Office Support Jobs in Adelaide

Are you looking for an Office Support job in Adelaide? If you are in the middle of your job search you will know that there are a lot of companies looking for office support. That’s great news, but it also means that a lot of candidates will be applying which means competition!

How to stand out?

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

Preparation Is Key!

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.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative as an affordable employment agency, is that we operate Australia wide. So not only in Adelaide but Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, etc. We can offer you affordable employment solutions at a low-cost price point to suit your budget. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today.

Job Seeking Tips During Covid-19 Virus

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we all need to find new ways to adapt until we are all through the other end. The employment space is quickly changing and evolving across the globe. With all these changes brings uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some job seeking tips for during this period.

Look For The Demand

There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent study by Victoria University, the following top 4 industries are in demand:

  • Heath Care – aged care workers, nurses, dentists, social workers/mental health workers, etc.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Industries – legal services, accounting services, IT, computer system design, veterinary services, call centre, retail worker, cleaners, etc.
  • Trades & Construction – engineering, labourers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, etc.
  • Education & Training – primary and high school teachers, early educators, Tafe/RTO trainer/assessors, etc.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Technology

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. Such as Zoom, Skype, ZenDesk, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, and more! Being familiar with multiple platforms will help avoid potential technical issues, user errors, etc. during interactions such as a job interview.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay apart of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center’ a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Job Seeking Tips For The Christmas & New Year Season – From The Recruitment Alternative

We are almost at that time of year again. You may be thinking of pausing your job seeking efforts and picking it back up again in the New Year or maybe you have been considering applying for a new position but feel like you can’t now. You might want to think again! Here are some great job seeking tips from The Recruitment Alternative for the Christmas and New Year season:

Think Ahead Of The Competition

You shouldn’t leave applying for your dream job until next year because that is exactly what everyone else is going to do! Think a head of your competition and adjust your job seeking strategy. Employers still advertise during this period and while everyone else is putting their efforts on the back burner and the competition thins, you can jump in and land your dream job.

Casual/Temp Work

You may find yourself in between jobs at the moment so why not apply for contact/temp work or Christmas casual positions? You could end up working for a company that may just be so impressed with you they offer full time work. Look for alternative avenues to get your foot into the door.

December Rush

As we discussed employers will often advertise during this time of year, especially within December. More often than not their goal is to train up a new staff member and have them ready to go in the New Year. They will also be keen to finalise their recruitment process which puts you in an excellent position to negotiate.

Easier To Reach

With the end of the year approaching staff are less likely to take extended holidays for obvious reasons. This is a great opportunity for you to actually be able to speak to the right person! They will be winding things down, finishing up projects and clearing their calendars. Take your job seeking efforts to the next level and engage with potential future employers, network, maintain contact with recruiters and let them know of your availability and take advantage of the ‘holiday spirit’ that often puts people in a happier mindset.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to ourjobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our job seeker help centre 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 Australia.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia wide. Which includes Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at 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 Write A Great Resume

Resumes are critically important documents. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you cannot produce a good resume, chances are you won’t even get to an interview, let alone win a good job. Here are some tips on how to write a good resume:

1. Make it easy to read

Dot points are very good in this regard. Difficult to read resumes can often find themselves in the waste bin, especially if the reader has lots of other applications.

2. Keep formatting neat and consistent

Try to make every page as consistent as possible. Avoid obvious poor layouts like starting a new heading at the bottom of a page.

3. Change your resume to suit the job you’re applying for

Lots of people have many years of experience under their belts and cannot include all of it on a single resume. Leave out the irrelevant bits and include all the things you’ve done that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

4. Get your spelling right!

Many employers will not interview people who cannot be bothered to check their spelling and show poor attention to detail.

5. Do not exaggerate

You’ll just be wasting your time and others’. Remember people do reference checks. Our resume template below has been designed to provide you with a structure which will allow you to include all your employment details in a logical and easy to follow format. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.

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. 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/therecruitmentalternative.com.au/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Here we share the latest job offerings, industry tips and articles.

Good Luck!

Phone Interview Tips

Phone interviews are more important than you might think. Whether it’s a scheduled call or ‘on the go’ you must be prepared to respond appropriately. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you land a second interview.

Receiving the Call

If a recruiter or employer has contacted you for a phone interview, should treat it with the same importance as you would a ‘face to face’ meeting. Which means you need to be prepared!

  • Ensure you are in a quiet location where you won’t be interrupted or distracted
  • Use a reliable phone that has good reception
  • Have your resume and cover letter in front of you – a recruiter will have your application in front of them as they are conducting the phone interview. Don’t risk blanking or making something up when they start asking specific questions
  • Get ready to take as many notes as required – these could help you if/when you’re successful to the next stage of the application process

During the Phone Interview

How you conduct yourself and respond to questions during a phone interview will determine if you progress or not. Thinking about your tone of voice is very important. In a face to face interview it allows to you make an impression based on several visible factors. Such as body language to help convey your interest and enthusiasm about the role. Thus, over the phone the tone of your voice and how you respond is extremely important. You should sound clear, engaged, upbeat and friendly. This is particularly important for Reception, Sales Consultant or other such roles where your phone manner is critical.

Some other things to consider are:

  • Listening – You will obviously be asked questions as this is an interview, however it is important to listen and respond correctly. This is a great opportunity to show a perspective employer or recruiter you are a great listener. Let the interview guide the conversation and respond accordingly
  • Don’t dominate the conversation – You don’t want to give the wrong impression by over answering or waffling on when responding to a question or making a comment. Be direct and to the point
  • Be ready to answer questions – Being prepared with adequate responses to standard questions will give you an edge. Take some time to think about how you would respond to questions regarding salary, your availability to start this position or attend an interview, why you are leaving your current position etc.
  • Prepare questions – Along with note taking, have a list of pre-prepared questions or even questions you noted down during your conversation to discuss with the interviewer

 After the Phone Interview

After the phone call, send an email thanking them for the interview. Make your final impression before entering the next stage of the process. You may also consider following up on the progress of your application after an appropriate amount of time has passed.

Phone interviews are becoming more and more common in the recruitment process. That’s why it’s important to know how to use them to your advantage! They are also often used to screen out basic incompatibilities which is why they should be taken seriously.

For more information including further tips and advice head over to our ‘job seeker help center’. The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Warehousing and IT – just to name a few! Why don’t you pay our ‘jobs board’ a visit, your next career opportunity could be a click away.

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.