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The plight of the overqualified
Overqualified is a pretext for something that the hiring manager might not be in a position to disclose. If you have been told that you are overqualified, here is how you can counter it in future
The plight of the overqualified
10/7/2020 8:00 AMRecruitmentBridget Maoko10/7/2020 12:00 AM
hiring manager, overqualified, recruiter, job search

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According to a recent study done by SC Johnson College of Business, managers are likely to make an offer to candidates with a less impressive CV as opposed to one with a stellar CV.


This is because hiring managers assume that candidates with a stellar CV won't be as committed to the company as candidates with an average CV.



Hiring managers are people and thus prone to vanities and bias so the findings in this study may not be 'all true' and this may vary based on the company and nature of the role. However, if you have been told that you are overqualified, here is how you can counter it in the future. But first, let's break down why you are likely to be labeled as 'overqualified.'

Overqualified is a pretext for something that the hiring manager might not be in a position to disclose, like:

  • You'd be difficult to manage
  • You're too old
  • You have high salary expectations
  • You are not a culture fit or
  • Your expertise could be viewed as a threat to existing management

Here are three ways to counter it

1. Highlight the underlying reasons for taking 'a lower job'
South Africa's economy shed 2,2 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020, couple that with COVID-19, 4IR, and many other factors it means that more people find themselves in the market even though they are highly skilled. The reasons may vary. Highlight clearly to the recruiter why you are taking 'a lower job.'

2. You have more to offer
Once you make it clear why you are downscaling, assure the hiring manager that they can benefit from your rich experience as you can easily scale up when tasked with difficult projects, and are likely to complete them on time and efficiently. Say this without sounding arrogant and making it seem like the job is too menial.

3. Be flexible on salary
During your conversation with the recruiter or hiring manager, make it clear that you expect to be paid the current market rate for the position and that your previous earrings are not relevant to your current job search.  There is a lot of factors that go into a hiring decision and being rejected for being 'overqualified' shouldn't stop your search.

If you are looking for a job as an IT, Finance, or Engineering candidate. Visit our website to register your CV and apply online. We are Market Leaders in Specialist Recruitment.

How covid-19 is changing the face of recruitment
Thanks to Covid-19, the world is facing uncertainty in all industries, and recruitment is no different. This pandemic has changed the hiring process as we know it. And going back to normalcy might be a thing of the past.
How covid-19 is changing the face of recruitment
5/12/2020 11:00 AMRecruitmentBridget Maoko5/12/2020 11:00 AM
Covid-19, recruitment, Virtual recruiting, remote working

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Thanks to Covid-19, the world is facing uncertainty in all industries, and recruitment is no different. This pandemic has changed the hiring process as we know it. And going back to normalcy might be a thing of the past. Here is why: 

Virtual recruiting is here to stay
Most consultants source candidates online and have been doing so even before COVID-19. Social media, online job portals, ATS et al. Telephonic interviews have always been part of the process and the prolific use of Zoom, Skype and other video apps will not necessarily plummet after COVID-19. Recruitment companies have to refine attracting, recruiting onboarding, and retaining their virtual teams going forward. 


Remote work
Chats about remote work have been at the forefront of most employees, especially those whose roles are purely digital. Actually 'remote work' is not a new phenomenon. Many Fortunes 500 companies spearhead this trend. It will be interesting to see how - as the virus diminishes, organisations may suggest a permanent shift toward working from home for certain roles. 

Marketing 
Recruitment and related marketing strategies that remain the same as before COVID-19 will likely fail as there has been a shift in the labour market. Changes in regulations around how non-essential businesses can conduct operations daily and the pace at which hiring needs to happen in some industries. Talent acquisition managers and marketing will have to change their strategies in order to align with the changing need in the recruitment industry or risk failure. 

Office space 
A number of companies are keen to get their employees back into the office but as the law states, they need to create more space between teams and supply personal protective equipment (PPE.) Also, the reality of bringing a number of people that have been furloughed during lockdown back to work and expecting them to 'just' get back to work will be something interesting observe. 

