Spark Your 2020 Job Search – Tips From The Recruitment Alternative

If you want to spark your job search efforts in 2020, you’re not alone. A career change is often near the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolution list. January is one of the best times to start this hunt. To put yourself in the right position for that perfect opportunity, you need to start preparing now. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you on your way:

Update Your Resume

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.

Set Goals & Make Plans

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. In conjunction with refreshing your resume, be sure to tweak your 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.

Pick Up The Phone

Don’t solely rely on establishing your online presence and sending online applications, a personal touch never goes unnoticed. Once you have applied for a position contact the recruiter or business directly to follow up on your application. You can prepare some intelligent questions to ask about the position to help you stand out from the crowd and build an initial rapport with the hiring manager.

Research Businesses

With a ‘cultural fit’ being the deciding factor in many cases it makes sense to research companies with a focus on their 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.

Be Sure To 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.

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 centre for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job-seeking journey.

So you want to be a Recruitment Consultant?

Have you ever thought about a career as a Recruitment Consultant but don’t have a background in recruitment? Ever wondered how you might be able to break into the industry without previous experience?   The Recruitment Alternative believe the following skills and attributes are key to success in the Recruitment Consultant role:

Relationship Building:

Whether it’s with clients or candidates, your ability to build trust, confidence and rapport is vital. Clients need to know they can rely on you to thoroughly understand their needs and take the stress away from them in regards to filling their vacancy. It’s important to build relationships with candidates in order to maximize your opportunity of successfully placing them in a role.

Resilience:

In recruitment, no two days are the same and things don’t always go according to plan. A client may suddenly decide they no longer have the workflow to recruit for the position you were working on, or candidates may withdraw their acceptance of a role you just placed them in.  Whatever the situation, your ability to work through the day-to-day challenges and anticipate what’s ahead will stand you in good stead.

Intuition:

Trusting yourself and your inner knowing regarding whether a candidate is suitable for a role and being able to intuit a client’s needs outside of the information they initially provide you is crucial. You will need to read between the lines, ask clarifying questions and know how to draw out the information you are seeking from both candidates and clients.

Communication Skills:

Strong communication skills both verbal and written and your ability to communicate on a professional level is paramount. Communication is key as your days will consist of telephone and email conversations, preparing documentation, correspondence and administrative tasks.  This ties in with relationship building and the way you communicate with your clients and candidates, will determine the strength of your professional relationships.

The Recruitment Alternative has an amazing opportunity to join our team. If you’ve considered becoming a Recruitment Consultant, why not join an organization that offers flexibility, amazing training, ongoing mentoring and a supportive team culture.

Click on the following link to apply now: https://www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/jobs/csrct1-recruitment-consultant-part-time-home-based/

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/#

Administration Jobs in Melbourne

Are you looking for an Administration job in Melbourne? If you are in the middle of your job search you will know that a lot of companies are looking for administrative positions. That’s really good news, but it also means that a lot of candidates will be applying which means competition.

How to stand out from the crowd in Administration?

Having an outstanding resume is the best possible reflection you can offer a recruiter. It’s so important for you as a candidate to make your resume stand out. Be sure to include:

A strong opening statement or summary – What makes you unique? What can you offer an organization that someone else can’t?

List your key achievements – Perhaps you successfully handled all administrative functions when a new company was starting up. Noting this will make an impression far better than just a basic work history. If you have done something impressive why not show it off?

Add ‘key words’ – Many Recruitment Consultants and companies scan resumes for specific words and phrases. Try to use some of the language that is in the job ad, as long as it accurately reflects your background. For example, if a Recruitment Consultant or employer is looking for someone who can handle multiple phone lines, you should use the wording “multiple phone lines” in your resume instead of saying you “answered phone calls.”

Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program such as MYOB gives you an edge on your resume. The more skills you have to offer the more appealing your application will be

As a job seeker, you can’t afford to ignore the digital extension of your professional self. Prospective employers, recruiters and companies will most often than not search for you online. If you have a LinkedIn profile, it’s very likely to be the first result they find. If you have an account take some time to freshen it up, if you don’t have one we strongly recommend you set on up! To optimize your profile be sure to:

  • Add a current, clear and professional profile picture
  • Write a ‘grabby’ headline that sums up your skills, experience, highlight specialisations and what you can offer. Here is your chance to publicly share how you’re different!
  • List any links to things you may have worked on previously as examples of your work. Update your employment history to focus on your achievements and projects that you have worked on.
  • Add professional skills and have others endorse you (that can confirm your skills) and this will boost your profile.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more!

There are so many things to prepare for its easy to get overwhelmed. Remember to keep in mind the following:

Look the part – personal presentation is very important. If you’re attending a job interview for an administration position you wouldn’t dress as if you’re going to the gym or for a night out. This may seem obvious but you would be surprised!

Research the company – know who you are applying to so that you can tailor your resume and be a step ahead if you are invited for an interview

Stay organised – if you are in the process of job seeking you will of course be applying for more than one position. By keeping a note of who you have applied with will help you when you receive a call to discuss your application. You can also prepare answers for interview questions and relaxing techniques for nerves during interviews

What industries do we recruit for?

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 so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Melbourne.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia wide. So not only in Melbourne but Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth 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.

 

Resume Writing Trick or Treat? Tips from The Recruitment Alternative

Halloween is approaching, don’t get ‘tricked’ and let the next job you apply for slip away. Whether it is in retail, human resources, warehousing or accounting, here are some ‘treats’ from The Recruitment Alternative. We are Australia and New Zealand’s multi-award winning low cost recruitment agency here to help you win the next career opportunity in your chosen industry.

Job seeking is competitive, so why not do everything that you can to ensure you stand out from the crowd. This starts with your resume, below are the top 5 ‘treats’ from The Recruitment Alternative when preparing your resume:

  1. Don’t just list your responsibilities, also include your achievements. How you made a difference and contributed to the development of your department and or organisation. For example, if you are a Marketing professional, did you increase revenue and supply low cost solutions to your employer? If so, note these down! Employers want to know how you will be an asset to their organisation.
  2. Avoid using unusual font styles, sizes, layouts or colours. However, Graphic Designers may explore this to demonstrate their skills and experiences but should always ensure a professional resume is presented.
  3. Only include relevant information such as your work history, Education (qualifications) or licenses, achievements, a personal statement and skills/abilities. For example, positions within the Warehousing sector where a forklift license is often required, should clearly be noted on your resume otherwise it will be assumed you don’t have one.
  4. Address any obvious gaps in your work history with a brief explanation and ensure spelling/grammar is correct on both your resume and cover letter. If you’re apply for an Administration position and state that you have a ‘high attention to detail’ but have errors in your resume it proves quite the contrary.
  5. Ensure that your resume is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and flows correctly – mismatched content is confusing and unprofessional.

Don’t get ‘tricked’ by not being prepared, as any recruiter or hiring manager can tell you when shortlisting applicants your resume must meet most or all of the criteria in the position description. An employer doesn’t want to read what you think about yourself, they want to read about your results and demonstrated strengths. Your resume is a showcase of your abilities as a future employee both with layout/design and content, so why not take the time to make it stand out!

We recruit for all job categories ranging from Sales, Engineering, Reception, Customer Service and more, in both Australia and New Zealand. Our in-house recruitment experts have access to a large candidate database which allows us to provide our clients with the best possible service at a price that makes sense. For more information head to our ‘job seeker help center’ and why not pay our jobs board a visit – your next career opportunity could be a click away. Good luck!!

What Does An Effective Leader Look Like?

Employer portal front pageIt’s tough being an effective leader.  It looks a lot easier from the outside than it does once you’re sitting in the leadership chair.

