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Interview and Hiring Statistics (suggested read by Rob Ridout)

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Interview and Hiring Statistics (suggested read by Rob Ridout) What great info. I am always trying to give my coaching clients perspective into what happens in the job recruitment market and this article really provides the reader with a great perspective of what happens in the world of hiring and some of the stats are quite unbelievable. 
https://zety.com/blog/hr-statistics?gclid=CjwKCAiAuqHwBRAQEiwAD-zr3TZb78EWx6w4kpScOs9HRjytfbR9fMdwWnMp07qDP5S5_GdOYM6BxoClEsQAvD_BwE



Victim Mentality Candidates

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Do you suffer from a "Victim Mentality" when moving through the interview process? 

Over the course of my 24 years as a headhunter, I’ve interviewed hundreds of candidates and also forwarded many candidates for many interviews with a diverse client base.I do believe that in South Africa we suffer from what I call the victim mentality”. From very early on in our careers we are told that there are massive amounts of unemployed people walking the streets. The fear of the dreaded interview or unemployment failure is embedded into us almost immediately without us even starting work. This constant flow of negative publicity is brought to us through all sorts of formats especially in the media and recruiters.
Once we are in a position to start looking for work and starting to apply and then start with interviews there is an element of fear already in our minds especially when it comes to the actual face to face interview. I often meet and interview candidates who tell me at the begin…

How to dodge the recruitment screening robot

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How to dodge the recruitment screening robot
Robots are commonly used among top companies to vet job applications before passing contenders to hiring managers for further consideration. The robot software is known as an applicant tracking system (ATS) and it's used by about 95% of Fortune 500 companies and many online job boards.But it's possible to outsmart ATS algorithms by making the most of keywords and establishing a rapport with the company. Your dream job, say as a Google programmer or a globe-trotting wine taster, appears in a posting online. You submit a resume and a week goes by — no response. After two or three more, still nothing. The simmering distress boils over as you realize that a response will never come, and you'll never know why. "Don't take it personally," a friend tells you over drinks. The advice sounds canned but is quite literally correct: A robot likely read and rejected your application. The robot is actua…
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      Hiring Forecast for 2020 in South Africa  The ManpowerGroup has published its latest employment outlook survey, showing that South African employers have ‘soft’ hiring intentions in Q1 2020. The group’s data shows that while 10% of employers forecast an increase in payrolls, 8% anticipate a decrease and 81% expect to make no changes.
Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the outlook stands at +2%, and is the weakest reported in more than five years. Hiring plans remain relatively stable when compared with the previous quarter, but declined by three percentage points in comparison with the same period last year. “As we move into the new year, the South African economy continues to be affected by subdued economic growth and a sluggish growth outlook,” said Lyndy van den Barselaar, managing director of ManpowerGroup SA. “Policy uncertainty and a high unemployment rate remain a deep concern for local businesses who are looking to the new year with caution when it come…
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Cover Letter - 2020 trends

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Cover Letter - 2020 trends 
This is a great article on cover letter trends and also provides a slightly different perspective regards the cover letter. 
https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/do-cover-letters-still-matter-heres-what-data-shows

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Why do South Africans Move 
Great article that will shed light on some very important factors. Follow the link to read the enbtire article.

https://www.fin24.com/Finweek/Opinion/why-south-africans-are-emigrating-and-what-to-do-about-it-20190620



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The main differences between Recruiter and Headhunter
Great article on the differences between recruiters and headhunters. I especially like the fact that this article sheds some light on the types of headhunters.
https://business.tutsplus.com/articles/what-is-headhunter-vs-recruiter--cms-30809

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CVforLife End of Year Special

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CVforLife 2019 end of year special

CVforLife end of year special
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Read a great article on stupid interview questions.

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This is the skills you need to have!

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Great article on top skills  This list is great and as an experienced headhunter, I feel these skills are very important for anybody who is serious about considering growing their skill base especially when considering a move into a more senior role. 
https://www.careers24.com/career-advice/career-growth/21-skills-you-need-to-earn-big-bucks-20160913? utm_source=Careers24&utm_medium=Content



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Rob assists his clients as a career coach and CV/Resume writer. His business CVforLife based in Johannesburg offers career coaching services and career counselling as well as CV and resume writing services. 
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The Victim Mentality Candidate

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Over the course of my 24 years as a headhunter, I’ve interviewed hundreds of candidates and also forwarded many candidates for many interviews with a diverse client base.

I do believe that in South Africa we suffer from what I call the victim mentality”. From very early on in our careers we are told that there are massive amounts of unemployed people walking the streets. The fear of the dreaded interview or unemployment failure is embedded into us almost immediately without us even starting work. This constant flow of negative publicity is brought to us through all sorts of formats especially in the media and recruiters.
Once we are in a position to start looking for work and starting to apply and then start with interviews there is an element of fear already in our minds especially when it comes to the actual face to face interview. I often meet and interview candidates who tell me at the beginning of the interview that hey do you not think they will find a job and even worse find a jo…

Demystifying the job specification

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One of the vital aspects of any move is your ability to successfully interpret the job specification and for many, this elusive document carries with it information that provides no insight into the vacant role. However, there is a part of the job specification that is always left out and is actually vitally important - who was the incumbent in the role and why did they leave. (that's if the role is not a new) 

I all cases the name of the person is never provided and the reason for that person leaving is also very seldom provided. But why is this an important bit of information that is left out of the process especially for the job seeker? Here are some ways to unearth this key piece of information. 


Interview research 


When moving into the interview process knowing the background of the incumbent who left the position can provide an absolutely vital piece of the puzzle. This small bit of info can give you a head start in the interview process. By using LinkedIn as your research tool …

Resume VS Detail CV - the ultimate showdown

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Resume VS Detail CV - the ultimate showdown  by Rob Ridout

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So what is the difference, you ask. Actually, it is simple. The resume is a one or two pager and the detailed CV is the old school four to six pager. Yes, six pages. So that was an easy answer but when to use what document is a slightly more complicated issue. But of course not impossible to understand.  Here are some of my guidelines. 
When applying for any role read the advertisement carefully. Most recruiters and especially HR managers will request either a Resume or Detail CV.  As with most advertised roles, there is usually an overwhelming response from applicants; the HR manager will ask for a resume rather than a Detail CV as to ensure that they spend less time screening and more time shortlisting. Remembering again that most HR practitioners loath recruitment and try around spending to much time on this very mundane task. 
“Loading” your resume
When applying for a role most candidates just don’t seem to t…