The Active Search

So what are you waiting for?

We get it, it’s hard searching for job after job and attending interview after interview with no results, this can slowly wear you down. Searching for work has to be treated as your full-time job, but it doesn’t have to feel so mundane. There are so many things you can do to enjoy looking for work and finding the right role for you!

Firstly, you need to ask yourself, why am I not getting a call back? It’s good to update your resume and get a friend, family member or recruiter to review your CV and give you some feedback. Also re-assess the roles you’re applying for, do you meet the requirements of the job? Are there any extra skills you need to be able to successfully work in the industry you want? Another option is you could work as a temp while you’re training. Temp work gives you the flexibility to work while you’re looking for your next permanent role or could be a way of gaining the skills you need to break into a new industry.

Make job hunting fun! We are so lucky with technology today, you can job search anywhere! Go to your favourite café, beach or park - anywhere to be honest that makes you feel good. By doing this you’ll not only feel better within yourself but will reduce the stress and pressure about getting a job.

Don’t forget you come first. Keeping a routine of exercise, healthy eating and looking after yourself can keep your mind and body in great shape whilst mentally preparing you for your interviews.

Get out there! Join networking groups or sporting teams, do something that is going to help you move out of your comfort zone and push you to meet the right people. Ask questions about what it takes to get into that dream career, make friends with like-minded people. You just never know who you could meet!

 

About the Author – Lucy Millett

Lucy started with PKL Recruitment in March 2015 as a temporary business support consultant. Her previous profession as a primary school teacher results in a genuine empathetic nature, changing the stigma of ‘recruiters’ in the recruitment industry. Now in 2017, Lucy’s client and candidate network is at its strongest, she is now a senior consultant with an exciting career ahead of her. Contact Lucy directly on lucy.millett@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Burnout to Bliss

Invest in yourself and reap the rewards.

There are only 24hrs in a day, how many of these hours do you spend working? When it comes to your well-being something’s got to give.  Investing in you is imperative for your personal and professional achievements and life. If you’re feeling exhausted, stressed, unmotivated, loss of appetite, these could all be effects of burnout.

So how do you prevent this?

Analyse your daily routine. Break down your day and see how much time you spend on your own well-being. If the answer is not much at all, then introducing a new daily routine that includes some time out for you, this will help your mood, energy and concentration.

Take a break. Take your full hour lunch break outside, or if you prefer a few smaller breaks, do whatever will help recharge the batteries.

Schedule in a fitness routine. Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and burnout; this keeps your body fit and healthy too.

Have a solid morning routine. No sleeping in allowed! The reason successful people get an early head start is to take some (precious) time out for themselves. The key is to not check emails or answer messages, this should be your time to exercise, meditate and write in a journal, do what motivates you most.

Sleep to succeed. As well as a morning routine, it’s a good idea to have a sleep routine that will allow you to get adequate rest and help you to wake up fresh as a daisy. By getting the sleep you need this will set you up for the next day ahead and support you in your goals.

As Arianna Huffington says “We are literally going to sleep our way to the top.”

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on shannon.lippert@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

New (Financial) Year, New You!

Because sometimes you need to push the reset button

You may have already made your new years resolutions in January; however I find that the new financial year is a great time to re-evaluate your career and push the reset button on your goals.

Here are my top 10 new financial year resolutions for 2017-18:

1. Update your resume

Even if you’re not looking for a new job, It’s always best to keep your resume current; it’s easier to update as you go along!

2. Clean up your online profiles

Are you comfortable with a potential employer seeing what’s on your Facebook or Instagram accounts? It’s a good idea to think about what career you’d like to get into, ask yourself what’s your personal brand and the image that you’d want to portray?

3. Make a wish list

What are the companies you’d like to work for? Do your research to see if the culture and values match you.

4. Widen your skillset

Taking action when it comes to your own training and development can open up plenty of doors. It’s as easy as taking short courses, webinars or workshops. Because you can never have enough skills.

5. Network

Sign up for networking groups, get you out there! You never know who you might meet. If it’s an industry-related group this is your perfect opportunity to ask questions about a career path that interest you and what you need to do to get there.

6. Find a mentor

Everyone needs a mentor, they provide the guidance, support and experience to help you to perform better at work.

7. Create a 5-year career plan

Whether it’s creating a vision board, making a list or timeline, It’s always good to get clarity on where you’d like to see yourself in the next 5 years and the steps you have to take to get there!