We expect our leaders to make the right decisions, foresee much of the future, be calm in the face of adversity, never lose their temper, continually motivate staff, appease disgruntled customers and have excellent interpersonal communication skills every single day.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

People are not born with innate leadership skills.  They develop these skills over a period of time.  For the vast majority of us, being thrust into the leadership role can be a real challenge. Feelings of uncertainty and insecurity are not uncommon. 

The good news is that you can improve your leadership skills by following a common sense, step by step process.

The first thing we need to do is work out: What is an effective leader?  The following are effective leadership characteristics that the experts tend to agree on.

Five Characteristics of an effective leader:

Role Models – Good leaders understand that their attitudes and behaviours set the tone and culture of their workplace. Like it or not your attitudes and behaviours are often copied in the workplace by your staff. If you scream a lot when you’re frustrated then don’t be surprised if you catch your managers screaming at their staff when they’re frustrated. If you’re dismissive of your customers then don’t be surprised if your staff show the same unconcern towards the people who provide your income. Effective leaders are aware of their behaviours and make a big effort to behave in ways that will bring out the best in their people.

Never belittle staff – Effective leaders always treat their staff with dignity and respect. They are never condescending or demeaning even when their staff fail to perform.  If an individual is failing to perform there are many things you can do to rectify the situation – belittling them is not one of them.  At the end of the day your staff run your company.  You may make the big decisions but they do all the implementing.  They manage your accounts, look after your clients, make sales and represent your business every day. To disrespect your staff is tantamount to a general belittling his troops before a battle.  

Good listeners – This is not as easy as it may sound. Effective listening requires that you move out of your comfort zones. It is, of course, easy to listen to things that you agree with but the true test of a good leader is to listen to things that you don’t like or make you feel uncomfortable.  As a leader you must develop the capacity to patiently listen to all sides of an argument carefully before making a decision.

Know when to take responsibility and when to praise others – A good leader will take responsibility when things go wrong and praise their staff when things go right even though that may not entirely reflect reality. The least effective leaders blame others when things go wrong and always take the credit when things go right.  Constantly blaming others for failures will also promulgate a culture of blame within your organization, which is the last thing you need.  Giving credit to others when things go right is an amazingly powerful motivational tool for your staff and it’s entirely free. Taking responsibility when things go wrong will earn you a great deal of respect.

Never stops learning – A good leader is always looking for new ideas and new ways of doing things. Given the rate of change and the disruptive nature of new technology it is essential that you make time to keep abreast of changes that may impact upon your business. This includes new technologies, new operational models as well as new players in the market.  An effective leader will keep a close eye on the competition with a view to adopting good ideas.  

 

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!

 

How To Handle “Meet The Team” Interviews!

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“Meet The Team”

In this day and age it often gets to the point in the interview process when you have had a great meeting with the Hiring Manager and are invited to a “meet the team”-style interview where you will get exposure to the people you’ll be working with if you decide to join the company.

These sorts of interviews are normally and hopefully much more informal than previous ones and they definitely give you the chance to get a good feel for the culture of the business, as well as allowing your future co-workers to see if you are likely to be a good fit.

They can often be quite interesting meetings, so that is why We have come up with some tips on how to blow them away when faced with the difficult “meet the team” interview.

Don’t Be Lured Into A False Sense Of Security

It does depend on the type and style of the interview, you might find yourself in a situation where you feel like you are just chatting with some nice friendly people – but beware!

While they may seem trustworthy and very happy to be mates, this could be an act to find out more information from you and for them to discover what you would really be like to work with.

Our number one tip would be to be friendly, but a little bit cautious. You definitely want to connect with these people, but you also don’t want to muck it up in the final stages.

Be Yourself – But Not Too Much!

Following on from the last point, whilst this interview is an opportunity to show off your personality and show them the “real you”, you have to keep your guard up and show the best possible version of yourself.

You will probably feel relaxed and sense that you can share things with your new prospective co-workers – but they really don’t need to know about those all night dance parties that you go to at the weekend or indeed that you got fired from one of your jobs for always being late!

