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20 Biggest Hiring Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

July 19th, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “20 Biggest Hiring Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)”

In Australia alone, staff turnover costs businesses up to $20 billion a year – according to AHRI’s latest HRpulse survey. As people are the centre of most businesses, the ability to hire the right staff can make or break an entire operation. We’ve compiled some of the biggest hiring mistakes a business can make to help you avoid them.

  1. Hiring for skills, rather than attitude: You can’t train enthusiasm, work ethic or interpersonal skills. Skills, on the other hand, can easily be transferred relatively easily from experienced to non experienced staff.
  2. Making promises you can’t keep: Know ahead of time what you can and can’t promise offering a candidate as promising the wrong thing can have massive implications further down the road.
  3. Not conducting a good job interview: A common misconception is that it is the role of the candidate to prepare for the interview. Effective hiring is grounded on the ability of the interview to be prepared to ask questions that elicit informed facts and information, rather than just opinions from the candidate.
  4. Expecting too much: Many employers think the best way to find a candidate is having an exhaustive list of qualifications. This can lead to finding a candidate with generalist experience, as opposed to something with very developed skills in key areas.
  5. Asking the wrong questions: Interviewers need to be aware of particular sensitivities that may arise in the interview process. Asking a question about what sports a candidate plays may discriminate against a handicapped person. Be wary of these when crafting interview questions.
  6. Rushing the hiring process: There is always a rush to fill vacant positions, this can lead to the candidate being vetted poorly. To avoid this, make sure to set a realistic time frame on the hiring process.
  7. Engaging in intuition based hiring: Having a personal preference of one candidate over another will often shape a hiring decision. It is best to keep an objective scorecard to make sure you are hiring with your brain and not your heart.
  8. Not performing adequate background checks: False resumes, fraud degrees and exaggerated technical skills are not uncommon in the business word. Failure to complete adequate background checks could not only land you the wrong candidate, but also tarnish your company’s image.
  9. Placing too much emphasis on the interview: Some candidates are “interview stars” but their performance may fizzle after being hired. The trick to avoid this is asking questions that uncover the candidates true personality. Try asking them about influencers or how they would deal with a situation, rather than simply talking about the job and resume.
  10. Hiring “whatever comes along”: When you run job ads or go to a job fair keep in mind that you are only accessing candidates actively searching for a role. Sometimes the best candidates might be the ones you have to go after, not the ones who come to you.
  11. Failing to fully prep a candidate for the interview: Some people think fast on their feet and don’t need much preparation. Others prefer to take their time preparing for situations. If you want to enable all candidates with the opportunity to shine, make sure they are all prepped when coming into the interview.
  12. Spending too much interview time talking: A job is about doing, not talking. Instead of sitting down and talking for hours, consider taking the candidate on a quick tour and getting them hands on to see how they work.
  13. Hiring your own image: It’s natural that you might want to work with people similar to yourself, but take a moment to consider if that’s the best thing for your business. Sometimes having a variety of personality types within a team covers many more bases.
  14. Not being clear about what you want: Until you have written a clear job description of what you want, you shouldn’t even consider starting to hire. A good place to start is considering purpose, duties, qualifications and next steps.
  15. Not having a long term plan: The amount of time a candidate will work for you is a very important factor to consider when hiring. A short term role is suited better to a fast learner whereas a long term role is often more appropriate to an experienced, reliable candidate.
  16. Hiring a sales team too early: Many business owners think that their business will rise or fall based on the ability to get customers. This leads them to hires a sale team very early to accomplish this – often before the product is entirely ready.
  17. Hiring friends and family: When a position opens up many business owners will look to hire a family member or friend as a favour. This is particularly dangerous as they are often not the best candidate for the role and may lead to personal conflicts.
  18. Not having a clear hiring process: By established a defined hiring process you can be sure that each candidate is being provided with the same information and opportunity. This should make the decision making process more simple and efficient.
  19. Offering someone the job on the spot: Whilst tempting, it is nearly always better to walk away and think about how the interview went. This reduces the likelihood of intuition hiring and makes the process more objective and reliable.
  20. Hiring before determining why the last person left: Possibly the most overlooked hiring mistake. Before you hire someone new it’s important to work out why the last person left. If it’s a persistent problem you may experience the same problem with the next candidate.

Need help with your hiring process? Here at Found we specialise in finding the right candidates for your business. If you’re interested in getting access to Australia’s next generation of hiring, check out  Found today.

11 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Staff

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “11 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Staff”

Now that you’ve got your staff it’s time to maximise their output. These 11 actionable steps will help you create a team that works well together, and encourages hard work and dedication.

