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Job Hunting? How to get noticed by recruiters online

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 23, 2016

wall of facesWhether you’re actively in the job market searching for a new career opportunity or you just want to be kept in the loop of potential new positions that fit your skill, standing out among millions of others is the key to attracting the attention of a recruiter. Most companies turn to the expertise of recruitment agencies to fill their vacancies, so it makes sense to make sure you’re as visible to us as possible.
Our consultants spent hours every day working through hundreds of CV’s and online profiles, here are some tips on what we look for:

Show Tenure and Experience
Most recruiters will tell you that they will search LinkedIn when they are looking to match professionals with specific job openings. Therefore, maintain an updated and detailed profile. Make sure you include any keywords that are relevant to your field or industry. But keep in mind that without a doubt, hiring managers want to know you have the experience to do the job. This is the first thing any recruiter will search for. LinkedIn is the obvious place to share your work experience, but don’t stop there. Actual examples that showcase your awesomeness will always attract attention and show that you’re the real deal.

Show achievement over responsibilities
The online profiles that stand out are the ones that show what candidates did with the responsibilities they were given. Not just what they were responsible for, but what they achieved in context. Your online portfolio should include samples of code you’ve created, analyses and summaries of data you developed, your sales awards, projects you’ve worked on or a list of clients you’ve served. Recruiters won't see the fruits of your hard work unless you spell it out in your profile.

Show your personality
Your LinkedIn summary is the perfect place to express yourself. Include why you’ve chosen your field and what motivates you to do your best work. With personality being more important than ever to companies, it’s key that your online profile reflects who you really are and how you can make contributions to the employer right off the bat. Recruiters don’t just look for skill when matching candidates, personality is very important. We want to see that you have personality and that you are able to articulate that effectively online and in person.

Engage with recruiters
Whether you are in the job market or not it’s a good idea to start building up some relationships with recruiters. They can offer valuable information in terms of your industry that goes beyond the next job opportunity. They know exactly what skills are in demand, what specific technologies the market is asking for and have a wealth of information about hiring companies and salaries.
Because most recruiters specialize in specific industries and job functions, you will likely have the most productive relationships with a specialist recruiter in your industry. Be sure to research recruiters and only engage with individuals once you’ve assessed their reputation and credibility. The right Recruiters can be strong allies in your career advancement.

Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to us. Communicate Personnel has a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal. Apply today.

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How to get the most from your recruiter relationship during job search

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 16, 2016

recruitment on board Thinking of using a recruiter for your next job search? A good first step is having a clear understanding of how recruitment companies work and what you can and can’t expect. Working with recruiters isn't just about uploading a CV to a website and waiting for the phone to ring. A recruiter is a candidate's best ally, but you need to remember that the job search process is a partnership and will require efforts from all involved.

Here are some hints from recruiters themselves on how to get the most out of the relationship and make the process as effective as possible.

Benefits of working with a recruiter
Understanding the job market: As a professional, you should only want to work with industry experts who understands your profession and the sector you work in. At Communicate Personnel we have specialist consultants in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight and Supply Chain industries. These consultants have years of experience and can consult with you, giving you industry insights, tell you what companies look for when recruiting and what you can expect in terms of salaries.

We represent you: Recruiters have long-term relationships with their clients and have earned trust over time. Recruiters know what the key skills are that the hiring manager want at a specific company. Most corporate job descriptions don’t really tell you what the manager wants, so when you apply online, you aren’t necessarily attacking the right points. Recruitment consultants have the skills and experience to be able to market you above the other candidates and upon offer, negotiate the best package on your behalf.

We provide key information for interviews: Recruiters speak to numerous organisations and have realistic insights into their needs when they are recruiting. They have insight into what is going on inside the employers’ organization, the culture, the structures and who the real decision makers are. This information could be key in helping you prepare but also to ensure you ace that all important interview.

Understand that recruiters can’t work miracles
Often time this is the key thing that job applicants don’t understand. Recruitment consultants work for the employer who pays them. They will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but at the end of the day they work for the employer and don’t control the full process.

Recruiters are not the decision-maker determining whether or not you get a job offer – Although recruiters often time have input into the decision, depending on the organization and the relationship they have, they are not the final decision maker for a job.

