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Four reasons to love your job
We all deserve to enjoy what we do for a living, even if it is not our dream job. If you enjoy what you do - you will find it easier to make business connections and widen your network. Truth is: we owe it to our customers, suppliers, partners, family and most importantly, ourselves to enjoy what we do for a living, simply because we already spend most of our time at work.
Four reasons to love your job
2/15/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko2/8/2018 10:00 AM
loving your job, work, dream job, why you should love your job. How to love your job

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We all deserve to enjoy what we do for a living, even if it is not our dream job. If you enjoy what you do - you will find it easier to make business connections and widen your network. Truth is: we owe it to our customers, suppliers, partners, family and most importantly, ourselves to enjoy what we do for a living, simply because we already spend most of our time at work.

If you say well; it is not my dream job and I feel a little indifferent about it, then this article is for you. Here are four reasons that will help you appreciate your job even more.

The South African economy 
The unemployment rate in South Africa is high. Inflation is high. Economic growth is slow, the list is endless, so the last thing you want to be is unemployed. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to fulfil some of your basic needs without a steady income?

Look at it this way; the income that your job gives you enables you to provide for your family and plan for other things. That is reason enough to appreciate your job and find joy in your day.

Happiness
When you are not happy at work, your 'unhappiness' will affect other areas of your life. This is because you cannot compartmentalise unhappiness (unhappy at work – happy at home.) Your negativity will affect all areas of your life. Research suggests that you do not have to love your job immediately to find happiness and fulfillment in it; therefore, it might take time.

Do away with expectations
Just because it is not your dream job does not mean it is not worth appreciating it. You do not have to be doing your 'life's purpose' to be doing meaningful work. The notion of 'follow your dreams, find your passion and do what you love' will, unfortunately, not apply to all of us. Relax from these expectations and focus on mastering and finding joy in your current job.

Make it work for you
Every job offers a reward of some sort. It could be emotional or monetary. Sometimes the benefits are in the lessons you learn. The validation from your boss, personal growth or that you are a favourite in the office thanks to your great personality.

There are tons of benefits that people overlook in their jobs simply because they have high expectation and are only interested in the monetary aspect of it. Take a step back and try looking at your job a little differently – it might turn out to be great. 

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with many years' experience. What really sets us apart, however, is our ability to balance career moves with perfect timing. We find great opportunities and connect them with exceptional people – at the exact right point in a career.  Visit our website today to learn how we can help you advance your career. 

Recruiting top talent on a tight budget
High-quality recruitment requires a good budget and dedicated personnel. But you do not have a big recruiting team nor 'big' budget and you don't want to compromise on the quality of talent you want to attract? How do you go about achieving such?
Recruiting top talent on a tight budget
2/9/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko2/9/2018 6:00 AM
Recruiting on a tight budget, recruiting, top talent

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High-quality recruitment requires a good budget and dedicated personnel. But you do not have a big recruiting team nor 'big' budget and you don't want to compromise on the quality of talent you want to attract? How do you go about achieving such?

Here are 5 tips to recruiting top talent on a tight budget.

Target university students 
Target universities using workshops and job shadowing. This will not only improve your business profile but you will also have an opportunity to identify talent and keep track of them. When the time is right, you can reach out and give them an offer.

Sell your company
Many candidates are willing to compromise a good salary if they find a well-rounded and balanced working environment. We live in an era where employees' value 'work-life balance'. If you cannot impress them with a good salary why not with a flexible schedule or small things like free lunch on a Friday or that your team has access to the latest technology and finest gadgets? Find out what it is that your current employees love most about their work environment and then sell it.

Referrals
Referrals are the number one source of candidates and the most inexpensive recruitment avenue for small businesses. Use employee referrals. Your employees are your advocates and should be able to recommend people who are suited for the job.

Industry events 
Your future employees are attending industry events, meet them where they're going and use networking as a recruiting strategy. 

Boomerangs
Boomerangs are employees that leave an organization without burning bridges and then return with more experience but the benefit of already understanding the business. You can target boomerang employees during your search. They bring with them a record of accomplishment, familiarity with company culture and processes and a reminder to other employees thinking about leaving that it's not always better on the other side. Your task is to assure them that they are welcome in an event they want to return. You can even call every now and then to remind them.

