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Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits

Think you’re underpaid? Five things to consider before calling it quits
Are you feeling underpaid and undervalued at work? You are not alone.

The latest Hudson research has found that 39% of employees surveyed in New Zealand felt that they were underpaid. Furthermore, 49% of the respondents received no pay increase in the last year and it wasn’t that great for those who did. Of those who got a pay rise, 77% of them received just 1-5%.

 
 
 

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview

How to make the most of the 48 hours before a job interview
Congratulations! Your carefully crafted cover letter has managed to impress, your CV has demonstrated that you have relevant skills and experience, and you've been invited to an interview with your prospective employer in two days' time.

While you've already thought about whether you might be a good fit when you applied for the role, now is the time to reassess the reasons why you want the role and take the time to thoroughly prepare your case.

 
 
 

Job Hunt Getting You Down? 6 Ways to Stay Motivated

Job Hunt Getting You Down? 6 Ways to Stay Motivated
Looking for a job can take its toll. Searching for suitable roles, cold calling, writing endless cover letters… and nothing is more disheartening than the deafening silence that can follow an application. So how can you stay motivated?

It’s important to remember that with so many factors at play when you apply for a job, a rejection is not necessarily a reflection of your abilities (or lack thereof). Here are six ways to keep a positive outlook while looking for employment.

 
 
 

Do You Really Know How to Market Yourself?

Do You Really Know How to Market Yourself?
You may think that modesty is best to avoid appearing arrogant in a resume or interview, but selling yourself short will do you no favours. If you want to get a job, you have to know how to market yourself effectively.

Selling yourself to a prospective employer is an important part of the job application process. Don’t be fooled into thinking a good product will simply sell itself – you still need to get the messaging right.

 
 
 

Half of all hiring managers check candidates’ online digital footprint – are you prepared?

Half of all hiring managers check candidates’ online digital footprint – are you prepared?
There’s nowhere left to hide. An online background check by recruiters and employers is common practice these days and, unlike with a meeting or an interview, you can’t see who is assessing you.

In he Hudson Report: Employment Trends, Q3 2015 we asked hiring managers for their views on the use of social media in screening potential hires; specifically, whether they check candidates’ profiles, and if so why and what they are looking for.

 
 
 

Communication skills: vital for professional success

Communication skills: vital for professional success
‘Communication skills’ might sound like an overused HR buzzword, but there’s a reason they appear as selection criteria on so many job descriptions.

Effective communication is important in almost every role, and the ability to be a good communicator will not only see you thrive in the job application process, but in the role itself.

 
 
 

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?
They’re the questions that interviewers love – but they can pose a challenge for even well prepared job candidates: Tell me how you dealt with conflict with a co-worker. How did you react to your last major mistake in the workplace? Explain how you overcame a major challenge?

The formal name for these queries is ‘behavioural interview questions’ and if you want a fighting chance of getting the job, you’re going to have to get skilled at answering them.

 
 
 

Why didn’t you get the job?

Why didn’t you get the job?
You got an interview for a coveted job – congratulations, that means you were earmarked as a suitable candidate. But if you don’t wind up with a job offer, you have to ask yourself: what did I do wrong?

There are many possible reasons for not getting a job offer, and it may simply be that one of the other candidates was more suitable for the role. However, it pays to reflect on how you performed in the interview, and whether you committed any faux pas without even realising.

 
 
 

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting

Building rapport at an interview: it’s all about connecting
Establishing a good rapport with someone you’ve just met can be a tough ask. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins provides insight into what’s involved: “Rapport is the ability to enter someone else's world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.”

Whatever else you have to offer, it’s going to be difficult to make it beyond the first round of interviews and secure a job if you’re unable to make your interviewers feel you’re on the same wavelength as them. Here are some tips on how to establish that emotional connection.

 
 
 

6 easy things that many job seekers fail to do

6 easy things that many job seekers fail to do
There are plenty of life hacks when it comes to job hunting, and if you’re a job seeker you need to take advantage of them. They’re easy, and they may be obvious, but they’re also effective.

Here are some of the simple steps you can take towards job seeking success.

 
 
 

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