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Why effective workplace communication is crucial

Sandra Olivier - Friday, February 05, 2016

word cloud for business conceptWorkplace communication is one of the very first skills you’ll need to master in any new job. How you communicate with your teammates, your manager, your boss, and even the person at the front desk can have a huge impact on your team coherence, work performance, job satisfaction and the longevity of your career. Let’s look at what constitutes workplace communication and why it’s so important to communicate effectively.

Communication in the workplace
Whether it’s direct communication in an email, instant messaging on the company intranet, talking to your colleagues around the lunch table, or how you communicate non-verbally with your manager – communication is defined as any method of transferring a message or information from one person (sender) to another (receiver). Effective communication happens when the receiver receives and understands the message exactly as the sender intended it. This requires a clear method of sending a message – be it concise writing skills for email, clear enunciation for face-to-face communication, and an understanding of how body language and facial expression help to convey your message. Effective communication also requires good listening skills, which means the receiver is 100% focussed on the sender’s message (not being distracted by their thoughts or other background noise) and is also able to receive non-verbal cues.

But why is effective communication so crucial in the workplace?

1. Effective communication improves productivity
If you are required to complete a project with the rest of your team, your manager should provide you with a clear and well-explained brief that details all the specifications of the project: who is required to produce what, by when, and according to which guidelines? If the brief is communicated thoroughly and leaves no questions unanswered in terms of what’s required to complete the project on time and on budget, the project should run smoothly with everyone delivering their outputs in time. The team works well together because you all understand your role and what’s required.

If anyone on the team is sick or they’re not working as fast as the rest of the team, they should be able to communicate openly with their teammates and manager; to ask for help or for further guidelines so that the team isn’t adversely affected. Without effective and open communication, team productivity and morale will be on the line.

2. Effective communication bridges the diversity gap
South African work environments are highly diverse. Teams can be made up of people who speak different languages, come from different cultural backgrounds, practise different religions, different sexual orientation, and cross generational lines. All of these factors will have an influence on the work environment and how teammates perceive each other. Effective communication serves the purpose of conveying messages with respect, integrity, and purpose. If diversity is what sets people’s individuality apart from each other, then the agreement on how we communicate is what bridges that divide: speaking and writing clearly and formally in English, for instance, is the common ground that will help the company to reach its common goal irrespective of the workforce’s diversity.

3. Effective communication boosts job satisfaction
A large part of job satisfaction is feeling challenged and improving your skills with each new project you work on. As an employee, you should not only be able to communicate effectively and build trust with your teammates, as well as communicate upwards with your manager, but you should also be able to receive downward communication from your superiors – in the form of feedback. Being able to accept constructive criticism and to improve your skills and work quality can lead to a highly rewarding career with lucrative future prospects. If you are sensitive to feedback or take it personally when your manager or peers critique your work, you will quickly find that your job becomes difficult or stale.

4. Effective communication aids problem solving
The point of effective communication is to minimise the number of misunderstandings and problems in a team and in the company. That’s not to say that if we all communicate via email in perfect written English that there will be no problems. When problems do arise – a client is unhappy, a project is running over time, someone gets injured on the job, etc. – your level of accountability or your ability to mitigate the problem is only half of the solution; the other half is how these factors are communicated. If you’ve messed up and you immediately own up to it as well as provide a solution to your bungle, you will earn people’s respect for being honest and for wanting to fix your errors, without blaming others.

Now that you are aware of the importance of effective communication in the workplace, consider how your own workplace communication – whether you’re in an finance job, a IT job, or engineering job, – impacts your team, your job satisfaction, and the level of trust you earn amongst your teammates and with your manager. Are you communicating effectively?

Are you in the market for a new job?  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment specialist with vacancies in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. Visit our website and apply, our consultants are waiting to help you.

 

5 Leadership Skills to Help Advance Your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, January 29, 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.

Adaptability
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.

Credibility
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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Are You Looking For “The One”?

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

keyboard We understand how difficult it can be to find ideal individual to help grow your business. As a hiring manager, you want someone who has the necessary skills to do the job, they have to fit in well with the team and be driven. Hiring costs money, so you can’t afford to make any mistakes.

