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5 Elements to Ensure Your Job Advertisement Attracts the Best Candidates

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The job ad is an essential tool in attracting applicants to a vacant position, but unfortunately, all too often small and medium businesses fail to get them right. They then wonder why they’ve only received few or low quality applications and are forced to hire a less than perfect candidate to meet business requirements. Often the applicant is unsuited to the role, leading to gaps in performance or resulting in the need to re-advertise the position again 6 months later. So what can you do to ensure your job ad attracts the best applicant pool possible? Consider these 5 elements before placing your next job advertisement, whether it’s with an employment agency or online job site, to not only attract qualified applicants but also a wide applicant pool to give you the benefit of choice. 1. A Clear Position Description Perhaps most importantly, to avoid a mismatch of expectations, abilities and skills, it’s important the job clearly explains what’s expected in the position. Avoid using colourful job titles, i.e. Receptionist rather than ‘Director of First Impressions’, and opt for traditional titles with relevant keywords that describe the role. This will allow qualified applicants using search engines to find your listing at a glance based on previous job titles or their experience in the field. The job ad should also include a paragraph or dot points outlining the position including regular tasks and duties associated with the role — including the challenges and demands of the position. It’s important applicants have a realistic preview of the role, so carefully consider anything in the position that could be considered misleading. 2. Engaging Writing A boringly written advertisement will send an impression of a boring company, which may narrow the applicant pool or attract ‘boring’ candidates. Use persuasive and positive language that reflects the culture of the company, whether innovative, youthful or fun loving. Remember a job advertisement is also an opportunity to spread the word about your business and is a chance to build the branding of your business. If writing is done right, it can encourage not only applicants but others who stumble across the ad to want to learn more about your business.   3. What’s in it for them? Applicants are most likely fishing in several job pools, and yours is most likely not the only job they are applying for. That’s why it’s important to include not only what YOU want but also what benefits they can expect for working for you. Every application takes time to complete. If you take the time to include information that entices people to want to work for you company such as perks and other benefits, you’ll encourage more applicants to apply for the role. 4. Use the A.I.D.A. Approach A job ad is like all other advertisements, designed to generate interest and persuade people to take action. With this in mind, follow the marketing 101 AIDA acronym. Firstly, whether with a headline, banner image or company logo, motto or other branding the job ad should attract attention. Only then can it generate interest with the details of the ad, enough to create a desire that’s strong enough to lead the applications to take action (a.k.a apply for the role.) Remembering this approach at every step of the way will allow you...

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Renovating your kitchen for wheelchair access

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you or a loved one becomes restricted to a wheelchair permanently, making some renovations to your kitchen can make a great deal of difference to the amount of independence one can have day-to-day. Here are some ideas to make your kitchen wheelchair-friendly. Lowered work surfaces While ideally you would lower all of the bench tops, this may not be possible. If the kitchen area is shared between someone who stands and a person who is in a wheelchair, having some lower working surfaces and some higher working surfaces means you’ll both be able to comfortably use the kitchen for meal prep. For aesthetic reasons, it might make sense to have a lower bench in the centre of the kitchen as an island or to have lower benches on one side of the kitchen and higher benches on the other side of the kitchen. Remember to also get some water outlets placed at lower levels as well as the benches, so you can easily get yourself a glass of water. Turning radius Research the turning radius of the wheelchair that you will be using so that you don’t have to try and perform an 18 point turn to get around a tight corner. While the Building Code of Australia applies to public buildings, private buildings such as homes only need to modify to their own situation. More modern and streamlined wheelchair models can often turn in a more streamlined circles compared to older wheelchairs. Emergency buttons While being able to help yourself to drinks and snacks and prepare meals can be an important part of independence for wheelchair users, the kitchen is still full of dangerous items like boiling water, knives and hot surfaces. Placing emergency buttons around the kitchen make it easy to get help if an accident does occur and the wheelchair user needs immediate help. It can be extremely hard to wheel to a nearby phone if you have just burnt your hands on a hot stove for example, so this is very important for wheelchair users. Higher cupboards At the same time you are lowering workbenches, it’s also important to make sure nothing important is stored at ground level, as wheelchair uses cannot usually access the lower cupboard. This can sometimes involve reorganising the cupboard levels so that heavy pots and higher jars are not stored in the bottom shelf. Instead, reorganise the cupboard to only keep rarely used items like Christmas pudding dishes in the bottom shelf. Contact a business like Clohessy Cabinets to learn more about renovating and changing the functionality of a...

