The challenges of job hunting while you're employed

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 28, 2016

challenges notebook Let’s face it, most of us will be job hunting while we are currently still working. Looking for a job requires a lot of time and effort on your part and it isn't something you should enter into lightly. When you consider that no job is forever, and the fact that the average employee will have between 10 and 15 jobs in a career, it's wise to take action to positively influence your chances to land a new job, even if you don't think you need one right now. That said, job hunting while you’re still working can present its own set of prickly problems.

So what do you do when you've decided it's time to move on? Most of us have been there at some point in our careers. Do you tell your boss or not? How do you handle interviews and references? We offer some advice:

Need to Know Basis
If you don’t want your boss to know that you’re looking for a new job, don’t talk about it to anyone in the office. Talk about it to your spouse, your best friend or your dog. Don’t talk about it to the receptionist or anybody at work.

Don’t use Company Resources or Time
Conducting your job search on company hours is never a good idea. When you are at your current job, it should be your primary focus. Under performing is surely something that will tip off your boss that something is going on with you. It's unethical and not likely something that will get you a great recommendation from your present boss when the time comes.

Schedule Interviews Strategically
Be honest with potential employers about the need for an interview before or after regular business hours. They’ll appreciate the integrity you show by continuing to take your present employment seriously. If they must interview you mid-day, suggest your lunch hour. If that will not work, take a personal or vacation day.

If Time is Limited, Get Help
Because you have a job, your time is limited, so you must be organized and focused. By contacting recruiters who specialize in your field, you can save time and increase contacts. Working with a specialist recruitment agency will provide you with the added benefit that you will have consultants assist with your career search that understand your industry, the unique trends and have experience and a relationship with potential employers.

Job searching while employed full time can be tough. But it’s not all bad. It offers you the opportunity to negotiate salary and time to consider all option without being tempted to take the first offer that comes along just to make the mortgage payment. Job search ethically and you’ll even be able to turn your current manager into a positive future reference.

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!

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Personal Branding, how important is that for your career?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 21, 2016

branding written chalckboard In the past few years, personal branding has become more and more important. The difference between today and ten years ago, is the rise of social technologies, the instant access to the internet and the blurring of boundaries between work and personal lives. Personal branding has stepped up to be a key consideration within your career and it is essential to invest time and effort in how you choose to present yourself. It could make the difference between you being very successful or not.

You might not think that you have a personal brand but everyone has one. It’s just that most people don’t really know what their personal brand is saying about them, and few invest any time in building it, enhancing it or leveraging it to support their careers.

How do I identify my personal brand?
There are several steps you can take to identify your personal brand. It all starts with self-assessment, what do you want your reputation to be? It’s about bringing together who you are, what you do and how you do it. It’s about making your mark by being yourself—your best self. Think of your personal brand as your unique promise of value. It's what you're known for and how people experience you.

I am not a celebrity, why do I need a brand?
Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities such as Paris Hilton or Taylor Swift, yet each and every one of us is a brand. Social media tools have levelled the playing ground and have enabled us to reach incredible heights, at the cost of our time. Employers will Google you before they even invite you to an interview and the reality is your current employer is probably keeping an eye on what you’re doing, too. When you interact with people, both online and offline, they’ll build up an image of who you are over time. You want to be in control of all of those impressions.

What Makes You Unique, Makes You Successful
Personal Branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique and relevant for your employers, so that you can reach your career goals. If you understand your strengths, skills, passions, and values, you can use this information to separate yourself from your competitors and really stand out.

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding.

In the next post, I will discuss tips on how to discover and identify your personal brand. Start thinking differently about yourself. You are not defined by you job title or confined for that matter by your job description. If you want to reach your career goals you need to start think about your brand, the Me.Inc brand.

If you need assistance in getting your brand out there to secure you next career opportunity we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding individuals Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!


Safeguard Your Career

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 14, 2016

paper with words Not too long ago, climbing the corporate ladder assured management professionals of a bigger office, a couple of extra zero’s to their pay cheque and a more secure future. However today, executives are being told not to get too comfortable in that corner office– because your job is just as at risk as everyone else’s. The higher up the ladder you go, the more unstable your position may become.

The world of business is reshuffling itself. Today most senior workers grow disengaged when companies don’t operate like they did 10 years ago.

The ultimate goal of change management is to engage employees and encourage their adoption of a new way of doing their jobs. Whether it is a process, system, job role or organizational structure change a project is only successful if individual employees adapt to the current job market. This is the essence of change management - mobilizing the individual change necessary for an initiative to be successful and to deliver value to the organization.

Safeguard your job with these four simple strategies which may save you from your worst enemy at work, which just so happens to be you.

Visibility. Reliability. Be Valuable. Planning!

Familiarity is your powerful collaborator in building relationships. It's always a good idea to talk to your boss periodically about your work, even if you have a formal evaluation process.
If you can't see your boss regularly due to travel or location, stay visible by phone and email. This is not the same as a meeting in person but much better than fading from memory.

You also want to be on the radar of people outside your organization. Update your profile on LinkedIn on a regular basis. Connect with people who have the potential to hire you or recommend you to people who can hire you. Do this even when you’re not in the market for a new job opportunity.

