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Are You Asking the Interviewer the Right Questions?

Mallisa Watson - Tuesday, October 06, 2015

concept You start to feel a little at ease as you realize your job interview is coming to an end, especially if you think you’ve answered the questions with self-assurance. But when the interviewer (s) asks:"Do you have any questions for us?." What goes through your head? Do you want to say NO? Think again!

Asking the right interview questions can help you get a better idea about the role and is a great way for you to show your interest in the job. After all, it is important to determine if the job is the right fit for you too.

Do you know what questions you should be asking your interviewer? Remember the questions you ask should relate to the position you are being interviewed for, think carefully about their relevance before the interview.

Branch Manager for Engineering, Sarah Kirkman, shares her expertise on what questions every candidate should be asking in a interview.  

In preparing your questions for the interview, also keep the following in mind.

  • Ask realistic questions!

  • Don’t make the questions too complex

  • Asking interview questions can be challenging and a little intimidating. However, it is very important that you do ask questions to get clarity regarding the position. Who knows, maybe it could add credibility and increase your chances of landing the job. One more thing, before walking into that interview, keep in mind that how you dress is just as important for success at any job interview.
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    If you are looking to move on to a new career adventure, get in touch with us now!

    Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency with remarkable consultants who will match your skills with the relevant job.  We have career opportunities which include jobs in Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply now!


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Job Interviews: How to ensure success

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 02, 2015

advice You’ve prepared your CV, familiarized yourself with the job market, completed the necessary applications, worked alongside your recruiter and managed to finally secure an interview for that great new career opportunity you’ve been wanting.

Now that you've been invited for an interview, your thoughts naturally turn to giving a winning performance on the day and ensuring you stand out from other candidates. How do you make sure your interview will be a success? What do you need to do to make the right impression and come across as the experienced, skilled applicant that you know you are? What do you need to avoid?

We’ve asked Harriet Smith, Branch Manager: IT from our Cape Town office to give us some of her expert advice on the matter. In the video, she offers some valuable interview tips to candidates on the following topics:

  • Why it’s important to remain professional at all times

  • How to deal with red flags or concerns potential employers might have about your CV

  • What to say about your current and previous employers

  • Why it’s important to ask questions

  • The importance of first impressions in an interview

If you are considering a change in your career and need some expert assistance, contact us. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding you new career opportunities in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight  and Supply Chain industries. Check out our vacancies pages and apply now! 


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How to explain gaps in your work experience on your CV

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

interview Whether your job was made redundant, 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 lie about gaps in your work experience on your CV. If a potential employer is going to pay you for working at their company, the least you can do is be completely honest about why there are employment gaps on your CV.

Here are some of the ways to explain employment gaps while still maintaining your integrity:

1. A gap after being made redundant
Losing your job because of redundancy or because your employment was terminated may raise the eyebrows of your interviewer or prospective employer. However, this kind of employment gap needn’t be a negative one. If your job was made redundant, don’t sit at home and mope on the couch, but rather use your time constructively by taking an online course, upskilling for your current industry, or doing volunteer work. Give your potential employer something to focus on other than the employment gap.

If your job was terminated, don’t lie about it or cover it up with a thin excuse like, “It wasn’t meant to be.” Rather, give your account of why you weren’t a good fit for your previous employer, take responsibility for your position and explain what you’ve learnt from the experience. This proactive reasoning can take on a more positive light to show that you’ve truly grown from a potentially negative experience and allow your interviewer to focus on your mature approach rather than the apparent employment gap.

2. A gap due to travel or studying
If you started a career and subsequently learned that it really wasn’t what you wanted to do, then decided to study something different or take a few months off to travel, this is perfectly acceptable. Again, don’t simply waist away your time while you’re not formally employed, but be proactive and do something constructive with your time. Even part-time work while studying or doing freelance work while travelling will demonstrate to your prospective employer that you’re a passionate self-starter and an independent worker.

3. A gap due to caring for family
If you’ve taken time off from employment because you needed to care for someone in your family, this doesn’t need a lengthy explanation. A simply worded sentence or two should suffice, such as: “An illness in my family required my presence at home. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to give my job the attention it deserved, I resigned, but I am ready to return to the workforce full-time.”