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Properly Preparing & Laying New Turf

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Re-turfing a lawn or a new section of a yard is a popular DIY job for property owners. If done correctly, a new and pristine looking turf can transform the grass area into an aesthetically pleasing center piece. Although laying new turf is not particularly difficult, there are some tips and techniques you should know if you have never laid turf before; these will help you to encounter less problems and perfect a professional looking end result. This article looks at how to prepare and lay turf  properly. Prepare the Area To start the preparation, you will need to turn over the area with a garden fork (or spade) where you wish to lay the new turf. Use the garden tool to turn the top layer of ground over, and break the soil down. This creates a top layer of soil, in which the new turf can be laid. Once you have turned all the soil in the area, inspect it for weeds and stones. Remove these, and use a rake to level the area. Add Fertiliser It is a good idea to add a little fertiliser to the top soil you have created. Use fertiliser that will complement the new turf, and make sure that the first couple of inches of the top soil has fertilizer mixed through it; this will help to grow the turf when it is laid. Finally, rake the top soil so that it is reduced to a fine tilth; this means that it is ready to take the turf. Lay the Turf Ideally, turf should be laid into position no more than twenty four hours after you take delivery of it. Leaving it any longer will allow it to dry outand there may be a higher chance that the turf not taking root in the new area. Lay the first row of turf along a border area, and work to the opposite side. Resist stretching the turf into position; instead push the rows of turf into the correct position. Use Wood Lay a decent sized plank of wood along the row of turf you have just put into position, and crouch on this to lay the next row of turf. This technique avoids damaging the tuft as soon as you lay it. Work in this manner until all the turf has been laid. Give a Good Initial Soaking Once in position, it is important that you soak the turf from the top, through to the roots. To check that enough water has been supplied, turn a corner of turf up to see whether or not the water has soaked through to the underside; if not, pour over more water. Keeping the turf moist as it beds in is crucial. Keep watering the grass for several weeks to help the roots establish properly. For more tips or assistance, consult resources like D & V Turf Supplies Pty...

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Why Every Construction Crew Needs a Bump Truck Onsite

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A bump truck refers to a truck that sits behind a construction crew and which alerts drivers to the crew. Short of a bump truck, a construction crew should consider a self-mounted attenuator, which is a type of alert system that attaches to the back of a truck and which may include a sign and very large type of bumper that absorbs an impact. Many construction crews will have signs and barrels or reflective triangles to protect them, but bump trucks and attenuators are a much better choice. If you’ve never thought about this option for your construction crew, note a few of the advantages they offer. 1. Bump trucks absorb impact Bump trucks are designed to absorb the impact of a crash. The bumper is usually thicker and placed a certain distance from the truck itself, and this provides maximum protection for your crew. Barrels and triangles do nothing to protect your workers in case of a distracted driver, and without a proper bump truck, you may see that a standard truck simply lurches forward when hit. This not only fails to protect your crew but it might even add to the danger of a crash. Using a bump truck where there is high-speed traffic can be the best choice for giving added protection to your crew, as accidents can still happen even when lanes are blocked off. This also protects your own vehicles from damage from such a crash. 2. Attenuators can give instruction to drivers Attenuators not only give caution to other drivers but they can give them instruction which in turn can keep them and your own crew safe. This instruction might include telling them to change lanes, to reduce speed, or to watch for your crew for a certain distance. This ensures that drivers are not only alerted to your crew’s presence but can ensure that they maintain a safe speed, can merge before they reach a lane closure, and so on. 3. Attenuators are located in a driver’s line of sight One reason that triangles and other alerts are often missed is that they’re not in a driver’s line of sight. A driver can easily miss small alerts if they’re looking to their left or right, or if those alerts are blocked by cars in front of them. An attenuator attached to a bump truck is in the driver’s line of sight or just above it, so they’re much easier to see and more noticeable. This too adds to their effectiveness and is why they are needed by every road construction...

