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Explaining career gaps in your CV
A career gap is a period of time when you are not working or not  working on anything that you want to include in your CV. Career gaps are common. One of our Senior Recruitment Consultant in Finance reckons people take time away from their careers for various reasons
career gaps
4/13/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko4/13/2018 2:00 PM
A career gap, CV, Explaining career gaps in your CV

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A career gap is a period of time when you are not working or not  working on anything that you want to include in your CV. Career gaps are common. One of our Senior Recruitment Consultant in Finance reckons people take time away from their careers for various reasons, it could be because they have decided to focus on their full time studies such as finally completing their MBA or going back into practice to complete their articles to become a CA(SA) or similar later in their life. Some take career gaps in order to spend more time at home with their children or they leave their full time job in order to go travel she concluded.


There is nothing wrong with this; except when you do decide to go back to resume your career, you have to explain to the potential employer why you took time off. This is because some employers frown upon career gaps. Every company treats gaps in your CV differently, so it is important that you explain to them the reasons you took it. Here are tips to help you explain career gaps in your CV.

Write a skill based CV
Career coach, Eileen Dooley says: 'you cannot hide career gaps, so rather compile your CV in a way that does not draw attention to them.' For example, you can compile a skill based CV by making sure it is centred around your skills as opposed to your employment history.

Make use a cover letter
Hiring managers have many applications to go through and cannot waste time trying to piece together your work history. You owe it to them to document it clearly and concisely. The cover letter in this case can serve as the perfect platform to explain gaps in your CV. You need not delve into personal details but explaining in general as to why you were out of the workforce and why you are re-entering will suffice.

Be honest
It is considered unethical to lie about your reasons for taking time off from your career. Your potential employer does not know the gap is legitimate unless you tell them so explain your reasons clearly and confidently. If you show signs of uncertainty in your explanation, the interviewer and company in-question may feel uncertain about you too. 

Employers are aware that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a CV where everything falls into place sequentially. The onus is on you to convince them that your skills are relevant and that you are a worthy candidate.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We Connect great people in IT, Finance, Engineering, Freight and Contracting. Visit our website to learn more about us and how we can help you take your career to the next level.

Visumés
The growth of online video, coupled with the growth of digital cameras and video technology has led to a new emerging trend of video résumés or visumés as some would say. This trend has not yet been fully explored by candidates but it sure is a great alternative.
Visumes
4/6/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko4/4/2018 10:00 AM
online video, video technology, CV, video CV

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The growth of online video, coupled with the growth of digital cameras and video technology has led to a new emerging trend of video résumés or visumés as some would say. This trend has not yet been fully explored by candidates but it sure is a great alternative. We have compiled a list of great video résumés we think you should copy if you want to steer away from the conventional CV, but before we do that, here is what you need to know about visumés.


It has to be perfect
A video CV has to look great or it will make you look incompetent and highly unprofessional. If you are camera shy then forego the idea of a video CV, as your personality and demeanour will be visible. A good background, sound and camera quality cannot be stressed.

It will depend on the role you are applying for
Having a video CV will depend on the sector you are in, the role you are applying for and your personality as an individual, so if you are an accountant it might not be ideal as video CVs tend to be more appropriate when applying for a creative role but if you have something outstanding to offer and you can communicate it on film then go for it.

Visual discrimination
Video CV give your potential employer the opportunity to see your social class, ethnicity, weight and age all before they can meet you and if they do not like what they see, they can reject you before even meeting you causing you to be prone to visual discrimination.

Why employers like it
It's almost like a first interview, employers can use it as a measure of preselection, besides, it's a great way to stand out from the conventional CV.
Shooting a video CV takes time so the assumption is that only the most ambitious candidates will actually go through with it, so by virtue of going that extra mile you just might score a point.

Here are 3 great video resumes we think you should copy:






The future of Virtual Reality, AI and AR in recruitment
Businesses have to make critical decisions about adopting technology that involves identifying the right tools they can use in their recruiting processes. Virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) being some of those technologies, they could be adopted to enhance the hiring process.
Talent acquisition and technology
3/29/2018 8:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko3/29/2018 8:00 AM
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, talent acquisition, HR

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Businesses have to make critical decisions about adopting technology that involves identifying the right tools they can use in their recruiting processes. Virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) being some of those technologies, they could be adopted to enhance the hiring process.

