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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.

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Does South Africa have a plan for electricity?

Mallisa Watson - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Light Bulb The disruptive power outages over the last couple of months affected the daily lives of households and caused major concern for businesses across the country. Due to the electricity challenges South Africa has been facing over the past few years and the numerous load shedding incidents, a war room had been set up to oversee the implementation of a five-point plan to address the situation.

"The lack of sufficient capacity to meet the country's energy needs remains a challenge and all attempts are being made to ensure that we overcome the tight energy situation," said Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.

Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the war room would be made up of the departments of Energy, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Public Enterprises, National Treasury, Economic Development, Water and Sanitation and Eskom, as well as technical officials. "We bring together a team that [will] drive the implementation of the interventions in the five-point plan. A core focus will be to monitor the implementation and assess the costs."

The plan covers:

  • The interventions that Eskom will undertake over the next couple of months;
  • Connecting  opportunities through the extension of existing contracts with the private sector;
  • Fast-tracking the programme for exchange of diesel with gas, to fire up the diesel power plants;
  • Launching a coal-independent power producer programme and
  • Managing demand through specific involvements within residential residences as well as public and commercial buildings through energy efficient technologies.

To meet the country's future energy requirements, the government is implementing an energy mix comprising coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy. A coal independent power producer programme will be launched by the end of January 2015 with a generation capacity of 2 500 megawatts.

New development announcements
Two new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants have been announced by the Department of Energy, to be built in the Northern Cape. Concentrated solar thermal power is able to store solar power generated during daylight hours. The two plants will add to the five already commissioned in the hot, dry province, including one belonging to Eskom that are due to begin operations in early 2018.

Redstone
Another project being developed near Postmasburg, adjacent to the 75MW Lesedi and 96MW Jasper photovoltaic (PV) solar power projects is Redstone. It being the first of its kind in Africa, Redstone would use molten salt energy storage in a tower structure that will be able to support South Africa's demand for energy when it’s needed most, day and night, said the company. The 100 MW project with 12 hours of full-load energy storage will be able to regularly supply stable electricity to more than 200 000 South African homes. Together, the three consist of the world's first combined CSP and PV solar park.

Local economy benefits
Head of ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan said that all phases of the Redstone project, from the development to construction and then operations have been structured to ensure growth of value retention in not just the South African economy, but also within the local economy of Northern Cape. Redstone would create more than 800 direct jobs during the construction phase, as well as significant additional jobs related to equipment supply, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and other services.. Over 40% of the total project value would be provided by South African suppliers, a portion of which would support black economic empowerment activities.

We can’t deny that we are sitting with a power crisis, however the projects that are in the pipeline does shed light into the dark tunnel and offer some hope for the future.

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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.

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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.

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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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