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5 Ways To Reinvigorate Your Team This Winter

posted by Lindsey Hobson 16/07/2019 0 comments

T​here are many great things about winter.

Warm winter drinks by the fire, hearty meals, snuggling up under a blanket to Netflix and chill, commuting too and from work in the dark… Well, maybe not that last one.

W​inter is a time for rest, and respite. For recuperating from the action-packed summer months. And while everyone handles winter differently, most people may feel additionally tired, melancholy, and hungry for carbohydrates.

For one in three hundred Aussies, however, it’s a little more serious – with a type if depression called SAD’s (seasonal affective disorder) creeping in every year.

Unfortunately for businesses, this doesn’t align with smashing company goals and a highly engaged team.

T​hat’s why it’s incredibly important to support your team to break out of the winter blues and reinvigorate their summer mentality at work. Here’s our top tips to reinvigorating your teams productivity this winter.

1. R​e-new with training opportunities
Learning is a powerful tool, which sparks creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking. Not to mention the benefits when applied within your business! Find out what new and exciting skills the individuals of your teams would like to hone in alignment with your company direction, and find training opportunities that match.

2. R​e-focus personal development goals
We enter the year with bright eyes and bushy tails, ready to achieve new personal heights. But by the time mid-year roles around and the winter blues kick in, we’ve lost sight of what we once wanted. Bring in a motivational speaker to reignite your team’s passions, and follow it through with regular celebrations and acknowledgment of your team’s achievements.

3. Re-engage with social events
Never underestimate the power of conversation in combating the winter blues. If you have a break out space, stock it with interactive games and quizzes for your team to kick back and refresh their mind. Keep a calendar of interesting activities that encourage interaction like Friday drinks, hire a coffee cart, run an office trivia night, or mix it up and take it out of the office with lawn bowls, mystery dinners, or treasure hunts.

4. R​e-vitalise with exercise goals
Sitting still is a killer, especially in winter. Get the blood pumping with office walk-n-talks, gym membership discounts, stretch time, or even evoke healthy competition with step counters like fitbits. Incentervise with weekly or monthly prizes for those who complete the most challenges.

5. Refresh your office space
A change is as good as a holiday, so why not freshen up your work space? Simple touches like office plants, bright colours, and comfortable lighting can boost morale. Alternatively, bring forward your annual spring clean, and file, sort and toss your way to a cleaner, lighter office space.

O​ur businesses work because of the people in them, so by supporting your team to break free of the winter blues, you’re created a thriving culture with an engaged team who propell you towards your company goals.

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OUR TOP 5 TIPS TO A BETTER RESUME

posted by Christinap 25/06/2019 0 comments

RESUME TEMPLATES:

Reception – Two Page Resume

Administration – One Page Resume

Property Sales – Two Page Resume

When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? How many pages should it be?

Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume advice you need into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.

#1 Keep it relevant

Think of your resume as a marketing flyer selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each job that you apply for, you want to highlight your key accomplishments that are relative to that position.

#2 Ditch the cover letter

This includes an objective statement. You want to put the best stuff on the first page. You want the recruiter and employer to see your best experience and accomplishments on the top third of the page.

#3 Keep it succinct

Your resume should be maximum 2 pages. You want the information to be as concise as possible. Trying to keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. Otherwise keep it short and sweet.

#4 Formatting, spelling and grammar

You might be thinking, ‘duh!’ but you’d be amazed at the amount of CVs we see with inconsistent font, captilisation of sentences and line spacing. Take care in how you present your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume immediately tells the reader that you’re sloppy and careless. It’s a sure fire way not to get an interview.  

#5 Bullet points are key

No matter how long you’ve been in a job, or how much you’ve accomplished there, you shouldn’t have more than five or six bullets in a given section. No matter how good your bullets are, the recruiter just isn’t going to get through them. (the muse)

#7 Cut the fluff

Vague terms like, ‘team player’ and ‘hard worker’ have no substance. Think about more impactful ways to describe yourself and your achievements, e.g. actively contributed to the success of XYZ campaign which attributed a 5% lift in profits for that quarter.

