Jobs and employment blog

How to overcome your staff retention woes

meeting-on-an-ipadWhy do good employees quit? Turnover can be costly and with the supply and demand ratio tipping in favour of skilled professionals, retention makes sense as a strategy to fortify against skill shortages.

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These are the job interview questions people never know how to answer

No matter how well you prepare, there are always certain job interview questions that catch you off guard.

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Job searching? Why it doesn’t pay to inflate your salary

What do you want from your next job? More flexibility, perhaps? To immerse yourself in a new and improved company culture? And probably a little more in the bank each month, right? These are the sort of rewards we all tend to look for when we decide to switch jobs, but naturally, money in particular is a key motivator for many.

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These skills help you stand out in the jobs market

When applying for jobs, people often focus on their technical skills and experience. But if you want to really stand out, you need to present a complete package to employers and that involves painting a picture of not only the relevance of your technical skills, but your soft skills too.

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Three types of job interview questions – and how to answer them

If you’re preparing for a job interview, it’s important to plan for all eventualities – including all of the different types of job interview questions you might be asked. Here are three different types of interview questions, why they’re asked and how you should answer them.

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How to ask for a pay rise

Asking for a pay rise can be nerve-racking. Many people avoid it altogether because they find it too difficult to broach this topic but with the latest data showing that the overall value of pay rises is falling, Australians are increasingly prepared to have this tricky conversation with their boss in order to improve their earnings.

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Are you in line for a pay rise this year?

New Zealand’s unrelenting skill shortage shows no sign of abating, so after years of subdued salary growth will it underpin significant pay rises this year?

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The key benefits (and cons) of working in a flatter hierarchy

What exactly is the difference between a flat and a hierarchical structure? And why is it so crucial to think about which would suit you best?

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Don’t rush into making the wrong hiring decision

When recruiting new team members, most hiring managers are either so busy that they find it hard to find the time to prioritise hiring or they can’t wait to find a replacement.

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Showcase these skills to make your CV shine

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to find a new job? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, according to our recent poll, a huge three-quarters of people are planning on looking for a new job this year.

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How to land your dream job in 2019

If you plan to look for a new job in 2019, you’ll need to demonstrate your data fluency, strategic thinking and readiness for AI-integrated workforces to stand out from the crowd.

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How to optimise your CV for algorithms

Next time you apply for a job, will people or algorithms screen your application?

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In their eyes: the lived experience of underrepresented minorities

No one should find themselves facing barriers when seeking to access and actively participate in the world of work and achieve their full potential. <br />
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No one should find themselves facing barriers when seeking to access and actively participate in the world of work and achieve their full potential.

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How to react when a recruiter messages you out of the blue on LinkedIn

You weren’t even actively looking for a job - you thought you were reasonably happy in your current one, but now, almost out of nowhere, you’ve received a message on LinkedIn from a recruiter saying that they want to have a discussion with you about a job opportunity. <br />
</span><span style=You weren’t even actively looking for a job - you thought you were reasonably happy in your current one, but now, almost out of nowhere, you’ve received a message on LinkedIn from a recruiter saying that they want to have a discussion with you about a job opportunity.

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Diversifying diversity exposes key D&I considerations

Diversifying diversity is no easy feat. So often when we talk of diversity in the workplace, the focus is on gender. However, while acknowledging that gender diversity remains a vital issue we must also be front footed in our need to ensure that we look beyond gender.<br />
</span><span style=Balancing automation with human workers, the impact of chatbots on an employment brand and a widening talent mismatch are among the trends that will shape the recruitment market in 2019. 

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10 talent trends for 2019

Balancing automation with human workers, the impact of chatbots on an employment brand and a widening talent mismatch are among the trends that will shape the recruitment market in 2019.<br />
</span><span style=Balancing automation with human workers, the impact of chatbots on an employment brand and a widening talent mismatch are among the trends that will shape the recruitment market in 2019. 

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Three crucial things to do following your promotion

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionAfter multiple conversations with your boss and months of focus, hard work, results and self-improvement, you’ve finally been promoted! This is a brilliant milestone in your career, so take a moment to congratulate yourself and to celebrate this success properly, after all – you have worked hard to get here.

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What’s more important when job searching - your CV or your LinkedIn profile?

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionIt’s no secret that an up-to-date and engaging LinkedIn profile can help you both stand out and get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers – whether you are actively or passively looking for a new role. But does that mean that CVs are becoming less important?

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Should you take the job just because it pays more money?

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionWhether you were actively looking for a new position or not, you have found yourself in a situation where you have been offered a new role. What’s more, the role pays far more than your current one for doing pretty much the same thing, so on the face of it, the choice seems obvious – go where the money is.

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Salary increases thin on the ground this year in NZ

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionNew Zealand's labour market performed strongly over the past year, characterised by falling unemployment and good job opportunities. 

