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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...
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...
We operate in a very competitive employment market. It's one where finding and retaining staff can be very challenging. Recruiting never ends in Queenstown with so many short-term visa driven employees in our workforce. When a number of employer roles are similar and the remuneration package doesn’t differentiate the roles, standing out from other employment opportunities can come down to employee benefits. Having a benefits...
When job postings are made on the JobFix website not only is the job vacancy live 24/7 but it also reaches well beyond the Southern Lakes boundaries. When dealing with visa applications, one of Immigration NZ's main objectives is to ensure that Queenstown Employers are reaching as many New Zealanders as possible. JobFix achieves these criteria as the numbers from the last six months attest to. The statistics relating to the...
Today employment roles require a lot more than raw muscle, but sometimes employers are forced or choose to make mundane job tasks sound ‘out of this world’. I don’t know if its an old army joke or not, but this one is attributed to the army... An officer asks his platoon whose interested in music and four hands go up. Officer: "Right... you can carry this grand piano to the officer’s mess." Candidates...
Those of you who have started recruiting new staff for the winter season have likely seen an influx of fresh faces to Queenstown . Some of these brand-new staff members may not have been to Queenstown – or New Zealand – before; so as well as adjusting to working in your business and learning the ropes when it comes to working in your organization, they’ll also need to adjust to life in Queenstown. Although...
When you have gone to the trouble of finding a potential worker from overseas, the last thing you need is to trip-up on the visa process. There are a number of common mistakes that employers make that can slow down the process (or stop it altogether). 1. Employment agreement doesn’t have all the right details Your migrant worker will need a signed offer of employment and a copy of the proposed employment agreement to apply for...
Queenstown has a lot of workers who are casual. Let’s explore a couple of questions about casual employment.   1. What is casual employment? There is general agreement that a worker is a casual employee if their employer doesn’t make any advance commitment to ongoing employment or the amount or timing of work they will be asked to do. A casual employee is someone who has no set hours or days of work and the...
Building a strong shortlist is a critical step in the recruitment process - it will save you money in the long run and help you to find the best candidate for your vacancy. Here are some simple steps you can take to help you get the process right... So, you've written your job advert, adjusted the job description, and advertised the role across your network ( ...as well as placing an Ad in the Lakes Weekly Bulletin, of...
In an increasingly competitive talent market, it’s never been more important to find and retain the right candidate . But how can you be sure you’ve found a quality candidate and what are the red flags you need to look out for? Attracting, interviewing and hiring new employees is a time-intensive, painful and costly exercise, so it’s important to know the warning signs of candidates who aren’t going to be a good...
The Queenstown market is a particularly tough place for employers to find staff . Just the nature of and the number of opportunities available makes the environment very competitive. The difficulty for a candidate is separating the roles as many ads generally read that same. Below are five steps that might assist in getting your job advertisement to stand out from the pack. 1. Focus on Future Expectations Have your role...
Recently at The Lakes Weekly Bulletin, we took on a new employee, which is a big job!, and I breathed a sigh of relief after receiving a signature from our new hire on the returned employment agreement. Satisfying, right? Now, I realised we needed to put as much effort into their first couple of weeks to really cement the way that they perform, especially initially. I expect great performance from them, but it is not guaranteed. Here is my...