Jan 6

New Year – new job?

Posted by Dave Griffith

Andrew was on vacation. Temporarily chilled out and lying in the sun it hit him – he didn’t want to go back to his old job and old routine. He hadn’t been happy for a while but he didn’t know what to do next. The day before he and Anne had caught up…

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Aug 19

Small Medium Enterprises hold off on hiring new staff

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The increasing pace of recovery and strong business confidence is not likely to translate into a significant number of new jobs in the SME sector this year, a new study shows. But more businesses are planning to keep the staff they’ve got. The proportion of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) employers intending to take on…

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Oct 16

Are Recruitment Software Packages Excluding good candidates?

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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…

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May 22

Construction workers in high demand

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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…

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Sep 13

NZ employers feeling more optimistic

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New Zealand employers are significantly more optimistic than they were this time last year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook quarterly survey of hiring intentions. The poll of 650 New Zealand employers shows 29 per cent expect to increase hiring in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 26 per cent in…

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Sep 6

Aussie job advert numbers fall for second month

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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.…

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Jul 21

Online job vacancies continue to rise

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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…

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Jul 19

Is the traditional CV a thing of the past?

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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…

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Jul 14

Major employer considering ban on hiring smokers

Posted by Dave Griffith

The Auckland District Health Board, is considering extending its anti-smoking policy to include not hiring staff who smoke. The Auckland DHB employs over 10,000 people, and currently has a smoking ban in place on its sites that includes staff, patients and the public. Extending the ban to recruitment of smokers is a major…

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Jul 10

Recruitment ad’s boom good news for job hunters

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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…

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