8. Stay fit

Exercise lowers stress, lifts your mood and keeps you healthy, need I say more!?

9. Do something scary

Yes, you read correctly! Do something scary… That means, get out there and push yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing, this could be; public speaking, meeting a new group of people, participating in extreme sports or volunteering. It’s an amazing feeling to get the heart pumping and push yourself to achieve something that you’re most afraid of!

10. Make time for play

Last but definitely not the least, in fact it’s my top resolution goal. We get so caught up in achieving, succeeding or working that we forget to have fun while we accomplish our goals… Go the beach, catch up with friends or family, play sport, do what makes you feel alive. Because, life’s too short to spend it stressing about the future!

About the author - Rachel Stefanovski

Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au

 

 

 

Winter Networking Do’s and Don’ts

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

The importance of networking, there is a science to effective networking, making polite conversation is just one aspect of creating successful and long-lasting key business contacts. As the old saying goes “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Some of this is true, you do need knowledge in the field you’re working or looking to work in. However, it’s the network you have around you that can help elevate you, in the career you desire.

It’s normal to feel a little intimidated, especially if there are contacts in the room you would like to impress. Understanding networking etiquette is essential to your future career success. Below I have listed my top Do’s (and Don’ts) that will help you to leave a lasting impression with anyone you meet.

Do                                                                       

  1. Introduce yourself and others                                
  2. Remember Names                                                
  3. Prepare your Elevator Pitch                                  
  4. Get out there
  5. Connect on LinkedIn  
  6. Listen and make mental notes
  7. Follow up the next day with a polite email

Don’t

  1. Focus on one person
  2. Get Drunk
  3. Boast and rattle on
  4. Be Shy
  5. Not connect on LinkedIn
  6. Interrupt
  7. Forget to follow up

It doesn’t end there! You have to follow up with your contacts and nurture the relationships, to make it worthwhile… Don’t expect to reap the rewards straight away; what do you have to offer your contact in return? Maybe it’s a brilliant idea, a business partnership or a unique skill. So what are you waiting for, get out there!

About the Author – Rachel Stefanovski 
Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au 

Laser Focus Your Attention

Multitasking is very much ingrained in our lives thanks to technology, social media and the internet. We are constantly distracted and expected to move quickly from one task to the next and back again. You may think you are great at multitasking but something always has to give and inevitably you end up giving attention to one task more than the other.

Business Support and Sales Recruitment is often reactive and as a team here at PKL Recruitment we make a conscious effort to ensure we still exercise laser focus on a daily basis. So how do you improve your laser focus technique?

We asked Sophie Robertson from Younique Coaching for her thoughts on this -

“Laser focus is about applying focus to the things that matter. Have you noticed how some people seem to get a lot more done even though everyone has the same 168 hours per week? They do not have more time. However they do the things that will make the most difference.”

“Brian Tracy talks about this in his book “Eat that frog”, which is about doing the hardest things first in a day, so they get done. Sometimes when we procrastinate, we do the easy non - important things to avoid eating the frog.”

“In recruitment, many recruiters find doing Business Development  the hardest, but often it is also the most important to keep their pipelines full. So for them eating the frog means doing BD first. Whatever your job is, determine what must be done for success and ensure you do this every day and preferably first, so it never gets missed out.”

“When applying laser focus, it is important to be specific, so it is not enough to say “I will make BD calls”. It needs to be “I will make BD calls till I achieve 3 meetings”, then the purpose of the calls is clear, so it doesn’t become calling for callings sake. Laser focus is also about being pro-active and not reactive in your work day.”

Leave your devices alone: Checking your phone, social media and emails will only distract you! Don’t reply to emails or texts straight away, finish your current task, and check your devices at allocated intervals.

Plan your work: This may sound like an extra task, but by planning what you want to achieve. You are able to prioritise your work load and get the hardest task done first.

Set a timer: One of my first managers in Recruitment gave me this tip and it’s something I still use today. Set yourself some achievable start and stop times for each task. Use a timer, this will ensure you stay on track.

By focusing on one task at a time, you give each task or team member your full attention. This is called ‘Laser Focus.’ Having the satisfaction of completing tasks in this way leaves you feeling less stressed and you get more done, less is actually more in this case!

About the Author – Rachel Stefanovski 
Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au

The Second Interview

Congratulations you’ve made it through to round two of interviews. Now what!?

You had a great first interview, found out more about the role and now you really, really want this job! It can be both daunting and exciting going for your second interview, so how do you nail it and leave a lasting impression?