For example, VR could be used in the early stages of recruiting by simulating interviews and giving candidates an idea of what the company looks like. AI could be used to reduce unconscious bias when screening resumes, and with the number of candidates who have smart phones, AR can be used to create an engaging experience throughout the hiring process for candidates.

But is this possible? Can HR and recruiting companies adopt these technologies and incorporate them into their hiring strategies or does this sound far-fetched? Maybe not – here is how:

Virtual Reality
VR can give HR the ability to replace the standard "how do you react to a difficult situation?" question with "I'm going to put you in a difficult situation to see how you react to it." Jaguar Land Rover can serve as an example here. They tried this by putting candidates in a virtual garage full of iconic vehicles that applicants could use to explore the ins and out of electric cars.

Then, candidates moved on to a demanding code-breaking game that tested their engineering and software skills. The candidates who did well were fast-tracked through the application process.

Augmented Reality
With 72% of candidates using their mobile devices during their job search, it should be a no-brainer that AR will benefit recruiters. AR is the integration of a company's environment with digital information. Here is how it would work: imagine a candidate being able to point their phone right at your building or office and be offered an array of information about your company, from job postings, employee testimonials and overall brand messages like why you are the best company to work for.

Artificial Intelligence
HR and talent acquisition practitioners will hear a lot about artificial intelligence, machine learning and bots. AI in this case, can take over the feedback process. We all know how difficult it can be for recruiters to give feedback to candidates' timeously. AI can take over this process effortlessly, keeping candidates informed throughout the hiring process.

It can also be used to reduce bias when screening hundreds of resumes that humans cannot. The software in use can learn the qualifications of a job and then identify candidates who fit the criteria. All this technology is in its infancy in HR and recruitment but it will be interesting to see how it develops and transforms the recruitment industry.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We can match the right candidate to any vacancy in your business in the Engineering, Finance, IT, and Freight industries. Click here to learn more. 

Why you should care about career adaptability
Career adaptability refers to a person's willingness and ability to adapt to changing work environments. Career adaptability can be learnt and practiced. It is not specific to age, culture or demographic.
Why you should care about career adaptability
3/23/2018 6:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko3/15/2018 12:00 AM
Adaptability, career adaptable, job market, business

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If a business decides to change its core function and transition into something else, where would that leave you as an employee? Will you be able to transition as well or would you have to find another job?

If you say: I will be able to transition seamlessly into a new role – then you are career adaptable. If you say no, I will have to change jobs and continue doing what I was doing in a different company - then you are by default not career adaptable.


Let us break it down:

Career adaptability refers to a person's willingness and ability to adapt to changing work environments. Career adaptability can be learnt and practiced. It is not specific to age, culture or demographic. To become career adaptable, you need to be prepared to engage in an ongoing process of self-reflection; development of skills and understanding needed to cope with change.

The true value of it
Career adaptability comes with you being vested in the outcome of your career as a whole. For example, you should be more concerned in what you want to achieve in life as opposed to just getting a promotion in your current post. Think about this: can you picture your future without your job title being tied to it? 

What is required from you
Career adaptability requires a number of skills and personality traits that you can grow over time. One study has even written The 4 c's of career adaptability you can adopt which are:

  • Concern - you have to be concerned about your future and realise that it is important.
  • Control - understand that you are responsible for developing your career. Take ownership and control of your personal career.
  • Curiosity - display a sense of curiosity by exploring different career scenarios.
  • Confidence - be confident and strong enough to pursue your aspirations.

You need to embody all these elements and more in order to be able to adapt. You will further need to build a strong network, be a forward thinker and continuously learn new skills.

Why you should care about it
The job market is unpredictable therefore being flexible on your career path can lead to higher job satisfaction. Your ability to be open to new possibilities outside of your current field or scope of work will lead you to great heights.

Career adaptability is not only about skills, qualifications or experience but about being willing and capable of foreseeing how to approach new opportunities with optimism and confidence. The key is to focus on the life you want to build and not on any particular job title.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 30 years of experience. Visit our website to find out how we can help you with your next career move.

Gauteng, Durban or Western Cape? Where is the best place to work?
Career Junction did a salary review for South Africa (2017) listing the salary ranges for 10 sectors across the country. They provided details of the regional differences in pay for the three major areas namely; Gauteng, Durban, and the Western Cape.
JHB vs CPT vs DBN
3/16/2018 10:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko3/16/2018 9:00 AM
Salary survey

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According to The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR), the three biggest provincial economies – Gauteng,
KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape provinces account for 55.2% of South Africa's population but contribute 64.1%
to South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP).