Recruiting agency
Consider using a recruitment agency as they are sure to have more resources than you. Often the best candidates are not actively in the market but rather open to the right career opportunity. A specialised recruitment agency like Communicate Recruitment will give you access to these candidates. Recruitment agencies conduct thorough references, verifying skills and experience.

This combined with our consultants' understanding of and personal accountability to your business, results in a pre-screened, recommended selection of suitable candidates for business vacancies. Things like initial interviews, salary negotiations, screenings, and general admin duties will be taken care of. A recruitment agency will want to make sure that the person they recruit for the position is not only ideal but also a culture fit. Therefore, you are in a better position to bring in the best candidate without doing all the hard work.

Need help bringing top talent into your team? We can help. Register your vacancies with us. Click here now. 




Top future Engineering skills to watch out for
In the last 10 years, various Engineering skills have been identified as some of the top 10 scarce skills in the country. This includes the more familiar skills like Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering but more recently, there are also a few new skills slowly starting to emerge as the industry evolves and technology becomes vital. We look at some new skills to watch out for in the future.
Top future Engineering skills to watch out for
2/2/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerSandra Olivier1/31/2018 12:00 AM
engineering jobs, civil engineering, skills in engineering

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n the last 10 years, various Engineering skills have been identified as some of the top 10 scarce skills in the country. The National Scarce Skills list have indicated that at least 13 engineering related skills are sought after in the job market and this industry offers some of the highest employment potential in South Africa. This includes the more familiar skills like Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering but more recently, there are also a few new skills slowly starting to emerge as the industry evolves and technology becomes vital. We look at some new skills to watch out for in the future.

UAV Engineering
Drones or rather UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) are everywhere. High priced and low, they are the decade's new toy. If you have one, you make sure to show it off. If you don't, you really want one. Global companies are also exploring possibilities in UAV technology, from the expected tech brands like Amazon, to surprising corporations like McDonalds. Already many construction engineering projects are incorporating UAV's because of its ingenuity, practicality, and affordability. Once their versatility shows on the business' bottom line, UAV's will be active throughout the industry. Many companies are just starting to integrate this kind of technology but the demand is sure to increase in the future and Drone Engineers could open up a new career path for many.

Structural Engineering for the future
Architecture is a constantly evolving profession, and with it, city planners and structural engineers have to keep up. Today's engineers have their work cut out for them with recent pushes for urban sustainability and modern aesthetics. Construction more and more will be making use of advance materials. Carbon Fibre, Graphene, High Strength compacting concretes, intelligent cladding which can alter opacity to changes in sunlight, increase or decrease heat absorption from surfaces, will be the norm. It's a sector that's on the brink of massive development, and the job itself is set to evolve into something that encompasses so much more than the traditional concepts of structural design.

Sensor Programmer and system integrator
As more products get equipped with sensors, they become part of the significantly growing Internet of Things. Enabling all Internet-connected sensors to talk to each other is turning into an even bigger problem. With technology, your wearable fitness device can monitor your exercise and your fridge can order eggs when you're running low. The real problem occurs when your fitness device tells your refrigerator you worked out much more today and it doubles your order of protein drinks. That might not be a typical example, but the demand for engineers who can program and integrate sensors is on the rise.

The reality is that in this rapidly evolving, technologically driven job market engineering is thriving and job opportunities for the right candidates are ample.

This is good news if you are one of the few qualified and experienced in the Engineering industry, not so much, if you are looking for Engineering skills in your business. Either way, if you are a candidate or a client as a specialist engineering recruitment agency, we can assist. Our specialist engineering recruitment team has access to highly skilled engineering candidates and engineering jobs in civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, electronic, engineering sales, production and trade fields. Get connected with us today.


The Big Four vs investment banks, where do you want to work?
The Big 4: Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KMPG are the largest professional service networks in the world, offering audit, assurance services, taxation, management consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance and legal services. 
The Big Four and investment banks where do you want to work
1/26/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko1/25/2018 12:00 AM
The big 4, investment banks, accounting, finance jobs, finance careers, auditing careers.

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Probable one of the most difficult decision facing graduate in the financial field are usually if they should work for one of the big four companies or start a career at an investment bank. 
We look at the differences and challenges to help you decide as to where you would like to work.

