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08 Jun

I've been fired.... should I tell my next employer?

If you got fired from a job, how do you explain that to a prospective new employer? Is honesty the best policy?

26 May

Time to learn some new tricks? How to explain why you’re leaving your current job

You might be an old dog, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t ready to learn new tricks. A change of role with fresh responsibilities can be just what you need to keep you professionally engaged and excited.

07 Apr

Getting your first paw on the career ladder: Your Top 3 questions answered

What is it that makes one puppy stand out from its litter of just as adorable and endearing siblings?

10 Mar

How to craft an awesome ‘About Me’ introduction

“When an interviewer asks me to 'introduce myself,' I freeze up. I end up just reciting my resume and I know I could do better. Help!”

25 Feb

Can I apply for multiple job openings at the same company?

“I just saw 2 job ads at a company I really want to work for. I prefer one over the other, but is there any reason I shouldn’t apply for both? Is it important that I choose only one?”

06 Jan

5 Tips for acing job interviews

Preparing for a job interview? Here are our top interview tips for the only cheat sheet you’ll ever need.

23 Dec

Tips from the best candidates who landed their dream job in 2021

2022 is almost upon us and if you are one of the many who has decided ‘new year, new career’, there’s an exciting journey ahead for you.

01 Dec

Take a moment to research that job – it’s worth it!

When you’re one of many job hunters, you want to stand out amongst potentially dozens of other candidates. What’s one of the easiest ways to do that?

28 Oct

How to leave your job without burning bridges

As the COVID pandemic has worn on, we are seeing resignation rates rise to abnormally high levels in the US and across the world. Are you one of many workers who have been reconsidering your lifestyle and career options? Is changing jobs on the cards for you?

02 Sep

How to avoid job seeker fatigue: Alissa's story

Looking for a new job at the best of times isn’t always smooth sailing. Those of you who have spent hours working on applications, or have spent time and money searching for the perfect outfit to wear to your upcoming interview, or have enlisted the help of a friend to assist you with interview questions, only to NOT GET THE JOB will understand where I am coming from.

05 Aug

Does following up on my job application help my chances of being hired?

A common question we receive from job seekers is whether following up on a job application is a good idea. Does a follow-up help your chances of securing an interview, or could it be seen as desperation and create a negative impression?

11 Jun

Can I ‘hack’ a job application form?

As a job seeker, you may have found yourself wondering if you can improve your chances of securing a job interview by ‘hacking’ the online application form. Is there a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to answer a question and does making the right decision help your chances of being shortlisted?

20 May

Is a tertiary qualification a prerequisite to having a successful career in today’s world?

When Sharon Davies was 16, she withdrew from a prestigious ladies’ school, itching to jump into the job market and embark on the next stage of her life. Fifteen years later, she was a nominee for NEXT Business Woman of the Year, part owner of the world’s largest online motor home site and founder of Big Splash and Talent Propeller.

11 Feb

Grads, you need to get better....

Grads - I’ve got a question for you. Does your life plan involve being successful, getting a meaningful job, succeeding as an entrepreneur or manager and building a nice lifestyle? Do you think it’s going to be easy?

16 Dec

New Year, New Career? Tips to make it happen

So, 2021 is the year: you’re thinking about shaking things up and making a change? Whether it’s the effect of COVID on your industry or just that you’re ready to try something different, making a successful transition to a new industry or career is an exciting decision - but it’s not always easy.

16 Nov

How to nail a Zoom interview

You’ve made it through the first round and have been asked to attend an online interview. Whether it’s Zoom, GotoMeeting or another software option, the principles of putting your best foot forward online are the same.

27 Oct

The future of job hunting for graduates

Being in the recruitment game has shown me that when it comes to getting your first job as a school leaver or graduate, it is an ever-changing landscape.

21 Oct

Top Do’s and Don’t to help you get shortlisted for a job interview

If you are looking for a job right now, chances are that it is going to be competitive. Depending on the role, employers could be receiving more than 100 applications, so you need to get their attention.

