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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
Only three weeks until the Vodafone Queenstown Chamber Innovation Summit 2019. If your business is looking to innovate - whether you are new or established, then this is the event for you! This exceptional line up of national and local business leaders will share their inspiration, innovation insights and business tips in an entertaining format.    Taste of the Speakers: Hamish Carter, Olympic Gold Medalist & Ambassador for Oceanfit Vic Crone, Chief Executive, Callaghan Innovation Steve Cotter, CEO, Xerra Earth Observation Institute Dr Linda Wright, CEO, New Zealand Hydrogen Association Mike Mizrahi, Director, Inside Out Productions Emma Hart, General Manager, ReGen Cellular James W. Burnes, CEO, Startup Queenstown Lakes Trust Mat Weir, Founder & Managing Director, First Table John Quinn (MC), Presentation Specialist & Founder, AudienceAlive   Sponsor Speakers: Richard Phillimore-Smith, Tribe Lead & Head of Sales – SME, Vodafone Jason Wilby, Co-Founder, Mountain Club (supported by Five Mile) Philip Pryor, CEO & Founder, Family Business Central Ric Thorpe, National Sales Manager, Sidekick Accountants   Bring your team, friends and clients along, enjoy a day of thought-provoking speakers with plenty of time for networking over lunch and refreshment breaks. Click here for further information and to book your tickets now.    Date: Friday, 1st November 2019 Time: 9-4:30 pm followed by networking drinks Location: Hilton Queenstown, 79 Peninsula Road, Kawarau Village, Queenstown Cost: chamber member $175+gst; non-members $235+gst (includes lunch & morning tea)
Without the tourism sector, the Queenstown employment market would be in decline.  Overall the September job market was good news for job seekers with 968 open positions being advertised across the month. The number of open roles rose 5% last September and was the strongest month of the year by a long way. September was a standout and grew significantly even when compared with the month prior, growing 25% in August as the market accelerated away. The main driver was a significant rise in both the hospitality and food & beverage sectors where there were 100 additional roles open this month as compared with September 18 and 135 more than August.  The two sectors accounted for 82% of all roles and increased their share of the job market by 5%.  While the roles available in the visitor market grew and drove the whole market up, the rest of the sectors declined by 22%. Construction, transport, retail, health, auto finance was all down on last year. The travel sector which has been languishing all year did grow slightly this month. Overall while a very strong month the year to date number of openings is still lagging 5% due to a very slow employment market for the first half.    Highlights September was the largest month of the year for open roles advertised in Queenstown - up 5% on September last year and 25% in August. Year to date the Queenstown jobs advertised are trailing 2018 by 4% The accommodation and Food and Beverage sectors drove September’s growth with 100 additional roles advertised this year. Most other sectors declined Construction roles remained tight due to the amount of building underway and planned which includes major announcements for new construction at the old Wakatipu High school site and the new hospital in Frankton. Early October is continuing a strong growth trend but not to the same energy as September.
Transport The fourth meeting to discuss the need for Wakatipu to develop and implement a travel demand management plan (TDMP) was held on Tuesday this week. The consultants employed by NZTA to write a TDMP have concluded their report and recommendations. This has not yet been published but will be made available for review in due course. NZTA management is now considering whether it is appropriate for full or partial implementation and funding.     It was agreed at the meeting yesterday that the impact of transport on the quality of life and quality of business was significant. Further, it was agreed that social and business-led responses, rather than just an infrastructure provider response were required to drive the mode and mind shift change required to improve how we move about the Wakatipu region. The Boards of the Chamber and Shaping our Future have agreed to move forward to explore a suitable entity to commence this work. I would like to thank all the Chamber members, resident association members and other folks who have contributed to the process thus far and I will continue to keep you updated on this work. If you want to support the move to active transport, Chamber member’s the Queenstown Trails Trust have shared this great website if your workplace is interested in supporting staff or your fleet move to e-bikes. Great depreciation/FBT calculator, the works. Airport It was disappointing to see QAC’s statement of intent knocked back for a second time last week, with only three present councillors voting to accept the revised statement of intent.   The airport and its future planning have become a lightning rod for those who wish to express their social and environmental concerns.  Appropriate strategies for managing the impact of growth on the region are, of course, far wider than airline passenger growth. The notion that closing the door to national or international migration or visitors is also problematic. I am pondering whether it is Trump’s wall-type thinking? The world population is growing, climate change is happening, people are on the move (as they always have been). We need to act as a community, with urgency, to put in place ways to cope with migratory, as well as visitor growth. Notwithstanding, the message has been sent from organized and concerned community organizations. This community needs to see a far, far stronger destination management and sustainability focus in how tourism businesses operate. The board of the QAC would do well to consider how they might address this. The Chamber board certainly is. Bed Tax Just in from Wellington. “The paper is in the cabinet process (running a bit later than originally planned) and we anticipate that the Minister will be in a position to make an announcement this month. I am unable to pre-empt that announcement without Ministerial authorization”.   Minister Twyford will be in town on September 13th for a Chamber lunch at the Crowne Plaza. Phil looks after urban development and transport. Tickets are limited and available on our website .  AGM The Chamber is a membership organization and we are reliant on our board to provide governance and direction to the paid executive. The Chamber AGM is coming up (November) and we have two vacant elected positions (thanks to Charlie Phillips and Anna Edie for their contribution). If you or someone you know are interested in standing, I would be happy to discuss this role with you or contact our board chair Craig Douglas directly (after he gets back from holiday at the end of next week). His phone number is 021 594 125. Local council elections The Chamber mayoral and election debate will be held next week at 5.30pm at the Memorial Hall in Downtown Queenstown. We are privileged to count most of the candidates amongst our membership and I am looking forward to hearing them speak on topics that are important to our region. Big thanks to Chamber board member and Mediaworks GM Rik Van Dijk for hosting this event for the Chamber. Be good to see you there (book your free ticket on our website ). Kind regards, Anna Mickell Anna Mickell is the CEO of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, an organization that represents business owners working in the Wakatipu region. New members are welcome. 
Next Wednesday, 18 September from 9 a.m. to noon, WWIN (Wanaka & Wakatipu Investment Network) and Startup Queenstown Lakes will host the Angel Association of New Zealand for their Angel Investing 101 course. The session will be led by Auckland-based investor Ken Erskine at the Sherwood Queenstown. The course will help learn the basics of becoming an angel investor and having an appreciation for the risk profile and mechanics of angel investment is all covered in this succinct ‘awareness raising’ course. Topics will include: the rewards and challenges of being an angel, the legal requirements around eligibility and if you decide to become an investor director, the importance of building a portfolio and how to go about this, the importance of being involved the role of exits, and where and how to access support The course has a fee of $69 including GST to cover travel, presentation, and food costs.  Purchase your ticket in advance via  Eventfinda
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