The Big 4: DeloittePwCEY, and KMPG are the largest professional service networks in the world, offering audit, assurance services, taxation, management consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance and legal services. They handle the vast majority of audits for public companies as well as many private companies. 



The beauty about the Big Four lies in the abundance of opportunities they offer plus they have better exit opportunities too. Here is a closer look at these companies in terms of what they do, career opportunities and work life balance.


Investment banks

Investment banking is considered one of the premier fields in the financial industry, so working at one is also a great career opportunity for those wanting to excel in investment banking. It is believed that landing a job in an investment bank is 'relatively' more difficult than starting a career at a big four firm. In investment banking, individuals can work as accountants, advisors, account managers, analyst and treasurers to mention a few.


Regardless of which Big Four you choose to work for, you will be required to go to wherever the client is and this can involve a gruelling travel schedule. To thrive, you will not only need to adjust to this, but to combine it with a competitive drive to move up the ladder.

 The same can be said about investment banks. The hours can be very long and the culture very competitive. If a work life balance is what you desire, working for an investment bank may not be ideal. But if you have always been passionate about finance and its nitty gratis then you will definitely be rewarded in your career.  

If you are looking for a new job in finance or changing careers in the finance industry, visit our website to learn more about how our specialised finance recruitment consultants can help you. With a rock-solid knowledge of the Finance landscape, we understand the pressing deadlines that come with being a financial or accounting professional. Our consultants can help you identify the right move at the right time and make it happen.

Sources: 
Why I should work for big Four or an Investment Bank
Perks at work
Experienced Hires
Why you will love and hate life at PWC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG

Creative ways of recruiting talent
These days, employers are always looking to find ways of discovering the real person behind the ‘well prepared’ answers in an interview. Adding an employee to the payroll isn't cheap, no matter how you look at it. There is a multitude of both direct and indirect costs that quickly add up.
Creative ways of recruiting talent in your business
1/19/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko1/15/2018 12:00 AM
Creative ways of recruiting, recruiting employer, hiring

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Standard methods of recruiting are just that, standard. But these 'standard' methods of recruiting don't always get the most out the candidate hence some employers are now integrating new methods of finding talent like gamification and searching in unusual places, basically embracing the creative recruiting process.

If you are planning to hire a new employee and are certain a traditional method of recruiting will not work, here are some of the things you can do to help identify the exact candidate to bring on board.


Create candidate personas 
Develop candidate personas. Candidate personas are fictional, generalized characters that encompass the various needs, goals, and observed behaviour patterns of your ideal candidate. You do this first before you start developing the job description.

Developing candidate personas will allow you to identify core candidate segments, understand their goals and tailor content for them. When developing these, ideally, you will combine qualities of a real candidate and those of an ideal one. This approach will help you attract and engage with the individuals you want to hire.

Get more intel  
You need to gain deep insights into your potential candidates and try to uncover who they are beyond their qualifications and clean social media profiles. Simply, because some of the information will not be available if you follow the traditional route of recruiting. 

In an attempt to get more 'insight' from their candidates Heineken, the famous drinks company created a set of scenarios that prospective employees did not expect during an interview. On the first scenario, the interviewer pretended to have a heart attack. The second scenario there was a fake fire drill and once they got outside there was someone stuck on the roof and the staff members had to catch him. They observed each candidate - how they reacted to each situation, their engagement and so forth. One candidate wanted to know how much the salary was while the interviewer was having a 'heart attack.'

Not every company can carry out such unorthodox methods in their hiring process, but unlikely approaches help to get to know the candidates a little more.

Have a strong vetting process 
Once you have identified the ideal candidate, take these last steps to ensure that they have everything they mentioned in their resume. You can do this via the vetting process, it will ensure that the candidate is a solid match for the job. The vetting process verifies a candidate's qualifications and confirms that they possess the personality, skills and character to do the job well. Processes such as these will give you more confidence about who you decide to offer the job to.

These days, employers are always looking to find ways of discovering the real person behind the 'well prepared' answers in an interview. Adding an employee to the payroll isn't cheap, no matter how you look at it. There is a multitude of both direct and indirect costs that quickly add up. It's therefore more important than ever to ensure you hire the right candidates. If you need assistance with your hiring, we can help.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We connect great people in the IT, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis.

