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

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

 

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

Four tips to make you employable
We share four tips to make you more employable!
employable
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.
internal auditors
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. 

 

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

Does job hopping affect your profile?
Watch this video to find out the five benefits of job hopping in 2019
job hopping
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

 

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.
supply chain
Supply chain
4/17/2019 4:35 PMJob Search, OtherLerato Mashego4/17/2019 4:35 PM
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.
job seeker tips
Job search
3/27/2019 10:25 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego3/27/2019 10:25 AM
network recruitment, recruitment agencies, job search, job seeker

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. 

Soft skills that employers are looking for
Thinking of developing your soft skills? In this blog, we highlight three soft skills that employers are looking for.
soft skills
2/4/2019 11:05 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego2/4/2019 12:05 PM
Employers, job, Network Recruitment

employersIn the modern economy, landing your dream job is not solely dependent on your technical skills. Research indicates that a professional's ability to communicate, highlight their analytical skills and their ability to work well with others matters more to employers than ever before.

Whilst interviews often include conversations around a candidate's technical skills, it has become increasingly important to assess the individual's chances of fitting in with the organisation's culture and work environment.   Senior specialist recruiter, Nina Mans, advises that a candidate's soft skills are a huge part of the decision-making process. She explains that a candidate's soft skills, or lack thereof, are a good way for specialist recruiters to assess if the candidate will be the right culture fit or not.

"In my opinion, the culture of an organisation is reliant on its diverse employees' and how well they work with each other i.e. traditionalists (pre-1946), baby boomers (1946 – 1964), generation X (1965 – 1976), millennials or generation Y (1977 – 1997), generation Z (after 1997). Because of the huge difference in the way each generation operates and makes decisions, harmony in an environment might be difficult to achieve. Therefore, soft skills are a good way of assessing if the candidate will fit in with the ethos of the company," explains Mans.

If you're thinking of developing your soft skills, here are three skills that employers are looking for:

1.    Creative problem-solving skills

According to Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster, employers are looking for professionals who know how to solve issues on their own.

2.    Be an effective communicator

Employers want their employees to have good communication skills, both verbal and written.

3.    Leadership skills

Your capabilities to effectively lead a team will be essential as you move up the corporate ladder.

Mans says that management can encourage the development of these skills by empowering their staff and creating an inclusive working environment where professionals are exposed to a range of scenarios.  In addition, management should provide staff with constructive feedback and the opportunity to learn from their mistakes without being judged, but rather celebrated for overcoming a challenge.

The current job market is a difficult one and quite passive. Mans understands job seekers' frustrations when they apply for a job and don't receive any feedback. She advises job seekers to be focused in their approach and to target the right companies and people. "Once you send your CV, ensure that it fits the advertised role 100%. Furthermore, follow-up by picking up the phone and presenting yourself to the recruiter as well," she concludes.

Nina Mans is an Executive Specialist Consultants at Network Recruitment

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

Five signs it’s time for a career move
With 2019 in full swing, it’s necessary to take stock and do some career soul searching to determine if it’s time to venture on to greener pastures. Here are five signs that will tell you it's time for a career move.
career move
1/30/2019 3:30 PMJob SearchLerato Mashego1/30/2019 3:30 PM
Network Recruitment, Jobs, career

job tipsIn a previous article, The flip side to job-hopping, Network Recruitment shared about the changing perception to job-hopping, particularly in the contracting job market. There are vital benefits that you can access from being a job-hopper, for example seeing an increase in your earning potential and gaining a variety of skills.

With 2019 in full swing, it's necessary to take stock and do some career soul searching to determine if it's time to venture on to greener pastures. Although the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side of the corporate office park, it's possible that you've learned all you can from your current environment.

The question then becomes, 'how do you know when it's time to move on to another job opportunity?'  Below are some signs that it's time for a career move.

You're going through the motions…

You do your job and you do it well.  However, somewhere between eight and five, you lose the joy.  You may have started your job as a trainee and currently, you have a lot of experience to show for it; maybe more than your current position requires.  If you can't utilise your experience in your current job, it's probably time to start looking for new opportunities where you can put your skills to use.  Like a plant ready to be re-potted, you won't be able to grow without a different environment.

…as well as the emotions

If you're experiencing mostly negative emotions regarding your job, it's time to curb the emotional wildfire.  Are you bored, angry, depressed or unhappy at work most of the time? Do you have physical discomfort, like stomach-aches, headaches or insomnia due to constant work-related stress? Investigate the reasons – and change the source of the problem – or get out.  Unhappiness could undermine your health, and your negative feelings could isolate you from colleagues, which makes the situation even worse.

You're foreign to the corporate culture

In many ways, corporate culture is like a personality.  In a person, the personality is made up of values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, interests, experiences, upbringing and habits.  These factors result in a person's behaviour.  You just not feel comfortable with the unspoken codes of behaviour of this 'personality' you have to work with every day.  If it doesn't fit now, it probably never will.

