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Happy Anniversary, Mr Scrooge!

December 19, 2014
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Originally posted on Vic Careers:

Hold on to your Humbugs! Today is the 171st Anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’ all-time classic A Christmas Carol.

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Young women – overcome the gender barrier and land yourself some great job prospects!

December 12, 2014
Sas, firefighter, standing by a fire truck

Sas, a firefighter, is breaking gender stereotypes

Be inspired to re-examine your study and training options

Why do so many young women still overlook jobs with great prospects, which happen to be in traditionally male-dominated areas?

It’s a question that photography student Chrissy Irvine, 23, addresses in a new website – Herstory – which features conversations with women about their work and life. Chrissy aims to help young women overcome social barriers and pursue opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. She says, “As a society and a workforce, we are missing out on the skills and experience they [women] could be bringing to jobs they don’t traditionally ‘belong’ in.”

The website features 18 profiles of women who mostly work in non-conventional roles. For example, you can read about Joanne – the sea pilot who achieved her Foreign-going Master’s Certificate, which means she can be a ship’s captain anywhere in the world. And there’s Sas – the firefighter who became a station officer after learning how to be confident and assertive in a male-dominated occupation.

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Top 10 jobs on Careers New Zealand’s website

December 4, 2014

Every month we look at our website statistics to give us an idea what people are looking at on the Careers New Zealand website. Although there is some variation, the most viewed jobs have changed very little over recent years. Here they are (click on the links to find out more about each job):

1. Psychologist

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Psychologist is the most viewed job on the Careers New Zealand website

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The Loki Model Part II: Sometimes they come back and ask questions.

November 28, 2014
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Originally posted on Vic Careers:

Last month, I talked a bit about how to be like Loki and ace a job application by telling the truth. Using the Norse god of lies as a case study, we talked about what not to say in a job interview. So now let’s look at part two of the Loki Model: asking the right questions.

Believe it or not, selling your strengths is actually the easy part. You can prepare for what to say when they hit that six month gap in your CV where you took time off to train to be a professional shark wrestler, or explain that yes you failed a paper but it was because your lecturer was actually a Martian. The question people most often seem to forget to prepare for usually comes around the end of the interview, and goes something like this:

“So, do you have any questions about this job?”

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Electric vehicle expo getting students engaged in technology

November 25, 2014

Drag-racing cars, go-karts and motorcycles will be revving it up at the Evolocity expo in Ruapuna, Christchurch, on Sunday 30 November, but there’s a good chance you won’t hear a thing, even if you’re at the event. This is because all the vehicles on display and racing will be electric.

 

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Students testing out their electric go-kart

 

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Write about skills in your CV – five easy steps

November 20, 2014
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Sadly, a great big sign can’t replace a well-written CV

Getting from CV to interview stage is about having the right kind of skills showing in your CV.

Here’s how to write about skills that an employer wants:

Step 1: Use the skills the job advertisement lists

Ideal applicants will have:

  • experience as a health care sssistant with the elderly
  • a personality that thrives in team environments
  • reliable transport and a willingness to work to high standards.

(Taken from an actual Trade Me advertisement.)

Choose at least three of the skills in the job advertisement. Try to use the same language. So, the skill headings you might use could be:

  • Elderly health care experience
  • Working with a team
  • Working to high standards.

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How to perfect your elevator pitch

November 14, 2014

So, you’re at a networking event, or a party. Someone asks what you do for a living. Do you find yourself stumbling and stuttering, or do you have the words at the ready? Click on the Open Colleges infographic below to get some tips on how to perfect your elevator pitch. (Used with permission.) Read more…