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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Survey shows more working dad’s putting family first

Many fathers try to have it all - time with kids, promotions at work and a spouse who shares the parenting duties. But more are starting to say they would trade in their commute and office lifestyle for a stay-at-home role. A recent study surveying nearly 1,000 fathers in the US working at Fortune 500 firms took a look at just how hard it is for dads to balance their work and life goals. The study titled The New Dad: Caring, Committed [...]

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One in three farms visited by DOL about quad bike safety given warnings

The quad bike culture on farms has always backed rider ability over safety equipment like helmets and roll bars.Almost a third of farms visited by the Department of Labour between April and mid June were warned about using their quad bikes safely. Health and safety inspectors visited 376 farms across the country as part of the Department’s quad bike safety campaign. Of the 376 farms visited in the ten week period, 117 written warnings or improvement notices were issued. On average [...]

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Millions paid for ITO courses where no credits achieved

Another case of governments setting up a scheme based on ideological theory and not regulating it properly. Then act surprised when scumbags take advantage of 'free' money.In 2009, $57.8 million of taxpayer money was paid for Industry Training Organisation courses for which "no evidence of credit achievement" could be found. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said "That's not a trivial amount, that's a big deal ... that's $58m to achieve no credits." "You can only measure it on credits [...]

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Workers worried online past may damage career prospects

It is good to see people doing weird stuff on photocopiers with their clothes on for a change. The latest Kelly Global Workforce Index shows that 25% of New Zealand men and 22% of women are worried that material from their social networking sites could adversely impact their careers. 30% of women and 28% of men admit to deliberately censoring or editing their personal social network content, to protect their current employment or future career prospects. Kelly Services managing director Debbie [...]

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Customer doubles money after Westpac error

Westpac - they are a bit like Bonus Bonds really. Once in a lifetime you might get an unexpected windfall. Another banking error by Westpac Bank has seen an Auckland man double his bank balance without doing anything. After withdrawing his savings to pay a deposit on a house, he ended up rebanking it again when the deal fell through. Checking his balance a few days later he found it was $15,000 more than he should have had. Unlike Leo Gao [...]

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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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