CAREER INSPIRATION AND JOB SEARCH ADVICE COLUMN

  
Blog Description
  
Blog Image
  
Blog Category
  
  
  
Blog Keywords
Page Content
How to prepare for an interview
Now, all you have to do is prepare for the actual interview! Here are 5 things we recommend you do while preparing for your interview:
Interview plan
3/17/2020 11:00 AMInterviewsBridget Maoko3/17/2020 11:00 AM
Interview, preparation, job searching

5 tips to prepare for an interview.pngReading time - 01:36 

OK, so you have applied for a role and have managed to secure an interview with the decision-makers. You received details from the person setting up the interview in terms of panel members, exact address, parking details and what to bring on the day.

Now, all you have to do is prepare for the actual interview! Here are 5 things we recommend you do while preparing for your interview:



Research the people and company you will be meeting with

  • This may be cliché, but trust us on this one and do your research. And try to look beyond the 'what the company does' staff[TK2]  and focus more on relating their values to yourself. Look up some of their employees on LinkedIn to get an idea of the people they hire. Go to their social media profiles and get a sense of their culture.

Do a mock interview

  • An average person does not attend enough interviews to know what to do when they have one. Hence practicing for one is highly recommended. So do mock interviews, they help you learn how to answer difficult questions and improve your confidence and communication skills. So grab a friend or family member and practice with them.

Interview appearance matters, dress the part!

  • Visual stimuli prompts immediate judgments ergo the importance of dressing well for an interview cannot be overstated. Dress well and dress in line with your industry. A finance candidate will unlikely dress the same way as an IT candidate. Know yourself.

Do not talk your way out of a job

  • The longer you speak without interruption, the less attention the listener is giving you. So speak 50% of the time and do not bore them with too many details or repeat yourself unless they ask you to.

Everything else matters

  • Preparing for an interview is just as important as doing the actual interview. Be optimistic and never badmouth your previous employer; never lie about your work experience or qualifications and most importantly, remember to manage your expectations! Companies have different hiring processes, for some, it might take two weeks and for others, it might take three months and this will affect how soon you are likely to hear from them.

Looking for an IT, Finance, Engineering or Supply Chain jobContact Network Recruitment, Market Leaders in Specialist Recruitment!

8 things every job seeker should know
 According to Stats SA - in the whole of 2019, South Africa’s economy grew by 0.2% (in real terms), the decline is larger than what economists had predicted. A climate like this does not make it any easier for job seekers.
job seeker
3/5/2020 11:00 AMJob SearchBridget Maoko3/5/2020 11:00 AM
interviews, job tips. career tips

Reading time - 01:548 things every job seeker should know.png

South Africa has many problems and a shrinking economy is one of them. According to Stats SA - in the whole of 2019, South Africa's economy grew by 0.2% (in real terms), the decline is larger than what economists had predicted. A climate like this does not make it any easier for job seekers.

We had a chat with our Executive Consultant – Sunette Roccon, who has been in the industry for over five years and she shared eight expert tips on how candidates can improve their chances of getting a job.



1. Apply for roles you qualify for

When applying for a job, apply for roles where you at least tick 60% of the boxes. Applying for a Property Manager role when you only have experience as a Typist won't improve your chances of getting an interview 

2. Keep your CV concise
Rather expand on your work experience than listing your interests and strengths, keep your CV simple and concise. 

3. Be tech-savvy
With lots of companies now becoming tech-savvy and trying to find efficient ways of doing business, you can't be an average performer anymore. Make sure that you stay on top of new technology trends in your field of expertise.

4. Work with a recruitment agency
Connect with the right niche recruiters to get better results. Like Network Recruitment, we specialise in IT, Finance, Engineering, and Supply Chain. If you Specialise in Digital Marketing then work with a recruiter specializing in that field. 

5. Finish the application process on job portals
Always complete the process. It's a tedious exercise but do it.  For example, when creating a Pnet profile, you will have to retype your CV into their system, do it once properly and then it's done. 

