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Benefits South African companies offer and what to look for while job hunting

Sandra Olivier - Friday, February 27, 2015

life balanceThere used to be a great stigma attached to the serial jobseeker, the job-hopper in search of the perfect position, who flitted from one job to the next in fewer than 12 to 18 months – leaving a string of confounded employers in their wake. If this sounds like you, rest assured, you’re not alone… and you’re probably a millennial (born between 1980 and 1995). But if you want to settle down into a job and turn it into a meaningful career, perhaps it’s time to proactively seek out that employer who knows how to tame you and other millennials into staying in one place for longer than a year.

Here are some sure-fire ways to identify a great match when it comes to finding a company to work for – the benefits on offer to keep you committed to your employer while meaningfully using your time to grow.

1. Flexi Time
Flexible working hours are the Holy Grail for employees working in South Africa’s larger cities. Instead of spending two to three hours in traffic every day, flexi time gives you the choice of more traffic-friendly working hours, or the choice to work from home for a day or two each week. Flexi time still represents treacherous waters for many managers who feel like they need to see their team members in order to trust that they’re being productive. However, if you find a company willing to offer you flexible hours, it’s definitely one to consider because it also shows that they’re more likely to be flexible in other areas – such as encouraging team members to provide creative solutions to company problems, and being open to strategic input from all levels.

2. Work/Life Balance
Argh – such a cliché, but a true one at that. A company that states outright that you “might be expected to work after hours, unpaid” doesn’t understand the meaning of work/life balance, and you should probably give it a wide berth if you value time outside of the office. There’s nothing wrong with a company that expects you to work hard and put in long hours, as long as those extra demands are countered with free healthy breakfasts in their well-stocked kitchen, all access to an onsite gym, and/or complimentary dinner when you do have to work late. A quarterly bonus won’t hurt, but sometimes a monetary reward is not enough of an indication to show that your employer understands – now – that you’re sacrificing family/social time for your job. An employer who insists that you leave at 17h00 and “carry on tomorrow”, or that you get free lunch for a week because you have to eat it at your desk while you work, is a rare find and not to be taken for granted.

3. Social purpose and making meaning
Baby Boomers and Generation X employees prioritised financial stability and long-term assurance over realising their dreams and experiencing and expressing purpose through their work or job. You – as a millennial – may feel frustrated with the day-to-day, work-eat-sleep routine of your job, and crave more meaning from the work you are doing. A company that is passionately involved in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, growing their community, and working towards a higher purpose without it directly improving their bottom line may be something that you’re interested in. Giving back to society for the sake of feel-good (and not simply as a PR stunt) is very attractive in a company, so while you’re job hunting, that’s an important criterion to add to your “benefits” list.

4. Mentoring and coaching
A company that provides in-house mentoring, coaching, and training is special indeed. It shows that they value innovation, sharing, and skills transfer – it shows that they’re willing to invest a lot in their employees, that you’ll be valued when you work there. A company that encourages the seniors to mentor and coach the juniors is likely to also be an inclusive company – one characterised by its willingness to be transparent. Transparency means that, as a junior, you’ll be privy to information about expenditure and revenue… and your role in influencing it. Inclusion is important and points back to the idea that your company values you.

As a millennial, you probably value teamwork and a constant feedback loop that encourages you to take on more responsibility and consistently improve on the quality of your work. When you attend job interviews, be sure to ask the interviewers questions that will reveal whether the company is millennial-friendly, and whether it’s worth it to take the job.

If you are currently a job seeker and need some assistance in job hunting we can help.  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s jobs in the Finance, ITEngineering, Freight, or Supply Chain industries. Check out our vacancy page and apply now.

 

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Challenges executives face while job hunting

Sandra Olivier - Friday, February 20, 2015

career job indicates world wide web and employement While new entrants to the job market face the threat of obscurity amongst thousands of their peers all applying for the limited number of available positions, there is a different variety of challenges that executive level job hunters may experience. Higher up, the number of jobs-to-applicants ratio is even tighter, and when a senior executive has been employed for a long period of time, the stakes are much higher when they find themselves in the job market once again.

Here are just some of the challenges that executives may experience while job hunting:

The discomfort of being unemployed
Rising up the ranks to a senior position takes years of commitment and dedication, and often comes with having to sacrifice valuable family or social time. When a senior executive is let go – due to company restructuring, the end of a contract, or for political reasons – they may find the sudden change of scenery quite uncomfortable. It’s important that they do not allow this discomfort to affect their self-confidence or sense of purpose, but to rather see it as the opportunity to find a new course of action.

