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How to position yourself as a leader in the IT Finance or Engineering industries
Become an effective leader by embracing a leadership style that is about helping, inspiring and movitating others.
How to position yourself as a leader in the IT Finance or Engineering industries
3/14/2017 9:16 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego3/14/2017 9:32 AM
leadership, developer, write code, IT, Finance, Engineering,

leadership.jpgIn today's ever-evolving job market, a leader is a person who creates an inspiring vision for the future of the business, motivates and inspires people to engage with the vision, successfully manages people to bring the vision to life, and builds and coaches a team to effectively achieve the vision.

Becoming a leader in your respective sector is a skill that is developed over a period of time. Here is how you should position yourself as a leader in our specialised niche areas:

IT
In the IT industry you need to bear in mind that a title is not everything. Authority can be granted, but leadership is earned. You must recognise that you can be in a leadership position without having an official title - leadership is not always conferred by a title.

If you intend to become a lead developer in your organisation, you will need to earn the respect and trust of your team. You need to demonstrate that not only are you technically competent, but that you also have the capacity to foster relationships, motivate and inspire others, and create a sense of unity within the team. In short, you need to lead by example.

As a leader in the IT sector, you will need to set standards (leading by example) to ensure excellence in terms of product delivery. If you want your team to write better code, you will need to write better as well and write it in such a way that the code is obvious. Once they see your code, it will inspire them to deliver the same quality code.

Finance
Professionals in this industry need to understand that if they want to position themselves for a leadership role, it is important to recognise that providing financial information is not the only way to add value to an organisation.

Whilst technical skills such as analytical thinking, adherence to legislation and attention to detail are important, when one wishes to move into a leadership position it becomes necessary to develop leadership skills such as delegation and strategic problem-solving, amongst others. Your role as a leader may require you to develop meaningful and informed points of view to enable your employer to make strategic choices.

Engineering
Working yourself up through the ranks doesn't necessarily make you the leader that your organisation needs. Whilst you may be a fantastic engineer who delivers projects on time and in budget, being an effective leader requires a new skillset. You may need to change your perspective about business operations, and also how you interact with others.  This is especially true for those who aspire to leadership positions at a young age.

If you are an engineer, and are keen to develop yourself in a leadership role, you should consider appropriate professional development programmes which will enable or enhance your ability to think at a strategic level as opposed to a purely technical approach.  Managing big projects and teams will require you to have a diverse set of skills to effectively lead your team. Professor Neil Hopkinson, director of 3D-printing at Xaar, says "a leader also needs a broader understanding of different aspects of their organisation's work, not just knowledge of, and proficiency in, the technical engineering side."

Before you take up a leadership position, consider why you want to fulfil this type of role.  Is it because you want to earn more money and attain prestige, or is it because you want to lead and inspire people to become better developers, accountants, auditors, business analysts, engineers or project managers? To ensure that you are an effective leader, embrace a leadership style that is about helping others, leading them to success and inspiring them to be the best at what they do.

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

Have meaningful conversations with your employees about their career development
Keep your employees engaged by discussing their career development
Have meaningful conversations with your employees about their career development
2/28/2017 12:40 PMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego2/28/2017 12:51 PM
job seeker, career path, employment, career growth, career development programme, long-term sucess

meaningful conversationIn today's dynamic and high-pressure work environment it is easy for organisations to forget about establishing a solid personal development programme for employees. Whether your company has employees on a permanent or contract basis, having meaningful conversations about their career development is worth it, as it keeps the engaged. It's time organisations recognise the key to maintaining a competitive edge and that is to develop your employee's career across all facets of your organisation.

According to the 2015 LinkedIn Global Job Seeker Trends report, the main reason employees change jobs is the lack of career advancement opportunities in an organisation. Employees who feel that they do not have a realistic career path, or that they are not improving their skills, are more likely to leave an organisation than those who are learning and developing their skills and can visualise a future for themselves in the organisation. 

