Writing great ads

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Candidates looking for opportunities need to dig through an avalanche of information to find the right jobs for them. Here’s three quick tips from advertising to help your message cut through.

1. Keep it simple.

The shorter you make stuff, the more people will read it. So cut things back to just the essentials and make it easy to read.

2. Say it straight.

We’re all bombarded by ads and we don’t trust the hype. So don’t oversell and build stuff up. Just say it straight and let the role sell itself.

 3. Read out loud.

 Great writing feels like a conversation. The best way to check your tone is to read things out loud. If it sounds nice and human, it’ll read like one too.

 

How to attract the best talent

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Looking for amazing talent? Isn’t everyone. So what are the things that top talent are looking for? We’ve had a dig through the latest research and thought about what we’ve been hearing in interviews, and here are our top three – and what they mean for you.

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How to make a career change into HR

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We’ve had a number of people get in touch recently looking to make a change – they’re excited about building a career in HR and are keen to understand how to get there! This transition can sometimes happen quickly…. and other times takes tenacity and some different ideas and approaches to make it happen.

So, we thought it might be useful to put a few thoughts together to help you on your journey.

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Another slap in the face?

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Sometimes brilliant people do stupid things, what happens next?

Keep my wife’s name out of your **** mouth.”

Suddenly the joke wasn’t a joke. And no one was expecting what happened next. Least of all, Will Smith.

That slap and the controversy that followed was big news worldwide. Everyone had an opinion. But peel back the Hollywood and the headlines and there’s a question in there for anyone in HR. What do you do if someone so brilliant, does something so stupid?

Let’s break it down.

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Look after you too!

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Thoughts for all of the hard working HR teams out there.

We’re in touch with HR professionals day-in day-out and we hear a lot of your stories about how hard you’ve worked over the last two years. And the endless array of novel issues you’ve had to overcome.

Many of these people challenges are nothing like we’ve ever tackled before! And now we’re facing yet another challenge thanks to Omicron.

With that in mind, we wanted to share our appreciation of what you’ve achieved and also some thoughts about how to keep yourself safe and well through this next phase.

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On The Counter Attack

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They say offence is the best form of defence, but is retaining a valuable employee with a lucrative counter offer really the best strategy?

One of the consequences of our tight labour market – and something we’re seeing more and more of – is an increase in counter offers. On top of that, we’re seeing a significant increase in the size and scope of some of these offers too. In fact, some have surpassed anything we’ve seen before (and we’ve been working in the industry a long time!)

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What “The Voice” can teach us about finding top talent

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Shrinking talent pool making things tough?

We look at the power of blind ‘auditions’ and share other recruiting tips.

If you’ve been in hiring mode, chances are you’ve experienced our tight labour market first-hand. Top talent is in short supply for several reasons. One of which is our closed international borders which have affected the natural flow of people that many businesses rely on.

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Stay Interviews

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Should I stay or should I go now?

The simple interview that encourages your best employees to stay.

Are you wondering how many employees are actively contacting recruiters or setting job alerts on Seek? The number might surprise you!

A recent NZ Herald article cited a survey that found 39% of Kiwi employees plan to look for a new role in the next 6 months. While 19% are actively looking to move now. The reasons varied. Lack of a pay rise was top of the list. A lack of career opportunities and appreciation were also right up there. On the surface, these numbers are a concern for any business operator – as they well-know the cost and disruption that comes with finding new employees.

The question is – what can be done?

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Smiling through the Delta Blues!

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They say laughter is the best medicine. Well, after the last 6 weeks or so, we thought we’d put our regular HR content on the back burner and give you all a few reasons to laugh – about ourselves! And we throw a few interview curveball questions at you too. We hope you enjoy a few giggles…

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