4. A gap for raising a family
If you were a stay-at-home parent, sacrificing full-time work for raising your children, don’t hide it. Also, don’t embellish your role as parent to make it sound like a corporate position, such as “Household Manager” or “Domestic CEO”. This will only come across as patronising. Explain to your potential employer that you chose to raise your family, but are ready to re-enter the workforce. Show how you’ve re-qualified for your position or upskilled to ensure your knowledge is on par with the industry at present, or if you’ve maintained a freelance career while raising your kids, mention how this has helped you to stay in touch with the working world. If the tone of the interview allows for it, you could mention how raising a family has given you expert time management, task delegation, and negotiation skills.

5. Tips:

  • Be prepared to explain your employment gap and practise what you’re going to say. This will ensure that you don’t end up stumbling over your explanation, which could make it sound like an excuse.
  • Be confident while explaining the gap in your CV – your prospective employer isn’t trying to catch you out, they just want a reasonable explanation for your absence from formal employment.
  • Be honest. We’re reiterating this again because the employment market is connected in so many ways. The truth will eventually come out – so it’s best that it you tell it first.

Looking for success in your career? We can help you untangle the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs,  Supply Chain jobs and  Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply today!


Nervous about your job interview? Here’s some advice on how to deal with that anxiety

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 18, 2015

exchange of ideasIn an economy where it seems like there are far fewer jobs than there are candidates who want to fill them, we don’t blame you for being nervous about job interviews. All too often, new candidates to the job market assume that they won’t make a good impression or that the interviewers are just waiting for them to mess up, which will kill their chances of getting the job. Sound familiar? Let’s have a look at the thinking behind your anxiety and how to show up at interviews feeling a little more relaxed.

1. Understand why you’re nervous
You may be one of many job candidates who feel under duress to “get the job or else”, so your anxiety – triggered by adrenaline and the fight or flight response – is the result of the perception that this job interview is a life or death situation. Your mind is constantly tuned into the negative response of “What if I don’t get the job?” Instead, you could rather consider the fact that you got the interview in the first place: being shortlisted is a very good sign that the hiring company sees something in you that they want.

Yes, getting the job will ensure you have a stable income and you can start building your career and your professional identity. However, getting this particular job that you’re interviewing for is not the be-all and end-all. If you don’t get the job, it’s not the worst thing that can happen to you. Instead, rather see it as building job interview experience that will go a long way to getting you the job that you’re truly suited for. Putting the interview into some big-picture perspective can help to lessen your anxiety.

2. Prepare for the interview
A lot of your anxiety can be alleviated by preparing adequately for the interview. Ask your friend, roommate or a parent to role-play as the interviewer so that you get the opportunity to describe your strengths, qualifications, and experience out loud. This will give you the opportunity to adjust the way you sound or the things you’d like to say before the actual interview.

Do some research on the company who’s interviewing you. Browse their website and social media pages (where relevant) to understand their culture and get a feel for their position in the market or industry. Prepare a list of questions about the company to ask the interviewer, since the job interview is a two-way opportunity: one in which they identify if you’re right for them, but also to allow you to identify if they’re right for you.

Prepare to arrive at your interview on time – even give yourself a 30-minute lead time so that you’ve got a moment to collect yourself before you enter the interview room. Time pressure is one of the worst causes of anxiety, so if you know you won’t be late for your interview, this will remove a lot of your nervousness.

3. Alleviate the physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety manifests in a very physical way that can actually count against you in a job interview. Sweaty palms, shaky hands, flushed face, shallow breathing, and dry mouth are visible tell-tale signs that you’re nervous. A sure-fire way to alleviate these physical symptoms is focused breathing. It will take less than a minute to train yourself out of those nerves by inhaling slowly to the count of three, holding your breath for three slow counts, then exhaling slowly to the count of three. Do this twice and when you experience a deep sigh, visualise the stress leaving your body.

Putting the job interview into perspective, doing enough preparation for the interview and arriving a little ahead of time, as well as using focused breathing to relax the symptoms of anxiety can help you to deal with job interview nerves. If you take our advice, let us know if it was effective for your job interview. Good luck!

Are you battling to find your next career opportunity? Do you feel it’s time to make a move from your current job?  Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that can assist you in finding Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now! 


