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    Dressing For An Interview

    Most people would refuse to turn up at a gym wearing flip-flops and a sundress to run on the treadmill, while a 2-piece business suit would invite ridicule in a spinning class. Neither would be allowed on a golf course.

    Failure to comply with dress codes would mean having to choose another pastime. Dominoes or Tiddlywinks anyone?

    It perplexes recruiters and interviewers that, when seeking employment, not everyone understands or respects the importance of presenting themselves as well-groomed and well dressed.

    What should I wear to a job interview?

    Female interview dress codes differ depending on the company culture where you’re being interviewed. It should go without saying that you must do your homework about the company before your interview. Surprisingly (to us, anyway) most candidates do not do any research about companies before turning up for interviews. With information so readily accessible nowadays, there’s really no excuse not to gain some basic insight.

    What if there really is no company information online?

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    What Our Constitution Says About Human Rights and Labour Relations

    Who doesn’t enjoy a day off work to enjoy the sunshine before the winter sets in?

    As summer starts to fade and the first hints of autumn appear, on 21 March we enjoy a day off work.

    Though grateful for the time off, many South Africans are scratching their heads wondering what public holiday it is.

    Sound familiar?

    Human Rights Day #RememberSharpeville

    With a tumultuous history such as ours, the question gets asked more than most would like to admit…

    Q: Human Rights Day, 21 March – what’s this day all about?

    A: It marks the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. 

    In total, 289 people lost their lives, amongst them were 8 women and 10 children. Among those injured were another 31 women and 19 children. The history behind the massacre is not only harrowing but heartbreaking and serves as a reminder to all just how dangerous it can be when human rights are exploited or ignored.

    As mothers, we feel these types of tragedies on a deeply emotional level when we start to examine the history and the personal stories of the victims and their legacy.

    Human Rights Day

    While it’s important to us to run a professional and successful business, one of our core values at RecruitMyMom is to treat everyone with respect and this really encapsulates what our South African Constitution is all about.

    Since the day RecruitMyMom was launched, the goal has been to empower and uplift women to realise their full potential professionally once they started their families. Taking a look at the Constitution, often described as the best written constitution in the world, we examine carefully why it is so unique and strong, in terms of employment and what this means for our candidates and for our employers.

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    Filling the Skills Shortage with On-Demand Recruitment

    Filling the Skills Shortage with On-Demand Recruitment

    Since the early days of the internet back in the nineties, the explosion of technology has made enormous leaps forward in the way people are being employed.

    Back in the day, long-established rules entrenched by decades of strict work principles, dictated that workers should sit at a desk in an office from 8 to 5.

    The ever-growing need for flexible employment and the momentum this need has created – by both employer and employee – is making a notable difference in filling the work void. Continue reading

    Watch your Language: How to Make a Great First Impression

    Watch your language - how to make a great first impression

    If first impressions are made within less than twenty seconds of meeting, our written words create the same impression in our physical absence.

    We know that a badly written introductory letter or CV can jeopardise one’s interview and job opportunities, while for the already employed, poorly written reports and terribly written communication could demolish any chance of promotion.

    Today, we are going to give you some great tips to make sure your CV is top-of-the-pile once you’ve wowed potential employers with your impeccable grammar in your cover letter.

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    How to Create a Great Cover Letter

    How to write a great cover letter

    Did you know that recruiters decide – within five to seven seconds of glancing through a CV – to reject or investigate the contents further?

    Research indicates that often they don’t even get as far as examining the CV, having discarded a too-short, hastily written cover letter or a lengthy, boringly worded motivation within those first vital seconds.

    Here are some general guidelines to help you along the way.

    Steps to crafting a perfect cover letter:

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    Are Part-time and Contracting Accounting Jobs Right for You?

    Are Part-time and Contracting Accounting Jobs Right for You?

    Accounting specialists are finding part-time and temporary, or contract employment an increasingly attractive option in today’s labour market. Part-time accounting jobs offer unique perks. For those accounting and finance professionals who have recently undergone a career setback or are looking to make a career or lifestyle change, flexible work arrangements can provide an ideal source of income. Even better, there’s a strong demand for such work:

    A recent Accountemps survey found that one-third of CFO’s use temporary assignments to evaluate potential hires.

    It’s important to recognise that, although temporary, contract and part-time work are all ways to gain professional flexibility, they aren’t synonymous.

    A temporary job can require anything from a few hours a week to a 40-hour commitment but lasts for a defined period of time. Contracts can be much longer. Part-time accounting jobs, on the other hand, involve fewer hours per week than full-time jobs but are ongoing. The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, for example, defines part-time work as 1 to 34 hours per week.

    Whatever path you choose, here’s how temporary, contracting and part-time accounting jobs can help you:

    Access to new skills

    An advantage of temporary, contracting and part-time jobs is the opportunity to learn new job skills, making you a better candidate for promotion and more marketable the next time you decide to test the employment waters.

    The thrill of the new

    A big plus of taking contracting accounting jobs is the sheer variety of the work you can do. Because many contracted assignments last for just a few weeks or months, interim workers are always exposed to new projects and employers. That makes this career option a great way to network with a wide range of accounting and finance professionals and use your experiences at different workplaces to determine the right career path for you.

