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The Queenstown Trails Trust has launched their Corporate Gift Memberships in time for Christmas and they want you to spread the feel good vibes this festive season. More and more businesses want to practice their corporate social responsibility, so the Queenstown Trails Trust has come up with a meaningful gift that can benefit not only your team, but the wider community. A $5,000 donation will entitle your organisation with a Corporate Gift Membership and each of your employees will receive a gift pack including: + ID Tag for their bike or keychain + Supporter bike sticker + Strava Team Access, where you team members can log km’s cycled, access the company leaderboard, win spot prizes and go on organised team rides, led by QTT CEO Mark Williams + Bonus feel good vibes knowing your organisation is supporting the Queenstown Trails Trust and helping to build more trails in our community You may ask, why should I donate instead of giving a throwaway gift to my employees? Well not only will you and your employees feel proud to be part of a movement making cycling easier and safer in Queenstown, you will also be putting into practice your corporate social responsibility by giving a meaningful gift that benefits your team and the wider community. Further, by encouraging  your team members to regularly cycle you are playing your part in creating a happier, healthier and more productive work force. Christmas is a time for giving thanks. If you want to do some good this Christmas, consider giving the gift of a Queenstown Trails Trust Corporate membership to your employees and together we can make Queenstown a better place to live, walk and ride! Head on over to the Queenstown Trails Trust website for more info or to sign up your organisation – www.queenstowntrail.org.nz
JobFix is over 2 years young and has become Queenstown’s local premier online local jobs board. With the support of Queenstown Media Group team and the flagship publication, Lakes Weekly, JobFix is posting in excess of 100 jobs a week and in busy times double that. JobFix has to compete with the national big boys predominantly Seek and Trade Me. Increasingly local businesses spend a lot of time on JobFix in an increasingly tight jobs market.   Over the last 4 weeks, JobFix welcomed 46 new employers on board. 392 job ads were posted with 715 applications made. According to Google Analytics 5,500 people visited JobFix across the month making 2.5 session each with 76% of these new users. Each user visited the site an average of 2.36 times and viewed 6 jobs on each visit making 72,500 different pages. Overall the growth in usage in the last six months has climbed 26% as JobFix cements itself as the go to jobs board in Queenstown. While JobFix is Queenstown’s preferred jobs board its being visited by kiwis from all over the country. Those using the site are predominantly viewing it from New Zealand (88%). The rates for posting a job on jobfix.com start at $35 plus GST and as we head into summer JobFix is only going to increase in popularity.
While it’s a complex employment market currently many businesses continue to see great responses from the powerful combination of Lakes Weekly and JobFix. Gerald from Remarkable Cleaning has been using LWB and other avenues to find cleaners for his business. His testimony: When he advertises with the Lakes Weekly Bulletin he is guaranteed to get a result and JobFix has consistently delivered over the years. Our response rate from LWB out performs every other medium he uses. Gerald - Remarkable Cleaning
Summary The October JobFix advertisement index rose 15%  above last year. The number of open roles rose 12%. All sectors are struggling to find candidates in an increasingly competitive market.   Construction and Accommodation led the surge in growth with the highest increase  in advertised positions.  The market is headed into the critical summer period desperately trying to find staff. The number of open roles reaching a peak and finding staff is becoming increasingly challenging, is forcing business to become creative when dealing with a potential shortfall in optimum employee numbers again this year. The number of open roles rose 7% over last year and up another 5% on September, which was already the highest month of the year. Traditionally October and November record the highest number of job vacancies so it likely that we are at, or close to the peak. Finding candidates has become very challenging for Queenstown businesses and some employers questioning how there retain their existing key staff ahead of Christmas and Holiday period. New businesses are delaying opening, reducing hours or having staged openings to accommodate the staff numbers they are able to employ. Health, beauty, food and beverage, cleaners and housekeeping appear to be sectors particularly hard hit, a situation that may get worse with new hotels due to come onto the market in the next 90 days.
Seven Top tips to writing a really good job ad   Use an outstanding job title. This is the most important part of your job ad. When you write your title, include the name of the position and the top one to three things that will make the job attractive to an applicant.   Add an emotive introduction. This is one paragraph that gives three to five details applicants will find most exciting about the job. Think about dot pointing them to make them stand out. It's designed to get your potential candidates to read further into the ad. That said, be realistic you don’t need to be the best enthusiastic everything to undertake a housekeeping role.   Tell your company story. Information about your company that applicants want to know. Candidates want to know about your story and what sort of company they are joining. How many years you’ve been in business, interesting clients or projects you typically work with, awards, accolades, and importantly for Queenstown your work culture. Information that will interest them and make you stand out.   Really sell the position. Rather than a long list of bullet points, only include the essential one to this job. Try to limit yourself to one to three things. Then provide information on work hours, interesting co-workers, education opportunities, benefits or perks, and anything else applicants will find interesting. At this point, you want to attract a great pool of candidates.   Push your location. If you want to attract people from outside the market, sell applicants on Queenstown. If your location is an easy commute especially on the bus route then make sure you include it. A candidate will always be keen on a role that can to and from really easily.   Repeat why they should apply. This section is a quick bullet-pointed recap of the top five to six reasons someone should apply to your job. If you have a long job post this will make sure that your key points are front-of-mind when the candidate is hovering over the apply button.   Have other people read it. Treat this job post writing exercise just as you would any other important piece of company marketing. Get multiple people to read it and provide you with honest feedback. Make sure you have fixed any errors before you post the job.   Lastly - Posting a job on Sunday is a great idea to get your job noticed. You will reach the biggest audience as Monday is the largest candidate search day on the JobFix each week.
  Startup Weekend Queenstown is an amazing way to learn how to effectively launch a business. The 54-hour event kicks off this Friday (18-20 Oct). Anyone can attend who's interested in learning the skills relevant to launching a new business or product. No entrepreneurship or startup experience required. Jobfix Readers OFFER: save $75 off Startup Weekend! Save $75 off a last-minute ticket. Use discount code "JOBFIX" to receive the discount.   Learn more about the event, watch video intros, and to book your ticket at www.mystartupweekend.com
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