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Why now is the best time to job search
Research suggests that, in fact some of the best months to job search are September and October. Acquaint yourself with peak hiring seasons and always be in contact with your recruiter to ensure you are in touch with current jobs on offer.
Why now is the best time to job search
10/6/2017 6:00 AMAce the job searchBridget Maoko9/27/2017 6:00 AM
job search, careeer, hiring

jumping towards a jobPeople often assume that January is the best time to start your job search. It's the start of a new year, new beginning, new goals, new job. The truth is, the odds of being hired in January are impeded by the fact that many people are job searching around this time. Finding a new job is a very popular goal at the start of the year and this lowers your chances of standing out. Career experts say that there is no wrong or right time to job search but job seekers should always be seeking! We say forget about waiting. Seize the moment and close the deal on your next career opportunity now. Here's why:

Hiring managers may be more pressured to find candidates
Most hiring managers have to hire before January or risk losing allocated funds for new employees. Some want to get new recruits in before the holiday season mind-set kicks in and planning for the new year and staffing needs are already in place in the last couple of months of the year. Ultimately hiring managers understands that it's vital to secure the best talent in the market before the year ends.

Less competition
More and more people are starting to take a break from job searching, which increases your changes of standing out as there is less competition for the positions that are open. This means a bit more time will be spent looking over your resume, longer interview, and a more responsive hiring process all together due to the drop off in the number of job seekers and mind set of hiring managers. January in turn starts slow for most people. Companies have plenty of time and resources to choose the right candidate. Finalizing the interviews and signing the contract may take a lot longer during these months.

It is a great time to be settled
Starting a new job before the end of the year will give you enough time to settle in at a new company. There will be lots of festive cheers and social occasions happening and your integration to the company will be much quicker. The other benefit is that more often than not people will have more time to allocate to training so when January comes you will be fully prepared, which means less stress for you. 

Budget
It's easy to assume that most companies slowdown from October to December as projects wrap up and planning starts for the new year. For companies on a calendar year financial schedule, new budgets start in January, which can mean funding for new positions so they already start looking at the end of the year.  Companies often want to make hiring decisions before the holidays and the year-end lull.

Research suggests that, in fact some of the best months to job search are September and October. Acquaint yourself with peak hiring seasons and always be in contact with your recruiter to ensure you are in touch with current jobs on offer.

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. Don't wait for the new year, start your job search with us today.

3 ways to increase your chances of getting a job
​As a candidate, you naturally want to increase your chances of being placed. There are a couple of additional ways you can reach and impress your potential employer.​
3 ways to increase your chances of getting a job
5/5/2017 6:00 AMAce the job searchBridget Maoko4/25/2017 11:56 AM
job searching, job hunting, looking for a job

Increase your chances of getting hired.  Blog. Image 4.pngAs a candidate, you naturally want to increase your chances of being placed. There are a couple of additional ways you can reach and impress your potential employer. We have compiled a list of 3 things that will help you be outstanding and secure a job.

Built a strong online presence
Employers are always seeking more information about potential candidates online and on social media platforms. You need to  foster a strong online presence,  and by doing this you're letting  potential employers know that you are serious about your career, you're also proving that there's more to you than what's stated on your resume.   

In essence, building a strong online presence will help set you apart from competing applicants. Consider having a LinkedIn page, Facebook page, blog or website and position yourself as a thought leader. These platforms always rank first and will make you more visible when potential employers are searching for you online. 

You can choose whichever platform to focus on to help built your brand depending on your industry. Research shows that 94% of recruiters use, or plan to use social media for recruiting so it's important to be active on these platforms. These days your digital presence might be more important than your traditional CV.

Being a little unconventional
Your CV is a marketing document. It is the primary tool that you use to sell yourself in order to secure an interview, but what happens when you are not in possession of it and you have to sell yourself to secure an interview?  You develop your self-promotional skills, the 'elevator pitch' kind of way.  This is very important when you are job searching as it will come in handy when you are networking with peers and colleagues at work events or when you bump into a potential hiring manager.