Employees who want to expand their career often seek employment at an organisation which provides realistic and achievable career growth opportunities. They perceive an employee development programme as a benefit which provides one with a competitive edge over other organisations which offer similar roles.

Organisations that provide training opportunities linked to career development goals demonstrate a commitment to employees that their future matters. Industry trends suggest that most professionals find this to be an important aspect of their careers, which in turn increases feelings of loyalty to the organisation and finally results in improved employee retention figures.

When professionals feel that an organisation values them, they typically share this positive experience with their personal networks. As a result, the organisation's reputation in the marketplace is enhanced and makes the organisation more attractive to high-quality candidates with the right combination of skills and experience.

Developing, implementing and sustaining a career development programme creates a pool of skilled workers and aids an organisation's overall succession planning strategy. Investing in employees' development needs also makes it easier to manage promotions internally as existing employees are already familiar with how the company operates.

Invest in the career development of your employees and keep them engaged while improving their skills. Once you embrace this, you position your organisation for long-term success.

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Why should you be thinking about a game plan for your career in
Move up the career ladder in 2017 and start developing your career.
Why should you be thinking about a game plan for your career in
2/2/2017 12:15 PMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego2/2/2017 12:43 PM
career, development, plan, education, job satisfaction, skills

career game plan.jpgIt is essential for you to have a career developing plan.  Some organisations may provide assistance in this regard, however, it's ultimately your career and it's up to you to have a plan.

With 2017 in full swing, you need to start thinking about moving upwards and progressing in your career.  Given the ever-changing job market, you cannot rely on your employer to identify your development needs. By constantly challenging yourself and maintaining high levels of professional competence, not only are you giving yourself a competitive edge, you are also becoming more employable.

It's essential that you focus on building your current competencies, irrespective of  whether you are seeking another career opportunity, greater responsibility or a promotion.  Whatever your aim, in order to maximise your full potential, you need to establish what you want and take ownership of in your continuous development.

Knowing what's important to you is a great foundation to expand your career, as you need to have an idea of where you want to end up.  This will help you identify various pathways that can and may be open to you.

Ask your manager or supervisor to give you some insight into which areas you may improve on.  Give consideration to what your interests, values, strengths and weaknesses are. Then explore the career options available that best suit your skills.  Once you are aware of the direction you wish to be heading in, you can start searching for skills developing opportunities.

A critical part of career development, is education.  South Africa provides options that professionals can consider if they want to further their career by taking online courses, part-time courses or distance learning programmes.  Online courses provide some flexibility to learn after working hours from the comfort of your home while part-time and distant learning requires you to attend classes, if you have the time to do so.  However, remember that you can also hone your skills from on-the-job experience and hands-on learning.  They are both valuable ways to develop your skills.

It is a necessity to keep developing throughout your career so that you advance to the employment opportunities that interest you the most.  Through constant development you will have the skills and the knowledge to succeed in the position you want.  Boost your career this year by taking your career and skills into your own hands.  Find job satisfaction, reach your goals and advance your skills and knowledge. 

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

Stay on top of your game if there are career growth options within the organisation
You have managed to initiate the career path conversation with your supervisor
Stay on top of your game if there are career growth options within the organisation
11/10/2016 9:54 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego11/10/2016 10:07 AM
Career development, IT jobs, jobs in IT, IT vacancies, engineering jobs, jobs in engineering, engineering vacancies, finance jobs, jobs in finance, finance vacancies

career developmentYou have managed to initiate the career path conversation with your supervisor. You have also discovered that the organisation has a career development program and your manager / supervisor has agreed to facilitate the process of providing more clarity in respect of your career path.

Career growth within an organisation is crucial in keeping employees engaged, motivated and satisfied in the workplace. Therefore, supervisors need to ensure that employees see their potential to advance within their current company. Managers may also consider facilitating internal transfers where employees assist other employees in different functions to explore new career opportunities within the company.