25 Sep

5 ways to embrace technology and stand out in a crowded job market

So, you are preparing your job application. Perhaps you need a new job, or are ready for the next challenge. Wherever you are in your career journey, chances are you will be competing in a crowded job market, so here are some tips to help you stand out and get your foot in the door using the latest technology and tools.

04 Sep

The importance of reference checks

Congratulations - you’ve made the shortlist! That’s great, but don’t break open the champagne just yet – the hiring process is far from over. In many ways, it has only just begun.

14 Jul

The Fine Art of Staying Positive

It goes without saying that 2020 will already go down as a year to remember. The uncertainty and unpredictability of what has already occurred has left a lot of people shaken and on the search for stability.

29 May

How do I get a job with no experience?

One of the most common questions we get is “how do I apply for jobs when I don’t have much experience?” Lack of experience is perceived as a challenge for many people. However, if you take a deeper look, it’s not necessarily the real reason you are being turned down from jobs repeatedly.

22 May

34% of people leave their new job within the first 90 days…. how to not be part of that statistic

You’ve spent hours of your time updating and perfecting your CV, filling out applications and going to interviews. You’ve landed what you thought was going to be an awesome job, but now that you’ve started, you’re getting cold feet. The role isn’t what you expected, you don’t know anyone and you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. You’re wondering if you’d be better off just looking for something else.

13 May

How to succeed at face to face job interviews

You have impressed the employer enough to be invited to a face to face interview. Now, you need to successfully knock this meeting out of the ballpark. It can be quite tricky to navigate the difference between a phone interview and one that takes place directly across the desk from your potential employer.

05 May

How to nail a phone interview

If you are applying for jobs, particularly in this climate, it’s highly likely you will be called to discuss your application in more detail. These conversations are used as a way to get to know you in more depth than your CV alone can provide.

04 May

7 things you should never do when applying for a job

WhiI lst this blog is a little more light-hearted, the people are real, the cases are real, the rulings are final, this is 7 Things You Should Never Do When Applying for Jobs. There are many, many more that fall under this umbrella, however, I feel that my fingers would never get a break from typing them all out, so here are a few to take note of and hopefully you can have a laugh or two, or seven!

16 Apr

If your resume was 1 amongst 100, would it be good enough? Learn how to write a great one

There is nothing more exciting than finding your dream job online and hitting the ‘apply’ button. There is also nothing more frustrating than never getting a response. You may think it is because of your skillset, lack of experience or even job tenure. Whilst this plays a major part in what employers look for in a CV, it’s actually the CV itself and the way it is presented that makes the BIGGEST mark.

09 Apr

You may be one of 50 job applicants… how will you stand out?

It’s a tricky time to be a candidate right now. If you’ve been recently made redundant due to COVID-19, your current workplace is closed and you are looking for new work to keep you busy, or you are an active job seeker trying to find your next opportunity – it’s hard to know what the next step is. The market has shifted dramatically in a matter of weeks. In February 2020, there were an average of 26 jobs for every 1 job seeker*. As it stands now, that figure has likely flipped to over 30 candidates for each single vacancy. That means your competition has suddenly increased drastically!

09 Mar

Be a secure job seeker in 2020

The online world is making fraud easier includes creating false identities may cost the New Zealand economy as much as $209 million every year! As many as 133,000* New Zealanders may be victims of identity theft. In Australia, the statistics are even more staggering with recent estimates by the Attorney-General's Department indicate that identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year!* This is why vigilance and awareness are vital.

13 May

How to make your words count

Are you going for a job interview tomorrow? Make your words matter!

08 Jan

Top 10 Tips to Make Your Job Application Shine

Looking for a new job in 2019? Here are our top 10 tips to take your online job application to the next level!

13 Jun

Interview success is just around the corner.

Preparing for a job interview? We’ve pulled together the most common interview questions plus our best interview tips for the only cheat sheet you’ll ever need.

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