Frequently Asked Resume Questions

As recruiters, we are often asked “what should I include on my resume?”. So, we have put together a list of frequently asked resume questions and answers to help your resume stand out from the crowd.

How far back should my work history go on my resume?

The general rule is about 10 years give or take depending on the roles you have previously held. It is always beneficial to make a note at the end of your employment record saying, “previous work history beyond this point available upon request”.

Do I really need a summary or objective statement?

The short answer is yes! However, your summary shouldn’t be very long, use clear language and get straight to the point. There is a difference between summary and objective to keep in mind. Summaries describe your work and experience and an objective will state your short-term or long-term goals.

How long should my resume be?

This is dependent on your work experience and education history, typically up to 3 pages is the average.

Should I put my birthdate on my resume?

We always advise keeping personal information off your resume, such as birthday, gender, full address, relationship status, photo of yourself, etc.

Is it still applicable to include hobbies and interests?

Adding hobbies and interests should only be done so when appropriate and relevant to the job you are applying for. Sometimes employers will review this section of a resume as a ‘pre-screen’ to you being a cultural fit for the organisation. It is also the perfect place to list down any volunteering you’ve been doing or have previously done.

What order should my resume be in?

  • The recommended flow of a resume is as follows:
  • Personal details – name, contact information, etc.
  • Objective or summary
  • Education
  • Career history
  • Skills – tailor this for each job you apply for using key words
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • References

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity.

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.

New Job Market Trends

With all the changes that this year has brought it is no surprise that there are new job market trends to be aware of. 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 report completed by Seek.com.au, the current top 20 jobs in demand in Australia are as follows:

  1. Nursing
  2. Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
  3. Aged & Disability Support
  4. Automotive Trades
  5. Admin Assistants
  6. Sales Representative/Consultants
  7. Physiotherapy, OT and Rehabilitation
  8. Childcare & Outside School Hours Care
  9. Chefs/Cooks
  10. Retail Assistants
  11. Developers/Programmers
  12. Mining – Engineering & Maintenance
  13. Labourers
  14. Road Transport
  15. Psychology, Counselling & Social Work
  16. Dental
  17. Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
  18. Plant & Machinery Operators
  19. Business/System Analysts
  20. Mining – Operations

Salary Trends

With all the alterations to the job market, it makes sense that salary trends would also change. When it comes to a salary range, there are many factors that can impact how much money you should be asking for. Such as how long you’ve worked in the industry, qualifications, achievements, demand for skills, etc. Click here to check what salary range you should expect for your current or future job role.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay a part 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.

The Recruitment Alternative

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.

Have You Been Made Redundant? Employment Ideas To Get You Back On Track

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, many people found themselves in the unfortunate position of being made redundant. The employment space is quickly changing and with all these changes it can bring uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new employment opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some employment ideas and tips to get you back on track after being made redundant.

Review Your Resume

A great place to start is by reviewing your resume. Refresh and refine it with current information and tailor it to each job to apply for. Highlighting how you and your experience make you the right fit for the employment opportunity.

Planning and Routines

After being made redundant, especially if you have worked for the organisation for many years, it may seem like a daunting task to start applying for jobs. Don’t rush into it but instead, make a plan and put a routine in place. For example, you may want to choose 9:30am every day to apply for 10 jobs. It’s important not to just everything for ‘everything’ you see but research the roles and apply for those to which your skills would a match.

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.

Interview Practice

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. However more importantly, you should take some time to practice and prepare for an interview. This includes both your written, verbal and non-verbal skills. You may want to check out our blog on ‘Over Coming Interview Nerves’ for more assistance in this area.

As a generalist employment 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.

Australia’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency

Australia’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency – The Recruitment Alternative should be your first stop when you’re thinking about recruitment. In need of staff and don’t have the time to put together an advertisement and create a shortlist from your online ads? The Recruitment Alternative is totally focused on working with you to cater for your recruitment needs.

The Recruitment Alternative can help you find the right staff for your business and the services. Most of all leaving you free to do what you do best ‘run your business’.

The Recruitment Alternative is Australia’s leading affordable employment service. And we serve the entire Australia and New Zealand area, providing most of our recruitment services with our flat rate affordable options.

Our team of experienced Recruitment Consultants gain rave reviews from happy customers and our reputation and business is built on word of mouth and repeat customers. It’s the perfect business model – You win / We win.