Increased number of applicants post COVID-19
The unemployment numbers in South Africa were horrifying pre-COVID 19. One can only imagine what the stats will be post it. The reality is: people are falling through the cracks when it comes to income and job retention and this is going to cause an increase in applicant numbers when businesses reopen their doors. Are recruitment companies ready for this influx of candidates? 
This virus has revealed the need for technologies that support a remote work environment and companies that did not have the necessary tools and technologies are going to feel the pinch even more.

We are Market Leaders in Specialist Recruitment. Visit our website to learn more about us. 

5 Tips to work effectively with a specialist recruiter
We share tips that will ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your relationship with your specialist recruiter.
working with a specialist recruiter
working with a recruiter
3/28/2019 12:55 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/28/2019 12:55 AM
recruitment agencies, network recruitment

working with a recruiterThe relationship between a specialist recruiter and employer can only be of benefit to both parties. These specialist consultants have the expertise and experience to source top talent in a scarce skills market, they are reliable, and they have a clear understanding of what an employer is looking for in a candidate.

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

1.    Be open with your recruiter

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

2.    Always keep the lines of communication open

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

3.    Develop a level of trust

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

4.      Find the right specialist recruiter for your business

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

5.    Cultivate the relationship you have with your current agency

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

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

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

Network IT & Insource. ICT merger
From 1 May 2019, Insource.ICT will become Network IT Recruitment.
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merger
3/25/2019 9:25 AMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/25/2019 9:25 AM
network recruitment, it recruitment, insource.ICT, network it recruitment

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Amp up the recruitment process: quality vs quantity
Over the years, there has been continuous debate about a qualitative vs quantitative recruitment process.
recruitment process
Recruitment process
3/14/2019 1:45 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego3/14/2019 1:45 PM
recruitment agencies, recruitment companies, network recruitment. it recruitment, network it recruitment, finance recruitment, network finance, engineering recruitment

recruitment processThe great debate

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

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

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

1.    Get in touch with a specialist recruitment company

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

2.    Collaborate and host events with recruitment agencies

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

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

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

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

Specialisation, and why it works
There is a reason why clients and candidates alike choose to work with Network Recruitment. Our biggest differentiator, however, is that we are specialists.
recruitment specialists
Specialisation
2/15/2019 9:15 AMRecruitmentLerato Mashego2/15/2019 9:15 AM
Recruitment agencies, recruitment, network finance, recruitment agency, network engineering, job search, finance recruitment, it recruitment agencies

In a previous article, what makes Network Recruitment different, we shared why countless employers and candidates alike choose tIn a previous article, what makes Network Recruitment different, we shared why countless employers and candidates alike choose to work with us. Our biggest differentiator, however, is that we are a specialist recruitment agency in the sectors of IT, Finance and Engineering.

What does that mean?

This means that our recruiters do not consult outside their areas of specialisation. For example, you won't find a mechanical engineering recruiter dabbling with chemical engineering, or a Finance recruiter who specialises in Chartered Accountancy recruiting in the prudential risk niche.

How does Network Recruitment achieve this?

With more than 30 years in the business, this specialised focus has enabled our recruiters to build a significant base of technical knowledge and expertise. We invest in ongoing consultant training and develop our recruiters to become the best in the industry. Similarly, they are educated and undergo extensive technical training in specific niche areas in these three critical sectors. This training enables them to understand the requirements of available jobs in the market and equips them to assess candidates' technical ability and needs.

Why does it work?

In today's job market, the need for specialised skills has become apparent and we cannot ignore this need. For this reason, hiring managers, employers and job seekers prefer to engage with a recruiter or recruitment agency that specialises in their niche. They would like to work with recruiters who understand their industry and can speak their language.

Executives and employers trust Network Recruitment because of our flawless matching of candidates to jobs, effectiveness and fast turn-around time, all of which set us apart from our competitors.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering 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.

