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How to get the best job applicants

Nothing sends an enticing message to prospective employees like a great recruitment process – and that all starts with your job listing. A clear recruitment process saves your time and that of your prospective applicants – sending a clear message that your organisation is respectful and efficient. Ever been baffled by jargon in job vacancy […]

14 questions to ask your candidate’s referees

Checking a potential employee’s references is crucial for any role. It can provide a good overview of the candidate’s suitability for the position. It may give insights into levels of ability and, depending upon questions asked, into things such as work style and ethics. It can also highlight any potential red flags or areas where an individual […]

Ask an expert: Job reference FAQs

This month we are focused on a crucial part of the job hunt, which is often unfortunately out of your direct control – reference checks. I’ve pitched a few frequently asked reference questions to recruitment expert, Kirsty McLaren, Director of McLaren Associates – a recruitment firm who specialises in not-for-profit recruiting throughout New Zealand.  Kirsty […]

How to protect your goodies from burnout

We can’t wrap staff in cotton wool, but we can do our darndest to create a healthy work culture to prevent AND put systems in place in case employees tip off the edge of high productivity into the depths of burnout. Protecting your staff from burnout isn’t just about one person, the effects ripple out […]

The best recruits are within your reach

What if I told you that the best person for your job vacancy is already within reach? It’s true. Most of the time the ideal job candidate is in your network, or your staff’s. Your staff know your organisational culture so they have an idea of who would be a good fit. They know the […]

9+ tools for smarter recruitment

Overwhelmed with the recruiting process? If you recruit more than a few times per year, you’ll know how much time and people resource can be taken up in this process. Today, there are so many great, SaaS-y (software as a service) tools on the market to help employers streamline and automate parts of the recruitment […]

Good Sort: Laurie Foon

GOOD PROFILE: Laurie Foon, Sustainability advocate Named the Kiwibank Local Hero Award in 2017, Laurie’s warmth, generosity, smarts and incredible personal connections make her a natural leader of Wellington’s sustainable business revolution. Here’s a quick run-down of Laurie’s career, and what drives her! Current job(s): She is currently the Wellington Regional Manager for the Sustainable Business […]

Employer focus: Five ways to a Smarter, Greener Office

Guest post by  Sustainable Business Network Getting your workplace basics right will help your organisation reduce the cost, waste and environmental impact of your workplace. It will help maximise the creativity and productivity of the people who work with you, plus help retain them and attract new talent. Compiled from industry experts across the Sustainable […]

Getting Started with Social Enterprise

Guest post by Waveney Russ – The Ākina Foundation Starting something new is daunting. Whether you’ve thought about beginning your own charity, not-for-profit, NGO, community group or social enterprise, knowing where to find reliable resources to guide you on your first stages of the do-good journey can be confusing and disheartening. At The Ākina Foundation, […]

Here’s your permission slip to get started

Guest blog: Anna Guenther, Co-Founder and Chief Bubble Blower at Pledgeme — I often get asked about how to get something started. Uncertain entrepreneurs, bored public servants, conviction filled activists all struggle with this. As stupid as it sounds, what I tell them all is that sometimes you just have to jump. You need to […]

How to make your life magical this year…scientifically validated

While we promote the notion of there being magic in working in a do good environment, it is different when talking about the value of magic itself. Science gives us clear answers to deal with challenges. Which is all well and good – except that we’re not very scientific creatures. Our brains have this funny […]

Great business, doing good

Following on from last week’s blog with Good Sort, Anake Goodall, we asked for his thoughts on Kiwi examples of a really good social enterprise.

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Good Sort: Anake Goodall – “Bringing what I can to wicked problems”

If someone in Aotearoa New Zealand was to be given the honorary title of godfather of social enterprise, Anake Goodall would be pretty high on the list. The Christchurch based ‘doer’ self-describes as “bringing what I can to wicked problems.” “I’w really interested in governance for social change, and being a driver at the community […]

How to Make a Good First Impression

So, you’ve got the job. You obviously made a great first impression on the people interviewing you, but how do you make a good impression when you turn up for day one at your new job? We asked two HR experts, Lucy Boomer,  the People and Culture Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, and Becca Harvey, the People […]

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Good sort: Gina Rembe

Life-hacking, marketer and a do-good job success story (hoo-rah!). Gina spends her time at Lifehack – an experiment ground for improving youth wellbeing. She shares her career story, pivots and the time her job title included Chief Popcorn Maker…   Where were you working before you started this job? I’m from Berlin and after studying […]

Good Stuff: Topflite

If you’ve ever road tripped around Oamaru in summer there’s a good chance you have noticed the sunflowers. Rosedale Farm in Weston is an Instagrammer’s delight, the sweeping yellow fields some of the most extensive in the country. It’s more than a pretty picture however. Since the first crop of sunflowers was planted on the family farm […]

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Employers: Volunteering Best Practice

Guest blog by Laura Allen at Volunteer New Zealand on best practice in volunteering. — Annually, over one million New Zealand volunteers contribute more than 270 million hours of unpaid work to non-profit organisations. While this sounds like a huge number, the reality is that there has been a 42% reduction in hours volunteered in the […]

The Power of Friend-raising: One Percent Collective

Guest post by Pat Shepherd. Pat is the Founder & Chief Doer of Things at the One Percent Collective – encouraging a collective of Kiwis that support local charities, by committing to gift 1% of their income, whatever that might be. Over the past six years, Pat has grown this charity from scratch. Through the […]

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20 ways to learn something new

After six years at university I left with a couple of degrees. Today, you can probably learn most of what I studied through a myriad of websites and apps from science, arts and commerce topics, for a tiny fraction of my student loan…. From using javascript, learning how to speak Español, finance skills and more. […]

Tools of the Do Good Trade

Ever wondered which tools super-productive and uber-organised people use to get things done? I am lucky to be surrounded by tech start-ups in the shared office space I work in at the Bizdojo where words like Slack, Trello boards and Zaps get bandied around.  I asked a few charity friends (Pat and Reuben from the […]

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