Dr Neil Schultz

The government rules around where different types of GPs can work in Australia

There are a number of different rules around where different types of GPs can work in Australia and this is particularly applicable to medical professionals from other countries that want to come and live and work in Australia. There is a general shortage in the general practice at the moment and it can be difficult to find Australian doctors for private practices, especially in areas that aren’t found within mainstream cities. This means that there is an opening for those training in the medical field to move into the country in order to make up for the shortfall. If you

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COVID-19 Job-Seeker Scams

It is always sad to hear about the negative aspects of humanity, tough conditions bring out the best and worst of humanity.  The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. This brief post seeks to warn job-seekers that scammers are actively using the pandemic to target a new range of people.    The last week has seen a massive number of people become unemployed overnight so there are many people who are now looking for work when there is not much work available.  To take advantage of this, scammers are placing ads on job boards.  The ads are seeking to obtain your personal

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COVID-19 and what it means to recruiting for your business.

The world, and now Australia is firmly in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic. This means that it is moving quickly through the population from person to person in multiple centres throughout the world. Through media, everyone would be aware of its existence and the potential risks associated with it. Some of the responses are related to a fear response among the population and we begin to see some irrational behaviours like the run on toilet paper at the almost trivial end and the strong urge to sell stocks leading to massive devaluations of

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Job Auditions

A couple of months ago, I was asked about my opinion of job auditions for an article by Jasmine Crittenden from HRM Online. My response focused on the concern that job seekers might be taken advantage of during the process and the ability for potential employers to act in an unethical manner. Certainly, there has been evidence that this does occur from time to time when as a result of the audition the candidate does not get the position but the material he or she produced is used by the company. A week after the interview, my son was asked

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The Essential Ingredients of Hiring a Loan Processor

Loan processors are integral to a loan broking business with the important function of taking the loan applicants through the process of applying for, negotiating with the lender, securing the loan and finally arranging its settlement. They can deal with various products used to purchase anything from land and houses, to business assets and motor vehicles. There are no required qualifications to be a loan processor though many loan processors have bachelor’s degrees in a business-related area, but this is not an essential requirement. A loan processor must be able to: Deal with people. The role requires that the loan

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Dr Neil Schultz

Where Can Recruitment Take Your Business?

Recruitment is a necessity for any business that seeks to grow; an expanded workforce allows more work to be taken on, resulting in increased turnover and higher profits. But the way the recruitment is handled and followed up will determine the overall success of the process and how far the company will progress as a result. When and How to Recruit Effectively The timing of recruitment can be crucial to the effectiveness of your business. In general, you need to take on new employees if:  new business is being lost due to having insufficient resources to deal with it customer

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The Five Key Benefits of Using a Recruiter to Pick Your Next Candidate

Many companies like to undertake their own recruitment process — identifying vacancies, posting job advertisements, conducting candidate screening and selection, and salary negotiation. They do this because they think it gives them more control and is cheaper whereas, in reality, there are several benefits in using a proficient recruitment agency.   1. Insider Knowledge Recruitment agencies spend their whole time researching the job market and recruiting staff. So they know how it all works and are able to take appropriate actions. That includes writing compelling advertisements for jobs and placing them where they’ll be most effective as well as including

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Are Recruiting Costs Tax Dedutible?

The recruitment of employees is usually not a straightforward business. It can take a lot of time and can have a fair amount of cost associated with it. Consequently, it’s important that costs are kept under control and reduced where possible, although not by cutting corners in the recruitment process since this will adversely affect the outcome. Fortunately, however, all costs associated with recruitment can be offset against a company’s taxable profit and will, therefore, reduce its tax bill.   The Rules for Claiming Business Expenses Under Australia’s tax laws, any expense that is incurred in the conduct of a

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Five Fatal Mistakes Not To Make When Recruiting Your Next Candidate

The recruitment process is crucial for a company’s success because, if done properly, it can create a talented, motivated and qualified team that can drive the company forward. Too many companies, however, make fatal mistakes that can harm future prospects, so you need to be aware of these and avoid them.   1. Lack of Preparation Before you begin to recruit, you need to be fully aware of the post to be filled and the qualifications, skills and other attributes a candidate needs. Too many companies, however, fail to prepare comprehensive job descriptions and job specifications that will form the

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How Recruitment is Changing

Like most things in business, recruitment doesn’t stand still. So any recruiter who doesn’t change will be left behind and will lose out in the race to employ the best staff. In order to keep up, it’s necessary to understand the changes and adapt to them.   1. The Internet and Social Media Recruitment used to be relatively simple, starting with advertisements placed in newspapers and magazines to attract suitable candidates. Now the printed media has been largely replaced by internet-based advertisements, including the use of social media. To attract the best candidates, you need to make use of all

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How the Recruitment Process Works