Although the collaboration is important for one's career advancement, you need to be accountable for them. Often, if professionals leave their career advancement to their supervisors, they discover the development opportunity is not entirely what they had in mind. Hence, professionals are required to remember that their career path should be specific, measurable, attainable and time bound.

Ask your manager to identify the skills and knowledge that you have to attain in order to elevate your career.  Ensure that your manager also mentions the soft skills or leadership qualities you need to assist in your career advancement.

To harness your way up on the corporate ladder, ask your manager to introduce you to key players in your company in order to fast-track the transition. By helping you connect with these players, you will not only gain access to valuable career guidance with others, but you will also be able to build a solid networking relationship.

Once your supervisor comprehends your aspirations and has provided you with the recommended learning and training and networking opportunities, keep the communication lines open. Career goals and aspirations many change over time, and a lack of communication can lead to frustration between the involved parties.

Supervisors have a limited amount of power in this regard.  However, by indicating the correct steps their employee needs to take to achieve that milestone, they are using the process to strengthen their chances of building loyalty.

Lastly, managers are the key source to an employee's developmental experience. Craft the career opportunities and elevate employees!

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

Stay on top of your game initiate a conversation with your manager about your career path
Initiating a conversation with your manager about your career path can be challenging. It should be approached with care to ensure a positive working relationship going forward.
Stay on top of your game initiate a conversation with your manager about your career path
11/8/2016 10:44 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego11/8/2016 11:06 AM
Career path, finance jobs, jobs in finance, finance vacancies, IT jobs, jobs in IT, IT vacancies, engineering jobs, jobs in engineering, engineering vacancies

planningInitiating a conversation with your manager about your career path can be challenging. It should be approached with care to ensure a positive working relationship going forward.  A discussion of this nature is beneficial to the employees, as they verbalise their career aspirations, and to managers, who should plan to assist their staff in attaining these goals. Whilst opinions may vary, both parties should engage one another with respect to achieve a mutually agreeable outcome.

Although discussions of this nature can be awkward, they don't have to be if you take the following into account: planning, relationship, and timing.

Planning
Planning is an essential management tool for any professional. Whilst your manager may have some degree of responsibility for your career path, you remain solely accountable for achieving your career goals. Now that you have established your strengths and weaknesses, as discussed in last week's blog​, you need to put a plan in place to enhance your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Discuss your career plan with your manager and agree on time-bound development activities which will help you to achieve your goals.

Relationship
The relationship that you have with your manager plays an important role in deciding on how to approach this type of a discussion. Many organisations have formal processes in place for discussing career development, and employees should use these to their advantage. You may want to consider conducting a few practice runs with a friend or family member before scheduling a meeting in this regard.

Timing
Be professional and schedule a meeting with your manager well in advance so that you both have enough time to prepare for this important discussion. Time the discussion in such a way that your manager can give you his / her undivided attention without any interruptions. In some cases, you may need to schedule a series of meetings to discuss different elements of your career path.

Once the conversation is over, give your manager enough time to address as they think best. Leave it completely in your manager's hands and wait for his / her next step.

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

Stay on top of your game conduct a yearend career audit
Towards the end of the year, everybody tries to finalise their outstanding work obligations before the start of the festive season. 
Stay on top of your game conduct a yearend career audit
11/1/2016 7:48 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego11/1/2016 8:00 AM
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Jobs in IT
IT vacancies
Finance jobs
Jobs in finance
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Engineering jobs
Jobs in engineering
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career audit

career auditTowards the end of the year, fatigue is at an all-time high. Everybody is trying to finalise their outstanding work obligations before the start of the festive season. As a result, this places professionals under even more pressure as they focus on achieving the career goals that they identified at the beginning of the year. 

Conducting a year-end career audit enables you to assess your current career situation and to measure your actual achievements against the goals you set: what did you achieve; where did you fall short; which challenges did you face?  Reviewing your successes and shortcomings will allow you to see things in perspective, and to correct areas that require attention.