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Can You Fit Runflat Tyres on Your Car?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to suffer a puncture when driving you know how disruptive this can be. You may have to fiddle with the jack and struggle to get those wheel nuts loose, or have to wait around for some roadside assistance service to help. Maybe you’ve heard of runflat tyres and wonder whether you should consider them. What are they and what do you need to know? What Is a Runflat Tyre? The idea of the runflat is to provide temporary relief before you need to change the puncture. In other words, they are designed to enable you to continue driving until you reach a more comfortable location in order to initiate the change. In this way, you may be able to get home or to the nearest garage for assistance. Also, a runflat tyre can reduce the potential dangers associated with a blowout at speed when you’re driving, as they have more structural rigidity. How Do They Work? These tyres have reinforced sidewalls, made of toughened rubber inserts. A conventional tyre does not have these special inserts and cannot continue to support the weight of the car once all the air escapes. With a conventional tyre the car’s weight would push down and bring the wheel rim into contact with the road surface. The overall integrity is maintained when you get a puncture in a runflat, however. Limited Driving Only This doesn’t mean that you can drive indefinitely on one of these tyres when it is punctured. It’s recommended that you drive only at typical urban speeds for no more than 80 km, but this should be sufficient in order to get you to a place of support. Replace, Don’t Repair You should be aware that most retailers will not repair a runflat tyre once it is punctured, as manufacturers advise against this. This is typically because the integrity of the product could have been compromised when it is driven while punctured. Fitting Them to Your Vehicle You can consider fitting runflat tyres to a vehicle that was not originally designed to use them as standard equipment. Nevertheless, they must only be installed on vehicles that have a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard equipment. This will ensure that the driver is alerted to the puncture and should start looking for repair assistance. In this way they will only drive within the specified limits, as in some cases they may not even be aware that they have an issue. Altering the Suspension It is also advisable to get your auto mechanic to have a look at the vehicle’s suspension when you fit runflat tyres. It may be necessary to make alterations as these tyres have a much stiffer construction. As your car had been designed to run with the original, “conventional” tyres, an adjustment may need to be made to compensate in order to ensure a smoother ride. For more information, contact Ballina...

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3 Ways to Make That Beach Vacation More Fun but Still Relaxing

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When planning a beach vacation, you may look forward to simply kicking back and soaking up the sun for a few days, but may also know that you’re sure to get bored if you don’t plan on doing anything else during your holiday. While you may not want to overexert yourself with activities during your trip, there are some simple ways of making your beach vacation fun but still relaxing. Consider some of these suggestions for your next holiday on the water. 1. Rent a Pontoon A pontoon is a type of boat that is flat on the bottom, so that it can hold a larger and heavier load and so that it offers more space for walking around. It isn’t meant for speed but for using on the water and then swimming off the side, as you can more readily dive from a pontoon without risking the boat tipping. The added floor space of a pontoon makes it a good choice for groups or for fishing, as you may want to accommodate large amounts of gear and tackle. If you want to visit a lake and swim from your boat or stretch out while on the water, a pontoon is a great choice for fun and relaxation. (For more information, contact Coastal Pontoon & Jetty Repairs) 2. Look for Festivals and Beach Attractions Choosing a beach that is offering a festival or other attraction can also keep your vacation relaxing but fun. You won’t need to leave the beach to hear live music, see a sand castle building contest, or enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau when you find a beach with a festival. Do a bit of research before you leave for your beach vacation and find a location that will be offering a festival or other attraction right on the sand, so you don’t need to leave to enjoy yourself. 3. Take a Day Cruise or Boat Tour A day cruise or boat tour is a great way to enjoy your beach vacation because you can relax without having to worry about steering the boat or finding your way around the waters and islands. Many day cruises will tour various channels and small islands off a coast, and they may include time for you to get off the boat and walk around in between stops. When choosing a relaxing day cruise or tour, you can also soak up the sun while on the boat and in between island stops, making it a perfect choice for a relaxing but fun excursion while at the beach....

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Top Benefits of Replacing a Water Heater Tank with a Tankless Heating System

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Has your water heater broken down, and you are in the process of repairing or replacing it? Then before getting another water heater tank consider the advantages of opting for a tankless heating system. By switching to such a system, you’ll be able to save money and have access to much more hot water. By learning what the advantages of tankless water heating systems are, you can make an informed decision regarding if it will meet your requirements. With that thought in mind, read on for some top benefits of tankless water heaters. Unlimited supply of hot water: when you use a water heater tank, you will only have as much hot water as the tank has capacity. Therefore, if you are trying to run a bath, the washing machine is on, and someone is washing the dishes, then you might have trouble having enough hot water. Whereas, with a tankless water system there will be no shortage of water because the water is heated on demand. Cost effective: when using a tankless water heating system, the amount of water that you heat up is equal to the amount of hot water that you use – there is no waste of hot water. Whereas, when heating up a water tank you will need to heat it up in its entirety. However, in the event that you will only need to use half the tank of water then the other half will be wasted. Therefore, a tankless water heating system is cost effective and as a result your energy bills will be lower. Less maintenance: a tank heater will need to be emptied and cleaned out because there will be corrosion and a buildup of limescale. On the other hand, a tankless water heating system will not need any maintenance performed on it as frequently. Furthermore, the absence of anti-corrosion and limescale on tankless water heating systems means that the water will be cleaner. Less space: a tankless water heating unit will not take up as much space as a water tank heater. Therefore, you’ll have more storage space, and higher degree of flexibility when deciding where the tankless water heater should be installed. Longer lifetime: the average water heater tank will have a warranty of about years, and that number for tankless systems is in the region of 10 years. The reason for this difference is related to the fact that tankless water heating systems last longer.  For more information, contact Affordable Hot...

