Social Media is a big deal. Over the last decade, its relevance in both the social and corporate worlds has skyrocketed. Almost every business uses at least one Social Media platform, be that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or one of the many other, smaller-time Medias such as Yammer. LinkedIn has become a must-have in the corporate world......

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One-Way Interviews

24 April 2018

Here at JP Smith are currently trialling software that enables asynchronous interviews. These interviews are more commonly known as “One-Way Interviews” and allow the candidate to perform the interview on their own terms...

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One by-product of the continuing integration of the internet into standard business functions, is the removal of geographic barriers to communication and engagement. In the current age, candidates from all over the world can apply to any of our roles. This provides us with an almost unlimited talent pool with which to service our clients’ needs...

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We have put together some observations regarding succession planning. It's not easy to get it right but it is so easy to get it wrong. Think about your timing...

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How many resumes are piling up on your desk? Six things you should be looking for in a CV.

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The team at JP Smith Recruitment & HR work hard to find suitable candidates who are motivated to stay in your company and thrive. However, as an employer, are you doing your part? When was the last time that you reviewed your HR Management practices? After all, the effective management of your human capital is key to staff retention.

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Christmas is already upon us and before too long we will be stepping back into the office in January to commence a new working year. Many of us have plans in place as to how we will grow profitability in 2017 however, are your leaders and managers best positioned for success? Why not put them to the test?

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Everyone is responsible for their own health and well-being at the end of the day. But having said that, don’t be too proud to ask for help. In a country like Australia, where there is resources galore, you don’t need to look too far to get some form of assistance.

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Screening candidates is often overlooked by hiring managers when the time to fill the position, or a lack of suitable candidates, takes priority over finding the perfect fit for the business. It is something that needs to be taken seriously however, as hiring an employee without properly vetting their skills or experience can lead to terrible outcomes for the business.

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As the Director of JP Smith Recruitment and HR, I am in the fortunate position that many of our clients contact me with a wide array of Recruitment and HR queries. One of the most common questions I get is, “What should I be quizzing for during the interview to get the right information?” I think we’ve all been told too many times what we are not supposed to ask during the interview, so here are three good questions to get the most from your interview.

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At JP Smith Recruitment and HR, the two most common reasons we see for organisations wanting to work with us is either because they don’t have the time to conduct a full and comprehensive recruitment exercise themselves, or they feel they don’t have the expertise to recruit effectively. In either case, they need a recruitment Partner to guide, mentor and support a robust recruitment process. However, all the recruiting expertise in the world won’t net a good result, unless organisations are willing to enter into an open and mutually beneficial relationship with our consultancy. Whoever you work with, it is important to know how to make the most of your recruitment partner to ensure success.

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Resume Building Service

15 August 2016

The goal of any Resume or CV is to assist you in securing an interview. Many people tend to forget that they are essentially your "first impression" to any potential employer and as a result they need to be treated as such.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our Executive Search Service.

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Traditional leadership practices are becoming obsolete, as business moves forward into an era shaped by social media, climate concerns and vast demographical shifts. What society has learnt previously needs to be adapted to meet the current demands on leaders today and the new leaders coming forward need to prepare for an ever-changing business environment.

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Recruiting Leaders

06 June 2016

Strong leadership is the foundation of business success and without it, many once profitable companies have floundered and even failed. Whether it be failure to match culture, having the wrong experience for the role or choosing a leader that is too junior (or too senior), the wrong appointment can be extremely costly to a business. How then, do you recruit leaders?

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When recruiting for senior management and C-level roles, is it best to groom current staff for the management track, or look externally? This is a question many businesses face, however, in short, there is no right answer. Different circumstances call for different needs to be filled and as such, there are benefits to going either way.

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This year has kicked off at a rapid rate and as we become immersed with business priorities and growing opportunities, it can be important to “take a step back” and ask some questions regarding your staff management.

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The key to any robust recruitment process is having a clear understanding of what you are looking for. Job Analysis and detailed Position Descriptions play an important role in actively improving hiring efficiency and staff retention.

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In a time where flexible working arrangements are becoming increasingly popular, it is important to familiarise yourself with what works best for your business and your employees.

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We would like to say a big thank you to the clients and candidates who nominated us for the Heritage Business Excellence Awards.

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Outplacement services are an important consideration when looking to downsize. In our first video news post, Declan discusses the significant benefits to be gained by providing assistance to your outgoing staff.

