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Job Interview Commandments 2021 

07/06/2021

Your essential guide to preparing for and executing a flawless job interview. Job seekers, keep this handy on the fridge!  

When you receive a call to interview for your dream job, what should you do to prepare? Besides reviewing the job description and researching the company, here are our essential tips on how to give the best impression at your next job interview.  

  • Check social media
    What would a potential employer think of your Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram profiles? Make sure the content and the photos are appropriate for future employers because they will check.

  • Never arrive late...or too early 
    We all know that arriving late to a job interview will leave a poor first impression, but did you know that arriving too early may be considered rude? If you are earlier than 15 minutes, we suggest that you go for a walk, wait in your car, or go to a nearby cafe to avoid inconveniencing your interviewer.   
  • Remember names 
    If you can’t remember who to ask for when arriving at your job interview, it can make you appear unprepared and disinterested. If you haven’t had any prior contact with them and don’t know their name/s, it is best to do some digging and find out beforehand.  
  • Prepare to answer this question 
    'Tell me about yourself' is a popular question asked at job interviews, so it is a clever idea to prepare an answer. This video provides some great suggestions on how to tackle this common interview question.   
  • Come prepared with your own questions  
    Have several questions to ask your interviewer should the opportunity arise during the interview. Here are some suggestions: 
    • What is the team culture like? 
    • What would a typical day look like in this role? 
    • Are there any goals or KPI’s in place for this role? 
    • How has this company handled COVID-19 and what impact has it had?  
    • In lieu of COVID-19, how do you think your business will perform financially and culturally going forward? What pipeline of work or projects do you have in place? Have you lost or increased a percentage of your customer base? 
    • Do you offer any flexible work arrangements?  
  • Use real-life examples  
    Prepare real-life examples that demonstrate various aspects of your skillset. Using facts and data to support your answers will add credibility to your responses. For example, since 2019 I have been able to increase the rent roll in my department by 15%.   
  • Be prepared to answer questions about salary 
    You may or may not get asked questions about salary, but it is best to be prepared in case.  Research realistic market salaries in your sector to ensure you are informed. However, do not bring it up too early as this may make you appear too focused on this aspect of the job. If it has not been discussed at all, it is ok to bring it up at the end of your interview.  
  • Dress for success 
    When attending a job interview, you not only represent yourself, but you also demonstrate how you would represent the potential employer, so it’s important to make a positive impression. Businesses have a wide variety of dress codes and dress cultures and until you are familiar with them, it’s best to dress up rather than dress down.  

Celebrating Women In Property

17/05/2021

Thank you to the 120 women who came along to support our Women in Property Morning Tea event on the 11th of May. Rebecca Lawson-Cooke inspired us all with stories of her career and life journey. Such a great morning on the day we also celebrated the 23rd birthday of Edge Recruitment. View the pics here. 

We look forward to tallying up the results and sending $20 from every ticket purchased to the Cancer Council SA.

We are very grateful to our generous prize sponsors Ken Hall Plumbers, Movemein, Tynte Flowers and First National Real Estate Murray Bridge. We can't wait for the next event! 

Why Commercial Property Management Is A Great Career Choice

29/04/2021

Commercial property management is one the most highly rated careers in the property industry when it comes to job satisfaction scoring a 5/5, according to SEEK. With projected job growth of 9.7% in the next 5 years, an average salary of $70k in South Australia and 1079 job opportunities on SEEK Australia wide, it’s easy to see why this career choice has a lot to offer.  

To delve a bit deeper and go beyond the statistics we spoke with long-serving property industry professional April Lee, Asset Manager with Commercial SA for her views on commercial property management as a career. April has been in the property industry for the past 23 years, starting out in residential property and transitioning to the commercial property sector in 2007.  

‘I enjoy the challenge and intellectual stimulation that comes with negotiation and when I can solve a problem and achieve a positive result for all parties involved, that gives me a great deal of satisfaction. If you’re someone who enjoys problem-solving and negotiating, then commercial property management will be a great career choice.  

Responsibilities 

A commercial property manager is responsible for the management of leased or owned properties including land, buildings and building equipment. A typical day in the life of a commercial property manager can consist of inspections, lease administration, financial management and reporting, marketing properties, arranging repairs and maintenance, following up rent arrears, resolving disputes and business development tasks. The type of properties managed can vary, from small office buildings to large multi-story buildings and industrial buildings and estates.  

Salary and Job Opportunities 

Commercial property managers have the potential for good earnings in South Australia with the typical annual salary ranging between $65k and $75k. 

There are excellent projected job growth figures of 9.7% for commercial property managers in the coming 5 years, showing there will be plenty of demand for these skills going forward.  

There are currently 31 commercial property management jobs advertised on SEEK in South Australia and 1079 jobs advertised Australia wide, indicating excellent prospects for those thinking about entering this part of the property industry.   

How to become a commercial property manager?

Commercial property managers working for agencies operating in South Australia are required to have their property management registration through Consumer and Business Affairs. The only commercial property managers that are exempt from this rule are those that work for property owners or in local or state government.  

