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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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