The out-of-date CV
It takes many years to nurture a career that peaks in the CEO’s corner office. The approach to compiling a CV or resume may have changed significantly for CEOs who find themselves available to fill a new vacancy, so they will either have to completely redo their CV or find a unique way to put themselves back out there and promote their value to new employers.

The nuances of the executive job market
Senior level positions aren’t advertised in the same way that junior positions are, and the recruitment process for seniors and executives is substantially more time-consuming and expensive than for juniors or even management positions. Very often, executive positions are offered to internal staff as promotions; or external candidates are very specifically head-hunted based on their explicit suitability for the company’s strategic direction. It’s very difficult for an outsider – or someone not on the HR department’s or decision makers’ radar – to apply for, motivate, and fill a company vacancy at executive level.

The decision to not be too selective
The number of unemployed executives far outweighs the number of available vacancies, and because the application and recruitment process can take up to 12 months (or more), executives may have to decide whether to take the first thing that comes along or to stoically  wait for the perfect position. This will remain a very personal choice for each executive in this position, and will also hinge on the number of opportunities and interviews they’ve encountered. Executives would do well to be reasonable about their prospects, especially if they want to retain their executive lifestyle.

The importance of authentic networking
Executives who have strategically grown their professional networks throughout their career lifespan (and not only when they’ve learned they will be losing their jobs) may have an easier time finding employment than those who have simply clicked “Connect” on each vaguely important person on LinkedIn.

Those who have offered a helping hand, referenced important job candidates for industry partners (who have subsequently benefited from hiring that candidate), opened their own networks to newcomers and to those with significant business influence, may find themselves on the receiving end of the repayment of those dues, and very quickly re-employed. Even if the executive’s carefully honed network does not immediately provide an opportunity, the people in it will be primed to share the news that the executive is available (and highly qualified and capable) with their own networks.

The practical and emotional consequences of losing a job at the executive level should be approached logically and realistically. Executives may gather comfort from their business connections and networks, or they can approach a specialised executive recruitment agency to help them get placed once more. The key is for these executives to stay busy (to consult independently or even to volunteer) while they work at finding employment again.

If you are currently a job seeker and need some assistance in job hunting we can help.  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now.

 

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How To Successfully Navigate Those Tricky Interview Questions

Sandra Olivier - Friday, February 13, 2015

sack of question markt The shortage of skills has forced many hiring managers to adopt a more in-depth hiring process to ensure that they find the right candidates. In the past many managers treated the interview process as just another ‘to-do’ item on their checklist. If you look around today you will notice that this has changed and the most successful companies have a very strong emphasis on the hiring process.

The success of a business is in the hands of the employees. They take hundreds, if not thousands, of individual actions on the company’s behalf every day. It is understandable then, that one of the most important tasks of any leader is to ensure that the hiring process is in itself highly effective.

The feedback from job seekers in the past year is that they were often faced with much harder interview questions than they expected. Preparation is key. As a job seeker, you need to know that the bar is set high especially at executive level and if you want to succeed in any interview, you need to be able to provide good answers to some of these tricky interview questions.

How long will it take you to add real value to our company?
It’s important to be realistic in the answer to this question. Remember to not make promises you can’t keep in the interview especially not knowing the full situation with a specific job. (It might have been vacant for a couple of months, with work piling up.) It’s best to admit that there will be a learning curve to get up to speed in the new position. List your main skills and how these will be directly applicable if you get the job. Ensure you can back your claims with achievements from your previous jobs, preferably examples with measurable results.

What is your vision for your career in the next five years?
Predicting the future is impossible, but communicating a vision for your career is essential. Interviewers are asking this question, as they want to know that you're not just applying for jobs randomly and taking whatever you can get. It’s important to do your research in terms of the company and the career path they could possible offer you including the position above the one you are applying for. The response you want to give is that you are ambitious and would like to move up in the company and not just take the next job offer that comes along.

Why should we hire you for this job, what sets you apart from the other applicants?
This is your chance to wow them with your highlight reel. Your answer should summarize the top three or four best reasons to hire you. Tell them which of your abilities and experiences will enhance the company and how having you on board would benefit everyone at the workplace. Explain the context, and give concrete examples or details to support the qualities you claim to have. Most important, understand the top requirements of the job and articulate how you would be the best candidate.

