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New Year – new job?

Dreams are the beginning of all things. 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 with Steve and Mel - old friends they hadn't seen for years. Steve and Mel seemed so successful. Anne was [...]

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Small Medium Enterprises hold off on hiring new staff

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 new staff in the year to February 2014 is just 8 per cent, according to an analysis of employment intentions by business services firm MYOB. A recent ANZ [...]

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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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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 [...]

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NZ employers feeling more optimistic

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 the last three months. The number of employers planning to decrease hiring is at 6 per cent, down from 9 per cent in the third quarter. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Major employer considering ban on hiring smokers

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 step though. Nurses Organisation spokeswoman Kerri Nuku said the union would oppose the plan, which "goes against everything we stand for in terms of equal opportunity". She said [...]

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