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  • The Power of Praise. It’s worth more than money yet costs nothing.

    The Power of Praise. Too often in the workplace we see staff members who feel undervalued and under appreciated. Yes, people get paid to go to work, but as we have seen time and time again, money alone is rarely enough. Compliments, recognition and positive reinforcement cost nothing, yet are some of our most valuable commodities in business. So where are companies going wrong and why are companies not making the most of ‘the power of praise’?

  • Remuneration – What’s your currency?

    As a busy new mum and small business owner, I was looking for more than just $$ when looking for my next role. Life is busy and unpredictable, especially with a 7 month old baby, so I needed an employer who was willing to be flexible. Modern day life is rarely just about the $$ anymore, so when thinking about your remuneration package, what’s your currency?

  • A quick guide of LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts

    Did you know that 1.8 million New Zealanders have a LinkedIn Page? Our LinkedIn page is like an online resume, but it’s more than that, it is a sales page that can set you a part from your competition and allow the perfect role to find you. Whether you are starting from scratch or updating, here is a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts.

  • Monday 2nd April – A night of reflection?

    Easter 2018 was a big one! It was the end of daylight savings, the end of the fiscal year and our final long weekend for a while. On the plus side, most of us enjoyed AMAZING weather! So, how did you feel at the end of it?

  • An Interview with an Interviewer

    We interviewed Chris Heswall, Director of Virtue Consulting to get his views on what Virtue has to offer employers looking to recruit high level employees in the Banking and Financial Services market, as well as advice for aspiring recruiters!

  • Christmas/New Year Message

    AS 2016 comes to a close, the Xmas/New Year period is a welcome opportunity for most of us to enjoy some chillaxing downtime, hopefully over a long hot Kiwi summer! But it’s also a time to reflect back on some of the big events that have shaped the course of the year and might influence the next! For team Virtue, we’ve had a year of many highlights, it really is a “buzz” to help Clients recruit fantastic new people into their teams and on the other side, helping candidates define and shape very exciting career stories!

    Recruitment is one of those special industries that keeps on giving win/win outcomes for everyone. When all goes well that is…! So for all those that have partnered with or supported us here at Virtue over 2016, we offer a sincere and special “thank you” on reflection at this time of year, and we look forward to staying in touch over the course of 2017.

  • Middle Management… the lost generation

    It’s a great time to be in the New Zealand job market, particularly within the financial sector, given hiring demand for many roles is greater than the supply of talent. Unless you fit into a hiring category I’ll call the “M zone”. “M” as for Moa”, “Mammoth” and “M” as for “Middle Management”, given these roles are almost as extinct. I’m all for good causes like “Save the Whale” – but maybe it’s time to start a campaign to “Save Middle Management”?

  • How often should I change jobs?

    Back in the early 90’s I attended a “long service” presentation where several employees proudly received gold watches for 25 years service. As a new recruit in my first job, I remember wondering if I’d ever find myself in the same position…..

  • Avoiding invites from “Fake” LinkedIn Profiles

    Connecting with a fake profile does nothing to enhance the validity and quality of any professional LinkedIn network, so this got me thinking are some Recruiters or Hiring Managers so driven to become more “connected” that quality control goes out the window? Or do some people have their eyes closed when they hit the invite “accept” button? I suspect it might be a combination of both!

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