Attract The Right Talent Through Your Brand – Australia’s Affordable Employment Agency

Is your SME is struggling to attract & target talent, you will need to think about its appeal to candidates. Including whether its employer brand is compelling to others.

Your firm’s ‘brand’ is composed of the values that underpin your business’s culture and how it operates.

A powerful employer brand is therefore vital. And it isn’t just there to lure those who may have never heard of your company before. In fact, there may be many suitable potential employees among your long-time existing customers.

Why you should Attract and Target talent through your brand?

Here are a few reasons to create and maintain a strong employer brand.

  • It attracts more candidates – So if you concentrate on your employer brand, you will be able to attract applicants to your future vacancies, website or online campaigns – and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If applicants have heard good things about your firm or seen an advertisement online highlighting the benefits of working for your organisation, they are more likely to want to find out more. Start a Facebook page, update it often and create a buzz.
  • It encourages referrals – An organisations brand is not only about how you market to and handle new candidates. It’s also about how you treat your current workforce, clients and customers. If your employees are happy in their roles at your company, they are more likely to say all of the right things about their brand to their friends, family and jobseekers. The opposite is also true, and they will likely discourage others from applying.
  • It helps to find like-minded applicants – An organisations brand should demonstrate the values, ethics and culture behind your business – and by communicating the right messages about what your brand truly stands for, you will be able to better attract likeminded individuals.

By hiring people who understand and identify with your brand

And see your vacant position as more than just a job, also truly believing in the importance of what your company does, you can improve retention and as a result, not have to spend so much time and money on continually hunting out new talent.

Younger employees are attracted to positions that offer a culture of continual growth and instant feedback. Sometimes even valuing these aspects of a role over salary. This age group are also particularly brand-conscious, developing an attractive brand image will encourage them to consider your organisation.

If you are looking to develop your firm’s employer brand, why not take advantage of the employer resources currently available through The Recruitment Alternatives webpage? As well as guides to executing a successful online recruitment campaign, our Recruitment Consultants can work alongside you to ensure that you find the right talent for your business.

In addition, the experienced recruitment consultants at The Recruitment Alternative can help guide you through this process. So check out our Employee or Job Seeker page for more helpful advice or contact us today.

Call: 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:

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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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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.


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:

LinkedIn Profile Tips

LinkedIn is a very popular professional networking platform, where job seekers and employers can connect. As a job seeker, it can be tough to find a job on your own. Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage, especially against candidates who do not have an account.

What can you do to improve your profile?

Some employers look up their potential employees online, so why not have a professional profile for them to view? LinkedIn is basically an online extension of your resume. You can build your profile to be a positive reflection of your skills and experience you can offer a new organisation. Especially if you are applying for Marketing, Social Media or other such positions that would utilize online tools such as LinkedIn. Here are some tips on how to fine tune your LinkedIn profile:

  • Professional Profile Picture – Don’t have a party shot or a blurry selfie, ensure you display a clear, current and well-presented image of just you.
  • Updated Information – If you’re going to have a LinkedIn profile be sure to keep in current. If an employer is comparing your resume to your profile and notices discrepancies it’s not a good look as a future employee.
  • Positive Endorsements – On LinkedIn other professionals can ‘endorse’ your skills and leave feedback on their experiences with you. Having this positive feedback helps back up what you have listed on your resume.
  • Network – Take some time to build your professional network, endorse others, leave feedback and they could return the favor. This helps support your profile and increases your exposure to potential opportunities.
  • Proof Read – On a professional plat form correct grammar and formatting is highly important. Always proof read and even triple check yourself!
  • Follow Positive Influencers – Following relevant influencers on LinkedIn helps to put a range of interesting content in your feed, which you can then share with others when you think it adds value. It also helps to give context to your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating your passion for what you do.

Always be mindful of what you post online and use social media platforms to your advantage, not your disadvantage. If you are looking for a new position The Recruitment Alternative is current recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to access our jobs board and while you’re there pay our job seeker help center’ a visit for some more tips and hints.

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.

Finding a Job as a Payroll Manager

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Finding a Job as a Payroll Manager

Looking at your options and want to work as a payroll manager?

As Payroll Manager it is your job to manage the payroll department within an organisation. If you’re good with numbers and would like a position with lots of responsibility, this job could be the ideal position for you.

You definitely need to possess the management skills to lead, motivate and develop a team of people. You also need to handle pressure really well as you will most certainly be working to tight deadlines in this position.

To get into this job you would usually need experience in payroll. Employers are likely to be more interested in your skills, track record and industry knowledge than your formal qualifications.

Your Working Day

As a payroll manager, you run a payroll department or team responsible for paying wages correctly and on time. If you work within a payroll bureau that provides payroll services for a number of different clients, you could manage a number of teams.

Your management responsibilities would involve:

  • Supervising and training the payroll team
  • Creating payroll policies and procedures
  • Advising on tax and pay laws
  • Managing computer software and systems
  • Analysing and reporting on financial data
  • Checking and auditing payroll to make sure regulations are met.