  1. Understand each employee is different: Instead of thinking of your team as a singular workforce, remember that each individual has different needs, habits and expectations. Understanding and working with these differences is key to unlocking their potential and ensuring they are a productive, healthy member of your team.
  2. Manage expectations (yours and theirs): Once you understand the differences between your team members, it’s important to establish realistic expectations of their work. This should involve clear communication and transparency between you and the worker to make sure you are both on the same page.
  3. Maintain clear communication
  4. Engage your workers: Make sure that your workforce is engaged. This involves including team members in the decision making process (when appropriate) as well as encouraging input and ideas.
  5. Provide a challenging environment: No one likes working in an unchallenging, monotonous environment. Try to create a realistic challenge for your workers that fosters creativity and excitement.
  6. Act like a boss – but be consistent: Having a good relationship with the rest of your team is important, but there are times when it is necessary to be the boss. Problems arise when a manager may act like a peer at times and a boss at other times – consistency is key here.
  7. Lead by example: One of the most underrated motivational factors in a workplace is having a leader that works harder than everyone else. Leading by example promotes work ethic and can produce some great results.
  8. Build ownership amongst team: When your team feels connected to the work they are doing they will be more motivated and work harder. Try to make your workers feel connected to the work they are doing.
  9. Keep your team informed: Business leaders often have a much clearer picture of what’s going on in the company than workers. Lack of information can leave a team feeling confused or unwanted, and this erodes motivation and productivity.
  10. Reward employees (not just with money): Whilst you can reward workers with monetary compensation, verbal recognition and perks can also go a long way in motivating hard work.
  11. Don’t be afraid to cut workers: Whilst hiring the wrong worker is never the intention of an employer, cutting a worker loose is a necessary part of maintaining a healthy workplace environment.

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

Top five things you can do to land your next job now!

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Top five things you can do to land your next job now!”

Whether you’re just ready to change jobs now or you’ve been out of work for a while the entire process of job hunting can seem overwhelming. There are a few simple steps that you should follow to help make the job search easier and more productive.

1. Know What You Want

Before starting any serious job search you need to decide what type of work you’re looking for. Are you interested in full-time, part-time, or even a work from home job? According to Career Trends some of the hottest jobs currently available include production supervisors, transportation inspectors, and landscape architects.


2. Don’t Settle for the Obvious

Make sure you don’t just look for jobs you’ve done before. You want a job you actually look forward to going into each day and one that could potentially turn into a long-term career. In some ways looking for a job is like wading into the dating pool. Too many people settle for something that’s safe and boring.


3. Blend Your Passions With a Career

Make a list of things you enjoy doing. Blending work with passion is one of the best ways to make sure you’re excited about getting up and going to work each morning. If you love food look for a position in the hospitality industry. If you enjoy building things and working with your hands seek out a career in the construction field.


4. Get Experience That Matters

It’s important to find a job that will ultimately look good on a resume. Getting a job in the hospitality industry, such as working as a desk clerk or in housekeeping, is a great way to gain experience that will help build your career. Not only do these jobs provide valuable experience but they may open the door to potentially higher, even better paying positions at a hotel. Australian Hospitality News reports that regional restaurant managers can make $95,800 annually. That means taking that waiter or waitress position may pay off in the long run.


5. Find Friends Who Push and Inspire You

Surrounding yourself with people who are energetic and have lofty goals of their own will help you strive for more. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or some other type of social media, most people are connected to friends online.  Entrepreneur states that 65 percent of all companies use social media when deciding who to hire. This means it’s important to not only have great friends who support you in a positive way offline, but who support you and send positive messages online as well.

Do you know how to convey your company culture in a job ad?

May 24th, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “Do you know how to convey your company culture in a job ad?”

Company culture describes the environment and culture of the workplace. Some employers might not care about their workplace environment because they only believe it’s important to get the job done quickly; however, successful companies find that this attitude actually hurts profits. Positive environments improve productivity and help businesses and employees earn more money.


According to research published on, businesses with great cultures perform 20 percent better than those that don’t. They also tend to have employees who earn more money. It isn’t necessarily because these companies pay higher starting salaries than others in their industry. Sometimes they don’t. It’s Lower turnover and increased productivity that helps these happier companies compete.

With that said, conveying the company culture in job descriptions is critical for two reasons:

  • Job seekers value positive work environments. Communicating this in a job posting will increase the attractiveness of the job offer.
  • In Australia, employee turnover hovers around 23 percent and costs companies almost $4 billion in extra recruitment costs and lost productivity. Today’s employers know that employee turnover costs money, and they prefer to hire people who are likely to enjoy their jobs, coworkers, and surroundings.


