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How to conquer your fear of changing jobs
Changing jobs is scary. When you change your job, you are also changing your identity, your income and livelihood. You are changing a core element of your life, so to some degree; it is acceptable to be a little rattled and uncertain about the decision.
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5/25/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko5/3/2018 8:00 AM
Changing jobs, Fear, career

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Meet John! 

John is a Financial Manager. He has been working at his current company for 10 years. He feels undervalued, stagnant and wants to change jobs. John, like most people is scared his skills might be a little rusty so he is torn between staying at his current company and being courageous enough to take a new job.


Changing jobs is scary. When you change your job, you are also changing your identity, your income and livelihood. You are changing a core element of your life, so to some degree; it is acceptable to be a little rattled and uncertain about the decision. 


If you are caught between a rock and a hard place like John, then this article is for you. Here is why you are scared of changing jobs and how you can overcome your fear.  

Fear of the unknown
You might not call it fear but it is fear that is standing in your way of moving from your current job and starting over in a new company. This fear is coupled with your fear of NOT making a move, the fear of spending your life in a job you do not like and knowing that you are there because you are too afraid to change it will cripple you. But fear is not all bad. In its most basic form, it exists to protect your most prized possession: your livelihood. So how do you overcome it?

  • Use your intuition
    'Intuition is the journey from A to Z without stopping at any other letter along the way. It is knowing without knowing why.'' Intuition is always learning, and though it may occasionally send a signal that turns out to be less than urgent, everything it communicates is meaningful to you. Use your intuition to help you make a decision and do not override it with logic.

Generate good alternatives
South Africa's unemployment rate is sitting  at 26.7%  and making a conscious decision to resign from a stable job in a tough economy can be difficult, especially if there are no guarantees that your decision will lead to a 'better outcome.' In an effort to proof your decision, lay all your alternatives on the table. Explore the outcomes of resigning and thoroughly explore your decision to stay. Go with your most confident option, if you have the luxury of choice.

Think about the monetary value
Changing jobs a lot can raise eyebrows but staying in one place for long is a recipe for a minute income!  Job hopping has proven to boost salaries. Nomura, a financial services group confirms that switching jobs can give you a bigger pay bump than staying with your current employer and waiting for an annual increase. In fact, it has been proven that people who change jobs every 3 to 5 years earn more than those who seldom do. So think more money and all the great things you will do with it.

Get help from outside
If you are still undecided, get external help.  Sometimes, making a decision as complex as this can be overwhelming and getting someone to help you think can be eye opening. Engage your friends and family in order to improve the quality of your decision. If that is not enough then work with a reputable recruitment company like Communicate Recruitment.

Recruitment companies are committed to making sure that candidates like John achieve their career goals and will help them throughout the process, for free. In all our branches, we have specialist consultants that will help you think about your overall career path and how to get there. The final decision will always rest with you. Ask yourself what takes precedence – the thought of being unhappy at your current job or the thought of a job unknown.

Visit our website to learn how we can help you in your next career move.  

What makes Communicate Recruitment different
Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We connect great people in IT, Finance, Engineering, Freight and Contracting throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis.
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5/18/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko5/9/2018 3:00 PM
Communicate Recruitment, IT, Finance, Engineering, Freight,  Contracting, great recruitment company

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

At Communicate, we believe recruitment is both an art and science. For us, the art of recruitment is a way of connecting and engaging with skilled talent that allows us to intuitively and knowledgeably understand the next best step in an individual's career. 



The science of recruitment enables these connections through our investment in technology. We build intelligence from our database and spend time on developing our networks so that we can deliver the best candidates the market has to offer.

Here are five reasons why we are a great recruitment company:

Specialists
When we say that we are 'specialist' recruiters, it goes way beyond words. For us, specialisation means that we have a wealth of knowledge about the niche industries we recruit for. We understand salary structures according to skill levels and career pathing in each specialist niche.

We have real connections, established networks, and valuable expertise.

Source top talent
As a candidate centric agency, it is our strategy to pro-actively attract top candidates onto our database. This focus on always connecting with the best candidates in our specialist markets ensures we are able to serve both you and the candidate's career journey; this is because we understand the power of real, meaningful relationships and the importance of growing a strong network built on a solid reputation.

