Essential advice for a first time contractor

Essential advice for a first time contractor

4 ways to make your first contracting assignment a success.

Let's get the party started - Participation is key to culture

Let's get the party started - Participation is key to culture

When you’re the new guy, how quickly do you get involved in culture? Everyone wants to make a good first impression and we tend to have the “head down, bum up” mentality, particularly in that first 90 days. But if we stand back, are we missing a trick?

Six ways to make your day more productive

Six ways to make your day more productive

The formula for productivity is simple – total output divided by total input. Sounds simple, but in practice it can be difficult to stay focused and get things done. Now is the perfect time to focus on daily habits that will increase your productivity in the work place. Here we outline six ways to stay focused and make your day more productive.

What being a migrant worker means to me – insight into how a software developer from Argentina found his first day at work in Auckland

What being a migrant worker means to me – insight into how a software developer from Argentina found his first day at work in Auckland

Hundreds of professionals move to NZ and join some of our most promising tech start-ups and leading businesses every year. While the media often focuses on what companies and co-workers can do to support cultural diversity in the workplace, here we look at the topic from a migrant worker’s point of view. What’s their most pressing concern when they first arrive in NZ from overseas?

Inside the STAR interview approach: what you need to know

Inside the STAR interview approach: what you need to know

You've researched the organisation, prepared answers and even found out a bit about the CEO. However, once you’ve exchanged pleasantries and got through the get-to-know-you questions, they ask you to describe the biggest contribution you have brought to your project team. This may sound simple, but in the heat of the interview, it's easy to give a lengthy, unstructured answer and miss out key details that prove you have the experience to do the job.

90 day trial period: Don't freak out!

90 day trial period: Don't freak out!

In early 2009 the National government of New Zealand added an amendment to the law that enables employers to add a trial period into employment agreements of up to 90 days. In this blog, we discuss why you don’t need to freak out about the 90 day trial period and provide tactics to make it a positive experience, including taking time to reflect on your achievements, celebrate the things that have gone well and identify any areas for improvement.

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