Job Seeking: Review Multiple Job Boards

To give yourself the best shot at finding your new employment opportunity, it’s important to review multiple job boards during your job-seeking efforts. Many businesses and recruitment agencies will use more than just Seek to share job vacancies.

Job Boards To Review

Here is a list of the top job boards we recommend reviewing as part of your job seeking efforts:

Tailor Your Approach

If you are applying for a position within a specific industry, try looking for industry-specific job boards to narrow your search. For example, if you work within the Environmental Industry you could try looking for environmental jobs on: https://environmentaljobs.com.au.

Or if you are in the Engineering Industry you could try: https://www.engineeringjobs.com.au.

It’s important to study the job description when applying for any job, no matter the industry. Tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly. Consider, are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths key areas vital to this role?

Personalised Technique

Consider crafting genuine thank you emails for the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. It should go to the interviewer/s and or the recruiter involved. The speed at which you send your thank you email and the overall quality will make an impact.

If you would like to keep update with our job postings and connect with our ‘Facebook page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Perth: Interview Tips To Win The Job

From The Recruitment Alternative. Australia’s Affordable Recruitment Agency.

Are you in the process of job-seeking in Perth? If so, you would have noticed that is a lot of companies looking for Business Development Managers, Receptionists, Research and Development Leaders, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, etc. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

Here are some Interview Tips from The Recruitment Alternative to be prepared for the competitive recruitment market:

Body Language

Communication experts tell us that only about 10% of our communication is represented by what we say. Another 30% is represented by our sounds and 60% by our body language!

Obviously, what you say at an interview will go a long way to securing you the job. However, how you say things also plays an extremely important role. In fact, some experts strongly contend that how you say things is more important. During your interview, be sure to:

  • Maintain a confident posture by sitting up straight and keep your hands relaxed in front of you (crossed arms projects being closed off)
  • Use natural hand gestures while speaking – when resting, face your palms up as it projects honesty and engagement
  • Nod your head while listening and maintain eye contact
  • Avoid fidgeting as it conveys nervousness and can seem unprofessional

Prepare Answers

Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance.

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers want to know the following key things about you:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these three questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions.

Demonstrate Your Research

Adding to being prepared to answer any question, in your preparation you should also research the company. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. The rule of thumb is the higher the position you’re going for the more you should know about the company and the industry. Any questions you can ask about the company during the interview is also helpful and shows you are taking an interest in a potential future employer.

Things To Avoid

Important things to avoid during an interview are:

  • Arguing – avoid arguing even if you know you are right, you may want to demonstrate your knowledge by arguing your point. It only demonstrates that you are predisposed to arguing and can look unprofessional depending on the circumstances
  • Being negative about yourself – don’t put yourself down during interviews or downplay your abilities. Interviews are about selling yourself and highlighting your strengths and how you would be an asset to the business.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer or talk over them – we often hear that interviewers get frustrated when they are confronted with a talkative interviewee who interrupts or ‘waffles on’
  • Being fake – in an attempt to demonstrate being cheerful or have a pleasant disposition interviewee can amplify certain traits such as smiling excessively, laughing too much, nodding too much, etc.
  • Unprepared questions – some questions may come up organically during the course of the interview. At the end of the interview, you will often be asked if you have any questions, try to have some prepared in advance from your research of the company to avoid asking potentially embarrassing questions or asking too many questions

After The Interview

Highly successful job candidates are alert to the fact that an interview often does not finish when you walk out of the interview room. One of the things these candidates do is adhere to simple but important post-interview actions that often yield great results, such as:

  • Following up at least three days after the interview – you can thank them for their time, reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and open the line for communication should they require any further information
  • Contact references and let them know to expect a call – tell them about the job you have applied for, the company who will be calling, etc.

We wish you the best of luck for your next interview!

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 Perth.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia and New Zealand wide. So not only in Perth, but also 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.

