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Personal Branding, how important is that for your career?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 21, 2016

branding written chalckboard In the past few years, personal branding has become more and more important. The difference between today and ten years ago, is the rise of social technologies, the instant access to the internet and the blurring of boundaries between work and personal lives. Personal branding has stepped up to be a key consideration within your career and it is essential to invest time and effort in how you choose to present yourself. It could make the difference between you being very successful or not.

You might not think that you have a personal brand but everyone has one. It’s just that most people don’t really know what their personal brand is saying about them, and few invest any time in building it, enhancing it or leveraging it to support their careers.

How do I identify my personal brand?
There are several steps you can take to identify your personal brand. It all starts with self-assessment, what do you want your reputation to be? It’s about bringing together who you are, what you do and how you do it. It’s about making your mark by being yourself—your best self. Think of your personal brand as your unique promise of value. It's what you're known for and how people experience you.

I am not a celebrity, why do I need a brand?
Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities such as Paris Hilton or Taylor Swift, yet each and every one of us is a brand. Social media tools have levelled the playing ground and have enabled us to reach incredible heights, at the cost of our time. Employers will Google you before they even invite you to an interview and the reality is your current employer is probably keeping an eye on what you’re doing, too. When you interact with people, both online and offline, they’ll build up an image of who you are over time. You want to be in control of all of those impressions.

What Makes You Unique, Makes You Successful
Personal Branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique and relevant for your employers, so that you can reach your career goals. If you understand your strengths, skills, passions, and values, you can use this information to separate yourself from your competitors and really stand out.

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding.

In the next post, I will discuss tips on how to discover and identify your personal brand. Start thinking differently about yourself. You are not defined by you job title or confined for that matter by your job description. If you want to reach your career goals you need to start think about your brand, the Me.Inc brand.

If you need assistance in getting your brand out there to secure you next career opportunity we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding individuals Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!


Safeguard Your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 14, 2016

paper with words Not too long ago, climbing the corporate ladder assured management professionals of a bigger office, a couple of extra zero’s to their pay cheque and a more secure future. However today, executives are being told not to get too comfortable in that corner office– because your job is just as at risk as everyone else’s. The higher up the ladder you go, the more unstable your position may become.

The world of business is reshuffling itself. Today most senior workers grow disengaged when companies don’t operate like they did 10 years ago.

The ultimate goal of change management is to engage employees and encourage their adoption of a new way of doing their jobs. Whether it is a process, system, job role or organizational structure change a project is only successful if individual employees adapt to the current job market. This is the essence of change management - mobilizing the individual change necessary for an initiative to be successful and to deliver value to the organization.

Safeguard your job with these four simple strategies which may save you from your worst enemy at work, which just so happens to be you.

Visibility. Reliability. Be Valuable. Planning!

Familiarity is your powerful collaborator in building relationships. It's always a good idea to talk to your boss periodically about your work, even if you have a formal evaluation process.
If you can't see your boss regularly due to travel or location, stay visible by phone and email. This is not the same as a meeting in person but much better than fading from memory.

You also want to be on the radar of people outside your organization. Update your profile on LinkedIn on a regular basis. Connect with people who have the potential to hire you or recommend you to people who can hire you. Do this even when you’re not in the market for a new job opportunity.

Being reliable, is an old-school way to bulletproof yourself. Dependability in the workplace leads to consistency. As a consistent member of the workforce, you begin to build your own niche as an essential element of the larger team. In short, your employer can count on your level of performance because you're reliable and they don’t have to worry about you bringing less than your best effort. People will know they can count on you and that you produce high quality work within the required time frames.

Be Valuable
Just do what is expected from you and more! The bigger the role you play in the important stuff that’s getting done at work, the more indispensable you become to your boss. When you're seen as an expert in your organization, you'll develop a reputation as someone who others can come to for help. This can lead to interesting work projects, as well as speaking and training opportunities, all of which increase your value.

No job is permanent and everyone should expect to be in perpetual passive job search. Being ready is the biggest favour you can do for yourself during good times or bad. Having an up-to-the minute CV gives you confidence that you're prepared for any possibility. And that confidence makes you seem more capable, more valuable, more of a keeper when layoffs are in the air.