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Tips for Affording Common Kitchen Renovation Projects

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A kitchen renovation can make the space more useable and inviting, and in some cases even add value to your home. One challenge that many homeowners face is being able to afford the kitchen renovations they want done, since materials are often very expensive. However, there are a few simple tips that the pros often use when they need to renovate a kitchen on a tight budget. Note a few of those tips here. 1. Rework Cabinets, Rather than Replace If your kitchen cabinets are solid but just look old and worn, you may want to consider reworking them rather than replacing them. A good sanding job along with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware can make your cabinets seem brand new. If the doors of the cabinets are outdated or damaged, you may be able to simply replace those rather than the entire cabinet. This can allow you to afford the look of new cabinets without the expense. 2. Use Poured Concrete New countertops can make an entire kitchen look brand new, but materials like marble or granite can be very costly. A good solution is to use poured concrete. You may not realize it but poured concrete can be painted to stained to look like these other materials, or it can be buffed for a high shine. Concrete can also be shaped and formed very easily, so you can add the personal touch of a rounded countertop or one in any shape. Concrete is typically a fraction of the cost of these other materials so you can use it in the kitchen and also all the home’s bathrooms, for a matching look. 3. Look for Remnants If you must have granite or marble for a countertop in the kitchen, shop for remnants. These are pieces left over from other jobs and they are usually more affordable than new pieces. You may not have as many options with remnants but typically you can find something that will work for your kitchen, for much less money overall. 4. Shop for Used Fixtures Salvage yards or online sites that offer used sinks, light fixtures, shelves, and other items you need for your kitchen renovation can be a great way to save. You might find the items you need and which look just as good as brand new, but for less money than buying these new at a home improvement or supply store. You might even find items with more character than what you see in stores, such as an oversized ceramic sink or pendant lights reclaimed from a restaurant. These add character to your kitchen renovation without the cost. For more information, contact Davis & Park...

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Heated Homes | 3 Electric Heaters For All Types of Homes

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Australia is blessed with an abundance of natural sunlight, but ever so often heating during winters is necessary when the temperature becomes cold. When the temperature drops, you shouldn’t waste any time in finding a good heating solution to stay warm. The right water heater will keep you comfortable without costing you a fortune. But all heaters certainly aren’t the same, so where do you get started? While gas heaters work in big houses and oversized rooms, a small enclosed home simply requires an electric heater to do the job. Here’s a look at the different types of electric heaters available for all homes. Radiant Heaters or Bar Heaters Radiant heaters are floor and wall-mounted personal heater models. Through a red-hot bar type heating element, these heaters emit warmth throughout the room. Radiant heaters are relatively inexpensive, but they work best in smaller rooms rather than bigger rooms. You must also take care to keep clothing away from these heaters, so they don’t catch fire. They range between $50 and $250. Oil-Filled Column Heaters These types of heaters use electricity to heat the oil that is filled inside the columns or heating fins. The oil heat is then transported to the air that circulates around the fins. Oil-filled column heaters are useful for rooms that require heating for extended periods, while operating unattended. For example, oil-filled column heaters work best for heating that is required through the night in the bedroom. The surfaces of these heaters don’t get very hot in comparison to other types of electric heaters. Ceiling fans at low speeds work well to distribute heated air evenly across the room. They cost anywhere from $50 to $200. Convection Heaters This type of electric heater pulls in cold air over their electric heating element. The heated air leaves the heater and moves up towards the ceiling, while cooler air moves in again and the process keeps repeating till most of the air in the room gets heated. These heaters usually have a fan to enhance the effect of the convection by forcing the warm air from the heater to move outwards. By using the fan, the room gets heated quicker and uniformly. Convection heaters are portable and can be moved from one room to another, making them a viable option for most rooms in the house. Convection heaters range from $50 to $300, depending on their features and capacity.   Keep in mind that though electric heating solutions emit less pollution and are relatively efficient, they still consume a portion of your electricity – so be prepared for higher energy bills during winters. For more information, check out companies such...