Networking Important for your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 11, 2015

networking faces on social mediaNetworking. The word alone strikes fear in the hearts of many. Unfortunately, many job seekers are hesitant to take advantage of networking because they’re afraid of being seen as pushy, irritating, or self-serving. But networking isn’t about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it’s about building relationships. The job market has changed drastically over the last couple of years and adopting a networking lifestyle will help with your career success.

For online networking to be successful, you need to adopt an attitude of connecting and helping others in good times and bad. Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go.

Here’s five tips that can assist you to get the most out of your connections:

Be helpful
Find ways to help your contacts. Send news stories, articles, or blogs of relevance. Refer a colleague. Create credibility with your connections by assisting them to connect with relevant other individuals. These are easy ways to make a huge impact. By helping people in your network, they will be more open to helping you in the future. The reality is business transactions are always mutually beneficial. Be a resource and be helpful to your connections in addition to finding ways to create dialogue with them.

Always look for connection opportunities
If you want to be successful in your career, then you need to have a great source of relevant connections in your network that you can call on when you need them. It’s important to always be on the look-out for opportunities to connect with new people. Valuable connections are contacts who can provide you with direct leads, direct work, industry trends and valuable information.

Be Visible
Possibly one of the hardest parts of efficient networking is making sure you’re front of mind when opportunities come up. If you haven’t spoken or interacted with a particular contact in a while, coming out of the blue and asking for help finding a role will probably not be successful. It’s important to continuously be an active participant in your network.

Listening is the most important skill you need to network effectively. Through listening, you build a bond of trust. Through listening, you gather information to see how you can help someone else and how you or your network can be helped. Listening will help you to get to learn about peoples’ challenges and get to know them better, which can ultimately lead to more productive professional relationships.

No matter what industry you’re in, knowing the right people can pay off.

When it’s done well, networking can lead to more clients, more exposure and more opportunities to progress up the career ladder.

If you are looking for a new job and need some help and guidance, network with our specialist recruitment consultants. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with experienced consultants that are well connect with some of the top employers in the country  and can assist you in finding a new job that will excite you all over again. We are recruiting for companies that have vacancies in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight or Supply Chain industries for both permanent and contracting positions.  Check out our vacancy page and apply now!


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Stressed out! Don’t be…

Mallisa Watson - Friday, August 07, 2015

Angry Business Professional YellingAll of us are stressed, right? Who wouldn’t be in this crazy modern world?  We literally have 24 hours in a day and we try to cram everything that we can into those hours. Our family and friends are expecting our time and attention, some of us have bosses driving us mad and demanding clients. Eventually this will all lead us to a place where we never thought we’ll ever be. Stressed out!

Although people have different ideas when it comes to how they balance their work and personal life, creating some clear boundaries can reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that goes with it.

Most of you will agree with us that at some point in your work life, you have felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging responsibility. But when work stress becomes prolonged, it can be overwhelming and harmful to both your physical and emotional health.

But although some jobs are certainly more nail-biting than others, we all deal with work-related stress on a daily basis.

So what are the common reasons for work stress?

  • Extreme workloads.
  • Few opportunities for growth or advancement.
  • Work that isn't challenging enough.
  • Not having enough control over job-related decisions.
  • Unrealistically high performance expectations.

Fortunately, there are a number of strategies for confronting workplace stress. Here are some simple but effective ways to manage stress in the workplace.

1. Identify what is stressing you out
Finding the source of your stress is the first step to fighting it, but it could be easier said than done. Stressors usually fall into the following categories:

Emotional stressors. This includes your fears and anxieties, such as worries about whether you'll be fired or if you will get that new job you applied for.

Family stressors. This can be changes in your relationship with your significant other or financial problems.

Work stressors. They may include tight deadlines or having to deal with a difficult boss every single day of your working life.

2. Organize your workspace
Taking control of your schedule can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed over small tasks.

When it comes to your schedule, figure out what you can control (such as when to take your lunch break or the order in which you’ll complete certain tasks) and what is fixed (the meeting with your boss, for example). This will help you manage your time more efficiently and maintain as much control as possible over your everyday routine.

3. Have a more positive outlook
This is a tough one. But adopting a more positive attitude toward stress can help you to deal with it more effectively, it could even transform your stress into something good that enhances your performance, health and personal growth. Yes, you don’t have any control over facing stressful situations but you do have control over how you think about stress and the way it will affect you.

