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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 […]

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Unplug on Holiday: Your Digital Detox diet

Our digital devices are so dominant in our lives. We endlessly scan social media sites, constantly check emails, obsessively text and message – and in the process haul around serious digital baggage that wreaks havoc on our minds and bodies. There’s a pretty good way to tell whether taking the opportunity in the upcoming break […]

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What Am I Worth? Salary Guides

Figuring out what you are worth used to be a dark art. Thanks to the internet and ready access to salary surveys, you can be armed with the correct data to know what you are worth when negotiating a new job salary, or seeking a raise. Here are some resources for helping you assess your […]

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Employer Insight: Not-For-Profit Pay and Rewards

Guest blog: Lyn Brieseman, Senior Consultant and Strategic Pay — As an employer how do you know how much to pay your people? Strategic Pay surveys not-for-profit organisations on what they are paying their people as part of our regular survey of what is being paid across the whole market. Our recent survey in May 2017 surveyed […]

Making it easier to have (non) difficult workplace mental health conversations

One in five New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year.   That means that right now, you or someone in your workplace is likely to be affected. People drawn to purposeful work at not for profits are usually interested in contributing to a cause they believe in and are willing to invest in making […]

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.

How to Cope With a New Boss At Your Organisation

    How to cope with a new boss Your boss has left, and a new one is on the way. You might be grieving the loss of your old boss, or be grateful that the new ‘relationship’ brings new opportunities for you in the workplace. Naturally there’s nervousness, expectation, hope and possibly resentment….along with […]

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 […]

Governance for Good

Being in a governance role on a board or steering committee is a great way to support the charity sector and give back to the community. It is also an ideal way to nurture your leadership skills. Driving a fast-growing charity or NGO engaged in groundbreaking social change work can be exciting. Good governance is […]

The Leadership Factor-X: Can it be taught?

Guest post: Alanna Irving — “What is it that makes you a leader? Why is it you who often takes the lead?” This question was posed to us, a group of relatively young people at different points in our professional journeys, by our facilitator, Suze Wilson, at the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Rethinking Leadership hui. […]

How To Go From Volunteer to Paid Employee

  Being a volunteer is a fabulous thing. It allows cash-strapped organisations to extend their reach and do more good work. And it gives volunteers a chance to make a difference in their communities and gain valuable experience and brownie points for their CV’s while they’re at it. But volunteering with the express aim of […]

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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 […]

Part-Time Perils and How to Overcome Them

There are a lot of great things about working less than 30 hours a week, as more than half a million part-time workers in New Zealand would tell you. After nearly a year as a full-time, first-time mum, it allowed me to transition back into the workforce gently, and now allows me to balance my […]

Workers of the world unite: Know your rights and why joining a union makes a difference

This week we have a guest Q&A with Erin Polazcuk, National Secretary at The New Zealand Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (the PSA), the largest trade union in New Zealand with over 63,000 members. — What is PSA all about? PSA represents everyone from physiotherapists to DOC rangers; scientists to parliamentary cleaners; […]

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. […]

Avoiding Burnout

Tips on taking care of yourself Doing good can be a tough job sometimes – so if you’re going to avoid burning out, you’ll need to take care of yourself. You might be supporting young people with addictions, former refugees with post-traumatic stress disorder, rehabilitating neglected animals, lobbying for urgent action on poverty or climate […]

Ten Time Management tips for Not-for-Profit Pros

Juggling workloads in not-for-profits can often feel overwhelming. We care passionately about the larger vision our work contributes to and it is very easy to overextend yourself. You know…skipping lunch breaks, working overtime, taking work home to lighten the load the next day. We’ve all done it.  Life in non-profit world is busy. Many organisations […]