Australian Skills Shortage

We are sure you have heard in the news this week that Australia is continuing to face a skill shortage. These skills shortages are in all capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Bolder reforms to the training sector have been suggested to tackle this issue quickly. The apprenticeship and traineeship numbers have fallen to a ten year low according to the Sky News. Research by ARG Group shows that “75% of employers are experiencing difficulties recruiting qualified or skilled workers”. There has been talk of a skills package overhaul worth 525 million dollars, however, how can this help you now when you need to find suitable staff?

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to be prepared for the competitive recruitment market:

Move Quickly

It is critical to move quickly when you find a suitable candidate that ticks most, if not all of your boxes. Chances are they are also interviewing with the competition so moving quickly will avoid missing out on a potentially suitable applicant. Dragging your feet will only bring negative outcomes in this climate.

Competitive Salary Rate

One of the most common mistakes employers make is offering an inaccurate low salary package. By remaining competitive and offering more you will attract top talent! This will only boost your business in the long run with experienced and enthusiastic staff.

Company Culture And Brand

Smart business owners know the best investment any company can make is hiring the right people. A very common question asked by candidates to recruitment consultants is: “What is the company’s culture like?”

So, you have paid top dollar for you talented team of staff, but if your culture is less than ideal why will they stick around?  If your brand has a bad reputation this will also reflect poorly on your company and put off experienced workers.

Take some time to polish your brand and improve your company culture before you begin the recruitment process. Employees tend to stay longer if there is a positive workplace environment. In some cases, employees will accept less pay for a more supportive, relaxed and flexible workplace environment.

Research Your Competition

Be proactive when it comes to making sure you are competitive in the market before advertising your vacancy. A simple Google search can identify what your competitors are looking for in terms of experience, what salary range they are offering, what qualifications they are requesting etc. Once you have done this research highlight what sets you apart from them. Do you have career progression available? Do you offer a work life balance? Is your location central and easy to get to? What makes you different?

Work With A Recruiter

If you find yourself struggling in this competitive market to find a suitable candidate, you would have also noticed all the valuable time and energy you are wasting. Working with a recruitment agency such as The Recruitment Alternative won’t just save you time and money. We will leave no stone unturned in the recruitment process, we draw from our talent pools, industry networks, candidate databases and more!

If you’re looking to add to your team, The Recruitment Alternative can help you find the right person. We look at the whole picture to ensure they are not only technically sound but a cultural fit too. As a generalist multi-award winning recruitment agency, we offer affordable fixed price recruitment solutions. We operate across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth as well as within New Zealand. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

How To Make A Successful Career Change

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

Take A Step Back

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

BrainStorm

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

Up-skill 

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

A New Job In The Same Industry? 

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

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

How Small Businesses Find BIG Talent

Large businesses often offer candidates the big brand name, several bonuses and benefits aligning with a large pay package. So, how can small businesses compete with the top guns and recruit the best possible talent? Fortunately, it is quite easy because there are many candidates looking to work in smaller companies. For example, smaller businesses often have less employees therefore the hierarchy is easier to climb and is less competitive. This offers employees more of a chance for career progression. Smaller businesses also offer opportunities in broader job profiles which allows them to build their learning and capabilities where often the larger companies are very job specific. Here are some more ways small businesses can compete with larger ones:

1. Offer competitive compensation

This can vary by industry and how many other roles to the same regard are available. By conducting market research and surveys, a ballpark figure will emerge. From here, creating benefits and perks to add to that or increasing the figure- you will attract the right candidates.

2. Provide a flexible workplace

Most large organizations have the expectation that employees will work normal business hours in their head office. They are unable to support further specific requirements as there are too many employees within their organization. By providing candidates the option to work in different environment, such as from home, or with flexible hours they are more likely to apply for your role. Allowing this point of difference makes your organisation attractive and appealing to a larger pool of candidates. 