Career Junction did a salary review for South Africa (2017) listing the salary ranges for 10 sectors across the country. They provided details of the regional differences in pay for the three major areas namely; Gauteng, Durban, and the Western Cape.

The following graphs show different salaries across each category for Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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In the ICT sector both Gauteng and Western Cape came head to head,
this is the only sector where the Western Cape pays above national average. 
KwaZulu-Natal lacks behind.








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KwaZulu-Natal may have come in below average in most sectors but the same
cannot be said about engineering and architecture. Engineers and Architects in
Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal can expect salaries above national average.








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Salary increases on jobs offered in Finance range from a 0.3% increase for those looking at management accounting positions, to a massive 79% increase on office management positions. Gauteng seems like the best province to work for if you are in Finance followed by KwaZulu-Natal.






KwaZulu-Natal came below average in this sector as it does in most sectors in South Africa

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The data shows that people living in Gauteng have a potential of earning more than those living in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. It is important to note that even though the salaries may be a little higher in Gauteng, the quality of life is considered higher in Western Cape.

Capetonians have an abundance of nature, wine farms and beaches to boast about, the same can be said about KwaZulu-Natal. It has been reported to have the best quality of life even though it pays the lowest salaries. Durban has for a third consecutive year been ranked the South African city with the highest quality of life, in the international Mercer's 19th Quality of Living survey. The same sentiment however cannot be shared about Gauteng. Nevertheless, Gauteng tops numerous sectors in terms of best pay.

Click here to read more about the salary survey from Career Junction.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 30 years of experience in Finance, Engineering, IT and Freight industries throughout South Africa. Connect with us today to find your next job opportunity. 

How wearable technology will change the workplace
Wearable devices are currently at the heart of every discussion related to the 'Internet of Things'. Many people use wearables to keep track of their sleep, fitness and productivity. But there is more to wearables than just that. These gadgets are creeping their way into the corporate world and have the power to actually transform it.
How wearable technology will change the workplace
3/9/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko3/2/2018 12:00 AM
Wearables, technology, gadgets, wearable technology at work, business

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Wearable devices are currently at the heart of every discussion related to the 'Internet of Things'. Many people use
wearables to keep track of their sleep, fitness and productivity. But there is more to wearables than just that. These gadgets 
are creeping their way into the corporate world and have the power to actually transform it. The beauty about them (wearables) is that they free you from having to carry a laptop, tablet or smartphone whilst ensuring you can access your e-mails and check important notifications. 


Developers
 
While most of the attention surrounding wearables is about the device itself, the true value of them will be determined by the software in use. Creating software for these wearables presents new problems for developers, i.e. the user experience has to be impeccable as the screens are much smaller than smartphones and or tablets. Issues like data security also have to be looked at; will these wearables have antiviruses like computers do?

Myriad of opportunities for IoT Developers
It's inevitable that as these wearable objects proliferate so will the opportunities and challenges around it. Finding enough talent with the right skill to manage and execute Internet of Things projects in the market right now will be one of them. Research from Immersar research programme reveals that data security and date science are some of the top sought after skills in the wearables industry.

Data Security:
Some of the risks around fitness devices is the geolocation data that is shared on a minute by minute basis to the cloud revealing employees as well as company locations. The fact that so much data is collected through a wearable device, such as an activity tracker, a smartwatch, or a pulse tracker, means that there are tangible risks involved. With enterprise-sensitive information now being transferred from wrist to wrist, businesses should prepare early and create security policies and procedures regarding the use of wearables within the enterprise.

The data security skills gap is especially challenging here in South Africa where a recent survey of businesses found that 32% of organisations have been the victims of cybercrime and 57% believe they will be affected in the next two years. This highlights the opportunity for skilled data security individuals in specifically the wearable technology and Information Technology industry.

Data Science
Every company is trying to harvest more data from connected devices and sensors and they need expertise not just in extracting the data but also in building algorithms to help in writing out insight and analytics out of the data.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience in IT, Engineering, Finance and Freight. We have recently also launched a Contracting Division and now offer a full Payroll, HR and IR Service. Get in touch with us to find out how we can source top skilled IT candidates for your business. 

