Blogs and articles about job hunting and recruitment processes.

NZ Job ads on the rise

The number of jobs being advertised in New Zealand is on the rise, according to the Seek New Job Ad Index, which shows a 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase. Seek general manager Janet Faulding says the rise in job ads was nationwide. "This is an encouraging sign for the New Zealand labour market. Seek saw strong job ad numbers in May and now, for the first time since December 2011, month-on-month growth has been seen nationwide, with jobs up 3.8 per [...]

Read more...

A Telstra takeover of Telecom could mean massive job cuts

Telstra could lay off more than half of Telecom's 7000 staff and run most of the business from Australia if it launches a takeover bid for the company, says leading Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. Budde said a takeover of Telecom by Telstra "made sense" and was a reasonable explanation for talks revealed on Tuesday over the possible sale of TelstraClear to Vodafone. Several analysts have said Telstra would need to sell TelstraClear in order to stand a chance of securing [...]

Read more...

Construction workers in high demand

Christchurch has become a major hub for jobs growth, particularly for those with construction-related skills, despite a real start to the earthquake rebuild remaining months away, recruitment agencies say. Quantity surveyors, commercial and residential project managers plus machine operators with drainage and roading experience were topping a list of skills in high demand in Christchurch's civil construction market, said Jason Walker, managing director of recruitment firm Hays. "Demand is so high that [some] skilled professionals are offered jobs within 48 hours [...]

Read more...

NZ workers ‘too pessimistic’ about job market

New Zealand workers are too pessimistic about the outlook for the job market, a business leader says. The latest quarterly Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Index shows employment confidence has hit its lowest level in over two years. The index fell 4.6 points in the December quarter, from 104.2 to 99.6. This is its lowest level since June 2009 when it stood at 96.1. A level over 100 indicates overall optimism, below 100 indicates pessimism. The results were most dismal in the section which [...]

Read more...

US job growth good news for Obama

Job growth stats great timing for Obama as the electoral silly season kicks off in America.Four painful years after the Great Recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as the virtuous cycle - an escalating loop of robust job growth, healthier spending and higher demand. The nation added 200,000 jobs in December in a burst of hiring that drove the unemployment rate down two ticks to 8.5 per [...]

Read more...

Aussie job advert numbers fall for second month

Australian job advertisements fell in August as global financial instability discouraged companies from hiring, a private report showed. Jobs advertised in newspapers and on the internet dropped 0.6 per cent last month, after a decrease of the same number in July, according to an Australia & New Zealand Banking Group report released yesterday. "The declines in job advertising have been modest thus far," Warren Hogan, chief economist at ANZ Bank, said. "This suggests a soft patch for economic growth associated with [...]

Read more...

Online job vacancies continue to rise

The number of job vacancies advertised online continued to grow in June, according to the latest Jobs Online index. Overall, online vacancies increased by 2.3% in June 2011, compared to May 2011, and skilled vacancies went up by 1.5%. “This shows that employment prospects are continuing to improve,” says the Department of Labour’s Head of Research and Analysis, Vasantha Krishnan. “This is supportive of other indicators that point to a gradual increase in economic activity. It reinforces the Department’s expectation that [...]

Read more...

Is the traditional CV a thing of the past?

Increasingly we need to be online - or risk being off the pace, when it comes to job hunting.Our curriculum vitae used to be our ticket to employment. The exhaustive record of all we have achieved was the standard by which we were judged in the initial stages of our application for a job. A concise grammatically correct formal cover letter and a positive manner in an interview was good enough to be in the frame. Now covering letters have [...]

Read more...

Recruitment ad’s boom good news for job hunters

The employment market is looking up if the latest job advertisiement statistics from Trademe jobs website is anything to go by. The April-June quarter shows a 27 percent on the same period last year. An analysis of over 39,000 jobs listed on Trademe Jobs between April and June found all the main centres had enjoyed year on year growth of over 20 percent, and Canterbury's listings soared 65 percent. "The pendulum is definitely swinging in favour of the job seeker again [...]

Read more...

The five biggest mistakes that job seekers make on their applications

Simple mistakes can be the difference between having a job and not having a job.With a tight job market and candidate pools for individual roles rising fast, it is surprising that so many applicants are making the same old mistakes and a few new ones. As recruitment professionals we process hundreds of applications and the trends in mistakes are alarmingly consistent. It is disappointing that after going to the trouble to apply for a role that often a candidate, for the [...]

Read more...