However, the scope of a year-end career audit extends beyond your goals. Not only is it about quantifiable activities, it is also about "soft" issues such as relationships with your co-workers.   Consider the professional relationships you developed over the past year. If there are particular relationships that could improve, pay attention to these to resolve them in a productive manner which makes you a better colleague, communicator or employee.

Your career audit should include an assessment of the training or professional development programmes which you participated in. Review any seminars, courses, and workshops that could elevate your career in the next year. Identify the training that you require to strengthen weaker areas which will impact on your career growth.

Another area that needs to be audited is your current salary to ensure that you are maximising your earning potential. Make time to research average salaries for your position, taking into account your geographic location. Knowing your value is critical for career advancement.

Do a year-end career audit now to redefine your career development plan. Assess how satisfied you are with your current role, your skills, strengths, and weaknesses. Where do you ultimately see yourself?

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

How to become a Debtors Clerk
How to become a Debtors Clerk
9/22/2016 9:58 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego9/22/2016 10:20 AM

Debtors Clerk.jpgKnown in the industry as Accounts Receivable Clerks, Debtors Clerks work in the accounts department of an organisation managing debtor accounts, communicating with clients, resolving all queries and processing and reconciling debtors.

Not only do they keep a record of the money that is owed and paid to their organisation, the Debtors Clerks also determine which accounts are overdue. They contact the institutions / persons owing money to their organisation in order to retrieve the outstanding balance. They will then decide what steps need to be taken if the payments are not made. They also submit a record of all overdue accounts to the Financial Manager or Board of Accounts at the end of each month.  As a result, Debtors Clerks save their company money. 

Debtors Clerk need to be:

  • Good at accounting or mathematics
  • Computer literate
  • Confident
  • Logical
  • Firm with clients who are reneging on their debt
  • Very strict and deadline driven
  • Have a convincing personality

To become a Debtors Clerk, you should have passed matric (grade 12) with good marks in mathematics or accountancy as this will put you in a more advantageous position than your competitors.

Most Debtors Clerks receive in-house training.  However, if you want to work your way up in the organisation at an accelerated pace, consider studying towards a BCom degree or a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting at a tertiary institution.

Debtors Clerks who are passionate about their career can become bookkeepers but many become Credit Controllers or even Credit / Debtors Managers of very large organisations.

If you want to be successful in the financial field, jumpstart your career as a Debtors Clerk by considering the above criteria

Looking for an IT jobFinance job   or, Engineering job?

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Having a midlife career crisis Here is what you need to do
Having a midlife career crisis Here is what you need to do
9/8/2016 3:47 PMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego9/8/2016 3:49 PM

mid-life career crisis.jpgIt seems professionals aged 31-35 are unhappy at work, this is a finding by Vodafone. When the group was asked how they felt about their job, 59% of them felt undervalued, 49% were unfulfilled and 43% were demotivated.

Career anxiety is a reality. Feeling trapped, demotivated and discontent are some of the signs professionals experience in a mid-life career crisis. Wanting out, many 35+ professionals who are unhappy in the sectors ask themselves the 'how am I going to manage a career change at the age' question. They are either moderately alarmed or highly stressed at the mere thought of approaching their job search.

If you have been in one industry for many years and suddenly feel a career transition would be a bad idea as you have acquired one skill in one function? Never fear – make that career move.

Know your worth
Being in a career that makes you unhappy eats away at you. Not only does it affect the people you work with, it also affects your health. Once you start working on your CV – you will soon realise that your work experience is quite impressive.

Update your skills
before you make that career move, make sure your skills are not out-of-date. Specialist recruiters are looking for energetic, innovative, vibrant professionals with current skill sets. Invest in your skills development.

Don't let the frustration get the better of you
Never let your emotions control. Countless times we have seen professionals wake up one morning and resign without a backup plan. Panicking is not your answer. Give yourself weeks to think about the life-changing decision you are about to make. Even the most self-aware individuals aren't always objective when it comes to their emotions.

Trust your Specialist Recruiter
If you're working with a recruitment agency, remember to trust your recruiter. They have your best interest at heart. Be forthcoming about your future career plans and expectations.