Recruitment of new employees can be a costly and complex business, with suitable candidates often being difficult to find. However, recruiting the right people in the most effective way is crucial for the future prosperity of the business. In order to ensure this occurs, a number of steps need to be followed in a correct and thorough manner so that valuable talent is not missed.   1. Identifying Vacancies This is a simple first step but is important in ensuring the right resources are hired. The number of positions to be filled is identified, whether full or part-time, permanent or

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The Challenge of Finding a Great Medical Secretary

I have had my own medical secretaries and nowadays I recruit secretaries for other people’s practices. One misconception is that the role of the medical secretary is a reasonably straightforward one. However, this is rarely the case, depending on the office, the secretary must juggle a number of balls, being aware of what stage each task is at and what the critical times are for it to be moved to the next stage while still being prepared to be endlessly interrupted by new tasks that come in. The situation is hardest in an office where there is a sole practitioner,

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Using a Recruiter Saves Money

Acquiring new staff, whether they be for a replacement position or because of growth in the business, can be both exciting and exasperating. For some businesses, especially smaller businesses it can really ‘get in the way’ of the daily activities that must be carried out to ensure a steady cash-flow. But why is this the case, it’s just a matter of putting an ad ‘out there’ and then choosing someone right? Maybe not. Steps Involved in the Recruiting Process If you think about all the processes involved with finding a new staff member, the hours add up. Let me take

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Stress During the Job Hunt

Why do people apply for new jobs? Is it looking for more money, a better environment, a progression of career? It can be any or all of these things, but most often, the key driver is that the person feels a strong need to change their circumstances, often after developing a sense of frustration or even hopelessness about their old job or situation. Not surprisingly, this feeling can permeate most aspects of life including the hunt for jobs. It will be relevant across the entire job search process, often prolonging the saga and greatly adding to the worry and stress

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Preparing a Resume or CV

The CV or résumé is the primary document that you will present, and should include your educational and occupational background.  Most often, people create a document and use the same document for every application.  However, a CV or résumé should be sculpted for each use.  By sculpting the document to align better with the job requirements, your application will be more likely to be noticed.  Crafting a good CV or résumé needs time and skill but it is worth putting the effort into it. Some people will write it themselves, while others will use a professional writer. The Difference Between

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The Application Process

How many people really know what is involved in applying for a position?  There are a range of stages. There is some variance between jobs though the general process is similar. It helps if you know what the process is, and where you are in that process.  The steps are: Pre-Advertising Before a recruitment decision is made, the employer will take various factors into account. Advertising The advertisement is the first key for a candidate who can see not only that there is a job available but also the things that the employer is looking for. Often the ad will

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About the Interview

Once the application has been made, and the AI and/or human assessors have made their initial culls, the process advances forward to a series of interviews. The number of interviews involved will vary from position to position and the preferences of the people who are conducting the process. Typically though, be prepared for: A written interview or initial questionnaire; followed by A phone interview; A face-to-face interview with the recruiter or HR manager; A face-to-face interview with the employer or the decision-maker at the firm.   The interviews are staged and generally once each stage has been completed some will

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The Cover Letter

Cover letters are often under-rated in importance, but they are vitally important.  Some recruiters will not even look at a CV if it has not been accompanied by a cover letter.  The cover letter is your first chance to demonstrate why YOU are right for THIS JOB. A cover letter should: Be well presented and ideally on some form of letterhead using a business style format; Contain ZERO spelling errors; Contain ZERO grammatical errors; Include the reference number of the position where available; Introduce the reason for the letter (to apply for the above job) followed by a punchy description

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Artificial Intelligence and Automatic Tracking Systems

Whenever you write, it is important to ensure that the document is suitable for the intended purpose. So far, we have addressed issues that will be relevant for human readers, but more and more, cover letters and CV’s will be read by computer using AI and ATS. It is even possible that the initial reading and cull will be completely in the “hands” of a computer which will scan the document and using an algorithm and create a score. Applications are then ranked according to these scores. Only applicants above a fixed score will be considered by a human, it

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Understanding Alignment

What Do Employers Want? Before you apply for a position, put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Why are they wanting to employ someone for this job? It might be that they want to expand the business, or they are replacing someone who has left.  It may not be possible to answer these questions just from the ad, though sometimes it is.  In any case, you should consider the issues because it may help to plan and frame your cover letter and résumé. Alignment is Key Alignment is a term that we use to describe our main goal, to align the

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Interview Preparation

Behavioural interviewing is based on the assumption that past performance will be predictive of future performance. In other words, people repeat their behaviour over and over again even if the environment changes.  It is attractive because it is thought to accurately predict a candidates future performance and forces the candidate to prove themselves by describing their performance in different situations. In the past, questions were often posed in an opened ended manner (e.g. Tell me about …) but this led to problems with comparing candidates because different people will provide very different responses that are not easily compared.  Instead, in

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