Preparation is key, do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the company or industry you’re entering into. Check out the company’s press page for the latest company updates. Also have a look at your interviewees LinkedIn page, this is the best way to breeze through a second interview.

Practice makes perfect, get a friend to ask you likely interview questions and practice your answers. Preparing in advance will help calm the nerves and keep you feeling confident throughout the interview process.

You’ll be amazed at how a firm handshake and eye contact can leave a good impression. Small things like standing up to greet your interviewer, remembering their name and thanking them at the end for their time goes a long way.

The second interview is an opportunity to analyse if this role is suited to you. Have some questions ready. Assess and see if you think you’ll like your potential colleagues, managers or the culture? Are there any red flags?

After all, this is an opportunity for potential employer and employee to get insight on what working together would look like.

About the Author –               

Ryan Wilson joined the PKL Melbourne team and manages a permanent desk. Specialising in Contact Centre, Sales and Customer Service based roles. He would be happy to discuss any opportunities with you and is always happy to hear from sales superstars. Contact Ryan directly on ryan.wilson@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

Aim For Workplace Value

“Strive not for success. But rather to be of value” Albert Einstein

Being an integral part of your company is so important, as is achieving your goals. Success follows when you demonstrate value in your role. Value is the relevant worth or importance you can give to your work and others. You may have a specific skill that is unique to your role which is highly regarded in the team.

So why aim for Value?

The significance of value; value serves others as well as self; you are motivated to see others achieve as well as yourself. As a person of value, you aim for long-term growth for the organisation and enjoy being part of a team. You remain dedicated to being an asset to your workplace through your talents and strive for valuable contribution. Having the right attitude and being a team-player are attributes that leaders look for in prospective candidates. Knowing you have the right attitude to fit into new work environments easily by being a team player as well as striving for long-term growth in your career.

Pursue a profession that suits your gifts, before chasing recognition or wealth. In the long run, you’ll enjoy being at work and achieve success by default… Because you love what you do!

If you’re not currently in a role or seeking a career that suits your talents, get in contact with us today!

About The Author – Justin Culhane

In 2015, Justin joined PKL Recruitment as the Melbourne Team Leader for Business Support. Justin is dedicated to building a strong and collaborative team environment that achieves targets and is passionate about recruitment and the PKL Recruitment brand. His is experienced in sales and business development and thrives on managing a motivated, intelligent and engaged team. Contact Justin directly on justin.culhane@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.  

Celebrating Women Around The World

“The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits.  The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities” – Adrienne Rich

On the 8th of March, 1908 15,000 women gathered in New York to march for women’s working rights, previously known as International Working Women’s Day. Today we call this day International Women’s Day. Nearly 110 years has passed since this march for women’s rights. As women we have came along way, but we still have a long way to go!

“Despite aspirations for more women in senior leadership roles, progress over the last 10 years has been slow. While in 2011-12 women represented close to half of the labour force as a whole (46%), and 45% of Professionals, women remain under-represented at senior levels within both the private and public sector.” – Australian Bureau of Statisics

Flexibility, when it comes to decision making and clear communication are just some reasons why women excel in leadership roles. Female leaders are renowned for being able to break down barriers through empathy and understanding; inspiring change within their teams they make great role models and positive influencers, especially in female dominated industries.

Running a company is a function of leadership, not simply gender. My goal has always been to create an inclusive and diverse workplace that exceeds expectations through creative recruitment solutions.  I have endeavored to lead by example, be a role model and believe in people. A role model? I lead by my ethics, values and pride. I was 25 years old when I started PKL Recruitment and I will never forget when I went to my bank manager to discuss my business plan.  He told me I was dreaming, 75% of small businesses went broke in their first year. PKL is still going strong 21 years later!  

Don’t be afraid to go outside your boundaries, failure is success in my eyes. Believe in yourself, your capabilities and your worth. Share your experiences and support other women through encouragement, mentoring and camaraderie. Anything is possible you just have to find a way to make it work. 

Seven years into running my business, I added a logistical challenge and moved 500kms from my head office when I married my husband who is a farmer. As a distant MD and mother of two young children the business continued to flourish as a result of collaboration and empowering my then, all female management team to step up and let them take the lead. 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and progress towards gender parity acknowledges the significant impact women make in business and our community.  We each have an important role to play in inspiring change amongst our peers and encouraging the younger generations to do the same. 

 

How are you supporting women in your community?

