McCormack Employment Services http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au We find the right fit Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lowest ever recruitment fees. Just 10%! http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/lowest-ever-recruitment-fees-just-10/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/lowest-ever-recruitment-fees-just-10/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:31:31 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=3082 With so many years specialising in recruitment for education and religious organisations, we have become the recruiter of choice in our field. The success of our reputation lies in our combination of excellence in customer service, sourcing the very best candidates for our clients, and our low fees. Some of the bigger recruitment agencies have […]

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With so many years specialising in recruitment for education and religious organisations, we have become the recruiter of choice in our field. The success of our reputation lies in our combination of excellence in customer service, sourcing the very best candidates for our clients, and our low fees.

Some of the bigger recruitment agencies have less invested recruitment staff who often don’t have the experience, skills, or even the desire to get the right fit. And ironically, they charge the highest fees. That’s where we differentiate ourselves. There’s nothing more rewarding than the feedback we receive from our clients and seeing our permanent placements stay and thrive in their jobs.

Cheryl McCormack has worked hard to build a recruitment agency that stands apart from the bigger agencies in terms of service excellence. Each recruiter on her team has been hand-picked for their track record in attention to detail, their authenticity and their exceptional recruitment skills.

It’s a very important skill for a recruiter to have; the ability to source the candidates that will be the right fit. Our team of experienced recruiters are extremely good at ‘sifting out’ the wrong candidates; and hand picking the best. We take great care in getting to know our clients and their culture and the skills needed so that we can find just the right person for the job.

To find out more how the team at McCormack Employment can help you with your permanent staffing, give Cheryl a call today on 8920 0218 or email cheryl@mccormackemployment.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiring temporary staff has never been easier, or more cost effective http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/benefits-temporary-staffing/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/benefits-temporary-staffing/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:22:29 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=3025 At McCormack Employment Services, we do all the work for you. Not only the time and effort in sourcing and the right person, but also managing the temps’ weekly pay, their superannuation remittance and workers’ compensation insurance. All for the exceptional hourly fee of $42 per hour! McCormack’s generous discounts for temp to perm release […]

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At McCormack Employment Services, we do all the work for you. Not only the time and effort in sourcing and the right person, but also managing the temps’ weekly pay, their superannuation remittance and workers’ compensation insurance. All for the exceptional hourly fee of $42 per hour!

McCormack’s generous discounts for temp to perm release fees add to the attraction of a strategy that initially engages a temporary employee – when compared to the cost of making a bad permanent hiring decision, this is a fool proof strategy that many organisations are now incorporating into their talent management planning.

The benefits of temporary staff are vast. Some common reasons our clients hire temps include employee absences (such as illness, vacation, maternity or disability leave, sudden departure) and unexpected or temporary demands (such as special projects, seasonal or peak periods, employee shortages). Whichever the reason we always have consistent positive feedback from our clients reinforcing how convenient it is to have temporary staffing strategies in place to take the pressure off.

Temps can jump in quickly to meet the demands of increased workloads and employee absences. Making it part of your organisation’s staffing model means you have flexibility throughout the year, to quickly meet expected and unexpected workload demands and staffing changes.

The cost of hiring temp workers is often cheaper than the cost of hiring permanent employees with benefits. In the short term, it is generally more cost-efficient to hire a temp. For jobs that are expected to last six months or longer, it may pay to hire a full-time employee but then again, the opportunity for both parties to ‘Try before they Buy’ is also very compelling.

For further information or just a chat about your company’s recruitment needs, get in touch with Cheryl McCormack on 8920 0218 or email – cheryl@mccormackemployment.com.au

 

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Skills Testing Increases Recruitment Accuracy http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/skills-testing-increases-recruitment-accuracy/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/skills-testing-increases-recruitment-accuracy/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:16:23 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=3039 Companies that don’t rely on effective hard and soft skill testing before employing staff, run the risk of having under-skilled staff that jeopardise productivity levels and can end up costing the company time and money in training, staff turnover and re-employment. Through my many years of recruitment, I have seen just how crucial pre-employment skill […]

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Companies that don’t rely on effective hard and soft skill testing before employing staff, run the risk of having under-skilled staff that jeopardise productivity levels and can end up costing the company time and money in training, staff turnover and re-employment.

