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5 Tips on How to Find the Right Hire, Cost Effectively

Posted on June 4th, 2014 by admin


Many are unaware of the cost of a bad hire, and especially small business can suffer greatly.
hiring the right people

Costs can include:

    – Wasted salary 1 to 6 months, 8.5% – 50% (% of annual salary)

    – Recruitment costs and time, 5% – 40%

    – Training costs (and time), 5% – 20%

    – Impact on rest of team 5% – 50%

    – Missed/ delayed business deliverables. Failures 0% – ?


So the total cost of a bad hire is probably a minimum of 25% of their salary but could be over one and a half times their annual cost.


People should be viewed as an investment and not a cost, so taking these 5 tips into account may make your new hire a good one.



1. Find the right personality type


– Before you hire someone make sure to first clarify:


  • what kind of job do you need done? (sales, detailed tasks, technical)
  • what kind of skills are necessary for this job?
  • what kind of person is suitable for this job (DISC)


2.  Ask the right questions


  • personality testing
  • reference checking and
  • ask what motivates the candidate so you know how to reward them.


3. Hire the person for the job, not the one you like the most


Unless the candidates job is to be your best friend, don’t hire people because you like them. Of course getting along and culture is important for a healthy work environment, but it’s actually more important that the person can get the job done than attend afterwork drinks. Awkward communicators however are best suited for back end jobs.


4. Take your time to find a good match 


If you can’t find someone keep looking. Perhaps you can hire a contractor or intern to help out while you are waiting. People who are rewarded for results are more cost effective, especially for smaller companies.


5. Plan your induction


It doesn’t end at signing the contract, it begins. Too many people forget to plan for the induction and waste a lot of time in the first 3 months. Make sure to prepare for new staff as they will take time from you and your other staff to get up to scratch, even experienced candidates. Make a training plan, use goal sheets and task lists, and explain early on that you expect the new person to learn on their own so they need to be confident and driven.


For young hires, I prefer interns, even if you are not looking for people right away. Welcoming young people into your business in their training period can be great because you all know it’s a learning curve and you are both supported by training plans. Interns can make process maps for your business, do research and put  new theory into practice before you need them.
Should it not work out, you haven’t lost anything. If you see a new hire in the making, great!
your team is growing.




132.EE: Marketing and Web Development

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by admin

Full Name of Supervisor
Full Trading Name of Company
Available to successful applicants
Area of Internship Availability
Sales, Marketing, 3D, Unity,
Phone Number
Available to successful applicants
Location of Offices
Number of Staff
Briefly Describe Your Organisation and Brand
Our client are world leaders in augmented reality creative work. Another side to their company is glasses design.

The industry they operate in is rapidly expanding and in near horizon becoming a form of mass media.

What are the interns required skill set?
– Excel spreadsheet management.
– Formal writing skills (various languages considered).
– Interpersonal skills.
– Not necessarily perfect English however willingness to spell check etc.
– Punctuality.
– Innovative/entrepreneurial bent.
– Digitally savvy.
Please provide a list of tasks the intern may assist with
– 70% Database establishment and management.
– 15% Social media activity – facebook, twitter, blogging.
– 10% Researching events, key contacts in categories and possibly making first contacts.
– 5% Office errands eg. printer, deliveries, food & bev and digital asset management (filing and folders)
– 5% Big picture Augmented Reality evangelism.
What Value will the intern take from this role?
1. Will have CV of internship in a company that is changing the future and transforming the experiences of Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Microsoft sites etc.
2. Invaluable experience in a start-up environment going through the process of high growth, capital raising and intensive resource demand.
3. Experience in a form of media that is in its infancy but will rapidly become mainstream – a once in a lifetime opportunity.
4. Witness to a product that will transform how humans communicate with each other.
5. Meet many amazing, fun and focused people along the way.

Job No: 13.307.DEF v2 Marketing / Public Relations

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by admin

Meet Your Host Company:

Our client is a boutique marketing agency specializing in Marketing Strategy, Social Media Campaigns & Social Media Management, Brand Development, Intelligent Web Design and Development, Marketing Communications and Search Engine Marketing. Their creative and innovative staff works with clients to create beautiful web design and imaginative social media campaigns.


Location: Darlinghurst10 minutes from Sydney CBD


Your Skills and Qualifications:

Our client is looking for an intern that have the following skills:

  • Professionalism, self-motivation, administrative and technological skills, enthusiasm and responsibility are a must and great advantage
  • Creativity and Innovation highly valued
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Non – judgmental, positive, and open minded attitude


Possible Internship Tasks and Responsibilities:

This exciting placement is intended to attract an intern interested in Graphic Design and/or Social Media Marketing. The host-employer will educate the intern on matters associated with both these fields.

