Are you facing redundancy?
Or are you an employer having to make redundancies?
Have you been out of the job market for a while?
Are you finding it tough to get that elusive first job in Australia?
Do you feel that you’re not taken seriously by recruiters?
Do you struggle to get past the first interview?
Do you get the same standard rejection letter from agencies time and time again?
Does your CV fail to sell your skills and experience?
….if the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should consider positivesteps as your solution. Use our 10 years of recruitment experience to do the hard work for you, and make sure you secure that dream job. We don’t simply offer a product…..or even a range of products. We tailor individual solutions to address your specific needs and goals. As a candidate you can use us directly to enhance your job searching experience. Or as an employer forced to make difficult staff cuts, you can engage our outplacement services to ensure the staff that are leaving you have the best chance of re-employment. We listen, and then we deliver. Below are just some examples of the types of advice and consulting that we offer.
CV and Cover Letter Writing
Your CV is the first impression you will make on your prospective employer. If it doesn’t effectively sell your experience, it’s unlikely you’ll make it onto a shortlist or be invited to interview. With the market becoming more and more competitive, a poor CV will be discarded in a matter of seconds. Your CV should be clear, concise and tailored to its audience. We will conduct a thorough interview with you to fully understand your detailed work history, skills, and goals, and then help you to design a winning CV.
New to Australia
Securing your first role in the Sydney market place can be a real challenge. You know you have the skills and experience to do the job, but you’re struggling to get a foot in the door. You may face cultural or language barriers or experience discrimination from employers only looking for candidates with ‘local experience’. We can work with you through the full recruitment process, offering advice on CV content and layout, building relationships with recruiters, networking effectively, interview preparation and technique and salary negotiation.
Are you securing interviews but not being invited back for a second meeting? Or has it been a long time since you went through an interview process? Research continues to show that employers are more likely to hire a less qualified candidate who performs well at interview, than a candidate who is perfect on paper but fails to impress in person. Interviews can be daunting and vary hugely; from the informal coffee, to the behavioural based marathon; from the technical question and answer, to the HR personality profile. We will teach you how to approach each type of interview – offering advice on the best preparation, what to take with you, what to wear, what to say and when to say it. We can coach you in interview techniques and help you to approach each interview with confidence and capability.
Engaging with Recruiters
Like them or loathe them, recruiters often play a significant part in filling many job vacancies and having a good relationship with a recruiter can be critical to securing the job you want. When an employer uses a recruiter, it is the recruiter that decides who to shortlist and recommend for the job. But how can you get recruiters to recommend you if they don’t respond to your applications or return your phone calls? If anyone knows how best to approach recruiters; what they look for; how they work and how they make their decisions, it is us. We will introduce you to the most relevant recruiters for your job search and offer advice on how to build a relationship that could last your career.
Have you been with your current employer for a long time? Have you not had an interview in years? Has your role become the latest victim of the financial crisis? If you’re nervous about what lies ahead we can work with you to set your short, medium and long term goals. We can assist you to make a smooth transition from one employer to another. We will inform you of the market trends for your skills, and help you to identify and leverage new and existing networks and contacts. We will help you to present your skills and experience effectively through your CV and hone your interview style. We can advise on how to negotiate job offers and how to approach your first 100 days in your new company.
Has the current market meant that you need to make headcount reductions? Redundancy is a highly emotional process for all involved; staff often look to employers for moral and practical support as well as pure financial assistance in the form of a redundancy package. Engaging with an outplacement provider like positivesteps ensures that you give your staff the support of experts in the recruitment market and the best chance of finding new employment as soon as possible. In addition to the obvious benefits to the employee, using an outplacement service sends a message to the market that you value your staff, and helps protect your brand reputation.
No two people require the same advice and consulting services. To find out how we may be able to help you, pick up the phone for a free, no-obligation discussion. If we can’t help you we’ll let you know. If we can, we’ll suggest an initial 1-2 hour consultation starting from $110 (incl.GST). From there we can tailor a program that suits your needs and budget.