How to free yourself from negative thoughts
The workplace as we all know has its fair share of employee negativity. This is because most people are operating under the notion that their thoughts are true. This is okay, but the problem comes when the thoughts are negative.
How to free yourself from negative thoughts
3/2/2018 9:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko3/2/2018 12:00 AM
Workplace, negativity, thoughts, positive thinking

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The workplace as we all know has its fair share of employee negativity. This is because most people are operating under the notion that their thoughts are true. This is okay, but the problem comes when the thoughts are negative. It is estimated that we have 50 000 to 80 000
thoughts per day. Depending on how you look at it, that is 50 000 - 80 000 opportunities to think positively about yourself or to doubt
yourself. You choose!

Here is what you need to know about freeing yourself from negative thoughts at the workplace.

Do away with 'what if' scenarios
Sometimes we cannot do away with all the 'what if' scenarios so the best practice is to change all those 'what if scenarios' into positive ones, for example instead of thinking 'what if I am late'? Ask, 'how about I wake up early'? 'What if I do not get that promotion'? Say 'I want a promotion, how can I prepare for it'? By asking positive questions, you can train your brain to do so as well.

Do not linger on the thoughts
Negative thoughts must be fleeting. They should not affect your emotional and psychological life. They should not stay more than they need to in your mind. For example, if you find yourself saying, 'this won't work', stop and let the idea pass. Tell yourself that if it is a bad idea, it will still be a bad idea even after you have explored it more thoroughly.

Negative thoughts are not all bad
According to research, predicting obstacles is an important part of getting things done. Negative thoughts can help you predict obstacles as they encourage critical thinking that heightens your problem solving abilities. This can help you achieve improved results.  

Truth is, when it comes to curbing negative thoughts, the trick is not to be positive all the time but rather to bear in mind that being positive does not mean you are supposed to agree with everything everyone else says, e.g. saying 'no' needn't translate to negativity, you can still disagree with an idea without being negative.

You will enjoy your mind if you can reconfigure your relationship with your thoughts, and remember you may not be able to control what thoughts pop up, but you can control how you respond to them.

If you are feeling overwhelmed in your current career and are in need of something new and positive, we can help you. We connect Great People to Great Careers. Visit our website to learn more about the Great Career opportunities we have.

Should you say no to a counter offer?
Something made you consider leaving your job in the first place. It could be lack of growth, company culture or money. But your company made you an offer to stay - does it mean they have suddenly realised your value? Maybe! But what you probably do not know is; most counter offers are about the benefit of the company and not you.
Should you say no to a counteroffer?
2/23/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko2/8/2018 10:00 AM
counteroffer, new opportunities

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It seems like a perfect scenario. You feel you are not paid enough and you decide to look for a job that will pay you enough. You go on a sacred job search and you get a good offer. Now you tell your boss that you are resigning and instead of him saying good luck on your journey, he gives you a counter offer. What do you do, take the offer or leave?

Let's delve into this
Something made you consider leaving your job in the first place. It could be lack of growth, company culture or money. But your company made you an offer to stay - does it mean they have suddenly realised your value? Maybe! But what you probably do not know is; most counter offers are about the benefit of the company and not you.



The nitty-gritties:

People who take counter offers always leave

Statistics show most people who accept counter offers eventually leave the company after 6 to 12 months.  One example is that of a Junior Developer that received three different offers from three different companies only to accept a counter offer from his existing company. They gave him a hefty increase, paid for his studies and allowed him to work from home. He was happy to stay there but he still left after 6 months to pursue other offers. This is because a salary increase never solves the underlying problems that had you wanting to leave in the first place.

Counter offers benefit the company and not you
Many companies use counter offers as a retention tool, for example, a candidate accepted a counteroffer - his salary is increased and he gets regular bonuses but they are retention bonuses. Each time one is paid out, he has to stay with the company for a certain number of months.

Understand the value of new opportunities
From an advancement point of view, you may be better off taking a new role than the counter offer as it might give you the progression you are looking for. Changing jobs might be stressful but it is sometimes necessary in order for you to grow. You will miss a great opportunity, which your current employer was unable to offer you. That is not to say that the grass is always greener on the other side but you would not be looking over the wall if you were 100% happy in the first place.

There are plenty of arguments for and against accepting a counter offer but the reality is only you will be able to decide what is the right thing to do for your career. It is very important that you consider both sides of the argument and consider what will best suit you to achieve your long-term career goals.

Communicate Recruitment Connects Great People with great careers in the IT, Finance, Engineering and Freight industries throughout South Africa. If you need assistance in finding your next job opportunity, connect with us today. 

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

five recruiting tips

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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. 




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