Some of the roles we recruit for include:

  • Storeperson
  • Sales Executives
  • Personal trainers
  • Accountants
  • IT Help Desk workers
  • Project Mangers
  • Factory / Assembly Workers
  • Operation Managers
  • Administration Officers
  • Builders
  • Service Coordinators
  • Hospitality workers

Australia’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency

The Recruitment Alternative, our affordable Australia recruitment services not only make sure you’re able to hire the best and the brightest for these roles. And we make sure that you’re able to do so at a price that your company can afford.

It’s the perfect business model – You win / We win.

Hiring the best individuals for your company is what will set you ahead of the competition. And no role is too small or too big for our recruitment team.  The Recruitment Alternative, Australia’s Generalist Employment Agency, we make sure that you’re receiving applicants that are truly talented at the job at hand, and the best from the pools currently available.

With our affordable business model the total cost of using The Recruitment Alternative can be less than it would be in-house when you consider:

  • Time needed to recruit, write ads, screen candidates & book interviews
  • And resources taken away from your key business – Your time, Administration and unwanted phone calls through reception
  • The Costs of the Job Boards and Advertisements

Hence our team handles all of that for you and can deliver you a list of talented names that you can both use to find your next great employee. We are NOT a CV screening service. Our consultants pre-screen and interview every candidate that comes through to your shortlist.

The Recruitment Alternative is genuinely the leading choice for Australian businesses looking to recruit for any role. If you’re interested in learning more about our affordable recruitment services, please contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Staff Retention: Important Tips From Australia’s Affordable Employment Agency

Employee engagement and retention should be a priority for all employers. With an ever-changing job market, staff retention has never been more important. Don’t lose your best talent to competitors. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to retain your staff.

Consistency

You need to make sure your employees know exactly what you expect from them. With a clear job description and training at the start of employment, will create a positive foundation for retention. Of course, every role needs to allow for flexibility to a degree. However, if your staff don’t have clear direction and line of communication chances are mistakes will be made.

Employee Recognition

A great retention strategy is to acknowledge staff achievements. When employees feel valued by their employer it fosters motivation and a positive workplace environment. Be sure to only implement a fair strategy that includes all staff members. When staff feel happy they are less likely to look for somewhere else to be.

Transparency How To Retain Good Staff

Feedback is very important to both employees and employers. Creating an open and honest workplace environment can allow new ideas or suggestions to be presented. When the time comes that they may need some feedback chances are they will be more receptive.

Development Opportunities

Progression within a company is highly sought after by candidates. Discussing professional goals can help you understand where they would like to grow. If there is an opportunity to allow for professional development why not do it? By the completion of a course, webinar, attending a conference, training, etc. It will not only benefit your employee but the company as well.

For effective hiring to support the above methods, The Recruitment Alternative can help you. We recruit across Australia for roles at all levels. Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Engineering and IT – just to name a few! As a generalist employment 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.

How To Effectively Work With An Employment Agency

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

Be Prepared

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

Being Open To Feedback 

Employment Consultants have a great deal of industry insight which includes job market trends, appropriate salary range, industry tips etc. Being open to feedback and discussion is vital to finding the right candidate.

The Interview Process

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

Know When To Move Quickly

Candidates often interview for more than one role at a time. If you interview a candidate and deem them suitable for the role you are looking to fill, it’s advisable to move quickly. Decide whether you would like to offer them the position or continue with the recruitment process. You do not want to risk losing them to the competition because you have been too busy to get back to them.

How To Choose The Right Employment Agency

In today’s highly competitive marketing finding and hiring the ideal candidate can be a challenge. This is why many businesses turn to Employment Agencies such as The Recruitment Alternative. Employment Agencies can add real value to your business. We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from an employment agency. The first is high-quality candidates and the second is low-cost recruitment fees. We provide both! Contact us today on 1300 548 546 to find out more about our affordable prices and high standard of customer service. 

Brisbane: How To Hire The Right Employee

From The Recruitment Alternative. Australia’s Affordable Recruitment Agency

Are you wondering how to hire the right employee? Whether you’re looking for Business Development ManagersReceptionists, Digital Marketing Coordinators, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, Physiotherapists, etc. the recruitment process is important to ensure you hire the right employee for the job.

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative on how to hire the right employee for you the job role and your business.

