Work-Life Balance In Your Business

One of the biggest drives for employees is whether or not they can achieve a work-life balance in their current or future place of employment. This factor often determines if an employee will leave or stay with an organisation. It’s not always easy to achieve in an unpredictable and fast-paced business environment. With so many other things to think about how can employers help create an environment to foster a work-life balance? Here are some great tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Support and Encourage Time Off

A break from the daily grind will provide your employees with an opportunity to switch off and recharge their batteries. It can also help boost productivity when they return and improve mental health. As an employer, you are showing your employees you support them and care about them. Burnt out employees are less productive, unhappy and more likely to leave.

Employee Feedback

Encourage and implement ways your employees can provide constructive feedback. Improving work-life balance can be achieved when employees are able to contribute in other ways to the business. They could introduce new innovations ideas, provide a different perspective, suggest new ideas, etc.

Flexible Schedule

If you are in a position to offer flexible conditions such as working one day a week at home, adjusting start and finishing times so employees can pick up children from school, being open to swapping days/hours around depending on life demands, etc. Then why not do so? Have a set plan in place and a guide of how you would like things to proceed so it doesn’t feel like employees are ‘coming and going whenever they want’. It’s all about finding the right balance with give and take on both sides.

Open Communication Lines

Work-life balance can look different for everyone. Once you have established a general guide of how you will support your employees, be sure to leave your lines of communication open. If employees feel comfortable approaching you and discuss a change in their circumstances (which may require some flexibility or understanding) they will feel more supported and you’re less likely to lose a valuable employee.

Balanced employees tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work, which increases the overall company productivity and can reduce the number of conflicts among co-workers and management. Companies who gain a reputation for encouraging work-life balance have become very attractive to workers and will draw a valuable pool of candidates for new job openings.

If you are looking to add to your team, as a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. including Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, 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 1300 548 546.

How To Effectively Work With Recruiters

So you have decided to engage the services of a recruitment agency, what’s next? To get the most effective outcome, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Be Prepared

Whatever position you are recruiting for, be prepared with all the correct information before speaking with a recruitment agency. Information such as position title, salary range, position description, ideal candidate etc. Also being able to articulate the company culture to assist the recruiter in finding the overall right fit for your business. 

Open To Feedback 

Recruitment Consultants have a great deal of industry insight which includes job market trends, appropriate salary range, industry tips etc. Being open to feedback and discussion is vital to finding the right candidate. For example, when there are more roles available than people looking for work, you may need to consider being flexible with your offerings. Be prepared to possibly increase the salary on offer. If a candidate is interviewing for a number of positions, employers may offer an increased salary and benefits to secure them. You may also need to be flexible with the years of experience or education levels of the candidates.

Interview Process

Always have your questions ready to go. Remember that there are questions that you are just not allowed to ask. Recruiters are happy to offer advice around this topic if you need it. However, questions about age, marital status, number of children, religion (to name a few) cannot be asked and leave you open to possible legal action. 

Whilst the candidate is there to be interviewed by you, they are also deciding if you are an employer that they want to work for. Be professional, positive and on time. Don’t forget really good candidates are usually in a position to choose who they want to work for. So you need to impress them too!

Move Quickly

With candidates having an abundance of jobs to choose from at the moment, they are often interviewing for more than one role at a time. If you interview a candidate and deem them suitable for the role you are looking to fill, it’s advisable to move quickly. Decide whether you would like to offer them the position or continue with the recruitment process. Candidates are often offered a role upon the conclusion of an interview. You do not want to risk losing them to the competition because you have been too busy to get back to them.

How To Choose The Right Agency

In today’s highly competitive candidate driven marketing finding and hiring the ideal candidate can be a challenge. This is why many businesses turn to recruitment agencies such as The Recruitment Alternative. Recruitment agencies can add real value to your business. By providing expert knowledge and contacts to help you find the right staff for your organisation. We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is high-quality candidates and the second is low-cost recruitment fees. We provide both! A quality recruiter will add value to the hiring process. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 to find out more about our affordable prices and high standard of customer service. 

Tips For A More Efficient Job Search

There is no denying that job searching can be stressful. You are not alone in feeling this way. Everyone wants to be sure that they make the right choices and apply for the positions that are best suited to their talents. On top of that, life is busy! Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to be more efficient when searching for a new job. 

