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We’re experts when it comes to finding and matching talented people with great opportunities. You can search our current job vacancies here, or get in touch if you’d like to chat about your career aspirations and start hunting for your next role.

We’ve put together some information and tips to help jobseekers create a compelling CV, prepare for an interview, identify work opportunities and plan their career.

How to compile a great CV

The better you are at communicating your strengths – both on paper and in person – the better your chance of success when applying for a role. Think of your CV/Resume as a tool that gives an employer a compelling reason to meet you for an interview and take the next step. It’s an advertisement for you and your skills. Here is a template to get you started.

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  • Keep your CV or resume brief – up to four pages is best.
  • Avoid jargon and use plain English – keep it punchy, short and simple.
  • Tell the truth – candidate integrity is important.
  • Make sure there are no major gaps in your work history.
  • Check spelling, dates, formatting, grammar, etc. – it’s vital that your CV is polished and mistake-free.
  • Always send a short, one-page covering letter with your application.

Remember, your CV or resume is your first chance to make an impression and an important marketing tool, so don’t be afraid to sell yourself!

Interview Tips & Techniques

The face-to-face interview is probably the most important part of the job selection process. It’s your chance to present yourself – your skills, experience, personal qualities and strengths – as a great candidate for the role. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about the organisation and role, and help you decide if it’s right for you.

Great Interview Guide

We’ve put together a people&co Great Interview Guide. It covers how to prepare for your interview, create a good first impression, strategies for success, and tips on answering questions confidently.

 

After your Interview

Call your people&co consultant to let them know how the interview went and what your level of interest in the role is. This is an important feedback loop and an opportunity to identify and fill in any gaps in information you or the interviewer might have.

Psychometric Testing

Sometimes the recruitment process may also involve psychometric tests. Very common, these are used as part of the decision-making process, alongside interviews and reference checking. They can provide useful information about whether a candidate’s style and abilities are suited to the role – you cannot ‘fail’ these tests.

The two main types of psychometric assessment are aptitude and ability tests, and personality profiles.

Aptitude and Ability Tests

  • Involve a combination of verbal and numerical reasoning and are frequently multi-choice. They are usually short questions and there is generally only one correct answer.
  • The types of exercises can vary but usually relate to the specific requirements of the role. They are good at predicting how well you will perform in certain aspects of the role.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions. Most ability tests are timed so make sure you know how long you have.
  • Read each key question carefully before answering and look for a balance between speed and accuracy. If you’re unsure of an answer, give it your best shot then move on. You’ll usually find you cannot answer all the questions within the allocated timeframe.

Personality Profiles

  • Provide information about how you would typically behave at work. They explore your preferred way of behaving, how you relate to other people, your ability to deal with your own and other people’s emotions, and the way you handle and solve problems.
  • The first thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong answers.
  • There is usually no time limit, but you should work through the questions as quickly as you can.
  • These types of exercises usually ask you to indicate your preference for a word or statement that focus on the way you will behave in a set of circumstances, for example, “I prefer the company of people”: (please select one: ) Rarely | Sometimes | Often | Always.
  • You may find it difficult to respond to some questions, as you feel that your behaviour would depend on the situation. Imagine you are in a work situation, rather than in a personal situation, and then go with your first instinct.
  • There is nothing you can do to prepare yourself for personality profiles and it’s not a good idea to try to manipulate the results.
  • Remember, there are no right or wrong answers – be honest and don’t answer the questions based on what you think an employer is looking for.

Getting Feedback

We always recommend you take up the offer of verbal feedback for psychometric tests, as this can be useful for your personal and professional development. Make sure the feedback you are given is from a person qualified to interpret the test results. Ask us if you’re not sure about anything.

Working as a Contractor

As a self-employed contractor you’re responsible for paying your tax and ACC levies, and ensuring you are GST registered if necessary.

If you’re new to contracting, here are some useful links to information on New Zealand tax and ACC, as well as general information about working as a contractor.

business.govt.nz – the NZ government business site has more information on working as a self-employed contractor.

Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has a Smart Business Guide with information on paying and meeting your NZ income tax obligations and registering for GST if you’re self-employed or running a business.

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has more information on ACC levies and cover for self-employed contractors.

Talk to your consultant if you’re unsure where to find the information you need.

Information for Migrants

If you’ve recently arrived or you’re looking to move to New Zealand, here are some useful links to information to help you settle and explore work opportunities.

Immigration New Zealand has everything you need to know about settling and working in New Zealand.

Victoria University Wellington offers a Migrant Workplace Communication Programme for recently arrived migrants with a Bachelor degree or higher, whose first language is not English.

On Arrival is a specialist resettlement service that can help make your move to New Zealand as easy and stress-free as possible.

wellingtonnz.com is the complete guide to visiting, living and working in New Zealand’s vibrant and creative capital city.

Stuff is New Zealand’s leading news website.

CareersNZ Jobs Database

The CareersNZ Jobs Database has all the information you need to explore career possibilities and find out more about the local job market, including the skills in demand and what you can expect to earn in New Zealand.

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