Welcome to the WorkOtagoNZ Help page
Table Of Contents
  The Home Page
  The Search Page
    The Advanced Search page
    Search for text
    Creating Searches
    Browsing the search results
  Viewing Job Details
    Viewing as Text
    Viewing as Images
  Using the Shortlist

  The Home Page

The home page is the entry point to WorkOtagoNZ. It describes our mission statement, and contains general information about the site. It is recommended to read this page before using the WorkOtagoNZ website.


  The Search Page

   The Advanced Search Page

The Advanced search page is where you can get really specific about the jobs you want to look at. There are a number of criteria you can search the Job Database by, the options are listed below.

The Occupation category is used to search possible results by the occupations they match most closely. You can see displayed a list of all the different categories the Otago Job Site has for job occupations, and you can pick and mix to achieve the search that fits you most. Up to 3 occupations can be chosen, and the search will the return all jobs that match any of these occupations and the other search terms.
For example, if a search is done with the occupation fields of Banking & Finance, and education selected the search will return all jobs that match either Banking & Finance OR Education.
If you do not want to limit the results by what occupation they may be under, choose all as your occupation category.
To Select multiple options on the Occupation list, press the ctrl key while selecting different categories, alternatively click and drag inside the listbox to select mulitple consecutive items.

The Location option is where you can select your desired employment location. You can see displayed a list of all the different categories the Otago Job Site has for locations around Otago and NZ, and you can pick and mix to achieve the search that fits you most. Up to 3 locations can be chosen, and the search will the return all jobs that match any of these locations and the other search terms.
For example, if a search is done with the Location fields of Dunedin, and Central Otago selected the search will return all jobs that match either Dunedin OR Central Otago.
If you do not want to limit the results by what location they may be under, choose all as your location category.
To Select multiple options on the Locations list, press the ctrl key while selecting different categories, alternatively click and drag inside the listbox to select mulitple consecutive items.
While every effort is made to ensure that the Job Entries are filed correctly, for the broader regions the difficulty with defining where a location begins and ends may cause some discrepancy in our files. Please do not email us with corrections to our location categories.

The Work type option describes the nature of the jobs being offered. Work Type has only 3 options

  1. Casual: This option is for work that is undertaken on a Casual basis
  2. Part Time: Any job that is for less than 30 hours a week falls into this category
  3. Full Time: Any job that is for 30 hours a week or more falls into this category

Again, you can pick and mix to achieve the search that fits you best. Any mix of work types can be chosen, and the search will the return all jobs that match any of these work types and the other search terms.
For example, if a search is done with the Location fields of Casual and Part Time selected the search will return all jobs that match either Casual OR Part Time.
If you do not want to limit the results by what Work Type they may be, choose all as your Work Type category.
To Select multiple options on the Work Type list, press the ctrl key while selecting different categories, alternatively click and drag to select mulitple consecutive items.
The default option for a job is Full Time, if a job does not specify a paticular work type this is the category it will fall under.

Specify any terms you wish your searches to contain. More Information is in the Search for Text section.

Using this option you can control how far back the website should search for jobs. Setting these options to 1 day will mean only jobs posted in the last 24 hours will be returned. Setting this option to 7 months will return every job that was posted in the last 7 months that is still open.

The search results will be returned ordered as selected. The results will be returned ascending :- for example ordering by Date Posted will return the results with the vacancies that were posted the most recently first in the results list.

At the top of the search results list are links to change the order without searching the database.


   Searching for Text

The Contains option of the Advanced Search is where you can specify what text the ads must contain. Different option can be used to control how the text is search for. As an example, say the terms 'lab' and 'tech' are being searched for. These can return a variety of different results by using special characters to control how the words are matched. The list of possible characters follows, where the search term entered is shown in italics

Immediately under the contains option you can select where the text must be contained. The search will run over either the title of the ad or the title and text.


   Creating a Search

When creating a search its hard to find the balance between narrowing your search to limit the amount of unrelated vacancies while ensuring that potential jobs do not get excluded. By ensuring proper use of the available searches, you can make the best use of the Otago Online Job Site without wasting time on irrelevant information.