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Does your workplace have a growth mindset?

posted by Christinap 12/04/2019 0 comments

Adaptability has always been a key role in workplace success. Now more than ever, our careers require us to be constantly evolving. Having a “growth” mindset versus a “fixed” one might be the to way to successfully change your behaviours, find meaningful work, build better habits, and stay current in the future of work.

What is a growth mindset?

People with a growth mindset believe abilities, like talent and intelligence, can be developed through hard work and dedication. They seek out opportunities to experiment, enjoy learning and view failure as an opportunity to grow.

Those with a fixed mindset believe the opposite. They feel like they are born with a set level of talent and intelligence, and because of this, they’re more likely to seek out opportunities and situations where these views are affirmed (like doing the same job over and over to receive praise). They also may believe that talent alone, is the source of success. This may be harmful in the long run as it prevents their ability to grow, develop and learn new skills.

How does this impact the workplace?

In the workplace, the fixed mindset employee will be more likely to stick to “business as usual”. They’ll try to use techniques and solutions that have worked for them in the past. They may not be willing to rely on their talents alone. On the other hand, the growth mindset employee believes that the best work comes from trying new solutions. They’ll be more likely to search out opportunities to test new and forward-looking solutions, without fear that they won’t be good at it right away, or that it might not be the right choice.

People with fixed mindsets are more likely to set performance goals (like moving a metric or hitting a KPI) instead of learning goals (like bettering your skills). It might seem like not a big deal, but focusing on performance goals defers to short-term thinking and makes you feel like you either pass or fail.

How can an awareness of growth mindsets help your company?

When organizations only measure employees by outcomes, this creates a “fixed mindset” culture, where being intelligent and talented is prized above all other behaviours. When you are too worried that the outcome is all that matters, it seems you may do whatever it takes to deliver a result including hoarding resources, potentially lying to colleagues or clients, and blaming others when things don’t go right. The biggest risk is that potentially valuable learning opportunities that enable growth and innovation will be ignored.

When a company measure employees by the efforts that they make and embody a “growth mindset” culture of development, the willingness to put in our best effort, to learn and to grow is what’s valued the most. When employees feel confident that giving things their best shot and learning from the experience is what really counts, it seems they may be more willing to collaborate with others and to learn from success and failures.. Perhaps most importantly, they will be given the tools to be equipped to deal with setbacks and seek out opportunities for growth and innovation.

Leaders have an especially unique role in fostering this culture of a growth mindset. The growth mindset in the workplace shapes our ability to create innovative, risk-taking cultures and have happier employees. Rather than seeing success as confined in a box, they see greater opportunity. Leaders with a growth mindset see talent and intelligence just as the starting point and are interested in cultivating people’s effort and willingness to learn.

In the journey of continuous improvement, demonstrating a growth mindset can be contagious in promoting a positive organisational culture.

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5 Ways To Wrap Up The End Of The Year At Work!

posted by Christinap 23/11/2018 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be entering into 2019! When we think of closing the year out, we want to do our best in completing all those last-minute or lagging projects before December 31. We have always found it beneficial to wrap up all loose ends in 2018 and enter into 2019 with a fresh start.  

There is nothing like putting a little more pressure on yourself, but just think how great you will feel knowing you completed everything by your deadline.

Here are our top tips to help you wrap up tasks by the end of the year:

  1. Make a list: Make a list of all the things you need to complete by the end of the year.  Include projects you are currently working on, ones that need to be completed and ones that may carry over into the new year.  This will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done and will keep you motivated.
  2. Review and purge old documents and files:  Now is a great time to organise and file all your hard and soft documents. Organising, filing, and purging documents to close out 2018 will leave you in a great position to start fresh after the holidays and mentally will make you feel a lot less cluttered.  
  3. Review and reflect:  Take time out to review and reflect on your accomplishments. Were you responsible for making positive changes? Did you achieve any major goals and KPIs? Maybe you did something that had a positive impact on the employees and organisation. Whatever your successes were in 2018, be proud of your accomplishments and give yourself credit.
  4. Clean out and organise your emails:  This is a great time to go through all your old emails and delete the ones that are no longer relevant or needed.  Create folders for all of the important emails that you need to keep. This is a great way to ensure your inbox is clutter-free and will help you to stay organised. 
  5. Set obtainable work goals for 2019:  Now that 2018 is coming to a close, it is time to start thinking about setting yourself new, obtainable goals for 2019.  Choose goals that will help your grow, improve your skills, enhance your career and make you happy.

