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First Impressions Matter

Here you will find a number of resources that we have handpicked and compiled specifically for candidates looking to improve how they present themselves to the market.

Top Tips on Sustaining Your Career

  • Network
  • Get a coach or mentor
  • Find a project that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone
  • Join Linkedin and consciously keep this updated
  • Give back to others
  • Ask someone whose opinion you value for specific feedback
  • Take risks
  • Do not stand in your own way
  • Seek organisations that share similar values to you
  • Research a prospective organisation thoroughly, including its people and culture
  • Do one thing each month for your professional development

Recommended Reads

How To Become An Authentic Speaker
"Even sincere speeches often come across as contrived. A four-step process will help you create a true emotional connection with your audience."

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror
"There comes a point in your career when the best way to figure out how you’re doing is to step back and ask yourself a few questions. Having all the answers is less important than knowing what to ask."

The Existential Necessity of Midlife Change
"Roll up your sleeves—midlife is your best and last chance to become the real you."

How Leaders Create and Use Networks
"Successful leaders have a nose for opportunity and a knack for knowing whom to tap to get things done. These qualities depend on a set of strategic networking skills that non-leaders rarely possess."

What Headhunters Don't Tell You

Are You New Here?

If you are a Senior Executive who is considering a move to New Zealand or have recently moved to New Zealand, we are more than happy to offer you advice on how to best approach this unique market. Our advice draws on the ‘inside word’  and over 40 years of cumulative experience in the executive search industry.  

New Zealand is a village

New Zealand is a comparatively small market compared to the majority of the world, which means that the market here is highly network driven. While a CV is still an important part of the job application process, we advise that it is much more important to pick up the phone and talk with your potential future employer, than it is to present them with a perfectly polished CV.  This also gives you an indication of the informality of the New Zealand job market.  

Be prepared to take a step back to go forward

Be prepared to take a step backwards, and take a smaller role than you are used to, in order to prove yourself and gain the industry’s trust.  A smaller role will also allow you some space to learn about the New Zealand work environment, the sector community, and the Kiwi culture.  If you are bringing a partner, spouse, or family with you, a lower level position will also allow you more free time to help settle them in their new home, jobs and schools.

Want more advice like the above? Contact us here or on +64 9 969 9900 to get in touch with a team member and find out what we can offer you in terms of Executive Transition and Executive Coaching. 

Top Tips on Constructing an Outstanding CV

  1. As  counterintuitive  as  this  may  sound –  forget  your  CV  and  focus  on  your network, especially while job hunting in New Zealand.  
  2. Do  not  put  the  words ‘CV’   in  the  document.  Also  do  not  put  any  dates  or version numbers onto the document.
  3. Three pages is a good length. Leave plenty of white space and use a legible font.
  4. Begin your CV with a three sentence profile summary.  
  5. Include  a  handful  of  outstanding  achievements  that  will  grab  the  reader’s attention.
  6. Do  not  labour  your  qualifications.  Include  this  at  the  end  and list  only  major achievements.
  7. Always  ask ‘so  what?’. Make  sure  everything  in  your  document  is  crafted  to highlight a particular attribute.
  8. Take time to adjust your CV and craft your cover  letter for each role that you apply for.

See here for a sample CV template. If you want specific assistance on helping to craft your CV, please contact us here to learn more about our Executive Transition and Executive Coaching services. 

Food for Thought

Gross Domestic Happiness
Source: [email protected]
Summary: Happiness measured in many ways. Life satisfaction versus day-to-day satisfaction are sub-factions of happiness. Measures such as infant mortality rate more correlated to happiness than money.

Canada’s Most Interesting CEO
Source: Youtube
Summary: CEO featured is Robert Dutton, CEO of Rona since 1992. After going on sabbatical Robert reinvents his perspective of business.

Ray Avery – World Class New Zealand – Mondiale
Source: Youtube
Summary: “Making healthcare accessible makes life worthwhile for me”. Ray Avery is motivated by benefiting others and speaks here on bridging the gap of inequality.