Select Multiple occupations: Occupations are the easiest, and broadest, way to filter the jobs available. Dont forget that a job can have multiple occupations, for example a manager at a clinic would come under both management and healthcare.
Search an appropriate time frame: Jobs are posted daily on this site, but that doesnt mean you only want to view the latest listings. A job that was listed a month ago may be the perfect job. Again if you are checking the site every day, you dont want to be reading the same info over. The defaults for this option is 7 days, but you will probably want to change this to suit your queries.
Check adjacent locations: The jobs are categorized into locations, but often these options will not match what you are looking for. Select the widest area you are looking in, or try specifying you location in the Contains field if it is not listed in the locations box.
Dont ignore results that are not on the first page: The results are ordered so the newest results are listed first, but the later pages jobs are no less valid because they have been on the website longer.


   Browsing Search Results

After selecting your search options and hitting search, you will be presented a page listing all the possible matches to your conditions. The vacancies are displayed in a shortened version and display the jobs heading, date posted, date closing, location and the first couple of lines from the jobs text. This should give you enough information to see if you want to take a closer look at a job. By clicking on the jobs title you can read the full version. At the top of the page is a small search box, if you want to do another quick search simply enter in your options and hit search. If you wish to reorder your results quickly, you can by clicking on the part of the title you wish to reorder by. If you want to view your results with the earliest date closing being listed first, clicking on the words 'date closing' will reorder your results for you.


  Viewing Job Details

Job advertisements in the Online Job Site are stored in two different formats. A text only version is created and stored along with an image version. As the jobs in this site are sourced directly from the Otago Daily Times, the image format are exactly how the advertisements are displayed in the paper. When viewing ads it is always recommended to view the image version before applying. The image is the original version, and in every case is the final authority on a jobs details.

At the top and bottom of the Job Details page is a quick links bar to help you navigate your search results. To view more jobs from your search, click on the left and right buttons to move through the searches results. Also in this bar are two buttons to add the job currently being viewed to your shortlist or your MyCollection list. You may only access the MyCollection ability if you have an account and are currently logged in.

Midway down the right hand side of the ad a list of different ways to view ad by is displayed. The table is populated by links that either point to image versions of the ad as it appeared in the paper, or they link to a text only version of a vacancy. A link to an image will be denoted by an icon (->), a text version by a (=>). These can be used to view sections of the image up close or link back to text versions of the positions being advertised for.

Ads that contain links to websites or email addresses will display these links in a list of related links below the list of different views. These links can be links to the advertisers website, or links to the advertisers email address.


   Viewing as Text

The text version of the ad is a single vacancy, written out into a text format. A text copy of an ad is much faster to download than the image version, and contains much the same information. However any graphical information such as picture or company logo's will be omitted from the text version.

For a text only version the View Ad By table has only 2 options, linking to a printer friendly version of the current vacancy, and a link to the image version.


   Viewing as Images

Viewing an ad as an image displays the ad as it was originally laid out in print. All details from the ad are included in this view, and so an image version should be considered the final authority on the details of any job advertisement. The image version of every ad should be viewed before an application is submitted to a advertiser.

Often an advertiser may include multiple vacancies in a single listing. Even if these vacancies are listed seperately as text versions, the image version will remain in the orginal format, showing all vacancies in a single image.

The View Image By list contains links to all views of the current ad. If the original ad contained multiple vacancies, the list will contain links to the text versions of these vacancies. The list will also contain links to any subimages the original may have, enlarged portions of the original that are listed after the text links to the vacancies they are a part of.


  Using the Shortlist

The shortlist is provided as a way of organizing your search results into a small manageable list. It can be thought of as a way to tag search results, marking them to be viewed later. When viewing long lists of search results with only one or two relevant results per page, these relevant results can be shortlisted. These ads are added to a shortlist, viewing the shortlist page will display all the results that are currently on the shortlist. This is a useful tool for filtering searches down then viewing all the relevant results at once. When viewing search results, a small checkbox in the top left corner of each result enables to you to add or remove this vacancy from your shortlist.
The shortlist is not a permament record and should not be treated as such. NOTE: Both Javascript and Cookies must be enabled for the shortlist to work.