The jobs outlook in South Africa is the worst it’s been in years. Here's how to land a job.
Searching for a new job looks very different in this era. Instead of hand-delivered CVs, an always-on LinkedIn profile now notifies recruiters when you’re open to new opportunities.
Don't get stuck working for a company that is a terrible fit for your personality. The best place to assess the company's culture is during the actual interview. And there are two questions that you need to ask your interviewers to discover whether or not this job fits your character.
13 steps to ace a VIDEO interview: 1. Test audio and camera. 2. Elevate your laptop to avoid staring down into the camera. 3. Dress professionally. 4. Position yourself at a desk or table, against a plain, neutral background. 5. Check the lighting in the room. 6. Close all other applications on your laptop. 7. Silence your cell phone, and disable vibration alert. 8. Have a copy of your CV/Resume at hand. 9. Attach post-its around the laptop screen with prompts, and the questions you wish to ask the interviewer. 10.Ban kids, pets and spouses from the room for the duration of the interview. 11.Have pen and paper at hand. 12.Have a glass of water next to you. 13. Have the phone number of the interviewer at hand, in case video connection is lost. You will have fully researched the company in depth. You will know who your interviewer is. You will have practiced behavioural questions using C.A.R.L (Context, Action, Result, Learning). And you will send a “thank you” email within 6-8 hours of the interview. You have great skills and experience, so demonstrate them by speaking into the camera, NOT into the screen!
It’s this…. “Why us? Why do you want to work for this company?” I can’t tell you your reasons. I CAN tell you what this question requires. 1. In-depth UNDERSTANDING of the role and the company. 2. INSIGHT into the “Why” it does what it does, and “How” it does it. 3. Organisational AWARENESS of the company from the smallest department to it’s place in the global economy. 4. KNOWLEDGE of the workplace culture and how you can fit into it and add value. 1-4 take RESEARCH and prepping. If you can’t answer this question you might as well not appear for the interview. Why? Because evidently you have no idea why you are applying for the role with the company in question and the interviewer will spot that from a mile away. Be SMART! Or do you want to spend 40 hours per week x 48 weeks = 1,920 hours of the coming year being miserable?! If you want to get hired, get INFORMED. Know your own “Why.” It’s YOUR job to showcase your incredible talent in an interview and demonstrate how you can add value to your prospective employer!
Job seekers are afraid to stand out, but that's a bad mistake -- they should be afraid of blending in! Here are ten ways to stand out in your job search -- and get the job you deserve.
1. Visit the company website. Understand the role within the department. Understand the function of the department within the organization. Determine the workplace culture. Recognize the management structure. Assess the company’s global presence. Identify the company’s competitors. 2. Review company financials if available. Review the company's share price over the past 6 months. 3. Investigate any company social media presence, following, and activity. 4. Search Bloomberg, FT, Wall Street Journal and local mainstream media, for company mentions within the past 6 months. 5. Research the interviewer on LinkedIn and Google. Two related questions asked in interviews are: “What do you know about this company?” “Why do you want to work for this company?” Demonstrate in the interview that you have THOROUGHLY researched the company, so that you can articulate how YOU will add value to the organization. This is one of the things that you CAN control during the hiring process, so…. Invest the time to prepare in advance , so that you can ACE the interview! Please don’t jeopardize all your amazing skills and experience, because you failed to do your homework!
1. Give an example of a time you handled conflict in the workplace. 2. How do you maintain good working relationships with your coworkers? 3. How do you cope in adversarial situations? 4. Give an example of a situation where you had to use creativity to solve a problem. 5. Tell me about a time when you showed integrity and professionalism. 6. Tell me about a time when you achieved success even when the odds were not in your favour. 7. How do you influence people in a situation with conflicting agendas? 8. Tell me about a time when your communication skills failed to improve a situation. (C.A.R.L) 9. Describe a project where you had to use different management styles to reach your goal. 10. Tell me about a project you led that failed. (C.A.R.L) 11. Give me an example of how you have successfully leveraged diversity in the past. Context Action Result Context Action Result Lesson Due to influence, I am unable to suggest answers to these questions. If you wish to provide an answer to any in the comments, I can critique it. Let’s get interactive!
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Because you FORGOT to: 1. Test audio and camera. 2. Elevate your laptop to avoid staring down into the camera. 3. Dress professionally. 4. Position yourself at a desk or table, against a plain, neutral background. 5. Check the lighting in the room. 6. Close all other applications on your laptop. 7. Silence your cell phone, and disable vibration alert. 8. Have a copy of your CV/Resume at hand. 9. Attach post-its around the laptop screen with prompts, and the questions you wish to ask the interviewer. 10.Ban kids, pets and spouses from the room for the duration of the interview. 11.Have pen and paper at hand. 12.Have a glass of water next to you. And you forgot to talk into the camera, instead of the screen! Always remember to prep ahead of time; know your transferable skills; practise C.A.R. and C.A.R.L. technique, and competency-based sample questions. THOROUGHLY research the company, know who the interviewer is, and prepare at least 3 questions to ask. If you do all of the above, you CAN ace a video interview!
