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Hiring for more than just skill?

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

collaborate blackboard shows working together synergy As an increasing number of companies are focusing on personality traits and potential cultural fit when hiring. Focusing on finding a personality fit is beneficial to both employer and potential employee. Who are these potential hires behind all these achievements, promises, and great track record that they have on paper? 

The business world is changing to flatter organizations, more team and project work, and increasingly collaborative work environments, finding people who get along with others and fit into corporate culture are essential to success.

Hiring managers are therefore starting to use personality questions more and more to go beyond the resume and find the better fit candidates for their organization. Here are some tips on how to determine whether or not a candidate fits your culture.

Understand and know your own culture
Many factors make up the corporate culture. Some of those are as basic as work schedules and travel demands, but perhaps more significant are the ethics and values the organization believes in, the style of everyday management, and how communication takes place.

Take the time to understand what the ingredients are of your true culture and then you will be able to assess candidates with far greater success.

Potential plays a key role
Nothing is more important in a new hire than personality. While having the right skill set may seem essential, the fact is, skills can be acquired. Personalities cannot.

These days social intelligence is key in any company, most employees will need to work with others and it’s important to select people that will be able to help the team success and be more productive.

Realistic job expectations
If you want to make the right decision when hiring a new employee it’s key to be upfront about not only the job description but also give them a realistic preview of how it is to work for your company.

Gaining this accurate perspective on the job's true demands provides the best chance for both sides to determine fit before a commitment is made.

Interview correctly
If you are looking to hire job applicant who, in addition to the required job skills and qualifications, exhibits the best fit within your organization you need to also adapt your interview process to be able to assess that. The most successful hires fit both the job and your workplace culture. One way to evaluate this is to have candidates interact with not only the people they will report to, but people who will be their peers, and the people who will report to them.

Even when you feel pressure to fill the job quickly, it’s important to remember that you’re not just making a job offer for an open position. You are asking someone to join and grow with your company. Hiring for cultural fit will greatly reduce the risk of a costly bad hire and having to do the same hiring process over a few months down the road.

If you need help with this process, we can assist. 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. Contact us today.

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Technology Is Becoming The Game Changer in Recruitment

Mallisa Watson - Monday, November 24, 2014

Network Process Diagram On Computer Tablet PcIt may be an overused phrase, but there's no getting away from it. Technology has changed our lives. It has also affected the way in which we apply for jobs. Gone are the days of handwritten application forms being send off in the post. E-mail and the internet have revolutionized the whole process.

Therefore technology is playing a bigger and more important part in the recruitment process than many applicants will be aware of. The current nature of the job market means that recruiters are swamped with hundreds of applications for every job that is advertised, struggle through these manually can be a time consuming process. As a result, many companies are now using CV screening software as their first line of defence.

Recruiting and retaining the right people to enable an organisation to grow and gain increased success places a significant demand on any company as the time and costs associated with the process are extremely high. However, the changing role of technology and the increased use of social media can be used as cost effective tool to find the right talent in an extremely competitive and turbulent business environment.

Technology has already changed the recruitment landscape. But new technology is always moving forward and further change is in the pipeline. Majority of consultants recognise that their business will quickly dry up without a continued investment in new technology. So how has technology really impacted on this process?

The boom in the social media space has affected many aspects of the recruitment process, recruiters no longer have to rely on the slow paced traditional methods such as newspaper to locate and attract qualified candidates.

The principle of job hunting is unchanged although a lot more instantaneous. You have to constantly stay on top of the opportunities that social media and other technology offers. You need to take the time and commitment to find your ideal role. Social media is your biggest ally and often your cheapest search method and a very effective way of marketing yourself so it really does make sense to make use of it as much as you can.

The information technology revolution has allowed recruiters and agencies the opportunity to take the recruitment process to another level. Social media channels have opened the landscape for platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to work. Besides growing your audience for job postings even further, social media websites allow companies, agencies and recruiters to;

  • Head hunt via the web,
  • Manage business networking,
  • Manage personal or company branding
  • And develop career planning.

Candidate attitudes are changing and they are being more hands-on in their employment search by creating online CV's, collecting online recommendations and networking online to set the stage for companies and recruiters to approach them through these sites.

