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5 tips for enhancing your online brand
Are you looking for ways to enhance your online persona? Here are tips to help you.
online brand
4/23/2019 11:50 AMPersonal BrandingLerato Mashego4/23/2019 11:50 AM
Network Recruitment

Your online presence plays a significant role in your career. Depending on how you are perceived, your online footprint can not only position you as a thought leader in your niche market, but also open exclusive career and learning opportunities. Here are some tips to enhance your personal brand online.

Highlight your accomplishments on social media platforms

With specialist recruiters increasingly using social media to evaluate potential candidates, highlighting your career achievements is a good starting point. What successful projects were you part of? Did you implement processes that increased the productivity of your company?

Don't downplay your capabilities

As a professional, the worst mistake you could ever make online is to downplay your skills. Employers and specialist recruiters want to know what you bring to the table from their first interaction with your online persona. Consider infusing this vital information on all your social media platforms.

Become a thought leader

Participate in online conversations that resonate with you. Repost articles and engage with like-minded professionals in your industry to cultivate an organic audience. To take it further, you could also write content on trending topics in your industry.

Don't forget to network

Platforms such as LinkedIn make it easy for professionals to connect with their peers. Start and cultivate meaningful connections with these professionals in your social media networks as it may advance your career. In an article titled 'stay top of mind by being an effective networker', we highlight the importance of nurturing the relationships in your network.

Be authentic

If you would like to differentiate yourself from all the other job seeking professionals, incorporate your unique personality and core values online. Your online persona should inspire other professionals. Know your speciality, speak with one voice and be consistent. All of these will create an authentic brand that will leave a long-lasting impression.

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

Announcement: NWR Supply Chain
We have exciting news to share with you.
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Supply chain
4/17/2019 4:35 PMJob Search, OtherLerato Mashego4/17/2019 4:35 PM
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Millennials as an important resource in the modern workplace
In case you were wondering, millennials are an important resource in the modern workplace. Here's why.
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Millennials
4/11/2019 11:10 AMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego4/11/2019 11:10 AM
Network Recruitment

MillennialsIn case you were wondering, millennials are an important resource in the modern workplace. With baby boomers retiring, and millennials currently holding about 20% of all leadership roles, it's vital for employers to create a culture that will allow millennials to thrive in organisations as their roles increase in leadership importance.

According to Cura Software Solutions' sales and operations regional director, Alex Roberts, the most valuable contribution millennials bring to the table is their close relationship with technology.

"The negative preconceived notions that some hold about this generation are often unsubstantiated, misguided and incorrect, and an attempt to understand how to maximise millennial efficacy can amplify the company's productivity," Roberts mentioned.

Although the generation has its own share of shortcomings, Roberts argues that the value they bring to the success of any organisation outweighs their preconceived weak points.

What do they bring to the table?

  1. Increased focus on teamwork. Millennials enjoy collaborating with others on projects. They have an increased focus on working together.
  2. Increased diversity and inclusivity. Millennials feel strongly about diversity and inclusion. A study by Pew Research revealed that millennials are more inclined to identify themselves as multicultural than any other generation before and after them.
  3. Increased flexibility. Studies found that millennials will stay at an organisation that encourages a flexible working environment. "Ultimately, the risk that millennials bring to the workplace is not that they lower the bar. In fact, their commitment to technological advancement, purpose-driven work, flexibility, inclusion, and diversity raises it," he suggests.

What's at stake?

If organisations fail to embrace millennials, they run the risk of falling behind their peers, particularly when it comes to technology. Technology is increasingly becoming a vital part of increasing production in the workplace and as such you will need tech-savvy employees. Living in a tech era, millennials are constantly adopting new ideas and willing to think out of the box.

Making it work

As technology continues to advance, so has the need for instant gratification. A millennial's desire to climb the corporate ladder quickly is often unrealistic - they can definitely stand to learn a few things from baby boomers. As millennials continue to step into leadership positions, it's up to employers to impart skills while helping them to develop their careers.