We hope these tips help you to get organised and prepared for the new year, whilst also ensuring you have a relaxing break. From all of us at Brook Recruitment, we wish you great success in closing out 2018 and a happy and prosperous Holiday Season and wonderful 2019!

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Our guide to the 3.5% minimum wage increase – 2018 Annual Wage Review

posted by Christinap 06/07/2018 0 comments

More than 2 million Australian workers on minimum wages will receive a pay rise after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) increased the minimum wage by 3.5%. The new national minimum wage will be $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $24.30 per week to the weekly rate or 64 cents per hour to the hourly rate. The wage increase officially came into operation on 1 July 2018.

Employers should now carefully review their wage arrangements and implement the necessary wage increases to ensure minimum wage rates are comparable with the underpinning modern award. During this process, you should also keep in mind the changes to penalty rates, with the next phase of the lowered penalty rates transition taking effect from 1 July 2018.

How much is the increase?

3.5% increase to minimum wages

Who does the increase apply to?
  • the national minimum wage
  • a modern award.

The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren’t covered by an award or agreement. The increase doesn’t affect employees who already get paid more than the new minimum wage.

For employees covered by an award, award rates will increase by 3.5%. If you’re not sure which award applies, you can use the Find My Award page here.

If you’re covered by a registered agreement, you should check it to see whether this increase affects you. For more information, visit the FWC Annual Wage Review and registered agreements.

What do I need to do?

Nothing for now. The FWC is working on updating their pay tools with the new pay rates. To be kept up to date you can subscribe to email updates here to be notified when the new rates are available in the FWC pay tools.

What happens next?

The FWC will issue draft determinations and orders about how this decision affects modern awards. It will then update the pay rates in each award. It usually takes the FWC a few weeks to do this. Once they make these changes, they will update their pay tools with the new rates.

Is anything else changing?

Some penalty rates are changing too. There will be further changes to Sunday penalty rates in some hospitality and retail awards from 1 July 2018 (following a decision from the Fair Work Commission last year). For more information visit the FWC Penalty rates changes 2017 page for more information about what the changes are, who they affect and how they’re being implemented here

 

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Download our 2019 Salary Guide

posted by Christinap 11/05/2018 0 comments

Our Salary Guide is based on the analysis of permanent, temporary and contract placements made across each of our sectors during 2018, and our forecast for 2019.  For hiring managers and candidates this guide provides key insights into what your staff might be expecting to be paid. These are only a snapshot of some of jobs we recruit – for more information or if you have any questions get in touch.

CLICK to download our 2019 Salary Guide

This data has been gathered from the last 12 months of permanent placements and should be used as a guideline only. Please contact us for any additional salary advice.


If you would like to learn more, contact us at vanessa@brookrecruitment.com.au.

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5 tips to rock your resume

posted by Suzi Sarkis 08/09/2017 0 comments

RESUME TEMPLATES:

Reception – Two Page Resume

Administration – One Page Resume

Property Sales – Two Page Resume

When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? How many pages should it be?

Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume advice you need into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.

#1 Keep it relevant

Think of your resume as a marketing flyer selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each job that you apply for, you want to highlight your key accomplishments that are relative to that position.

#2 Ditch the cover letter

This includes an objective statement. You want to put the best stuff on the first page. You want the recruiter and employer to see your best experience and accomplishments on the top third of the page.

#3 Keep it succinct

Your resume should be maximum 2 pages. You want the information to be as concise as possible. Trying to keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. Otherwise keep it short and sweet.

#4 Formatting, spelling and grammar

You might be thinking, ‘duh!’ but you’d be amazed at the amount of CVs we see with inconsistent font, captilisation of sentences and line spacing. Take care in how you present your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume immediately tells the reader that you’re sloppy and careless. It’s a sure fire way not to get an interview.  

