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Job Hunting? How to get noticed by recruiters online

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 23, 2016

wall of facesWhether you’re actively in the job market searching for a new career opportunity or you just want to be kept in the loop of potential new positions that fit your skill, standing out among millions of others is the key to attracting the attention of a recruiter. Most companies turn to the expertise of recruitment agencies to fill their vacancies, so it makes sense to make sure you’re as visible to us as possible.
Our consultants spent hours every day working through hundreds of CV’s and online profiles, here are some tips on what we look for:

Show Tenure and Experience
Most recruiters will tell you that they will search LinkedIn when they are looking to match professionals with specific job openings. Therefore, maintain an updated and detailed profile. Make sure you include any keywords that are relevant to your field or industry. But keep in mind that without a doubt, hiring managers want to know you have the experience to do the job. This is the first thing any recruiter will search for. LinkedIn is the obvious place to share your work experience, but don’t stop there. Actual examples that showcase your awesomeness will always attract attention and show that you’re the real deal.

Show achievement over responsibilities
The online profiles that stand out are the ones that show what candidates did with the responsibilities they were given. Not just what they were responsible for, but what they achieved in context. Your online portfolio should include samples of code you’ve created, analyses and summaries of data you developed, your sales awards, projects you’ve worked on or a list of clients you’ve served. Recruiters won't see the fruits of your hard work unless you spell it out in your profile.

Show your personality
Your LinkedIn summary is the perfect place to express yourself. Include why you’ve chosen your field and what motivates you to do your best work. With personality being more important than ever to companies, it’s key that your online profile reflects who you really are and how you can make contributions to the employer right off the bat. Recruiters don’t just look for skill when matching candidates, personality is very important. We want to see that you have personality and that you are able to articulate that effectively online and in person.

Engage with recruiters
Whether you are in the job market or not it’s a good idea to start building up some relationships with recruiters. They can offer valuable information in terms of your industry that goes beyond the next job opportunity. They know exactly what skills are in demand, what specific technologies the market is asking for and have a wealth of information about hiring companies and salaries.
Because most recruiters specialize in specific industries and job functions, you will likely have the most productive relationships with a specialist recruiter in your industry. Be sure to research recruiters and only engage with individuals once you’ve assessed their reputation and credibility. The right Recruiters can be strong allies in your career advancement.

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. Communicate Personnel has 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. Apply today.

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How to get the most from your recruiter relationship during job search

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 16, 2016

recruitment on board Thinking of using a recruiter for your next job search? A good first step is having a clear understanding of how recruitment companies work and what you can and can’t expect. Working with recruiters isn't just about uploading a CV to a website and waiting for the phone to ring. A recruiter is a candidate's best ally, but you need to remember that the job search process is a partnership and will require efforts from all involved.

Here are some hints from recruiters themselves on how to get the most out of the relationship and make the process as effective as possible.

Benefits of working with a recruiter
Understanding the job market: As a professional, you should only want to work with industry experts who understands your profession and the sector you work in. At Communicate Personnel we have specialist consultants in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Freight and Supply Chain industries. These consultants have years of experience and can consult with you, giving you industry insights, tell you what companies look for when recruiting and what you can expect in terms of salaries.

We represent you: Recruiters have long-term relationships with their clients and have earned trust over time. Recruiters know what the key skills are that the hiring manager want at a specific company. Most corporate job descriptions don’t really tell you what the manager wants, so when you apply online, you aren’t necessarily attacking the right points. Recruitment consultants have the skills and experience to be able to market you above the other candidates and upon offer, negotiate the best package on your behalf.

We provide key information for interviews: Recruiters speak to numerous organisations and have realistic insights into their needs when they are recruiting. They have insight into what is going on inside the employers’ organization, the culture, the structures and who the real decision makers are. This information could be key in helping you prepare but also to ensure you ace that all important interview.

Understand that recruiters can’t work miracles
Often time this is the key thing that job applicants don’t understand. Recruitment consultants work for the employer who pays them. They will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but at the end of the day they work for the employer and don’t control the full process.

Recruiters are not the decision-maker determining whether or not you get a job offer – Although recruiters often time have input into the decision, depending on the organization and the relationship they have, they are not the final decision maker for a job.

Recruiters actually also earns more money if they negotiate you a higher salary packageIf you expect a recruiter to represent you it’s important to be completely transparent especially when it comes to your salary. Recruiters will always be motivated to get you a higher salary, not less. But often times because they have an idea of what the hiring manager’s range is, they can help you come in at a number that works for you and the client, which at the end will maximize your chances of getting a job.

Do your homework
Recruiters are representing you and acting on your behalf; your reputation is tied directly to theirs. There are plenty of good recruiters out there, but there are some unethical ones too. Credible recruiters will be members of APSO (Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations) and are bound by their Code of Ethics & Code of Professional Practices. Before engaging with a recruiter do your homework and find out about their credibility and reputation in the industry. It’s important to be aware all APSO member agencies are forbidden from charging any fees to job applicants. It’s therefore in your best interest to deal with agencies that are registered with this association.