Recruiters actually also earns more money if they negotiate you a higher salary packageIf you expect a recruiter to represent you it’s important to be completely transparent especially when it comes to your salary. Recruiters will always be motivated to get you a higher salary, not less. But often times because they have an idea of what the hiring manager’s range is, they can help you come in at a number that works for you and the client, which at the end will maximize your chances of getting a job.

Do your homework
Recruiters are representing you and acting on your behalf; your reputation is tied directly to theirs. There are plenty of good recruiters out there, but there are some unethical ones too. Credible recruiters will be members of APSO (Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations) and are bound by their Code of Ethics & Code of Professional Practices. Before engaging with a recruiter do your homework and find out about their credibility and reputation in the industry. It’s important to be aware all APSO member agencies are forbidden from charging any fees to job applicants. It’s therefore in your best interest to deal with agencies that are registered with this association.

Keep in Touch
Recruitment consultants represents many clients and work with a lot of highly skilled candidates. Good recruiters have sharp memories and never forget a candidate when the right opportunity comes along. That said, they don’t always have time to check in with you if there isn’t something to discuss. Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis and let them know how your job search is going. By staying in contact you can gain valuable insight into your performance during interviews and possibly get advice on ways to improve your interviewing skills.

Like all industries there are unfortunately a few individuals that gives the recruitment industry a bad name. Just because you have one bad experience doesn’t mean you should write off all recruiters. Do your research and reach out to recruiters, but understand what recruiters can and can't do for you.

Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to us. Communicate Personnel has a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance,  IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal. Apply today.

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Why use a recruitment agency for hiring?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 09, 2016

networking Hiring the right employees for your company can be very time consuming and extremely challenging with the current talent shortage in South Africa. However, to be successful and competitive in today’s business environment recruiting top employees should be a priority in every business.   

There are several important benefits to companies when they partner with a reputable recruitment firm for their hiring needs:

The number one commodity that you can’t buy, produces, re-create or develop. The reality is the hiring process can be very time consuming with having to sift through hundreds of applications to try and find the best suited candidates. Screening, interviewing and relevant reference and qualifications checks all take up precious productive time from staff that need to focus on crucial business activities. Specialist recruitment companies can help you avoid mistakes in the hiring process by providing an objective investigation of a candidate and can save you time by screening candidates against your requirements and doing the necessary qualification, credit and work history checks.

Specialist recruitment agencies often have a level of expertise that far exceeds some employers’ human resources departments. They not only understand the industry but also have in-depth knowledge of candidates and skills available in the market. Sometimes the best talent is not necessarily the ones on job boards looking for new positions. Identifying and approaching this hidden talent is not an easy task, but that’s what trained recruiters do every day.

Specialist recruiters work on a daily basis with top talent and develop deep networks of active and passive candidates. This allows recruiters to be able to source for the right candidates much faster and find top qualified people quicker. Recruitment agencies have many networks, each consultant has the ability to identify, source, attract and validate candidates in a fraction of the time it would take a client. Connecting you to people with a range of skills and experience much quicker than any internal team would be able to do.

Specialist recruitment agencies worth their salt are well-known in their focus areas which encourages high-calibre candidates to contact them. This ensures a continuous pool of relevant talent. A reputable recruitment agency will want to make sure that the person they recommend for the position is the best person for the job. They will therefore be meticulous in their selection process and will only choose candidates that they feel will do the job to the best of their ability. This gives employers the security that the candidate should be a good fit for the company.

Hiring a new employee is a crucially important part of business, although often very time consuming. When you have a busy company and an open position within it, the task of finding your new employee may feel like an impossible task. Partnering with a credible specialist recruitment company offers numerous benefits and will ensure you find the right candidate much quicker.

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We have placed thousands of top candidates over the last five years at some of the most sought after employers in the country. If you are looking for an agency that can connect you with top talent in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industry contact us today.  

Think twice before you accept a counter offer

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 02, 2016

counter offer contract signed You wrestle with the decision. You consider the impact on your family, co-workers and yourself. You think you’ve made a decision, then you change your mind. Finally, with the help of your recruiter you find a new job with more pay and growth prospects and you are determined to resign.

