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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 […]

How to network like a BOSS (when you're not a social butterfly).

How to network like a BOSS (when you’re not a social butterfly)

Ah, networking… some people make it look so easy! They flit from person to person at events, all charm and wit, making the bubbly sweeter and the conversations richer. But what about the rest of us? How can we network effectively, when we’re less social butterfly and more… uh… antisocial moth? After attending a few […]

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 […]

How 'deep work' could revolutionise your work and life.

How ‘deep work’ could revolutionise your work & life

Sick of distraction, ‘busywork’ and a whole of lot emailing? You don’t need to quit your job to transform your work-life. Cal Newport’s concept of ‘deep work’ allows us to create a more meaningful, more satisfying, more fulfilling role in the job we have now.  Think about your average work-day. Does it include: Masses of emails? Definitely. ✔ Swathes […]

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 […]

5 workplace passion projects to help you get your dream green job

5 workplace passion projects to green your job

It can be hard to get your vegan-leather-shod foot through the FSC-certified-timber door if you don’t have environmental training or experience. From tiny office jungles to staff coffee that doesn’t taste of tears, we’ve got 5 passion projects that will help green your current job  AND help your CV for that future dream green job. […]

10 green dream jobs you've never heard of

10 green dream jobs you’ve never heard of

Feeling uninspired on your job hunt? Don’t be! Your perfect job might be one you’ve never imagined. Check out this list of 10 weird and wonderful green dream jobs – #6 is my all-time favourite. #1 Green Funeral Director  Think Six Feet Under with more hemp and less drama…. Green funerals provide a more natural and […]

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 […]

Fab collabs: 5 examples of great ‘do good’ collaboration

We all know amazing things can happen when great people work together, so imagine what might emerge if more of our charities, social enterprises and businesses did the same. You don’t need to dream! We’ve scoured our Land of the Long White Cloud to find five fantastic examples of ‘do good’ collaboration. Tackling issues fro […]

What Happens When Your New Job is Meh?

You’ve started a new job. You were excited to start but the reality is just, well, meh. What do you do? Say you’re going for a coffee, then make a break for it? Call your girlfriend in tears from a bathroom cubicle? Let’s have a look at your options. Give it a few weeks then […]

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Miserable to the max: 8 ways to make your job-hunt TERRIBLE

Job-hunting can be tough! After a few weeks, the rejection emails start trickling in. Doubt begins to bloom: what if you don’t get a job, ever? This April 1st we’ve decided to drop the optimism and embrace the dark side. Liz has eight handy tips to make your job-hunt truly terrible. We hope you hate […]

The Perfect Post-Interview Thank-You

  You’ve just wrapped up an interview, and you’re wondering if you need to send a thank-you card or email to your interviewee – the answer, YES! Here’s Jane’s HR perspective on post-interview thank-you best practice and what to expect in the days and weeks post your interview. — After your interview send an email […]

The Quiet Assassin: How to Ace that Job Interview – as an Introvert

Job interviews tend to hold a special place in hell for introverts. Small talk, self-promotion, over-stimulation. . . the list of challenges is long. Can quiet folk triumph against the odds? Liz Willoughby-Martin says yes. Introversion has undergone a HUGE makeover since Susan Cain’s Quiet came crashing tiptoeing onto the non-fiction scene in 2012. But despite massive changes […]

Win that interview: 10 steps to creating a combat-ready cover letter

  Cover letters, eh? I’ve written three this week (so far) and it’s starting to feel like going into battle. So, how can we ensure our hard work will actually pay off and our cover letters will blow the enemy’s  future employer’s ships out of the water? It’s time to get combat ready! Here are ten […]

Goals 101: how to know what you want (what you really, really want)

For some, setting goals is a piece of (organic, vegan) cake. But what if you don’t know what you want? If you’re having problems identifying your goals, Liz has five tried-and-true techniques for you: Outwardly, 2013 looked like a solid year. I was working for an awesome social enterprise, I was in a relationship with […]

5 Year Plan? Pah! Create a 70 Year Plan with Simon Jarvis

We’ve all heard of 5 Year Plans, but how many people actually have one? If you’re looking for inspiration to set long-term goals, we have just the thing. Create a 70 Year Plan with Simon Jarvis and work towards sustainable fulfilment.  5 Year Plan? Pah!  Experience has shown I’m more likely to book a trip […]

Get accountable: five ways to fulfil your goals in 2018

Draft that novel? Puh-leese. Get a 5k raise? Hell yeah. Finish that master’s degree? Amen! It’s a new year and we’ve got big, BIG goals. So how do we turn these goals into reality? Liz takes a closer look at five ways to ensure we get sh*t done… Last night I woke at 3am, with […]

How to make your life magical in 2018…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 […]

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