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Holli Hope-Jones

Getting creative when applying for jobs

By | Recruitment

According to the ABS, only 60% of jobs in Australia are advertised online. That leaves 40% of roles that are being filled without advertising online. This gives you the opportunity to get creative!

Contact companies you’re genuinely interested in working with. Think outside the box. Make a lasting impression. You never know what jobs are available or coming up, so give it a crack!

Before I even thought about moving to Wagga, I had followed Huntsman Recruiting on Instagram. After months of interacting with them on Instagram, seeing how the business worked and getting to know their culture through Instagram stories and posts, it was easy to see that they aligned with my ideals in the industry that I was passionate about.

When my Fiance and I first started talking about moving to Wagga, I knew I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else. I shot Rhyley a message to see if he’d be open to the idea of me coming on board… Now it was just that easy, a couple of months later I moved to Wagga!

Simple things like this can work for you no matter what the industry is. One small step, a five-minute phone call, an Instagram message… can change your world and theirs!

It’s never a bad thing to build relationships with people in your industry anyways… Especially in smaller cities like Wagga and Albury Wodonga. In one way or another, you’ll connect with them later down the track and making a lasting impression will help your future self out…

So, what are you waiting for? You’re ready to contact businesses you’re truly interested in… Get to building those relationships!

Let me know if this is something you’ve done before and how it worked for you. I’d also love to know if this has prompted you to contact any businesses you’re interested in working with!

Why you should steer clear of Recruiters

By | Recruitment

You’ve been playing with the idea of looking for a new position in Wagga Wagga or Albury Wodonga for a while now. You’ve finally decided that now is the time to start the process of the dreaded and exciting search for a new position.

Updating your resume is just the first step. As your to-do list grows, your excitement rapidly drops. So… to ease some fears, here’s why you NEED a Recruiter in your life…

Honesty
Sometimes you need a bit of tough love. The truth is a good Recruiter isn’t going to represent you for a job they don’t think you’re suitable for. The plus side of this is you’re not being slotted into anything and everything; only roles you can truly excel in. This will help you understand what can push you forward and even polish your independent job search.

Advice
Interviews can be rough for some and can give you the sweats, the shakes and who knows what else… Tooting your own horn isn’t the easiest the thing to do… for some. A good Recruiter will have a great understanding of the client and company you’re interviewing with and will be able to guide you on how to best present yourself during your interviews. Making a good first impression is key but having the inside scoop will make this easier and will be the best thing to put your mind at ease.

We’re FREE
As a candidate, you owe us nothing but a collaborative and honest partnership. Have a chat and save some dollars. You may even get a free tea or coffee on us!

There are obviously a few other reasons why having a relationship with a good Recruiter can help you. There are plenty of amazing candidates who can back us up on this!

We love working with locals around Wagga and Albury Wodonga but if you’re looking to make a move to the Riverina-Murray region, give us a call!

I hope you’re not too upset with me for using a bit of click-bait… If you’re not, check us out on our website, Instagram and LinkedIn to see what we get up to!

Why I moved from Canberra to Wagga Wagga

By | Recruitment

I’ve recently relocated from Canberra to Wagga and in the lead up to moving and even now, I get a deafening “why?!”

The culture in Wagga is something different from anything I’ve ever been around. I’ve moved a lot in my life, across Australia, the US and the UK and nothing quite compares to Wagga. If you’re looking to live, work and play in one of the friendliest cities in the world… You’ve come to the right spot.

Aside from having an amazing work-life balance, strong job market, affordable housing and great schools; Wagga has some incredible restaurants and cafes.

It’s disappointing to see so many city slickers with a negative view of Regional Australia because it’s truly amazing…

FOOD

Now, if you love food then there are so many great restaurants, cafes, pubs, cocktail and wine bars (some of them award-winning including  Thaigga and Coffee Niche) to choose from you’ll never go hungry!

BUYING A HOME

If Wagga isn’t sounding appealing enough yet, take a look at the median house price. $322,818. Are you kidding me? That’s $430K less than the average price to buy a house in our Nation’s Capital, Canberra… Talk about saving some dollars.

EDUCATION

Maybe you’re looking to further your education? There are some great educational facilities in Wagga; CSU, UNSW, Notre Dame and TAFE just to name a few…

Do you have kids and are looking to enrol them into an awesome school? Wagga High School is awesome – with a fully working agriculture plot. All things sheep, calf’s, crops and more! Not to mention they have Wagga’s best Hospitality Teacher!

There are that many other great schools too; Kildare, TRAC, Kooringal High School (Rhyley’s alma mater…) and so many others that you might just have to enrol each child into a different school… 😉

EVENTS

Wagga and the surrounds also host some awesome events including, the annual Gears and Beers festival, Food and Wine festival, Cork and Fork festival and a huge hit, the Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras.

Wagga is scenic, spacious and quiet. Only two and a half hours away from Canberra (if you’re ever missing the PM…) and four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne and Sydney if you’re looking for a weekend away. There is so much happening in Wagga, check out Visit Wagga’s website to see what you’re missing out on!

The beautiful people around Wagga are so warm and friendly, you will feel right at home wherever you are. The endless employment opportunities with some really great companies will mean you never have to leave!

If you’re considering your options or ready to make the move to Wagga, let’s talk. 02 6921 4488.

How To Ace Your Next Job Interview

By | Recruitment

Looking to ace your next interview? I bet you never thought that you could learn a thing or two from the movie ‘Step Brothers’.

There’s no need to study the movie, check out the snippet below for a good laugh with a few examples of what not to do…

Check it out here

In this scene, Brennen and Dale have been told by their parents that they need to get jobs, even though they’re very musically talented…  

They’ve been offered a couple of interviews and it wouldn’t be a funny movie if it went smoothly, now would it?  

Examples of what not to do:

Learn how to pronounce the names of the people you’re meeting with. This is obviously exaggerated in the movie because I’m not sure how many people would struggle with the name Pam.

Don’t ask personal or inappropriate questions. The step brothers ask the interview to rank his wife against celebrities in terms of attractiveness and how much he makes per annum. This is obviously a big NO!

Provide credible references. Brennen provides his stepbrother and Jesus as his references on his resume. Be a bit more selective and provide references that will be able to attest to your professional history.

Always add a positive spin when asked about your weaknesses. In the movie, the step brothers discuss their inability to work after 11am, they’re slow learners and they’re not good listeners. Instead of just listing things like this, be sure to discuss how you plan to overcome this, for example, “I have learnt to take notes during meetings to remain present and to ensure I remember the important topics.”

Don’t talk over the interviewer! This seems like a no brainer but take your time with answering and let the interview get out what they need to. In the movie, the step brothers are verbally abusive to Pam and talk over her for most of the interview. Take a step back, be present but respectful.

Here’s a few extra tips from the team at Huntsman Recruiting:

Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer. This might be relating to the role, the company, the culture etc. Anything you’re wondering about before you jump into the role to settle any of your concerns.

Befriend the Receptionist. The Receptionist will be your best friend! Making a lasting impression with the Receptionist will be extremely helpful – they’re the face of the business and often have a lot of input in first impressions of candidates.

Always be thankful. Being respectful and appreciative of the panel’s time, shows how you would act if you were selected. Sending a follow up email after you finish your interview thanking the panel for their time will go a LONG way!

Let us know what you think of our tips from Step Brothers and if there are any other interviews in movies you want us to check out!

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