So prepare for these opportunities by researching as well as practicing your speech for the people you will encounter to enable easier conversations. Remember that your goal is to show off what makes you the number one applicant and you don't have much time, so keep it precise and to the point. You can even add a call to action by giving them your business card at the end of your pitch.

Work with recruiters
Recruiters have access to jobs and connections that you might not and by working with them you increase your chances of being placed. Many companies use recruitment agencies to add quality employees to their business, making working with a recruitment agency a great way to get noticed by a potential employer. Specialist recruiters are experts in a specific industries and because of their close relationship with employers in that market they know about job opportunities before they're even out on the open market.

An estimated 70% of jobs are not advertised. So how would you tap into jobs that are never advertised? Recruiters! It is to your benefit to engage with a specialist recruitment agency that works solely with your chosen industry.

Research shows there are more people than jobs in most industries, so you must always be a step ahead if you want to be outstanding.

If you are looking for a job, we can help you.  We have a solid network of contacts and over 3 decades of experience in the fields of Engineering, Finance, IT, Supply Chain and Freight. Connect with us today!

 

Why you should job search even when you love your job
The only way to truly grow your career now is to think about where you want to be going in the future. Here are reasons why you should job search even when you love your job.​
Why you should job search even when you love your job
2/24/2017 10:16 AMAce the job searchSandra Olivier2/24/2017 10:26 AM
job searching; loving your job; careers
laptop-and-notepad.jpgSo you love your job, you’re happy! The pay is good and your co-workers are lovely. Leaving your current job and looking for a new one is most probable not in your foreseeable future. But maybe it should be. The only way to truly grow your career now is to think about where you want to be going in the future. Here are reasons why you should job search even when you love your job.

It helps you prepare
Loving your job is all good, feeling appreciated and valued is even better. But your profession is ever evolving and it’s important to know where your industry is headed or you risk being left behind. The skills you had when you were hired might not be as impactful 5 years from now and continuously searching of jobs online can give you an idea of what’s expected of you in the industry and what new skills you might have to learn. For example, you might have to learn how to use a certain software that will help you function better at work.

Backup plan
Anything can happen so it’s best to keep your options open. If you’ve been low-key searching for a job you can easily go back to a list of searches when your company hits a ruff spot or your lovely workplace deteriorate into drudgery. Moreover, when you are employed there is less pressure on you when you job hunt. You still have your current job that you love and it gives you the luxury of choosing to apply solely to jobs that you want and gives you the opportunity to negotiate benefits.

Keep the search discreet
Continue to love your current job, excel in it and keep the search for a new job to yourself. Don’t lose focus on your current job just because you are suddenly job hunting. Don’t post on social media either. You may not have your boss or other seniors online but that doesn't mean they aren't viewing your profile. It’s best not to post anything that indicates you are looking for a job, on the other hand, you might want to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. Recruiters are always looking for new talent online and it can just be the opportunity you are looking for.

Truth is, there’s nothing wrong with job searching while you are still employed and it does not mean you love your job less either. You just have to be strategic about it. What’s important is preparing yourself for the next move and knowing what other professionals in your field are getting up to and what your future employer will expect of you. If you do want to start looking at possible new opportunities, we can help. Communicate Recruitment connects Great People with great job opportunities. We can help you plan your career journey that will ensure you realise your ambitions. Contact us today.
Should You Be Job Hopping or Not?
​Social media used to be that thing that you snuck time into during work hours. Now social media is basically your potential employer’s Google for job candidates which may very well make or break your chances of getting a job in the first place.
Should You Be Job Hopping or Not
11/18/2016 8:32 AMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/19/2017 8:34 AM
career change; job hunting

job-hopping.pngIt’s safe to say that most millennials are job hoppers, but what does that really mean? It means younger workers are likely to change jobs every few years rather than stay in one company for longer periods. 

