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Dear Job Seeker…

In response to some bad experiences that candidates have had with Recruiters and lack of success in applying for jobs I drafted this open letter to job seekers.

Dear Job Seeker,

Sorry to hear about your lack of success in your job search. Every recruiter would love to place you into a position if they could I’m sure. This is how we generate revenue for our businesses and essentially what we get paid to do.

The main issue that I face at the moment is that the employment market is ’employer driven’ (versus being ‘candidate-driven). Often I am given a very specific set of criteria of the person my client is after and my job is to provide candidates which meet that set of criteria. A couple of years ago my clients were much more inclined to look at someone that fits maybe 70%+ of the criteria and would invest in training them up. I am finding that in this market there is not much appetite for this, which I believe is partly due to the resources required to invest in training a person and the ability of my clients to find someone that fits 95% of the criteria. Additionally there does not seem to be a huge sense of urgency with some of my clients which means they are happy to wait for the person which does meet their requirements. I am not saying this is right or wrong or applies specifically in your case, I’m trying to provide some insight into how some recruiters operate.

In regards to lack of feedback on your applications, sometimes it is impossible to provide tailored feedback to each applicant. Sometimes I will have 100+ applications on a job and I do appreciate every single person taking the time to apply but unfortunately I will have to send a generic ‘not suited’ email. It is not personal and definitely not ideal however it is the only feasible method. And 9 times out of 10 the reason why the person has been unsuccessful and not been invited to interview is they don’t meet the criteria required.

My recommendation would be:

1; review your CV and Cover Letter, make sure that it is highlighting key points of the jobs you are applying for. If there is an area that you are lacking or an area that you think maybe of concern try to address it in the cover letter. For example if you live in Melbourne but are willing to work in WA advise in your cover letter that you are willing to relocate or travel at your own cost. Also, if you are applying for a couple of different types of positions (i.e. mechanical positions and safety positions) have a couple of different resumes which highlight your experience for each type of role you are going for.

2; try to identify one or two recruitment consultants which specialise in the discipline you are looking to find work in and also in the geographical locations you wish to work. If you are looking for work in a few locations (i.e. Perth, Melbourne and Sydney) maybe get an agent in each location.

3; don’t be afraid to take a step back to stay working. Back yourself to move up the ladder again quickly.

4; be resilient and keep on applying.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in your job hunt.

Forrest Briggs
Principal Consultant / Director
Alchemy Recruitment Consulting

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From Our Clients

“Nick has assisted us in sourcing a number of contract OCEs. I’ve found him and Alchemy’s systems and online time sheeting very easy to deal with. All the candidates that he has presented have been of a high quality and I can trust Nick to know what I’m looking for and his guys to be able to fit into the team well. I would recommend Nick’s services to anyone looking to secure high calibre mining personnel."

Mining Superintendent - BMA Coal

“I have worked with Forrest as a colleague and as a client and have always found his work to be of highest standard. Forrest has a lot of experience within recruitment environments and in particular has a high level of knowledge of the Mining and Resources sector."

Advisor Resourcing - BMA Coal

“I've had the opportunity to work alongside Forrest as well as seek out his services as a supplier. Forrest's knowledge of mining operations particularly in Queensland Coal, I've found to be second to none. It's this intimate knowledge and understanding that gives Forrest the edge when working on critical positions I need filled for my internal clients' operations."

Advisor Resourcing - BMA Coal

“Forrest was very professional in the way that he handled a new position that i was looking for, with me in Perth (+ doing a FIFO roster) and Forrest in Brisbane he worked very hard at advising & arranging site visits for me to the Bowen Basin, his knowledge of the mining industry it amazing and would recomend him to others that i know to contact him in regards to positions on the East coast in the mining industry.”

Drill & Blast Engineer – Anglo American Metallurgical Coal

“Forrest assisted me in securing a position at Runge Ltd. During the process Forrest at all times conducted himself in a very professional manner. I always felt that he had my best interests at heart and that he was really interested in my needs for my professional development and career. Forrest communicated to me on a continuous basis and I never had to wonder what the status of my application was.”

Principal Consultant - Runge

“CS Energy has engaged Alchemy Recruitment on a number of occasions, and in my specific dealings with Nick, I have found him to be most professional and thorough in his research. Nick demonstrates a solid understanding of the mining and resources sector. He is a ‘fountain of knowledge’ in this space and this is most evident in the strong candidates he submits for application. I also note the emphasis he places on quality rather than quantity. Nick is responsive in his approach, he follows up when required (to a satisfactory level) and he has a proven ability to deliver on his promise, in terms of meeting the agreed timeframes and managing our expectations as the client.”

People and Culture Advisor, CS Energy

“Over the past year Alchemy has become a valued recruitment partner and have consistently presented high calibre candidates in short time frames for a variety of positions. Some of these have included a senior estimator for our Western Australia operations and a project manager in Queensland. Alchemy deliver cost effective recruitment solutions alongside a high level of industry knowledge and a genuine interest in finding the right candidate for the requirements of the position and the company culture. York Civil understands that quality people make an organisation what it is and Nick from Alchemy was first-rate in the service he provided .”

HR Supervisor, York Civil

“I wanted to take the time to thank Nick from Alchemy for the high level of professional assistance he has provided me whilst I have been with Downer. I am always grateful to agencies who follow the strict Downer process and work with the internal recruiters for the best candidates and service which we are looking for from a recruitment company.”

Recruitment Advisor, Downer EDI Mining