What was the most difficult part of your past jobs?
Your answer will not only reveals you are not afraid to admit when you are faced with a challenge, but also says a lot about your ability to handle stressful or difficult situations. This is your opportunity to turn a negative into a positive, because the ability to acknowledge a mistake is often seen as a sign of maturity and leadership.

What are you most proud of in your career?
Many candidates are caught off guard with this question as often times they haven’t spent any time thinking about it. The worst think you can do is say you don’t know or hesitate in answering this. You need to consider your answer carefully as the accomplishments you’re most proud of will tell your interviewer about what’s important to you and therefore what kind of environment you will thrive in.  It should be a tangible event that you can pinpoint and measure, it’s no good giving a vague response. Be sure to think about this one ahead of the interview to be prepared with a confidant answer.

If you are currently a job seeker and need some assistance in job hunting we can help.  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now.

 

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How to quit your job without burning bridges

Sandra Olivier - Friday, January 30, 2015

Rope bridgeIt happens to the best of us, a job loses its sparkle, you no longer feel challenged enough, you lost out on a promotion and there won’t be another one available for at least another year, you’re having trouble with your manager, your teammates are creating a nasty vibe… Whatever the reason, if you feel it’s time to resign, then resign.

But don’t burn your bridges.

We know – sometimes you might feel so frustrated that you wish you could march into your boss’s office, throw a stack of papers in the air and yell, “I quit!” But keep your temper in check because resigning from your job can be the perfect opportunity to show what you’re made of and strengthen your industry reputation. Here’s what you should know about quitting tactfully:

1. Plan your exit
In the same way that you worked hard to impress your boss during the interview that got you the job offer, it’s important to create a great impression when you’re ready to leave. Know that this is exactly what you want and be graceful about your resignation. Don’t act like a prisoner who’s about to get out on parole. Take note of the following points…

2. Make sure your boss is the first to know
The minute you decide to quit and whisper it to your colleague in the lunch queue, that gossip is going to spread like wildfire. Your boss may be one of the last people to find out, but when this happens, it will be a clear sign of disrespect and/or that you have something to hide. Do the right thing and tell them first. This is a small gesture, but it will go a long way to maintain their respect for you.

3. Communicate your resignation tactfully
Draft a resignation letter that is neat and to the point, letting your boss know that you are resigning and why (again, be very diplomatic and take responsibility for your decision), and when your final day of work will be. Make sure you understand your employment conditions – whether you need to provide a calendar month, two weeks, four weeks, or whether your company will allow you to leave immediately. Factor this into the information you provide in your resignation letter. Hand this letter to your boss directly, but personally state your desire to resign. Again, this sign of respect goes a lot further than slipping the letter onto their desk and simply walking away.

4. Be diplomatic when telling your boss why you’re leaving
Whether you just can’t stand your colleagues anymore or you disagree with your boss’s management style, you don’t like the volume of after-hours work, or you feel your salary is too low, don’t make your decision to leave, the company’s fault. Explain to your boss that you feel you’re more suited to a different environment, you’d like more of a challenge (be very careful with this one), or you’d like to pursue a different line of work. However, don’t lie about your reasons. People in the industry are closely connected to one another and they will talk – just make sure that when they talk about you, it’s for the right reasons.

5. Don’t leave in chaos
There will always be a strategic time to leave your job… and that’s not in the middle of a critical project in which you play a major role. Even if it’s the last thing you do for the company, ensure that you make for a smooth transition between your presence and your absence. If there’s someone to fill your position when you leave, offer to train them up during your notice period.

If you’ve resigned recently, tell us about how you did it and how your boss reacted.

If you are thinking it's time to find a new job, Communicate Personnel can assist with your search. Browse through our available vacancies, which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs  and apply today.

 

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How to ace your job interview and get what you want

Sandra Olivier - Friday, January 23, 2015
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It’s difficult enough for recruiters and hiring managers to notice your CV out of the thousands of CVs they receive, so getting the interview is a big win! This doesn’t mean you’re home free – it’s essential that you prepare properly for the interview and 1) give the interviewers what they want, AND 2) get what you want out of the interview.

These tips will help you to establish a good impression with your interview and ensure that the interview is a win-win for both of you.

1. Make a great first impression
We’ve all heard it before but the first three seconds after you met someone knew is the most important. When you first meet your interviewer, before you have uttered a word you would have made a first impression with how you’re dressed, your facial expression, and your overall demeanour. Dressing appropriately for an interview supports your image as a person who takes the interview process seriously and understands the nature of the industry in which you are trying to become employed.