Job hopping can enhance your career if done right, according to CareerBuilder it actually depends on the industry you are in - some industries have a higher ‘’frequency of job hopping than others’’ For example:

•Information Technology – 42% were likely to leave within 1 to 2 years.
•Manufacturing – 32% were likely to leave within 1 to 2 years.
•Transportation – 37% were likely to leave within 1 to 2 years.
People hop for different reasons; it could be because of a desire for a career change or simply because there are better opportunities elsewhere.  

How Job Hopping Translates in The Eyes of an Employer

According to research, results show that most companies are still skeptical about hiring job hoppers, they fear that they might not get the return on investment in hiring you simply because they value longevity. The longer you stay at your current job the more loyalty you are deemed to be showing to the company. 

On the other hand, (some) employers and recruiters appreciate the wide range of skill and experience that the job hopper is exposed to. ‘You might have the right mix of skills’ 

What You Need to Know About Job Hopping:
Advantages: 
•Pay rise
Job hopping might be the quickest way to increase your earnings. You might find a job that offers a better salary or more interesting benefits than your current position. According to Payscale an average  increase one can get is up to 3% per year whereas alternating between jobs can get you 10% – 20% per year. 

•Skills Development 
Learning new skills in a new role can broaden your knowledge and expertise which will in turn make you more employable in the future. Your skills will be accentuated as you will be exposed to new challenges, different companies/industries and dealing with different clients. This can give you a professional advantage. 

 •Powerful Network 

It can be tricky to grow your network when you work with the same people year after year. The more companies you work in, the larger your network of professionals will become. Networks are important in today’s competitive industry. They can yield better career opportunities. 

Disadvantages: 
• You may seem unreliable 
It may suggest that you are not good at your job or are a quitter? Hiring companies could assume that you get bored easily. If the employer is looking for a loyal employee, they may think twice before offering you a job if you’ve job hopped quite a lot. 

•First in the cutoff line
Job security is an important factor to take into consideration especially in today’s economy. Based on your job record, when a company has to lay off employees you may be the first to get retrenched. Employees who have been serving the company for many years may have an advantage over you. 

•Longevity 
Employees are important in any running business therefore companies can be reluctant in hiring someone who has a pattern of changing jobs frequently. Employee turnover is generally expensive and companies would like to keep it as low as possible. It makes sense to invest money and training in someone who will stay rather than someone who will leave after a few months or years. 

‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Confucius

So, To Hop or Not?
Always remember your career goals if you are considering another job and ask yourself, what long term impact this will have on your career. 

If you need some advice, Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency with the very best recruiters. Our committed consultants dedicate hours of work to each candidate to understand your value, strengths and skills. We would love to work with you, apply now!

 What qualities are employers looking for?
​That is the million-dollar question! Job adverts most of the time reflect a long list of bullet points with requirements and responsibilities. Once you get to a job interview, you realise that the job advert very often does not reflect the whole picture
What qualities are employers looking for
10/7/2016 8:21 AMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/19/2017 8:23 AM
job hunting; careers

woman-940607_640_1 (2).pngThat’s the million-dollar question! Job adverts most of the time reflect a long list of bullet points with requirements and responsibilities. Once you get to a job interview, you realise that the job advert very often does not reflect the whole picture. Employers are looking for qualities in new staff that are never really listed in the job ad. The bottom line is that today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture.

So what qualities are employers really looking for:

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

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

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

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

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

4 Tips for writing a CV when job hunting in the digital age
​The first step to job hunting is ensuring you put together an outstanding CV that tells your career story. Recruiters receive thousands of applications every day, so it is more important than ever to ensure your CV is the needle in the haystack that gets discovered
4 Tips for writing a CV when job hunting in the digital age
9/30/2016 3:45 PMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/18/2017 3:51 PM
career change; job hunting; cv writing; resume writing

business-561388_1280.pngAs a job seeker one of the most difficult things to do is grab someone’s attention and make a great first impression without ever meeting that person. The first step to job hunting is ensuring you put together an outstanding CV that tells your career story. Recruiters receive thousands of applications every day, so it’s more important than ever to ensure your CV is the needle in the haystack that gets discovered.

