Revamping your resume can help your career search

Mallisa Watson - Monday, September 15, 2014

Cartoon Happy Businessman With Thumb Up Spring is here at last! One gets the urge to clean out closets, wash windows and tidy up the yard. It’s also a great time to apply the same concepts to your job search, more particularly focusing on cleaning up your resume.

Your resume is the first and most important impression of who you are. Take pride in that and use it to portray why you’re the best candidate for the job. If your resume is confusing and overloaded with information, people will assume that you aren’t entirely sure what you do or what you want to do. Don’t make that mistake. Use your resume like a targeted arrow by clearly pinpointing what makes you suitable. Here are some tips:

  • Ensure your resume communicates your career objectives with a descriptive headline. If you’re moving from one department to another within the same industry, be sure to clearly define this.

  • Avoid the fancy layout, font and other special effects. Stick to traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12 point size and keep it black and white. You might try a different type size for your name and the companies you have worked for, perhaps your title. But try to be consistent. Go easy on using bold type, italics, and underlining.

  • This is also a good time to consider the usefulness of early experience. For job seekers with 10 years or more of experience, this may mean creating an ‘early career’ section that briefly summarizes previous experience.

  • If your resume is more than two pages long, tighten it up. Today’s trends in our world of Twitter and shortness state no more than two pages for even the most senior-level professional.

  • Start a brag file. Gather testimonials, letters of recommendations, project highlights and so forth. Think about how they might be included into your resume.

  • Every employer out there values accuracy and attention to detail. So before you save your resume (or even worse, send it) check it over again. And again. Then get someone else to check it for you. Make sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes, it's written in a consistent tone and tense, and above all, the information is correct.

A great resume will go a long way towards getting your ideal job. A poor one is a sure way to miss out on it. There's no doubt that you will do everything possible to be the best candidate you can be. Make sure that your resume is the best it can be too.

Freshen up your image
Now might be the time to do an overhaul on your personal and professional image as well. You’ve refreshed your resume. Now, how do others see you?

  • Everyone has their own dress style that they are comfortable in. However, trying a new fashion item maybe a new color blouse, will give you a new sense of confidence. You may also want to consider having an outfit reserved for interviews or important meetings. Keep the overall look professional.

  • Now that you dress the part, make sure that your personal image compliments your look. Maybe try a new hair style? Don’t forget to smile that’s the best image assurance you can ever have!

So, there you have it! Spring is indeed a time of renewal. Wouldn’t it feel good to know that along with your clean windows and tidied-up garage, your resume is in order and your job search can start! Good luck!

Step up and make that move in your career today! Our recruitment consultants specialises in finding you  IT jobs, Finance jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our vacancy page and apply directly online or contact us and we will assist you as best as we can.

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Hydropower to be generated from Ingula

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

hydroelectric powerplant The shortage of capacity on our power grid has necessitated Eskom to invest in alternative options to meet the future demand. Once such a project is Ingula, a hydropower station currently being constructed between Ladysmith and Harrismith, in the Little Drakensberg.

This hydropower station will be the twenty-first largest pumped-storage scheme in the world. Comprising an upper and lower dam or reservoir, separated in elevation by 480 m and boasting an underground powerhouse housing four 333 MW pump turbines 116 storeys below surface in two excavated underground caverns.

The two dams are situated 4.5km apart. In order to generate electricity during high-energy consumption, the water will be pumped from the upper dam to the lower dam. The process will be vice versa during low energy consumption period. A generator is being installed to draw more electricity to drive the water back to upper dam, during the low energy consumption period.

According to Colin Logan, Technical Executive of Dams, Hydropower and Underground Works at GIBB, the project is on track with the last stages of excavation currently taking place.

Although hydroelectric power facilities are sustainable and renewable sources of energy, there is still an environmental impact to take into consideration.

The site of the upper Bedform Dam at Ingula in particular is both ecologically important and very sensitive. The site is home to a large wetland complex that is both hydrologically and ecologically valuable and is categorised as Wet Cold Highveld Grassland.  

In response to concerns about the project’s impact, Eskom has collaborated with BirdLife South Africa and Middlepunt Wetland Trust to manage the adverse impact of Ingula on the environment. The partnership also monitors the effect of the construction on birds, veld management, eradication of alien plants, wetlands monitoring and community upliftment.

Ingula is becoming an iconic example of what can be achieved when major industrial projects are planned and implemented with a clear intention to minimise and offset environmental impacts. The conservation area is a real improvement over what existed before, and would not be possible without the accompanying development.

Are you looking for the right Engineering staff to ensure your next project is a success? We can assist, Communicate Personnel represents a range of experienced, skilled engineers in the various field such as civil, electrical, structural, mechanical and electronic.

Or if you are looking for a new Engineering job? Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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Potential: Yours, Mine and Ours

Mallisa Watson - Monday, September 08, 2014

Firework On HandAlbert Einstein once observed: “Only those who devote themselves to a cause with their whole strength and soul can be true masters. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.”

If you don’t believe that you have the potential to be one of the best there ever was at your chosen craft or skill in your career, then there’s no way you will do what it takes to get there.