    Competitive compensation

    You might be surprised to learn that you can earn competitive compensation through temporary and part-time accounting jobs.

    In a recent survey, nearly 7 in 10 accounting and finance professionals said if they were given the opportunity to go back in time and change their career, they would stay put. 

    Employers are extending traditional perks to temporary and part-time accounting workers in some instances because more and more people are working in these roles. In fact, in some segments of the industry, a large percentage of individuals hold part-time positions — about 25 percent of bookkeepers are part-time, for instance. At the same time, we are seeing steady growth in contracting jobs, and employers now regularly use interim accounting and finance professionals to fill short-term demands. As a result, hourly wages for both part-time accounting jobs are usually on par with — if not better than — full-time salaries. This is especially true for individuals who possess specialised skills.

    Flexibility to the max

    Temporary, contract and part-time accounting jobs offer the opportunity to better balance work and personal priorities because you’re not tied to a traditional full-time schedule. Parents, students and individuals nearing retirement, in particular, are often attracted to this type of work for this very reason.

    The opportunity to take on more

    Temporary  accounting jobs put you in a good position to pursue full-time work if you eventually decide to go that route. Employers often look to existing part-time, contracted and temporary workers first when filling new full-time positions. Managers know these professionals — what their work ethic is like, how they’ve performed in the job, how they fit with the corporate culture — so converting part-time or temporary workers to full-time status makes the hiring process quicker, easier and less risky.

     


    Register for free on RecruitMyMom.co.za. Once registered, complete your online CV to start searching for part-time work in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. We operate nationally in South Africa, and globally for virtual assistants.

    This is What Flexible Working Really Means

    This is what flexible working really means

    Flexible working can be viewed on a continuum of flexibility: from no flexibility at all to working-from-home and being measured on productivity, rather than physical presence. Being able to offer flexible-working arrangements is a powerful way to attract and retain high-level skills particularly amongst women. Gender diversity within companies can be enhanced by offering flexible working arrangements during child-rearing years.

    Here’s how Michelle Obama negotiated flexible work while her children were small.

    If you had to ask ten people to explain what working flexibly means you may get 10 different answers, all of which would probably be correct to some extent.

    Here, we break down the most common flexible work arrangements for you to use these when engaging with employers or employees on discussions around flexible working arrangements.

    Flexible Start and End Time

    The lowest end of flexible working arrangements, the employer may stagger start and finish time for the employee, enabling them to avoid peak traffic or drop children at school. This is often offered in full-time positions that require the employee to be at the office for the full duration of the day but working slightly different hours based on the start time.

    Full-time Flexible Working

    These jobs are full-time roles where the employer has agreed the employee can work some of their required hours outside of the office. These roles are often outcomes based roles, where the employer is able to measure the outcomes delivered and is not measuring hours at a desk.

    Part-time Flexible Working

    These jobs are reduced hour roles, or part-time roles, where the employer has agreed that the employee can work some of their hours remotely from outside the office.

    Work-from-home

    The highest end of the flexible working scale, this is typically when an employer is happy for an employee to be working from a virtual space outside of the office.

    With the growth of the internet and technology-based apps and tools, working from home is often a benefit used by employers to attract – and retain – some of the highest skilled workers.

    Most jobs include a portion of the role that can be done as remote work. Examples of the types of skilled work that can be done entirely on a work-from-home basis are numerous and can include digital marketers (SEO, Google Adwords, Google Analytics), website content writing, bookkeeping, technical writing, administration support in the form of virtual workers, strategy development, customer support particularly online support, legal work and online businesses that hire staff on a virtual basis. The opportunities to work flexibly are endless.

    There was a time, thankfully now well in the past, that “temp jobs” – often badly paid and low skilled – were all that were on offer. Even those opportunities were rare, with few privileges. Employers were skills-short and employees were stuck at home watching their skills go to waste and relevancies deteriorate.

    The demands of modern living as well as the factors already mentioned in this article, have dictated the rules of supply and demand. The era of flexibility in working arrangements and the mutual benefits they provide are evident and will increase exponentially. The success is measurable and immense. Changes are happening! Hiring and working are variable and mutable.

    Exciting times indeed.


    Visit RecruitMyMom, South Africa’s award-winning online recruitment agency specialising in skilled part-time and flexible work.

    An On-Demand Solution for Critical Skills Gaps

    An On-Demand Solution for Critical Skills Gaps

    Conventional thinking, embedded by decades of strict work practices, dictates that the only way to work is to employ workers permanently and have them sit at a desk in an office from 8 to 5.

    But the way we work is fast changing, and the rise of the on-demand economy is helping businesses to fill skills gaps and keep costs down by allowing for project-based contract work.

    In its simplest form, on-demand allows businesses to employ skilled workers “on-tap” to fill a specific need or complete a short-to-medium term project.

    Cue the rise of the on-demand economy….

    RecruitMyMom has discovered a group of highly talented and skilled moms who have something unique to offer South African companies that are looking for specific skills on-demand.

