18 December 2008
Tips for job hunters in tight economic times
Following on from the Government's announcement this week of the ReStart package aimed at New Zealanders who have
recently been made redundant, Career Services has recently updated its website with an array of useful information and
free advice to help New Zealanders improve their employment success in these times of increasing economic uncertainty.
The organisation offers a range of online information and advice for people looking for work during this economic
downturn. 'Tips for job hunting in tight economic times' includes advice on brushing up your CV, perfecting your
interview techniques, being adaptable, making the most of your networks, and keeping a positive focus.
Career Services plays a vital role in these uncertain times, says Chief Executive Lester Oakes. "Now more than ever, job
hunters must be proactive and equip themselves with the best information available. Developing the skills involved in
finding and applying for jobs is something that continues to benefit people throughout their working lives."
Mr Oakes says that anyone who is looking for, or thinking about, a new job at the moment can learn something from 'Tips
for job hunting in tight economic times'.
"We know that job loss can affect every area of your life, and that there are many people working through the challenges
that come with that at the moment. More competition in the job market also has an impact on graduates, people returning
to the workforce and those who are looking for new challenges."
Career Services has the most comprehensive careers website in New Zealand, and is a trusted source of up-to-date
information about jobs and career planning.
There are also job vacancy links, interactive tools that generate job ideas matching your skills and interests, video
clips like 'It's okay to change careers', and information about the labour market for different industries and regions.
You can read a personal story about a couple who, undaunted by losing their house and orchard jobs, went on to set up
their own business supplying services on contract to orchardists.
For tips for job hunting in tight economic times, visit www.careers.govt.nz/job_hunting_tight_economy
Career Services is New Zealand's leading provider of free and independent careers information, and advice - helping New
Zealanders to make the best decisions about jobs, training and study. A crown agent, Career Services provides services
and resources to more than 770,000 people annually, largely by internet and telephone.
The services and resources provided by Career Services are relevant to all New Zealanders, including school and tertiary
students, people of all ages who are entering tertiary education, trade training or work, adult workers considering a
change in the direction of their careers, and migrants and refugees.