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

Personal brand vs freedom of expression
Here are tips that will help you to uphold your personal brand on social media.
Pb vs freedom of expression
Personal brand vs freedom of expression
4/4/2019 12:25 PMPersonal Branding, Industry NewsLerato Mashego4/4/2019 12:25 AM
network recruitment

In this technological era, the average employee has 10 times more followers on social media than the average business. In fact, 92% of consumers trust an individual recommendation over a brand's advertising, making it easy to lose sight between work and personal perception. Although everyone has the right to post anything on social media, take into account that everything that is posted on social media has a direct or indirect effect on your personal brand. 

Social media makes the world much smaller and provides people with access to shared information at the drop of a hat. Freedom of expression empowers individuals to have opinions about any issue and receive, seek and impart information and ideas through any media.

Here are tips that will help you to uphold your personal brand on social media.

Don't politicise your brand

Social media, when used correctly, can be an effective marketing tool in your personal and professional capacities. In addition, it's also about building an emotional connection and trust with your followers. Remember, you are more than just a personal brand; you are an extension of your company. Anything you post on social media that may be perceived as offensive may have a negative impact on the company you work for. Your community/ followers may associate your comments with those of your current employer. Always ask yourself: "what is my content saying about me?".

Don't vent discriminatory views

Professionals should be aware that their employer can dismiss them for any insensitive and inappropriate behaviour and content posted on social media even if it doesn't have anything to do with the employer and company as explained by Werksmans Attorneys.

Their director Bradley Workman Davies explains that the reason behind this is because the inappropriate content can cause potential hard to the business of the employer. "Equally, employees should realise that in the digital age, with regards to the employment relationship, nothing posted publicly is private or irrelevant," Davies added.

Davies made an example of an employee of Nehawu who was dismissed after being found guilty of misconduct for consuming alcohol after hours at a union congress. "In this case, the adjudicator found that 'employees are considered to be employees 24 hours out of 24 hours at a Congress' and therefore after-hours consumption was as good as consumption during working hours," Davis mentioned.

According to Verlie Oosthuizen, head of Social Media Law at Shepstone & Wylie, racial rants on any social platform will get you fired.  In a BusinessTech article, Oosthuizen mentions that while there aren't many Labour Court cases regarding dismissals around social media expressions, racial rants on Facebook will get you fired. 

For example, there was a policeman who posted a racial comment on Julius Malema's page and was dismissed from his job. Oosthuizen explained that the judgement indicated that the courts don't tolerate the use of social media to vent one's racial views.  She warned users not to expect any sympathy if you decide to participate in this type of behaviour.

However, employers will always provide the employee with the right to makes statements of whether they are guilty before deciding on what action, if any, would be taken against the employee.

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

5 Tips to work effectively with a specialist recruiter
We share tips that will ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your relationship with your specialist recruiter.
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working with a recruiter
3/28/2019 12:55 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/28/2019 12:55 AM
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working with a recruiterThe relationship between a specialist recruiter and employer can only be of benefit to both parties. These specialist consultants have the expertise and experience to source top talent in a scarce skills market, they are reliable, and they have a clear understanding of what an employer is looking for in a candidate.

Here are five tips that will ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your relationship with your specialist recruiter.

1.    Be open with your recruiter

Recruiters screen and place candidates according to your criteria and their expertise in the market. You, therefore, need to provide them with specific, detailed information to enable them to find the best candidates for your position.

2.    Always keep the lines of communication open

To place the best-qualified candidate the recruiting process had to be efficient and quick. As a client, ensure that you are responsive and accessible to your recruiter. Not only does this shorten the hiring process (which will save you time and money), it will also result in a positive candidate experience and increase your company's productivity when the right candidate is placed in the right position.

3.    Develop a level of trust

Last year, we wrote an article highlighting the importance of trust between an employer and an agency. It is an integral component of the recruitment relationship.  A qualified and experienced recruiter will invest their time to develop and nurture relationships with their clients and candidates alike.