On Friday morning, you get up the nerve. You call a meeting with your boss and give your 30-day notice. You walk out feeling relieved and the excitement of starting a new job begins to take over.

But, just when you thought you had it all figured out, your boss throws you a curve ball by making what appears to be an attractive counter offer. You are confused, should you stay or should you go?

This is a common dilemma, which many individuals encounter when going through a career move. In South Africa the skills shortage is a particular problem and no company wants to lose their skilled employees. Sure, it's an ego boost, but a backhanded one, when you think about it. If you were so valuable all along, why did you have to quit to get your employer to recognize it? However, the decision whether to stay or go is a personal one, there are common pitfalls that you must be aware of before accepting an employer’s counter offer.

Questionable Loyalty
The moment you resign, your loyalty to the company is immediately questioned. Employers who make counteroffers typically make them out of desperation and panic. Your manager will do what he or she can to protect the interest of the company. They realize that their financial loss will be greater losing a productive employee and paying to find a replacement, than losing the cash associated with a counteroffer, which may get you to stay. Finally, it’s a fact that people and companies seldom change, and the reasons and circumstances that motivated you to leave the job in the first place will likely remain unchanged.

No “quick fix”
A counter offer does not fix the reason you were looking in the first place for the majority of cases. Should it reach the point of resignation before issues are addressed and your salary is at the right level? Think about what else would change if you stayed (besides receiving more money). Review each of your reasons for wanting to switch jobs and take an honest look at your deal-breaker issues. Will they somehow magically disappear if you accepted the counter offer? Unlikely. More often than not you will find you are unhappy again 6 months down the line but with a higher salary making it harder to move to a new job.

By opening the door to a counteroffer, you jeopardize your relationship with your new employer. You are putting your integrity at risk and damaging your relationship with a future employer who has proven that they recognize your talent, and are willing to risk their future by investing in you. In addition earning a promotion by resigning sends the wrong message to colleagues, and will leave unanswered questions in everyone’s mind about whether or not you truly earned it.

Statistics are not in your favour, it show that employees who decide to accept a counter offer end up leaving within the year. Does that mean you shouldn’t accept a counter offer? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that you should prepare for all the possible scenarios that may arise. Whether you decide to stay or make a clean break is up to you. Just be sure that your decision is an educated one.

Communicate Personnel‘s candidate services focus on providing accurate and impartial advice on career planning and management of your long-term career goals. We would be able to assist in providing advice on how to manage a new job offer. Check out all our vacancies which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Apply now!

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Women to Women

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

fashion women In the spirit of Women’s Day this month I wanted to look specifically at some tips for women in the workplace. In many, if not most, sectors of the workforce we have accomplished women that can boast successful careers. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that the advice of others who has gone before you is priceless. Therefore I am a firm believer in putting together your own personal board of advisers that can guide you, and help you keep direction when you face tough choices in your career.

I have to confess this is not my own brilliant idea. I first heard of this when I read Caroline Dowd-Higgins book This is Not the Career I Ordered.  But she’s a smart woman who knows what she is talking about, so allow me to share some of my thoughts on this with you:

Making the cut
The first and most important question is: how do you select the right people to be on your board? Start with people in your work circle that you admire and who will be able to provide you with valuable insight in your career and choices. It must be people that will be honest with you, and help you to think differently about situations; after all you want to get a different perspective.
The other factor to keep in mind is that it’s important to select people that know you well, that you have easy access to, and will be willing to help and listen when the time comes. There is no use in wanting to add Richard Branson to your list as you have never even met the guy.
So what of type of people do you need to include in your mix to make sure this works for you? I give you my top 3 suggestions:

First off you need somebody who can be your conscience when your own one has gotten too bogged down with everyday stuff. It’s important to have somebody that can keep you accountable and help you to push forward to accomplish your goals. This needs to be a person that can be honest with you at all times and practice some tuff love when needed to make sure you persevere.

Having a Networker on your Boards is critically important as this individual will be somebody that knows people. So if you need a connection, want to talk to a specialist or tap into some specific market intelligence, this individual would be able to help you connect with the right people.

This individual can assist you with the bigger picture, help you dream a little and assist you with identifying goals that will help you reach that next step in your career. This person will need to be objective and practical but can also be a motivator when required.