Define The Position

Before commencing the recruitment process, clearly define the parameters of the job role. Reviewing the requirements can help you collect valuable information about the skills and abilities needed to fulfil the job role requirements. Preparing a clear and accurate job description will assist you during the recruitment process. This may also be a great opportunity to review your previous requirements for the role if it is not a new role. Are there any changes or adjustments you would like to make?

Interview Process

Just as candidates need to prepare for an interview, so do you. To avoid rushing into making the wrong decision, plan the right questions, allow enough time to interview each candidate, tailor some questions to individual candidates especially if something jumps out on their resume and take some notes during the meeting to review during the decision-making process.

Salary Range

This can vary from industry to industry and also on depends on how many other roles of the same regard are currently available. By conducting market research and reviewing the competition, a ballpark salary range will emerge. From here, highlight benefits and perks and select a competitive figure to attract top quality candidates.

Highlight Your Value

Candidates often look for a work-life balance and cultural feel of an organisation. We spend 8 hours a day or more at work so why not highlight your value to prospective employees. What sets you apart from the competition? What growth opportunities do you have available? You will attract top-quality talent and set the tone of your business from the get-go.

Affordable Recruitment Solution

Many agencies will tell you what you want to hear and charge you through the nose. The Recruitment Alternative of Brisbane is different! We offer affordable, honest recruitment solutions tailored to your needs.. You no longer have to pay high recruitment fees to find a great candidate! We consistently source great candidates for its clients at budget prices.

Check out our low-cost recruitment fees:

  • AU$2695 plus GST for roles with remuneration under AU$100K
  • AU$2950 plus GST for roles between AU$100K and AU$150K
  • AU$3950 plus GST for roles over AU$150k

If you are looking to add to your team, as a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. including MelbourneBrisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

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.

Recruitment New Year’s Resolutions

Have you thought about what type of recruitment new year’s resolutions you’ll make you’re your business? As things are winding down now is the perfect time to put a plan in place, instead of waiting till you come back after a well-deserved break. It will mean one more thing off your to-do list!

Here are some resolution suggestions from The Recruitment Alternative to help you kick start your planning process:

  1. Don’t make resolutions you can’t control – Set a plan

Planning is key! Set a plan in action for future recruitment drives. Have job descriptions ready for key roles and keep your mind on growth and future possibilities. Make an effort to talk to other staff about what’s missing in the workplace. What areas can they see need improvement? Who needs support or opportunities to grow?

  1. Encourage professional growth

Just because it’s a new year and you’re looking to make some positive changes, presumably your everyday responsibilities won’t change. Your staff still have the same commitments they had last year – to their partners, kids, employer, and friends. Therefore, keep these commitments in mind when making professional development action plans, and try to keep them realistic. Instead of vowing to get a degree or a certification, start by offering a short course, professional development seminars, networking opportunities, etc. Each small step will move your employees closer toward their goals.

  1. Set a realistic timeframe

A common reason that new year’s resolutions fail is the lack of an appropriate timeframe. Not setting a target date invites procrastination, and while there may be several months left in the year, an “I’ll get to it when I have time” attitude can easily lead to unmet goals and feelings of failure. Likewise, setting a target date that’s too soon can lead to similar frustration. Choose a date that’s realistic for completing your resolution, and that will allow you to balance the extra work with your daily schedule. Once it’s set, hold yourself accountable. Ensure you’re taking the necessary steps on a regular basis to achieve your goal on the chosen date.

  1. Review Workplace Policies

Sometimes workplace policies and procedures need improving or adjusting, this could be due to any number of factors depending on the industry. To keep up with your competitors and to streamline your company processes a review at the end of the years is always beneficial. Especially if you’re going to be on-boarding new staff members. Best make changes now or have a plan in place instead of confusing new staff.

  1. Improve Work/Life Balance

Candidate market feedback tells us that all work/life balance is one of the top priorities. It can often be the deciding factor when a candidate is accepting a new position. Finding ways to improve your business work/life balance and putting some strategies in place will help you to stand out from the competition and improve productivity.

The experienced consultants at The Recruitment Alternative can help shape and staff your company. As a generalist recruitment company, we can fill roles from the trades and services through to corporate management.

Let The Recruitment Alternative help shape your future in 2020. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you save on your next recruitment campaign.

Work-Life Balance In Your Business

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

Support and Encourage Time Off

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

Employee Feedback

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

Flexible Schedule

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

Open Communication Lines

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

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

If you are looking to add to your team, as a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. including Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.