Great Connections
Often the best candidates are not actively looking in the market but rather open to the right career opportunity. Our consultants engage with talent and keep connected over long periods of time advising on career growth strategies. Our Recruitment team goes way beyond just filling the client's brief, we partner with our clients to grow their business and make lifelong connections.

Retention
Each client has a dedicated Recruitment Team who assesses and understands your business needs. Whether you are a start-up, a growing enterprise or an established blue chip company: we will match the right candidate to the right opportunity. We are cognisant of the importance of retaining good talent; therefore, once a candidate accepts an offer, we will stay connected throughout the on-boarding process and support retention.

If you need assistance in sourcing top talent in IT, Finance, Engineering, Freight and Contracting, visit our website and contact us today.

How to register your CV on our website
As a specialist recruitment company, our primary goal is to introduce you to great career opportunities, but this will not happen if your CV is not registered with us. Uploading your CV on our website is an important part of the application process. 
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5/14/2018 11:00 AMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko5/14/2018 11:00 AM
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As a specialist recruitment company, our primary goal is to introduce you
to great career opportunities, but this will not happen if your CV is not
registered with us.
Uploading your CV on our website is an important part of the application process.
When your CV is uploaded on our website, our highly qualified consultants can make
use of your  qualifications and experience to find you a job that matches your
skills, maximising your chances of new job opportunities.

Here are 5 easy steps on how to register your CV on our website:



STEP 1. GO TO HTTPS://WWW.COMMUNICATE.CO.ZA/

 




STEP 2.  GO TO REGISTER YOUR CV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







STEP 3. ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND A NEW PASSWORD
THEN CLICK REGISTER

STEP 4. BUILD YOUR PROFILE
It is important to provide as accurate and up to date information as possible.
Populate all your details here about your current job, how much you earn and highest qualification.

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STEP 5. UPLOAD YOUR CV AND CLICK ON THE SUBMIT BUTTON








Congratulations, you have successfully registered your CV on our website.
After step 5 you will get an email confirmation of your registration on our website prompting
you to reset your password. This will allow you to log in; in future should you want to edit your details.

How to reset your forgotten password?
Go to our website: www.communicate.co.za
Click on register your CV  and click on forgot password.
Enter your email address and click on the request password change button.
You will then get an email with instructions to change your password.

Is there a limit to the size of your CV?
Yes. Your file should not exceed more than 2MB

Which file type's do we accept?
Doc, Docx and PDF

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

How to keep high energy levels at work
Most companies expect their employees to be productive at work and maintain high energy levels throughout the day. But this is not always practical as we are prone to fatigue, stress and boredom in the workplace. How can this be curbed and energy increased without you taking time away from work?
Work
5/4/2018 12:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko4/25/2018 3:00 PM
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Most companies expect their employees to be productive at work and maintain high energy levels throughout the day. But this is not always practical as we are prone to fatigue, stress and boredom in the workplace. How can this be curbed and energy increased without you taking time away from work?

Here are 4 things you should practice in order to feel revitalised at work.


Deal with a burnout proactively
Chasing deadlines, solving problems or being stuck in a loop can lead to burnout. But as an individual, it is best to always have a plan of action on how you can proactively deal with burnouts when they occur, as they are inventible. For example, taking regular breaks in the office. Research suggest that taking 15 minutes breaks for every 90 minutes re-energises your productivity levels. So take regular breaks even if they are not 15 minutes long.

Understand your chronotype
Your chronotype or your body's biological clock is the way in which your circadian rhythm is set to manage energy levels throughout the day – it is your body's natural timeline for various activities you do on a daily basis like eating and sleeping. By understanding your body's chronotype, you can work in harmony with it in order to get the most out of your day. For example, figuring out if you are a morning person or night owl can make a difference in how you live each day.

Eat for energy
Digestion is one of the major drains on your energy supplies, so Harvard Medical School reckons you should eat for energy. This is because your body needs fuel (food) to function, and without it, your energy can slope down. You don't have to change your diet altogether as you may already be eating some of these foods like fresh fruits and nuts but what you have to do now is eat them at the right amount and right time. For example, quit having heavy dinner, what are you going to do with all those calories in your sleep?