6. Initiate change if you are not happy
You cannot complain about not having a job or complain about your current one if you are not actively applying and doing something about it. Start the process of change instead of complaining.  

7.  Let your friends know you're job searching
Don't be shy to tell your contacts you are looking for a new job. Your close contact - who works as a General Manager for a multinational company might be looking for someone with your skills but no one knows that you are looking. Sharing just a little bit might help sometimes.

8.  Consider further studying
Should you study further in order to secure a new job?" The answer is simple, yes!  Some jobs do require a minimum qualification. If you do not have a degree, then get one!

Are you looking for an IT, Finance, Engineering or  Supply Chain job? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Three essential tips for updating your CV
Updating your CV regularly ensures that you are primed and ready to respond to unexpected job opportunities; like when your uncle requests you urgently send him your CV.
CV updates
2/18/2020 11:00 AMCVs and ResumesBridget Maoko2/18/2020 11:00 AM
CV, update, resume
Africa (1).pngUpdating your CV regularly ensures that you are primed and ready to respond to unexpected job opportunities; like when your uncle requests you urgently send him your CV. 

You’ll not only send it at a snap of a finger but you’ll send it with the confidence of knowing that it's updated.  

A good rule of thumb is to update your CV every 3 to 6 months if you are actively job searching. This will save you from rewriting your it from the ground up every time you have to send it. 

Here are 3 keys things to keep in mind when updating your CV on a regular basis: 




Use keywords
  • Knowing which words to add on your CV is important. Visit our website Network Recruitment to view keywords our specialist recruiters use when searching for top candidates and incorporate some of them in your CV if you are in the same field. This will increase your chances of getting your CV being picked up by an application tracking system.
Keep up with trends
  • CV writing and formatting trends come and go and 2020 is no different. Observe trends in your industry and adapt your CV and skillset to those latest trends. For example, if you are in marketing, a video CV and an online portfolio may be on the latest trends as opposed to a standard word document.
Remove unnecessary information
  • Like: writing ‘curriculum vitae’ at the top of your document or, putting ‘name’ in front of your name and ‘address’ in front of your address. Be selective about the information you retain in your CV and remember, the older the job the less relevant it is.

Updating your CV regularly by adding small things like your achievements and new skills can give you a competitive advantage even if you have been in the same job for years because your responsibilities might have changed, or you may have taken a class or gotten a certificate. Your CV should reflect these changes.

Done updating your CV? Head over to our website to register it and apply online. We specialise in IT, Finance, Engineering and Supply Chain.
Life after matric. What are your options
The Department of Basic Education announced the class of 2019’s matric results several weeks ago.  They got an overall pass of 81.3%, an improvement of 3.1% from 2018, making the class of 2019 the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years.
Matric
1/20/2020 12:00 PMMotivationBridget Maoko1/20/2020 12:00 PM
 Matric, education, artisan, career

Sunette (3).pngThe Department of Basic Education announced the class of 2019's matric results several weeks ago.  They got an overall pass of 81.3%, an improvement of 3.1% from 2018, making the class of 2019 the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years. So why isn't the whole country in jubilation?

Well, in 2017; a total of 1 052 080 learners enrolled in Grade 10, yet only 409 906 learners passed matric last year. That means only 38.9% of those Grade 10 learners actually wrote and passed matric.

This means that in just two years, over 50% of pupils who were expected in matric (in 2019) fell through the system. Shocking!

The government does, however, have a plan in place to help reduce the number of pupils who drop out by introducing standardised national examination at the end of grade 9, along with a three-stream model allowing pupils to choose between vocational, occupational and academic pathways after grade 9.

Although everyone does not agree with this, it can actually serve as a great alternative for those who do not want to take the academic route. It will also help address the skill shortage debacle in our country as there are many jobs that require a certain level of skill but not university-level training. In fact, our country needs more mid-level technically skilled people like artisans.