 


Updating your CV? Read this first!
Truth is, people have to start viewing their CVs as marketing tools to landing their dreams jobs and should treat them as such. A compelling CV should stand out from hundreds of job applicants applying for the same job ergo everything on there has to be tightly edited.
Updating your CV
1/12/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko1/12/2018 5:00 AM
CV, career search, job search,
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Alec Brownstein bought Google ads against names of directors at his dream ad agencies. The PPC campaign had a message: "Hey, David Droga, Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun, too." with a link to his website to let the creative directors contact him. This ingenious tactic landed him many interviews and a successful placement at one of his targeted companies.

Truth is, people have to start viewing their CVs as marketing tools to landing their dreams jobs and should treat them as such. A compelling CV should stand out from hundreds of job applicants applying for the same job ergo everything on there has to be tightly edited. There should be no room for inconsistencies and recounts of your life history, in fact, you only have so much room on your CV and need to make sure you use that space wisely.

Here is your guide to editing your current CV the right way:

Look back

Start by looking back at how your job or responsibilities have changed over the years, this includes those all-important but easy to overlook skills like a new language you might have learnt or new responsibilities that have been recently assigned to you. Analyse all of these things and highlight them in your current CV.

Make the top count
The top one-third of your resume is what a recruiter or hiring manager scans to determine if they will read the rest. Make yours an attention grabber.

Pay attention to format
Design matters, depending on the industry you are in. What you want is a balanced and clear look with just enough flair to stand out. For example, a PDF file extension ensures that recruiters can open it on any device and it will also maintain formatting, so you can be sure that employers are seeing your CV as you intended.

If designing an intricate CV using software like Adobe Photoshop and the likes is not your forte a simple step, such as adding hyperlinks that direct a prospective employer to any work you have done will make it easier for them to get to know you better or alternately use free templates.

Do your research first, have a look at CV templates suitable for your industry and profession then adopt one that is more 'you'. It could be that people in your industry have placed preference on video CVs over a snazzy template.

Get rid of the old stuff
Be ruthless in cutting down unnecessary details on your CV. In all honesty, it should be no more than 2 pages. When you add new information to your CV, something old must go. The older the job and the less relevant it is to your target position, regardless of the length of time you were in the post, the more likely it is you should cut it from your CV.  Be selective in the information you retain, sometimes a job and organisation title, with dates is enough.

Think digital
We're living in a digital age, and so your CV should show that you are fairly tech-savvy. These days, chances are slim that you will be sending your resume via post as most people advertise jobs online and job seekers usually email their CVs in. Think of the different ways employers can consume your information online and work within those lines.

Customise your CV to reflect relevant skills
One of the trickiest aspects of writing a resume is highlighting your skills. The goal is to match your skills together in a way that shows you can do the job. Look at the job description thoroughly; it will serve as a guide. Bear in mind that some roles put heavier emphasis on certain skills than others. It is important to customise your CV to reflect the skills that are key to the job you are applying for. 

Your resume is not just a representation of your past details but a promotional document. It should tell your potential employer about your career details, achievements, experience, relevant skills and highlight whilst explaining how you are qualified for the job. Contact us today to find out how we can help you position yourself better. Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We connect great people in the IT, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis.

5 things to remember about your office party
Many employees forget to behave in an appropriate manner while at the office party, and more often than not, they always get in trouble for their behaviour, costing them precious relationships and even their jobs. Here are 5 tips to bear in mind when attending an office holiday party

Hierarchy matters
5 things to remember about your office party
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12/4/2017 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko12/1/2017 2:00 PM
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Picture1.jpgThe office holiday party can feel like a social minefield, you want to have fun and enjoy the free food and beverages, but, at the same time, you want to be conscious of the fact that your colleagues and top management will be there. Tedious as this may sound, but many employees forget to behave in an appropriate manner while at an office party, and more often than not, they always get in trouble for their behaviour, costing them precious relationships and even their jobs. Here are 5 tips to bear in mind when attending an office holiday party:

Hierarchy matters
There is a chain of commands and even in a social space that will not change, of course you should make conversation with the big bosses - it's a good idea to introduce yourself to top management but don't now think you are best friends or you can suddenly say anything you want to them.

Careful with what you say
This is a simple enough rule to follow: if you do not say it in the office, don't say it at the office party, before you say anything, ask yourself if you would say it in the workspace, if not then don't. Bear in mind that what you say at the office party will not necessarily stay at the office party.