Network Recruitment, Your trusted partner
Network Recruitment has managed to cultivate partnerships with clients and candidates alike by positioning ourselves as a trusted partner for both. This is why we are the first point of contact for our partners.
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11/22/2018 2:25 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego11/22/2018 2:25 PM
Network Recruitment, specialist recruitment agency, specialist jobs, employment opportunities, specialist recruiters

Network RecruitmentWith more than 30 years' experience in the specialist recruitment industry, Network Recruitment has been developing and maintaining sustainable relationships with IT, Finance and Engineering clients and candidates. In addition, our specialist recruiters are committed to providing quality service and have been educated and extensively trained in each specific niche area within these sectors.

As such, we have managed to cultivate partnerships with clients and candidates alike by positioning ourselves as a trusted partner for both. This is why we are the first point of contact for our partners:

Reliable 

As the leaders in our specialist niche areas, our clients and 622k plus candidates rely on the expertise of our recruiters to either find them top talent or provide access to top job opportunities.  Our proactive methods and screening processes allow us to offer you exceptional service. We are your reliable partner in the recruitment industry.

Trustworthy 

Employers and job seekers trust Network Recruitment with their candidate and job searches. Whether you are looking for a candidate, or for contract employment opportunities, we ensure that the best placement solutions are offered. In addition, the relationships we have with our clients helps us understand their company culture in such a way that our consultants are able to correctly interpret and flawlessly match their needs with a candidate who meets their standard.

Loyal

We are loyal to both our clients and candidates. One crucial factor that aids us to maintain our competitive edge is the amount of dedication that goes in to either helping a candidate make a career move or assisting an employer find their next top hire. Network Recruitment is able to manage either a part of or the entire recruitment process on the client's behalf. This includes sifting through candidate applications, short -and long-listing and doing reference or security checks.

Committed 

Our clients and candidates feel assured that they are in a partnership that will not fail them as Network Recruitment is committed to offering the best solutions. Having successfully operated in the industry over so many years, Network Recruitment understands the significance of hiring the right candidates at the right time.  Our recruiters keep abreast of new technologies and trends in each niche, and actively track candidates, employers, and positions that are in high demand.

Rewarding

Working with specialists in the recruitment industry can be beneficial to you. Apart from our in-depth knowledge and the high calibre candidates at our disposal, Network Recruitment consultants offer a personal touch and provide you with a balanced view regarding the recruitment process. Our specialist services save you time and money and allow you to focus on your core business.

Supportive

Not only does Network Recruitment focus on placements, we also offer support to our clients and candidates by building good relationships with them through our pre –and post-placement programmes. Our pre-placement programme includes monitoring all progress made on the candidate's application, and our post-placement process provides support to both parties during the initial recruitment period, i.e. after an offer has been extended and accepted and during the first three months of employment. This innovative candidate-client strategy differentiates us from our competitors.

Honest

We have an open, honest and transparent relationship with our clients. Network Recruitment invests in its relationships first and as such maximises the power of the human connection. Since our consultants specialise in niche areas, they are able to deliver outstanding services as informed, honest and trusted advisors.

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

Why use a specialised recruitment agency to find candidates?
Professional agencies, like Network Recruitment, specialise in a particular area of staffing.  Consultants at Network Recruitment are highly trained and have in-depth knowledge about the specific industry’s background, market and jargon.
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9/11/2018 4:10 PMRecruitmentLerato Mashego9/11/2018 4:10 PM
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specialised recruitment agency to find candidatesFilling specialised vacant positions takes time. Fortunately, Network Recruitment's consultants are trained to attract, screen and select qualified candidates on your behalf.  This means that you, as the Hiring Manager or employer, can focus your energy on priority tasks other than finding your perfect hire.

The 101 on specialist recruitment agencies

Organisations often outsource the recruitment process to specialist recruitment agencies where recruitment consultants are briefed to act as a coordinator between the candidate and employer. 

The role of the consultant

In reputable agencies, these specialist recruitment consultants are highly skilled and experienced and possess the technical knowledge to match candidates to specific positions according to the employers' expectations and corporate culture fit.  Consultants also facilitate the entire process, from receiving the job spec from the hiring company to supporting the newly placed candidate in their new position.