3. Don’t use generic job descriptions

Try to change the responsibilities of the ideal candidate by adding extra duties and using less “wordy”, descriptive tasks. Generally, this is provided in bullet points, which is more likely to be read by candidates. Also, try using language that is consistent with your company culture as this will also ensure the right people are found in the talent pool. 

4. Use diversity to your advantage

Most candidates look for diversity before agreeing to signing a contract and commencing a role. For example, women will look for and be wary of gender equality in their workplace. Large organisations can fall into the trap of being too busy to be mindful of this. Therefore smaller companies can use this to their advantage by ensuring a diverse workplace of people from different parts of the world and different genders to attract top talent.

Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s affordable solutions for new roles you are hiring. Also, take a look at our testimonials for feedback from happy clients in small or large organisations who have used these tips to their advantage.

Accounting Career Tips – Sydney

A career in accounting will have its challenges but also great rewards. Sydney has a competitive job market, so how can you stay ahead of the competition? Here are 5 tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you along your accounting journey. 

1. Have A Focus

With many different types of accounting jobs available you need to decide on your area of interest. Some employers offer experience across a range of disciplines within the field but having an idea of the type of career path you’d like to take can give you an edge. Being able to articulate the type of specialisation you think you’d like to do shows that you have drive and passion, have researched the industry, and are looking for a career, not just a job. 

2. Get Certified

A great way to secure yourself a position or even enter the field is by standing out from the crowd with impressive certifications. Certificates like the CA (Chartered Accountant) or CPA (Certified Public Accountant) are both not easy to acquire and do require additional courses, however, the long term results can be fruitful. You can also network with Professional Accounting Associations such as CPA Australia, Institute of Public Accountants etc. 

3. Be Tech Savvy 

In today’s digital age it’s important to keep up with the ever advancing trends within your industry. Experience with particular software or programs could be a deciding factor between you and the competition. Some common software to familiarise yourself with is:

  • MYOB
  • Xero
  • QuickBooks
  • NetSuite

Of course, some firms may have a different in house software but not being foreign to accounting software will only benefit you in the long run.

4. Expand Your Knowledge 

Be proactive when it comes to your own learning and development. Research and keep up to date with the latest developments and qualifications within accounting and finance. You want to be able to remain competitive and current. As mentioned above networking can help you stay in the loop. 

5. Gain Experience 

It would be near impossible for you to jump straight from university to a top accounting firm with no experience in between. Starting to gain some experience during your degree will put you a step ahead. Having experience listed on your resume along with the recent completion of your university degree will surely impress! You can gain experience through internships, small accounting businesses, volunteering etc. This is also where networking can play a huge part, be sure to have an update LinkedIn profile to assist you. 

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. 

Why You Should Hire Mature Aged Workers

A 2015 Intergenerational Government Report projects that the number of Australians aged 65 and over will more than double by 2055, when there will be around 40,000 people aged 100 and over. For anyone running a business, this presents both a challenge and an opportunity. Everybody wants to feel they can make a contribution of value, be involved, and earn respect, even older workers. Consider the opportunities that await them and your organisation when you give them that chance. Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring mature aged works by The Recruitment Alternative.

Benefits of Mature Aged Candidates

  • They are a steady and reliable source of skilled labor
  • Mature aged candidates may offer decades of relevant experience you require for the role opposed to younger candidates
  • Your younger employees may be offered valuable mentoring
  • They are not aggressively seeking to advance their career; they may be perfectly comfortable in the role they land for years longer than younger staff. You probably won’t have to worry about them playing political games that can spoil any office environment
  • Mature aged candidate tend not to be job-hoppers – and turnover can be very expensive for any company
  • They’re likely to be surprisingly technological savvy. Boomers are comfortable using computers. Where there are skill gaps, they can and are eager to learn
  • An older candidates will be appreciative for an offer of employment – they know they’re fortunate to be working at their age. Consider that loyalty is a very valuable and rare commodity today
  • An age-diverse workforce makes sense since older employees represent a large segment of the buying public. They may know that market better than the rest of your team.

