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Women in executive positions
Whilst gender diversity in South Africa has improved over the last three years, much remains to be done.
women in executive positions
Women in executive positions
8/8/2019 12:00 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego8/8/2019 12:00 PM
Network Recruitment, executive positions, management positions

The 2017 Grant Thornton Women in Business report revealed that women in South Africa occupy 28% of senior positions as opposed to 25% in 2016. Whilst gender diversity in South Africa has improved over the last three years, much remains to be done.

Although there are more women than men in South Africa, 2017's labour data confirms that of every 100 employed professionals in the workforce, 44 of those employees are women – this means women hold 44% of skilled positions ranging from technicians to management. However, this figure has remained constant since 2002.

This is, however, not the case in government, where 30% of senior management jobs are held by women, a figure which seems to be on the up. In fact, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, SA is ranked as the 10th country worldwide to have the most females, with over four in every ten positions filled by women.

Even though African businesses, more specifically SA businesses can be proud of having more women in director and executive management positions, the picture is less rosy in the rest of the world 

A 2016 McKinsey & Company Women Matter Africa report showed that only 5% of CEOs in the private sector in Africa are females, in comparison with the 4% global representation.

"In terms of gender diversity, one of the key findings is that we [Africa] are doing well compared to the rest of the world and we have made progress but we are not making the most of the opportunity," explained Lohini Moodley, partner at McKinsey.

Contact Network Recruitment if you want to break the glass ceiling. 

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Meet Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Naspers CEO, South Africa
Watch this video as Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO of Shanduka Energy at the time talks about her journey and her most valuable leadership lessons.
women in leadership
Meet Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Naspers CEO, South Africa
8/6/2019 11:50 AMLeadershipLerato Mashego8/6/2019 11:50 AM
Network Recruitment

Two months ago, consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world, Naspers, South Africa welcomed Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to their management team. As of July Mahanyele-Dabengwa now heads up Naspers SA as their Chief Executive Officer reporting directly to Bob van Dijk, Group CEO of Naspers.

However, prior to this appointment, Mahanyele-Dabengwa held esteemed positions.

Watch this video as Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO of Shanduka Energy at the time talks about her journey and her most valuable leadership lessons.

 

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Four tips to make you employable
We share four tips to make you more employable!
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Four tips to make you employable
7/26/2019 11:15 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego7/26/2019 11:15 AM
specialist recruitment agency, Network Recruitment, C# Developers, Java Developers, and SAP Integration Specialists, Finance recruitment

South Africa has an acute skills shortage in major sectors such as IT, Finance and Engineering. Coupled with a high rate of unemployment, this divides our workforce into three categories: employed, unemployed and unemployable.

Employed is the honourable and sought-after status.  However, many people in the current economy find themselves in the less favourable ensuing categories. At first glance, it is easy to mistake one word for the other.  Most, if not all, agree that while being "unemployed" is hardly bearable, one never wants to be perceived as "unemployable". Dictionary.com defines an "unemployed" person as one "without a paid job but available to work". The same site defines an "unemployable" person as someone who is "not able to get paid employment because of a lack of skills or qualifications."

If you search online job portals, you will notice that there are hundreds of companies waiting for the right employees to fill their numerous positions e.g. C# Developers, Java Developers, and SAP Integration Specialists. Yet the rates of unemployment, especially those of graduates, is still terrifyingly high: This begs the question: are South Africans without work unemployed or just plain unemployable? If the latter, how do we get them back to the former?

Here's our advice if you fall into the "unemployed" category:

  • As an initial act, stop listening to the negative press. It will only make you feel hopeless.
  • Be sure that your CV is the best that it can possibly be.  If you have any doubts, ask a career professional or one of our specialist recruiters for their input.
  • Practice your interview skills and, if possible, engage a specialist recruiter to evaluate your soft skills rather than just your technical qualifications. Working with a career specialist will eliminate all negative thoughts and build your self-confidence.
  • Keep abreast of market trends in your preferred industry. For example, if you are in IT you should be aware of the developments that are happening in mobile computing, virtualisation, augmented reality and the latest versions of .NET Framework and Smart devices.

Our specialist recruiters are trained to know the current trends in the market and are the best professionals to advise you which career path you should take. Contact them today to schedule an appointment.

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

Advice to Internal Auditors
Our Specialist Recruiters share some vital advice to Internal Auditors who want to make a career move.
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Advice to Internal Auditors
7/22/2019 11:00 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego7/22/2019 11:00 AM
Our Specialist Recruiters share some vital advice to Internal Auditors who want to make a career move.