Don’t Depend On Just Job Boards

Yes, our jobs board, Seek.com.au, Indeed etc. are great places to start however don’t just rely on these places when applying for jobs. Just putting together a great resume and cover letter and pressing send is not enough. Do the activities that will help you uncover the unpublished job openings where fewer applicants apply. Reach out to hiring managers directly with your powerful resume ready to go. Network on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to connect to not only potential employers but also recruiters. By connecting to other employees at companies you’d like to work for or with recruiters you may be the first person they come to when a position becomes available. 

Prepare 

This is something we have talked about often, however, you would be surprised at how many people are unprepared. Unprepared for job interview questions, on how to put together a winning resume and how to sell their experience. Never underestimate the power of preparation. When you have researched and practiced it will empower you. Your confidence will come through and help you stand out from the crowd. 

Company Culture 

With a ‘cultural fit’ being the deciding factor in many cases it makes sense to research companies culture as much as possible prior to an interview. This will help you to understand their values and if they align with your own goals. Check out their social media platforms as well for further insight. 

Know What You Want

This may seem obvious however a lot of candidates aren’t sure what they are looking for. So when it comes to the interview process they are not as confident as they could be. Even when they are made a job offer they change their minds in terms of salary, position expectations etc. If you know what you want you will not waste your time or anyone else’s time. Of course, sometimes it can be hard to find the ‘perfect’ job that meets all of your expectations. A good place to start is to consider the top three or four most important aspects of the next job you’d like before you apply. 

Follow Up

Not all good things come to those who wait. Being proactive and picking up the phone to follow up on your application often helps you to stand out from the crowd. This goes for post-interview after an appropriate amount of time. Even just sending an email thanking them for their time and that you are looking forward to hearing from them can make all the difference. In the ‘age of the internet’, a personal touch goes a long way!

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. 

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.

Return to work tips for mums

Are you a mum thinking about returning to work after years as a full time mum? You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed and confused about where to start. You may be thinking; how am I going to find a job? Will I need to go and complete further training? Will I find a job that offers flexibility around family?

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you navigate this transition:

Leverage off your network 

Speak to family, friends, former colleagues and employers and let them know you are looking for work. You just never know what might present itself and they can also keep an eye out for any opportunities for you. Also speak with other mothers you know who have returned to work and ask for their advice.

Update your CV

Ensure your CV is up to date and any gaps in employment are addressed, including the years you spent as a full time mum. You may want to consider an introduction paragraph to your CV titled Career Profile or Employment Profile. This is where you highlight your key strengths, skills and experiences. If you are applying for jobs across a number of different industries, you might want to consider having more than one CV and tailor your career profile to suit the industry.

Transferable skills

Take some time to think about all of the skills that motherhood has afforded you. Be sure to highlight these in your CV and you can also mention them during a job interview. Skills such as self-discipline, multitasking, sound decisions making and communication skills. Think about how these skills can add value to an employer and how they are relevant to the role you are applying for.

Seek support

There are a number of free resources available online to assist you in writing a CV and cover letter as well as help you prepare for a job interview. The Recruitment Alternative have a dedicated Job Seeker Resource Centre on our website which if full of valuable information. You can access it via this link: https://www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/job-seekers/

Whether you are thinking of going back to work full time, part time, or even one day a week, do your research, be prepared and connect with people and organisations both online and in person. Speak to Recruitment Consultants and start to build relationships with them. If you are on Facebook, you can connect with us there via this link:

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Good Luck!

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

Resume Writing Tips

The purpose of a resume is to help you secure an interview with a prospective employer or recruiter.  In this fast paced world we live in, employers and recruitment consultants often view hundreds of resumes. It’s important to showcase your expertise and suitability clearly.

Here are some resume writing tips to consider:

Relevance

  • If you are applying for a variety of jobs in various fields such as administration, sales and accounts, consider having a different resume for each position.
  • Pick out the key duties and responsibilities from the job ad. If your experience is a match, be sure to highlight this.

Consistency

  • List your education and previous employment information in reverse chronological order.
  • Check spacing between each section and each page.
  • If including information in Bold or Italic, ensure these are consistent throughout.
  • Include subheadings to separate the sections and have these clearly labelled.

Detail

  • Highlight relevant training, education, professional skills and even personal attributes.
  • Address gaps in your employment history.
  • Be sure to include any career breaks.

If you would like a sample format, you can download a copy of a Resume Template via the Job Seekers page on The Recruitment Alternative website.

