Fri 18 Aug 2017

Tips from the Top

New Plymouth Devon Hotel director Peter Tennent gave WITT students some sound advice today on how to put their best foot forward in the job market.

"You only make one first impression,'' he said. "And no doesn't mean no.''

The former New Plymouth mayor was the second speaker recruited by Learning to Employment manager Salevi Tiatia as part of a new Wednesday lunch lecture series which sees employers talking directly to students.

Peter Tennent told the story of his son-in-law who wouldn't take no for an answer after being turned down for a job. He emailed the potential employer every day for six months and was eventually offered a job.

"No doesn't mean no."  He told students to have a good look at their CV, and have it checked.  And to students who had 1000 Facebook friends he had a warning.  Employers checked potential staff member's Facebook pages, and saw what their friends wrote.  He said in his case more shortlisted candidates than not would be discounted because of inappropriate postings and "I can assure you, if you have a picture of you giving the finger to the Prime Minister, you won't get a job.''

He also told the students this was an exciting time to be looking for work - and they had an advantage because WITT was so highly regarded.