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Got a disability? Top tips you need to rock university or polytechnic

February 26, 2015
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Guys – his arguments on Plato are a bit ruff!!

You haven’t let your disability hold you back in life – so don’t let it stop you from going to university or polytechnic.

Here are some tips to rock your university/polytechnic life:

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Non-degree health careers – where you get paid to train

February 19, 2015


Have you always dreamed of a job in the world of health, but don’t want to do a degree? Or would you love to train but can’t afford to take time off work?

The following health jobs could suit you by allowing you to earn while you learn, as well as work towards an industry qualification. Plus they have good job prospects!

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Referees – Who to Choose?

February 12, 2015
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Originally posted on Careers and Employment:

In the last couple of weeks quite a few students have asked me about referees. Were they important? Did you need to include them on your CV? Do employers really contact referees? How many referees do you need to give? And most importantly, who do you choose to be a referee?

In most cases, employers will contact referees before making an offer of employment. They will generally ask referees about your strengths, attitude, motivation, your capacity to learn, take direction and be innovative. They will want to know how well you can work with others and how much supervision you may require. They will especially want to hear their opinion about your suitability for the role you are applying for.

Employers are looking to find out as much about you as possible. Even if you are applying for a part-time role or short-term contract, good references are still very important…

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Interview tip – how to answer the Treaty of Waitangi question

February 5, 2015
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Some interview questions can put you under pressure like a potato in a hangi

Have you ever been asked in an interview “How will you uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in this job?” or “What is your understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi?”

You may know the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Tiriti o Waitangi – but this question can still be scary.

Questions about the Treaty are commonly asked in jobs with a social and community focus; for example, healthcare, case management, social work, and teaching.

So, how could you answer these questions? 

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Opportunities are getting sweeter for Māori 175 years on…

January 28, 2015

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The Treaty of Waitangi was signed 175 years ago – undoubtedly one of the most important events in New Zealand’s history. But what does it mean for us in 2015?

Is it just another holiday, a day to spend at the beach perhaps? In ‘What Waitangi Day means to me’, 17-year-old Grace King reflects on the Treaty’s apparent lack of relevance in the 21st Century. From her experience:

We moan and groan about learning our history, about the Treaty, because there is no emphasis on how important it is to our society today… – Grace King 

If Grace’s comments echo the general feelings of our young people towards the Treaty, then we’ve more work to do in redefining this important day and communicating its relevance. After all, the values that lie behind it – such as cultural exchange, diversity, equity, respect, harmony and self-determination – are as relevant today as they were 175 years ago, if not more so.

Perhaps stories of Māori organisations that are working towards self-sufficient communities and investing in their young people, and prosperous Māori businesses, will breathe life into the Treaty and inspire us all:

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Have you got the NCEA credits you need for that job? Take our quiz

January 20, 2015
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Do you eat NCEA credits like Pacman? Try our quiz

Are you clued up on what credits you need to get the job you want? Try our quiz!

Answers below – we’re watching you, don’t cheat. Ooh – we see you!

1. To become an army soldier you must have:

a. NCEA Level 1 in maths and English

b. NCEA Level 3 – completed

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The 10 worst things you can do when applying for jobs

January 12, 2015
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Clean up your Facebook photos before applying for work

At Advice Line people often ask us for tips on looking for work.

We give out positive tips on what to do, but sometimes it’s also helpful to know what not to do.

So, from our experience, here are some pointers on what not to do when looking for work:

1. Use the same CV for every job

Do you use the same CV for every application? You could be in trouble. Computers sort CVs now, and reject those that don’t have the keywords from the job advertisement. If you don’t use the keywords and skills, your CV may not get read.

You can easily create and store multiple CVs using our CV Builder.

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