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How to Purchase the Best Vinyl Tiles for Your Kitchen

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve got your kitchen all set up but there’s something missing. You could be left with just the floor to take care of. While there are a lot of options, it would be worth your time to research the perks of using vinyl. If you have decided to opt for vinyl as your material of choice, here are some tips to use when buying vinyl tiles for your kitchen. Pick the thicker ones You are looking for tiles that can withstand all the drama that occurs in the kitchen: spills, pet traffic and even naughty children. When making your choice, go for the thicker tiles. These ones are usually more durable and are made of higher quality synthetic chemicals to boost their strength and resilience. The tile is supposed to feel rigid not flexible. Check the finishing layer The top wear layer of vinyl tiles can be finished in a wide range of materials to help in keeping dirt and marks off. Some manufacturers create no-wax tiles which resist stains and are able to keep the surface ever shiny. However, they are not suitable for high traffic kitchens and don’t hold up much. Other producers use urethane layers to cover their tiles and these tiles are much easier to clean than the no-wax kind because they more dirt resistant. They are however more expensive than the no-wax tiles. And then there are the enhanced urethane tiles meant for those kitchens with extreme traffic. They keep the original color and shade of the tiles for a much longer period of time than the previous two. Appearance Now this is the fun part. After deciding on your thickness and finish, you are at liberty to pick the style that you love best. Here your personality will come into action complemented by your tastes and preferences. Some of these tiles are able to mimic expensive floor surfaces like marble, faux stone or ceramic tiles. However, keep the colors lighter, they give the impression of a much larger kitchen. If you’ve got a smaller kitchen, pick out tiles with much smaller pattern. A larger one can handle large bold patterns. There you have it, a quick guide to help you weed out your options and achieve the glamorous kitchen you deserve. For more tips, information or assistance, contact local resources such as Complete Floor Service. They can help you pinpoint the tiles that will best suit your kitchen and...

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3 Important Tips for Novice Machinists

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Anyone attempting to set up a mechanical fitting/machining shop can attest to the seemingly steep learning curve. Certainly, getting starting with machining is not a trivial matter at all. However, it is not nearly as overwhelming as it can seem. The secret, as with many things, is to break up the process into a few simple, actionable chunks. Study Up on Types of Machines and Machining Tools If you are setting up a machine shop, chances are that you intend to sell your services at some point. Mechanical fitting is a wide field, so it is important to figure out exactly what types of parts you will be dealing with. Different parts require different machines to repair and manufacture. Once you’ve chosen your niche, you need to determine the materials and sizes that you will be dealing with. For example, you may intend to manufacture and repair steel protective casings. In this case, you know that your primary material will be steel, and that you will need fairly accurate machinery (since protective casings are usually built with tight tolerances). Generally, you can do a lot with a lathe, a bench grinder, and a drill. Learn to use the basic machines, and if any specific needs arise that your machines can’t seem to fulfil, then you can expand to more specific machinery. Learn to Operate both Manual Machines and CNC CNC (computer numerical control) is a huge part of modern machining. Computer-aided machining has the potential for far greater accuracy and speed than manual machining. In fact, many people will espouse the superiority of CNC machining over manual machining. While this is certainly true for top-end machines (that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars), learning the principles of machining through manual operation is still a highly beneficial process. Manual skills translate to a deeper knowledge of the principles of mechanical work. This not only allows you to operate CNC machines better, but gives you the ability and knowledge to identify and correct problems as they occur. Master Basic Measurement Equipment Essential machining equipment goes beyond simply the tools that do the actual machining. Measurement equipment is a vital part of any mechanical shop, and is critical in ensuring that work is completed to the highest degree of accuracy. Learn to properly and accurately use the following tools: Callipers Micrometer Centre Finder Edge Finder Dial Test Indicator The above tools should be able to take most of the measurements necessary to carry out mechanical fitting and machining. To familiarise yourself with their use, practice on a fairly complex part. Find a part (which you know all the dimensions of already) that has holes, curved edges, and multiple angles, and practice using the tools to calculate the dimensions. If your measured dimensions correspond with the official ones, you know that your measurements have been accurate. For more information about mechanical fitters or machining in general, contact a company such as Hamilton...

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