Queenstown’s new one-stop job shop

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Two independent South Island publishers have joined forces to promote Queenstown employment opportunities to the New Zealand-wide workforce.

Mountain Scene has combined with Christchurch’s Academy Publishing – owner of myjobspace.co.nz – to create Queenstown’s first linked online and print portal for Wakatipu job vacancies.

Katrina Priest, the newspaper’s business development manager, says: “It’s a big free bonus for Mountain Scene advertisers hunting for the best staff in the country.”

Businesses placing job advertisements, small or large, in Mountain Scene have their message taken into cyberspace for free on myjobspace.co.nz – rated by AC Nielsen as New Zealand’s fifth-largest online employment website.

Myjobspace.co.nz has six million page hits each year – 115,000 per week – and 650,000 unique browsers per year, or 12,500 a week.

In reverse, Queenstown jobs listed on myjobspace.co.nz will also be posted for free on Mountain Scene’s own website, scene.co.nz.

“We’re now Queenstown’s one-stop job shop – plugging our Queenstown-based jobs into a massive nationwide network at no extra cost to advertisers,” Priest says.

“In these tighter times, we believe advertisers are looking for added value in every area of their promotion budget and this is one way Mountain Scene is going the extra mile for our extensive client base,” Priest says.

It’s a classic case of smaller independent publishers joining forces to stay abreast of the giant foreign-owned media chains, she adds.

“This strategic alliance is the first of its kind connecting an established, locally-owned publisher like Mountain Scene to a large online network with a national presence,” she says.

Academy Publishing managing director Gary Collins says: “Myjobspace.co.nz has a strong focus in tourism and hospitality industry recruitment which makes Queenstown and Mountain Scene a great partner.

“The partnership gives myjobspace.co.nz a niche market and a ‘local flavour’ while still servicing the national employment sector.”