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Write your cover letter so it stands out from the rest!

Write your cover letter so it stands out from the rest!

It’s common to spend a lot of time perfecting your CV, but your cover letter can easily be overlooked.  If you currently use a standard template for every role, today is the day to stop!

As recruiters, myself and the PN Personnel team read a lot of cover letters. If you are serious about the vacancy you are applying for, you need to spend the time to tailor your cover letter.

The three S's of temping

The three S's of temping

We’ve got our own key words starting with S in the PN Personnel office.  They relate specifically to temporary staff: Simple – Speed – Skills.

Simple – one call to us is all it takes.  We manage the entire recruitment process and employment contract.

Speed – PN Personnel has a pool of talented temporaries available now for work.

Skills – Our temporaries cover a wide range of industries.

Recruitment has a bright future

Recruitment has a bright future

You were probably not expecting in our current lockdown situation for a heading such as this – yet this is the long-term prediction from leading economist Shamubeel Eaqub from his Trade Me webinar this afternoon.

Learning from The Adventurous Kiwi – Hollie Woodhouse

Hollie Woodhouse crossing the Greenland Icecap.  Photo: Keith Parsons

It’s always amazing what you can do if you set your mind to it.  The speaker at the recent 3Keys event I attended impressed me with her story.  Hollie Woodhouse is a full-time endurance athlete, adventurer and graphic designer.  Every year she sets herself a goal, a challenge to complete.  In doing this, she has been on some impressive adventures. 

Should you change your job in 2020?

For those of us who have some leave over the Christmas/New Year period, we also have the opportunity for reflection and consideration to our year ahead.

Should you change your job in 2020?
It’s a time when we talk about New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2020.  We consider our work/life balance and our career aspirations. As part of our thinking process the prospect of a new job is often contemplated.

Your CV – one size does not fit all.

Your CV – one size does not fit all.

CV length and structure can and do make a difference - so should it be a generic CV with all history included? Or should your CV be laser targeted and with as much punch as triple shot espresso?

The answer may surprise you!

The new way of working…from home

The new way of working…from home

If someone said I would have spent the last month working from home last year, I would have laughed at them.  In recruitment, our business is people, meeting with employers and employees daily. Going from a physical face to face meeting to a video meeting is a big change.  Luckily, we have the tools to work effectively; laptop, second screen, access to all the files and programmes we need to deliver the same quality standard of our recruitment services.

Job hunting 2020: how you can prepare for virtual/online interviews

Job hunting 2020: how you can prepare for virtual/online interviews

Finding a job in 2020 is different.  By using a combination of traditional and new communication methods, you can discuss job opportunities, interview for roles and view a potential new workplace without leaving your home. Whilst ideally face to face contact is preferred, meetings and interviews via technology will become part of your new normal.

Here’s how we think it will look, what is means for you and how we see it working within recruitment.

COVID-19: Relevant information and links for your business

COVID-19:  Relevant information and links for your business

The New Zealand Government, along with many partners have dedicated web pages to share and update on COVID-19.

There is a lot of information circulating and frequently updated as new developments occur.  It is important to be aware, and current on these unfolding events to be able to establish and amend as necessary your own planning and procedures for your business and your employees.

Fit exercise into your working week

Robyn and Nicola at the finish line of a Manawatu Striders event

Most of us are aware we are time poor.  We are consumed by constant demands on our time, from all areas in our lives.  Scheduling time for exercise has been proven to have many benefits not only for physical but also mental health.

Matt's Q4 Market update

2019 was highly positive for the recruitment team at PN Personnel. The last quarter of the year was no exception as our Client Manager Matt Smout explains in his video update. 

Partner with PN Personnel

To successfully attract, engage and hire the best people, you need an effective employment brand or a skilled employment brand ambassador (also known as your recruitment partner)

Partner with PN Personnel

Think of it like this; if you want a good haircut – you visit a hairdresser or barber.
Yes you can do it yourself, but will it be as good?

PN Personnel are professionals in the recruitment industry and have been for the last 30 years in the Manawatu.  Combined we have over 100+ years of recruitment experience – that’s a lot of knowledge and learnings from the thousands of recruitments we have managed over those years.


(06) 356 6091 Fax: (06) 356 6071

53 Princess Street, Palmerston North 4410
PO Box 594, Palmerston North 4440


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