Change Your Focus

It’s popular at the moment to focus on recruiting young, fresh talent who can add a new dimension to the workforce. Especially with the growing technology demands. However, by doing so, businesses are neglecting a wealth of professional knowledge that can only come from workers who have accrued years of expert experience. Whilst the millennial generation may hold the advantage of technological knowledge, older workers bring forth a predisposed set of skills that cannot be taught or replaced.

Age discrimination means lost opportunities

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2015 National Prevalence Survey of Age Discrimination in the Workplace, found that one of the biggest barriers to Australians enjoying longer and more productive working lives is age discrimination. This discrimination is widespread and affects all kinds of Australians, everywhere. As outlined above, there are many benefits to employing mature aged candidates. Don’t miss out on a potentially suitable candidate because of a stigma. Be sure to consider all the options and think outside of the square. 

Our experienced staff will take a detailed job brief to ensure we find the right fit for your organisation. We recruit across Australia for roles at all levels. Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Engineering 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. 

World Cup Fever! How To Be The Best “Captain” For Your Team

Continuously improving your leadership skills not only improve your chances of career progression but also help you inspire your team. Just as the soccer teams in the World Cup, you need to be able to depend on your goalies, mid-fielders, defenders etc. This starts with the captain, you. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help improve your leadership skills.

Effective Listening

One of the most important skills for a leader is listening. Without listening skills, you are not able to get feedback and understand others. A large part of communication skills involves listening, so it makes sense that leaders would want to establish open communication lines with staff. Effective listening skills will also help you when it comes to customer and client contact.

Motivating Others

Motivation increases productivity. To effectively lead your team, understanding how to motivate others is key. But how can you effectively motivate others? Here are some suggestions to try:

  • Ask for input
  • MentoringLeadership Skills
  • Provide opportunities for professional development
  • Employee recognition
  • Allowing employee autonomy
  • Set clear goals
  • Team-building activities
  • Thanking staff
  • Understanding employee differences and how to use them effectively

Delegate

Most leaders find this difficult to do. Some even view it as a weakness. If you try to take on too many task, you’ll struggle to get things completed on time and at a high standard. Effectively identify each of your employee’s strengths and assigning duties based on their skill.

Your employees will have the opportunity to add upon their skill set, contribute to the team on a different level and potentially develop new ideas to present. Delegation also allows you to focus on other important aspects of the business.

Positive Role Model

World Cup

As a leader, you are always being watched by your staff, so modeling the qualities that you would like to see in your team members is always an effective strategy. Maintaining a positive attitude, willing to admit and learn from failures, having a clear vision and taking initiative are all positive qualities. As Robin S. Sharma said: “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”

Hiring New Staff

Effective hiring can make all the difference when adding to your team. This may be a task you need to delegate too! Whether you work in Accounting, Marketing, IT, Engineering, Warehousing etc. The Recruitment Alternative can help you find the right person. We look at the whole picture to ensure they are not only technically sound but a cultural fit too. As a generalist multi-award winning recruitment agency, we offer affordable fixed price recruitment solutions. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Top 5 tips on how to be an amazing Sales Consultant!

Wondering how to improve your selling technique? The Recruitment Alternative, Sydney and Melbourne’s, low cost recruitment agency are happy to offer our ‘top 5 tips’ to help you be an amazing Sales Consultant and stand out from the crowd.