As you know, our biggest differentiator is that we are a specialist recruitment agency that focuses on specific niches areas. It's this specialisation that enables our recruiters to build a significant base of technical expertise and experience. 

We sat with some of our recruiters who specialise in Internal Audit and asked them what employers are looking for in an Internal Auditor.  Here is what they said. 

 

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The future of accounting professionals
Professionals in this sector need to start preparing themselves for minor changes that could affect the way they work.
accounitng professionals
Accounting professionals
7/15/2019 12:25 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego7/15/2019 12:25 PM
Finance recruitment agencies, Finance recruitment, Network recruitment, Specialist recruitment

Accounting professionalsAround the world, businesses have been evolving in response to new challenging shifts in technology and have encouraged many to adopt new models. The accounting profession is no different.

Earlier this year Bizcommunity featured an article discussing what this profession would bear resemblance to in the next five to ten years. Unsurprisingly, technologies such as AI, blockchain and cloud computing, to mention a few, are requiring finance practitioners to become more innovative in how they approach their careers.

It must be noted that although there will still be a high demand for this profession in the next decade or so, professionals in this sector need to start preparing themselves for minor changes that could affect the way they work.

Professor Rashied Small of Saipa advises that these technological disruptions will not replace accountants themselves but rather automate processes. "… they (accountants) will channel automatically generated insights into actionable business development initiatives, risk management plans, flexible and sustainable business models, and much more. In short, today's accountant will be tomorrow's strategic advisor".

The gender factor

There has been significant progress in combating gender discrimination. A Global Accounting Alliance article shares that there has been an increasing number of females entering the profession. For example, accounting companies such as Grant Thornton have seen a rise of female trainee accountants entering the organisation worldwide.

"The accounting profession has become an attractive choice for females, and it bodes well for creating opportunities for women in leadership positions. The CA(SA) qualification has proved to be a good choice for potential CEOs, FDs and most certainly for future audit partners," mentioned Grant Thornton's then Director Lee-Anne Bac.

Educational support

Demographics are important to any industry and the accounting professional is no exception. Every profession should be able to represent South Africa's true demographics. According to Professor Small, acknowledging the economic constraints that young black Africans face could bring the industry one step closer to reaching this goal.

"We must acknowledge the economic constraints many young black Africans face and provide stronger programmes to help them reach their goal. This includes subsidised education, possible earn-while-you-learn opportunities, and career support that turns an unattainable dream into an achievable future.  To this end, SAIPA has through the partial funding of FASSET for Project Achiever, professionalised approximately 3,000 Black African Professional Accountants over a period of four years – this has been achieved through the aggressive commitment to its transformation agenda," he says.

Stricter laws

In the wake of several high-profile scandals, South Africa is developing stricter laws to prevent and curb misconduct in this profession. It is said that by 2030, industry watchdogs with legal influence could exist to monitor professional conduct. In the meantime, SAIPA is actively enhancing its investigations and disciplinary processes and is planning to inspect and review all its members.

Preparing yourself for these changes could propel you to the top of the game. To promote yourself in this changing industry, you need a specialist finance recruiter by your side. Contact Network Finance today.

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We ask Top Management; what career advice changed their life?
We asked some of our management team to share the most important career advice they received that changed their life.
top management
We ask Top Management
7/9/2019 2:35 PMCareer Management and DevelopmentLerato Mashego7/9/2019 2:35 PM
Network Recruitment, specialist agencies, finance recruitment agencies

At some point or another, you will encounter a moment where your employer, business partner, colleague, family member or friend will offer career advice that will stick with you throughout your career.

We asked some of our management team to share the most important career advice they received that changed their life.

Tumi Keele – Marketing Manager

​"A Professor who was my boss when I started my career saw that I had a fear to lead or take charge as I was a young manager at the time. He then told me the reason he was being that hard on me was because I needed to make a mental jump to catch up with the rest of my life. That changed how I not only saw myself but how I needed others to perceive me as a professional too. Now I enjoy a bird's eye view into my career." 

Graham Paulsen – Finance Branch Manager

"Someone that I look up to in business once said to me that you need to be able to justify the salary that you earn – when looking at your work product, do you add more value than what your cost to the company is? The result should be a net positive. I think this is particularly important in today's business world where there is such a focus on value-adding leadership and the perceived entitlement of millennials as the formula can be applied to every level of the organisation across functions." 

Angelique Van Rooyen – Finance Team Leader

"The career advice that changed my life would be from my father that has always been a big inspiration in my life. He would always say that nothing in life comes for free; in order for you to achieve big success or results in your life, you need to be willing to put in the work and make things happen. If life knocks you down, stand up and make another plan…success is only for the ones who dare to believe and dare to challenge themselves on a constant basis." 

