Central Leader : March 2nd 2011
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Phone (09) 623 3385 l 27 Esplanade Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland l www.ficino.school.nz Sunday 27 March, 11am -- 3pm Innovative Early Childhood Service Unique facility implementing the Reggio Emilia Approach from Italy 1438 Dominion Road Mt Roskill (09) 620 0817 www.peterpanchildcare.co.nz Education& trainingAdvertising Feature Poor CV equals poor job prospects A CV is a powerful mar- keting tool for job seekers, but you will struggle to get a job if you don't get it right, says Career Services general manager operations Janet Brown. Ms Brown's timely advice follows a story that appeared in the Waikato Times in which Waikato employers criticised the quality of CVs they receive from job applicants, saying that in many cases they did not stack up. Ms Brown says it is likely the problem is not restricted to the Waikato region. ShesaysaCVisoneof the most important tools a person can have in their employment toolkit'' and it is a con- cern to hear that a num- ber of job seekers are sending employers applications that don't represent them well. Among the complaints from employers in the Waikato were spelling mistakes throughout CVs, simple errors such as applicants getting the name of the company wrong and people not targeting CVs to the job advertised. The point of the CV is to get you an interview -- it's basically a one or two page sales pitch. It needs to tell an employer what skills and attitudes you have that are relevant to the job you're applying for, as well as a bit about you. A good CV will answer this essential question: How will I benefit from employing you?'' Ms Brown says the feedback from employers shows there are a num- ber of people either starting out on their career journey or trying to get back into the workforce who don't know how to write an effective CV. She says help is at hand for people strug- gling with their CVs as Career Services, a gov- ernment agency, provides advice and tips on career development to all New Zealanders -- all of which is free. Career Services has lots of advice on writing CVs, such as what to include, how to tailor it for different jobs and cir- cumstances, as well as some useful information on CV presentation. We also have other CV infor- mation, including tips on writing CV cover letters, some common CV styles and how to put transfer- able skills into your CV.'' The website also includes an online tool called CV4Me that lets you create your very own step-by-step CV. Ms Brown says the tool can be used to write and save a CV, get some tips and hints as you go and will even let you choose from two different layouts, one basic, the other more traditional. It really is a great tool, and particularly useful for those people who are just starting out in their career.'' Other features of the online tool include the option of two types of CV -- one for young people and school leavers with no work experience and another for people with work history -- spell check to ensure an error- free CV, the ability to c o mpileaCVinTeRe o Maori and the option of receiving step-by-step instructions. This is still a competi- tive labour market and employers are often sifting through a pile of CVs, so you really have to grab their attention. You just can't do that without a decent CV.'' To access Career Services' online CV4Me tool, visit the web site at www.careers.govt.nz/ cv---4---me. Visit Career Services' website www.careers .govt.nz to access the CV information, webchat with a careers expert or phone their advice line on 0800 222 733 to talk through your options. More switched on to digital Awareness of the digital TV switchover has leapt in Auckland, according to research commission- ed by Going Digital, part of the Ministry for Cul- ture and Heritage. The number of homes in Auckland aware of the upcoming switch from analogue TV to digital TV has increased from 11 percent to 35 percent, while seven out of 10 homes in Auckland have already gone digital. Auckland's analogue TV system will be switched off in November 2013, as part of a phased national approach. It is being replaced with digital services that give viewers better reception and sound quality, as well as more channels and features such as onscreen TV guides. Greg Harford, Going Digital national man- ager, notes significant interest from residents keen to go digital. Going digital means better reception and sound quality and more channels, as well as extra benefits like onscreen TV guides,'' he says. People don't need a new TV, but they may need some new equip- ment to keep watching TV once the analogue system is turned off.'' People who watch Sky or Freeview are already receiving a digital signal, so they don't need to do anything. Other viewers will need to buy either a set-top box and an aerial or a satellite dish. Information: www.goingdigital.co.nz or phone 0800 838 800.
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