According to the National Development Plan, for our country to stop poverty, reduce inequality and ensure that all citizens have better working and living conditions by 2030, we need to produce over 30 000 qualified artisans a year to meet the labour demand. This would be but not limited to:

  • Electricians
  • Millwright
  • Boilermakers
  • Plumbers
  • Mechanic including automotive mechanics and
  • Diesel mechanics

Artisans play an important role in the economic growth of our country. Having more of them means our country does not have to look outside for the right skillsets.

To be an artisan - you may first need to go through a TVET College, which is not the most 'glamorous' thing according to millennials as TVET colleges have a reputation of housing students that 'count make it to university.' Truth is, not everyone can go to university and that is okay.

Artisans are well paid and sought after. Network Recruitment Engineering is always recruiting and placing them.

To those who did not pass their matric, do not fret. Gather up courage and re-write. And to those who did, always remember that studying further does not always mean going to university. Explore your options!

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering jobor Supply ChainContact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Making your next career move
Making a career change is one of the most important decisions you may ever make, especially if you have been in a particular industry for a while.
Career changes
10/28/2019 12:00 PMCareer Management and DevelopmentBridget Maoko10/28/2019 12:00 PM
career changes, career moves

Making a career change is one of the most important decisions you may ever make, especially if you have been in a particular industry for a while. These changes may be because of your desire for a new environment, learning new things or simply because your career feels stagnant. Network Finance Branch Manager, Mel Kelly, has this to say about career change.


Network Recruitment: Is there a threshold at which one can change their career?

Mel Kelly: No.  If you are passionate and willing to put in the work, a career change is possible anytime in your career. There could, however, be hurdles such as qualifications that you would need to attain, or internships/ bridging programmes that you would need to complete, which may be barriers to change due to lack of financial or time resources such as raising a family or other commitments. Should these be in place, and you feel you up to another learning curve, there should be no threshold for changing your career.

Network Recruitment: What are some of the common signs that suggest it may be time to move on from a career?


Mel Kelly: I don't think people in general move on from careers.  Rather, they may move on from positions or companies. Obvious company related signs to move on would be retrenchments or severe financial instability. During interviews, personal reasons are often cited as the reason for seeking career growth and further career exposure. This usually translates to boredom, or inability to progress in the particular organisation within a reasonable period of time.

If salary is your main motivator, you should not let it cloud your judgement in what is best for your career in the long term. There can be times where you will be faced with the decision of a short-term loss for a long-term gain.

 

Network Recruitment: How does changing careers affect ones social status, career stability and reputation?

Mel Kelly: There is a great deal of subjectivity when it comes to this question. If you are someone who values material progress, a move for a better salary will attract you and afford you a better standard of living, and you will experience higher material status.

If you value the development of people, a move for greater leadership responsibility will be attractive. You could even feel better about your reputation by moving to a position where you can genuinely help other people, and this may give you a sense of higher status and reputation. It comes down to what you value.

Career stability, translates to job security and this is largely linked to the stability of the company you join.


Network Recruitment: Should employees tolerate a career that is rewarding monetarily even though they are not happy? 

Mel Kelly:  What you will tolerate is subjective, and linked to what you value most. If you value monetary gains, you may find tolerable what another person, with different values, may not. Ultimately do what makes you happy, and what is good for you. If you are earning handsomely and are genuinely miserable, it would seem obvious to me that there are other values which you may need to prioritise, and you may need to make a financial sacrifice. I firmly believe that your level of happiness at work directly influences your happiness in many other facets of your life.

 

Network Finance: What is the importance of having meaningful work, and what role does it play in having a successful career?

Mel Kelly: The word "meaningful" means different things for different people. I believe if you are doing work that is honest and allows you the ability to achieve the things you value, you can be happy. Being happy in what we do can lead us to feel our work is meaningful, and a happy employee is usually more motivated - with the right motivation and hard work, success is almost guaranteed.

 

Network Recruitment: What career mistakes should people avoid in order to succeed?

