Frequently Asked Questions

Signature Staff Employment Agency Australia


Here at Signature Staff Australia we understand that you (the employer or employee) may have a number of questions that may revolve around HR Services or even recruitment.

We have separated your frequently asked questions into three categories.  These categories include: HR Services, Job Seeker and Recruitment. Example questions may include: what should I have on my resume to make it stand out more? I have a job vacancy can you help me? How do I apply for a position I have seen advertised? or Does it cost to register with Signature Staff?

With all of our listed questions, all you need to do is click on the question below, and the answer will appear in a drop menu format.


If you feel like your questions have not been answered here, feel free to contact us!

Does it cost to register with Signature Staff?

No, as a Job-Seeker, it is free to Register with us

How do I apply to a position that I’ve seen advertised?

To apply for a position advertised, simply follow the link provided. If you are unable to access the link, all positions advertised can be found on our website.

Our Job Board

How long does the recruitment process take after my initial interview?

The process can take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks, depending on the type of position. You will receive updates from us via email or phone on how your application is progressing thought-out this time.

How many referees do I need I need to provide?

You need to supply 3 professional referees – ideally from your direct managers.

Where do you suggest I go to further the skills I already have?

There are many online / internal courses that you can do to further your knowledge and skillset – firstly think about what you want to achieve with this qualification, is it to grow within a role you’re already in, for a possible promotion, or are you wanting to move into a completely different industry? Make a Career Plan and talk to a career advisor at a local training institute to get their advice on which course would be most suited.

Can you recommend where I can get help with writing my CV?

Start by doing some research online, there are many references to ‘How to write a CV’. Also search your local directory on who offer their professional services or Resume writing.

I am on a Holiday / Working Visa, can I still register with Signature Staff?

The majority of our positions are for Permanent Residents or Australia Citizens. From time to time we may receive a short-term contract that could suit someone on a Working Holiday Visa, so you may register with us, please make sure you include the type of Visa you are on and how long you intend to be in Australia.

What should I have on my Resume, to make it stand out more?

We recommend you keep your Resume relevant to the position that you are applying for; highlighting your skills and experience that relate to the position advertised. Also include a Cover Letter, telling us a little about yourself and why you are applying to the role.

If you’re shortlisted for a position you would want to ensure your contact details, such as your contact phone number and email are up-to- date.

Here is a blog that can further assist you
Resume Help

Can you give me any suggestions on how to prepare for an interview?

If you know the company that are advertising, research who they are, find out as much as you can about them.

Most people get nervous when interviewing, you could run though some interview questions with a friend or partner, however some people can over prepare…….. be confident and get a good night’s sleep beforehand! (an ironed shirt won’t go amiss either!)

Here are couple of blog posts that can assist:

Do I have to give my employee 3 warnings before I dismiss?

The often quoted ‘3 warnings before dismissal’ is not a legal requirement. The Fair Work Act does not set out any minimum amount of warnings that must be issued in order for a dismissal to be considered fair and not harsh, unjust or unreasonable. Instead, the number of warnings given to an employee will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case.

To ensure that your process is fair, ensure to:

  • Set clear expectations form start (written policies, procedures and job description)
  • Explain in detail to the employee why they are getting a warning
  • Allow them a reasonable opportunity to respond, correct or improve
  • Record all the details

Failure to give an employee a reasonable opportunity to respond, correct and / or improve before a decision to dismiss is made will increase the likelihood of the dismissal being found to be unfair.

Note: One exception to this rule is if the employee has committed gross or serious misconduct.  See separate Q & A on this subject

My employee has resigned and is working out his / her notice, but has become lazy and disruptive – What do I do?

The best option is to pay them out for the notice period and let them go. (Often referred to as ‘gardening leave’)

However, if the employee engages in serious misconduct you can dismiss the employee summarily without any payment in lieu. Summarily dismissal is a serious step, and you should be seeking qualified advice before you do this.

Do you charge me to fill my vacancy?

Our company is a private entity and does not receive any government funding. Our services start from $169 for short term contract and $297 for a recruitment product.

I have a job vacancy can you help me?

Yes, we certainly can…..we offer a number of different recruitment products;

Recruit Intel – Recruitment Process Outsourcing

It’s exact and fast processing.

Recruit Intel is a perfect choice if you are time-poor and cost conscious. Your dedicated consultant will create a professional advertising campaign and help you with the most tedious tasks, saving up to 80% of your time spent on recruitment.

We offer 3 Recruit Intel Packages starting from $297

Recruit Intel is an effective solution for most common positions, including entry level staff.

Full Search – Full 360 traditional style of recruitment

This type of recruitment is highly recommended to fill a critical, senior or specialist role. With this option you take full advantage of our professional networks and expertise. We help you to source candidates by tapping into our database, our online and offline networks; we will target relevant sectors and companies. After all, most top performers are already employed.

We will conduct full style interviews where we search for skills and qualifications that match but most importantly are a behavioural and characteristic match. Background checks will be conducted on all candidates we present you with.

Our Full Search Recruitment service is 100% guaranteed, if the candidate leaves within the guaranteed period we will replace them with no extra charges. Using our established professional networks and talent management skills, we’ll source and select the right people for your organisation, Guaranteed!

Temporary and Short Term Contract (minimum of 4 weeks)

You will gain access to qualified and skilled personnel outside your network, ensuring that your operation remains fully functional and stress free at all times. Once you have selected candidate, this person is then on-boarded in your operation and becomes part of your payroll for a pre-determined length of time. A service fee is invoiced depending on the length of the contract and the weekly structure of hours.

Can you assist me with my workforce planning?

Effective Workforce Planning requires a sound framework and could be a very difficult task unless you have the right tools.

We can assist you if you are starting a new business, expanding or downsizing. The way we can assist is through our consulting service or if you prefer to DYI version.

We have developed a Workforce Planning Tool kit which provides clear direction and worksheets to guide organisations through the process of collecting and structuring a workforce plan.

Do you specialise in a specific industry?

We recruit for number of different sector; however our candidate database is strong in the following industries:

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Administration and Accounts
  • Real Estate
  • Sales Professionals
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Health and Safety
  • Aged Care
  • Marine
  • Transport and Warehousing
I require a staff member to fill a limited time contract, are you able to assist with this?

Our Temporary and Short Term Contracts would be perfect for this requirement. This service starts at $169.00 per week for minimum of 4 Weeks assignment.

I have advertised for a position but would like assistance with other aspects of the process, such as screening, background checks etc. – can you help with this?

Yes we can assist with these services. We can assist with full search recruitment or parts of the recruitment services. We have some of the Recruitment processes bundled in the Recruit Intel packages or can offer parts of the Recruitment function at an hourly rate. Hourly rate is calculated on the specific service you require starting at $80 per hour.

Do you conduct background checks on your candidates?

Our Full Search Recruitment as well as the Temporary and Short Term Contract will have the reference check included in those services. Our Recruit Intel products don’t however they can be purchased separately. The rate for this service is calculated on how many reference check you are looking for as well as what type of background checks you require.


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