2. Arrive prepared
Too many job candidates think that interviews are all about the company grilling them to see if they’re the right person for the job. However, a job interview is an opportunity to establish whether you’re right for each other. Do your research – visit the company’s website, look up the CEO, Managing Director, or General Manager on LinkedIn and social media to get an idea of their vision for the company, any awards they may have received, and what the media is saying about them. If your interviewer happens to ask the question, “What makes you the right person for the job?” – instead of answering with a point-by-point account of how your skills match up with the job spec, you can confidently talk about how the company’s philosophy is in line with your own goals, and then get down to how you’ll achieve the daily specifics.

It’s insulting to the company if you haven’t bothered to take the time to look them up and learn more about why the company was established and what they’ve achieved.

3. Be honest and straightforward
While you may be nervous about answering the interview questions with what the interviewer wants to hear, remember that if you got the job, you’ll need to follow through with your performance when you arrive for work – from Day 1. That means: no nonsense. Don’t bloat your career experience with white lies or adopt a “fake it till you make it” attitude. Interviewers are savvy about candidates telling lies or being too enthusiastic about their previous work experience and when they catch on to any BS, they will catch you out.

Don’t brag about your past achievements, but rather show how your problem-solving skills, specific expertise, or the right opportunity presented to you, helped you to meet your previous employer’s requirements. This shows that you’re aware of your position within a team – that it’s not just about you and your amazingness.

4. Let the interviewer know that you want the job
Sure, you’ve rocked up for the interview. You look your best. You know about the company. You’re answering your interview questions with ease. It should be a given that you want the job, right? Wrong. While you shouldn’t break down and resort to begging for the job, one crucial step that many interviewees miss is to overtly inform the interviewer that they are genuinely interested in the job.

How do you do this? Towards the end of the interview, you’ll be able to tell whether the process has gone well and if it has, this is the perfect time to add the cherry on the cake: “Based on what I’ve learned about your company and the requirements of this vacancy, I know I’d be a great fit because it really aligns with who I am and what I want to do. Your company seems like a great place to work because of X, Y, Z and I can certainly contribute to what you do.”

5. Above all else, practise.
Look in the mirror or take a video of yourself as you answer typical interview questions. This will help to build your confidence a bit and eliminate some of those nerves.

Looking for a new job?  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

 

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The Career Advice you Probably Didn’t Get

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Leader standing with his members You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, putting in the hours, delivering the results but you’re just not moving up. Why?

According to Susan Colantuono CEO of Leading Women, leadership can be defined as individuals that are able to use the greatness in themselves to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others. Many individuals struggle to advance their careers from middle management to executive level, because they don’t understand their role and how to move the organization forward.

Susan offers insightful advice on this topic and explains how in her opinion the door opener for career advancement is your skills in business, strategic and financial acumen and all the other conventional career advice is just the differentiating factors.

This TED video is well worth watching and offers some great takeaways for us all as we think about where we are on our career path.

Do you need assistance to help your career advance to executive level? Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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Are you a job hopper? Find out how this can help or hurt your career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, January 16, 2015

Job HuntingThe job market is not what it was 20 years ago, not even the same as 10 years ago, and technological development has a lot to do with it. We live in an environment where convenience, access, and the need to constantly adapt are daily truths, so it’s not surprising that job hopping – once the bane of employers’ existence – is quite a common occurrence, even if you’d prefer to call it “career diversification”.

What is job hopping?
If you stay in a job for two years or less, or have had multiple jobs in the space of four to five years, you qualify for the label of job hopper. It’s true that job hopping has become more acceptable in the last five to 10 years, but it’s only acceptable if you can demonstrate that you moved from one company to the next for valid reasons.

Employers are wary of job hoppers because they may show a lack of stability, an inability to properly confront and resolve conflict, and may be seen as “entitled” – unwilling to work for one or two years to prove their value, rather expecting salary increases and promotions whenever they complete a project (ie: do the job they were hired to do). However, on the upside, job hopping is a great way to explore which career is best for you before committing to it full time. Note: this only works if your job hopping precedes a period of relative job stability.

The advantages of job hopping

1. Demonstrate your adaptability
In the fast-paced environment in which we work, an employee who demonstrates the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills and to adapt quickly to the demands of the job and best practice in the market, is valued over those who dig their heels in and cannot transform along with what’s required of them. IT jobs are notoriously dynamic when it comes to candidates learning what they can, applying their technical skills in a range of different environments, and then moving on when the role is no longer challenging, or they cannot move up – only laterally – in a short period of time.