Mel Kelly:

  • Making decisions with a short-term focus, but which could hamper future attainment of your long-term career goals.
  • Involvement in anything that could lead to reputational damage or disciplinary implications must be avoided.
  • Lastly, being scared of growth.  Always say yes to a promotion - trust the vision of your leaders, and trust yourself to step up to the new challenge.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Mental health in the workplace
October 10 was World Mental Health Day. And as a brand that cares about employee wellness, we spoke to clinical psychologist - Dessy Tzoneva (former spokesperson for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group) in order to help raise awareness
Mental health
10/15/2019 10:00 AMEmployee WellnessBridget Maoko10/15/2019 10:00 AM
mental health, employee wellness

Picture4.pngOctober 10 was World Mental Health Day, and as a brand that cares about employee wellness, we spoke to clinical psychologist - Dessy Tzoneva (former spokesperson for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group) in order to help raise awareness. Here is what she had to say about mental health in the workplace:

 

Bridget: Should the responsibility of curbing workplace stress be placed on the hands of employers?

Dessy: This does not have to be an either/or job. Addressing workplace stress can be a collaborative task, with employers and employees both taking responsibility for what is within the control of each, making changes where possible to support stress reduction.

 

Bridget: Are people with mental health problems protected from discrimination in South Africa, in the workplace? 

Dessy: Even when the law protects people who are living with a mental health condition, it requires employers to enforce it, which does not always happen. There is also a lot of stigma that eixsts among peers, which – in the workplace – can look like jokes about a colleague's condition, gossip, and ongoing comments about the time needed for them to attend treatment.
This often adds to the stress experienced by people trying
to cope with a mental illness.

 

Bridget: To what degree should an employee talk to an employer about their mental health needs?

Dessy: With treatment, mental illness can be managed and the impact on the employee, as well as on the employer, can be minimised. But often, in order for this to happen, the employee needs to be able to trust that s/he can speak confidentially to her/his manager, and the employee needs to be supported in terms of attending treatment, as is the case with any other medical condition. This means that an employee would need to voice their needs so that they can negotiate with their employer new boundaries regarding workplace hours, leave, and other expectations.

 

Bridget: What are some of the major contributors of mental illness in the workplace?

Dessy: There are many contributors to mental illness. Aspects of their life at work, at home, their genetics, childhood experiences, and so much more can affect a person's mental health. Work expereinces can be a major source of stress and anxiety.

 

Bridget: Are private health care providers better equipped at helping people who have mental illnesses than public health care providers?

Dessy: No, that is not necessarily the case. There can be more practical frustrations in public healthcare, such as long queues, waiting periods, medication restrictions, etc., but this does not mean that the quality of the service provided by the mental health professionals there is of any lower quality than private practitioners.

 

Bridget: What does the South African Depression and Anxiety Group do?  (SADAG)

Dessy: SADAG is a mental health advocacy NGO that offers free guidance to helpline callers on where to find mental health assistance/treatment in their areas. Telephonic counsellors offer information and referrals to helpful local resources. The NGO also runs awareness campaigns, outreach projects, support groups, and wellness days at companies wanting to engage their employees on the topic of mental health. 


Bridget: How can we better manage our emotions?

Dessy: This is a complex question, and is often the focus of ongoing psychotherapy, so there is no simple, single answer. A good starting point is to become more self-aware so that you can notice what you are feeling and thinking, and begin to understand your reactions before acting on them impulsively.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

How to get employees aligned with your company’s vision
Creating a vision for your company may be easy, but getting staff to align to it is not. Sometimes, even the best employees’ struggle with this and may need guidance on how they can best align their vision to that of the company they work for.
company’s vision
10/7/2019 7:00 AMLeadershipBridget Maoko10/7/2019 12:00 AM
company’s vision, goals, culture fit

Blog.pngCreating a vision for your company may be easy, but getting staff to align to it is not. Sometimes, even the best employees' struggle with this and may need guidance on how they can best align their vision to that of the company they work for.

Here is how to get your valued employees to align with your company vision:

1. Set clear company goals

Every company needs a list of clearly defined goals that employees can adhere to and align with their personal goals. This helps them prioritise their work and focus their efforts in the most valuable way. The clearer the goals are, the better!