Through my many years of recruitment, I have seen just how crucial pre-employment skill testing is. We pride ourselves in our ability to do effective skills assessments for our clients. It allows us to sift through talent pools to determine if an individual has the required skills for a specific job.

Years ago hard skill testing was a ‘nice to have’. These days we simply wouldn’t do without it! We rely on assessments to get a better understanding of candidates’ true capabilities and determine their long-term suitability to perform and excel in any given role. Our pre-selection skill testing process gives us confidence in presenting verified skilled talent to our clients. We feel we can prove the candidate has the capability to understand the job functions and can deliver on what they need to. It certainly results in much higher staff retention rates for our clients, and has given us great peace of mind in being able to offer free replacement guarantees to our clients as well. With our rigorous testing procedures in place we rarely have to!

In addition to hard skill testing, soft skill testing can be just as crucial in assessing and identifying emotionally intelligent candidates who are the right cultural ‘fit’ for our clients. This is particularly important to our clients, where certain cultural sensitivities are a pre-requisite.

We recognise how important it is to offer our clients the very best skilled candidates we can, and incorporating hard skill testing as part of our service offering sets us apart from those agencies that don’t, and helps us remain the leaders in employment services in the education and charity organisations.

Cheryl McCormack – Principal Recruiter holds a post graduate qualification in Psychology combined with her 20 plus years as a recruitment expert and she reviews all assessment results.

 

 

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No need for high fees in recruitment http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/high-fees-recruitment/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/high-fees-recruitment/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 10:02:33 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=3011   Cheryl McCormack, Director & Principal Recruiter argues that there is no justification for charging high fees especially considering that as the salary package rises the ratio gets more out of kilter. The tasks involved in sourcing talent have evolved into a trickier landscape involving effective key words in advertising, SEO across platforms and an […]

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Cheryl McCormack, Director & Principal Recruiter argues that there is no justification for charging high fees especially considering that as the salary package rises the ratio gets more out of kilter. The tasks involved in sourcing talent have evolved into a trickier landscape involving effective key words in advertising, SEO across platforms and an understanding of deep data mining using Boolean search techniques. These aspects must be carried out quickly with potential candidates captured in a highly intuitive applicant tracking system which in our case is Bullhorn.

That said, the art of true recruitment is in the ability to size people up during face to face interviews, carrying out in-depth previous employment referencing where the referee is also verified, consideration around the most appropriate skills testing and in some cases, psychometric assessments.

It’s certainly a lot of work but many agencies are charging far too much especially when many of the large recruitment agencies who are demanding these high fees often have young inexperienced recruiters often due to high turnover, working on your recruitment project with very little life or business experience – the very ingredients required of a savvy recruiter skilfully able to draw accurate information from their candidates. There is an alarming trend of late where more and more candidates are found to have misrepresented their employment in CV’s even going to the trouble of setting up false referees. Here again, the inexperienced recruiter may not pick up on candidate body language nor go to the trouble of verifying referees which can lead to serious issues down the track for the new employer who takes that person on believing that a proper recruitment process and good governance has taken place.

The real tragedy is that often the employer has paid the recruiter a very large sum of money and no manner of replacement guarantee will make up for the time lost in training and settling in the new employee let alone the damage that person can do even in the short time span of probationary periods.  Engaging an experienced recruiter to run your recruitment project is the best insurance you can have in minimising these risks – even better than running the recruitment yourself!

For further information or just a chat about the above or your company’s recruitment needs talk to Cheryl McCormack on 89200218 or email – cheryl@mccormackemployment.com.au

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Another happy Colleague! http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2903-2/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2903-2/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 02:51:01 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=2903 Thanks to Cheryl and the team at McCormack’s for yet again sourcing an appropriate applicant and successfully filling an unusual vacancy at our College. We have always relied on McCormack’s for urgent, last minute administration roles and they have been able to fulfil our needs but this latest position required such a variety of specific […]

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Thanks to Cheryl and the team at McCormack’s for yet again sourcing an appropriate applicant and successfully filling an unusual vacancy at our College. We have always relied on McCormack’s for urgent, last minute administration roles and they have been able to fulfil our needs but this latest position required such a variety of specific skills I was not confident we’d find anyone for the job. But McCormack’s found the perfect candidate and we’re very happy once again with the great service they offer. Professional, effective and timely in every way. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.