The most experienced engineers, IT specialist and Financial Managers don’t always reap the fortune and change the course of history. It’s those with the most discipline, work ethic and grit. Unleashing your true potential in the workplace will automatically have a positive impact on your team’s ability to develop the brilliance within them.  This will result in building a strong and dedicated group of employees and creating new job opportunities for them. Isn’t that what we all want? But how do we get it?

First it is important to understand how critical it is that you unleash your hidden potential.

Unleashing your hidden potential will allow you to grow into the next level of where you want to be in your career. Helping your team discover their unique contribution to your company, their “one thing”, generates immediate momentum by;

  1. Keeping them focused on the highest priorities,
  2. Preventing them from becoming distracted by random activities,
  3. Enabling them to self-identify projects to help them accomplish their “one thing”.

Find your spark
Here you need to take the time to look within yourself as an individual and find what drives you. What makes you get up in the morning? You have incredible knowledge and skills that you can draw on. Don’t disregard what you already know. You have strengths and capabilities that can assist you in moving forward. As you reflect on what you’ve learned, use your wisdom to steer your course.

Foster ambition within your team
Ambition is a wonderful thing in business. It drives people to try harder, to innovate, to apply creative solutions to problems and to strive constantly for improvement. As a leader, you need to get involved. Why? Because identifying and fostering ambition can benefit you, the team and ultimately your business.

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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The IT Talent Problem, more than just Technical Skills

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Business People With SpotlightThere’s been much said about the skills shortage in the IT industry. This focuses mostly on the actual technical skills of individuals. However, there is also a gap emerging in the number of individuals that have both the necessary IT skills and business-savvy. Information technology enrollments are at an all-time low; baby boomer workers are retiring and taking all of that legacy knowledge with them.

Those experts, who can talk technology in one meeting and can talk business in another, are rare species, yet with technology moving directly into the returns stream of your company, you need them. And your need is only going to increase.

The IT industry needs to also look at the broader requirements in the current business environment, developing ways to fix this problem and to grow current employees into the leaders for tomorrow. 

The first solution to the problem lies at its source:

The IT field is so technically focused that graduates don't look at the bigger picture until they are in the field. Coding is vital, however it would help if universities placed less emphasis on coding and more on problem-solving and creative aspects.

The second solution lies in the hiring process
Take into consideration what the most important skills or qualities you need in your company.

Keep in mind those factors will often change depending on the current needs and the skills in the industry. Some companies create a mismatch on the job specifications, between what they want and what they say they want, this result in companies attracting the same type of employees over and over.

The third problem centers on what skills companies require when looking for new employees
Job descriptions often have a list of requirements so long most applicants pass right over them, even though they are actually competent. It’s also important for the company to see if the candidate is ideal for the job and if they will fit into the company culture.

Once you learn different languages, picking up another tech language isn't that difficult, especially if a company is helping you to learn it. But understanding those practices that really drive good solutions is very hard to find and even harder to develop in somebody. They have to do it practically.

For those employees and businesses that already have these skills or are willing to develop them, it's a great way to distinguish themselves in a growing competitive marketplace.

If you're an IT professional and you feel that you have the skills and you're passionate about what you do; you have to look at this as a gold mine. This is a great opportunity for you to start you new job search.

We have a variety of IT vacancies ranging from Business Analysts, SQL DBA, Business Systems Manager, various developer jobs and much more. Visit our website and apply now!

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Starting anew in your career

Sandra Olivier - Monday, September 01, 2014

roller coaster track silhouetteAt some point in your career, maybe you too have made the life-altering decision to start anew. We’ve all done it, moved from one company to the next. Let’s face it that first 60 to 90 days are always a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Changing jobs is ranked among the highest stressors in a person’s life. It’s like traveling alone to a foreign country, it's exciting to learn and see new things but also nerve-racking to navigate logistics and interpret an alien language.

You want to start on the right foot, making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. We provide you with some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Focus on your core skills
You’ve been hired for your experience and the competencies you bring to the table. So focus on that and you will be able to contribute much sooner, and provide you the needed time to figure out the landscape. 

Learning is part of the process
You might be all excited about your new position and the opportunities available but it’s better to rather spend some time listening and understanding the culture before you make any changes. Especially in the first couple of weeks, make it your goal to listen 90% of the time, and talk 10% of the time.

Finding ‘that person’
There is always one individual at a new job that understands the underbelly and inner workings of a company better than others. This person is well connected and can make miracles happen at the last hour and is most probable part of the back office. The quicker you can track down this ‘go-to’ person, the easier time you will have.

Quick wins help you early on
Leave the “big vision” on the back burner for a while and identify problems that can be tackled in a reasonable period of time and  have solutions that will result in tangible operational and financial improvements. Jumping in and showing progress will kick start your reputation with solid credibility; increasing confidence in your ability to execute and get things done.

Your initial impressions will set the tone for the relationships, culture, and environment for the future in this company and your role – so be sure you make them good ones!

What’s your best advice for starting a new job?

Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries, both for permanent and contracting placements throughout South Africa, and the African continent.

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