You just can't manage the management style

Do you need to report every time you run to the bathroom or make yourself a cup of coffee?  Life happens, children get sick unexpectedly or your dentist appointment is due.  If your manager isn't flexible enough to manage you like the professional and skilled employee you are, it might to time to manage yourself out of there.

Your job is dominating every area of your life

If your job demands all of your energy and time, with no regard for work-life balance, you could be on dangerous ground.  Burn-out and divorce could leave you with no family, no peace and a possible loss of reputation.  Get your priorities straight and find a job that values you.

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

Recruitment consultants - the answer to your job search
Make use of one of Network Recruitment’s specialist consultants to help you with your job search headaches.
Network Recruitment Recruitment consultants
1/22/2019 12:40 PMJob Search, RecruitmentLerato Mashego1/22/2019 12:40 PM
Network Recruitment, Job search, Specialist recruitment consultant,  jobs, Recruitment agency, Recruitment company

You've done everything possible to get your foot in the door; updated your CV profile, included references, joined online job platforms and submitted dozens of applications with no result.  Let Network Recruitment manage your job search so that you can achieve the result of moving to your desired role. Making use of one of Network Recruitment's specialist consultants is the ideal solution to your job search headaches.

What does a recruitment consultant do?

Recruitment consultants facilitate the entire hiring process – from receiving the job spec from the hiring company/ employer to supporting the newly-placed candidate in their new position.  Niche agencies, such as Network Recruitment, specialise in a particular area of staffing.  Consultants at Network Recruitment, in particular, are highly trained and have in-depth knowledge about the specific industry's background, market and jargon.

What you need to know

  • Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening and selecting qualified candidates to fill a vacant position.
  • Organisations often outsource this process to professional recruitment agencies, where recruitment consultants are briefed to act as co-ordinators between the candidate and employer.
  • At Network Recruitment, consultants are highly skilled and experienced to match candidates to specific positions, according to the employers' expectations and corporate culture fit. 

These are the benefits of using one of Network Recruitment's specialist consultants

One of the main advantages of using a specialist recruitment consultant is access to job offerings that you as a job seeker won't come across in your typical search.  Furthermore, they are able to offer advice about specific industry trends and how these influence your career search.

What you need to know…

  • Network Recruitment maximises your efficiency as a job seeker, as we manage the job search process on your behalf.
  • Consultants have connections to various companies and hiring managers in your industry – an advantage that often leads to placements. 

This is what you can expect from a Network Recruitment consultant

Possibly the most distinguishable skill between a successful and unsuccessful consultant is the ability to listen to the candidate and to read between the lines.  A reputable recruitment consultant will keep the candidate's wishes top-of-mind, treat their profile as confidential and provide honest advice.

What you need to know…

  • The consultant should schedule a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss your aspirations, skills and needs.
  • During this meeting, the consultant will also get a feel for your personality and temperament, which play a role in corporate culture fit.
  • Remember that consultants can't guarantee a job or job interview. 

What is expected of you?

It is important to remember that it is YOUR job search!

What you need to know…

  • Follow-up with the consultant on a regular basis via e-mail or telephone.
  • Be honest with your consultant and disclose possible sensitive information, such as a criminal record or if you were fired from a previous position.
  • Supply the consultant with a profile, which is targeted towards a particular industry.
  • Tell the consultant if you don't want them to send your profile to particular companies, such as your current employer.
  • Mention any important factors or constraints that they should keep in mind, such as a disability or special needs.

Network Recruitment has proven itself for over 30 years.  Contact us to turn your job aspirations into reality, hassle-free.

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

Four effective tips to keep up with the job market
Tips to ensure your ideal employment doesn't pass you by by Network Recruitment.
job tips
12/3/2018 11:00 AMJob SearchLerato Mashego12/3/2018 11:00 AM
Recruitment, Recruitment agency, Recruitment company, job, new position

job marketAll professionals will search for a job opportunity at one point or another. Whether you're happy employed or ready for a new challenge, here are tips to ensure your ideal employment doesn't pass you by. 

1.    Get updates via social media
Companies often post new and immediate jobs on social media. Allow their tweets, statuses, and pins in your feed, and be one of the first to know about new open positions.

2.    Keep up with industry news
Make time to browse through articles on a daily basis. This will help you succeed in your current position (by becoming an expert in your field). Furthermore, you'll be the first to know when a significant change happens or an exciting opportunity becomes available.

3.    Set Alerts
Some companies have ways to set alerts for new positions that become available. On a wider scale, you can set Google alerts to send you an email when something of interest pops up in search results.

4.    Get—and Stay—on the Radar
Continue to make networking a priority, even while you're happily employed.  You'll open yourself up to new working relationships and future opportunities.

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

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