Keep in Touch
Recruitment consultants represents many clients and work with a lot of highly skilled candidates. Good recruiters have sharp memories and never forget a candidate when the right opportunity comes along. That said, they don’t always have time to check in with you if there isn’t something to discuss. Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis and let them know how your job search is going. By staying in contact you can gain valuable insight into your performance during interviews and possibly get advice on ways to improve your interviewing skills.

Like all industries there are unfortunately a few individuals that gives the recruitment industry a bad name. Just because you have one bad experience doesn’t mean you should write off all recruiters. Do your research and reach out to recruiters, but understand what recruiters can and can't do for you.

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. Communicate Personnel has 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. Apply today.

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Why use a recruitment agency for hiring?

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 09, 2016

networking Hiring the right employees for your company can be very time consuming and extremely challenging with the current talent shortage in South Africa. However, to be successful and competitive in today’s business environment recruiting top employees should be a priority in every business.   

There are several important benefits to companies when they partner with a reputable recruitment firm for their hiring needs:

Time
The number one commodity that you can’t buy, produces, re-create or develop. The reality is the hiring process can be very time consuming with having to sift through hundreds of applications to try and find the best suited candidates. Screening, interviewing and relevant reference and qualifications checks all take up precious productive time from staff that need to focus on crucial business activities. Specialist recruitment companies can help you avoid mistakes in the hiring process by providing an objective investigation of a candidate and can save you time by screening candidates against your requirements and doing the necessary qualification, credit and work history checks.

Expertise
Specialist recruitment agencies often have a level of expertise that far exceeds some employers’ human resources departments. They not only understand the industry but also have in-depth knowledge of candidates and skills available in the market. Sometimes the best talent is not necessarily the ones on job boards looking for new positions. Identifying and approaching this hidden talent is not an easy task, but that’s what trained recruiters do every day.

Speed
Specialist recruiters work on a daily basis with top talent and develop deep networks of active and passive candidates. This allows recruiters to be able to source for the right candidates much faster and find top qualified people quicker. Recruitment agencies have many networks, each consultant has the ability to identify, source, attract and validate candidates in a fraction of the time it would take a client. Connecting you to people with a range of skills and experience much quicker than any internal team would be able to do.

Quality
Specialist recruitment agencies worth their salt are well-known in their focus areas which encourages high-calibre candidates to contact them. This ensures a continuous pool of relevant talent. A reputable recruitment agency will want to make sure that the person they recommend for the position is the best person for the job. They will therefore be meticulous in their selection process and will only choose candidates that they feel will do the job to the best of their ability. This gives employers the security that the candidate should be a good fit for the company.

Hiring a new employee is a crucially important part of business, although often very time consuming. When you have a busy company and an open position within it, the task of finding your new employee may feel like an impossible task. Partnering with a credible specialist recruitment company offers numerous benefits and will ensure you find the right candidate much quicker.

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 an agency that can connect you with top talent in the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industry contact us today.  

Think twice before you accept a counter offer

Sandra Olivier - Friday, September 02, 2016

counter offer contract signed You wrestle with the decision. You consider the impact on your family, co-workers and yourself. You think you’ve made a decision, then you change your mind. Finally, with the help of your recruiter you find a new job with more pay and growth prospects and you are determined to resign.

On Friday morning, you get up the nerve. You call a meeting with your boss and give your 30-day notice. You walk out feeling relieved and the excitement of starting a new job begins to take over.

But, just when you thought you had it all figured out, your boss throws you a curve ball by making what appears to be an attractive counter offer. You are confused, should you stay or should you go?

This is a common dilemma, which many individuals encounter when going through a career move. In South Africa the skills shortage is a particular problem and no company wants to lose their skilled employees. Sure, it's an ego boost, but a backhanded one, when you think about it. If you were so valuable all along, why did you have to quit to get your employer to recognize it? However, the decision whether to stay or go is a personal one, there are common pitfalls that you must be aware of before accepting an employer’s counter offer.

Questionable Loyalty
The moment you resign, your loyalty to the company is immediately questioned. Employers who make counteroffers typically make them out of desperation and panic. Your manager will do what he or she can to protect the interest of the company. They realize that their financial loss will be greater losing a productive employee and paying to find a replacement, than losing the cash associated with a counteroffer, which may get you to stay. Finally, it’s a fact that people and companies seldom change, and the reasons and circumstances that motivated you to leave the job in the first place will likely remain unchanged.

No “quick fix”
A counter offer does not fix the reason you were looking in the first place for the majority of cases. Should it reach the point of resignation before issues are addressed and your salary is at the right level? Think about what else would change if you stayed (besides receiving more money). Review each of your reasons for wanting to switch jobs and take an honest look at your deal-breaker issues. Will they somehow magically disappear if you accepted the counter offer? Unlikely. More often than not you will find you are unhappy again 6 months down the line but with a higher salary making it harder to move to a new job.

