Career Development Association of New Zealand



Vocational Consultant - Palmerston North or Wanganui, Alpha Consultants

The vacancy information follows and is here.

Alpha Consultants is a leading provider of vocational rehabilitation services throughout the North Island, and is part of the JLT Group which offers you the enjoyment of working within a small close knit team while also having the benefits and security of a large Corporate.

As a consultant with Alpha, you'll be working alongside our team of vocational consultants, and our partners to support clients one on one. You'll be responsible for developing and delivering individual rehabilitation programmes to assist our clients to return to sustainable paid employment following an injury or illness.

We are looking for someone who can:
 build rapport with clients and local employers
 work with highly confidential and sensitive information
 balance competing priorities
 communicate confidently, and manage multiple stakeholder relationships
 think outside of the box, and be solutions-focused
 write concisely
 demonstrate good attention to detail skills

Qualification requirements:
 A relevant qualification (i.e. Career Development, Psychology, Occupational Therapy)
 Full membership of a relevant professional body (i.e. CDANZ, ASORC, NZOT)
Experience requirements
 Demonstrated capacity to support people achieve employment outcomes
 Experience in providing vocational services to ACC, insurance providers, MSD, or other related organisations
 Experience and confidence in the use of MS Office applications.

As well as an attractive salary package, Alpha also provides health and life insurance benefits. If you are interested in an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, then this may be the role for you.

Want to know more? Ring Shane on 021 566481 to discuss the exciting opportunity

Please address your cover letter and CV to:
Shane Heasley
Team Manager, Vocational Services
Alpha Consultants Limited

CDANZ Auckland event "Applying for a Job" 21 November

“Applying for a Job”
What do candidates need to know about the recruitment process?


Our three specialist recruiters give us their insights into what works and what doesn't for applicants. 

Representing a broad range of Industries, our panel will discuss the do’s and don’ts at interviews, CV’s and cover letters, and how innovation and technology is transforming the application and interview process.

Tuesday 21 November
7.30am - 9am
Includes a light breakfast and refreshments

St Columba Centre
40 Vermont Street

Register at

Total PD hours: 1.5 hours

Katy Lloyd – Talent and Culture Manager - (AccorHotel Group) Auckland

Katy is a practiced and experienced Human Resources professional, as Talent and Culture Manager for the Grand Mercure Hotel, Sebel, and Ibis Hotels she is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Katy is responsible for consultation on strategic staffing, training and development, talent and employment relations. AccorHotels is an International brand with over 3,500 Hotels and Resorts worldwide, and 32 Hotels and Resorts across New Zealand making AccorHotels are a large employer.

Katy recognises and understands the importance of robust recruitment processes and the importance of recruiting great people. The Hospitality Industry is highly competitive, and a key element of her current role is identifying and retaining talent. With experience working in the Airline, Tourism, Hospitality, Education and Retail Industries Katy brings a wealth of knowledge and insight in best practice and recruitment processes. Katy will share her experience and knowledge regarding the critical aspects of a CV, what really matters at an interview and the importance of on- boarding.

Hollie Sheldon – Recruitment and Talent Advisor at Foodstuffs

Hollie is a skilled and experienced Recruitment and Talent Advisor, and she works in a Senior role supporting all new store recruitment. Hollie is also responsible for managing Four Square Owner Operator Selection. Foodstuffs comprises New World, Pak’nSAVE, Four Square, Fresh Collective, Liquorland and Gilmour’s, and with over 30,000 staff members nationwide, Foodstuffs is one of New Zealand’s largest employers. Hollie has significant experience working in Volume Recruitment and utilising the latest technology in recruitment in her day to day work. 

Hollie has a wide range of Recruitment experience in the Government sector, including New Zealand Police, New Zealand Customs, Ministry for Primary Industries and New Zealand Post. She also has experience utilising Assessment Centre methodology, and competency matrix frameworks to measure core and stretch behaviours. Hollie will share with the audience some of the trends emerging in large scale recruitment and she will share her insights into CV’s, the future of job applications, interviews and the key to success in applying for jobs.

Jacqui Shore - 

People and Performance Advisor at Delegats Wines

Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Strategic Management and began her career in Human Resources. Moving into talent Acquisition, Jacqui has worked in Hospitality, Financial Services and more recently the Wine and Consumer Goods industries.

As People and Performance Advisor at Delegates Wines, the largest family owned vineyard in New Zealand, Jacqui supports the international Sales markets.

This role requires a broad knowledge of skills including utilising current recruitment and sourcing methods and processes, as Jacqui works across New Zealand, Canada & the USA Jacqui recognises that technology is critical in attracting a broad range of talent, and at our CDANZ Recruitment Event Jacqui will outline how combining technology and innovative thinking is critical in reaching a wide range of potential talent, she will also cover some tips and tricks for standing out when applying for a job. 

CDANZ Otago Southland: Dec Event, 4th Dec

What: A Career Story with guest speaker, Gill Brown, from the Department of Corrections. A highly engaging and energetic speaker, Gill will be talking about her career story (where from to here) and her work in the vocab educational and adult learning space within the Dept of Corrections.

When: Monday 4th December from 5pm for 5.30pm start. 

Where: Career Development Centre, University of Otago location details here 

Cost: Gold Coin donation 

RSVP please to (for catering purposes) 

Please let me know asap if you want to join in from a distance. We have had mixed success with this so far and would like to use the zoom platform for this meeting if we can. If you would like to join remotely, it may take a bit of organizing so please give give me plenty of warning so we can set it up. Also please indicate whether you can use zoom, skype or both. We will go with whatever suits the most people. 

This is our last event for the year, and it would be great to share a pre-Christmas drink and catch-up with as many of you as possible.

Diversity Survey October 2017

CDANZ has an MOU with Diversity Works and participated in this survey. The final report is here. The New Zealand Diversity Survey revealed that 20 per cent of businesses have less than 25 per cent female representation at governance and leadership/decision-making levels. Read more about how that’s impacting their ability to retain their talented female staff. 

Press coverage on TVNZ’s Breakfast show

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