It might sound impossible to measure if the person you have or want to hire is of great quality.
So how do you go about doing this?
To begin with, you have to clarify what the job expectation is, secondly what would the ideal fit be in terms of skills and personality and lastly, what is the culture that your company is trying to create.

1. Define the job description
Decide what the most important skills and qualities you need in your team.  Keep in mind those factors will often change depending on how the business change and what your project needs are. Some companies create a mismatch on the job specifications, between what they want and what they say they want, this results in companies attracting the same type of employees over and over.

There are a number of companies posting “we are hiring or we are recruiting” but when the CV’s start to flood in, only some of them match to what is really required.

It often starts with hiring managers not being able to properly define the job, so it’s important to decide what the compulsory skills are.
You need to break the job down, by doing this, you will be able to draw together information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment of the job.

2. Define the ideal fit
We always hear employees talking about their “dream job” so is it fair for hiring managers to look for the “dream” employee? The truth is there is no such thing as the dream or perfect employee; however you can find someone who is close to what you look for when it comes to making that new hire. Yes, having the required skills tops the list; however many hiring managers will tell you that you shouldn’t just base your hire on that.  

There are certain traits in finding the ideal fit. Here are just a few.

Action-orientated
Hire employees who take action and chances.  Sometimes it might lead to failure, but they will eventually lead to success and create confidence while new ideas develop. Stagnant employees won’t make your company money; action-oriented employees will.

Team player
Great employees get along well with other employees; they help build a positive work environment, not only for themselves but for others around them. They constantly encourage and support others. If you can find someone who shows these traits, they might just be the one!

Great attitude
Bad attitudes bring everyone down. A great employee helps make work a positive experience for everyone else by having a good spirit at the office, by being pleasant with everyone, being respectful, polite and considerate of others’ feelings

3. Define your company's culture
Culture is an important part of attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. Company culture has become such a huge buzzword over the last few years, and some organizations are trying to leverage that to get better, brighter talent to come work for them without understanding what it's really all about.

For many of today’s candidates looking for a meaningful career, the job description and salary are no longer enough to encourage them to apply. More candidates want to know about the everyday experience of working for the company, its unique culture and how they align with their own expectations, values and work preferences.

If you struggle to recruit the right people, we can help.

Communicate Personnel have the very best recruitment consultants that are masters at sourcing the right person and matching them to your company culture. Get in contact with us today.

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Throw out that old-fashioned job hunting approach

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, January 06, 2016

typewriterEach year, we see more and more of the reality that only existed in science fiction come to life. Our pockets are emptier, but the few items inside them can do more than ever. We now own small storage devices that can hold massive amounts of data. It’s therefore no surprise that in the last three years recruiting and hiring practices have also changed considerable, particularly with the growth of social media and also with the tough job market we have been experiencing.

So if it’s been more than three years since your last job search, here are some tips to help you get to grips with all the changes.

1. First things first – your CV
Writing a great CV is crucial for a successful career search. The last thing you need is to kick off your job search with a CV that reads “out of date.” Most employers expect that you can use word processing software well enough to customize your resume and cover letter specifically for them. Generic work-history resumes don't often work well today. The CV is no longer a run-down of your skills, these days you need to make sure it tells your story and ultimately sells you for that specific job.

2. Expect to be researched
The age of the internet makes it extremely easy to verify information about people. The reality is when you send a CV accept that the recruiters will do their own research on you before inviting you in for an interview.

  • Visibility:  They are looking for "social proof" that you are who you say you are, have done what you say you have done. A lack of online visibility brands you as out-of-date.
  • Checking facts - does the information on the job application or CV match the information on your LinkedIn Profile?
  • Personality/fit -- does your personality, as demonstrated in your online visibility, seem like a good fit for their organization?

    3.Interviewing
    Preparation for job interviews is very important. No more breezing into an interview relying on charm and good conversation skills. The new-style interviewer expects serious candidates to demonstrate an understanding of the company's operations, its standing in the market and its strategic and tactical problems. Also be aware that many companies are starting to rely on video technology so it’s not a given that your interview will take place in person.