Don't invite friends
Be sure to read the invitation carefully so you know the company policy on guests, sometimes spouses and dates are included, but many companies have budgetary restrictions. 

Go easy on alcohol
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation and limit yourself to one or two drinks, also enjoy the food at the party, but avoid looking like a glutton. 

Careful with those selfies
We all like to document those fun moments with a couple of snaps of you and your coworkers having fun. But just make sure you have others persmission and avoid embarrasing photos. It's fine to take selfies with your office pals as long as the other people agree. Never post anything on social media without asking everyone in the picture first. You should always respect people’s privacy.

Make the most of it
Ultimately, it is a party and it ought to be enjoyed. So put your phone away for a second, mingle and get to know your colleagues a little better. See it is as a chance to let loose from the office for a while and at the end do show some gratitude towards party organizers and your boss. 


Smart ways to spend your bonus
It is that time of the year again where many households in South Africa will experience a financial boost with either a bonus or a little extra added to their salary. But given our current economic conditions more than ever before, you have to think carefully how you spend this additional money
Smart ways to spend your bonus
12/1/2017 12:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko11/30/2017 12:00 AM
bonus, 13th cheque, holiday, spending wisely

It is that time of the year again where many households in South Africa will experience a financial boost with either a bonus or a little extra added to their salary. But given our current economic conditions more than ever before, you have to think carefully how you spend this additional money.

The problem is: employees who get a 13th cheque or annual bonus often pay for living costs such as their children's school fees, or expenses that they couldn't afford earlier, as their monthly income was just not enough to meet their needs. Other people might be lucky enough to use it for their holiday, or treat themselves with the purchase of something special. 

We agree that it is sensible to use your 'bonus' as a buffer to ease your financial stress. However, we also think there are savvy ways to spend it. Here are five of them.

Retirement annuities
retirement annuity (RA) aims to grow your pre-retirement investment so you have a pool of savings available when you retire. If you have an existing RA, your annual bonus would be a welcome lump sum boost to your retirement savings. If you are not already saving for retirement, this could be the perfect opportunity to start.

Annual costs
With inflation and the cost of living rapidly increasing, you could use your bonus to settle costs so that don't form part of your monthly budget. For example, your insurer is likely to offer you a discount if you choose to pay your premiums as an annual amount rather than a monthly debit order. Or you could set aside part of your bonus for your car's annual service and maintenance costs.

Emergency fund
If you don't have an emergency fund, now is a good time to start one using part of your bonus. Ideally, according to the financial experts you should have the equivalent of three to six months of your net salary in your emergency savings fund. If your bonus is not sufficient to cover this amount, use this as a good opportunity to start an emergency fund.

This is basically a savings fund that you use to pay for emergencies – for example, the excess payment due on your insurance policy when you make a claim. The ideal is for you to save or invest your entire bonus, but that is not realistic for many consumers. South Africa's savings rate remains low, which means most people rely on credit to pay for emergency expenses. You don't want to be that person!

Reduce the capital portion of your home loan 
If you pay R10 000 off a R1 million home loan this December, you will cut a whole six months off your 20-year repayment period and, at the current home loan interest rate of 9.25 percent, save more than R52 000 worth of interest. Reducing your loan also helps create a 'cushion' against interest rate increases, and gives you room to manoeuvre if you need to borrow against your home in future.

There are several great things you can do with a bonus that will help you feel wealthier all year round, and the most important of these is to reduce your debt, especially any debt that carries a high interest rate. You will thank yourself later. Happy Holidays! 


Preparing Your Business for the New Year
A new year signifies new opportunities and challenges in your business and being prepared is key for success. Depending on the industry your business operates in, now is the perfect time to identify ways to make the business better, more profitable and more rewarding.
Preparing Your Business for the New Year
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11/22/2017 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko11/3/2017 12:00 AM
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reach-2697953_1920.jpgA new year signifies new opportunities and challenges in your business and being prepared is key for success. Depending on the industry your business operates in, now is the perfect time to identify ways to make the business better, more profitable and more rewarding. This includes housekeeping task like updating technology, evaluating staffing needs you might require in the new year, re-evaluating your pricing models and looking at online security.

