Monthly Archives: June 2020

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How to prepare for…

It’s a common process that can make most people sleepless with worry: a job interview. If you have a job interview lined up, there are some steps you’ll want to take to prepare and boost your chances of success.  Read on to find out how you can best prepare yourself for a job interview. • Practice makes perfect This step may seem strange, but can be very valuable when you’re preparing to be interviewed: take some time to practice answering interview questions and set up a list of some of the common questions you might be asked during the interview. If you can, get a friend or family member to ask you a few interview-style questions. This will help ease some of your anxiety and give you a chance to prepare your answers. 2. • Research the company Before you head out to the job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about both the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Conducting prior research on the company will enable you to answer interview questions about the company, as well as ask your own questions about the company to find out more about them and investigate whether the company and company culture are a good fit for you. • Dress to impress What you wear is a critical part of interview preparation. Select your clothing with..

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A Guide to Social…

When you’re applying for a new job, pre-employment background checks are often part of the process. From credit screenings to criminal records, employers want to ensure that the candidate they are considering is professional and well-suited to the job. But there is one background check in particular that many job seekers are wary of; social media background checks. Why do recruiters or employers use social media background checks? Employees want to ensure that prospective employees are suitable for the position and that they are unlikely to post images or posts on social media platforms that can pose risks to the employer. Once employed, social media misconduct by employees can pose risks to the employer, including: Reputational damageLoss of intellectual propertyIT system and software damageHarassment or discrimination claims Employers often use search engines and social media to discover information about current and prospective workers, while a large number have resorted to using specialists to ensure a thorough screening process whilst also remaining unbiased and staying on the right side of the law. For jobseekers, having shared or been included in certain posts and images can potentially damage their chances of finding employment. Of course, employers are not allowed to discriminate against current employees or prospective employees based on information such as gender, age or sexual discrimination. What information can damage your chances of employment? Employers often use social media checks to..

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How to Stand Out…

In today’s economic climate, job-seekers and employees are facing a number of challenges, not least of which is the fact that it can be difficult to secure employment. The reality is that there are more suitable candidates than there are positions, which is leading to tough conditions for jobseekers. Whether you’re unemployed and looking for a job, or someone who is employed but looking for a new position, the job market can seem fraught with problems and filled to the brim with other applicants just as qualified for the job as you are. As a job seeker, you want to stand out from the crowd, ensure that your resume is impressive and your application is memorable. That’s why we’ve set up these four handy tips to help you stand out and succeed when looking for a job. • Improve your skills In a competitive job market, your skills are critical for setting your application apart from that of other applicants. Leadership skills, business skills, technological skills and more could potentially be very valuable when you’re opening yourself up to securing new employment.   Upskilling yourself does not necessarily have to be an expensive process- do some research to find out whether nearby universities or colleges offer short courses, whether your employer offers support for training or investigate free or inexpensive online courses. • Networking is crucial The old saying: “It’s..

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Flexible Work Schedules: Can…

Flexible working schedules is a topic that has attracted considerable attention in the last few years. In fact, in the US, flexible working has increased by as much as 91% over the past decade. But what is this phenomenon, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this system? A guide to flexible work schedules Flexible working is a system of work that includes working from home or flexible start and end times. Flexible working serves as an alternative to the traditional 9-5 structure which used to be the norm.  There are several different types of flexitime options available, including part-time working, working from home, compressed hours, flexitime, job sharing or phased retirement. Modern technology, changing job roles and social roles are making it more attractive and more possible to work at more unconventional hours and from locations outside of the office. As an employer or team head, you might be considering implementing flexible hours at your workplace. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of a flexible system. The pros: Flexible working shows that companies value the needs of staff.Can reduce commuting times and costs for employeesEnables employers to handle more business outside normal office hours.Can reduce employee turnover and increase employee morale and commitmentLeads to increased feelings of personal control over schedule and work environmentReduces tardiness and absenteeism The cons: Some employees may not work efficiently without..

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4 Ways to Boost…

LinkedIn is the new watering-hole for corporations looking to expand their team; but much like any social media, increasing your following is not something that happens without making a concerted effort for it to. So, we compiled a few pointers for how to crank those profile views right up. 1. Update your photograph so that it is always a ‘current’ photograph Despite everybody fighting against physical appearance constituting to employment decisions, it is still very much a reality. Just like a dating app, you get a little bit suspicious if the age of the applicant and the photograph do not seem to match. However, always remember that this photograph is not anything like any other social media or dating app. It is the same as an ID photograph – head and shoulders, but make sure you look friendly and employable, not like it is your mugshot. Also, make sure that this photograph is high quality. 2. Your cover image is your billboardYour profile picture is stock-standard, but luckily LinkedIn did provide a space for a little creativity and personalisation. Taglines, web-addresses, an artwork you created, work you are proud of that is visually appealing – anything that says a lot about you at a glance. If your dream job’s CEO was standing in front of a billboard, what would you put on there for her to choose you, or at..