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

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

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

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

Fill in the gaps upfront
Whether you were retrenched, you had to care for an ailing parent, chose to raise your family, or you took time off for furthering your education or simply travelling, never leave gaps in your work experience on your CV. It’s not about trying to catch you out, recruiter and employers just want a reasonable explanation for your absence from formal employment.

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

Job Hunting? How to get noticed by recruiters online
​Whether you are 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
Job Hunting How to get noticed by recruiters online
9/23/2016 3:51 PMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/18/2017 3:53 PM
career change; job hunting; recruitment

Wall_people.pngWhether 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 Recruitment 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.

How to get the most from your recruiter relationship during job search
​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 cannot expect
How to get the most from your recruiter relationship during job search
9/16/2016 3:54 PMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/18/2017 3:57 PM
career change; job hunting; career in recruitment

Recruitment_image.pngThinking 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 Recruitment 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 package – If 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 Recruitment 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.

Why use a recruitment agency for hiring?
​Hiring the right employees for your company can be very time consuming and extremely challenging with the current talent shortage in South Africa
Why use a recruitment agency for hiring
9/9/2016 3:57 PMAce the job searchSandra Olivier1/18/2017 4:00 PM
career change; job hunting; recruitment

system-1527687_640.pngHiring 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 Recruitment 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.  

Soft Skills: The Key to Landing your next job
​Research has shown the importance of soft skills on job performance and more importantly the bottom line. Contrary to popular belief, being an expert in your field does not guarantee you regular employment
Soft Skills The Key to Landing your next job
7/29/2016 3:11 PMAce the job searchSandra1/18/2017 3:14 PM
soft skills; career development; job search

face-535767_640.jpgUntil very recently technical ability and experience were the only things that companies looked for when hiring new people. However, research has shown the importance of soft skills on job performance and more importantly the bottom line. Contrary to popular belief, being an expert in your field does not guarantee you regular employment. Companies are now demanding more than just job expertise, which means you must also fine-tune your soft skills.

Why are soft skills important?
In any company, big or small success depends largely on the ability of staff to collaborate on projects in order to achieve the necessary milestone for reaching objectives. The reality is that as soon as people have to work together there is sure to be a difference of opinion or some form of conflict. This is not necessarily a bad thing as different ideas could help to create better solutions, if these individuals have the necessary soft skills to manage this. If not, it will only result in wasted time, strained work relationships, and ultimately failure of the project.  

Important soft skills to develop: 
The focus has shifted for hiring managers to look for more than just competency areas as they’ve realised that culture fit are just as important as the expertise required to succeed at a job. Developing your soft skills could be the key to landing your next job opportunity.

1. Communication skills: 
A topic that has been discussed many time and although this seems obvious, the ability to communicate clearly both in written and verbal form is vital for any job. You need to be able to get your message across to a variety of people and to ensure there is a clear understanding of what you require from the other person.

2. Growth mind-set 
In order to excel in any career this is an important skill to develop. It will allow you to face difficult situations and challenges as learning opportunities. It is important to continue to grow your experience and people skills as you move upwards in your career.

3. Perceptiveness: 
The ability to understand the unspoken cues and underlying nuances of other people’s communication and action is a valuable skill to develop. We often focus so much on our own messages and what we want to communicate to others that we don’t watch and try and understand where other individuals are coming from. If you misinterpret other’s intention, you can easily encounter difficulties dealing with people and not even know why.

4. Cool headedness: 
Staying calm in challenging situations especially when it comes to conflict will serve you well in your career. It’s important to keep your emotions in check in any situation and to approach problems with an open mind.

5. Pro-active problem solving: 
Any work situation requires a certain amount of problem solving. Being pro-active and offering solutions will win you favour not only with your boss but also with your colleagues.

6. Negotiation skills: 
The key to good negotiations is to create a 'win-win' outcome where both sides feel they have gained something positive through the process and both sides feel their point of view has been considered. Negotiation is essential in your career but also in your daily lives.

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