By Martie Bloem - The high unemployment rate in South Africa (SA) has the inevitable effect of high numbers of job applications in different employment sectors. The fact that there are currently more prospective job applicants than employment opportunities, often has the result that employers are inundated with applications by job seekers who do not meet the specific minimum requirements or falsely claim that they do. It is for this reason that employers have become wary of appointing an employee without a reliable reference.
Over the last few years I've interviewed hundreds of software developers of a variety of levels from zero work experience to senior developers (mostly towards the latter). I’ve seen things, both good and bad, which candidates repeatedly do and will cover my top observations to give you the best chance of succeeding. In this first post I’ll be focusing on the technical component of the interview process. Here are some common mistakes people make during interviews and also things people tend to lack which often influences their success.
💬Perfectionist – interpreted as "procrastinator." The dark side of perfectionism is the inability to throw together a draft and iterate. Perfectionists may hold onto a task too long and make it more elaborate than necessary. ➡️Convey instead: detail oriented 💬Multi-tasker – another word for "unfocused." Candidates may boast that they can move quickly between tasks, but this lack of focus is actually less efficient, increases mistakes, and can be ultimately exhausting. This may lead to them to work hard, but not work smart. ➡️Convey instead: organized, can work under competing deadlines 💬People-person – another word for “IDK what this job entails.” It's a phrase with no meaning, and is usually said by someone who doesn’t understand the demands of the job. ➡️Convey instead: collaborative, customer-focused, client-facing 💬Intelligent– another word for “I don't have to try.” Employees who assert that their intelligence is their greatest strength may display high competitive nature between coworkers, avoidance of unfamiliar tasks, & poor reactions to failure. ➡️Convey instead: analytical, fast learner.
1. No daily 9-6 Job Search routine. 2. Non-ATS compliant CV/Resume. 3. CV/Resumes sent via email without Cover Email. 4. CV/Resume lacks clear direction. 5. LinkedIn Profile is incomplete and lacks a summary. 6. CV/Resume and LinkedIn Profile are not aligned. 7. Unfocused networking. Eg. If looking for role in construction, don’t waste time sending your CV/Resume to bankers. 8. No contact with recruiters. 9. Not searching on LinkedIn Jobs or #ProjectHelpYouGrow 10.Not practising C.A.R. technique for interviews. 11.Not researching companies pre- interview. The GOOD news is: All of the above mistakes are easily rectified! “Random” does not work in Job Search. Be focused, consistent, and disciplined. I promise you, that in Life, effort and perseverance pay off!
1. Don’t over-caffeinate. 2. Avoid being: Hungover. Sleep/deprived. Dehydrated. In a rush. Late. Wearing tight new shoes. Unsure of the interview location. 3. Be prepared by: Researching the company. Practising C.A.R. technique. Having notes at hand for phone/Skype interviews. Preparing 3 questions that you wish to ask. 4. Remember that this is a two-way conversation; not a dangerous situation. 5. Picture yourself in your mind feeling relaxed. 6. Breathe deeply to regulate your heart- beat. 7. Smile. A great way to relieve tension for you and the interviewer! Being slightly nervous ahead of an interview is a good thing; it’s Adrenalin! But if you know you are susceptible to serious jitters, do EVERYTHING possible to make the day of the interview run smoothly. HIRING MANAGERS: many candidates find the interview process intimidating. It’s in your power to make them feel welcome, relaxed and confident. Remember that you could find yourself sitting on the other side of the table, at anytime!
What is the company’s style of management? 2. How does the company see itself developing and expanding in the next 5 years? 3. What will be your expectation of me in this role during the first 90 days? 4. What can ou tell me about the onboarding process? 5. Why do you enjoy working for this company? 6. What challenges is the company currently facing? 7. What qualities are you looking for in myself and the other candidates whom you are interviewing for this role? Etc, etc. The important thing is that the questions you ask are relevant to YOU, and whatever you want to know about the role and the company. The above questions are examples and SUGGESTIONS only. There are no “right” questions to ask, that will guarantee you interview success. PREP for interviews, and thoroughly research the company! But remember: the interview is a two-way conversation, and the company should be as much of a candidate in your eyes, as you are in its eyes!
Adaptability It’s time to start thinking that you may face career change in ANY field, in the near future. It’s time to think twice before enrolling in specific University courses, that will lead you to “saturated” industries. It’s time to start identifying your TRANSFERABLE skills, and showcasing them in your CV/Resume and LinkedIn Profile. It’s time to think beyond your Comfort Zone, which may not be “comfortable” for much longer. ADAPTABILITY is your ultimate “get out of jail for free” card!
By Judith Griessel - There are ways to compile your CV or professional profile that will make it more successful than others, especially with online applications. The experts tell us how.