    4. What to wear to an interview
    Now that company dress codes range all over the map from full business attire to shorts and flip-flops, it’s a conundrum for many job seekers to know what to wear. It's all about looking the part and projecting the right image. Every organization is different so the easiest is to ask your recruiter to provide advice on the appropriate dress code for your interview. Think about your interview attire before the big day and get everything ready. You want to feel great on your interview, and looking great is a big part of that!

    If you are a candidate looking for a career move or a client looking for a specialist agency to assist with your recruitment needs in Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight or Supply Chain please contact us. Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency that have placed hundreds of candidates at some of the top employers in the country. Check out our vacancy page and apply now! 

4 Ways to Sell Yourself to Your Next Employer

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

success ahead sign boardOnce you’ve accumulated a year or two of professional experience, you’ll know what does and doesn’t get you out of bed in the morning to go to work. Once the bug bites and you begin exploring the possibilities of a new job (be it for a more challenging position, a higher salary, or a different work environment) it’s important that you focus on positively selling yourself to your new employer. Here are some tips that will help you to proactively move along your career path.

1. Know your product
Just as a salesperson needs to know the intricacies of their product in order to sell it successfully, so too do you need to know your strengths, weaknesses, and “USPs” – or unique selling points – to accurately and successfully sell yourself to your next employer. Maybe in your first job interviews, you may have gotten away with clichés like “hard worker”, “results-driven”, “adaptable” – but after having clocked in some valuable work experience, you should now know what kind of employee you really are and what drives you in your job. Use this new self-knowledge to give your future employer an idea of who you are and what you can do for them.

The best way to communicate what kind of employee you are is to provide examples of your claims. So, instead of claiming to be a “problem-solving creative”, rather tell your future employer the anecdote of how you applied process design to your team environment, which saved them X-number of production hours and allowed the company to increase their profit.

2. Sell yourself as a solution
Instead of approaching a potential job from the perspective of “I’m getting a new job”, rather sell yourself as the solution to a problem your potential employer is facing. In your job interview, ask your potential employer what their areas of development (or pain points, or skills shortages) are so that you can answer those shortcomings with your skill set or a creative solution.

Be sure not to come across as arrogant about it (since you will likely be up against a few candidates who are equally or better equipped than you are) but be sincere in your approach to add value to the company rather than trying to “save” them.

3. Know your price
As a first-time employee, you wouldn’t have had much bargaining power when it came to your starting salary. However, with some job experience and the opportunity to have gauged your value in the work environment (as well as having the time to suss out your living expenses and what you, personally, need to afford your lifestyle), you should know your worth and what kind of salary or benefits you want from your next job.

Employers often see millennial jobseekers as “entitled” or having an over-inflated sense of what they deserve when it comes to remuneration, so keep this in mind when communicating your salary expectations. If you can sell your real value to your employer, or communicate your desire to grow within the company, you may very well be rewarded with the salary you know you deserve.

4. Be better than the competition
South Africa’s job market is characterised by its competitiveness as well as its bias, but it’s important for most jobseekers to know that they were awarded an employment contract on merit alone. Show your potential employer why you are more valuable than the competition – explain, preferably with case studies and past experience, how you’re going to achieve the objectives of the position, make the company (or department) more robust, and how you’re going to put your skills, training, and innovation to work both for yourself and for the company.

Selling yourself to your future employer has a lot to do with standing out from the crowd – of punting your personal brand rather than trying to fit into a box. Do an online search for “personal brand best practice” and learn about how to set yourself apart from the competition in order to get the job you want and build your career.

Communicate Personnel want to assist you in finding a new job. So, make that move and browse through our available vacancies, which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs.

 

Career Guide: Mapping Your Future in 2016

Mallisa Watson - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

map Whether you are a recent graduate looking to make an entry into the working world in 2016, or an existing employee wondering where your career is going, there is no better time to take stock of your working life than at the start of the new year. Follow these tips and start making notes to help you map your future career for 2016 and beyond.

