Manukau Courier : March 3rd 2011
11 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 3, 2011 *Security Required Normal Lending Criteria Apply To nd out the options available to you call us today. SAVE TIME! GET YOUR MONEY FASTER! Contact our experienced and friendly team! See us for: l PERSONAL LOANS l MORTGAGES 0800889888/2638518 VISIT US AT 22 Cavendish Drive, Manukau City OR ONLINE AT www.SPLNZ.co.nz NEED MONEY NOW? SEE SOUTH PACIFIC LOANS FIRST south pacific loans Financing your needs today Advertising Feature enterprise & Business Poor CV equals poor job prospects A CV is a powerful mar- keting tool for job seekers, but you will struggle to get a job if you don't get it right, says Career Services general manager operations Janet Brown. Ms Brown's timely advice follows a story that appeared in the Waikato Times in which Waikato employers criticised the quality of CVs they receive from job applicants, saying that in many cases they did not stack up. Ms Brown says it is likely the problem is not restricted to the Waikato region. ShesaysaCVisoneof the most important tools a person can have in their employment toolkit'' and it is a con- cern to hear that a num- ber of job seekers are sending employers applications that don't represent them well. Among the complaints from employers in the Waikato were spelling mistakes throughout CVs, simple errors such as applicants getting the name of the company wrong and people not targeting CVs to the job advertised. The point of the CV is to get you an interview -- it's basically a one or two page sales pitch. It needs to tell an employer what skills and attitudes you have that are relevant to the job you're applying for, as well as a bit about you. A good CV will answer this essential question: How will I benefit from employing you?'' Ms Brown says the feedback from employers shows there are a num- ber of people either starting out on their career journey or trying to get back into the workforce who don't know how to write an effective CV. She says help is at hand for people strug- gling with their CVs as Career Services, a gov- ernment agency, provides advice and tips on career development to all New Zealanders -- all of which is free. Career Services has lots of advice on writing CVs, such as what to include, how to tailor it for different jobs and cir- cumstances, as well as some useful information on CV presentation. We also have other CV infor- mation, including tips on writing CV cover letters, some common CV styles and how to put transfer- able skills into your CV.'' The website also includes an online tool called CV4Me that lets you create your very own step-by-step CV. Ms Brown says the tool can be used to write and save a CV, get some tips and hints as you go and will even let you choose from two different layouts, one basic, the other more traditional. It really is a great tool, and particularly useful for those people who are just starting out in their career.'' Other features of the online tool include the option of two types of CV -- one for young people and school leavers with no work experience and another for people with work history -- spell check to ensure an error- free CV, the ability to compile a CV in Te Reo Maori and the option of receiving step-by-step instructions. This is still a competi- tive labour market and employers are often sifting through a pile of CVs, so you really have to grab their attention. You just can't do that without a decent CV.'' To access Career Services' online CV4Me tool, visit the web site at www.careers.govt.nz/ cv---4---me. Visit Career Services' website www.careers .govt.nz to access the CV information, webchat with a careers expert or phone their advice line on 0800 222 733 to talk through your options. Coffins go green... and blue You often have to make sacrifices to be environ- mentally friendly, like driving a hybrid car to reduce emissions or taking shorter showers. But LifeArt's range of environmentally friendly cardboard coffins mean that when it comes to your funeral -- or the funeral of someone you love -- you don't need to compromise. Now available in New Zealand through selected funeral directors, Life- Art's unique patented coffins are manufactured using up to 97 percent recycled fibres from card- board boxes and sugar cane waste. They have set new standards in the use of recycled materials, low- ering emissions and reducing the impact on our environment. All this, plus LifeArt's coffins are beautifully designed and finished. You can choose a natural timber-look, or select from a wide range of existing designs featuring nature and flowers, artistic and spiritual imagery or your favourite sports team's logo,'' Greg Bisset, gen- eral manager of LifeArt says. Coffins can be custo- mised with names, photos or a favourite say- ing to personalise the design, or you can decor- ate it yourself with decoupage, crayons or paints for a truly unique result.'' In many ways, these coffins reflect the increasing personalisa- tion of funeral services in New Zealand,'' Greg Bisset says. This can involve playing the deceased's favourite song at their funeral instead of a more traditional hymn, placing personal items on the coffin, or in this case arranging a service that mirrors the environ- mental ethics they embraced during their life.'' LifeArt's cardboard coffins offer an environ- mentally acceptable alternative, while still meeting the standards and regulatory require- ments of the New Zea- land funeral industry. Their patented design guarantees that neither durability nor appear- ance has been sacrificed, and all coffins possess a natural, smooth look. Individuals and famil- ies will soon be able to view the coffins at funeral directors across New Zealand.
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