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3 ways to boost confidence in an underperformer 

Jason BlogThey had all of the right skills, gave all of the best answers, and showed such potential in their interview. They even got off to a promising start after they joined your team. But somewhere between then and now, your employee has gone from a rising star, to an underperformer.

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Flexible work the new normal during fourth industrial revolution

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionOffering flexible working arrangements is tipped to be a key part of the unfolding fourth industrial revolution where emerging technologies are reshaping our industries and how we work.

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Whose responsibility is upskilling? The push-pull between employers and employees 
 

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionDo you know that employees are now more likely to judge a potential job role on how well it will position them for career longevity?

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Jobseekers - you really do need to be yourself in the interview

Jobseekers - you really do need to be yourself in the interview"Just be yourself" is advice that might have served you well on your first day of college, or when you went to that party where you didn't know anyone. But can you really be yourself in an interview situation?

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Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial RevolutionThe Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and rapidly gaining ground. Many jobs are being automated via technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

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Job hunting in today’s digital age: Your new road to job search success

 Job hunting in today’s digital age: Your new road to job search success

 There’s been a lot of market commentary in recent times about the changing nature of recruitment and how the power of digital technology, data science and personalised communications at scale have created a complex new model.

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three signs that you really shouldn’t have taken that counter offer

 Three signs that you really shouldn’t have taken that counter offer

 If you’re reading this, then I’m guessing the past couple of months have been quite the journey for you. After some careful contemplation, you realised that for whatever reason you weren’t happy in your role, and you made the decision to leave.

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 Want to be a manager? Be a chameleon

 The best manager will shift and flex in response to the changing environment around them and, crucially, the different motivations of the individuals they lead. In short, they are a chameleon who can adapt to suit the situation at hand.

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NZ’s top recruitment trends for 2018

 NZ’s top recruitment trends for 2018

 The New Year is looming and it’s shaping up to be one where employers, HR experts and recruiters will need to adapt to the possibilities presented by new technology, reduced net migration, calls for pay equity, policy changes and the demands presented by planned infrastructure works.

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 5 signs you need a Christmas temp

Thousands of seasonal retail jobs are on offer every Christmas period, but did you know that temporary assignments are also available in almost all industries at this time of year?

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 4 reasons you aren’t getting any interviews

Job searching can be tiresome, especially when it feels as though you are spending all your time firing off applications, yet not getting any interviews as a result.

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 6 executives share their best career progression advice

You’re ambitious, talented and possess top technical and soft skills. But that’s not enough to progress your career. While it seems almost everyone has an opinion on how to best work your way to the top, it’s those who have succeeded in doing so who are perhaps best qualified to give advice.

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 What I learnt from temping 

Not everyone knows what they want to do when they leave school or university. I know I certainly didn’t.
 

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 Diversity initiatives not working? Is “process bias” to blame? 

A significant amount of evidence exists proving that a diverse and inclusive workforce, consisting of differing outlooks and experiences, has a positive impact on business performance.

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 5 signs your boss is looking for a new job 

You can’t be 100% sure, but you think your boss might be looking for a new job. So how can you spot the signs that your boss is looking for another job?

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Celebrating millennials: natural collaborators who work with purpose

When you think of millennials, what comes to mind? Perhaps a couch-surfing, trophy-collecting ‘me’ generation who wants it all and wants it now?

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Women leading from the front in NZ’s construction industry

PR image - NAWIC winners 2017The outstanding achievements of women in New Zealand’s construction industry were celebrated last week at the third annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards, held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

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6 bosses who drive their staff crazy

PR image - boss overworkedThere’s a popular saying that people join organisations and leave managers.

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How to get your CV into the recruiter’s ‘yes’ pile

office-job-group.jpgHave you ever wondered what happens once your CV has made it into the inbox of a recruiter?

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“Tell me about a time you failed”

chat.pngI’ve read inspirational quotes such as, “I’ve learnt more from my failures than I have from my successes”, but is it really something we all want to experience and do we really want these circumstances dredged up in the interview room?

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Why I’m a male champion for change

Diversity in all things can only be good and should be embraced for the success of your organisation, to build your own talent and to get more diverse ideas within your organisation.

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How to stay job application ready

New-Asia-6.jpgIt’s common for people to take one of two approaches when they are open to considering new job opportunities.

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Four ways to keep your skills relevant for the future

How can you be confident that your skills will be relevant for the jobs of the future?

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What to do when the boss resigns

travel-business.jpgA job for life is as rare as 'hens teeth' these days with very few people staying with the same company for their entire career.

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Apprenticeships deserve more attention

With apprenticeships available in a broad range of industries and job functions, an apprenticeship should be considered equally with other training options when people look at their further education and future career options.

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