There’s no doubt that stress can be used as a force for good, however an excessive amounts of it over the long term can cause serious problems.

If you feel stressed because your current job isn't challenging enough, maybe it’s time for a new one. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding you Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy pages and apply now!


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What is the Cost of a Bad Hire?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 31, 2015

arrow Hiring the wrong person for the vacancy you want to fill can cost your company between three and five times their salary – so say internal surveys from CareerBuilder and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Irrespective of their skill level (entry-level or executive), there is no good reason for businesses to lose money on poor-performing or ill-fitting employees. We explore what a “bad hire” is, how they impact a company’s bottom line, and shed some light on the steps to take to avoid a bad hire:

What is a bad hire?
A bad hire is someone who is either the wrong culture fit for the job, team, and/or work environment they were placed in, or someone who is not delivering on their job requirements and performance expectations.

What does a bad hire cost?
Hiring the wrong person for the job has a much broader financial and cultural impact than the person’s annual salary. That impact can include:

Hiring costs
The time that HR and senior managers spent on the recruitment process – screening CVs, communicating with potential candidates, performing background checks and psychometric tests, interviewing and evaluating candidates, and inducting new employees – is wasted when they amount to a bad hire.

Direct employment costs
You wouldn’t pay for a bag of rotten apples – so paying the salary of a person who doesn’t contribute to the company’s growth is a bad investment.

Overhead costs
The employee’s office space, use of resources and utilities, travel expenses, training, and HR management costs all count as company overheads.

Supervisor/Manager costs
The time that a supervisor or manager spends training, evaluating, coaching or correcting a bad hire costs money. The senior employee’s own work time is compromised, especially when the bad hire results in disruption or affects their ability to meet their own KPIs.

Team productivity and morale costs
When a bad hire is part of a team that has deliverables to complete, the rest of the team needs to compensate for the bad hire’s poor performance. Not only does this affect the team’s productivity, but company morale can also take a nosedive and can take a mammoth effort and considerable time to correct.

Negative impact on client relationships
A poor performing employee will cast a bad light on the company as a whole in the eyes of the company’s clients, especially if deadlines are missed or poor work is performed. The company’s reputation may have taken years to build, but can be destroyed in an instant because of a bad hire – the cost of which can run into millions if lost opportunities are factored in.

Severance costs
Many bad hires will be happy to stay in their jobs and while away their time – doing the minimum to earn a salary. When this behaviour and poor performance is costing your company money and lost opportunities in the long run, it may be better to legally terminate their employment. This means paying out severance benefits – however, these may be minimal compared to the long-term damage that a bad hire can do.

Take these steps to avoid a bad hire:

  • Have very specific candidate requirements – the job description and KPAs for that role should be up to date and used to measure suitability in the screening process.

  • Get input from a range of stakeholders – allow the HR manager, the job’s team lead, and even a team member or two to be part of the screening process and get their input on the people being interviewed.

  • Evaluate candidate abilities – put shortlisted candidates through a timed skills test to evaluate their capabilities under pressure and to truly determine if they possess both the skills and attitude you require.

  • Conduct psychometric and/or personality testing – these tests are expensive, but worthwhile when it comes to identifying high-risk hires and reducing employee turnover.

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

  • Get help – recruitment specialists not only have the necessary database from which to source great candidates for your vacancies, but also perform the initial CV screening and have the requisite skills and experience to identify, attract, and screen the most appropriate candidates and reduce the likelihood of a bad hire.
  • Wanting to avoid the cost of a bad hire? Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters and we want to help you. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the FinanceITEngineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries, both for permanent and contracting placements throughout South Africa, and the African continent. Contact us today!

    Or if you happen to be in the market for new FinanceITEngineeringSupply Chain or Freight jobs, visit our vacancy page and apply now.


Why Recruitment is a good career choice

Mallisa Watson - Friday, July 24, 2015

road-signYour career is one of the most important things in your life. So if you get granted the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives, it can be extremely fulfilling. And that is exactly what recruitment does, it allows you to turn people’s lives around, for good.The recruitment industry can be very challenging and it’s not always a career that everyone will become successful in. However, if you master the art of brokering deals, then this industry is meant for you.