You could also be in charge of a company benefit scheme, making sure that benefits like medical care, pensions or bonuses are managed properly. Working with the human resources department, you could also conduct equal pay reviews or get involved in staff recruitment.

In smaller teams or companies, you might also carry out general payroll administration duties together with your team, including:

  • Calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer
  • Deducting tax and national insurance payments
  • Processing holiday, sick and maternity pay and expenses
  • Calculating overtime, shift payments and pay increases.

Working hours and conditions

In a full-time job you would usually work, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary work are both widely available.

You would normally be based in an office and you could spend most of your time working at a computer.

Entry requirements

You usually need up to five years’ experience in payroll before progressing into management.

For jobs at management level, employers are likely to be more interested in your skills, experience and industry knowledge than your formal qualifications. You would usually be expected to have a good knowledge of payroll legislation.

You may be able to join a payroll department with experience as a manager or team leader in another type of office environment. You would usually need to have some experience of accounts.

Training and development

You would be expected to have a good knowledge of payroll practices and laws before starting as a payroll supervisor or manager. When you start a new job, your employer will usually provide on-the-job training in their own company systems and procedures.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a payroll manager you should have:

  • The ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Good mathematical and IT skills
  • Good spoken and written communication skills
  • An organised approach
  • Logical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • The ability to manage your time and meet deadlines
  • Honesty
  • Respect for confidential information.

Finding a job

The use of recruitment agencies is one of the best ways to look for a job as Payroll Manager. If you pick the right one, you will quite possibly partner with them for your career not just to find you new jobs but they may also help you with market and salary information, careers advice, resume advice and even for recruitment within your own company if the need arises.

It is therefore imperative that you work with the best recruitment consultants you can find.  You can find good recruitment agencies via research – look at websites and see if any testimonials are published.

Make sure you research and that you work with recruitment consultants who have either worked in the area that you have been involved in or who have been in recruitment in that sector for a long period of time.

Working with a recruitment agency should be a partnership. For the consultant it is in their interest to get you a job as they will be paid by their client if they get it right. For you, the time and effort of finding the right role for you should be eliminated as you should have an experienced, knowledgeable and professional recruitment consultant working on your behalf.

If you work with a professional, experienced and knowledgeable recruitment consultant they will communicate with you very well and will give you lots of information to enable you to not only get an interview but also to do well in the recruitment process!

Good luck!


How to avoid nasty surprises at salary review time

Salary Negotiation Tips

Salary Negotiation Tips

A recent survey conducted by TMP indicated that about 50% of Australian workers believe they’re not getting a fair deal at their salary review time; and 75% of workers feel that their salary does not accurately reflect the work they do.

Understandably, we lay the responsibility of our salary short-falls squarely on the shoulders of the employers, however, there are definitely times when we can influence how much we earn. By being pro-active and showing some organisational nous you can increase your say in terms of your earning capacity and avoid those negative salary review surprises.

Here’s what to do:

1. Do not make the mistake of relying entirely on your manager to closely monitor your achievements/progress. Some managers might have the time to do this, but most are too busy doing other things. Regardless of whether your organization has a formal individual performance management plan in place make sure you closely monitor your own progress. Track your achievements by writing them down in your work diary. Do not just include your major achievements either. Smaller achievements when added up over a year or six months look very impressive.

By doing this you will at salary review time be able to produce a detailed and accurate record of all your achievements for the year. Such information is difficult to refute, especially by managers who haven’t been managing you properly.

2. Be sure you stay abreast of all the important changes and priorities of the organization. By knowing what’s important for the organization or section your work in you will be able to make better quality decisions; i.e., decisions which are more relevant and useful to your employer. Few things impress a manager more than an employee coming up with timely solutions that address an organisational priority.

3. Make sure you record your invisible but important contributions. Invisible contributions are those little things, which we generally do everyday and make a huge contribution to the running of the organization. They’re called invisible because no one knows you’ve done them and they’re important because without them the organization cannot function properly. All too often we’re not given any recognition for our invisible contributions. So it’s up to you to begin recording them along with your other achievements mentioned in section 1 above.

An example is: successfully handling an irate customer over the phone and thereby not losing them as a customer, not to mention preventing potential bad mouthing of your organisation (what could be more important to your employer?). Another example is providing consistently excellent customer service by doing the little things such as returning calls on time, taking the time to listen properly and explaining things clearly. If you think about it the list is virtually endless.

The key to recording invisible contributions is mentioning the outcome/s of your actions. Saying you diffused a difficult situation does not have the same impact as saying: “As a result of calming the customer down I was able to retain him on our books.”

4. Be sure that your manager is aware of your achievements and contributions on an on-going basis. Do not wait until salary review time before you surprise them with all your great work. A good manager should be having regular meetings with you to discuss your work, but unfortunately this does not always happen. So it’s up to you to make sure they’re kept informed of what you’re doing. Keeping them informed does not have to take place in formal situations. It can be as simple as mentioning it over the water cooler or sending them a quick email.