Visualisation is key
In order to effectively map your future, it’s imperative that you learn to visualise not only where you are headed, but also how you will get there. Visualisation requires a clear picture with specific details, so this will force you to really think about the practical details of your future and what you will need to implement them. To get to a point where you can visualise the specifics, consider the following:

1. What’s in it for you in the long run?
Before you take the first step in the right direction, it’s important to rather “zoom out” and see if you can picture what your career will look like… at the end. What will you have achieved? Who will you have in your network? What impact will your work life have had on your family, your community, and perhaps even globally? Do you want to work for a modest salary and have a comfortable retirement, or do you have the potential to change the world? Are you chasing material benefits to a healthy career – i.e.: do you see yourself in a big house with a luxury car and a weekend yacht rental? – or will you work to earn a salary to support a community outreach programme so that others also benefit from your industriousness? Once you know what your “bigger picture” looks like, you can start reverse-engineering the results and working backwards to get to the finer details.

2. Where do you want to work?
Can you picture yourself on a steady corporate career path, making your way from post room to CEO corner office? Or are you best suited to work in an start-up environment which offers a more casual office environment. If you know which business environment you’re best suited for, you’ll immediately invest more energy in going after what you want, rather than being indecisive about what you think you might want.

3. What skills and experience will you need?
Think about who your business role model is. What does their career look like? What business experience do they have? What qualifications did they get? If you know you want to work your way up the corporate ladder in a finance job or land the perfect engineering job, you will need the relevant qualifications as well as a certain number of years’ experience. It’s never too late to extend your education or to change careers, so add these details onto your career map, based on where you see yourself in the long run.

4. What are you passionate about?
The most important underlying question to a fulfilling and satisfying career is: what are you passionate about? Not everyone will land a career as a video game tester or a professional motorbike racer, but you can find a way to pursue these dreams if it’s important enough to you. You can also approach your passions from the perspective of using your working life to afford you the means to participate in these activities. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, one method of finding out is by asking the following questions:

  • What did you really enjoying doing as a child?
  • What activities make time fly by for you?
  • What do you enjoy doing at present that you wish you could do as a job?
  • If money was no object, what would you rather be doing?

5. Create a vision board
It’s one thing to visualise how you want things to be, but it’s an entirely different skill to manifest these milestones and achievements into reality. By creating a vision board, you are turning your goals into concrete pictures, which will compel you to act on them. You can go so far as to assign a timeline to your milestones, especially if you are going the route of studying, doing an internship, getting a full-time job and getting promoted until you reach your ultimate goals.

And once you know where you’re going, you can take the first step in that direction. All the best for 2016!

Is a new challenging job something that you want to pursue in 2016? Let us at Communicate Personnel help you with your search.

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Please Repeat That?

Mallisa Watson - Friday, December 11, 2015

megaphone In this day and age of constant communication, thoughtful communication tends to be left on the roadside. If you want to improve your communications skills in any way, the first and most important part is building relationships with the people in your surrounding environment.

One of the advantages that great communicators have is the opportunity to get promoted and recognized in your careers more frequently as a result of your great communication competencies. If you have your eye on that promotion, maybe it’s time you up your communication skills.
Below are three of many practices that can help you.

1. Listen up!
Great communicators listen more than they speak. You need to understand what the other person is telling you to avoid any misunderstanding. Most of us have this habit where we try to complete other people’s sentences, but try not to.
When a colleague is speaking, don’t spend the time preparing your response in your mind. Instead, ask questions for clarification and to make certain that you thoroughly understand what the other person is communicating.

2. Effective speaking
Just like listening and written skills, effective speaking is just as important. We all have different job titles in some way or another, it will be expected from us to speak in front of an audience or discuss assignments with our team. Our ability to speak clearly is as important as our ability to formulate our arguments concisely and clearly.  Keep the following in mind before you speak; 

  • Volume - to be heard.
  • Clarity - to be understood.
  • Variety - to add interest.