Have you ever considered a career in recruitment? Maybe the below will make you
change your mind.

It’s financially rewarding
Recruitment can be financially rewarding if done properly. If you follow the right methods then you will make placements that results in good commission. Most consultants would agree that this is one of the best incentives to achieve. We are in times of economic distress, so turning to a career in recruitment may be one of the best decisions you can ever make.

You get educated in business
Over the past years, I have learned so much about different sectors, company cultures, work environments, different organizational structures and different recruitment practices.

We go from dealing with construction one minute, a finance company the next hour and more later in the day. What career provides you with such variety and in-depth insight into the business world? The answer is definitely recruitment.

An opportunity to meet some interesting and rare people
You will work with a number of people. And recruitment will advance your network. You will get the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Interviewing people is a real window into some amazing lives and when you hear the stories of how companies have grown and prospered and how people have carved out a career and grown you truly appreciate that nothing’s impossible.

Communicative, target-driven and competitive
Recruitment needs you to network with different people every single day. The depth of interaction has developed over the years. With social media and mobile on the rise, the depth of communication with people is almost endless. What is more, as a recruiter you are helping people to discover a brighter future and a more fulfilling occupation.

Like any sales oriented role hitting and exceeding your targets is the key to a successful career in recruitment. You have to find ways to get there. You need to keep in mind that the process and framework should be your foundation. There is a remarkable amount of flexibility that can work to keep recruitment one of the most interesting and exciting jobs around. The beauty of recruitment is that it adapts to the times.

You develop your negotiating skills
This has to be one of the most exciting things you can learn and strengthen in recruitment. Sharpening your negotiating skills.  Becoming a better negotiator as an individual is a life skill that cannot be measured. Good negotiating skills will benefit you regardless of the industry you want to go into to.  

There are many other industries where you can make it big but nothing beats the recruitment industry for an opportunity to fast track your career, earn what you are really worth and build up a network. Why would you make any other choice?

Recruiting is such an exhilarating and impactful job, but there are obviously also some hurdles you have to cross. The strongest drawback is that when you are not closing that deals or making that sale, you will always be under pressure. The human element can be unpredictable so even though you’ve worked hard to get you candidate that job offer that they wanted, they can still turn around at the last minute and decline the offer.

Recruitment has given many of our consultants a career, help them develop new skills and an education in business. If you feel recruitment is the right job for you, check out our website today. We are always on the lookout for competitive, self-motivated team leaders and recruitment consultants to grow with our company.

If you happen to be in the market for Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs, then get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants to get your career search off the ground.  

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Managers: Would you let your team work from home?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 17, 2015

technologyIn January 2014, some light was shed on the culture of flexible working hours especially for employees based in companies in Sandton, Johannesburg. Big corporates like Discovery Health and Nedbank, as well as law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, have adopted flexible working hours – also commonly referred to as “flexitime” – for their staff for a variety of reasons. We look at flexitime and working from home and ask: would you let your team out of your sight?

Why would you introduce the option to work from home?
There are a number of reasons why businesses have implemented or are considering implementing flexitime or working from home for their employees. These include:

  • to reduce time spent in traffic (and thereby also relieving traffic congestion)
  • to promote the idea of work-life balance, to allow parents to better cater to their family life
  • to reduce overhead costs (such as office space, workstations, electricity and other office resources)
  • to reduce staff turnover (according to a Regus report, 76% of respondents claimed that flexible working hours improved employee retention).

The upside to allowing staff to work off site
For South African companies trying to keep their bottom lines above water, reducing costs is a key objective. While it’s tough enough trying to extract more investment from clients, reducing office costs can come as a welcome relief to the balance sheet. From a business perspective, allowing your staff to work from home, even at least for some of the week, can significantly reduce office overheads. Not only will you require less office space (which is priced per square metre), but there will be less electricity used on extra workstations, laptop points, boiling kettles, air-conditioners and other peripherals. That’s not to say that managers will never see their team, but that they can arrange with staff to implement “hot desking” – where multiple employees use one workstation or work area at different times of the week, thereby making optimal use of fewer resources.

At Nedbank, the introduction of flexi-hours has shown an increase in staff productivity (which is closely linked to employee happiness), and Discovery Health’s policy of only allowing flexible working hours for high-performing staff means that employees see this as a reward that they are prepared to work hard for. Therefore, contrary to popular assumption, flexibility means that staff are more driven to higher productivity and don’t take advantage of flexi-time for their own leisure.

