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Top Tips for Employers on Getting the Best Out of Apprentices
April 17, 2019
ARTICLE BY: Stephen Isherwood | 

Employers are also twice as likely to report that apprentices lack presentation, analysis, IT, writing, problem solving and interpersonal skills. However, there are few differences between graduates and apprentices in relation to resilience, managing up, leadership, dealing with conflict, self-awareness, career management and emotional intelligence.

Institute of Student Employers (ISE) asked its members about the 76,000 entry-level staff they have hired over the last three years, including graduates, apprentices and school leavers. The Survey revealed that employers are almost four times as likely to raise concerns about how apprentices dress for work in comparison to graduates.

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Tech Tips to Help People with Parkinson’s
April 16, 2019

On Thursday 11 April 2019, as part of World Parkinson’s Day and joining efforts to #UniteForParkinsons, AbilityNet hosted a free webinar about#UniteForParkinsons banner image Parkinson’s and technology.

Did you know 1 in 37 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime? The condition is more common than you might think and on our webinar we demonstrated how with a few simple changes people with Parkinson’s can stay in control of their tech and achieve their goals online.

The webinar contained useful information for people with Parkinson’s as well as their friends, families and colleagues. Those with a professional interest in Parkinson’s would also find the content relevant.

About the webinar

Alex Barker, Advice and Information Officer at AbilityNet, presented this webinar which began with some hard-hitting facts about the condition. AbilityNet’s website has a number of free expert resources about making technology easier to use for people with Parkinson’s which were then shared.

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Job Hunting Tips for Mature Workers
April 3, 2019

The following Honts & Tips, aimed at New Zealands’ mature workers may be of interest to some of your clients.

Mature workers have a lot of offer employers. Here are some tips to help you highlight your skills and experience.

Workforce is Ageing: The population is ageing and people are staying in the workforce longer than they did in previous generations. Mature workers – those aged 55 and over – are expected to play an increasingly key role in the economy.

Mature workers can face barriers in securing a job: As a mature worker, you have a lot to offer an employer. A recent survey of over 500 employers found that most viewed mature workers as an “untapped treasure” and agreed that businesses should take extra steps to attract and retain them. However, mature workers can also face a range of barriers to employment. These include:

  • A perceived lack of transferable skills. Mature workers may have developed skills and knowledge that seem specific to one particular occupation or industry.
  • Inability or unwillingness to compromise on salaries. Because of their skills and experience, mature workers are often used to earning above average wages. This means they may choose to remain unemployed rather than accept a job with lower pay.
  • Hours. Mature workers may want to work part-time hours, which can limit their opportunities.
  • Age-based discrimination. While it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of age when it comes to employing staff, it may still happen. This can mean mature workers find it hard to get work.


Develop a marketable identity: A key step when looking for work is to create a marketable identity – a personal brand, which you can use to sell yourself to potential employers. Your personal brand includes everything from your skills and knowledge to your positive attitude and how you dress. For mature workers, it could also include your willingness to share your expertise or mentor younger workers in an organisation. Take some time to work out what your marketable identity might look like and think about how it could apply to areas of work you’re interested in.

Be flexible and realistic: Employers, when surveyed, said the biggest mistakes mature workers made in interviews were:

  • having high salary demands
  • being unrealistic about their own abilities or experience
  • being inflexible about working styles or working schedules.

If you can, it pays to be flexible about the type of work you’re willing to do, the hours you’re willing to work, and the pay you’re willing to accept. If you’re open to negotiation you’re more likely to be able to make the most of the opportunities available.

Consider training or retraining: Research suggests mature workers prefer the idea of immediate employment over retraining, even if it results in lower pay. Whether or not to retrain is a personal choice – it can be expensive and time-consuming. However, if you do retrain it can signal to employers that you’re motivated and your skills are up to date. Options for training now include doing micro-credentials, which allow you to retrain more quickly in areas with skill shortages and could improve your job opportunities.


This article has been re-published  from The New Zealnd Careers Service Website

Five Tips to Acing Your Phone Interview
April 1, 2019

The following hints and tips may be of interest to your clients.

Fantastic CV submitted?


Now, get ready for the phone to ring! How you respond to the first contact from a recruiter or hiring manager is just as important as the in-person interview. Here are five easy steps to make sure you shine.

1. Be Prepared

Track each and every opportunity you submit your resume for with the following information:

  • Company name and brief details on the company about what makes it an attractive place for you to work.
  • Position title and summary. Paste the position description into your notebook, and highlight what in the description spoke to you and what makes you the right, qualified candidate.
  • Know your resume. Know why your skills align with this particular job, and be ready to talk to it.

Have this info in a place that’s handy—you never know when a call will come in. Don’t be caught off guard: there are few things that’ll set a recruiter off more than a potential candidate who doesn’t remember the job. Read more

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