You should also prepare for opportunities by improving your skills, strengthening your weaknesses and learning totally new things.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

We have Finance jobs in accounting, auditing, taxation, and corporate finance. A variety of IT jobs ranging from developers to architects, consultants in CRM and ERP, through to project managers, systems engineers BI and BA. Engineering jobs in industries like civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, electronic, engineering sales, production and trade. Supply Chain jobs as well as Freight jobs in procurement, production, logistics, freight as well as warehousing and distribution.

Visit our vacancy page and apply today!

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What qualities are employers looking for?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 07, 2016

needle in a haystackThat’s the million dollar question! Job adverts most of the time reflect a long list of bullet points with requirements and responsibilities. Once you get to a job interview, you realise that the job advert very often does not reflect the whole picture. Employers are looking for qualities in new staff that are never really listed in the job ad. The bottom line is that today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture.

So what qualities are employers really looking for:

Professional is about as basic as career advice gets. But even the most seasoned of CEOs can get tripped up by the basics. Far too many people gets wrapped up with the appearance of professionalism -- a look, an image, something that is superficial. The truth is, you can put on the fanciest, most expensive suit you want but that doesn't make you a professional. What makes you a professional is the seriousness and sincerity with which you approach your job. Professionals do not cut corners. Professionals are thorough, and oftentimes meticulous about their work. Professionals hold themselves to a certain set of standards they always seek to maintain.

Passion and Enthusiasm
The reality is that the pace of life and work are hectic these days. It is therefore no surprise that employers know that today’s employees need to have plenty of energy and enthusiasm and need to be resilient to pressures and stress.

Intellectual curiosity
Being intellectually curious is all about asking questions, not about having answers. It's about believing in the pursuit of knowledge as a value in and of itself. Whether it’s new ideas, new technologies, new methods or new approaches, today’s top candidates need to be intellectual curious. By constantly asking 'can I be doing something that is more crucial to the company?', employees instantly become a much more valuable asset, be it understanding which product to priorities in a pitch, or focusing on team projects that will help the company's overall strategy.

Complex Problem Solving
Even when it isn’t specified in the job description, many employers will look at your problem-solving skills at various different stages of the application process. It means thinking out of the box, challenging the status quo, and being able to come up with innovative solutions that achieve positive results. In today’s business world this is considered a key differentiator.

Are you in the market for a new job? Communicate Personnel is a recruitment specialist with vacancies that includes Finance jobsIT jobsEngineering jobsFreight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Visit our website and apply, our consultants are waiting to help you.

4 Tips for writing a CV when job hunting in the digital age

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 30, 2016

innovation As a job seeker one of the most difficult things to do is grab someone’s attention and make a great first impression without ever meeting that person. The first step to job hunting is ensuring you put together an outstanding CV that tells your career story. Recruiters receive thousands of applications every day, so it’s more important than ever to ensure your CV is the needle in the haystack that gets discovered.

Here are four quick tips for updating your CV so that you can get the job you want before the end of this year.

Write your CV for busy people
It’s important to create a CV that’s current, relevant, and appealing. You need to signpost the most important aspects of your skills and experience. No one is really interested in your internships or entry-level positions, unless you’re still starting out fresh. That is why you need to make it concise and informative, so that even when it is skim-read it conveys your message. Use a clear structure, heading and bold subtitles and remove everything irrelevant.

Think keywords
In the digital era the reality is that most often companies use programs to assist with scanning through applications. It’s therefore important to ensure your CV includes certain keywords that will help software match your skills to a job. Choose keywords directly from the job description, especially those mentioned more than once. Your keywords should be thoughtfully woven into your overall story, ideally in several places throughout your CV.

Highlight accomplishments and achievements
The job market is competitive so the best way to sell yourself is not focusing on your duties at your current or previous jobs but rather on accomplishments and achievements. Using numbers, context, and meaningful metrics, your CV must paint a picture of you in action. How you contribute to the organization, how you show initiative in your job. Highlight what you did on the job that was different or better than anyone else holding that job.  

Fill in the gaps upfront
Whether you were retrenched, you had to care for an ailing parent, chose to raise your family, or you took time off for furthering your education or simply travelling, never leave gaps in your work experience on your CV. It’s not about trying to catch you out, recruiter and employers just want a reasonable explanation for your absence from formal employment.

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. Communicate Personnel Connecting Great People with Great Careers.

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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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