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Working with Children Check (WWCC) – Why do I need one? http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/working-children-check-need-one/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/working-children-check-need-one/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:06:30 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=2900 So you’ve decided to apply for a job working around children? Great! You’ve obviously decided that it’s a fun, engaging and rewarding way to work.  Just be aware there are a few protocols you will need to undergo so you can enter the interview process well prepared and ready to work in this industry. One […]

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So you’ve decided to apply for a job working around children? Great! You’ve obviously decided that it’s a fun, engaging and rewarding way to work.  Just be aware there are a few protocols you will need to undergo so you can enter the interview process well prepared and ready to work in this industry. One of these is obtaining a Working With Children Check (WWCC).

A WWCC is a requirement for anyone who wants to work or volunteer in a child-related sector. This includes education, religious services, transport, entertainment, disability, counselling, welfare, or health services (just to name a few). The purpose of the Check is to protect kids from physical and sexual harm by preventing anyone working with them who could potentially pose a risk to children.

When undergoing a Check, officials gain access to national police records and review any criminal offences you may have, not just those related to children. These can include convictions, charges or juvenile records. They also assess any workplace misconduct that may have taken place.

If your record comes up clear then you will be able to work with children for up to five years (with ongoing monitoring of course). And if you change jobs and move to another company you won’t need to get a new Check within that timeframe (unless you move interstate).

If, on the other hand, evidence of misconduct is found, you will be barred from working with children i.e. say goodbye to getting a job in these industries!

The WWCC’s are mandatory across Australia. However, the requirements for each State and Territory vary greatly. In NSW, anyone working in a child-related role or who has face-to-face contact with children in a child-related sector is required to get a Check. The cost of this is $80 for a five year clearance.

You can apply for a WWCC via the below link:

https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check/apply/apply

At the end of the day, all employers will ask you to provide a WWCC when applying for a job within these sectors. So, if you are looking to work in a child related industry in the future and would like to apply for a role, it’s a good idea to get a head start on applying for one. Besides this shows the employer you are highly organised, serious about the role, and it will speed up the employment process.

If you have any further questions about the Working With Children Check or need assistance in applying for one, give us a call as we are here to help you! And further more we would love to assist you in your search for that right career move working around children.

Email us – Like us – Share us – Connect with us – Tweet us – Call us!  Whatever your preferred method of getting in touch we look forward to hearing from you!

The Team at McCormack’s – The Candidate & Job Bank!

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Librarians – the original and still the best search engine! http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2839-2/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2839-2/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:33:54 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=2839 So, you work in a library or maybe you are thinking of a career in one? There are many myths surrounding how we view a typical librarian. However, in todays’ modern world it takes more than reading glasses, a hair bun and a creaky old book cart to succeed in this career!! These days’ library […]

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So, you work in a library or maybe you are thinking of a career in one?

There are many myths surrounding how we view a typical librarian. However, in todays’ modern world it takes more than reading glasses, a hair bun and a creaky old book cart to succeed in this career!!

These days’ library staff often have a significant qualification under their belt, have a hell of a lot of patience, and are very tech savvy. It’s fair to say that working in a library involves much more than shushing and shelving!

Though there are many different types of library jobs available out there, they all share a common purpose – to assist people in finding information.  In today’s society we are time poor and information hungry and information is a very valuable commodity. A librarian may not know all the answers off the top of their head, but they are there to help you find the solutions!

On a typical day library staff might perform some of the following duties:

  • Understanding and interpreting people’s needs – this could vary from a six year old child learning to read to an 80 year old person trying to borrow an eBook
  • Showing people how to search for information on the Internet and in other online resources
  • Troubleshooting when systems don’t work
  • Organising events such as children’s activities, book groups, IT classes, visiting authors
  • Working with schools & other community groups to promote the library
  • Managing the library’s budgets and staffing
  • Ordering stock and promoting it
  • Working on digital preservation – making sure information will be accessible in future

When you walk into a library today you will notice that everything is connected to an electronic resource in some way. Although library staff have traditionally worked with printed books and resources (and still do), the need to remain on top of ever-evolving technology is important and now most offer access to the Internet, online databases, and eBooks.