Reading the signs
Great communicators know that non-verbal communication speaks louder than verbal communication. They listen with their eyes and ears, and pay attention to people's posture, hand movements, and eye contact because these also send very powerful messages.

There are two main parts of non-verbal communication that, in the workplace, can be seen as the most important.

Eye contact:
Eye contact, or lack thereof, is the first sign of whether you think that the person talking to you is worthy of your attention. By looking someone in the eyes, you are telling them that what they are saying is important and it is also considered the ultimate form of respect.

Body language:
Slouching and crossed arms are signs that you are bored, not open to what the other person has to say and you are not paying attention to what is being discussed.  Your body language can have an important effect on your success in business. Be aware of your own behaviour as it will help you to better identify and read someone else while ensuring you reflect the correct image.

If you work to improve your own communication by practicing these skills and taking these actions, you can become a great communicator. Becoming a great communicator will enhance your career, make your days at work rewarding and fulfilling, and reinforce positive relationships with co-workers who want to work with you.

Looking for success in your career? Do you want to reach your full potential in your field of expertise? We can help you unravel the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply today!

 

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Are high performers influencing your business negatively?

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, December 08, 2015

boardAre high performers actually the ones responsible for wrecking overall performance in your team? It’s a challenging notion for any business that spends big on resourcing and developing their best people. For decades, companies have tried to motivate people with money even though research has shown time and time again that money erodes social connectiveness.

Business leader and former CEO of five organizations, Margaret Heffernan challenges the notion of competitiveness in the work place. She makes the case for investing in the power of relationships and the positive impact that brings to the work culture. According to Margaret companies don’t need superstars, it needs social capital.

 “…when the going gets tough, and it always will get tough if you’re doing breakthrough work that really matters, what people need is social support, and they need to know who to ask for help. Companies don’t have ideas; only people do. And what motivates people are the bonds and loyalty and trust they develop between each other. What matters is the mortar, not just the bricks.”

Take the time to watch this TED video, it will change the way you think not only about team work but leadership and how to really drive productivity and happiness in the work place.

“It's only when we accept that everybody has value that we will liberate the energy, imagination and momentum we need to create the best beyond measure.”


Do you need some expert advice and assistance with finding the right talent for your team? Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with very capable consultants that specialise in placing skilled candidates in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries with some of the top employers in the country. Contact us today. 

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The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

Sandra Olivier - Friday, December 04, 2015

youthIn the modern job market, millennials are coming under fire for being consistent job hoppers – for moving from one job the next after a relatively short period of time. Millennials are often compared to their baby boomer counterparts who are known for spending years or even their entire careers at one company and simply following the natural progression of their job. However, in March 2015, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that baby boomers were just as guilty of job hopping early in their careers before settling down for the “long haul”. 

So, if job hopping isn’t a new phenomenon, there must be some merit to this practice of switching jobs. Let’s look at the upsides and downsides of job hopping.

The Pros of Job Hopping
For millennials, the average time spent in a job is just two years, and employers are experiencing a rather high turnover (15 to 20%) with their younger employees. While it may take some time for employers to adjust to this ever-changing workforce, millennial job hoppers seem to have a strategy for their “come-and-go” ways.

1. Salary increases
When moving from one job to the next, employees have the benefit of increasing their salaries. The more times they move, the more quickly their pay increases (to a point – beyond which they risk pricing themselves out of the market). The short-term or narrow view of job hopping is that there’s a money benefit, but it’s also important to look at the bigger picture of better opportunities.

2. Responsibility increases
While salary increases can occur from one job to the next, it’s important for job hopping employees to also take the long-term view of increasing their responsibilities. Focusing on improved opportunities with each employment jump will ensure that they are making strides in their careers, gathering crucial experience as they are assigned more weight in terms of responsibilities. That’s not to say that after four years of job hopping, juniors will become managers, but rather that job hopping employees will still be able to build an industry reputation for getting the job done… even in the short time that they are in one position.