Being reliable, is an old-school way to bulletproof yourself. Dependability in the workplace leads to consistency. As a consistent member of the workforce, you begin to build your own niche as an essential element of the larger team. In short, your employer can count on your level of performance because you're reliable and they don’t have to worry about you bringing less than your best effort. People will know they can count on you and that you produce high quality work within the required time frames.

Be Valuable
Just do what is expected from you and more! The bigger the role you play in the important stuff that’s getting done at work, the more indispensable you become to your boss. When you're seen as an expert in your organization, you'll develop a reputation as someone who others can come to for help. This can lead to interesting work projects, as well as speaking and training opportunities, all of which increase your value.

No job is permanent and everyone should expect to be in perpetual passive job search. Being ready is the biggest favour you can do for yourself during good times or bad. Having an up-to-the minute CV gives you confidence that you're prepared for any possibility. And that confidence makes you seem more capable, more valuable, more of a keeper when layoffs are in the air.

You should also prepare for opportunities by improving your skills, strengthening your weaknesses and learning totally new things.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

We have Finance jobs in accounting, auditing, taxation, and corporate finance. A variety of IT jobs ranging from developers to architects, consultants in CRM and ERP, through to project managers, systems engineers BI and BA. Engineering jobs in industries like civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, electronic, engineering sales, production and trade. Supply Chain jobs as well as Freight jobs in procurement, production, logistics, freight as well as warehousing and distribution.

Visit our vacancy page and apply today!

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What qualities are employers looking for?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, October 07, 2016

needle in a haystackThat’s the million dollar question! Job adverts most of the time reflect a long list of bullet points with requirements and responsibilities. Once you get to a job interview, you realise that the job advert very often does not reflect the whole picture. Employers are looking for qualities in new staff that are never really listed in the job ad. The bottom line is that today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture.

So what qualities are employers really looking for:

Professional is about as basic as career advice gets. But even the most seasoned of CEOs can get tripped up by the basics. Far too many people gets wrapped up with the appearance of professionalism -- a look, an image, something that is superficial. The truth is, you can put on the fanciest, most expensive suit you want but that doesn't make you a professional. What makes you a professional is the seriousness and sincerity with which you approach your job. Professionals do not cut corners. Professionals are thorough, and oftentimes meticulous about their work. Professionals hold themselves to a certain set of standards they always seek to maintain.

Passion and Enthusiasm
The reality is that the pace of life and work are hectic these days. It is therefore no surprise that employers know that today’s employees need to have plenty of energy and enthusiasm and need to be resilient to pressures and stress.

Intellectual curiosity
Being intellectually curious is all about asking questions, not about having answers. It's about believing in the pursuit of knowledge as a value in and of itself. Whether it’s new ideas, new technologies, new methods or new approaches, today’s top candidates need to be intellectual curious. By constantly asking 'can I be doing something that is more crucial to the company?', employees instantly become a much more valuable asset, be it understanding which product to priorities in a pitch, or focusing on team projects that will help the company's overall strategy.

Complex Problem Solving
Even when it isn’t specified in the job description, many employers will look at your problem-solving skills at various different stages of the application process. It means thinking out of the box, challenging the status quo, and being able to come up with innovative solutions that achieve positive results. In today’s business world this is considered a key differentiator.

Are you in the market for a new job? Communicate Personnel is a recruitment specialist with vacancies that includes Finance jobsIT jobsEngineering jobsFreight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Visit our website and apply, our consultants are waiting to help you.

4 Tips for writing a CV when job hunting in the digital age

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 30, 2016

innovation As a job seeker one of the most difficult things to do is grab someone’s attention and make a great first impression without ever meeting that person. The first step to job hunting is ensuring you put together an outstanding CV that tells your career story. Recruiters receive thousands of applications every day, so it’s more important than ever to ensure your CV is the needle in the haystack that gets discovered.

Here are four quick tips for updating your CV so that you can get the job you want before the end of this year.

Write your CV for busy people
It’s important to create a CV that’s current, relevant, and appealing. You need to signpost the most important aspects of your skills and experience. No one is really interested in your internships or entry-level positions, unless you’re still starting out fresh. That is why you need to make it concise and informative, so that even when it is skim-read it conveys your message. Use a clear structure, heading and bold subtitles and remove everything irrelevant.

Think keywords
In the digital era the reality is that most often companies use programs to assist with scanning through applications. It’s therefore important to ensure your CV includes certain keywords that will help software match your skills to a job. Choose keywords directly from the job description, especially those mentioned more than once. Your keywords should be thoughtfully woven into your overall story, ideally in several places throughout your CV.

Highlight accomplishments and achievements
The job market is competitive so the best way to sell yourself is not focusing on your duties at your current or previous jobs but rather on accomplishments and achievements. Using numbers, context, and meaningful metrics, your CV must paint a picture of you in action. How you contribute to the organization, how you show initiative in your job. Highlight what you did on the job that was different or better than anyone else holding that job.  

Fill in the gaps upfront
Whether you were retrenched, 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 leave gaps in your work experience on your CV. It’s not about trying to catch you out, recruiter and employers just want a reasonable explanation for your absence from formal employment.

Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to us. We have a team of dedicated consultants specialising in the Finance,  IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries. They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to take to reach your ultimate career goal. Communicate Personnel Connecting Great People with Great Careers.

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