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Nip fraudulent CVs in the bud!
CV fraud could cost a company a fortune. If you want to ensure that your next hire is the right hire, contact Network Recruitment.
9/27/2018 10:15 AMCVs and ResumesLerato Mashego9/27/2018 10:15 AM
Network Recruitment, Specialist recruitment agency, specialist consultants, top candidates

What is CV fraud?
CV fraud refers to any act that involves providing fictitious, exaggerated, or misleading information on a job application or CV.  If at a later stage the truth emerges that the applicant knowingly provided false information to a potential employer, it is usually grounds for immediate dismissal. Due to the current increase in the unemployment rate, experts expect CV fraud to rise.

What do job seekers lie about?
The most common themes related to fraudulent CVs are stretching of employment dates, inflating past accomplishments and skills, enhancing job titles and responsibilities, false information related to education and degrees, unexplainable gaps in employment due to a  criminal record, omitting past employment, faking credentials, fabricating reasons for leaving a previous job and providing fraudulent references. 

What can employers do?
Seek the help of a specialist recruitment agency. This is what you can expect from Network Recruitment's highly trained and skilled consultants:

  • They are thorough. Our application process ensures that all aspects of education and employment history are covered, reducing the risk for selective aspects to be left out.
  • We check all the given information. Our consultants are taught to conduct checks from the get-go on the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate. This is done by obtaining originals of qualification certificates and contacting several references, amongst others.
  • In order to learn about the candidate's qualifications and work experience, and to explore any gaps in their CV with them, our consultants interview candidates prior to introducing them as potential employees to employers.
  • Our consultants always ask in-depth and probing questions.
  • When being made an offer, candidates are notified that the offer is subject to the satisfactory outcome of all verification processes and reference checks.

CV fraud could cost a company a fortune. If you want to ensure that your next hire is the right hire, contact Network Recruitment.

Are you looking for an ITFinanceEngineering, or Contracting candidates? Contact Network Recruitment, your trusted partner in specialist IT, Finance and Engineering placements for 30 years.

Revealing the unreal CV
All you need to know about boosting up your CV to impress a possible employer.
Revealing the unreal CV
11/15/2017 2:50 PMCVs and ResumesLerato Mashego11/15/2017 2:50 PM
IT job, Finance job, Engineering job, job interview, job offer

You've followed the straight and narrow, were (mostly) completely honest during all job interviews and didn't boost up your CV to impress that possible employer.  However, you still haven't received any job offers.  Slowly but surely you're getting desperate.   The bills are piling up and your children need new shoes or your manager is constantly on your back and looking over your shoulder. 

You are ready to quit this job sooner than later…but first, you need to secure another position.  So you consider tweaking your CV.  You know, just to ensure that your skills match the employers' job spec.  Maybe you make a little change to your employment history.  And nobody really cares if you describe your post-graduate degree as completed, right?  You only needed two more subjects to finalise it anyway.

What is CV fraud?
CV fraud refers to any act that involves providing fictitious, exaggerated, or otherwise misleading information on a job application or CV.   If you knowingly provide inaccurate information to a potential employer, it's almost always grounds for immediate dismissal from the position or retracting of an offer.   Lying on your CV isn't a criminal offence per se, but once you begin obtaining money under false pretences, it equals to deception and fraud.  In some cases, you could face legal implications and even jail time.  When applicants submit a fraudulent CV, what is the most common misleading or untrue information presented?

The most common themes on fraudulent CVs
According to Nina de Winter-Peer, Head of Communications at Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), about 10% of CVs received for screening contain some sort of fraudulent information.  And it is widespread, with candidates ranging in age, job level and industries. It seems that the most common themes related to fraudulent CVs are stretching of dates of employment, inflating past accomplishments and skills, enhancing job titles and responsibilities, false information related to education and degrees, unexplainable gaps in employment due to a  criminal record, omitting past employment, faking credentials, fabricating reasons for leaving a previous job and providing fraudulent references.

Why do applicants include misleading information on their CVs?
Applicants mainly present misleading information in an attempt to receive an offer for a higher-paying job.  These applicants also strive to fill high-status positions in order build their CVs.  Some applicants are newly graduated or have been unemployed for some time, and are desperate to find any kind of work.

Can you get away with it? Do you even want to?
Research shows that applicants who present fraudulent CVs, and subsequently fill the position they applied for, often experience low work satisfaction due to lack of necessary skills and high anxiety levels due to uncertainty. They also often experience high-stress levels when they can't live up to expectations or deliver on promises.  This is especially prominent when the applicant is appointed to a senior position but isn't equipped to handle the responsibilities that accompany the role.

