Frequently Ask Questions

Individuals

What sort of roles does Pointer see?

As remote work is not industry-specific, we advertise roles from over 100 industries. Examples include (but not restricted to):

  • Accounting, finance and bookkeeping
  • Administration
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing roles
  • Website design
  • Business development and planning

A list of current and previously advertised roles can be found on our Jobs page.

What sort of employers are advertising roles?


The employers that work with us a Pointer are progressive companies that realise that the location of the best employee shouldn’t matter. We have small to medium-sized businesses from all over Australia through to corporate organisations in the big cities.



Are the roles casual, contract, part time or full time?

Each role that we advertise is different. We have had part-time and full-time roles that have been contracts as well as permanent appointments. There have been short-term contracts and one-off jobs.


How does Pointer find me the best job?


Pointer sees beyond work to the whole person, community, economy and society. 

 

Rather than searching for a job just because you’re in a particular location, you can register with Pointer to match your skillset, experience, connections, knowledge with the roles available. 

 

Here at Pointer we think remote work is a wonderful thing. It stimulates our brain, builds social connections, can be a creative outlet and secures financial independence. Feeling purposeful helps with mental well being. Pointer can help find you a job that will bring out the best in you

 

This is a more inclusive and human experience and should help you find a job that will work in the long term and feel wonderful because, more than just your CV, you’re bringing your whole identity and community along with you as well.



Can I update my profile with Pointer at any time?

You can log in to your profile page at any time and update your details.

When should I expect my first role to be sent through?

Our roles are not industry-specific so it is challenging to predict or guarantee when an appropriate role may become available. For some candidates, it is a matter of hours or days and others months or potentially longer depending on the role you are seeking.


Why does Pointer complete my reference checks?

To ensure we have the highest calibre of candidates in our database, we vett every candidate as they register with Pointer. This streamlines the process for our employers to see who they will interview. Our reference check asks previous employers to rate your soft skills rather. Employers are encouraged to conduct their own reference checks before they hire one of our candidates, but our onboarding reference checks give the employer an idea about the candidate's soft skills before they interview them.


Can I see my profile once it is complete?

You can see your profile at any time by logging in to the Portal.


I’m in Australia on a working holiday visa or I’m not registered in Australia for tax purposes, can I still register?

Unfortunately, at this stage, Pointer can only accept registrations of those who are registered in Australia for tax purposes.


Important things to note
  • If you have poor phone service or Internet speeds and downloads, then Pointer is not recommended as a place to try to secure remote work. Employers require candidates to have good connectivity to ensure successful remote work.
  • The roles we advertise are more often than not for qualified professionals with either tertiary or formal qualifications in their field. Unfortunately, candidates without qualifications and quality experience in the workplace are often overlooked for roles.
  • Pointer is a start-up company, each day our database of potential employers and employees grows, however, we cannot guarantee a match will happen. We are working every day to shift the societal mindset around remote work in Australia and we believe it is the way of the future.
  • A percentage of the roles we advertise are part-time or contract-based, so we encourage freelancers or those looking to supplement other income to register.
What happens once I register?

  1. Once you entered your contact details, you will receive an email with a link to build your profile.
  2. Once your profile is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and you will ready to receive job matches via email and you can see all open jobs from your profile portal.
  3. When a role is emailed to you that you are interested in, hit apply and you're in the running.

Business

What’s the Pointer difference?

Price and access is the major Pointer difference. 


On price, 

  • Candidates pay $85 including GST to join our platform and be matched to the most innovative clients with remote working opportunities
  • Clients pay a one off fee or either $AUD550 including GST fee to recruit, select and support the successful candidate as they begin to work remotely. 

 

In terms of access, because we focus on skill set, Pointer is the most specific way to match the needs of a permanent role or short term agile project based team to the requisite skills, experience and connections.

 

This creates a competitive advantage for all clients and unparalleled opportunity to choose work that is best going to fit in with all aspects of our candidates lives.


What are my responsibilities when hiring remotely?


Working remotely is still work. Normal work obligations and priorities, communications, etiquette, insurances, work health and safety, still apply.

 

Employers are responsible for the well being, safety and performance of their teams be they in the office or working remotely.

  • Clear position descriptions 
  • Correct legal documentation
  • Work health and Safety Checks and compliance 
  • Ongoing training and support 


How many businesses has Pointer helped?

Each role that we advertise is different. We have had part-time and full-time roles that have been contracts as well as permanent appointments. There have been short-term contracts and one-off jobs.


What sort of employers are advertising roles?


The employers that work with us a Pointer are progressive companies that realise that the location of the best employee shouldn’t matter. We have small to medium-sized businesses from all over Australia through to corporate organisations in the big cities.


Can I advertise a contract, part-time or full-time role?

Pointer has professional candidates looking for all types of work. You may need to fill a short term contract or have a one-off piece of work completed. Or you may be looking for a permanent part or full-time employee. Pointer can help with all of your workforce planning and execution.

How does Pointer find me the best candidates?

Progressive and specific, Pointer is championing the future of remote work with one question: innovate or die? 

 

Pointer is a remote workforce solutions company. This means that we expert in and can provide everything you need to establish and support your search for a remote career or building a remote team.

 

For example, to job match the best talent to remote roles available, our database of  remote professionals ranging from Chartered Accountants, copywriters, project managers, executive assistants, bookkeepers, solicitors, web designers, graphic designers and more. 

 

Through our technology and team we review, reference check, recommend and then support the best applicants for a client’s remote working role. 

Why does Pointer complete reference checks?

To ensure we have the highest calibre of candidates in our database, we vett every candidate as they register with Pointer. This streamlines the process for our employers to see who they will interview. Employers are encouraged to do their own reference checks before they hire one of our candidates, but our onboarding reference checks give the employer an idea about the candidate's soft skills before they interview them.

Where is Pointer?

Our head office is in The Rock (southern NSW, Australia) but we believe in what we’re creating so much, that we’re fundamentally a remote team.

 

Our clients are based all around Australia including NSW: Sydney, Burleigh Heads, Wagga, Forbes, Dubbo; VIC: Melbourne, WA: Perth, NT: Darwin and more. 

 

Our registered candidates span the nation, from capital cities in all states to Wangaratta in Victoria, the wheatbelt of WA and in the Torres Strait Islands.


Is Pointer only for regional areas and rural towns?

No - Underemployment is an issue regardless of location, age or job type. Finding meaningful work through Pointer benefits individuals, families, communities, economy and society. 


Women

In 2012, the Grattan Institute reported if there was an extra 6% of women participating in the workforce, Australia's GDP would be about $25 billion higher. With the average full-time wage currently sitting at $82 436 (ABS, August 2018), placing RRR professionals in remote jobs not only greatly impacts the number of women returning to the workforce, it also increases local spending and stimulates the national economy.


Regions
Another powerful example is in farming communities where professionals generating a second income assists farming families during times of hardship such as drought, fire or floods. The benefits to regional communities that additional income and subsequent spending brings is enormous (stat stat stat stat).”


Young people
In 2020, the Australian’s Economics Editor 
Judith Sloan reported about the ABS stats of 13.4% under-utilisation, commenting “while 80 per cent of part-time workers are happy with their hours of work — the jobs fit their preferences, study requirements or child-minding needs — there is a reasonable chunk of the workforce, about 1.1 million, who would prefer more hours. Most underemployed are younger than 34”.