In an effort to help you get started, we have compiled a list of eight things we think you should do during this 'downtime' that will help you prepare your business for the coming year.

1) Review your year
Look at your numbers: revenue, profit margins, and other KPIs. What works and what does not, and why. A record of your history is the best way to prepare for the future.

2) Review your goals
Nearly all successful managers use SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based) goals to achieve their goals. So ask yourself, what do you want your team to achieve next year vs the previous years and the years to come?

3) Look at trends
We have an entire trend called Share Economy. Companies like Uber, airbnb and Lynda emerged as the new giants of business. This trend is only going to grow in the coming years. As a business ask yourself, what can you learn from this phenomenon? How can you position your business to take advantage of such trends or follow in their footsteps?

4) Brainstorm ideas that will boost business 
As a business, you should always be striving for bigger and better things. This means coming up with initiatives that are going to increase your business's revenue. Regardless of the industry you are in, you can always come up with ideas that will help you stand out from competitors, and improve the overall quality of your operations.

5) Update your website
On average, a business should change its look and feel every three years. Have a look at your company's website and see if you can roll out crucial updates while most of your customers are still in holiday mode.

6) Assess social media profiles
Google displays social media stuff in search results, so go to every site where you have a presence and make sure your bio accurately reflects what you do and your experience in the industry.

7) Review Policies 
Reviewing current strategies is important to counteract hiccups. Take the feedback that you received from your staff and clients and implement it in your policies. This will ensure repeat business all year round.

8) Thank your employees
At the end of a year, take the time to thank your employees for their dedication, while motivating them for the new year.  Having committed employees is an important facet of business, and without them, it will be difficult to succeed.

We are a specialist recruitment company with a national footprint in South Africa. We have a solid network of contacts in the Engineering, Finance, IT, Supply Chain and Freight industries and can match the right candidate to any vacancy in your business. If you have a vacancy that you would like to talk to us directly about click here.


5 Important Ways to Prepare for the New Year
2018 is fast approaching and most of us are ready to bid farewell to 2017. In a perfect world, you are reflecting on your slip-ups, triumphs and reviewing your goals.
Preparing for the New Year
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11/17/2017 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko11/3/2017 12:00 PM
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start-line-2836881_1920.png2018 is fast approaching and most of us are ready to bid farewell to 2017. In a perfect world, you are reflecting on your slip-ups, triumphs and reviewing your goals. However, for most of us we are just trying to finish all the work piled on our desk before the holidays. In an effort to help you get started with your new years’ goals, we have compiled a list of things we think will help you kick-start your new year goal setting. Here are 5 of them:

Planning
Most people disregard this step, and it is just as crucial. You do not want to get stuck in preparation mode while you should be working on your goals. When the year starts, you want to start your goals too, not plan for them. Gather information, scribble a backup plan and ensure that you have a good support system in place. You will be better equipped to handle challenges that may come your way.

Go ahead and do it
If you valued ‘it’ enough to write ‘it’ down, surely it is worth executing as well. Some people excel at planning and fail miserably at executing. Do not be one of those. Commit to doing something that you have planned – see it through no matter how mammoth it may be. You have the luxury of doing – so go ahead and do it.

Write a not-to-do-list
So every now and then, you have to decide what you are not going to do. Like wasting time on Facebook, watching too much TV or eating unhealthy. In short, write down everything you deem counter-productive and not aligned with your goals. Put that in your not-to-do-list.

Review your expenses
The start of a new year is a great time to sit down and have a good look at your financial habits. Are you over spending on things you barely need? Are you under-saving?  Are you on the same page with your long-term plan? Are your investments meeting your needs? Do you need to adjust your spending or look for new ways to increase your income? Be honest with yourself, as this aspect of your life will affect most of your planning and goals for the new year. 

Work on your positive energy
You need to be positive and sometimes, overly! Think about this year, those sluggish days, and the amount of time you wasted. Do not let that roll into the new year. Make it a habit to keep a positive mind state, as this will influence your decision-making capabilities and productivity when it comes to achieving your goals. Good positive energy increases your attention and focus. And that is the kind of energy you need in order to work on your resolutions.

We are a recruitment company that specialises in IT, Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight. If you want our skilled consultants to help you with setting your goals relative to your career for the new year,  click here to visit our website.

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