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Top 5 first jobs and what you can learn at them

June 28th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Top 5 first jobs and what you can learn at them”

Setting up for your job five years from now starts today. This list of top five first jobs can help you to gain valuable experience and make important contacts in your chosen career path.


Waiting for tables is one of the best ways to learn more about people and may be the perfect first job for you. You’ll be privy to private conversations, and see firsthand the relationships and interactions between family members and friends. If you have a goal of becoming a writer or actor, there’s no better place to learn how to portray human existence. So if you have a pleasant disposition and understand food service, don’t discount waiting tables as a good first job.


If management is your chosen career, tutoring would be an ideal first step. Teaching someone how to read, do maths, play a sport or learn to swim is rewarding and will also look great on your resume. It requires you to pass on knowledge and empower people, which are skills that will set you up well to manage in the workplace.


The entry-level receptionist job is often considered to be the most powerful position in a company. Everyone who comes in or calls has to get past you, and you’re the first person anyone sees when they come to work in the morning. It is a high profile job, where you can get noticed by very important people, who may tag you for bigger and better opportunities in the future. It can also be a great spot for you to work out where you want to go next.


As a file clerk, you’ll be tasked with the job of managing all the files for the company. BUT, you would have eyes on everything that’s going on in the company. You could use this information to learn vast amounts of knowledge that can help you foresee trends and gain insights that others overlook. You’d also be treading in the footsteps of no less than Albert Einstein too.


An Office Junior is one of the easiest ways to make a big impression on a lot of powerful people. As an Office Junior, you have personal contact with high-end personnel that most people in the company don’t have access to. If you do a great job, you just might be handpicked for the next job with big opportunities.


With thousands of active jobs, the Found for Job Seekers app is the perfect place to find your first job.

How losing 48% of applicants became ‘Ok’ (and why it takes 20x longer to apply for a job than to catch an Uber)

June 21st, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “How losing 48% of applicants became ‘Ok’ (and why it takes 20x longer to apply for a job than to catch an Uber)”

Remember the early ‘90s, before the internet arrived, when we called each other on landlines and wrote letters? Job ads were in the paper, and usually ended with “Please post your application to the Hiring Manager at PO Box…”
In the late ‘90s, the Job Board replaced the Careers Section of the newspaper, and the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) began its long march to dominance.
That was almost 20 years ago. The Founder of Facebook was still in high school. No one had ‘Googled’ anything. And we all caught buses and taxis (what is this ‘Uber’ thing?)

How much progress has been made since then? In Australia, more people now have access to a Smartphone than a Laptop or Desktop. And yet, we expect candidates to follow a process that’s changed little since the ‘90s.

As recruiting teams have become greater consumers of data, there’s a constant drive to collect more and more information from applicants.

Fact: The average time for a candidate to find and apply for a role through an ATS is 40 minutes.

An Uber takes 2 minutes to arrive. It takes one minute to post a Facebook status update. I can Snapchat my friends instantly. And 48% of candidates drop out during that 40 minutes.

What would happen to Uber if they didn’t turn up 48% of the time?

I have a theory why this is now “ok”. The 52% of candidates who make it through the process is usually “enough” to fill the role. And no one knows how good those candidates in the 48% really are.

Did you just bury one of your future business leaders in 40 minutes of forms?

To get started with next generation of recruitment tools check out Found today.

Didn’t get the job – what should you do next?

June 14th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Didn’t get the job – what should you do next?”

Did you find out you weren’t selected for the job you interviewed for? Don’t despair. Here are some clever next steps that might get your foot in the door after all.

1. Send a thank you note anyway.

Interviewers will be shocked to see a thank you note from someone who they didn’t hire. They will also be impressed. Most people who don’t get the job move on quickly. You, however, took the time to send them a handwritten thank you note. This gesture will make you stand heads above anyone else that was interviewed.

2. Indicate your continued interest.

In your thank you note, indicate your continued interest in working for the company in any relevant position that may come up in the future. This will communicate to the interviewer that you weren’t kidding when you said you wanted to work at that company. They will remember you if any other openings occur that you might be suited for. They may even contact you before the position is advertised.

3. Call them a month later.

Give the interviewer a phone call a month later. Ask how their new hire is doing, and inquire as to any new openings at the company. The interviewer will be really impressed by your proactive attitude, and your reluctance to take no for an answer. Your name will come up first if they do have any job openings.

4. Consider a lower position.

If you can’t get hired for the job you want, you may still be able to get your foot in the door by applying for a lower position. Consider applying for an assistant’s job, where you will be in contact with important decision-makers in the company. You can impress your bosses and work your way up through the system over time.

Don’t just walk away from a company if you don’t get hired. Persistence pays off when it comes to job hunting. Use these tips to  even when initially they said no. Still looking for the right job, check out the Found Careers for Job Seekers app today.

Tips for embracing the next generation of workers

June 7th, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “Tips for embracing the next generation of workers”

The future of Australia sits firmly in the hands of millennials. Born between 1975 and 1995, if you look around you right now, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll be in the company of someone defined as a millennial.

Many millennials, particularly in the tech sector, are successfully executing roles in senior leadership and are emerging as a force to be reckoned with, demonstrating ongoing success as commanders of organisations across the globe.

So why are so many managers opposed to hiring millennials for their jobs?

Millennials are different to previous generations of workers; their attitude, confidence and approach to work-related tasks are new, unique and require an entirely different style of management.

Global economic analysis heavyweight Deloitte released a survey this year that found that 50% of millennials plan on being in their role for a mere two years. That’s a staggering half of the workforce born between 1975 and 1995 intend to move on after just two years in a role. When you consider the costs involved in hiring and recruitment, you can see how important it is to not only attract, but to engage and retain the best and brightest of this generation.

Millennials are passionate, energetic and committed to making a difference in their role so it’s crucial that managers today adopt techniques and learn to work with, rather than against, those previously feared personality traits.

Here are a few tips for managing millennials in the workplace successfully:

Millennials are strong in their convictions and have the skill-set to back this up. Don’t mistake their confidence for arrogance; embrace their ideas and inspire them through your leadership. Managing and ‘teaching them who’s boss’ will have a detrimental effect which will be a wasted opportunity for your company.

You’ve got an employee who’s chomping at the bit to take the next step; they’ve identified a need in the business, and they’re eager to meet it. Rather than quashing their thought process, welcome it. What can you do to help them reach their goals? Working with a zest for growth that is so common in millennials, will see that initial two years turn into much longer.

Millennials get bored quickly. They have been raised in a disposable society where toys were plentiful, and there is an ever-evolving stream of technologies that are constantly entertaining. Rarely idle, millennials brains work at a fast pace and their ideas come thick and fast. If a millennial is over-achieving in their role, create new tasks for them and keep them mentally stimulated. It is this diversity of their role that will keep them hanging around for the long haul.

There is no doubt that millennials are passionate and want to be active in a role that makes a difference. As per Deloitte’s survey findings, they want “businesses to focus more on people…products and purposes – and less on profit, and because of this, if you nurture them and give them wings, they will surely help your business to fly.

There is no doubt that millennials are breaking the mould as far as industry standards are concerned, but it is taking advantage of this which will revolutionise the way you do business and help take your organisation to the next level.

To unearth the perfect candidate for a role within your business, check out the Found Talent platform today

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