Are Recruitment Software Packages Excluding good candidates?

The emailed rejection came as no surprise to Bill Skibinski, though he believed he was more than qualified for the entry-level job he'd applied for online. After spending two years seeking full-time work, Skibinski is convinced that the computerised screening systems most companies use to hire actually work against job candidates, no matter how qualified they are. "It is a frustrating and unfair process," said Skibinski, who is working part-time as a contractor while completing a master's degree in environmental planning. [...]

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Economist says older workers taking jobs from young people

BNZ economist Stephen Toplis says older workers appear to be snatching the jobs of young people, and the NZ Government needs to get a better grip on the way the nation's labour market is working. "There's a lot of wild and woolly stuff going on that is raising significant question marks over whether the necessary labour supply is available to meet New Zealand's ongoing growth needs," he said. Policymakers at the Treasury and the Reserve Bank would need a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Job Hunting tips – Applications and covering letters

With the employment market still tight getting your application over the first hurdle in the human resources department is a serious challenge. As recently as 18 months ago we only needed a pulse to get an interview. Now we have to find a way to rise above a swag of well qualified and experienced rivals. Many advertised roles are getting 100 plus applications and we have to be in the top 10 percent just to have the chance of an interview. A [...]

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