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Important skills to have in any industry

By Recruitment

Young adults in Australia are likely to have a range of positions throughout their career. Studies from Australian Jobs 2018 show that Australians will make an average of 17 changes in employers and work across five different careers.

Why should you care about this now if you’re not looking to change positions right now?

It’s important to have adaptable qualities and skills in any position but when it comes time for any promotion, movement or change, you will have an edge up with any position on the market.

Making sure you do your research and ensuring you have adaptable skills will be extremely beneficial. Some skills that are beneficial in any position are;

  • Clear communication
  • Strong presentation
  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving

In addition to these, specialising in one industry will obviously benefit you in that field. Obtaining diplomas, degrees or any certification can help.

Even keeping up on the news within your industry; setting up google alerts or checking in every now and then will keep you in the know with advances, new technologies and just give you a general idea of what’s happening outside of your workplace.

Occupations that are expected to grow most in the near future are Registered Nurses, Aged and Disabled Carers, Accountants, and Electricians.

Would you consider studying in one of these areas or even switching up your career?

Stop complaining about your staff being headhunted

By Recruitment

Stop complaining about your staff being headhunted.

Instead, ensure your culture is so good that they won’t leave.

Our Recruiters are constantly asked by clients if they would jump ship and work for them which I take as a compliment and it demonstrates that we are on the right track.

I don’t feel threatened by this at all and either should you.

If your culture is amazing and you have solid relationships with your team then you have nothing to fear.

And… Even if they do leave, let them! Take the lessons on board, congratulate them, wish them all the best and move forward.

If your staff are being poached, don’t look outwards, turn your attention inwards.

Healthy Whip, Healthy Workplace

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You’ve gotten rid of the ping pong table and blow up pool that have been sitting in your garage since summer, the floor has been swept and you’ve made room to bring that shiny bad boy home.

The first six months are absolute bliss, every morning you open the door and are hit with that intoxicating new car smell.

The weekly car wash turns into once a month, this is the beginning of the end and triggers an avalanche of issues and you become complacent and forget to service it.

Things start to unravel, the windscreen gets a crack, the air fresheners are hanging in record numbers from the rear-view mirror and still there is a stench in the air.

Yes, there could be a warranty issue, and this can happen from time to time. Not every car is perfect.   Don’t point the finger and blame the dealership or the dirty fuel you’ve been putting in the tank.

Get back on the right track and start treating that pride and joy with the love and respect that you did when you first bought it.

Keep the servicing up, fill it with the best fuel available, wash it on the regular, listen out for any signs that it may require further attention or maintenance.

Much like kicking off a new employee, you’ve bought a new chair, a flash new computer, tidied the office and made the space as welcoming as possible.

The first few months you’re constantly getting around them and ensuring that they have all the tools that they need, consistently catching up with them to make them feel welcomed and supported.

Then over time, you start to take things for granted, the catch up’s diminish and you assume that they know their role and that they’re happy. Assumptions are the mother of all f**k ups!

Sooner than later they blend into the environment and without you knowing start to feel unloved, they feed their mind with the wrong fuel and negativity creeps in and the cracks begin to appear.

Instead of taking ownership and acknowledging that you’ve dropped the ball, you blame other people in your business and bury your head in the sand.

However, all hope is not lost!

Make the changes that are required, take action straight away and don’t let this happen again. Step up and take full ownership, enough of pointing the finger.

Put systems in place and never become complacent, go back to basics. Don’t run a business where it’s all bells and whistles from the outset and this fades over time. That is a recipe that will send you to retention hell.

You already have awesome people, be grateful, never take them for granted and you won’t have any warranty issues.

Step up, be a true leader and watch your business soar.

Candidate Etiquette

By Recruitment

Kaitlin sat down to discuss candidate etiquette during recruitment processes. Check out a few of her tips!

Getting creative when applying for jobs

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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

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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.

Why Accountants are jumping ship

By Recruitment

We have seen a huge increase in accountants getting out of public practice and stepping into company or management accounting..

The main reasons are culture, salary, lack of training or the archaic structure of how the public practice system operates which in-turn impacts the culture.

What is the answer?

Does the public practice accounting industry need a complete shake up??