  • Graphic Design:
    • Web design, branding and logo design, and print collateral design
  • Social Media Marketing:
    • Online PR
    • Writing articles and blog posts for the company
    • Assisting in marketing and communications activities for clients such as copy writing, email marketing, online promotions, etc

The intern should expect the majority of the internship to be project-based and also include observation and assistance of the Managers at the Host Company. Interns should also expect some administrative work of a general nature

Job No: 13.309.SWN. Marketing / Public Relations

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by admin

Meet Your Host Company:

A dynamic networking organization for women in business. Operating throughout Sydney communities, the primary purpose of this company is to assist women in business to find and exchange qualified business referrals for business growth. They are highly devoted to and enthusiastic about the growth of every business within their networking community.


Location: Approximately 25 minutes from Sydney CBD


Your Skills and Qualifications:

This employer would love an intern to experience and to learn, grow and develop with them, during the duration of the placement. The organization operates workshops, business expos, award nights, personal development, business retreats and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to establish contacts in the right environments.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Great time management skills and be able to coordinate multiple tasks at any given time
  • Be able to work autonomously as well as work in a team
  • Management skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Professionalism, self-motivation, enthusiasm and responsibility are a must and great advantage

Possible Internship Tasks and Responsibilities:

The intern should expect the majority of the internship to be project-based and also include observation and assistance of the Managers at the Host Company. Interns should also expect some administrative work of a general nature. Main responsibilities may include:

  • Event management with business expos and lunches.
  • Some marketing and telemarketing
  • Database managements
  • General events coordinating
  • General project management for improvement of office systems and communications (self driven projects and ideas are highly valued)
  • Customer service and phone operation

133.NIN: Media / Marketing / Public Relations

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by admin


Name of Supervisor
Full Trading Name of Company
Available on successful application
Area of Internship Availability (Accounting/Marketing/Engineering etc)
Media / Communications
Email of supervisor
Phone Number
Available on successful application
Location of Offices (Suburb & City)
Artarmon, Sydney
Number of Staff
Brief Description Of Organisation & Brand (3-10 sentences)
Our client is one of the most well-known and most widely watched television networks servicing Australia. Affiliated with an even larger network, known worldwide, this sister station is always bustling with the latest news, shows, and gossip.
The interns required skill set:
Our client is looking for a motivated intern that has the following qualities but not limited to:

– Professionalism, self-motivation, administrative and technological skills, enthusiasm and responsibility are a must and great advantage.
– Discretion and ability to maintain client confidentiality and privacy
– High level responsibility and tact
– Strong organizational skills are a must
– Excellent verbal and written communication
– Great time management skills and be able to coordinate multiple tasks at any given time

A list of tasks the intern may assist with:
This exciting placement opportunity is suited for a PR, Marketing, Advertising, or Business Intern. A successful candidate could assist with one or more of the projects (depending on skills and experience):

– Promotions Assistant duties
– Production Library relabelling
– Confidentiality agreement provided and compulsory
– Training is provided

The intern should expect the majority of the internship to be project-based and also include observation and assistance of the Managers at the Host Company. Interns should also expect some administrative work of a general nature.

Value the intern will take from this role:
Insight and access to one of the worlds largest media conglomerates


12.100.LM just test not showing

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by admin

Meet your Host Company



Your REquired Skill Set




6. The Right Weapon for a Killer Job

Posted on March 25th, 2012 by admin


By: Nova Khoe

Being ignorant in your job hunt is like going to war without a strategy. Ask Napoleon Bonaparte whether or not he handed the rest of Europe a sloppy application asking them to hand over their pride and glory. Exactly. Finding a job in the 21st century is like finding a husband in a haystack (eh), yes, perhaps you’re looking in the wrong place?! But do not fear my friends; there are plenty of jobs out there. Did you btw know that most jobs are not advertised?

So, it was that strategy thing. It can take months to land a job and sometimes even years if you’re looking for the right one. And I guess as with the husband, you’re better off with the right one. In worst case scenario, you may end up with a temporary job, which is far better than the wrong guy…

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17. Have an awesome day – win a free gift of your choice (Vol2.No17.110525)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

By Dream Internship

I woke up today and felt really super happy. I wake up happy most days, generally because I go to bed happy, because I have a job that I love, intelligent and fun friends who share quality time with me, because I have a loving family that I care about and who cares about me, I’m healthy, my plants are still alive, my dog does cool tricks, Sydney and Australia is an amazing place to live and rarararararara, the list goes on. I can write for hours, and talk even more and for those that have met me, well, you are nodding as you read right now.

So, getting to the point, I am in a fantastic mood. And today, I wish for my interns to be in the same mood. So I thought, what can I do make sure my interns are just as happy as I am?

My plan was to offer a trip to climb Kilimanjaro with me, or a ticket to go anywhere you want in the world. Perhaps skydiving for you and two friends?

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16. Magnetism – stand out, be noticed and remembered (Vol2.No16.110425)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

Here we are, on to another Monday… My legs are still sore from running a half marathon this weekend, luckily I don’t type with my toes…. ha ha ha.

Today’s Dream Internship Tip sheet is a sneaky little way to get noticed, even if you sometimes feel like you’re just one of the crowd.