2. Get job culture and environmental experience
Job hopping when you’re still building your career provides the opportunity to explore a wide range of company types and cultures – whether it’s corporate, small business, non-profit, etc. – which will allow you to decide what kind of environment is ideal for you when you’d like to settle down into a long-term career commitment.

The disadvantages of job hopping

1. Your CV may give the wrong impression
Recruiters and HR managers have little time to sift through the hundreds (if not thousands) of CVs they receive for advertised vacancies. They may not give you the opportunity to explain why you seem to have so much short-term experience. If your CV tells them that you’re afraid of commitment, they won’t want to filter you through the long (and often expensive) recruitment process, only to see the back of you in a few months’ time. Job hopping makes you look volatile.

2. You forgo the opportunity to develop crucial skills
If you feel your feet getting itchy at the first sign of conflict with your new teammates and leave without resolving it, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to learn valuable people skills and staying power, to receive feedback and learn to improve your performance, and how to practise diplomacy and tact, which will help you in work and personal relationships in future.

3. You may come across as self-centred
Job hoppers come and go between different jobs as they please. They gather the skills and experience they need. They move to the next company because they want a comfortable salary bump. When the going gets tough for them, they move on to seemingly greener pastures, leaving behind a mess for their employers and teammates to clean up. They’re concerned about their career paths – it all seems quite self-centred, doesn’t it? In the long run, you may be harming your career by being a job hopper.

Job-hopping has advantages and disadvantages and it’s important to think carefully if you are making a career move for the right reasons and how it will impact your future career path. It may benefit you more in the end to be more selective in your application process especially if you have specific career goals in mind.

If you require support and guidance in terms of your job search, let us help you. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. If you are looking to get the right job for you out there, visit our vacancies pages and apply today!

 

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Joining A New Team?

Mallisa Watson - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teamwork - Stack Of HandsThey say that working with people is one of the most difficult things to do and, you know what, it´s true! We all have a certain way of seeing things. But that is the beauty of it all. Getting to know people around you, your colleagues, learning how each of them works and what their likes and dislikes are, are the first steps to a successful professional relationship.

Many new employees struggle through their first team meeting while others breeze through with confidence. The overall experience is highly dependent on the process one follows when first joining a new team.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to talk with managers, past employees and had conversations with them on how they managed to transition to a new team or department. I want to share with you some of the things you can do when joining a new team to help you have a great relationship with your colleagues and boss.

Connect with your new manager and teammates early and often

  • Meet with your new manager to understand what they look for in each employee and learn what actions annoy them the most.

  • When meeting with your new teammates learn about their role, what they are passionate about, and identify ways of how to best work together.

  • If possible meet with team members of the teams your group partners with on a consistent basis because in the future when things get busy or hectic they will respond to your request (people tend to respond quicker to those they already have a relationship with).

Be responsible
There are no good or bad tasks. There are just tasks you are assigned to do and tasks you are not. For you, this means you get the chance to show how good you are!

During a project you can ask your manager for more responsibility. If they think you can handle it, you´ll get it. Basically nobody is waiting for you to learn how to do something. You´ll have to learn on the way.

So, if you want to get noticed, you have to be smart about it. Do an excellent job, take on small tasks but with greater responsibility, help a co-worker, learn the pace and finish your tasks before anyone else. This also means you´ll have to put in more hours than anyone else. But hey, nobody said it was going to be easy!

I know you are eager to prove you are the best of the best, I know there are things you can improve in your company, but everything in this life takes time, you have to learn to be patient, you have to observe what happens around you and then show how you can contribute.

If you have found this article helpful kindly share it or if you have some additional tips you would like to share with us please do so by leaving your comments below.

Looking to join a new team?  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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How your social media activity is hurting your personal brand – and what to do about it

Sandra Olivier - Friday, January 09, 2015

social network background with media icons Social media used to be that thing that you snuck time into during work hours. Now social media is basically your potential employer’s “Google for job candidates”, which may very well make or break your chances of getting a job in the first place. In an age where anyone and anything can be researched online it’s important, that as a job seeker or young professional, you understand how crucially your social media activity influences your potential employer’s decision to hire you.