Ive witnessed the roll out of the fixed pricing model in the legal industry and for the firms that have taken this approach, their ability to attract and retain staff has gone through the roof.

The best thing about fixed price billing is the fact that the client knows upfront what the services will cost. I hear you say, but this is crazy, we wont even know how much time this will take.

It doesn’t come down to time but the value that you are delivering.

The impact this has on your staff would be huge. The pressure comes off a little and they can ensure they are doing the best thing for their client. It gives your culture that little bit of flexibility too, instead of counting minutes your staff can still interact with each other whilst getting the job done.

Although accounting is about numbers, it is primarily a people business so leadership is critical and a firm will never outperform its leadership team.

What we hear from people is there is a lack of mentoring on offer to them, they are promised a lot and then receive minimal training and are thrown in the deep-end and within the blink of an eye, three years have passed, they get stale and then look at opportunities with more variety.

I think firms should take a much more pro-active approach to training and mentoring which will increase their retention rates. You shouldn’t underestimate the impact the leadership teams behaviour has on their people.

Nearly every firm we have spoken with over the past few years are all having huge problems recruiting and retaining Accountants.

The biggest issue however, is salary.. How are CPA qualified accountants with 2-3 years experience still only earning $60,000 per year??

Company Accountants are earning a minimum of $80,000 straight off the bat with bonuses and annual pay rises. This is what you are competing with.

Im not saying i have all or any of the answers to this, it is simply an observation over the past five years from speaking with many accountants who have left that side of the industry.

Let me know your thoughts.

Comparing Coffee With Culture

By Recruitment

After a few too many cups this week, I’ve got the coffeel’s.  Anyone that knows me would tell you this can lead to a variety of conversations on any given topic.. Today, however my mind is focussed on workplace culture.. Well, I’ve come across a few styles in my time and much the same with coffee, sometimes you are left with a bitter taste in your mouth and other times it’s exactly the pick me up you need.

Let’s start with a burnt Cappuccino, a real crowd pleaser.

A beautiful creamy froth, much like your first twelve months in a new role. The people are great and there is loads of potential. However, once you get past the first couples of spoonful’s of froth and chocolate sprinkling ( the first couple of years) you realise there isn’t much depth to the company and your role. You begin thinking, am I still going to be in the same position in another two years’ time? Am I learning and developing? You love the people, however you can see they all lack motivation and have been stuck in the same role for the past ten years. You’ve now figured out the cliques of the business and the people who you try to avoid on a daily basis, it’s only a matter of time before you order another coffee at new cafe (a new Employer).

An Espresso. An acquired taste and not overly popular.

The definition of an espresso is;
“Shooting boiling water under high pressure through finely grounded coffee beans”. We all know where I’m heading with this small delight. It’s safe to say we have all been here at least once. You are working under a Manager that possesses limited people skills that has been promoted into a role above their skillset. Most of the time, only means one thing – Micromanagement. Just like shooting boiling water, you are constantly feeling the whip lash effects from your Managers moods. Work can be fun, especially when playing ‘Pick the personality’ with the team. An espresso is something you tend to try once and after you have it, you realise why you don’t go back – similar to that anxious feeling you get before you walk through those doors each morning. Depresso.

The classic go-to, a Flat White.

What makes a flat white different to most other coffees is the way it is prepared and poured. This creamy and consistent approach is what employee’s thrive on. Milk is the hidden ingredient here aka your culture and it is important that you have a clear direction. When Milk (your culture) is steamed and frothed correctly this creates a genuinely unique experience. Yes, more work goes into making a ridiculously good flat white, however your taste buds will always know the difference between the good and the bad. People want work within a team that plays on their strengths and ensures they are constantly learning and developing.

It is so important for Employers to have the right tools in order to retain employees and ensure they enjoy their roles and the culture. Like ratios between coffee and milk, this ultimately comes down to two things -Leadership and Culture. Your staff are your biggest asset and your culture is your brand, it’s a window into your soul, or in this case – cup. How are you ensuring your staff are happy in their roles?

Well, there’s my two bobs worth, I am always keen to chat about all things recruitment in Wagga Wagga and Albury Wodonga. Get in touch and we can discuss over a coffee, my shout!

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