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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Email is fast becoming the predominant form of communication within offices and between businesses. This type of communication can be very effective, it is fast, convenient and gets your message across clearly, or does it?

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Goal Setting the SMART way

01 December 2014

Being motivated to get things done can be difficult when you have a long list of things to do. Goal setting is a great way to keep you motivated and focused on an end target.

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In today’s competitive market, it can seem more and more difficult to gain a permanent full-time position. Well you are in luck, because there is more than one option to gain employment and experience in today’s competitive market. Have you ever considered Contract or Temporary placements?

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There are many different ways that you can get a new job. This can be through an internal promotion, word of mouth, or searching for jobs on career websites. The one place that people can turn a blind eye to is a Recruitment Agency.

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Interviews can affect people in many different ways. Some people take them in their stride and their confidence exudes from their very being, whereas other people turn into a shaky mess. To make sure you are, at the very least, comfortable with the interview there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

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Your first day of work will probably feel just like an extension of your job interview. If you attack it the same way you did your interview you shouldn't have a problem.

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What are the other types of roles you have been applying for? - This seemingly innocuous question can...

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Interviews can make even the most confident of applicants uncomfortable, and they often forget just how nerve racking it can be for the interviewer. Nerves can be minimised by ensuring you are prepared for your interview. A few tips on how to decrease those sweaty palms and shaking hands:

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There is so much emphasis placed on developing a well structured resume, but how many of us actually update them? Remember, a resume is the first point of contact job seekers have in selling themselves to an organisation and it is the make-or-break point in proceeding to the interviewing stage.

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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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Gain some ideas on providing your team with a great work environment that they will enjoy getting out of bed in the morning to come to.

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Psychometric skills for the job

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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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There is a lot of information out there providing tips on how to impress in an interview and what to do when dealing with a potential employer. Everyone always says, “leave an impression” and “make yourself known”, but please make sure you, “leave an impression” for the right reasons.

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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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We all know a positive work place creates higher staff motivation and morale, which in turn, leads to greater productivity and output. We all know that a positive work place leads to happier staff, which then increases employee retention which can help reduce turnover costs.

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Campaigning for a Job

24 May 2013

Campaigning for a job, though different to campaigning for an electoral position, is similar in some ways! In both instances you have to be proactive and put yourself out there so that you can be identified, analysed and decided upon.

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A good politician can be a great role model for someone applying for a job, although they can be somewhat distrustful with the words that come out of their mouths, their actions can be fruitful! To impress your interviewer, you need to adopt a similar mindset. Below are some tips on becoming the Candidate of Choice.

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We have all been through interviews where we have been asked those tricky questions that make you stumble over your words and make you feel like you are talking in circles just to fill in time. Below are some tips to help you work through tricky interview questions in a logical manner.

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Conducting interviews with prospective candidates for a position can be a daunting task. Whether it is an interview following screening by a recruitment company or a full recruitment exercise run by yourorganisation, it is imperative that you are adequately prepared to find out the most relevant information from your candidates.

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To understand the benefits an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can have for you and your staff, you must first understand what an EAP is.

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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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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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Retaining your top performers can be a tricky task, especially in today’s competitive recruitment environment.

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The Chronicle reported on a Suncorp Bank report, interviewing Jamie Smith for his thoughts.

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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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We can assist your business with Temporary employees. If your business experiences change or faces the challenge of effectively maintaining or increasing output at any one time, then we can help you.

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

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