Reputation
By opening the door to a counteroffer, you jeopardize your relationship with your new employer. You are putting your integrity at risk and damaging your relationship with a future employer who has proven that they recognize your talent, and are willing to risk their future by investing in you. In addition earning a promotion by resigning sends the wrong message to colleagues, and will leave unanswered questions in everyone’s mind about whether or not you truly earned it.

Statistics are not in your favour, it show that employees who decide to accept a counter offer end up leaving within the year. Does that mean you shouldn’t accept a counter offer? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that you should prepare for all the possible scenarios that may arise. Whether you decide to stay or make a clean break is up to you. Just be sure that your decision is an educated one.

Communicate Personnel‘s candidate services focus on providing accurate and impartial advice on career planning and management of your long-term career goals. We would be able to assist in providing advice on how to manage a new job offer. Check out all our vacancies which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Apply now!

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Skills Developers Should Invest In

Sandra Olivier - Friday, August 26, 2016

enterEvery day is an opportunity for developers to update and develop their skills. During this time, you can make a decision to grow in your craft or choose to lag behind. Rather than getting comfortable with the set of skills you have, ever thought of pushing a bit forward? The IT industry is constantly changing because of advances in technology, keeping your skills sharp and up to date will ensure you work on bigger and more challenging projects and ultimately advance your career.

Below is a list of key skills you as a developer should invest in:

1. Application Development
This is one of the top skills that are in demand. Organizations are more regularly refining their digital customer experience, making user interface and experience design crucial skills in the coming year. From internal systems to front-end apps, software will be everywhere to improve business processes. This year, we started witnessing a huge demand for programmers to upgrade existing computer systems, or for the design and development of new applications. So, if you have strong skills in Java, hardware controllers, web and mobile applications, this is the year for you. Talent with preferred coding skills such as Java, Java EE, JavaFX, .NET, C, Objective-C and UI/UX Design can make the best of the demand.

2. Mobile platforms
2014 was the year when the demand for smartphones and tablets reached record highs. Businesses across the world are adopting mobile application development strategies to meet their business objectives.
There are however different approaches to mobile development. Mostly there are three important focus areas; IOS, Andriod and Windows Phones. If you focus on native app development pick one platform (android or IOS) and learn the API’s for that system. When you have come to be efficient using one platform, it is possible to broaden your knowledge into other platform.

3. Cybersecurity skills
Intel Security says a massive 82 percent of IT professionals that it surveyed are battling a shortage in workers specializing in cybersecurity. Increasing concerns and business risks associated with insecure software have brought increased attention to the need to integrate security into the development process. Some of the leading experts are of the opinion that to ensure software security, developers need to build security in from the code up. Security is becoming more and more important, developing skills in this area will surely benefit you in your future career.

 4. Full project life cycle experience 
Bird’s eye view of a project? Yes, clients want developers who see a project from an architectural point of view. Understanding how a project fits together and links into the business is a key skill set and that demand will continue. This is also true for project management. Not every developer should be a project manager, however you need to understand the process. You need to understand how to track progress on tasks and how to work with other developers to get things done.

4. Know a server language
The reality is if JavaScript is now the preferred front-end language worldwide. If you haven't learned it yet, you should learn it now. There is no denying that since its inception in the mid 90's, JavaScript has become one of the most popular Web development languages. Although initially developed as a browser-agnostic scripting language, in recent years, we’ve seen its continued evolution beyond the desktop to areas such as mobility and server-side web applications.

One of the big shifts that has been slowly happening is the ability to use JavaScript as a shared logic layer between native experiences. Almost every computing platform has a browser. So JavaScript programs run virtually everywhere. JavaScript’s ability to meet the demands of rapid development, while at the same time maximizing the user experience, makes it a natural fit for mobile development platforms and crucial skill for any developer.

6. Data visualization
Data keeps multiplying, which means whatever message you hope to communicate online must find increasingly creative ways to break through the noise. That's where data visualization comes in, which involves using a visual representation of the data to discover new information and breakthroughs.

Data visualization is perhaps the most promising of formats with the rise of Big Data.  Stimulating multiple areas of the brain, visual feedback is one of the best ways to understanding something.

Learn to use these tools in a way that benefits you and updates your workflow. Use them on your side-projects, and use them even when you think it might be overload. Learn how to do things which save you time like linking and closing issues with your commit messages. In short, if you are going to use it you need to be good at it.

If you are ready for a new challenge in your career, let us help you find a new IT job!

Communicate Personnel is a specialist IT recruitment company that can help you find your next job opportunity. We have a variety of IT vacancies ranging from Business Analysis, Software Development, IT Management, Software Engineering, Project Management, Business Intelligence and more.

Visit our website and apply today!

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