 So in this month of celebrating women, start to gather your board of advisors and give your career a boost.

For more on this topic visit Caroline Dowd-Higgins blog.

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We have placed thousands of top candidates over the last five years at some of the most sought after employers in the country. If you are looking for a new career opportunity we have a variety of Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. View our vacancies and apply today.

Soft Skills: The Key to Landing your next job

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 29, 2016

facesUntil very recently technical ability and experience were the only things that companies looked for when hiring new people. However, research has shown the importance of soft skills on job performance and more importantly the bottom line. Contrary to popular belief, being an expert in your field does not guarantee you regular employment. Companies are now demanding more than just job expertise, which means you must also fine-tune your soft skills.

Why are soft skills important?
In any company, big or small success depends largely on the ability of staff to collaborate on projects in order to achieve the necessary milestone for reaching objectives. The reality is that as soon as people have to work together there is sure to be a difference of opinion or some form of conflict. This is not necessarily a bad thing as different ideas could help to create better solutions, if these individuals have the necessary soft skills to manage this. If not, it will only result in wasted time, strained work relationships, and ultimately failure of the project.  

Important soft skills to develop:
The focus has shifted for hiring managers to look for more than just competency areas as they’ve realised that culture fit are just as important as the expertise required to succeed at a job. Developing your soft skills could be the key to landing your next job opportunity.

1. Communication skills:
A topic that has been discussed many time and although this seems obvious, the ability to communicate clearly both in written and verbal form is vital for any job. You need to be able to get your message across to a variety of people and to ensure there is a clear understanding of what you require from the other person.

2. Growth mind-set
In order to excel in any career this is an important skill to develop. It will allow you to face difficult situations and challenges as learning opportunities. It is important to continue to grow your experience and people skills as you move upwards in your career.

3. Perceptiveness:
The ability to understand the unspoken cues and underlying nuances of other people’s communication and action is a valuable skill to develop. We often focus so much on our own messages and what we want to communicate to others that we don’t watch and try and understand where other individuals are coming from. If you misinterpret other’s intention, you can easily encounter difficulties dealing with people and not even know why.

4. Cool headedness:
Staying calm in challenging situations especially when it comes to conflict will serve you well in your career. It’s important to keep your emotions in check in any situation and to approach problems with an open mind.

5. Pro-active problem solving:
Any work situation requires a certain amount of problem solving. Being pro-active and offering solutions will win you favour not only with your boss but also with your colleagues.

6. Negotiation skills:
The key to good negotiations is to create a 'win-win' outcome where both sides feel they have gained something positive through the process and both sides feel their point of view has been considered. Negotiation is essential in your career but also in your daily lives.

Looking for success in your career? We can help you untangle the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Personnel have placed thousands of top candidates over the last three decades at some of the most sought after employers in the country. If you are looking for a new career opportunity we have a variety of Finance jobs, IT jobsEngineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Browse our vacancies and apply today. 


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Hiring mistakes can be costly

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 22, 2016

hand hiring When it comes to hiring new staff, more and more companies admit that hiring the right employees are arguably the most critical aspect of a successful business. Bad hires can be costly and on average, companies lose three times the annual salary of a new hire that doesn’t stay with the organization. Here are some tips to help you when you have to make your next hire.

Know who you're looking for
Experts say bad hires are often the result of the job description not matching the job criteria. The result: a new hire joins the organization and it quickly becomes clear that he or she does not possess the skill-set to effectively execute the job. The key is to create a job description that is laser-focused on the actual skills and competencies required for the job.

Hire the specialist, not the generalist
Conventional wisdom among hiring managers says hire the generalist who can adapt to whatever situation you have. However, the truth of the matter is that if you really look at it closely most people only really excel at one or two skills. When you are putting together a team you need to hire people that will have a specialist skill to compliment the areas in which the rest of your team might be lacking. It’s no good to have a couple of people that are all generalist but no real expert to help your organisation grow.

There is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ candidate
This is a mistake made often by hiring managers in that they believe that somewhere out there is a job-seeker who would be perfect for the position. The reality is unfortunately that there is no such thing. The current skills shortage in South Africa is adding to the challenges of finding skilled candidates. There is a gap in middle management with many qualified individuals choosing to work overseas. On the other hand it does offer opportunities to focus more on hiring the right attitude as the skills can be taught.