Be happy
Research shows that happiness has a direct link to a rich source of energy that no amount of exercise or healthy eating can match. So make sure that you really are happy at work, happy with your colleagues, at home or other spaces where you consciously spend time in or risk using unnecessary energy that could be used to your overall satisfaction and career growth in trying to solve those problems that caused you to be unhappy. 

Exercise
Contrary to what you might believe about exercise – it does not make you feel tired. In fact, it gives you more energy. In a study published by the journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, researchers found that inactive people who complained of fatigue could increase their energy by 20%, by simply participating in low-intensity exercise. The study further found that; when people walked more steps, they ended the day with more energy than on days when they walked less.

So include exercise in your daily or weekly routine. You do not necessarily have to go to gym, your house, regular walks and generally keeping active will make a difference. 

We are a specialist Recruitment Company with over 3 decades of experience. Visit our website to find out how we can Connect you to Great Careers.

Communicate Recruitment is changing lives
As a specialist recruitment company in IT we would also would like to see Tumelo complete his IT Diploma and help him with a start in getting his career in IT on track. But this will not happen if he does not have enough resources to get him through his course. We are inviting you to pay it forward for him just like Candice did
Tumelo
5/3/2018 2:00 PMTake the leadBridget Maoko5/3/2018 2:00 PM
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South African children face many socio-economic challenges, which hinders them from receiving quality education. In terms of section 29 of the South African constitution, everyone has the right to basic education, including adult basic education. However, our lack of access to quality communities and ill-equipped public libraries causes this right to be somewhat a luxury to some people, like Tumelo Tshuma who hails from Orange Farm in Soweto.
Tumelo, who is currently studying IT at Wilber Force Community College in Evaton is in arrears worth R3000 for the year 2017 and R5600 for the current year. Coming from a destitute community and family, he lives with his grandmother and 12 of his other family members in a four bedroom RDP house.


Impoverish South Africans like Tumelo may never be motivated enough to realise the importance of a sustainable future through education. And that's why one of our former recruitment consultant Candice Dennison saw it fit to help Tumelo.

Communicate Recruitment and Candice embarked on a journey to getting Tumelo textbooks, a laptop and financial aid to help him have enough resources to complete his challenging IT course.

Vodacom, private individuals like Stefan Van Schoor donated textbooks and Bharat Chennupati donated a laptop.

As a specialist recruitment company in IT we would also like to see Tumelo complete his IT Diploma and help him with a start in getting his career in IT on track. But this will not happen if he does not have enough resources to get him through his course. We are inviting you to pay it forward for him, just like Candice did.

We have all had that one individual or company who went the extra mile to lend a helping hand in our career; it could have been a mentor, boss, teacher or colleague. Be that lending hand to Tumelo Tshuma and help him realise his dream of completing his course by contribute towards his tuition fees, donating more books, clothes or any other useful resources you may deem worthy to make his journey smoother. Contact us on care@communicate.co.za to make arrangements for any donations.

How technology is disrupting the world of Chartered Accountants
According to studies accounting is in danger because of automation and technology. The  ability to adapt to this rapid change will arguably be one of the most important attributes that CAs will need, this is because many of the functions currently performed by CAs will  soon be performed by sophisticated technology, ultimately changing the skills that will be needed to perform this work in the future
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4/26/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko4/25/2018 8:00 AM
 automation, technology, chartered accountants

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Founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, said that we are entering a Fourth Industrial Revolution characterised by new technologies that will fundamentally change the way in which we live, work and relate to one another. Mandi Olivier, senior executive for professional development at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) said that we are experiencing a period of radical change when asked about the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Wikipedia says that this revolution is marked by emerging technological breakthroughs in a number of fields, and the accounting profession is one of them.

According to studies accounting is in danger because of automation and technology. The  ability to adapt to this rapid change will arguably be one of the most important attributes that CAs will need, this is because many of the functions currently performed by CAs will  soon be performed by sophisticated technology, ultimately changing the skills that will be needed to perform this work in the future.