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Business Platform for Women…

A study in 2016 by the AfDB found that 70% of women are financially excluded. In addition to this, the COMESA (Common Marketing for Eastern and Southern Africa) Secretary General stated that there are more women than men in the African population, and women play a larger role in key sectors such as agriculture and trade. Yet, they face a financial gap of close to R245 billion. In an attempt to combat such inequality, on the 28th of February in Zambia, a business platform connecting 50 million women entrepreneurs across Africa was launched, named The 50 Million African Women Speak Platform (50MAWSP). This purpose of this platform is to empower the women in Africa, allowing these women to access real-time information on handheld mobile devices. It provides financial and non-financial information, and a way to increase networking, improve business skills, and share knowledge and information with other women. “With this platform, you have your own space as an entrepreneur to post your merchandise and advertise it free of charge.  Alternatively, it could be the place where you connect with suppliers or even business mentors. All these features, ladies are available to you at absolutely no cost.” Zambia First Lady The initiative of three regional economic communities supported by the African Development Bank. The roll-out plan for this platform is to stretch out over 38 countries that are members of the..

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Business in Africa: Digital…

What is the first emotion or word that comes to mind when you read that word? Underdeveloped, poor, low-resourced? If the emotion or word that came to mind was developing, improving systems, increased interest of businesses to extend into Africa, improving healthcare systems and education; well done. Africa is center stage at the moment, for once, and a lucrative opportunity that should not and cannot be missed for businesses. The healthcare in Africa was sub-par to say the least, but a goal has been set to improve this system. Of course, for this to happen, medical devices and healthcare professionals are in huge demand. To put this market into perspective, Market Research Future recently published a report stating that by 2023 the Africa Medical Devices Market will reach 104 billion rand from 72 billion rand in 2017. The reason for this exponential growth is because of the increasing middle-income group, increasing number of medical tourists, increasing healthcare expenditure, creation of hospitals, more incidences of lifestyle diseased and more government support and programs. Africa comes with unique challenges and opportunities; there is a disproportionate amount of young people in Africa – over half of the population is under the age of 25, which means that there is a guaranteed customer base that will continue to grow, whereas in Europe the workforce will decrease by just under 15% by 2050. However, the..

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Pro-sourcing Criminal Records

What is the first emotion or word that comes to mind when you read that word? A criminal record is a title behind your name for life, and one thing that can make going overseas extremely difficult or, in most cases, impossible. The scariest part of it all is that you can get a criminal record from small things that nobody really knows about, or don’t know the consequences of. In less severe cases, a person may be offered to pay an admission of guilt fine before they appear in court. This may seem like the easy way out of being imprisoned, and the cheaper option, but that does constitute a criminal record. It must be noted, however, that paying to be released on bail and paying an admission of guilt are two different things entirely. As soon as the police take the accused’s fingerprints, open a docket, and the accused pays the admission of guilt fine, the accused becomes convicted of a crime. However, this criminal record is not permanent and only lasts ten years. The crimes that constitute an admission of guilt fine are actions as simple as illegal parking, speeding, etc.. All of the above is not absolute and is subject to circumstances and the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. How do I know if I have a criminal record? You can apply for a Police..

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Employees: Your Rights in…

COVID-19 has created a crazed global paranoia, that is affecting all walks of life. Every person under the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa has the right to health and safety. If you do not have the Coronavirus but are in a panic about being infected, you do not automatically have a right to remote working, unless the employer affords you this opportunity. If not, the employer and employee can agree on taking sick leave, absence without leave, or annual leave. Other than this, employers must provide all sanitation measures possible in the workplace. If you do have the Coronavirus, the period of leave, the severity of the illness, the nature of the employees' job, and the employment type of the employee are all considered when deciding on whether or not the employer should grant you leave. The requirements for a medical certificate are that it must be issued and signed by a qualified medical practitioner. With regards to claiming sick leave, section 22 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997, sick leave is based on a ‘sick leave cycle,’ meaning that for every 36 months with the same employer, the employee is entitled to the number of days the employee would work during a 6 week period, which if the employee works five days a week, is 30 days sick leave. Below is the Basic..

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Employers: rights and responsibilities…

According to the World Health Organisation, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).” Social distancing is a preventative measure being implemented globally, as no cure has been found for Coronavirus yet. However, this leaves many employers and employees in limbo between their health and safety and their careers or businesses. Is it unethical and negligent to insist all employees come into the office if they do not have a medical certificate from a medical practitioner confirming the infection? Is it an overly cautious and unnecessary risk for your company’s success to make all employees work from home? Do you have a right to ask to work remotely, and if so, what are the requirements and process? Luckily all these answers are spread across South African legislation. It must be noted, however, that because this is a first-time detectable human virus, labour laws are not absolute and can be relaxed upon agreement between employer and employee. Additionally, indulgences may be granted, and contractual obligations waived to ensure the virus does not affect the employee’s income and revenue. Nevertheless, employers must abide by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993..

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