Be mindful and ensure you still treat this as a professional interview and stop yourself from telling them anything you wouldn’t want your boss to find out.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Occasionally, these sort of interviews will take place in a bar or restaurant to take the more formal edge off the situation.

However, this is scary ground as a lot of your potential colleagues will be taking this as an opportunity to indulge in a drink or two – so do you drink or stay sober?

Well, it’s really up to you, but definitely don’t have more than one drink. Do you really want your co-workers’ first impression of you to be drunk you? Didn’t think so!

Show An Interest In Your Potential Co-Workers

Even though this situation is all about getting to know you as a person, it’s also a fantastic chance for you to ask some questions about the people you may be working with.

People really love it when someone takes an interest in them, and it shows that you have a real interest and enthusiasm for working with them and at the business.

Now, we are not talking about questions like “What star sign are you?” or “Are you single?”, but asking them how long they have worked for the company, why they like it so much and what the culture is really like – questions like this are perfectly fine.

Good Luck!!

The 12 Days of Job Hunting – Christmas 2015

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Find a New Job!

The countdown to Christmas is on but don’t rest on your laurels. If you make a plan to get ahead of the game with some festive job preparation it will make things easier in the New Year

So, how can you spend the last few days of 2015 making sure that 2016 is your year and your career is in full flight?

Day 1: Refresh your Resume

Make sure you rewrite and alter your Resume to reflect each job that you apply for. Always think about what the recruiter or employer wants to find out – and give it to them early. Most recruitment consultants scan CVs, spending less than 15 seconds on the first page, so ensure you highlight all of the great stuff at the beginning.

Day 2: Plan your assault

Run your job hunting search like a military campaign. Don’t just fire off application after application, compare what you want to do with what you are qualified to do. This might make other career options open up for you.

Day 3: Social networking

If you have not already started to use Twitter, LinkedIn™ and Facebook to look for jobs, you are missing out. Advertising jobs is costly to companies, so many recruit through social media. Joining the big three above also leads us into…

Day 4: Make contacts

Chatting to Recruitment Consultants informally and keeping up to date with companies is a great way to find out about jobs before anyone else. Get on Twitter or LinkedIn™ and connect with them. Be useful, link to interesting news and ask questions. Make phone calls and arrange to meet for coffee. What’s the worst that could happen?

Day 5: Tidy up your online presence

Increasingly recruiters are looking at your online presence and will Google your name, so make sure you keep those strange and dodgy Facebook pictures private. Look through your online history – you’ll be surprised how much you want to hide. Then, tomorrow…

Day 6: Brand yourself

Why not consider having your own site to showcase your capabilities? You should tailor this to your job interests, so a wannabe marketer should show well-written copy while someone with an interest in fashion should demonstrate a keen eye for the latest trends.

Day 7: Research leads

You have found a job you like, tweeted the recruiter and are looking to take the next step. Make sure you do your research thoroughly. Look through the company’s media centre and see what it has been up to in the press. Read articles about the sector it operates in. Be critical. Think about what you would do to improve the business.

Day 8: Be strong and resilient

It’s easy to be downhearted over Christmas if your job search isn’t going well. Don’t take rejection personally and remember that a recruiter’s needs change, so that no could become a yes.

Day 9: Refresh your wardrobe

Sometimes you need a treat and Christmas is the perfect time to do this. Make sure you’re ready for a potential interview by dressing smart and feeling good.

Day 10: Broaden your view

You are probably already looking for jobs across Australia, but have you considered working abroad? Europe and the USA are always popular options, but with industry booming in the Middle East, China and India, why not be adventurous?

Day 11: Set your 2016 goals

Make your New Year career resolutions early. Don’t forget to make social, personal and money goals too, and review them monthly.

Day 12: Relax

You are now prepared for the January job hunt. Grab a mince pie, it’s Christmas.