“The libraries of today have the opportunity to adapt, remain relevant, and make unique contributions in this rapidly changing virtual universe that is to take on the challenge to understand the power of Web 2.0 and take advantage of the opportunities available to use this technology and provide innovative and user-centred services to tech-savvy information consumers.” (Peltier-Davies, 2009)

This has meant that library staff have to become skilled in using IT systems in order to help their users search for resources, use library equipment such as printers and scanners, troubleshoot any problems that arise with cataloging, and maintain computer systems for record keeping. Users will come to them with any and all of their enquiries so being an expert of their domain is essential!

For this reason you may even find library staff are offered various educational courses (such as new system training) to keep up with changing technology. In addition to qualifications, it’s important to have good communication skills with a strong focus on customer service, an ability to adapt to changes in technology and a willingness to learn new systems.  And lastly it helps to be efficient at problem solving as you are usually the go to person for all enquiries and these can be varied!

Library jobs can be found in many industries such as schools (serving Kindy to year 12), Universities and business colleges (larger institutions may have several libraries on campus serving particular studies such as law), public libraries within your suburb and your major state library. Sometimes corporations such as hospitals, museums and government sectors have their own libraries. So your choice of employment industry is vast.

If you have the experience and ambition, library staff even have the potential to work their way up into jobs such as library directors, department heads and even CIO’s!

So if you are interested in seeing what is out there and exploring your options we would love to assist you in your search for that right career move. Even if you are not actively searching the job market, McCormack Employment Services can do the leg work whilst you remain completely anonymous in the strictest of confidence.

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Up in the Clouds with Payroll – the challenges payroll employees face! http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/payroll-employees-job-challenges/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/payroll-employees-job-challenges/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:34:22 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=2810 We understand the complexities for payroll employees – so let’s talk about it! A challenging role for the numerically minded and a vital role within any company, yet for payroll employees the role can be thankless!! Staff expect to be paid and paid correctly so if there’s a mistake or a misunderstanding as the payroll […]

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We understand the complexities for payroll employees – so let’s talk about it!

A challenging role for the numerically minded and a vital role within any company, yet for payroll employees the role can be thankless!! Staff expect to be paid and paid correctly so if there’s a mistake or a misunderstanding as the payroll employee you will surely hear about it and often in not very nice tones!

So if this is your role then we know you are expected to pay employees accurately and on time, but we understand that your job includes much much more.

Your role often involves;

  • communicating with managers and colleagues to find out about new recruits (onboarding procedures that have legal ramifications if not followed),
  • calculating, checking & re-checking  time sheets,
  • managing internal role promotions,
  • calculating tax and superannuation contributions,
  • managing sick, annual, long service and maternity/paternity leave pay,
  • overseeing staff benefits & salary packaging.
  • interpreting varying Award and Enterprise Agreement variations
  • keeping up to date with constant changing PAYG and superannuation legislation?

And all of this must be done within strict deadlines!

Anyway, enough of the doom and gloom!

Whilst challenging and demanding there are many benefits to working in payroll. You can work in a variety of industries, there are strong job prospects (every company needs payroll employees – even if outsourced there needs to be someone with the knowhow overseeing it!). Having a qualification can increase your opportunities in the field, and with the introduction of cloud platforms, there could be greater flexibility offered to your role.

Did your ears prick up wthe the mention of job flexibility!

About the Cloud – these days many businesses are moving their payroll systems up onto it! This essentially involves storing and accessing data over the Internet. Cloud enables you to access your data from any device, anywhere in the world as long as you have a connection to the Internet. The aim is to reduce the time required to process payroll and allow companies more time to manage the crux of their business.

Sounds great – right?

So how does the Cloud benefit payroll employees? Well for starters employee time tracking is now automated (no more timecards to fill out, manual calculations of hours and date entry).