If you are looking to get a job, and you want to get a head start on all the other applicants, then this is something for you!

Here goes:

One if the biggest issues with sending email resume applications to employers, is getting it read by the right person at the right time.

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15. Don’t get stuck in the thinking hole – wearing too many thinking hats – be free (Vol2.No15.110325)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

Good morning,

I have discovered a great explanation for something that I do a lot, but didn’t have a very good term for.

This is something that will help you get out of the problem-solving rut that many of us get into when we try and out-think something, our uni work, applying for jobs, does he like me, am I too sexy for my t-shirt? think think think, you name it.

Maybe you have a major problem with writing an assignment or putting together you resume.

Maybe you can’t get your housemate to pay their bills.

Maybe you are having trouble thinking of a new gift for your friend.

Whatever problem you may have, there are always a million, because that’s part of the beauty with living your life and mapping it out with great solutions.

There are no rules, and there is no manual.

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14. Network your way to a job without applying – be your own manager (Vol2.No14.110225)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

If you are an international student that is just entering the Australian job market and you want to make a big splash in your marketplace as fast as you can, and get people to headhunt you, this tip sheet is for you.

No more floundering around hoping to get a phone call from someone you don’t even know.

Instead, use this great networking technique to take your idea to a group of instant employers.

Read on to join the movement of creative people that get tons of job offers on minimal effort.

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13. Play the opposite game and win! Ultimate Cover letter (Vol2.No13.110225)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

Wow, last week’s email really struck a chord with people. Luckily I got less hate mail than I got fan mail on that one, but I promised that we’d be back on track this week, so moving on…

We are taught funny traditions in business and coaching sometimes (some of which I incorporate into our internships), and a big one is:

“Find a mentor that is already successful doing what you want to do and copy them.”

I mean, this statement is in almost every single success book out there, so it has to be true right?

Well, maybe not always…

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4. Dream Internship Diet Plan – stay happy and healthy for employability (Vol1.No4.100425)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

Good morning,

I might make you mad today, but I just can’t hold back on this one.

Please hold off on the unsubscribe button until next time. I promise we will be back to our regularly scheduled program.

Today’s tip sheet has got absolutely nothing to do with internships, study or job search, yet it has everything to do with success in life.

It’s about your personal health.

We are turning into blobs with our virtual worlds where we sit at computers all day and then sit in front of the TV all night…

If this doesn’t apply to you, then I applaud you and my deepest apologies.

…but something happened to me yesterday that really bothered me.

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3. The only failure is the failure to participate (Vol1.No3.100325)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

Still don’t have a job? or internship? Or know what to do next semester?

It’s probably your parents fault right? Or your brother. Or perhaps your stupid teacher in high school, she was a real hag eh?!

Wrong. I’m sorry to say it mate, you’re not gonna like me more for it, but you could probably have done something about it yourself.

In the end, it is your responsibility to get to where you want to be in life. Easy? Definitely not. Do you have to do it on your own? No way, but its your responsibility.

Not sure if you got the message yet, but if you call or email me today, I’ll be a proud internship and service provider, teacher, and friend for as long as you like. The Dream internship is customized to suit you so you can get to where you want to be, and we will walk and grow beside you every day. But it is you yourself who has to take responsibility for your actions and your behavior and take ownership.

If you want to learn more about the ultimate way to Internship success and a healthy happy work life, book in to one of our workshops today:

Have an awesome day!

Sophia Demetriades

2. Procrastination Removal – do a dream internship today and get a job (Vol1.No2.100225)

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by admin

I have a really short story for you today.

It’s completely true, but you probably won’t believe it…

I actually own a book called “How to Stop Procrastinating.” I have no idea who the author is, and in fact I couldn’t tell you much about it at all.

I have tried to read that thing 4 times in the past 6 years, but I keep putting it down and leaving it for later.

I am the queen of procrastinating things I don’t want to do and I’m sure you might be too.

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5. Healthy food for Brighter Students (Vol1.No5.100525)

Posted on November 2nd, 2010 by admin

Food plays a huge part in our life. B.S. Anthelme once said, “tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” (1825, Physiology of Taste).
Students have little time for cooking and operate on a low budget. Unconsciously, cheap and easy food becomes a habit that turns into an unhealthy lifestyle. Younger audiences tend to fall into a fast-food trap. In addition, they may believe in the myth that healthy food is overpriced. This article contains five dining places where eating healthy is both convenient and cost effective.

1. D.A.R.E, Shop 22 / The Rocks centre playfair street, The Rocks

The name stands for delicious and responsible eating and it explains all about tasty healthy food. Dare is probably the only place in Sydney that serves fresh-grilled kebab in selection of whole-meal or gluten-free bread. The store offers fantastic range of homemade gluten-free pastries and chemical free salads. Try the gluten-free coconut pancakes served with low-fat yoghurt and blueberry for breakfast to start your healthy day. The prices are average just like any other cafes, just a lot more healthy.
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