For job seekers, the increase use of technology is making it more difficult to try and stand out in a very crowded job market. Typical 'black and white' paper CV's are no longer good enough; candidates are increasingly faced with competition from more sophisticated approaches such as detailed designed PowerPoint CV presentations and candidates promoting themselves via video on platforms like Youtube. Candidates are competitively using digital means as a way of showing off their skills and personality to attract employers in a way that a piece of paper never could.

Recruitment professionals need to go above and beyond the services of yester-year. Networks need to be bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. Return on investment is vital and recruiters need to ensure they are efficient and cost effective, at the same time as delivering a premium service. Digital isn’t going to go away, which is why it’s important for recruiters to use these tools, rather than view them as a problem.

With so many advancements, it can be challenging to stay up-to-date, so the winners will be those who can currently stay ahead of the curve while also effectively and efficiently using available technology.So whether you are an employer, a job seeker or a specialist recruiter, social media is a tried and tested and never-likely-to-be-outdated method of building reliable professional networks that will be beneficial to you and your business. So welcome these changes with open arms!

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Then look no further! Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency and we would love to be part of your career development. We have Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our vacancy page and apply now!

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Plan Logistics to Avoid Delivery Holdups

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Globe And Cardboard Texture With the festive season upon us, businesses all around South Africa should spend more time in planning their logistics strategy in good time to help them avoid getting caught in the bottleneck of last minute deliveries. With the recent post office strike, there are added strains placed on the couriers.

This is particularly relevant given the escalating volumes of deliveries for online shopping as an increasing number of companies are selling their products online.  Therefore, customer service excellence is more important than ever to maintain and businesses need to ensure deliveries arrive on time over this period.

It will become vital for every single business to optimise their logistics processes. The second a client requires a certain product from the warehouse, make sure that the right amount of stock are on hand before making plans on the delivery process. Many times delays can be avoided before the package goes out the door. Understanding some of the common reasons behind the delays can ensure that this doesn’t happen within the business.

Communication
Couriers are responsible for a lot of the important communications that make your outgoing and incoming cargo arrive on time, but that doesn’t mean you’re totally off the hook. Businesses can drop the ball with incoming cargo by failing to notify their own warehouses of their arrival.

Sometimes there seems to be a failure to communicate clearly or effectively between the buyer, who might have a certain delivery expectation and the warehouse, who will check their availability.

For example, the business may arrange for a shipment to arrive on Monday morning but the warehouse on the other hand may not have the capability to fill the request until the next day or two later. Without a clear system in place for how to communicate this information between both parties, delays tend to occur.

There need to be options or a solution on how to close that gap.

Boosting effect
One of the biggest challenges in this globalized market is on time delivery. The need to source and deliver products anywhere in the world is becoming the standard for businesses of all sizes. And the logistics part has become a driving force in this dynamic global trade. >

Smaller businesses are also faced with the need to improve their supply chain and logistics activities to provide the same level of service as their corporate competitors. This is not easy to achieve in a fast changing environment driven by the shifting demand, unpredictable exchange rates, changing trade routes and growing customer expectations of instant implementations.

Export opportunities also come with greater exposure to risk in relation to disruptive influences like changing trade routes, interruption of supply due to man-made and natural disasters, infrastructure issues and delays with goods passing through customs.

The more responsive small businesses are and the more advanced its approach to achieving transparency throughout its supply chain, the better it will be positioned to compete in global markets. Streamlining the logistics process is fundamental to international competitiveness. A smaller company's global competitiveness may also depend on its ability to develop collaborative strategies with other supply chain entities, in some cases even with competitors.

Good relationships
Nowadays, building a good positive relationship with a logistics partner that is qualified to assist with sourcing and delivery processes, is becoming increasingly necessary for every small business.

A company should be able to view its logistics partner as an addition of its business. It is important to ensure such a partner has broad national and international reach and expertise and the physical and technological infrastructure and flexibility to support future business growth and the changing market.

Developing a good and close relationship with the right global logistics provider will also open up opportunities to be more innovative with sourcing raw materials from multiple sources anywhere in the world. The growing strain of supply chains is also driving the trend towards outsourcing all or part of the logistics task to a specialised and trusted third party. One of the drivers of complexity is the increasing demand for customised deliveries to suit specific requirements. This makes it even more vital for the logistics provider to have the supporting systems in place to provide a clear view of the movement of goods across the supply chain, online, from anywhere, or on any device.