Still considering including false degree certificates or omitting your criminal record? Don't underestimate the employers' savvy and resources invested in background checking.  Assume that your credentials, qualifications and references will be checked and verified.  If you haven't completed your degree or have credit problems, it's best to take control of the situation and be upfront about it. 

Depending on the situation and context, the employer won't automatically dismiss you as a potential candidate.  Being upfront could count in your favour – the employer will probably applaud your ability to take the bull by the horns and manage a potentially difficult or uncomfortable situation.

Can you imagine the career impediments if your false claims come to light?  Not only will it ruin your reputation and credibility, but no reputable recruitment agency would want to represent you again.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

You sent your CV to a specialist recruitment agency Pt What to expect if you qualify
After coming across a career opportunity from a specialist recruitment agency and reading the job description, one is almost certain they are the right person for the job.
You sent your CV to a specialist recruitment agency Pt What to expect if you qualify
11/25/2016 2:38 PMCVs and Resumes, Job SearchLerato Mashego11/25/2016 2:53 PM
Recruitment agency, Recruitment company, IT jobs, Jobs in IT, IT vacancies, Finance jobs, Jobs in finance, Finance vacancies, Engineering jobs, Jobs in Engineering, Engineering vacancies

job seeker.jpgAfter coming across a career opportunity from a specialist recruitment agency and reading the job description, one is almost certain they are the right person for the job. You carefully tweak your CV and cover letter and without any further delay, you apply.

A couple of weeks later, you receive a call from the recruiter. Immediately you think you're a shoe-in for the job. I mean, the recruiter would not have contacted you if you weren't the right person for the position right? Wrong!

The recruitment process it complex and if one doesn't grasp how it functions, it can be frustrating. That first point of contact from the recruiter is more of a formality before the interview process begins than a confirmation that you have the job. Yes, they have seen your CV and do somewhat think you could be the right fit for that job BUT they might have another opportunity they would like to discuss with you that you are more suited for.

While recruitment methodologies differ from one agency to another, candidates who apply for an opportunity via a recruitment agency should expect more or, less this process:

Step 1: Candidate applies for a career opportunity
There are various channels job seekers can apply for a career opportunity. Given the digital age, most specialist recruiters advert opportunities online.

Step 2: Specialist recruiter reviews CV
Recruiters spend on average eight seconds examining a job seekers CV to determine if they are a potential for a career opportunity. A recruiter reviews the following elements; candidates name, current organisation / title, previous employment/ title / organisation, previous positions start and end dates, education and skills. If the candidate's profile is what the recruiter is searching for they will make the next step below.

Step 2: Recruiter gives the candidate a call
The recruiter screens the candidate telephonically – if the candidate ticks all the boxes, the recruitment consultant will invite the candidate for an introductory interview. If the candidate DOESN'T tick all of the boxes, their CV will be included in the agency's database.

Step 3: Schedule introductory interview
The recruiter will send an email to confirm the interview with the recruiter as well as a few documents the candidate should complete.

Step 4: Meeting with recruiter                                  
When the candidate meets with the specialist recruiter, they must come prepared to discuss work history, career goals, experience etc. The recruitment consultant will also discuss the plans he / she has for the candidate. (Whether it's to present the candidate to an employer or future employer). THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STAGES OF THE INTERVIEW PROCESS SO TREAT IT AS SUCH! How you prepare for this interview, is a direct indication of how you are perceived by the recruiter.

Step 5: Candidate meets with potential employer
After the recruiter has successfully soft-sold the candidate to the employer, the client may request to meet with the candidate (if they like the candidate). This step is also highly important as you will have to sell yourself as well as your skills to the employer. Prove to them that you are the right person for the job.

Step 6: Debrief
The recruiter will follow-up with the candidate to hear how the interview went. After consulting with the employer, if the candidate was successful, the employer will approach the recruiter with a job offer.

Step 7: Recruiter presents candidate with job offer
Once a job offer has been extended, it's important that the candidate doesn't take long to accept.

Step 8: Candidate accepts offer
After the candidate has accepted the offer, the recruiter will keep in touch during the resignation month and also when the candidate starts.

In recent years, the recruitment industry has been given a bad name for not providing a great candidate experience. Although some recruiters are trying to change this stigma by being transparent, it's also up to the candidate to make this partnership work.

This process is lengthy and it requires candidates to practice some patience. Just because recruiters are not providing the results in the time frame you expected doesn't mean that they are incompetent, at times it means they are trying to secure a job opportunity that is best suited for you. And that unfortunately takes time.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here  to APPLY. 