Get in the experts
Before you get your hackles up about recruiters fees, consider the value that the right new hire can deliver over the next 5, 10, or 20 years in your company.  Niche recruiters like Communicate Personnel know where to find top talent, can screen candidates and can guide you through the process of interviews, salary negotiation, saving you lots of time and money.

Take time with proper on-boarding
Employee orientation and training should be a vital part of a new employee’s probation period, ensuring they understand company policies, what’s expected of them, and how they’ll be measured on their performance.

Are you looking to make a new hire, want to avoid making a hiring mistake that will cost you time and money? Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the FinanceITEngineering and Supply Chain and Freight industries, both for permanent and contracting placements throughout South Africa, and the African continent.  

We also have various vacancies, which includes Finance jobsIT jobsEngineering jobsFreight jobs and Supply Chain jobs

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Career Cycle: Starting A New Job

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 15, 2016

road with start and finish At some point in your career, maybe you too have made the life-altering decision to start anew. We’ve all done it, moved from one company to the next. Let’s face it that first 60 to 90 days are always a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Changing jobs is ranked among the highest stressors in a person’s life. It’s like traveling alone to a foreign country, it's exciting to learn and see new things but also nerve-racking to navigate logistics and interpret an alien language.

You want to start on the right foot, making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. We provide you with some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Your first day on the job is a bit like being the new kid on the block too. You are coming into a situation where relationships have already been formed. You're the only one who can't find the restroom, doesn't know where the boardrooms are located, doesn't yet realize that the receptionist wields all the real power, and doesn't know not to talk to the boss until she's had her first cup of coffee. There's so much to learn in addition to the duties related to the job you were hired for. It's quite overwhelming for most of us. But just show some courage and you will quickly learn the ropes of your new office environment.

Focus on your core skills
You’ve been hired for your experience and the competencies you bring to the table. So focus on that and you will be able to contribute much sooner, and provide you the needed time to figure out the landscape.  Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, and believe in your ability to succeed in your new position. But also remember that no one expects you to solve all the organization's problems on your first days on the job - nor that you know everything so, relax a bit, and ask for help when you need it.

Learning is part of the process
You might be all excited about your new position and the opportunities available but it’s better to rather spend some time listening and understanding the culture before you make any changes. Especially in the first couple of weeks, make it your goal to listen 90% of the time, and talk 10% of the time.

Finding ‘that person’
There is always one individual at a new job that understands the underbelly and inner workings of a company better than others. This person is well connected and can make miracles happen at the last hour and is most probable part of the back office. The quicker you can track down this ‘go-to’ person, the easier time you will have.

Quick wins help you early on
Leave the “big vision” on the back burner for a while and identify problems that can be tackled in a reasonable period of time and  have solutions that will result in tangible operational and financial improvements. Jumping in and showing progress will kick start your reputation with solid credibility; increasing confidence in your ability to execute and get things done.

Your initial impressions will set the tone for the relationships, culture, and environment for the future in this company and your role – so be sure you make them good ones!

What’s your best advice for starting a new job?

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We have placed thousands of top candidates over the last five years at some of the most sought after employers in the country. If you are looking for a new career opportunity we have a variety of Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs.
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5 Leadership Skills to Help Advance Your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 08, 2016

hand with mechanical wheels Business is constantly changing and professionals everywhere must be flexible and versatile when it comes to their skills and knowledge. Individuals must redefine themselves on a constant basis and always be willing to learn new things. Organizations are currently looking to hire leaders who can take collaboration to a new level in building their teams, offers innovative thinking, the ability to anticipate the future and implement required strategy.

Often people are not aware of the fact that there are job skills and there are career skills. Although job skills are the most important as you need to first be qualified for a specific position, hiring managers all agree that soft skills and culture fit is also key. Here are some important skills you will need to develop if you want to take on a leadership role in your career. 

Social Capital
Having a strong network of business contacts can really help out your career. One where you have peers you can go to for advice and help when you need it. You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: It's not always what you know but who. Relationships mean everything professionally, and the people you’re connected to are vital to your success. The key to networking is that it is a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more people. So, give back where you can by sharing news you think your contact would be interested in. It’s never too early or too late to start building a smart career network.