2. Hire the right culture fit

Hiring employees who are a culture fit reduces your turnover as an organisation, improves job satisfaction and enhances the quality of work the employee delivers. Hire employees with the right skills and personality traits which are a fit for your organisational culture, not just those who fit within the box of the position you are filling.

3. Play to employee strengths

According to the "State of the American Workplace" report delivered by Gallup in February 2017. They found that building on employee strengths is much more effective than trying to improve their weaknesses - understand your employees' strengths so that you can align them with the company's goals.

4. Get top management to involved

In order for an employee to become aligned with their company's vision, they must hear it at all times. The vision should be discussed during the hiring process, incorporated in the on-boarding process, and then be consistently reinforced throughout the term of their employment. When this happens, employees tend to enjoy a greater sense of teamwork and may be less likely to leave the company.  Top management must be closely involved and consistently share and remind employees of company goals.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

VLOG: What to do when you don't get feedback on your application
We sat with one of our Executive Consultants, Nina Mans and talked about what candidates should do if and when they don’t receive feedback on their job application. Watch it now.
job application
What to do when you don't get feedback on your application
9/27/2019 11:20 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego9/27/2019 11:20 AM
Network Recruitment, job application

More often than so, many candidates complain about never hearing any feedback or response from their job application. We sat with one of our Executive Consultants, Nina Mans and talked about what candidates should do if and when they don’t receive feedback on their application. Watch it now.

 

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

VLOG: Interview tips
One of our Executive Consultants, Sunette Roccon, shares tips on how to ace your job interview.
interview tips vlog
Interview tips
9/17/2019 2:15 PMInterviews, Job SearchLerato Mashego9/17/2019 2:15 PM
Network Recruitment, job interview

​Predicting the outcome of a job interview is difficult; however, one of our Executive Consultants, Sunette Roccon, has noticed some common trends among candidates who were successful in their interviews. Watch today! 

 

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

4 South African companies leading the diversity charge
There are four South African organisations that continue to pave the way in embedding diversity and inclusion in their company culture strategy, and it's evident that their respective strategies are working.
leaders in diversity
4 South African companies leading the diversity charge
9/16/2019 1:25 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego9/16/2019 1:25 PM
Network Recruitment

Earlier this week Network Recruitment shared a blog highlighting the importance of embracing diversity within an organisation. There are four South African organisations that continue to pave the way in embedding diversity and inclusion in their company culture strategy, and it's evident that their respective strategies are working.

According to the 2018 Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Index, Woolworths Holdings (24th overall), Vodacom (42nd overall), Clicks Group (58th overall) and Nedbank (95th) were amongst the top 100 most diverse companies to work for in the world.

For any organisation to qualify as diverse and inclusive, the Index considers numerous factors such as the make-up of the company's board members in terms of gender and culture, if they make concessions for disabled employees or not, and how they go about training current and new employees. Furthermore, it considers working conditions, remuneration and the amount of time the company was covered by the media on a controversial issue.

These are the Index's top 20 diverse companies in the world:

Company NameOverall D&I Percentage Score (%)HQ Country
Accenture PLC84.25Ireland
Novartis International AG79.25Switzerland
Medtronic PLC79.00Ireland
Diageo PLC78.75UK
Gap Inc.78.50USA
Telecom Italia SpA77.75Italy
Kering SA77.50France
Natura Cosmeticos SA77.25Brazil
L'Oreal SA77.25France
Acciona SA77.00Spain
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.77.00USA
Ucb SA75.00Belgium
Roche Holding AG75.00Switzerland
Woolworths Group Ltd.74.75Australia
Nestle SA74.50Switzerland
Microsoft Corp.74.25USA
Colgate-Palmolive Co.74.00USA
Procter & Gamble Co.74.00USA
Eli Lilly and Co.74.00USA
HP Inc.73.75USA
Merck & Company Inc.73.75USA

 Partner with one of our specialist recruiters and gain access to organisations which are diverse and inclusive so that you can finally work for the company of your dreams!

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

1 - 10Next

 Categories