Other benefits include:

  • Ability to gain greater experience using advanced IT systems
  • Reduced paperwork to fill out
  • Less room for human error
  • Your pay runs will only take a few minutes instead of the hours it used to
  • You can spend more time on strategic work and less on the manual tasks
  • This could in turn lead to upskilling of your skills in other areas of the business
  • There could be flexible working arrangements offered – if you can access the data from anywhere, you can work from anywhere

Companies want payroll candidates who have good IT skills, strong accuracy and attention to detail, can think clearly and logically, display good organisational skills and an ability to work to deadlines, are team players, and who have a respect for confidentiality.

It’s possible to get into a payroll position with any qualifications, however the preferred areas of study are Accounting, Human Resources, Business, or Economics etc. Whilst good numeracy skills are very handy, it’s also important you have a wider understanding of employee relations and an ability to communicate clearly.

The future of payroll is ever evolving and we get it!  And further more we would love to assist you in your search for that right payroll career move so even if you are not actively searching the job market, McCormack Employment Services can do the leg work whilst you remain completely anonymous in the strictest of confidence.

Email us – Like us – Share us – Connect with us – Tweet us – Call us!  Whatever your preferred method of getting in touch we look forward to hearing from you!

The Team at McCormack’sThe Candidate & Job Bank!

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Perm Placement – Thank You http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2005-2/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/2005-2/#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2015 07:35:45 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=2005 I want to take a moment to thank you and your team, particularly Shana, for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my job search process. I am so appreciative of not only the way you made me feel at our first meeting, but your generosity with your time and resources. The interest you’ve show […]

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I want to take a moment to thank you and your team, particularly Shana, for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my job search process. I am so appreciative of not only the way you made me feel at our first meeting, but your generosity with your time and resources. The interest you’ve show in my success is something for which I feel very grateful.

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Job Adverts: Yawn vs Wow! http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/job-adverts-yawn-vs-wow-2/ http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/job-adverts-yawn-vs-wow-2/#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2015 07:13:16 +0000 http://www.mccormackemployment.com.au/?p=1741 Now that you have sorted out the behavioural characteristics evident in your high performers and have stripped your Job Description of all the Foggy Language nailing that “spot on” vernacular, you are ready to design a cracking advert – one that will hook the talent you are seeking, well that is the aim anyway! So […]

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Now that you have sorted out the behavioural characteristics evident in your high performers and have stripped your Job Description of all the Foggy Language nailing that “spot on” vernacular, you are ready to design a cracking advert – one that will hook the talent you are seeking, well that is the aim anyway!
So don’t go and spoil it all by lodging a yawn inducing boring advert!
I know it is tempting to copy and paste past advert copy, tweaking a few pertinent job factors – but I implore you not be beguiled into thinking this will work. It will simply miss the mark and waste not only your money but all the good work you have done finessing the processes to this point.
Designing a job advert that not only attracts the attention of the right talent but also spurs them into action takes a little thought and planning. Fortunately you now have at your fingertips an effectively crafted Job Description that can serve as a compass or template for the advert.
A few pointers;
The Job Title should reflect the talents of the person you are seeking to attract so if the actual Job Description has a somewhat obscure title don’t use it! It may well be most applicable within your organisational structure but if used in the advert may miss your target market completely!
Short descriptions and bullets should describe factors that will benefit the candidate as this will increase your chances of having the right people clicking through to find out more
Include information about what you intend to pay – this is of paramount importance and if left out you will only serve to alienate potential talent as you risk having people think the remuneration is embarrassingly low!
If there is room for negotiation then put in a salary range and state this!
Keep the main body of the advert brief with a link to the full Job Description located on your organisation’s website
Don’t be tempted to over sell but don’t under sell either – a fine balance is required. Try putting yourself in the shoes of the targeted candidate to gain some appreciation about how it will be interpreted
Remember to avoid Foggy Language instead describe the behavioural characteristics and outcomes you developed previously that will best target future high performers
Always finish a job advert outlining benefits and a call to action – this should include the ability for a prospective candidate to discuss the career opportunity if they so wish prior to lodging an application
You are now ready to commence screening applications! Keep an eye out for my next blog around designing clever questions for applicant screening! I hope you found value in this post!
For more information about Recruiting for Attitude contact Cheryl McCormack, Director at McCormack Employment Services via email – Cheryl@mccormackemployment.com.au or phone 02 9212 6800

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