For example, mundane work like data entry tasks, repetitive bookkeeping, memorising accounting standards and being able to record journal entries for transactions will be automated, leaving accounting professionals to focus on more strategic roles, like process improvement, cost control, and capital optimisation.

Accounting has to evolve
The University of Pretoria is conducting research that is extending a challenge to other universities on changing the current CA(SA) curriculum. SAICA has also launched a research project titled CA2025 in order to look at the Chartered Accountant of the Future and identify the skills needed.

The big question: will accountants lose their jobs?
No. The media may be painting a picture of doom where all jobs in future will be automated and done by robots but that is not always the case, like with accounting. Accountants will not lose their jobs due to technology but rather technology will change how accounting is done in the future. Some skills currently in use will be redundant and new skills will have to be adopted.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) says that it has been warning accountants about the need to adapt as 'crunching the numbers and counting the beans' will no longer cut it. Accounting will evolve and professionals will have to learn new skills in order to keep up with a new generation of CA(SA)s that will meet business needs in a disruptive era.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We have a solid network of contacts in the Finance industry and can match the right candidate to any vacancy in your business. Visit our website to learn more about us and how you can register your vacancies with us.

How the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform warehouse management
IoT in warehousing will increase the speed of processing goods, reduce the use of manual labour, identify potential risks, provide real time traceability and enable notifications when deliveries will be late due to bad weather or human error.
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4/20/2018 8:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko4/20/2018 8:00 AM
Warehousing, IoT, warehouse management, technology

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Warehousing is very simple. All you have to do is receive and identify stock, count it accurately, store it and remember where it is, pick the right amount and deliver to the right place. But with today's consumers, who expect immediate gratification when shopping, this can complicate the process as they want to click and receive orders in a few days and sometimes in a few hours.


This is becoming a problem as traditional supply chain is not designed to handle this; high volumes, and small consumer orders for immediate delivery. That is where IoT in warehousing comes in, to offer better solutions to warehouse management.

IoT in warehousing will increase the speed of processing goods, reduce the use of manual labour, identify potential risks, provide real time traceability and enable notifications when deliveries will be late due to bad weather or human error.

It will revolutionise the traditional warehouse as we know it. Imagine a warehouse that can detect unauthorised personnel and initiates a lockdown or a warehouse that change its temperature to accommodate temperature sensitive goods? That is where IoT will take warehousing in the future.

Retailers
A research and markets report predicts that the value of global IoT in warehouse management market is anticipated to reach $19.06 billion by 2025 and 70% of retailers worldwide said they are willing and ready to adopt this technology to enhance their warehouse management, 65% plan to invest in automation technologies for inventory management and planogram compliance by 2021.

How IoT will revolutionise warehousing
Let's make use of the classic example of a company called Lids. They sell fashion athletic headwear. In the old days, order takers - known as pickers - would get a list of items and walk around the warehouse, looking for the right ones and loading them up in a tote. Lids started using an Internet of Everything (IoE)- based robotic system.

Now a list of items is automatically sent to cart-like robots, which retrieve the products, place them in bins, and deliver them to a worker. The worker then loads the material onto a truck in the correct order.

Sensors detect everything from a robot's location to whether pallets are en route to the shipping dock and then wirelessly transmit that information to a remote monitoring team. This system will also track and know of everything that is moving in the warehouse.

The effects on developing countries
The application and adoption of this technology poses no risk in a developed country but the same cannot be said when it comes to developing countries like South Africa. The discussion around IoT in warehousing will be different. Factors like the exchange rate, looming junk status and declining commodity prices will come to play. The discussion will be geared towards its effects on jobs as oppose to the opportunities it brings.  

CEO of DHL South Africa (Supply Chain), Paul Stone thinks the adopting and application of this technology should be welcomed in South Africa or the country will not be able to compete in a global community. He reckons IoT in warehousing will bring efficiency and flexibility, employees will do less hard labour and work in safer spaces whilst companies are reaching new frontiers in production.

It will be interesting to see how the adoption of this technology unfolds in third world countries, as low-skilled workers will be at high risk of losing their jobs.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience in IT, Engineering, Finance and Freight. Get in touch with us to find out how we can source top skilled Freight candidates for your business. 

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
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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
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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.
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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. 

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