Versatility is your ability to adapt. It’s your aptitude. People with adaptability are both flexible and versatile. This is an important skill to develop in today’s business world as change is a constant.

Each person that works in your organization or on your team is unique. It is true that people can be categorized by generation, gender, nationality, personality style, thinking style, etc. However, at the end of the day people are still unique.

People want to be treated as if they matter and what they think is important. If you step into a manager role you will be responsible for dealing with all of these differences and this requires flexibility, adaptability and the willingness to be innovative with your people to assist them to bring out the best in themselves.

Emotional Intelligence
Most companies nowadays consider emotional intelligence as being as important as technical ability, and often base their decision on the same when hiring or promoting employees. High level of experience in emotional intelligence will boost your interpersonal skills and reduce stress, both of which are vital for hassle-free leadership.

Strategic Thinking
Being able to better analyse and deliver data in a way that everyone can understand is key to advancing. Effective leaders are constantly asking themselves where the company is headed in the near and long term, and proposing fresh approaches that will get them there. All of these abilities are critical as they tie directly into the development of business processes. People in leadership positions need to be able to clearly recognize where changes are needed that will help improve how a business functions.

Credible leaders attract enthusiastic and committed followers, and people want to work for them. No single thing creates credibility. Rather, a combination of things must be in place for you to establish it. Credibility is something that all leaders and potential leaders must aspire to obtain. Establishing credibility as a leader isn't something that happens instantly. It's a process that involves time, effort, and patience. The sooner you start building your credibility the easier it will be once you have moved into a leadership role to have the support of your team.

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We have placed thousands of top candidates over the last five years at some of the most sought after employers in the country. If you are looking for a new career opportunity in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain or Freight industries, view our vacancies and apply today. 

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Career cycles, where do you find yourself?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 01, 2016

Career Cycle Graph As with all things in life, your job goes through different cycles. During the hunt for a new job, you are normally excited about the prospects a new position can offer you. That feeling often changes when you have to face that first day on a new job, everything feels unfamiliar, and you are trying to figure out the new office landscape. Understanding where you are in your career cycle can help you to make better decisions about what your next career move should be.

Cycle 1: “Life is a dream”
Starting a new job can be hugely exciting. You meet new people, you feel valuable, and since you are the ‘new kid on the block’, everybody showers you with attention. The first test associated with entering a new work environment is getting to grips with the people who you’ll be working with from now on. You’re also going to have to learn a lot of names and faces fast. This is especially important if you are a manager, as you will need the full support of your team to get anything done.

As you start to settle in you realise that not everybody seems that happy with the company and slowly some cracks start to appear in your dream job environment but at this point you are still living in the proverbial dream world.

Cycle 2: “Facing up to reality”
Once you have been with the company for a couple of months and start to learn the ropes and figure out the new office landscape, you also realise that there are several imperfection. You start to think that maybe your old job wasn’t so bad as you realise that although there are new systems in place here, some are just as bad and in your opinion pointless as before. You are more and more aware of the inadequacies of your new employers and loose a bit of the positive energy you had at the start.

Cycle 3: “Dissatisfaction sets in”
As time passes you become more negative, and start to feel frustrated and demotivated. It’s hard to admit but you’ve pretty much lost that loving feeling for your job. You no longer believe that you can affect the direction the company is going and are more frequently starting to look around at other positions to find out what the market is like. You deal with a high level of boredom and very high volume of reactive work, which means you’re not learning or growing.   

Cycle 4: “Action”
You’ve reached the cycle where you feel trapped in your job. There are no signs of a promotion, advancement, or anything new happening any time soon. The company culture may be to blame and the best way to avoid feeling trapped is to take some action.

You can hope that your company will change…again. Management and policies change very frequently these days. So, chances are if you can hang in there and be a little patient you’ll soon see changes that you hoped would occur.

However, you also may feel that no matter the change, your road has ended at this company and this might be a great time to pull out your resume and update your brag book.

It doesn’t matter which cycle of your career you find yourself in, whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to us. We have a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal. Apply today. 

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