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Issue 66 – New Beginnings

The February edition marks the start of a change of direction for this edition of the newsletter. Whilst the one newsletter, one subject has worked well over the years, times change, and we know there are certain issues relating to the Employment / Human Resources sector that happen all too frequently, which we would like you to know about.

Please let me know what you think and I will endeavour to take your comments and discussions into consideration in time for the March edition. Comments can be sent to lorraine@iea.com.au.

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HR Hints and Tips 1: Tax

No-one likes a tax debt at the end of the financial year. So to ensure you are not one of the ones who has to pay back hard earned monies at the end of the year there is one important element to remember. If you are working for more than one employer it is essential that you claim the maximum from the employer you are doing the most work for. Second and subsequent positions are taxed at a much higher rate (about 50% of earnings). If you are not sure, simply call your HR department (in the case of IEA – that’s Rachel – on 9335 2533) and ask the question. Should you wish to change the tax free threshold you will need to fill in a copy of the “Withholding declaration” form – NAT3093. Copies should be available from your employer or visit – http://www.ato.gov.au

HR Hints and Tips 2: Online Team Building

Sounds like a misnomer doesn’t it! But given the tech savvy world that we live in, it should come as no surprise that an organisation has come up with a way to deal with the odd behavioural issues we sometimes encounter at work.

Keys to Job Success® is a new educational game designed to give players the knowledge and skills they need to succeed on their hard-won new jobs.                                               

The game focuses on four main areas crucial to job success:

? Job Performance
? Following the Rules (including unwritten rules)
? Showing Initiative
? Dealing with People (Bosses, co-workers, and Customers)

In the game, Jennifer is a new employee at Martin’s Department Store. She faces problems and opportunities typical of those faced by new employees. Players earn play money by giving her good advice on how to handle problems and take advantages of opportunities as they arise. With good advice, Jennifer can turn an entry level job into a successful career. Players learn that how Jennifer deals with the problems and opportunities will determine whether she will progress from a low-paying entry job to more responsible and better paying positions, or whether she will be stuck in a low paying job for the foreseeable future, or even wind up back on the unemployment line.
Players: 2-6 players (more with team play) Grades: 8 – adult
Foundation Skills: Thinking Skills, Personal Qualities, Basic Skills
Workplace Competencies: Interpersonal Skills, Systems.

More information including cost available from:
http://www.thebrainery.com 
 
Top Employment Websites *

1.   http://www.seek.com.au
2.   http://www.mycareer.com.au
3.   http://www.careerone.com.au
4.   http://www.jobsearch.gov.au
5.   http://www.jobsguide.com.au
6.   http://www.linkme.com.au
7.   http://www.careers.vic.gov.au
8.   http://www.artshub.com.au
9.   http://www.manpower.com.au
10. http://www.thewestcareers.com.au
11. http://www.workingin-newzealand.com
12. http://www.workingin-australia.com
13. http://www.volunteersearch.gov.au
14. http://www.jobs.ozfreeonline.com
15. http://www.mine4jobs.com

* As advertised in Recruitment Extra, February 2008. Figures courtesy of Nielsen/Net Ratings.

It is interesting to note that 2 West Australian Employment Websites make the top 15. Both published by the West Australian Newspapers

– thewestcareers.com.au and
– mine4jobs.com

These do not get the same number of visitors as the giants in the industry. Nevertheless, they are worthwhile keeping an eye on if you are looking for job opportunities in WA.

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A Thought to Ponder

“The 21st Century is where everything changes, and you’ve got to be ready”
Captain Jack Harkness, “Torchwood”
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