What is your personal brand?
All of your online activity – from Facebook and Twitter, to LinkedIn, Google+, and even your Disqus comments – embody your personal brand. While your potential employer may not discard your job application over a picture of you holding a beer while at a family braai, the sum of all of your social media activity will create a certain impression of you as an employee. Do you criticise your classmates, fellow employees, or superiors in snarky tweets? Do you complain about your boss/professor on Facebook? Do you post images to your Instagram account of how you live for weekends? This impression – your personal brand – creates an overall picture of who you are. And it’s this picture that will help the employer with his or her decision to hire you. Or not.

The social media activity that could hurt your personal brand
While almost everyone enjoys a cold beverage from time to time, it doesn’t go down all that well with your potential employer if you’re tagged in hundreds of social photographs, one weekend after the next. Limit the photos of you with drinks in your hand.

As tempting as it may be to get involved in heated polarising arguments (particularly if they involve political, religious, sexual, or crime-based topics), remember that many of the websites on which you’re posting require a simple sign-up from your Facebook profile. That means that these comments are public, can be tracked, and will come up when your name is searched on Google. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but it’s worthwhile to consider how that opinion will affect your chances of getting a job – particularly one that requires teamwork, empathy, and the ability to work in a diverse environment.

When you sign up on social media websites, the point is to be social. Simply having a profile online isn’t as effective as actually using it. Engaging on social media is the whole point. No activity on social media creates as much of a negative impression as the wrong kind of activity. Use your profiles to drive your brand – to subtly promote who you are.

How to create the right impression
Employers are looking for the candidates who stand out from the rest – considering that there are far more applications for jobs than there are vacancies. Here are a few pointers to positively promote your personal brand:

  1. Only post photographs of yourself that are professional; or smart casual at the very least. Un-tag yourself from the rest.

  2. When you voice your opinion, ensure that it is logical, not full of vitriol and negative emotion; and that it consists of impeccable spelling and grammar. Nothing creates a worse impression of a job applicant than a lack of attention to detail on something as basic as the correct use of language.

  3. The content you share on social media says a lot about the things that interest you, so make sure you are sharing articles, photos, videos, etc. that would also send the appropriate message to your potential employer. How would you know? Well, would you share that content with him or her directly?

  4. Google yourself. Do the results show that your qualification and interests align with the job you’ve applied for? Everything from your Twitter bio to the articles you share on Facebook, Google+, the photos you like on Instagram, and the pins you create on Pinterest will point towards whether you’re passionate about a particular field, or whether you’re applying for jobs in every field and hoping for the best.

Understand that when you’re job hunting, your potential employers will do a search for your name on social media. You can clean up your online act and be proactive about the impression you create, or forget about being hired any time soon.

Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will assist you in finding an exciting new job, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. If you are looking to get your personal brand out there and find your next big career opportunity, visit our vacancies pages and apply today!

 

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How to improve your leadership skills in 2015

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Solution Here’s the truth: As a leader, you have the opportunity to directly and positively have an influence on the success of not just your company, but also on each and every individual that works for you. One of the trademarks of successful leaders is that they really care about their employee’s personal growth and their success.

So if you consider yourself to be a leader, think carefully about changes you can make in these four areas and you will see fast results in how your employees respond to your leadership.

Accept Challenges
Exceptional leaders are not afraid of challenges, they embrace it instead. If you want to lead, you must understand that it is a way of life, not a list to check off on your way to the top of the corporate ladder. Great leaders want to help the people grow individually in their careers and this will help their company succeed.

This may sound simple enough, but it is not always so easy. To grow the team, you must constantly put into practice more interactive and social skills. Your job is to motivate, support and overcome obstacles so employees can do their jobs.

Don't Micro-Manage
The moment you start micro-managing your employees, you will lose focus on the bigger picture. You are either in the weeds of detail or you are managing a department. Also if you have an employee that needs to be micro-managed you need to equip them with the right skills to work more independently.

Embrace Failure on Projects
The ability to embrace failure, or at least the perspective of it is important for success. However, this doesn’t mean you should not try and avoid failure, but you should embrace it when it becomes unavoidable.

Without a willingness to fail, you will always hold back. And most of the time, the biggest successes require the biggest risks.

Always be Learning
If you aren’t constantly developing yourself in your market and specialty, you will be left behind. Update your skills, decide which area needs more attention and work on it.
Whatever it is, don't wait. People often say lead by example, many of your juniors and co-workers will take their cues from you. If they see that you take learning seriously they are more likely to as well.

The above is just some of the many areas in which you can work on to become a better leader. We would love to hear how you improve leadership in your company or your personal career.

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