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Outsourced temporary employees provide a flexible solution to meet uncertain workload increases whilst providing direct management and control over those working for your business. Consider sourcing temps through an outsource provider as an alternative to direct hires and outsourcing of entire tasks…

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Exploring a candidate with transferable skills opens the hiring process to an almost limitless opportunity to find a new staff member who is the right fit for your business and who may well stay longer than the candidate with the most desirable direct experience…

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The current economic climate has seen many businesses using redundancies to downsize and ensure long-term viability. Undertaking redundancy action requires careful compliance with a variety of requirements. Make sure you know your obligations before heading down that road.

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Performing for Profit Seminar

09 September 2014

The Crowe Horwath "Performing for Profit" seminar where Jamie Smith answered queries on staff performance matters.

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A reference check on a possible candidate can help you with your final decision. It is all good and well to hear what a candidate thinks about themselves, but what does their recent employer think?

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A handy interviewing approach is to use Behavioural Interview Questions. This focuses on understanding how the candidate performed in past situations and can give insight into how they will perform in a similar situation in the future.

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Health and Safety Blog

23 July 2014

I've been fortunate to have just come back from a developing South East Asian country and, among other things, have been amazed by their take on Health & Safety.

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Have you thought about who is looking at your Facebook Profile? Social Media is here to stay; it opens the lines of communication in times where people are finding less free time to keep in contact with loved ones. It is fun to share memories of events and parties, but if you are applying for a position where a level of conformity or professionalism is required – I would advise exercising some caution.

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The first contact between a company and their prospective employee more often than not is via a telephone call. The way you answer a call can sometimes have a lasting effect on the caller.

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We now have a FB presence. Feel free to drop by. http://www.facebook.com/pages/JP-Smith-Recruitment-and-HR/154742507909022

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Given the wide scale impact of what has just happened to our region, there is a fair chance that you, your staff, or their families and friends have been affected in some way. There are things you can do in your business to help staff to work through this.

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A number of large organisations, particularly in the mining and power production sectors, have implemented psychological profiling to establish benchmarks to ascertain an individual’s desire to maintain a safe workplace.

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Psychometric skills for the job

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Hobbies – I like spending time with friends, going to the movies and walks on the beach.

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Reference checks are an essential factor in the recruitment process and at JP Smith we conduct a minimum of three professional reference checks before an offer is made. There is a certain etiquette that can be expected of those conducting reference checks; however you need to be aware of all information that can be sourced regarding your work history.

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In 2009, Jamie Smith was a appointed to the committee for the 2011 Industrial and Organisational Psychologists conference held in Brisbane.

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As business owners, it is vitally important that you have a clear Social Media Policy in place for your team. Making your staff aware of the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media within your workplace and setting clear boundaries on the use and misuse of sites makes for a smooth transition for your business into the world of Social Media.

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At the recent Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Brisbane, one of the most talked about themes was the impact of social networking within the workplace. We have all heard about disrupted productivity and decreased attention to detail but it was amazing to hear the number of positives that psychologists had noted with regards to this new phenomenon.

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Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and now the new Google+ seem to be the hot topic on everyone’s lips, from tweens to top business owners and businesses. Social networking provides an unmitigated smorgasbord of social interaction, though is it something that should be taken so lightly as just social interaction?

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It’s a new year, and already time seems to be escaping us. Getting back into our hectic working lives can be a struggle after a generous helping of holidays and setting goals in the workplace can make for a “big bang” start to the year.

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Effective change management is an integral part of a business’s make up in this fast-paced and dynamic age of advancement. This advancement is in all aspects of business and can be related to the specific human resources as well as technological and environmental aspects of a business.

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Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP’s) are an innovative and useful tool in establishing a supportive network for yourself and your staff.

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We often hear people in business say, “our people are our greatest asset!” However, many businesses in our community and its leaders, fail to take the management of their people seriously.

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Like all good plans, EAPs can come unstuck if logical steps are not taken in order to ensure the seamless transition into your workplace.

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A lot of the talk in HR circles is all about retention and making sure that retention figures are up there with the best and having these marvelous statistics that focus on longevity.

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As the quality of the applicants will depend on the quality of the recruitment practices in place, ensuring best practice throughout the recruiting process is paramount.

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Five, no-nonsense tips, that will ensure you instil best practice in your recruitment operations.

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What is a Temp?

20 February 2013

You hear about people putting “temps” into their business.

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Retention culture

12 February 2013

How to retain good people!? People retention is vital for growth in all teams, groups and organisations.

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There are many benefits in having a temp in your business.

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All too often, questions are only asked about policy when something has already gone wrong.

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Awards are known to be a complex but essential part of business life.

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Staff retention has been discussed at length, by those in the HR industry. We all know it is important in order to drive your business forward as time spent on advertising and hiring new staff, not to mention training them, is time wasted.

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Recognising and providing solutions to your business’ staffing needs is not always an easy process.

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