Click the following link to be redirected: https://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/

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

Tips on How to Be Found Easily on LinkedIn!

Social MediaRecruitment Consultants often search the LinkedIn database for candidates that have specific qualifications and/or key words in their LinkedIn Profile.

After searching these recruiters are given “search results” that include a Profile view for each candidate and as a job seeker, you ideally want to consistently show up in search results for candidates with your set of qualifications, and rank higher than other candidates. This is frequently called LinkedIn SEO, or improving your LinkedIn search ranking.

And, you want to stand out from the other candidates and be incredibly interesting to recruiters so that they click on your Profile snapshot to learn more about you and, eventually, to get to your full Profile information.

How does LinkedIn “sourcing” work? How do recruiters search the database?

To understand the LinkedIn sourcing, search results concept; think about how you search online job boards for job postings. You go to a website Seek, Indeed, etc.), you enter your keywords, you might also click on an industry or job function from a drop down box, and you then get presented with job listings.

Do you click on all of them? Probably not. Instead, you only click on those that catch your eye and are most relevant. You would probably pay more attention to the listings on the first few pages, and may not even consider the ones on pages 3, 4, 5, etc.

So….

Recruiters search the LinkedIn database in a few different ways.

For example, some of them use the free, “Advanced People Search” function available to all LinkedIn members. Some search members and activities within specific LinkedIn Groups.

Others use LinkedIn’s paid service and this provides much better search functionality. And you can also find candidates in LinkedIn using a Google site search of LinkedIn.

Additionally, similar to the way job seekers sign up for “job alerts” to get notified via email whenever a new job gets posted that meets a certain set of criteria, recruiters can also sign up for candidate alerts to proactively notify them of new candidates who fit their requirements.

How can you optimize your LinkedIn Profile to fit in with this?

There are lots of things you can do to optimize your Profile. You want to help ensure that you show up in the appropriate search results, show up higher than other candidates (LinkedIn SEO), and you want to stand out among the search results.

You want recruitment consultants to see your Profile snapshot and think, “Wow, there’s the perfect candidate,” and then click to view your full Profile information.

Consider these tips:

  • Your Profile should be 100% “complete” (a.k.a. “All Star”) per LinkedIn standards.
  • Include a detailed work history, with clear job titles and well-written job descriptions that describe both your responsibilities and your key accomplishments. Most people stop at dates and job titles, wasting this opportunity to promote their experience and to add important keywords to their Profiles.
  • Within your Profile, include the keywords that tie to your preferred industry and profession. These keywords could be inserted in different areas within your Profile such as your job descriptions, Profile summary, headline and even your website descriptions. One of the best methods to find these keywords is to review recent job descriptions for the roles you are targeting and see what keywords are repeated over and over again.

    Most experts believe that users with more connections and more recommendations show up higher in the search results and it makes sense.  It’s also possible that Recruiters may only want to view candidates that have a minimum number of either one.

  • You’ve probably heard the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Very good advice! Do you have a professional, flattering Profile photo that looks like you already have the role you’re seeking? or do you need a photo makeover? This is an area where we recommend that you seek the feedback of a professional or objective source that will be honest about your online image. Don’t leave anything up to chance!
  • Does your headline effectively market your skills and abilities or is it, blah? Are you an “IT Professional” or a “Global VP of Technology | Technology Enthusiast | IT Guru ” Just a few additional words can make the headline, much more powerful.
  • In the job search, you need to market yourself like a company would market a product or service. Think of how many million dollars are spent each year to develop exciting taglines for products. Your LinkedIn headline is like your personal tagline.
  • Avoid using slashes between critical keywords, for example, “sales/marketing.” We know that the LinkedIn search technology does not always recognize the two words separately. Instead, use a comma with a space or, one of the nifty vertical slashes with spaces, like “sales | marketing.”
  • Don’t put a fake job in the “current job” section. We have seen a number of job seekers who put something like “Next Growth Oriented Company” or “My Next Job” as their most current company. This may negatively impact whether you come up in search results, and does not make a good first impression on the recruiters who do find you.

And Finally…

By following these tips, you increase the likelihood that you will show up positively in the search results, when recruiters are sourcing candidates that match your set of qualifications, education and experiences. I also recommend that job seekers learn more about the LinkedIn Recruiter software and how it’s used. Knowledge is power!