• Company Values – An outdated notion or a way to attract top candidates?

    Company values not only shape the identity of a business, they act as a guiding light for employees. A guide that builds a foundation of thoughts, values and goals for the future of the business.Values that will not only shape the future of the business, but will play a key role in the attraction of employees, clients and customers.

    Through writing this blog I have been looking at the Values of a number of large National and International companies. Whilst some look a little stern and dated, the majority of Values look interesting, thought provoking, modern and fun. And most importantly, realistic,

  • Virtue – 14 years of recruitment

    New Zealanders are entrepreneurs at heart. We have almost 500,000 enterprises in NZ with fewer than 20 employees and Virtue Consulting is one of them. However unlike the 55% of these businesses that will fail to exist past their 10th year, Virtue are 14 year’s old this month and still going strong. I sat down with Virtue Consulting’s Director Chris Heswall, to have a candid chat about the past 14 years.

  • What an afternoon of listening to TEDx talks taught me

    Working remotely is great. You have freedom as to where, when and how you work, however, there are times when silence can stunt the creativity process and you soon get sick of listening to the same music or radio announcers. So, on this rainy Wednesday afternoon, I decided to turn on the Ted channel on Youtube and began listening to endless TEDx talks for the rest of the afternoon. This is what I learned.

  • Whats more important in today’s market? IQ or EQ?

    As recruiters, it is our job to think outside the box. We look at an employer, workplace dynamics and a job description and find the perfect person to put forward for the role. I grew up thinking it was your IQ that would set you a part in the workplace, a high IQ would get you ahead. Whereas in the real world, you need to read people and situations to really succeed.

  • 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.

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