On this page you'll find lots of practical advice about what most employers are looking for in an employee and help with figuring out what you might be good at.

If you have a few minutes, check out the Careers NZ website and the Plotr UK website.

Once you're done, see find a job for help looking for job opportunities that will suit you.

What employers look for

  • Attitude - someone who is punctual, honest, reliable, and able to show initiative.
  • Availability - make sure you can make shifts, rosters and hours needed.
  • Qualifications and/or previous work experience - provide a CV that's current and offers at least two references.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • A current mobile or landline and email address - be available to respond to calls and emails, and have a professional voicemail message (no slang or crude words).
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • A drivers licence and/or reliable transport.
  • Knowledge about the company and the role.
  • For some positions, a clean criminal history and credit check.
  • Ability to present yourself at an interview and show confidence, as well as address any personal circumstances that may affect your ability to work.
  • View this video for more tips on Job interviews and answering questions

Tips for call centre jobs

  • Previous customer service experience is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Available to work a 24-7 standing roster.
  • Ability to use a computer, and typing skills.

Tips for retail positions

  • Availability on the weekends.
  • Ability to learn quickly and follow instructions.
  • Good attitude.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Tips for hospitality roles

  • Availability during evenings and weekends is a MUST.
  • Excellent presentation and grooming.
  • Previous customer service experience preferred.
  • Must be able to work on your feet for long periods of time.

Tips for warehousing positions

  • Can be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Need to be physically fit in order to do heavy lifting.
  • Must be available to work shifts over a 24-7 roster.
  • Able to do repetitive work.

Trade information

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