Many professionals have made career moves despite the notion that it is impossible. All you need is determination, a positive attitude, and perseverance.
Who knows, perhaps a mid-life career crisis might be a blessing in disguise.  

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How to be clever about studying on the side while working
How to be clever about studying on the side while working
9/7/2016 9:15 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego9/7/2016 9:43 AM

020.jpgAre you ready to make a career move and want to pursue a bigger role in your IT, Finance or Engineering job? It's time you consider studying part-time.

Investing in your career requires a lot of time and energy. It involves hard work and putting in extra hours to refine your skills and knowledge. Therefore, you will need to invest a significant amount of time in order to achieve this.

Upskilling yourself by adding to your current qualification can possibly improve your chances of getting that promotion you have always wanted. Before you sign up for a course, take heed, you have to be mentally prepared for what is coming ahead. Studying part-time while working full-time entails retraining your mind and splitting your focus into different areas of your life.

Be smart about your part-time studies by considering these tips:

1.    Create a suitable study schedule
Instead of leaving your studies to the last minute, create a monthly study schedule that will help you fit all the study material you need to read through. Create your study schedule a month in advance, know when you will be studying and stick to it. Be productive and remember to schedule breaks in between.

2.    Join a study group
To avoid getting distracted, join a study group. You will gain new insight and get a fresh perspective on the study material you have seen before. Joining a study group can help you learn new study techniques that can help you in the future.

3.    Be active
Most professionals think that being active means playing sports. But that's not the case. It means moving your body. Whether you are walking around the block or, walking the dog, you are boosting your brain power which can make you study better. Studies indicate that people who exercise have better brains which help them pay attention.

Studying and working simultaneously is a reality. Propel yourself and career forward and enhance your knowledge, work ethic to pursue a bigger and better role.

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Volunteering while in university gives you a head start after graduation
Volunteering while in university gives you a head start after graduation
7/8/2016 11:54 AMCareer Management & DevelopmentLerato Mashego7/8/2016 11:59 AM

graduate.jpg"It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience" - Julius Caesar

Why should I consider volunteering? How much will they pay me? This is a popular response when asked about volunteering.

A millennial asked, "I have a BSc Computer Science degree why should I volunteer for free if I can be a Mobile Developer and earn tons of money?"

"Well, I have a BEng in Electrical engineering I should easily get an Electrical engineering job, why would I even consider volunteering – I have the skills", an engineering graduate mentions.

Sadly this is the general thought surrounding volunteering amongst newly qualified job seekers. Many graduates are hoping to get an IT job, finance job or an engineering job soon after they graduate but lack the relevant experience to secure the job opportunity they want or dream of. Want your application to stand out from the crowd, maybe it's time to consider volunteering.

There are plenty of reasons (not always obvious) why I think graduates should consider volunteering.

Builds character
It teaches you humility. When you start volunteering you will begin to put someone else's needs (the company's) ahead of your own. Instead of thinking 'what's in it for me' you shift your thinking to what can I do for the company. Rest assured, you will definitely reap the rewards later.

Gain exposure
Volunteering broadens your scope as you will be given the chance to expand on your network with like-minded people and do a variety of things. Not only will you learn various aspects that are not within your qualification, you will learn the importance of going over and about what is required of you. 

Gain real work experience
Employability skills, confidence, responsibility, knowing your own strength and resilience, problem-solving and accountability – these are soft skills you will only learn in the work environment. Learning these skills will make you stand out from the competition.

A good example of the impact volunteering has on your career is the story of Nick Rao who volunteered on the Matsulu project in 2013, before becoming the Finance Manager for Tenteleni in September 2015. The skills he learnt and develop assisted him in his job search. "The skills I learnt and developed certainly helped me to stand out from the crowd – and interviews were also a great opportunity to talk about an amazing two-month experience," he writes.

Still think volunteer is unnecessary? Think again.

Marna Thompson is a Branch Manager at Network Recruitment.

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