Keeping it casual: Recruiting and retaining a casual workforce
Managing casual staff is a real challenge for new business owners. Having a pool of casual employees is great for the bottom line, but when you need people now, it’s galling to find that they’ve gone elsewhere. Guzman Y Gomez franchisee Tom Graham identifies his casual recruitment strategies.
Sometimes, the lines between the two are blurred. Or, debt can be all of these things at different stages in your life. Whilst a comfortably off Kiwi on a good salary may look down on, “Friday night takeaway loans”, someone who just needs to get through to pay day and pay for the kids’ school trip could see a short-term loan as a lifesaver. Think of debt as a tool that can be used or misused.
How to get the best out of your broadband provider. Photo / 123RF
Are you getting the best broadband or fibre deal? If you haven't double-checked in the past 12 months your existing provider or others will almost certainly have a better deal for you. Options could include a lower base price, some juicy extras, or more/unlimited data. There's a lot of competition in broadband land, but before you jump ship, make sure you're not going to be hit with an early termination fee.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".