Sources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com https://unwomen.org.au 

 

About the Author – Phoebe Lane
Phoebe Lane is the Founder and Managing Director of PKL Recruitment. Phoebe founded PKL Recruitment in 1995 with a vision of creating meaningful differences to the lives of candidates and clients. PKL Recruitment is focused on producing high quality placements that benefit both the candidate and the client. Contact Phoebe today via LinkedIn or phoebe@pkl.com.au.

Top 3 Tips For Interview Preparation

Once you have been selected for an interview, it can be an exciting and challenging time. It means you have passed the first stage of the recruitment process with a successful CV and cover letter.

Many candidates experience nerves throughout the interview process and there are a few quick tips you can apply to calm the butterflies in your stomach.

1. Research the company

Reviewing the company website and reading company information will help ensure you are properly prepared to answer questions and will also provide a framework for your own questions to the interviewer.

The most credible way to demonstrate your knowledge about a company is to ask meaningful questions about their current business, future goals and business objectives. A quick review of the media section on the company website or LinkedIn page will reveal the organisation’s current priorities.

2. Dress professionally for the role

You only get one chance to make the best impression in your interview. By dressing professionally no matter the cultural norm, you already have the advantage over other candidates. By wearing corporate attire, your interviewer will appreciate the level of pride you take in your appearance. Most companies adhere to specific dress codes, be mindful of this, as your interviewer will be taking this into consideration when hiring new staff.

3. Prepare and practice potential interview questions

There are a number of questions you are likely to be asked in every interview, such as:

  • Why did you apply for this role?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What experience do you have in our industry?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Although it is important to prepare for these questions, many interviewers will ask behavioural style questions to help them understand you better as a person and observe how you perform under pressure or in different circumstances.

It pays to write a longer list of predictable and less predictable questions you may be asked. Be prepared to give prompt and articulate responses to questions such as:

  • What motivates you?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
  • What is your biggest regret?

These questions are designed to side-step the ‘canned responses’ and encourage candidates to speak ‘off-the-cuff’ on a subject that is not directly related to the role. It may seem challenging but it is an increasingly common way for an interviewer to determine which candidates might be the right fit for their team culture.

In summary, research the company, dress professionally for the role, and prepare and practice interviewer questions.

Good luck in your interviews!

About The Author – Shannon Lippert

As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on shannon.lippert@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

About PKL Recruitment

PKL Recruitment strives on assisting candidates to succeed in their chosen career. PKL Recruitment specialises in business support and call centre recruitment for part time, temporary or permanent roles. Visit our website for more information on how we can assist you with your interview preparation.

Love It Or Leave It

Do you really love what you do?

Do you wake up on a Monday morning excited for the work week ahead and ready for new opportunities?

Is your job challenging and rewarding?

If you answered yes, that’s great! You are part of the small percentage of people who love what they do. These people have found the perfect role that satisfies their professional, financial and personal aspirations.

If you answered no, your journey starts now. The start of the year is the perfect time to reflect on your current job and what you need to love your job. This may be a career change.

We spend most of our time at work, so it’s worth investing the time to determine what your ‘perfect’ jobs looks like and plan strategies on how you are going to get there. The first step in finding your perfect job is describing what you love. Prepare a list of your natural abilities and interests and reflect on why you actually enjoy these activities as this will help you identify potential new careers.

It is important to remember that your opportunities are endless. In a modern and digital economy, there are limitless opportunities for training and development if you need to enhance your skills to reach your goals. Enrol in courses or apply for internship positions to gain experience and an understanding of a new industry.

Once you have determined your skills and interests, it’s time to match these to new opportunities. If you are interested in people and are good at communicating with others, then maybe office administration or support is a great stepping-stone into a new career.

Before you start applying for roles that may just be your ‘perfect’ job, speak with experienced recruiters, such as PKL Recruitment, who specialise in the industry you are considering. They will provide you with industry information, advice on key skills and attributes and identify any available roles.

The next step is the job application process involves working with your recruiter to customise your resume for potential employers, preparing and attending interviews and starting in your new job. For more advice on the job application process, visit our blog.

About The Author – Justin Culhane

In 2015, Justin joined PKL Recruitment as the Melbourne Team Leader for Business Support. Justin is dedicated to building a strong and collaborative team environment that achieves targets and is passionate about recruitment and the PKL Recruitment brand. His is experienced in sales and business development and thrives on managing a motivated, intelligent and engaged team. Contact Justin directly on justin.culhane@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.