4.      Find the right specialist recruiter for your business

It's one thing to develop a level of trust with your agency, but you need to find the right agency for your business. Many employers prefer to work with recruiters who have technical expertise within their specific niche. This kind of partnership increases the recruitment process level. For example, if Network Recruitment's recruiters didn't have an in-depth understanding of the market trends or have an extensive database of high calibre candidates and didn't nurture their relationships, we wouldn't be known as leaders in the recruitment industry.

5.    Cultivate the relationship you have with your current agency

There are long-lasting benefits to working with an agency that knows your business, i.e. company culture, vision, mission, beliefs, and values, because they will always find the right fit for your business. Cultivate that relationship. The more a recruiter knows your business and how it operates and functions, the better they can sell your business to candidates as they begin to act as an extension of your company.

If you're in need of a specialist recruitment agency in the IT, Finance and Engineering sector, look no further than Network Recruitment.

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

5 Tips for job seekers in 2019
We share five tips that will make your job search easier this year.
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Job search
3/27/2019 10:25 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego3/27/2019 10:25 AM
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Job searchLanding a good job, especially in a new year, can be challenging. The job market has become so competitive that simply applying for a job online is not sufficient. You need to know which approaches work.

In this blog, Network Recruitment shares five tips that will make your job search easier this year.

1.    Know exactly what you want

Prior to your job search, start by having a clear strategy – know exactly what you are looking for. What duties / requirements spark your interest? What kind of work environment do you perform best in? Give consideration to location, structure, industry and size of your ideal employer.

2.    Make your CV elicit the recruiter or hiring manager's desire to meet you

In an article titled 'CV face lift smooth out the wrinkles', we gave professionals tips on how to update their profile. Ensure that you arrange the content in reverse chronological order, incorporate a list of your core duties and skills in bullet point and include career achievements. Click here to read the full article.

3.    Register your CV with a specialist recruitment agency

Specialist recruiters are specialists for a reason. Not only do they know their market / industry, they know how to manoeuvre in and around it. Employers rely on recruiters to find them the best talent in the market. As such, they know which employers are hiring and what skills they need. Recruiters assist in creating a positive candidate experience by sourcing ideal job opportunities for candidates. Click here to register your CV with Network Recruitment.

4.    Follow recruiters on social media

While many recruiters still use LinkedIn to post job ads, they are also using other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to target prospective candidates. If you don't want to miss out on job opportunities, follow the top recruiters in your industry across all social media platforms.

5.    Keep your LinkedIn profile updated

Create a LinkedIn profile that contains the right skills and keywords and become an easy candidate to find on LinkedIn. It is understood that your profile should be as comprehensive and engaging as possible to attract recruiters who are looking for candidates of your calibre. Maintain your profile by constantly updating your summary section as this is what captures the attention of many who view your profile.

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

Network IT & Insource. ICT merger
From 1 May 2019, Insource.ICT will become Network IT Recruitment.
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merger
3/25/2019 9:25 AMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/25/2019 9:25 AM
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Amp up the recruitment process: quality vs quantity
Over the years, there has been continuous debate about a qualitative vs quantitative recruitment process.
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Recruitment process
3/14/2019 1:45 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/14/2019 1:45 PM
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recruitment processThe great debate

Over the years, there has been continuous debate about a qualitative vs quantitative recruitment process. Do you interview many professionals in a short period and increase your chances of finding the right candidate for your role; or do you play the waiting game until you find the perfect candidate?

What generates success is actually a combination of both processes. From a recruitment perspective, the ultimate success is to find the right candidate for a vacant role the first time around.

In this blog, Network Recruitment will share tips to help amp up your recruitment process.

1.    Get in touch with a specialist recruitment company

The hiring process begins when the need for a new hire emerges. Many employers who don't have the time to look for specialised skills contact a specialist recruitment agency such as Network Recruitment. This is because our specialist recruiters exclusively focus on sourcing high-calibre skills for different employers in the IT, Finance and Engineering sectors. Furthermore, they maintain and develop relationships with these candidates. As it currently stands, our candidate database is home to over 600 000 talented professionals. If you're looking for a candidate, we can assist.  

