4 decluttering tips before the New Year hits

The New Year is fast approaching and for many of us, as the festive season ramps up, the workload slows down, which makes it a perfect time of year to shed the clutter you may have been accumulating over the past year. Whether it’s a messy desk or a messy head, clutter gives us too

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Job hunting during holidays

Many believe companies do little hiring in December and stop job searching for Christmas and New Year period. But Hiring Managers call it a myth. Moreover, the holiday season may be your best chance to get hired. Here are some reasons to continue your job hunting. Less competition for available jobs Everyone is busy with

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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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