Newsletter April 2021

Newsletter April 2021

Newsletter Issue April 2021 Fraser People

Isn’t it great to have another long weekend in sight?  With ANZAC day this Sunday, it’s a time to reflect and give thanks to those who fought for our freedom.

It’s so good for those who attend the Dawn Parades to be able to come together this year.  Memories of lockdown life – when we gathered at the front gate at dawn to remember them.

The Job Market

The world of work and the skills required are constantly changing – this year more than most, with many organisations returning to growth and looking to protect their future. Seek reported ads were up by 55% in March 2021 when compared to the same month last year.

Industries with the highest job ad growth month-on-month by volume were information and communication technology, up 13%, retail and consumer products, up 29% and trades and services, up 13%.

With the increase in job listings some companies are now struggling to find candidates, however it is likely other factors are contributing with the reduced labour supply and others taking a more cautious approach following a turbulent year.

In the fight for talent, the offer of flexibility has emerged as one of the top deciding factors for jobseekers that we are seeing – up there with workplace culture and a competitive salary.

Those companies that have embraced a “hybrid “ approach to flexible working with a mix of work from home and office time will attract the sought after candidates, who are now more discerning around this.

A jobs-rich candidate-short market also  highlights the need for a tighter, more efficient recruitment process. Candidates will be lost if the ‘process’ holds up an offer.

Have a great long weekend ahead!
Carol Fraser

Do you have any Senior Automotive Technicians in your life looking for a lifestyle change?

Macaulay Motors (Ford and Mazda) in Invercargill are looking for senior Technicians.

Check out some of the great reasons to move South – and still get paid an Auckland equivalent salary!

With huge growth in the town they are short on great trades people. Watch this video from One News earlier in the week, highlighting the town’s future growth plans.


If you want to know more,  call Carol on 021-421529 for a confidential chat.
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Are you Playing it Safe?

Are you Playing it Safe?

Check out this survey that examined the notion of career regret and identified the 10 biggest regrets people can carry around with them for most of their life!

Most also said they wished they had taken more risks or followed their passion.

Top 10 career risks people wish they had taken

  • Pursuing a passion (28%)
  • Negotiating a higher starting salary (26%)
  • Negotiating for a raise (24%)
  • Going back to school (21%)
  • Starting a business (20%)
  • Changing fields or industries (16%)
  • Speaking up about a problem at work (12%)
  • Choosing a challenging profession or field (12%)
  • Quitting a job they disliked (12%)
  • Moving for work (12%)

A Career can be a winding road and no two journeys look the same. It’s never too late however to make the Career changes you may be dreaming of. What stands out for you?

Who loves a Good Emoji?

Who loves a good emoji?

Signing off an email with an emoji is likely to score you a thumbs up or smiley face from your colleagues, according to new research – but it’s best to avoid the winking face. 😚

Nearly a third (29 per cent) of the more than 2000 New Zealanders surveyed for the 2degrees “Good Chat” Emoji Study said their perception of people changed when they used emojis at work. 🤓

Of those, 59 per cent said they saw people as being warmer and friendlier when they used emojis in workplace communications.😍

Half of those surveyed admitted to accidentally using an emoji in the wrong context before, with the faux pas landing 17 per cent of them in trouble. 🤭

Emoji’s can be used to communicate tone which can be harder to do in writing. The key, as with all good conversation, is to know what is appropriate when it comes to the emojis you choose and who you send them to.

Do you use emoji’s in work emails? What’s one of your favourites to use?

Anzac Day

They shall grow not old,

 as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
 We will remember them.

Gabriel Berga and Paul McCabe

Congratulations to Gabriel Berga (left) in his new role as Service Operations Specialist with Ford NZ. 👏👏

It was great to get out to see him and Paul McCabe (pictured) to celebrate his first week. We hope he enjoyed the gift of giving from The Good Registry to donate to a charity of his choice. 😍

We are delighted for Gabriel – working through the process during lockdowns too! Exciting times ahead.  The cupcakes were popular as ever too! 😎

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Newsletter Issue April 2021 Fraser People

Yeah Buoy!

Team NZ





What a fantastic day at the office for Team New Zealand yesterday!  We have been enthralled with the sailing –  and to have the regatta between lockdowns here in NZ, captured the hearts of not just the avid yachties among us. (Red socks included😊)

Red Sox Fraser People









From Mothers Day 1995 to St Patricks Day 2021 – New Zealand is now the first nation to successfully challenge and defend the America’s cup twice!

While the boat “Te Rehutai” is certainly a champion,  it’s the fantastic team work and the strength of the team that came through. 

Job Market

As we head further into 2021, feedback is the job market, on the whole, is growing steadily, but the more dramatic bounce back will be from industries that were hit the hardest.

However, candidate priorities may be changing, check out our poll below –  it could be a good time to review your recruitment strategy to attract the best talent in this environment.

 Have a great weekend!
Carol Fraser


Virtual handshake





Working from home is fast becoming the new norm and with the disruption lockdowns bring, that can mean our next job interview will be a virtual one. So how do we put our best selves forward online?

Click here to read our ten top tips on mastering your virtual interview.  

We at Fraser People like to use Zoom, but these tips will apply to any video conferencing tool.

Fraser People Poll

Many of us had to adapt very quickly to working from home (WFH) last year. We have been talking with clients and candidates lately about how much flexibility they have to work from home. 🏡

For businesses who continued the WFH whenever their people wanted – an interesting trend has developed – more people are now coming back into the office more often. Are they missing the camaraderie of their team?

This got us thinking…. Will remote working/WFH be a requirement businesses will need to offer to attract talent in future or not? 🤔

Check out the results of a poll we ran on Linked In. Flexibility is definitely a talking point.

Dates to Remember

1st March
Click here to find out more

1st April
The Minimum wage increase is set to rise from $18.90 to $20.00 per hour.

4th April
Clocks go back one hour at 3.00 am Sunday morning.

The ups and downs of levels can make it tough staying motivated at work. Some great reminders here to help boost your focus in challenging times.

5 Ways to Stay focused

Ford LogoAn Exciting New Role:

Sales Operations Specialist

12 Month Parental Leave Contract



We are excited to be working again with Ford NZ. 🤗
The Sales Operations Specialist is a pivotal role, supporting sales planning to accurately capture vehicle productions, arrivals, and sales for each model line.

This 12 month fixed term to cover parental leave needs someone with advanced Excel skills, an aptitude for systems and processes, and an agile and curious approach.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Ford NZ team, working with people who love what they do. The future belongs to those who build it!

To apply or for more details check out the link. 

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