The bottom line in all of this is that you need to understand the bigger picture of your company's current processes. Look at the critical processes and choose the best possible strategy then go out and look at the system providers and channel partners that can help you pull this all together.

If you are looking to hire the very best freight and supply chain talent to make sure your business runs smoothly and on time, make sure you get in touch with us today!

Or if you happen to be looking for a new Freight job, we can assist you! Communicate Personnel is a Freight recruitment company with consultants that specialise in Sales, Road Freight, Courier, Warehousing, Logistics, Production and more. Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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Leadership and other workforce trends [Infographic]

Sandra Olivier - Monday, November 17, 2014

growing graph A new study recently revealed that more than 54% of employees feel that leaders at their company were incapable of managing their employees. That’s according to a survey of 5,400 executives and employees in 27 countries conducted by business software company SAP and global-forecasting company Oxford Economics. More importantly just looking at South Africa, only 35% of employees say leadership at their company is equipped to lead the company to success.

Companies frequently say they want to strengthen their leadership team, yet much of the research shows that corporate leadership capabilities are in fact dropping. The biggest challenge seems to be that leadership, like the work environment has changed considerable in the last couple of years. It’s now not just about business skills, but others factors like global awareness, innovation, and the ability to make quick decisions which are all becoming more and more important.

The study revealed that the most important benefits and incentives to South African employees are: bonuses and merit-based rewards (63%), competitive compensation (62%), and supplemental training programs (42%).

Although South African executives believe that they offer sufficient training and development for their employees, the survey revealed that only 30% of employees say their company provides the right tools to help them grow and improve job performance.

The workplace of the future will be the most diverse the world has ever seen. Research shows priorities shifting as economies rebound globally, and companies lag in understanding these changing dynamics.

It’s important to consider the key trends as outlined in the infographic below to help you make the changes your company needs to move successfully into the future.

Employees Don't Think Their Bosses Can Hack It -- And Other Global Workforce Trends (Infographic

Are you looking for staff that can you take your organization successfully into the future? Communicate Personnel represents a range of exclusive, skilled candidates across all levels of the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight sectors. Contact us today.

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SA Consulting Engineers insist on more projects

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hand Of Architect Working On Table With Tablet Computer And WorkConsulting Engineering has a considerable effect on the development of infrastructure. They are the designers that create the large scale infrastructure projects that employ huge numbers of people during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of infrastructure.

Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Abe Thela was interviewed by David D'Oliveira, a reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Thela emphasized that the consulting engineering sector are faced with several institutional and regulatory challenges including the procurement of consulting engineering services, which is the biggest challenge currently facing the sector.

“Currently, procurement is based on price and broad-based black economic-empowerment points with functionality or quality having a minimum entry”, he added. This makes the procurement process largely price driven.

Therefore and because of the small number of infrastructure projects being available, the industry is witnessing low tender prices from consulting engineering firms to stay at the forefront. A well-built South African engineering sector is vital for socio-economic growth and job creation.

The challenge is that more resources are available to multi-national companies than to smaller local consulting engineering firms. Bigger firms are able to participate in large and small scale projects, while smaller firms are able to participate only in small scale projects. Because projects are getting bigger, companies at the bottom end of the sector are now struggling to get work.

Education is another big challenge facing the industry which is why we hear so much about the skills shortages that we are faced with. Basic education is key to the development of mathematics and science capabilities within the country forming the foundation required for the development of engineers. Teaching must be made to be a career of choice and attractive to top achievers by paying salaries comparable to those of other professions. When looking at investment in a country the level of skills that the country has to offer is one of the many factors considered.

CESA is ready to engage and partner with Government to address these challenges. Therefore they offered their services to the government and most members of their company will work hand in hand to support with training on project planning.

CESA is also encouraging the procurement system to include smaller consulting engineering firms, as well as encouraging large members to form joint ventures with small firms. Funding is set aside within individual projects to ensure participation by emerging small to medium-sized consulting engineering firms in big projects, he concludes.

In this tough economy we understand that getting skilled individual can be very difficult. However, our specialist consultants are trained in sourcing only the finest talent to add to your team. Communicate Personnel is a high-quality recruitment company that can help grow your organization with nothing but the best individuals. Give us a call!

Or if you are in the market for a new Engineering job, you can work together with one of our recruitment specialist to find your next career opportunity. Visit our website now!

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