When it comes to staff working from home, many South African managers feel uncomfortable about not being able to keep an eye on “absent” employees. However, time-capture systems and various other digital check-in methods, as well as arrangements like weekly meetings in the office, can give managers the peace of mind that their staff members are indeed being productive. The usual adherence to KPI requirements will still apply.

Potential problems with flexitime and off-site work
There are still many environments, especially in banking, customer service, and support industries that do not lend themselves to the culture of flexitime and working from home. However, for businesses in work environments that can cater to off-site work, managers should still be cognisant of the fact that the success of allowing flexitime and working from home is still based on each individual given that privilege.

Some staff members are focused and organised enough to set daily, weekly and monthly tasks for themselves and to complete them in due time, whether they are being monitored or not. This works well in a production environment where workflow is controlled by deadlines and managed by individuals responsible enough to complete their tasks in the allotted time; and where work is distributed via a server or other virtual location. It is this kind of digital collaboration that is driving the justification for off-site productivity.

While working from home and flexitime cannot be applied across the board, in working environments that allow for flexible staff arrangements, it can prove to be a highly economical and successful method of work. Good employees want to work for companies that embrace technology as a means of being more efficient, and most will be more productive for the benefit of more permeable work parameters.

As a manager, will you encourage the independence and productivity of your staff? Have you tried before? What were the outcomes?

Communicate Personnel want to assist you in finding a company that is just as forward thinking. So, make that move and browse through our available vacancies, which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs .


Roadmap to success at a new job

Sandra Olivier - Friday, July 10, 2015

roadwayChanging of a job can be daunting, in fact, most people consider it one of the most stressful things besides relocating and divorce. Although it’s exciting to take on a new challenge and move up on the career ladder, it is during these first weeks on a new job that your boss and colleagues form the most lasting impressions about you. The following suggestions can help you make the most of this new job opportunity:

Establish yourself
The truth is as soon as you step into a new job your colleagues will pass judgment of some sort. It’s important to create a positive first impression by being friendly and warm. This immediately forges the beginning of business relationships that will become important as you settle into your role.

Don’t jump in with major changes
Often times new employees are expected to come in and make changes as well as bring new ideas to the table. Although this is true it’s important to first understand the exact challenges of the project but also listen before you jump in with any solutions. The first months at a new job is the best time to earn the needed respect and trust of other employees. So, listen, learn and ask intelligent questions.

Know the right people
In any organization it's often times the secretaries, admin and office staff that really make things happen. It’s important to early on establish who is the real ‘go-to’ people that will help you to settle in much easier and will be able to perform miracles at the last minute when needed.

Understanding team dynamics
In any job there will be some teamwork required and as the new guy everybody is looking to try and decide what type of team player or manager you would be. Those first months are crucial in establishing what roles each member in your team plays. In addition, you want to access the strength and weaknesses of each person to understand how you would be able to grow and develop each one.
Earning peoples trust and respect takes time and it’s important to understand that each person has their own career journey within this company that you might not be aware of. Spent time with people, ask question and observe. The more you understand the team dynamics early on the easier it will be to get up and running.

Get on the same page as your boss
Clear communication from day one is important. Have a meeting with your boss regularly to understand what is important to him or her. It is always better to set clear expectation so be careful to over-promise especially initially as you are still trying to understand the lay of the land. Understand upfront how involve your managers wants to be but also what type of reporting they would require. Sorting out this early on will help you establish a productive relationship much quicker.

Show your value quickly
As the new guy everyone is looking towards you for great new ideas and to solve their problems. Although you want to be cautious about jumping in too quickly and making big changes, it is also important to establish some quick wins early on to show your worth. Ask yourself: What are areas of opportunity in which you can quickly make an impact? How can you make that impact visible?
Talk with team members to identify gaps and find something that will be quick enough to execute and show immediate impact.

Starting a new job can be challenging but it also offers a host of new opportunities for your career. Starting out strong in your new job will help you to build a strong personal brand within your new company.

If you are currently on the look-out for a new position and wanting to take on the challenge of a new job, we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. Browse through our available vacancies, which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs  and apply now. 


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