CV face lift smooth out the wrinkles
In today's job market, job seekers need to prepare themselves for stiff competition. As a result, you need to ensure that your CV immediately catches the eye
CV Face lift Smooth out the Wrinkles
CV face lift
11/17/2016 1:28 PMCVs and ResumesLerato Mashego11/17/2016 1:48 PM
CV, resume, IT jobs, Finance jobs, Engineering jobs, Jobs in IT, Jobs in finance, Jobs in engineering, IT vacancies, Finance vacancies, Engineering vacancies

CV face liftIn today's job market, job seekers need to prepare themselves for stiff competition. As a result, you need to ensure that your CV immediately catches the eye. As your career gradually transforms so should the format of your CV.  Gone are the days where specialist recruiters spent minutes reading a CV from top to bottom. We live in an era where it only takes eight seconds for a specialist recruiter or a hiring manager, to identify the correct hire.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not necessarily have to limit your CV to two pages. It needs to convey value to the recruiter. Arrange the contents of CV to guide the reader's eye by elaborating on your current or recent employment. Ideally, your career progression should be listed in reverse chronological order.

Start by composing a career synopsis that states your years of experience, career history, and career achievements. Ensure that you incorporate a list of your core duties and skills in bullet point clearly elaborating where your expertise lies. Ensure that your career achievements are also properly highlighted.

Include career achievements such as type and size of the projects you have worked on, the accounts you represented, the clients you serviced, or the team you supervised.

Give consideration to moving the education section to the end of your CV and shift your focus to the skills you managed to develop post your graduation. Your CV should communicate a story of your career to the recruiter.

Granted that if you have been working for a number of years, you might not be aware of the software used by organisations to eliminate candidates. They do this by identifying which CVs consists of relevant industry keywords. Pay attention to the terms / languages that were used in the career advert and include the same terms and languages in your CV.

The purpose of your resume is to ensure it lands you a job interview. So, if you want to land that job interview, make your CV elicit the desire within the recruiter or hiring manager, to meet you.

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

Explaining your career gap
Explaining your career gap
9/1/2016 11:15 AMCVs and ResumesLerato Mashego9/1/2016 11:28 AM

13903383190_179c9e6ee2_o.jpgAre you worried that the career break you took some time back may reflect negatively on your CV and may hinder your chances of getting the job you are currently applying for? The desire to show off your career progression and increasing scope and responsibility may sometimes come to a halt when a specialist recruiter realises the career break in your CV. Should your CV deem worthy of the job spec, the recruiter will most likely request to meet with you in person. The possibility of the recruiter asking you about your career break is inevitable.​

"From my experience, candidates tend to hide their gap by either omitting this detail or providing incorrect commencement and end dates on their CV's. After probing in interviews, this detail is often brought to light, leaving the recruiter feeling unsure of the candidate's trustworthiness and a lack of rapport, despite the amazing skill set he or she might have," says Kerry-Anne du Plessis, Branch Manager at Network IT Executive,

However, if approached in the right way, your career break needn't be a hindrance. Many good candidates have a justifiable career gap in their CV's due to retrenchments, financial instabilities in this tough economic time, full time studying and personal reasons such as sabbaticals etc.​

How to explain the career gap:​

1. Be honest.
Candidates have been declined a job offer because they were dishonest. "Some clients would rather employ an honest person and provide training, rather than an individual with a good skill set that is not transparent." du Plessis adds,

2. Include the career gap in your cover letter.
Recruiters will want to know why there is a career gap in your employment history. It is advisable to acknowledge the career break in your cover letter and briefly explain it. Once the recruiter has requested to meet with you for an interview, only then can you talk more about it at length. "Remember a good recruiter might probe you around your career gap, as it can be expected that your potential employer will identify this area, so the more forthcoming you are with this detail, the more likely they are to secure you an interview," du Plessis states.

3. Highlight the reason why you were let go from your previous job.
If your past company or department downsized or restructured you need to emphasise that. Candidates send to withhold certain information regarding their reasons for leaving previous jobs from recruiters and potential employers – this might be a bad reflection of their work ethic as well.

4. Be proactive.
If you are currently seeking employment, consider taking a course, seeking professional mentoring or taking up a volunteering post. This demonstrates to the recruiter that you are spending your time effectively.

5. Have confidence.
Discussing how you became unemployed can be rather uncomfortable especially if you were fired. BUT, have the confidence in the skills that you managed to accomplish during the break with poise and professionalism.

6. Be positive.
In some cases, career gaps are due to personal reasons such as taking care of a family member, going back to school or travelling. Talk about what you learnt and accomplished during that time. Let your recruiter know what activities you have been involved in that interim to elevate yourself professionally.

