Is innovation always a good idea?

Is innovation always a good idea?

by Michael Hempseed – Managing Director, Employee Solution Service

On any given day when I open LinkedIn, I am inundated with articles telling me to innovate. The terms ‘innovate’ and ‘game changer’ are the buzz words of the 21st century. We live in a changing world where automation is increasing, so we need to innovate to stay relevant. 

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       by Sarah Harding - Principal Consultant (IT), The Talent Hive   Often designers (graphic/industrial) use portfolios to showcase their work. But I’d recommend every candidate compiling a portfolio of their work/projects. It’s an effective way of demonstrating real life experience and will help you keep an interview on track and focused.  If you find the interview environment challenging (and most do!) then it can be a great aide to nerves and allow you to truly differentiate yourself from the competition. If you can host it online and allow access to it from your LinkedIn or online profile, then even better.  What is an Interview Portfolio?  It’s essentially a short presentation of your skills and experience. It should be visually engaging, like an infographic that’s easy to skim through. It’s easiest to create a portfolio in PowerPoint, using the Atitlan Template, and saving as a PDF for easy printing. It should include:   An introduction  Professional background summary  STAR behavioural examples  Awards and recommendations  Sample solution(s) – identify a specific problem common to the sector you’re in, or that you’ve uncovered during your company research, and explain how you’d address it  A closing page   It is essentially a show and tell of your skills, the goal is to get the interviewer to visualise you solving problems for them. Putting together a portfolio:   Makes you look and sound more credible, polished and professional  Shows your enthusiasm for getting the job  Keeps you on track during interviews  Puts you in control, directing the conversation  Makes you feel more comfortable, as you’ll be discussing information that you’ve taken time to think about  To an interviewer, it’s a tangible wonderful showcase of your talent and accomplishments  For you, it’s a also a handy cheat sheet, ensuring you don’t forget to mention anything crucial at interview   But an interview portfolio is far from the only way to stand out from the pack. Here are a few more tips to help you build competitive advantage in interviews.  Extracurricular Experience  In 2015, Victory University of Wellington undertook  a study  into what employers look for when recruiting students and graduates.   Of the 346 employers who participated, the number one attribute they were looking for was work ethic, but they also considered extracurricular activities important  Employers were keen to see signs of interests that extend beyond academics, including hands-on experience   Extracurricular activities can enhance job applications, resumes and internships, demonstrating that you’re well-rounded, with experience that others in your sector or academic field might not possess.  Many volunteer roles can help you develop personal skills like time management, leadership and team-building, which is particularly advantageous for graduates who might not have much real world experience.  Your Online Presence Is Important  Whether you like it or not, when you’re interviewing for jobs, anyone looking at your CV is also looking you up on Google. If you’re invisible or your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn profiles look forgotten about, then you will be too. On the other hand, when someone Googles you and, voila, they see an impressive online profile – plenty of followers, networks on LinkedIn and recent tweets of interest – you’ve already packed a punch.  There’s real value in building your personal brand online, so use Social Media to your advantage.

by Sarah Harding - Principal Consultant (IT), The Talent Hive

Often designers (graphic/industrial) use portfolios to showcase their work. But I’d recommend every candidate compiling a portfolio of their work/projects. It’s an effective way of demonstrating real life experience and will help you keep an interview on track and focused.

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Christmas stress and office tantrums

Christmas stress and office tantrums

by Michael Hempseed - Managing Director, Employee Solution Service

A company based in Christchurch was planning their office Christmas party. Everyone wanted different venues and different food selections. The planning caused so many arguments amongst the staff and so much bad will that some staff left the office in tears and some threatened to leave.

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Fresh Technology - AR you ready?

by Mike Tarjomi - Chief Information Officer, R. Redpaths Limited

Within the electrical industry change is coming.  Not just change that means you must stock a new item, or that a customer will be demanding some kind of new gadget for their home - I’m talking about real change in how the industry operates, and using technology to improve and enhance everything that you do.  It might sound like something out of Science Fiction, but you and your business need to be prepared for the world of AR (Augmented Reality).

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Business continuity

by Mike Tarjomi - Codeblue Business Development Manager / Virtual CIO

In business, as in life it’s important to prepare for the worst. For the same reason, smart home owners put together a plan for what to do in the event of a natural disaster, smart businesses put together a plan for what to do in the event of a major loss of data, security breach or other major debilitating occurrence.

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Why you should know your company's story

by Michele Hider - Managing Director, Priority Communications

Picture this. You’re at a networking function, when someone introduces you to your dream client. The client flashes you a big smile, pats the enormous wallet in their backpocket, and says “so tell me about your company?”.

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