#5 Bullet points are key

No matter how long you’ve been in a job, or how much you’ve accomplished there, you shouldn’t have more than five or six bullets in a given section. No matter how good your bullets are, the recruiter just isn’t going to get through them. (the muse)

#7 Cut the fluff

Vague terms like, ‘team player’ and ‘hard worker’ have no substance. Think about more impactful ways to describe yourself and your achievements, e.g. actively contributed to the success of XYZ campaign which attributed a 5% lift in profits for that quarter.

 

 

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Your interview survival guide – What to Remember Before, During, and After

posted by Rowan 08/09/2017 0 comments

Interviews are hard. Let’s face it. No matter how much planning you put in, it’s difficult to put anxiety at bay. You already know the fundamentals of what to do. Dress appropriately and show up 10 minutes early on the day (not earlier). But we’ve put together some top tips for you to consider before, during and after your interview to help calm your nerves. Think of this as your go to guide. If you stress less, you’ll perform better!

Before your interview

Preparation is critical. Not preparing for an interview will almost certainly guarantee you failure. Not being able to answer questions like ‘What do you know about us?’ or ‘What interested you in the role?’ succinctly will most definitely not get you that second interview. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! We’ve created an interview preparation checklist for you to use to prepare before every interview.

Your interview preparation cheatsheet

On the day make sure you have the following with you:

  • directions to where you are going. (Don’t always rely on Google Maps)
  • coins for parking
  • 3 copies of your resume
  • notepad and pen
  • Your phone on silent
  • A snack to ensure you don’t get hangry
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella

During the interview

Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons:

  • It’s an opportunity to show a deeper understand and interest in the company and role.
  • You can learn a lot more about the realities of the position, in particular, those area’s that you might consider deal-breakers.

At the end of the interview you want to have achieved 2 things:

  1.    You want to have demonstrated your aptitude for the role.
  2.    You want to have a clearer sense of whether the employer is the right fit for you.

There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during a job interview, but if you stay focused on those 2 goals, the questions should come easily to you.

Here are some suggestions:

What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?

This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance. (Forbes)

Have I answered all your questions?

Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on. Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing.

 

Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills you see as fundamental to the role?

Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its values. You can read more about the 3 soft skills you need to master here.  

After the interview

  1. Schedule a follow-up call with your recruitment consultant. This is an opportunity to see if they’ve had any feedback from the employer.
  2. Include supporting documentation that illustrates your ability to do the job. This might be a non-confidential work example or award. Think about how you can showcase your expertise
  3. Provide a follow-up response to one of the key interview questions. Use this opportunity to respond to a question that you may not have answered well in the interview, e.g. When you asked me about some of my career highlights, my nerves got the better of me and I didn’t quite respond with the right detail….
  4. Stay on your game. Probably the most important thing to do after an interview is to keep the preparations up. Hopefully, you’ll be getting a call back for a 2nd interview and you want to be firing when you’re called in again.
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3 Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask in Your Job Interview

posted by Suzi Sarkis 18/06/2017 0 comments

Looking for a job? Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget that they are there to find out more information about the role too.

 Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons:

  1. It’s an opportunity to show a deeper understand and interest in the company and role.
  2. You can learn a lot more about the realities of the position, in particular, those area’s that you might consider deal-breakers.

At the end of the interview you want to have achieved 2 things:

1.    You want to have demonstrated your aptitude for the role.

2.    You want to have a clearer sense of whether the employer is the right fit for you.

There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during a job interview, but if you stay focused on those 2 goals, the questions should come easily to you.

 Here are some suggestions:

What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance. (Forbes)

Have I answered all your questions? Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on. Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing.

What have you enjoyed most about working here? This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings. The answer will also give you unique insight into how satisfied people are with their jobs there. If the interviewer is pained to come up with an answer to your question, it’s a big red flag. (Forbes)

 Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills you see as fundamental to the role?

Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its values. You can read more about the 3 soft skills you need to master here.  

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