Want to Contribute?

We’d love to hear from you! We’re on the look-out for NZ career industry experts, thought leaders, who have something to say.

Please note that you’ll need to send a full article/video for consideration, not just a title or list of topics.

Want to learn more? Please read the info below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a strong submission?

  • They’re personal and honest. They don’t dodge around the details or make vague and generalised references. They include your own experience and real-life stories – and they dive right in and bare it all.
  • They are real and thought-provoking. The advice isn’t simplified or cliché and avoids stereotypes. It’s not dumbed down. Readers are smart, they are seeking wise counsel from experts/thought leaders with experience and who understand that careers can be complex.
  • The blog, vlog, article has a clear message and leaves readers with an “aha!” moment.
  • And obviously, that the submission is ethical and respectful to all audiences.

Can I republish my submission on my personal blog?

Absolutely. We’ll also accept articles you’ve previously published on your personal blog. However, if we run your article, we ask that you don’t republish it on another major website.

What format should I use?

Please use Google doc or Word doc.

How long should my submission be?

Aim for 900 to 1,200 words. (Or video less than 3 mins).

Longer could work if you’ve got a great topic with engaging content.

Can I include links within the piece?

Yes! Naturally please only include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader.

No affiliate links, please.

Are there any style guidelines?

Yes…

  • We love posts that use numbered lists, bullets, and subheadings.
  • Remember that clarity and easy reading are key. Recommend you ask someone else to review and edit your piece before you submit.
  • Casual and everyday words are better than academic, jargon, technical or formal language.
  • Please don’t use overly promotional language. Readers switch off if they perceive you are ‘selling’. People want real and deeply thoughtful content.
  • Include expert knowledge if it fits. It’s really helpful to include source material such as paper, article, study or expert source to back up what you’re saying.
  • English spelling is preferred over American.

Should I include a headline?

Yes, please! We might talk to you about tweaking it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you suggest one of your own, that is awesome!

Try this free widget to learn about making fabulous headlines: https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer

Will you edit my post?

Maybe – for content and clarity, but will do our best to preserve your voice. The easiest option is if you share your post via Google docs, we’ll edit it there so you can see the changes.

What should I put in my author bio?

Author bios can be casual and fun, or they can showcase your expertise. Aim for about 3-5 sentences.

What about my headshot?

Please send a high-quality headshot. Blogs with pics tend to get more attention.

Do you pay for submissions?

Sorry no – not yet anyway. This is a fledgeling (labour of love) social enterprise which may grow and we’ll review in due course.

Why would I bother to make a submission then?

Well, good question – lots of reasons!

  • Expand your brand.
  • Get back-links and leads directing to your website. This is good for your website’s SEO (Google ranking) and good for business.
  • Grow your skills and experience.
  • Build a profile as a trusted expert in the NZ Careers Industry.
  • Create opportunities to add and sell products online…

Psst…

Watch this space because soon you’ll be able to sell your own digital products here on Career Spot too. Start expanding your market and creating your own passive income!  We’re working on making this super easy and ridiculously cheap for you atm… more soon.

 

I just sent an article/blog/vlog. Now what?

We aim to be in touch within the month but if you don’t hear from us, feel free to get in touch. We value your insights, and we’re thrilled that you’d like to share them on Career Spot NZ!

Please note, we respectfully reserve the right to not publish your piece if it’s not quite aligned with our goals. That doesn’t mean it’s no good, it just means it may not be quite in line with our offering at this time.

What should I do after my piece is published?

We’d love for you to share it on social media. Sharing your article helps us all grow. Also, we hope you’ll be active in the comments on FB and LI.

Final Checks: Before you submit an article, check you have:

  1. Put your name, email address, and a 3-5 sentence bio at the top of your post? You can also include a link to your website or social media profiles.
  2. Turned your post into an editable Google Doc? (Or a Word doc).
  3. Note that we use the Google Suite and don’t have easy access to documents in Microsoft, Apple, OneDrive and other non-Google options.

And then you’re ready to submit!

Please email your Word doc, or share your Google Doc: joanne@careerspot.co.nz

 

Look forward to your contribution!