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January 2019

Letting the cat out of the bag…

By Recruitment

Okay, so I’m trying not to come across too negatively here , but I see it on a daily basis so I think it’s about time I let the cat out of the bag on why you aren’t getting your foot in the door or possibly even a rejection email from Employers in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga.

It’s all about the approach. Okay, so you go through the usual steps of sending a generic CV and Cover Letter to an employer and then sit around for a couple of weeks, then a few weeks more wondering what the hell is going on, or for some maybe not even wondering at all.

Make your approach personalised. Email the hiring manager directly with an email that won’t put them to sleep, be genuine and unique and show them that you really do want to make that little bit of an extra effort to form the foundations of a successful relationship.

Time and time again we see the candidates that have the best initial approach end up gaining the position. The little things count.

This doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out email, maybe just a brief introduction showing your excitement in applying for the role followed by a few dot points confirming that your skill set, experience and ambitions are in line with the role they’re trying to fill.

Follow up with a phone call, I dare you ha!

I’d say maybe one in ten applicants would call to have a quick chat over the phone and build a little bit of rapport, this works wonders in gaining an interview. You don’t want to bombard the hiring manager with stupid questions that have already been answered in the advert but make a list of intelligent questions that start a conversation on the role, if you’re up for it even follow up after that with an email thanking them for their time. This really sets you up for a positive first impression.

Don’t get me wrong, I do come across some awesome applications and follow up calls/emails so there is some hope.

Get back to the basics, use your manners, have patience, always follow up in the right way and you’ll nearly be certain to at least get in front of that particular hiring manager.

If you want to sit down and have a chat about your approach to gaining a role and how we can help, then get in touch with us today.

On the other hand, if you need staff then give one of our recruiters a buzz, we have the candidates with the right approach up our sleeves.

I’m sure it may be totally different in the metro markets with the sheer number of applicants per role and availability of positions so this is limited to what I’ve seen here locally in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga.

The need for speed

By Recruitment

I’ve noticed a trend that’s happening here in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga lately. More and more businesses are taking way too much time to hire the right candidates.

We are in a market where talent is hard to come by and even harder to keep, we need to start to improve our hiring methods.

When you finally secure a great candidate for a role, why mess around and go back and forth over a week or two for the sake of possibly 5-10K. If you break down the payroll cost over a year you will soon see that you are better off paying a higher salary and being flexible on working arrangements than sticking to your guns.

When an employee is content with their salary and working conditions, they generally won’t be scouting around on seek or other job boards in search of another option.

I’ve witnessed on numerous occasions, businesses in Wagga Wagga & Albury Wodonga that have lost the most sought after or talented candidates throughout the final stages of the recruitment process. The best candidates will have put the feelers out to several companies or contacts in their network so they most likely have other options on the table. Our advice would be that when you find that perfect candidate, lock them in ASAP and make it known that you want them on your team.

There are many different reasons why you should start to look at the speed of hiring in your business.

Leaving positions unfilled due to a lengthy hiring process can have a massive impact on your business and its revenue. Earlier this year we had a discussion with a client who we had recently filled a sales role for and he was having some fun and stirring us up about the fee involved. The role was vacant for six weeks before they had made contact with us and we discussed how many sales the new consultant had made in their first month and this clearly outweighed the fee not to mention the lost revenue from the weeks the role sat vacant. Imagine if they had of hired the candidate six weeks beforehand!!

From our experience, a lot of businesses believe that extensive hiring procedures would allow them to select the best candidate possible, but the time spent comparing candidates won’t pay off if the best ones have already accepted another offer.

Call us to discuss how we can help improve your recruitment process and ultimately shorten the time to hire for your business.

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