2.    Collaborate and host events with recruitment agencies

Professional events are a great way to network. In an article titled 'How to hire for quality and quantity at the same', co-founder and co-CEO of ThirdLove, Heidi Zak, shared that while these can help attract talent and foster professional networks, they also create a platform for professionals in the industry to discuss new ideas and projects where everyone who participates can benefit in some way or another.

For example, Network Recruitment co-hosted an event with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT), where tax professionals were able to participate in discussions and share information about trends in the tax industry. We saw many professionals build and develop relationships with each other and are proud to be associated with this type of initiative.

For many organisations, recruitment has become a challenging and time-consuming process. However, if you have a specialist recruitment agency such as Network Recruitment who spends a great deal of effort attracting and screen candidates to fit your needs, it makes the process easier.

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

The secret to happiness at work
NEW VIDEO: Watch this video by psychologist Shawn Achor, as he explains how happiness inspires productivity.
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3/7/2019 2:35 PMEmployee WellnessLerato Mashego3/7/2019 2:35 PM
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​We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually, happiness inspires productivity.

 


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

Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s Lillian Barnard
In January, Microsoft South Africa announced the appointment of Lillian Barnard as its new Managing Director. With over 20 years' experience in IT, Barnard will spearhead this tech company from 1 March 2019.
Lilian Bardnard
Lilian Barnard
3/1/2019 2:15 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego3/1/2019 2:15 PM
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Lilian BardnardIn January, Microsoft South Africa announced the appointment of Lillian Barnard as its new Managing Director. With over 20 years' experience in IT, Barnard will spearhead this tech company from 1 March 2019.

Here is her interview with True Love magazine about breaking the glass ceiling:

How did you end up in IT?

IT chose me. After finishing my BCom (Hons) degree in 1992, I had two opportunities. The first was a job in the banking sector and the other was a job at an IT company. I debated both opportunities with my older sister and was more intrigued by the job in IT and ultimately went with the IT Company. Looking back 20 years now, it was an absolutely fantastic career choice.

You've held many positions, how has it been breaking ground in a male-dominated industry?

It was hard then, but even today, it's still difficult to break the proverbial glass ceiling and obtain recognition as a female leader in business. You had to be very deliberate about a lot of things and where you wanted to go in your career. You needed to knock on closed doors numerous times before someone would open it for you, and needed to get mentorship and coaching along the way to keep you motivated and focused.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Getting a significant leadership position – country sales operations leader - at a blue-chip company at the age of 28 was amazing. That role fundamentally changed my career trajectory. In roles like that, you automatically get noticed. In addition, having had the opportunity to build an international career was also the opportunity of a lifetime.

What are you hoping to achieve as the new director of public sector at Microsoft?

I really believe in Microsoft's vision of empowering every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. In my current role, I want to enable a Digital Government; this process will allow the government to a more effective, efficient and accessible. I want Microsoft to become the strategic partner of choice for government, which assists the government in delivering on its mandate to deliver services to the people of South Africa.

What is the one thing that you'd like to share with young women climbing the corporate ladder?

Have the courage of your convictions to ask for what you believe you deserve, whether it is a raise, promotion or the next opportunity. This is something I wish someone had told me when I was 21. Unless you ask for something, people would not know what you want or are capable of, so no matter how audacious, have the courage to ask.

Why is the mentorship of young women so important to you?

Mentorship is the story of my life as it has made all the difference in my life. You underestimate the power of it until you see the impact of it in your life. Somebody else is helping you grow professionally and personally, sharing their life lessons with you, and telling you about their mistakes so that you can avoid repeating these and get a head start on the journey to success. You do not only reach the goals you set for yourself, but your mentor helps you set even higher goals and provides the support you need to reach those. It played a tremendous role in my career and so I think it is important to pay it forward.

Do you have any more goals to achieve?

Previously it was to start my own consultancy, but I have achieved that and it was an incredibly gratifying experience. Now though, becoming captain of the 'ship' is part of the career goals. 

What's your favourite thing to do in your downtime or to relax?

I do love travelling, reading, and speaking at events, but my favourite thing to do to relax is simply spending time with my family. I also like to setup empowerment gatherings where women can share knowledge and learn from each other.

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

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