It’s pretty obvious that job descriptions should include more than just actual tasks and required skills; also, they should promote the investment in employee happiness that a company makes. By following these three suggestions, employers can give job seekers a chance to understand their business culture:

  1. Be direct and clear: Don’t be afraid to introduce your job listing with a paragraph or two about your culture. You might even include some direct testimonials from current employees who perform a similar job. Also, emphasise that you’ve included this section to let job seekers know why they would like to work at this company. Your clarity will also reflect well upon your business.
  2. Consider what you have: Google is one example of a company that has grown famous for its positive work climate. According to Fast Company, perks like free food and gym memberships were no accident but part of a deliberate strategy to attract and retain top talent. Not every company can invest in a work culture like Google has; however, even an entry-level job may offer paid training, internal promotions, employee discounts, flexible work schedules, and a great location. Find out why current employees like their jobs and start there.
  3. Use the right media for job postings:  Quite simply, if you’re looking for younger workers, and even some older ones, you need to use mobile apps for job listings. Eighty-seven percent of mobile device users say that they have their phones by their side 24 hours a day and are more likely to check online with them than with a laptop or desktop. They’re more likely to use employment apps and mobile sites than to read newspaper listings or even listings on traditional job sites. Younger workers also like using mobile apps for work, so your use of one for job listing is another way to demonstrate that your culture is in tune with their preferences.

Postings that reflect a positive company culture will attract the right type of employees. To find great local Job Seekers near you try the Found Platform today.

Five Signs You Need To Change Jobs

May 17th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Five Signs You Need To Change Jobs”

Sometimes a career change is necessary, either for your mental health, your career growth or for personal reasons. If you notice any of the following five signs, you might need to quit a job now.

Many employers make promises during the hiring process that—shall we say—exaggerate the truth. You may have received promises about anything from a pay review, extra holidays or a work from home arrangement. These can all be enticements to get you to take the job. If you’ve been at your job long enough to finally realise you’ll never get these promises fulfilled, it’s time to move on.

Company culture pervades every work environment. The culture may not be something that is written in the employee manual, but it can be a palpable thing that can make work awkward or difficult for you personally. Maybe your colleagues all play fantasy football at lunch, or your boss thinks insults are a good motivational tool. Whatever the cultures is, if it’s making you uncomfortable, it’s time to look elsewhere for job satisfaction.
Is your career path something you’re looking forward to—or is it something you’re dreading? If you’re looking at your future at your current company and you don’t like what you see, there’s no reason you can’t hop on a different career path starting right now.
No one should have to be bored at work. If you find yourself watching the clock, thinking about other things while your boss is droning on about sales projections, or not caring anymore whether you do a good job or not, it’s time to change jobs. You most certainly have something valuable to offer the business world, and you deserve an opportunity to be inspired at work. Otherwise, you’re selling yourself short and not being fair to your current employer.
Being stuck in a dead end job with no room to grow doesn’t help your career, and it doesn’t offer you a chance to develop your professional skills. If your company has a policy of not promoting from within, or you’ve reached the top rung of the ladder, you may need to find another ladder to climb at a different company.

Your career is too important to stay in a place that isn’t serving your professional goals. Don’t be afraid to cut ties with a company if you see any of the above five signs.

Make Any Job Attractive!

May 10th, 2017 Posted by Employer Blog 0 thoughts on “Make Any Job Attractive!”

When you’re trying to hire for a job that is less than exciting, you’d better be prepared to get creative. Jobs that are perceived as boring or undesirable are less likely to attract the kind of qualified candidates that you have been able to find for other roles. Here are some tips on how to make a boring job attractive to the right people.


Many things can make a job more attractive, including the perks and benefits that go along with it. Try focusing on the intangibles that might make a person prefer this job over another. Here are some to look for:

The Exposure

Will the employee have the opportunity to network and gain better exposure for a future career in the company? Sometimes employees are willing to take a lower paying, monotonous job if there’s opportunity to make important career connections.

The Working Environment

Is the office casual and lenient as far as dress code and cubicle space? Are pets allowed to come to the office? These small benefits are considered very appealing, particularly to the millennial workforce, who expect to work in a place that they don’t consider to be “uptight.”

The Hours

Are the hours perfect for working mothers who want to be home for their kids after school? Many smart women look for jobs where they can drop off their kids in the morning and be home to fix a snack and help with homework.

The Flexibility

Can the employee come in early if they choose, and go home early? If the job doesn’t currently have this flexibility, it’s possible the department manager may be willing to negotiate such a situation. Certain jobs, such as data entry, are perfect for such arrangements. Is there an opportunity to work from home one day a week? This might be a huge perk to parents or those who have to commute a long way to get to work.


If there’s no way to disguise the boring job as anything more than mundane, and there are few intangible benefits to entice applicants, focus on the future. Many low-profile boring jobs can lead to an exciting and high-paying job within the same or similar industry.

For example, a boring job of reading through slush pile manuscripts at a publishing company could eventually lead to a big city job as a top agent. A job washing hotel linen might enable that employee to work themselves up to the position of hotel manager at a big resort. Every job can lead someplace more promising. It’s up to you to figure out the best possible ultimate job, and focus on that possibility when advertising for the boring job. Try to find examples of people who started out in the lowly position and are now in positions with high salaries and respect. That will go a long way toward convincing an ambitious person that this boring job is worth more than meets the eye.

Finally, your ideal candidate shouldn’t take too much convincing. With a little prodding, if they can’t imagine how they might leverage the boring job into something more attractive down the road, they may not be right for the job. Give a nudge to candidates, but then let them allow their imaginations to take over.

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