3. Broadening skill sets
One characteristic of successful present-day employees is the speed at which they take in and assimilate new knowledge and skills. Job hopping allows employees to experience a wide range of work environments where they not only learn the skills of the job and improve their work experience, but adapting to different work environments also provides the perfect opportunity to hone their soft skills and improve their business acumen.

4. Finding the perfect job
Job hopping isn’t just the selfish pursuit of more money and a better titles rather, it’s an accurate way of testing out different jobs and environments to find the perfect job for the individual. Generally, people are terrible at predicting what they will find satisfying, so the best way to find a job that they’re happy with is to experience different ones until they know what they want. Statistics show that job hopping tapers off into career stability once employees have found the career that fulfils them and offers more security.

The Cons of Job Hopping

Job hopping has many downsides too, many of which have to do with external factors – the risks of finding job satisfaction and happiness in the workplace.

1. It doesn’t look great on a CV
While some job hopping is to be expected from young candidates, too much nomadic behaviour can put recruiters and employers off and make employee candidates look very unreliable. Employers question the level of skill and experience employees can really gain from “only” one to two years on the job before they move off again.

2. Losing face with an employer
While job hopping candidates are encouraged to “leave on good terms”, they can’t expect employers not to feel jilted or somehow cheated for investing precious time and resources in on-the-job training and skills development, only for the now-trained-and-ready employee to take those skills elsewhere. Job hoppers are often seen as using companies as stepping stones to get where they want to be, so employees are encouraged to put in as much as they get out from their jobs.

3. Financial insecurity
While job hopping may help to increase an employee’s salary quicker than waiting for raises or promotions in one job, the long-term financial security of a job hopper can be quite unstable. Long-term jobs with financial benefits include medical aid and pension funds. If employees continue to change jobs, they lose out on the long-term investment of these financial products, especially if they move their finances from one scheme to the next, as there are penalties for doing so.

These are financially tough times, so employees are not in the wrong for wanting to pursue not just better opportunities and a higher salary, but to also find what makes them truly happy so that they feel their time is well spent and well rewarded. This includes not just remuneration, but also altruistic rewards of contributing to a community with a purpose that makes them feel fulfilled.

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 and 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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When the going gets tough, dig deep

Sandra Olivier - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

dawn It’s that time of year, where we know the end is in sight but it seems like we are stuck in quick sand, not moving forward at all. If you had to listen to all the negative news in the media, it feels like life is beating us up left and right. But if there is one thing as South Africans we all have in common, it’s the fact that we don’t give up. There is a saying that tough times don't last but tough people do.

If you need some tips to find your inner strength for the last stretch of this year, here are some suggestions:

Focus on what you can control
Whether you like it or not, some things are within your control, while other things are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Don't allow yourself to become so emotionally entangled that it paralyzes your progress. Things may not always work out perfectly, but the sooner you get over them, the quicker you move on to your next victory.

Smile the pain away
Our smiles tell our minds how to feel. When things get difficult, it’s easy to be negative. Research however, has shown that even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you happier.

Find the next step
Often times when we have a big task ahead of us it seems daunting and difficult to motivate yourself to start. The best way to approach this is to break that difficult task into smaller more manageable tasks. It is easier to accomplish one small task and will allow you to see where the obstacles are so you can be prepared to overcome them.

Surround yourself with the right people
Nobody can function as an island. In order to pursue your goals with everything you have, it's helpful to be around other people who are working just as hard. Knowing there is someone else going through your problem helps psychologically. It is incredibly difficult to remain motivated when you keep hearing about the negatives of the workplace. There is good and bad in every office. Focus on the positive, surround yourself with like-minded people that enjoy their work and are there for a reason.

There will be many obstacles in the way of your career goals, and several moments where tasks seem overwhelming and you’ll even question why you’re taking such a risk. But, if you keep things interesting, constantly making your journey fun and rewarding, you’ll persevere through anything. December is in sight, just a couple of months and it will be all worth it at the end.

If you are thinking of making a move in your career or looking for a new opportunity, Communicate Personnel can assist. We are a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters that have placed hundreds of top level executives at sought after companies across the country. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries, both for permanent and contracting placements. Contact us today.

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