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How to Prepare for your Job Interview

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First impressions count. Let’s face it, we all judge someone when we first meet them, even if we don’t know the person all that well. We make assumptions and prejudicial decisions.

Research proves that one third of employers will make a hiring decision in the first 90 seconds of a job interview.

A confident, positive attitude when you enter the room accounts for 55% of the impact in the interview. So, make those first 5 minutes count.

Proper preparation therefore is the key to a successful job interview.

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What to do After your Job Interview

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You’ve prepared well, done the interview and now you’re breathing a big sigh of relief because you think it’s all over.

Don’t stop now. There are still a few more things to do, while eagerly waiting for that important phone call or email saying, “Congratulations! You’ve got the job.”

Here are a few tips to further impress your future employer:

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How to Make Yourself a Valuable Asset

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You finally graduated and are now seeking your first job.

You’ve found a few interesting positions at companies you’d like to work for. What now? Where to from here?

Sure, this experience is all new to you and can be a bit daunting at times.

Competition is tough out there. So many other job seekers are applying for the same vacancies.

Employers are seeking employees that can add value to their organisation.

How do you stand out from the crowd? Prove to your prospective employer that you can be a valuable asset to their company.

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Human Resource Recruiter: Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of HR include transactional and functional activities such as establishing a compensation structure, addressing employee relations matters, recruiting qualified applicants and maintaining workplace safety. 

The HR department is responsible for posting job vacancies conducting preliminary interviews and a coordinating the pre-employment process such as drug testing, background investigations and reference checks.  In small businesses these positions may be filled by HR journalists who have expertise in every HR discipline.

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Generation Y on the Job

Generation Y was born around 1977 to 1994*. It is the fastest-growing sector of the workforce.

Also known as the Millennials, many of them are now starting their first jobs. The Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964) are currently retiring, making way for Gen Y.

Soon Gen Yers will surpass the previous generation (X) in the workforce. This is a generation defined by contradictions.

It is the most educated, culturally diverse, wealthy, optimistic and tech-savvy of all the generations so far.

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What to do During your Job Interview

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So, it's finally here. It's the day of your job interview and you're nervous. Don't stress, just do your best.

Proper preparation is key and will ease any anxiety you may have.

Here are a few tips to help you make a good first impression:

Get Ready:

Eat a healthy breakfast. Foods high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E (such as nuts and seeds) improve mental alertness.

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Work-Life Balance Tops Money in Defining Success

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Desire for a successful career and full life influences job choice.

Global research from Accenture, titled ‘Defining Success', has found that more than two-thirds of professionals around the world say they can “have it all.”

In fact, both a successful career and a full life outside work are important. Many choose a job based on its potential impact on work-life balance.

84% of both gender groups in South African believe they can have a successful career and a full life outside work.

However, 49% also said they cannot “have it all at the same time.”

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How to Manage Millennials

Zinhle Matentji, MD of SearchSpecifics

Zinhle Matentji, MD of Search Specifics

Generation Y (or Millennnials) have many qualities that are valuable in the workplace.

Their optimism, open-mindedness, confidence, energy and fearless approach to technology, has a positive impact motivating and inspiring colleagues.

According to the 2012 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, this generation is “more agile, more informed and more responsive than any previous generation."

"They live to connect and communicate.” This is of great value to employers.

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Volunteer to Kick Start your Career

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Kay Vittee, CEO Quest Staffing Solutions

Over and above the 4.6 million unemployed South Africans looking for work, there are an additional 2.3 million discouraged job seekers. People of working age who have given up on finding a job.

Unemployment is a harsh reality for many people. Often gaining a tertiary education to increase their chances of employment is just not possible from a financial standpoint.

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