Professional agencies, like Network Recruitment, specialise in a particular area of staffing.  Consultants at Network Recruitment are highly trained and have in-depth knowledge about the specific industry's background, market and jargon.

Here are the benefits of working with a specialist recruitment consultant at Network Recruitment:

  • The consultant brings a personal touch and provides a balanced view of the recruitment process.
  • The consultant takes responsibility for screening and selecting candidates prior to interviewing with the employer.
  • The services of the recruitment consultant ensure that employers find the best candidates to meet their specific requirements.
  • Specialist skills result in the sourcing of excellent candidates in a short amount of time.
  • The administrative burden and costs are reduced.

What does Network Recruitment bring to the table?

As a specialist recruitment agency, Network Recruitment has in-depth knowledge of the roles, positions, designations and compensation packages at all levels within the IT, Finance and Engineering sectors. We are dedicated to finding the right candidates and can also support the company by creating a package that will attract the best talent for that function.

Furthermore, Network Recruitment has a wide network of contacts within its niche industries and is able to source candidates with scarce skills with ease. The business risk with regard to placing a candidate in the company mostly falls on the recruitment consultant: if the recruitment firm is unable to place a candidate in the company, they do not get paid for the effort they put towards the placement. Which takes us to the next point of interest: why do companies pay a placement fee?

You get what you pay for

The short answer to this question is that a consultant saves you time. And time is money. In the end, it will still benefit the company financially if the consultant finds the perfect candidate at a fee within a month than if the hiring manager or HR try to, unsuccessfully, find candidates themselves - a process that could potentially take three to four months. In addition, the background checks, screening and reference checking will all be the employer's responsibility. 

In return, an organisation can expect exceptional service and results.  You can also expect regular updates and personal communication from your consultant. In short, that is exactly what Network Recruitment is all about: developing relationships, delivering results!

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

Recruitment, technology and the human element
Specialist recruiters need to know how to use technology to their advantage, but even the best technology cannot replace the human element and capacity to interpret a situation.
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5/24/2018 11:00 AMRecruitmentLerato Mashego5/24/2018 11:00 AM
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RecruitmentTechnology shouldn't be seen as an alternative to the human touch that a specialist recruiter contributes, even in an era where access to job opportunities and candidates is just a click away. Technology is a tool in the recruitment process but it cannot replace the process itself, which is people-driven.

Since our establishment in 1987, Network Recruitment is proud to be associated with more than 622 000 highly skilled candidates who at some stage of their career sought out the assistance of our specialist recruiters in their career move. This clearly indicates the value and benefit of a specialist recruitment agency for both employers and job seekers.

The true value, however, in working with a recruiter, as opposed to relying exclusively on technology, can be found in the following aspects:

Culture and value match
A good specialist recruiter understands the critical importance of the culture and value match between an employer and applicant.  He or she knows how to evaluate these aspects and bring the right people together. For example, our highly skilled recruiters understand the requirements of executives and hiring managers when employing staff. As a result 60% of our placements, especially in our finance division, is from repeat business.

Unique candidate qualities
Often, a candidate's CV doesn't always reflect their true strengths or most important qualities clearly. This means that, when employers use only technology to search for candidates, the real talent could be overlooked. A good recruiter draws out the talents and strengths of a candidate and brings it to the attention of the prospective employer. Our specialist recruiters build long-lasting relationships with South Africa's top talent. Take our Engineering division; they interview over 40 new engineers on a monthly basis.

The art of real communication
Successfully bringing together an employer and job seeker is a sensitive process which involves ongoing communication and negotiation. The art of communication becomes a half-painted picture without the human element.   The sole use of technology in the selection of candidates does not allow for a multi-faceted approach and often results in assumptions being made which lead to misleading conclusions.

Specialist recruiters need to know how to use technology to their advantage, but even the best technology cannot replace the human element and capacity to interpret a situation.

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

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