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Tips for Securing Your…

The transition from being a student to a full-time worker can often be quite taxing – and a big part of that is often the job search itself. Don’t underestimate your CV Your CV is critical when searching for a job. Ask for help when compiling a CV: contact family members or friends who have created CV’s before, or if you’re enrolled at a University or College, contact the career office for help. Avoid silly errors like spelling mistakes and ensure that all information is accurate and up to date. Your CV is the first impression that prospective employers will get of you, so you want to be sure it sets a good precedent! Network Networking is invaluable when it comes to job-hunting, enabling you to build up contacts and gain guidance while searching for a job. An indirect approach is often best, reaching out to contacts for information and advice rather than directly asking for a job. Don’t forget to tell friends and family members that you’re looking for a job- you never know who might know of an open position or valuable contact! Keep growing During the job hunt, don’t become complacent and only rely on your previous training and experience. If you have the time and resources, search for new learning and training opportunities. Sign up for short courses, seek out internships or learnerships or try to..

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What is the Gig…

The term ‘gig economy’ has quickly become one of the latest buzzwords, slung around in news articles and morning talk shows, and yet, this concept is nothing new. Workers have been taking on on-demand or freelance jobs for centuries, but it’s only now that this has grown to the extent that it’s changing the very nature of the workforce. The gig economy refers to a labour market characterised by freelance, flexible on-demand work: a market where workers are paid for each ‘gig’ they do, rather than receiving a regular salary for a nine-to-five position. This new trend in jobs has been partly led by the rise of digital and the changing needs of businesses. South Africa’s rates of freelancing work have risen, with temporary employment going from 2.6 million in 2017 to 3.9 million in 2018. In the UK, 15.6% of the workforce make up the gig economy, while in the USA that figure is at 34%. Many businesses have taken note of the trend, and implemented changes to take advantage of this new development or have taken steps to incite workers to stay on permanently, with measures including the use of temporary workers and implementing more flexible workspaces for employees. South Africa’s unemployment challenges have made this style of work attractive to many job seekers. However, the reality is that South African labour laws have not been adapted to..

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