Naydene Cronjé – IT Team Leader

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston S. Churchill. Experience taught me; you are hard on yourself because of high expectations. This viewpoint will boost your confidence to persevere. I also learnt that by being too harsh on yourself, you infest doubt and fear which prevents you from taking the risk. The realization of my fear of striking out and losing kept me from having the courage to play the game. Now, I am aware. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning." – Robert Kiyosaki 

Tanya Hattingh - Finance Branch Manager

Some very significant career advice has been "always aim for higher than what you will be comfortable achieving, you may miss the stretch goal but you will land where you originally wanted to." 

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UP CLOSE with Team Leader Nadia Kelly
Get to know one of our Team Leaders, Nadia Kelly.
Nadia_Kelly
7/8/2019 9:25 AMOpinionLerato Mashego7/8/2019 9:25 AM
Network Recruitment, Network Finance, specialist recruitment agencies

1. How long have you been in the recruitment industry?

I've in the recruitment industry for six for years now.  

2. Why did you decide to pursue a career in recruitment? 

I wanted a career that would firstly; challenge me, secondly, where I could contribute to society and lastly where I would have the opportunity to determine my own income. 

3. You are an Executive Consultant at Network Finance. What can you say is the secret to your success?

I never lose focus on my goals. This job is not easy so you need to know why you do this. You need to accept that sometimes, you will encounter situations that will make you uncomfortable and you need to be able to brush it off and move on.

4. What do you think makes Network Recruitmentdifferent from the rest of the recruitment agencies?

Network Recruitment is a premium brand.  All the specialist finance recruiters are well trained and have a strong technical knowledge of the finance industry. Our database has the best talent in the job market.

5. What do you love the most about your job as a specialist recruiter?

I love that we get to change the lives and careers of our finance candidates.

6. You are a wife, mother and friend, how do you balance it all?

It's easy - I like what I do and have a good support structure both at home and at the office.

7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Driven, persistent, and ambitious.

8. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

Pacifier and 10 Things I hate about you.

9. What was your favourite TV show when you were a child?

Rugrats and Recess.

10. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

Spanish.

11. What's the name of your favourite restaurant?

Crawdaddy's Lynwood.

12. What sitcom family would you belong to? 

Modern Family.

13. Who's your favourite person in the world?

My husband, Shane. 😀

14. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

I have 39 pairs.

15. How many books have you read thus far this year?

None. I have two kids and I'm a specialist recruiter. 😀

16. Finish the sentence: When I dance, I look like ….?

I think I can dance... hahaha.

17. If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? 

Telepathy.

18. What is the most interesting thing you have in your purse / wallet?

Bum crème.

*This blog was updated on 1 July 2019

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How to handle your resignation
Watch our latest vlog where Omar Poonjani, our HR Internal Recruitment Manager shares tips that will help you leave your current employer in the best terms possible.
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How to handle your resignation
7/3/2019 2:40 PMResignations, OpinionLerato Mashego7/3/2019 2:40 PM
Network Recruitment, specialist recruitment agency

There are many reasons that can lead to your resignation, although, it's common practice amongst professionals in the workplace, there are a few aspects you need to consider before making that decision.

Watch our latest vlog as Omar Poonjani, our HR Internal Recruitment Manager shares tips that will help you leave your current employer in the best terms possible.

 

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Moving to Africa
If you’re thinking of moving to Africa, watch this video as our Branch Manager, Michelle Snyman gives you five tips to make this process easier.
moving to Africa
6/28/2019 3:15 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego6/28/2019 3:15 PM
career opportunities, Network Recruitment

There is a growing number of professionals moving to Africa to find better career opportunities. Studies reveal that this move is motivated by the thought of Africa being a 'promising destination'.

If you're thinking of moving to Africa, watch this video as our Branch Manager, Michelle Snyman gives you five tips to make this process easier.

 

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Does job hopping affect your profile?
Watch this video to find out the five benefits of job hopping in 2019
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job hopping
6/25/2019 2:55 PMJob SearchLerato Mashego6/25/2019 2:55 PM
Network Recruitment,

​The answer is yes. Moving from one employer to the other in a short period of time influences your profile whether it be positive or negative. Previous studies have suggested that moving jobs frequently could hinder a professional's profile, but it seems this perception is shifting especially amongst millennials. In fact, they think that making career moves every few years is beneficial to their career.

Watch this video to find out the five benefits of job hopping in 2019

 

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