In years past, commercial property managers would not be hired unless they had completed a Bachelor of Business in Property. These days, employers still highly regard this qualification, but are less stringent and no longer list it as essential criteria.  

In South Australia, we see that commercial property managers enter the industry at all stages of their career timeline from school graduates to late-stage career transitions and come from a wide variety of areas, such as residential property management, procurement, asset management and maintenance.  

If you’re looking at career options in the property industry, commercial property management is an appealing choice, showing high levels of job satisfaction, great job prospects and growth and good salary potential.  

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Source: Statistics included sourced from SEEK 

What is Your Employee Value Proposition?

01/04/2021

The impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt by employers in 2021 as job seekers take a more cautious approach to their careers and are less willing to move. This has created a candidate-short market in some sectors and new challenges for employers wishing to recruit new staff. As a result, an organisation's Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is more important than ever. Having a strong EVP will enable an employer to stand out amongst the competition and be much more appealing to candidates.  

What is an Employee Value Proposition? 

An EVP is the total sum of the benefits, growth opportunities and culture that an employer can offer its employees in return for their performance in that workplace. It is each organisation’s unique offering to entice new talent and ensure their current employees stay happy and motivated.    

Why an Employee Value Proposition is so important? 

An EVP is an important part of the recruitment process for any business, big or small, as it communicates to candidates why they should work there. As an employer, if you don’t have an EVP in place, you are already behind your competitors. There is huge competition for talent in the current employment market, so any strategy which puts businesses ahead will be beneficial.  

How to create an Employee Value Proposition

Put yourself in the shoes of a job applicant. A potential employee wants to know what it will be like to work for an organisation and why? What’s in it for them? What will the team culture be like? Are there social events? What staff benefits and flexible work arrangements are on offer?  

Reputation also plays a part here. Is the organisation renowned for being an employer of choice? What do current employees and past employees say about the organisation? The answers to all of these questions represent the employer brand and will greatly affect how candidates perceive the organisation.  

An EVP can take a bit of time to put together, but once it’s created, it can be used as standard information going forward, with tweaks as your organisation evolves.  

  • To get started, ask current employees about the positives of working there to get an inside perspective. What are the reasons people are proud and motivated to work for the business?  
  • Employers should also think about where the EVP will be used. There is no point putting an EVP together if it’s only mentioned quickly in a job advert. Your EVP should flow through a range of touchpoints during the recruitment process and beyond. Incorporate it into induction plans, internal communications, company policies and business plans, etc.  

Employers that don’t have an employee value proposition are more likely to face issues when recruiting new hires. By creating an effective EVP, employers can improve their chances of attracting top talent in a competitive market and enjoy higher retention rates in their existing workforce.  

Why Facilities Managers Love Their Jobs 

04/02/2021

According to SEEK, facilities managers are one of the most highly rated careers in the property industry in terms of job satisfaction. So why is facilities management (FM) such an attractive career prospect? We hear from an industry expert and give you the inside stats on FM.  

With good prospects for job growth in coming years and an attractive salary range, it’s no wonder that facilities managers (FMs) rate themselves a 4.1 out of 5 in terms of job satisfaction. 

Responsibilities 

A facilities manager is responsible for the operational control of buildings and other assets in retail, commercial and industrial settings. They coordinate the maintenance and repairs in order to provide a safe, secure and clean environment for its occupants. Other duties include project management of capital upgrades, overseeing the management of contracts such as cleaning, security and fire services, budgeting, health and safety, managing energy efficiency and compliance. 

John GerschwitzGeneral Manager at Universal FM gives his thoughts on this sector of the property industry. ‘What I love about facilities management is that no two days are the same and I get the opportunity to help and support people as they go about their day-to-day lives. In my role I need to think outside the square, come up with new processes, try new things and continuously improve.  

It is a well-respected profession and is essential to ensure critical infrastructure is maintained, serviced and repaired in a safe environment. Facilities management also provides the possibility to relocate and opportunities to progress.’  

Salary And Job Opportunities 

Facilities management is a career that has the potential to earn a 6-figure salary. In South Australia, the average annual salary for a Facilities Manager is between $100k and $120k. 

According to SEEK, projected job growth for facilities management over the next 5 years is 6.4%, showing there will be plenty of demand for facilities managers going forward.  

There are currently 41 facilities management jobs advertised in South Australia and 1030 jobs advertised Australia wide, indicating strong demand for facilities managers and excellent prospects for those wishing to enter the industry.   

Facilities Management As A Career

Facilities management roles do not typically require formal qualifications, however, many FMs have done professional development in areas such as Work Health & Safety and Project Management, etc. FMs with qualifications in the Diploma of Property Services (Asset and Facility Management) or the Diploma of Facilities Management will be highly regarded by employers. In South Australia, we see some FMs that have transitioned from a mechanical engineering background and we see this most often in applicants from overseas.  

In the past, many facility managers have come from a trade background, but the increased focus on compliance, energy efficiency and contract management has required FM’s to have very competent administration and computer skills, on top of strong technical knowledge.  

If you’re looking at career options in the property industry, facilities management looks like an attractive career choice, showing high levels of job satisfaction, good job prospects, and excellent salary potential. 

Source: Statistics included sourced from SEEK