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You’ve been for an interview and you’ve been offered the position – this starts a crucial time before you begin your new job, in which you have leverage and the chance to enhance your work life through negotiation of the job offer made by your prospective employer. ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, explains that this is the time where job seekers need to assess what is most important to them, and have the courage to ask for it.

5 ways to improve your work readiness and employability

Three million people lost their jobs in South Africa between February and April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic1 and recent forecasting predicts that by December, 35%2 of South African’s will be unemployed and more than 70% of our youth will be unable to find jobs.

Entering this highly competitive job market is daunting. So, what can South African’s do - especially our youth – to make themselves more attractive to perspective employers?

Having all the freedom to study online is nice, but this might make it difficult to focus and start studying. When learning online you need to become a self-directed learner.

To make the most of it here are some tips to get you started:

Tip #1

First read through the syllabus before you start. Make sure you understand the course by reading the syllabus, how marks are allocated and the resources recommend or provided.

Tip #2

You might have aced the job interview but if you don't have the right references to back you up then you'll never get that job. The reference check is usually one of the last stages of an interview and because of that a lot of job seekers forget about it and then scramble to complete their references available upon request.

Belive it or not, but you ned to put in alot more work into selecting your references carefully. They can be the reason you get or don't get the job.

Here are my top tips to selecting the right references for your resume.

If you're interested in working online then there are a few jobs you've probably heard talked about over and over again, like being a graphic designer or web designer or a virtual assistant and while those are great opportunities they're also very competitive because there are so many people who do them.

These are our 5 Top Tips on choosing the right career.

TIP ONE
Define your natural skills and talents. Find out what you are naturally good at and feel passionate about. It is very important to keep developing yourself in that area and to choose the career that utilises your biggest strengths.

Trying to figure out how to ace your Skype interviews? Here are some tips and tricks that you can use in order to nail your online Skype interview.

Tip #1

Make sure you have downloaded, installed and tested Skype well before your interview is scheduled.

Tip #2

Make sure that you have a professional Skype ID. This is the first thing the interviewer will see along with your profile photo, make sure both of these are professional, interview appropriate

Have you recently come across a job posting but not sure if the advertisement is real or not? Here are a few ways for you to identify if a job posting is legit.

Unfortunately there are a lot of scammers out there that are taking advantage of unsuspecting jobseekers. There are many reasons why people are posting fake jobs online and this is to get your personal details, to track which jobs you are applying for, or scammers that want to gather your details and sell it off to companies for marketing purposes.

job interview preparation

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.

 Being an unemployed and not finding any jobs that match your requirements or what you are looking for is already difficult. Being an unemployed graduate is especially difficult during a time like this. The coronavirus pandemic makes finding a job so much more harder and eventually when you do find a suitable job to match your qualifications, there are probably thousands of other applicants so the pressure to stand out is on. 

Add the pressure of your parents constantly nagging you to make your own money and things can start feeling slightly overwhelming.

A tax clearance certificate is issued by the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to certify that your entity is tax compliant. In other words, that all your taxes are up to date.

Your tax compliance can change within a matter of months. In 2019, SARS stopped issuing paper-based tax clearance certificates which were valid for a year and they introduced an updated validation system
called a tax compliance status. It has the same requirements but the compliance status is verified continuously throughout the year and the process is much quicker.

We give you 6 tips that will help you to negotiate a higher salary for yourself. Whether you've just been given a new job offer or you're wanting to ask for a raise, if you know that you deserve more than what you're currently getting, you definitely want to use the following tips when negotiating your salary.

For many students, it can be quite challenging to maintain and stick to a budget plan. Budgeting allows you to forecast how much money you are planning to spend. One of the advantages of planning your budget is that it determines whether or not you will have enough money to fulfill your needs and wants. Budgeting is important financial stability which ensures that you are able to pay off things like your tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks, or student loans. Following your budget plan ensures that you do not land up in debt.

There are a number of benefits to saving for your retirement from a young age. The earlier you start saving, the more you'll have to support you in retirement because your money will be invested for longer giving your pension fund more time to grow in value. If you save into a workplace pension your employer will also contribute to your pension fund.

Most people benefit from tax relief - this means more than what you're saving directly goes into your pension fund, so even a small amount from a young age can make a big difference to your pension.

Life is about finding the intersection of what you really, really love with what you're really, really good at. As simple as it sounds, it's really not that easy to find. This advice isn't for those looking to quit their job because they don't like their boss or they had a long day at work. This is for those that are ready to make the completely scary leap into a brand-new career.

Many graduates entering the job market often have a sense of feeling overwhelmed when stepping out into the corporate world. There are many questions that often run through the minds of first time job-seekers as they are not sure what to expect. Hiring managers do not expect graduates to have the professional experience but they can demonstrate how they can be of value to the company by demonstrating their understanding of the skills required for the job market. 

What skills do employers seek in recent graduates?

Are you tired of sitting around in your spare time and need to make extra money. We would like to show you three websites that will bring in some extra income.

Does your body language communicate honesty and confidence? Not sure? Find out what you're saying through your non-verbal cues.

If you are struggling to land a job your non-verbal communication might be the cause.

In the video '7 body language tips to impress at your next job interview' you'll learn what your body movements really say about you and how to bring the right message across without saying a word.

Follow these tips to ace your next interview:

When applying for jobs there's one thing you might be doing that you may not be aware of that's hurting your chances of getting an interview let alone getting hired.

positive, happy, optimistic

Let’s face it. Job hunting is really tough these days.

Unemployment is rife due to the global economic climate, especially in South Africa where youth unemployment is at an all time low of 53%.

Job searching is a daunting task and can be frustrating at times. Especially when faced with constant rejection.

The only way to beat the job hunting blues and stay sane is to be positive!

Turn that “No!” into a “Yes!”

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You’ve been for an interview and you’ve been offered the position – this starts a crucial time before you begin your new job, in which you have

5 ways to improve your work readiness and employability

Having all the freedom to study online is nice, but this might make it difficult to focus and start studying.

You might have aced the job interview but if you don't have the right references to back you up then you'll never get that job.

If you're interested in working online then there are a few jobs you've probably heard talked about over and over again, like being a graphic

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