Construction boom to last three years longer than forecast: MBIE

Predictions of the building boom peaking this year have been pushed out to 2020, according to one of the industry’s foremost reports. This year’s national construction pipeline, a forecast by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), predicts the construction boom will last longer than expected, remaining above $30 billion for at least the

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How to ask for a raise the right way

You’ve convinced yourself that you deserve a raise at work. Now comes the hard part: convincing the person in control of the purse strings that your salary isn’t where it should be. Asking for more money can be an uncomfortable – even scary – proposition. In a perfect world, your boss would see how hard

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How to improve your work and life balance

For most people, work is a necessary way to earn money keeping a roof over their heads and buy whatever they want to feel satisfaction. More and more people work from home and it’s becoming harder to distinguish work time and home time. But while work is essential for earning income, it isn’t everything –

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Selecting and preparing right references

People often spend much time preparing and polishing CVs and cover letters but they forget and can underestimate how important it is to line up right people to be referees. Last year the Society for Human Resource Management found that references are a top three selection technique used to assess candidates. Here are a few

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Emotional intelligence in the workplace

Emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. It is a measurable component of who we are, just as IQ is. The concept and criteria for EQ have been studied for decades. And now many experts believe that a person’s EQ may be more important than their IQ and

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How to handle interview nerves

Most people experience nervousness before and during a job interview. Sometimes the nerves and pressure of an interview situation can even make us act differently. Our body seems to behave in weird ways and the way we speak seems to be unusual. It can lead to interview mistakes – including blurting, babbling, fidgeting and sweating.

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What to expect in your second interview

Congratulations! You passed the first interview and got a call to schedule a second one. In general, first round interviews are designed to screen candidates and create a shortlist. A second interview aims to go into details to decide whether you’ll be a good fit for the role. It’s your chance to show you are

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Common interview questions

One of the secrets of a successful interview is to be ready with winning answers to common interview questions. While every interview you attend will take its own direction, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will be asked. Tell me about yourself You may begin your answer with the highest qualification that

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