that takes you back to the basics. Refresh your resume, cover letter and build a professional online presence. Make a list of companies to target in your search and set realistic daily job seeking activities. In your plan, you can dot point the next few steps such as preparing for an interview, negotiation tactics etc. 

“I Will Work Positively With Recruiters”

Working with recruiters can make all the difference in your job seeking journey. They can offer you fantastic advice, prepare you for an interview, provide you with feedback on your resume, negotiate on your behalf etc. It’s important to always respond in a timely fashion and, be open and honest with your recruiter. Don’t waste your time or a recruiters time by applying for positions you are not qualified for. Always read job ads carefully, recruiters act on behalf of employers so being professional at all times will help you to stand out from the crowd. 

“I Will Build And Maintain A Professional Network” 

In today’s job-seeking market, an online presence is a very important step on your job seeking journey. Make sure your LinkedIn and Seek profiles are current. Make new connections and continuously cultivate existing connections. Use social media, there are many jobs seeking groups and other such networks to connect with. Don’t forget other tools such as the good old telephone, to stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Take advantage of industry events and other networking opportunities to meet new people in your field.

“I Will Remain Positive”

You may not find overnight success when job seeking. More often then not these things take time so it’s important to remain positive and don’t pass up on good opportunities when they arise. Reward yourself regularly for small victories and take on feedback. While you’re working on goals specific to job hunting, it also makes sense to enhance your work-related skills. Look for opportunities to better yourself and help improve your job prospects. 

“I Will Think About The Kind Of Job I Really Want”

If you’re going to take the time to look for a new position, it should be something you really want to do. In other words, determine what will make you happy and what exactly you want from a new position. Is it a higher salary, more flexibility, added responsibility, and authority etc. A work-life balance is one of the most important and trending things to many job seekers. You will save a lot of time by knowing what you want, what you will compromise/negotiate on etc. 

Seeking a new job is always going to require exceptional effort on your part. Following these suggestions along the way should help you to move toward a successful search in the new year. Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey. 

Happy New Year! 

Questions To Ask During Interview

Interviews are very much a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you, your skills and experience. It is equally important to find out if the role is a good fit for you too. Preparing questions to ask your potential employer about the position and the company, will not only provide insight but help you to stand out from the crowd by engaging with the employer and displaying interest.

Your opportunity to ask questions typically comes at the end of the interview. It would be best to have at least two or three questions prepared that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to succeed in the role, and the fact that you’ve done some research on the company or industry etc. Try to avoid closed questions which result in ‘yes or no’ answers. Open-ended questions allow you the opportunity to find out more about the employer, engage and build a rapport in a short space of time.

Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top five suggested questions to ask during an interview:

1 – Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

2 – What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

3 – What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

4 – Could you describe the company culture and dynamics?

5 – What are the next steps in the interview process?

For further tips and advice heard over to The Recruitment Alternative’s job seeker help center by clicking here. While you’re there check out the position we have listed on our jobs board. We are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Sales 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 1300 548 546.

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 focussed 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.com.au/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.com.au/job-seekers/

Christmas Recruitment Blog – Part One

Christmas Recruitment wrap-up.

It’s that time of year again. Time for a Christmas Recruitment wrap-up. The sound of jingle Christmas songs in the shops and fairy lights on the high street can mean downtime in activity as candidates and clients alike start to focus their attention on Christmas ham, BBQ parties and time out with their families. When should a recruiter switch off “selling mode” and instead embrace the festive Christmas Recruitmentseason?

To tell the truth, I don’t think we do stop – we just change why and how we are doing it. I am not suggesting that we sit up on Christmas eve on Seek & LinkedIn posting jobs (although some of us will be)  nor turning up online on Boxing Day.

It’s a great time to reach out! Let’s call it the “December Drive”

This is a great time of year to speak to individuals you haven’t updated with for a while – book in a January visit as a minimum to review a client’s needs, offer to take a client out to a Christmas or a January lunch as a thank you for all their time spent with you this year.

Think about adding that little bit extra value to your clients? A bottle of wine, nice chocolates or a selection of boutique cupcakes is perfect if you know that’s more their thing – it’s a small price but a huge gesture to your top clients, plus it makes you feel nice too! Make a list of first calls of the new year for those people who you haven’t managed to speak to before the holiday. Your goal is to have the first fortnight of the year booked up – if you do that likelihood is you are ahead of your competition.

Don’t just speak to your clients

Make time to speak to your supervisors, team leaders or boss! So, take a minute out to let them know you value their contribution. Take time to find out what they are doing for the holidays. Where are they going? What are they reading?

Remember time away from work for an undervalued worker, is an opportunity to job search. Let your great staff know they are great, valued and needed for the coming year’s challenges.

Take the time out to plan your recruitment year ahead.

Who can you see within your organisation that could be pushed to learn a new skill? Take on a new task? Be offered a new position? Where are your recruitment gaps? Look at your older employees and look at a succession plan. Christmas Recruitment time-out can help towards a great coming year.

Get in contact with The Recruitment Alternative

The consultants at The Recruitment Alternative are recruitment experts. Understanding the changing workforce and planning for the future – These are skills where we have a full bank. Contact one of our knowledgeable Recruitment Consultants for an obligation free chat.  Let us do what we do best.

The Recruitment Alternative, Low-cost Recruitment Solutions for your business.

Contact us: 1300 546 548

Job Seekers: Check out our Job Board. New vacancies added daily.

Recruiting administrators in NSW

Recruiting administrators in NSW is a tough gig.

When even the most junior administration roles require qualifications and experience. It can be difficult to get your foot in the door.

Recruiting Administrators?

Here are some tips to increase your chances of getting noticed.Recruiting administrators

  • Transferable experience is the key.
  • Prospective employers and recruitment consultants want to see that you’ve got it. And you can’t get it unless someone gives you a job.
  • The trick is to find ways of describing your existing experience to show that you have what it takes.

Administration work is about being organised, managing time, and resources. Most importantly meeting office deadlines. So start thinking about what experiences you already have. And how you will get this across to the interviewer.

Most noteworthy, good recruiters always ask behavioral based questions. These questions are designed to elicit the truth. Focusing on the How and What of working through a task.

As a result, the difference between a successful interview and a bad one often comes down to the questions asked.  Successful recruiters ask questions that force candidates to explain in detail the how and what of what they claim. So be ready to answer these questions.

Pick out the skills most relevant to Administration and make sure you have good examples.

Essential skills to cover are:

  1. Leading a team
  2. Communication
  3. Being able to plan and execute tasks to a deadline
  4. Problem-solving
  5. Know your typing speed and programs you can use.

Because competition for administration roles can be fierce, don’t be too upset if you don’t get accepted on your first try. Try again.

Job Seekers can check out our webpage for new vacancies, job interview tips and templates.

Remember: After the interview, ask for feedback if you are unsuccessful.

The Recruitment Alternative Contact us today –  1300 548 546