Seeking employment, whether permanent or part-time is a full-time job. It is at this point where you feel the most vulnerable. It makes no difference how hard-working, responsible and diligent you are, it is easier to re-enter the market if you continue to sharpen your skills and industry knowledge. Although it may be tempting to extend your employment period from your previous job. Don't! It is highly possible that the recruiter will find that out when verifying your references.

And lastly, maintain your network of industry contacts, keep up to date with the technologies and trends in your industry.

"Should you have a career gap on your CV, make it your duty to ensure that your recruiter does not view it as a period of stagnancy and has a justifiable clause in explaining this to your next employer!" du Plessis concludes.

Kerry-Anne du Plessis is a Branch Manager at Network Recruitment.​

Looking for an IT jobFinance job or, Engineering job?

Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs.
Click here to APPLY. ​

The biggest CV blunders
The biggest CV blunders
8/31/2016 12:02 PMCVs and ResumesLerato Mashego8/31/2016 12:04 PM

fountain-pen-270974_960_720.jpgThe word CV is made up of two words, but its contents can make or break your career. Because it's the first point of contact you have with a specialist recruiter, it's where you demonstrate your suitability for the role. This means you need to take your time creating a CV that will speak volumes on your behalf.

The key to demonstrating that you are the right fit for the role is basic. However, many professionals seeking employment forget these vital details. As a result, they end up ruining their opportunity at impressing the recruiter.

Wrong attachment
We have received emails from candidates applying for a job but forgetting to attach their CV.
Solution: Check your attachments before you upload.

Unprofessional photos
It's still uncertain where the practice of enclosing a picture of yourself hails from as it makes no difference whether your picture is attached or not.
Solution: If you are going to attach a picture of yourself along with your CV, make sure that it is a professional head and shoulder shot.

Poor CV format
CVs are supposed to be clear and concise. If your CV doesn't achieve this, you probably missed the chance to make a good first impression.
Solution: Avoid complex CV formats that make your CV difficult to absorb, and fonts that are difficult to read. Add bullets to your CV outlining your responsibilities as many professionals prefer writing their responsibilities in paragraph format. Most people think less is more which is not true. Add as much information as you can. Structure your CV in chronological order starting with your current position and working backwards.

Quantify your experience
When you are drafting your CV, be careful not to give vague explanations of your previous jobs.
Solution: It's always a good idea to list your duties and how you executed them. If you have any achievements, mention them.

The job market is competitive, therefore it's crucial that your CV makes a good first impression. By knowing these CV blunders and avoiding them, your CV will probably get you that job interview. Take your time in creating your CV, check and double check it and never leave it to the last minute.

Looking for an IT jobFinance job or, Engineering job?

Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs.
Click here to APPLY. ​

Important Things to Highlight in Your CV
Important Things to Highlight in Your CV
2/12/2016 3:33 PMCVs and ResumesSharePoint Admin Account4/13/2016 3:43 PM

8.8 seconds is all the time your CV needs to make a lasting impression.

A great CV will prompt a recruiter to invite you to an interview. The secret to a great CV is to ensure that it's easy to read and is structured and error-free.

The structure of a resume has changed over time and what should or shouldn't be included is always debated. However, the golden rule is that you should always structure your CV so that it grabs a recruiter's attention, gets you an interview and, ultimately, lands you the job.

Highlight the following on your CV:

  • Completed qualifications
    Always includ all of your completed qualifications, starting with the most recent. However, to keep your CV short, don't include every detail - like the subjects you studied. 
  • Accurate employment/ career history, with start and end dates
    "Always start with the most recent position, highlighting the correct start and end dates, to show that your CV doesn't have any career gaps," Talent Finder Team Leader, Madeleine Opperman explains. Never lie on your CV!  It should always be tailored to the job you are applying for – not 'one size fits all'.

  • Career/ leadership achievements
    Many professionals underestimate this information. It's important to showcase how you contributed and added value in previous roles so that you stand out from the rest.
  • Detailed job responsibilities and duties
    List specific responsibilities for each job. Doing so advertises what you did in each job as job titles vary from one company to another. You can include your reasons for leaving ONLY if it's not a generic reason.

  • Relevant references - with names and numbers
    Candidates are advised not to include personal references, so include only the contact details of people you reported directly to.

  • Your personal contact details
    This is an important part of your CV, which many people forget to include. Your cell phone number (maximum two numbers) and your email address are important.
Creating a CV takes a lot of work but once you've highlighted the correct information, structured it correctly and proofread it, it definitely won't let you down!

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