Selling is an art, a balance of persuasion and charisma. Selling and buying is not a purely intellectual exercises as both buyer and seller are emotional human beings. Which is why engaging and connecting with your buyer is so important. If you think about it would you like to purchase an item or service from a pushy rude numbers focused Sales Consultant who could care less about you as the buyer? Or someone who is friendly, informative, clear and takes the time to listen and respond? Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top 5 tips to help you be an amazing Sales Consultant:

  1. Empathy – This entails adapting your behavior to the customer’s mood and emotions. This begins with listening, observing and responding accordingly. This also builds trust, which any sales pro will tell you is absolutely necessary to build lasting relationships. Empathy shows that you care about the buyer and you want to help them (or their business).
  2. Be an expert in your field – Know everything there is to know about your product and your competitors products so that you can justify to your customer why your recommended product is the right one for them.
  3. Stay optimistic and learn from ‘bad sales’ – Spending lots of time on that sale that falls through can be frustrating and somewhat discouraging. Learn to put bad sales behind you and quickly approach new opportunities with a fresh start. Treat each failed sale as practice and think about what you learned from it to improve upon next time. As the saying goes practice makes perfect!
  4. Problem Solving – Sell the solution not just the product, a product or service sale results from solving a problem first. The desire to solve a problem helps you create new ways to satisfy the customer’s needs.
  5. Follow up – Go the extra mile and write down the names and contact information of your customers and follow up with a brief call or note to make sure they are 100% happy with their purchase or service. This is how you can encourage customers to refer you on to others. Don’t underestimate word of mouth and the power of a great customer service experience.

For more information and tips 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. The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand, roles at all levels in Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design, Administration 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.

Change in the Workplace – How to Make it Easier on Yourself

successTNChange in the workplace can be very difficult but you can make it a lot easier for yourself

In this month’s article we’re going to explore one of the most difficult things leaders need to deal with – changing how your business operates.

Changing what your staff do and how they do it can be one of management’s most frustrating experiences, even though implementing change in the workplace is critical to survival, let alone success.

Great ideas with potentially great outcomes can often turn out to be very disappointing because your staff fail to implement the changes you want them to, or they implement them in a piecemeal and less than complete way.

Let’s face it most people love their comfort zones. They enjoy having certainty at work.  Knowing what to do and how to do it gives them a sense of control and ease.

Change can be frightening for staff.  The minute managers start talking about change, staff begin to worry. They start asking the questions like:

  • Why are they making these changes? The existing system is fine!
  • Will I be able to do this? What happens if can’t?
  • What does it mean for my job?
  • How much time will it take me to learn all of this?
  • Do I need to start talking to recruitment agency to find another job?

The good news is that change can be executed in a way that will bring about better outcomes.  In other words, there are good ways and a bad ways of implementing change in your workplace. By avoiding the bad ways and embracing as many of the good ways as possible you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcomes.

Here’s what to do!

Explain to your staff why you’re making the changes and what’s in it for them

If staff are told why the changes need to be made and how these changes will affect them you will get far greater buy in and cooperation. Staff are usually much more cooperative if they can see the reasons underlying change, especially if they know that if the changes are not implemented it may ultimately end up costing them their jobs!

Also, it’s vital to tell staff how the changes will affect them in terms of daily duties, job security, hours of work, training etc.  By giving them all this information upfront you are significantly reducing uncertainty and stress levels.  People want to know where they stand.

If people are going to be made redundant it’s better (and ethical) to tell them upfront.  Hiding redundancies until the last minute will not endear you to anyone.

By being upfront about redundancies everyone will know where they stand. Those being let go should probably be let go as soon as possible.

It also helps to assist these people with finding another job. Get in touch with your recruitment agency or recruiter and see what they can do.

One step at a time

As much as possible avoid implementing lots of changes all at the same time. Your people will be overwhelmed and most likely resentful if a whole bunch of change is thrust upon them in one go. It’s much smarter to have a plan of change wherein the changes are implemented in a logical step by step order. One change at a time is much better than a bulk change in one fell swoop.

Seek your staff’s advice

A very important practice is to invite your staffs’ input on the best ways to implement the change.  There’s a good chance they will be able to provide invaluable advice on the best way to do things.  Avoiding errors will save you lots of time, money and frustration.  By letting your staff have a say on how things might be done you will be going a long way to getting their buy in and cooperation.

Celebrate the small successes

Make a song and dance when you reach a milestone, even a small one. Publicly thank the hard work and cooperation of the people involved.