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Looking for a vibrant future? The Primary Industries Vocational Pathway can take you there…

August 28, 2014

A rainbow of job opportunities lies in wait for you down the primary sector path

It’s official. If you’re looking for a solid career pathway then the primary industries are a sure footing.

Inevitably, the primary industries go through periods of ups and downs. However, according to a report forecasting the future workforce needs of the primary sector around 50,000 new workers will be needed in the next ten years . This is the number needed to meet the Government’s target of doubling primary sector exports by 2025, as well as to compensate for the large numbers of workers approaching retirement age.

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Five things you need to know about the 90-day trial right now

August 27, 2014

Confused about how the 90-day trial works? You’re not the only one. A recent article in the Dominion Post warned that not understanding the 90-day trial can lead you to Employment Court.

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It’s important to know your rights and obligations under the 90-day work trial

So, what do you need to know about the 90-day trial right now?

1. The trial is for up to 90 days

You can agree together with your new employee on the length of the work trial,  as long as it is not more than 90 days long.

2. The trial is only for new employees

The employee who agrees to the trial can’t have worked for you before. They can’t have done a work trial or work experience for you before. They have to be brand new. Read more…

How To Network If You Don’t Like To Network – 6 Tips For The Timid

August 22, 2014

Originally posted on OldcastleCareers:


Be a networking super hero!

Are you a networking zero, hero or somewhere in between? There are some people – extroverts usually – who are naturally outgoing and love to mix and mingle. Then, there are the rest of us.  Are you more introverted? If the thought of going to a networking event gives you a feeling of dread, this post is for you.

1) Rephrase the term
The term itself can be off putting. Let’s define it for what it really is. All you’re really doing is meeting people, making connections and sharing information/resources. Don’t let the word have any power over you.

2) Start small
Successful public speakers didn’t start off by speaking to large audiences for their first speech, so why are you expecting to connect with mass numbers? Attending an event with the goal of meeting twenty new people and giving them your business card…

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A dangerous myth – only some jobs have meaning

August 20, 2014

Is it true that only some jobs have meaning?

A recent and very cool online tool compares jobs in terms of their “job meaning”. In this tool jobs are rated according to “the percentage of respondents who say that their job makes the world a better place”.

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Health workers usually rate their work as meaningful

Health and social service jobs are rated as meaningful

According to this tool, it’s mainly people working in health and social fields who feel their job has meaning. I’m concerned that this could give the wrong message to people looking for a career – that only certain fields are going to be worthwhile career options.

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How to write a good job advertisement

August 14, 2014
Sign that says 'Help wanted apply within'

Simple job ads do work.

Want to hire good, solid staff?  Then write an enticing and simple job advertisement.

Here we explain the parts of a good job advertisement.

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How to turn work stress to your benefit

August 13, 2014

The rich get rich and the poor get unhealthy – but there’s a way out

Not only do more senior people in organisations usually receive more pay – they are also usually healthier.

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Short-term storms can be less stressful in the long run than permanently bad weather

And not just because they can afford better food and nicer places to live in. Studies have shown that even when all those sorts of things are taken into account, lower level workers tend to have poorer health. It’s believed to be related to the sort of stresses they are exposed to.

Interestingly, most people report stress in their jobs. But whereas senior people are very busy and have a lot of responsiblities, they are also likely to have stresses that they can control, whereas people lower down the ranks are more likely to have long-term stress from outside. They  are less likely to have control over what they do, how they do it or even when they do it. Researchers now believe that this type of stress leads to worse health

But there is a way to overcome stress, no matter what your situation. The answer literally is in your own mind. Read more…

How to avoid nine subject choice mistakes

August 8, 2014
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If you really want, you can pick up subjects later that you missed at school

It’s subject choice time. Around the country thousands of secondary school students are poised to make mistakes in how they pick next year’s subjects.

If you’re pondering subjects  for next year, you may benefit from reflecting on these common mistakes and learning how to avoid them: Read more…