    Utilizing these highly skilled workers on this basis attracts the talent that a business needs, without the high cost of a permanent employee.

    Organisations doing this find that they remain more competitive and inject much-needed knowledge and expertise into their structures exactly when it is needed for as long as is needed.

    RecruitMyMom is seeing a steady increase in the number of forward-thinking companies willing to give our incredibly skilled candidates a flexible or time-wise opportunity in South Africa.

    Research reveals the on-demand knowledge economy is essential to addressing future critical skills gaps

    New research commissioned by Forrester Consulting has revealed that the on-demand knowledge economy is able to address critical skill gaps in most companies, including medium to large corporations. According to the report, at least 55% of companies surveyed admitted that they did not have the right talent in their internal workforce to get certain jobs done properly.  In addition, these critical skills often come at a very high price leaving companies unable to plug these gaps sufficiently in the long term.

    Significantly, the Forrester report revealed that of those firms utilizing on-demand staffing solutions almost 80% were highly satisfied with the talent and skill they were able to attract by offering this type of work.

    This is largely due to the fact that the importance of balancing work and family for the millennial generation has actually led to higher levels of productivity and output when work is done on-demand.

     

     

     

    It is highly motivating to see that research such as the Forrester report continues to prove that on-demand and flexible skills are both increasing in demand and have many benefits for the organisations that embrace them.

    Read the full Forrester Study:

    The Forrester Study

     

     

     


    RecruitMyMom.co.za places highly skilled talent into permanent and contract part-time and flexible positions. Post a job. It’s free – pay only on success

     

     

    5 Ways to Remain Current in Your Field

    5 Ways to Remain Current in Your Field

    Staying current with regards to market trends, industry knowledge and new skills is vital for securing your job or re-entering the marketplace, but it can equally help to advance your career and earning potential.

    The enormous lifestyle adjustment after having children takes time and patience getting used to for busy new moms. For career moms, the Holy Grail is to be a mother whilst still maintaining a career. This is often more easily said than done.

    Rapidly changing job functions and new technology and developments mean that losing your competitive edge can happen in a frighteningly short space of time.

    For anyone walking the tightrope between work and family balance, however, finding additional time to remain up to speed can be a challenge. How best to keep abreast of market trends, fast-changing technology, and expertise in the time between leaving a permanent job and returning back to the workplace after having children?

    Today, we’ll show you simple steps that are easy to implement.

    Networking

    Most of us have an incredible network of friends, family, colleagues, associates, alumni  – past and present – who can assist.  It’s simply a matter of harnessing this network in a targeted manner.

    Check in from time-to-time and keep up with your contacts so you don’t slip off their radar. If that’s already happened, and you’ve been all-consumed with being a new mom, that’s okay. Take the time to gently reestablish these connections by reaching out in the most appropriate way for the relationship. Connect with past colleagues on LinkedIn, send old friends a message on Facebook, or send a WhatsApp to get in touch.

    Once you’ve reconnected, look for your contact’s professional footprints online. Read and comment on articles they have researched or written.

    Listen to the latest developments about company changes in staff or policy from those who work at companies you are interested in.  

     

    2. Professional associations and industry bodies

    Find out about joining professional organisations and groups that match your specialised skills and industry. Attend their functions and seminars, be sure to subscribe to their online newsletters, network amongst the members and keep your membership fees up to date.

    Here are a few places you could start:

    Meetup

    OPSA

    The Businesswomen’s Association (BWA)

    3. News, the Internet and social media

    The online world is a goldmine! Tap into online forums for industry-specific groups and skills sets and read online blogs on your particular area of expertise and interest. Leave comments or ask questions to start a dialogue with professional business people on these sites, and use LinkedIn and Facebook to connect and follow spokespeople within your industry or skill-set on Twitter and LinkedIn. Like and follow relevant Facebook pages and expand your LinkedIn network and use social media to curate your professional image.  

    There are many free online courses in a wide variety of subjects for you to peruse and refine your skills.  

    Keep abreast of current and international affairs and follow the news and business papers online and on TV news channels. The online comments section of BizNews is open to subscribers. If you join the conversation commentary, you may find like-minded individuals to add to your Networking list.

    4. Find a mentor

    If you are privileged to find one, having a mentor to guide and assist you in your journey is a great way to ensure that you are always up to speed on what is happening with regards your skills and industry knowledge. If you don’t have one you could start by looking within professional business groups and your growing networking list.

    Keep your mentor close. Their counsel, experience and connections are invaluable if they’re wiling to share them with you.

    If you’ve ever been a mentor, remain on call to assist and advise younger people whom you have encouraged and helped in the past. You can re-establish these relationships using the methods in Point 1 about Networking above, and find out how their careers are going. They might have gained invaluable experience and promotions while you’ve been on maternity leave.

    5. Personal presentation

    So you’re ready and keen to take the plunge back into the workplace? Start a systematic plan to get yourself looking and feeling good. Often an overlooked aspect of staying current is your personal presentation. Looking the part always plays an important role in how you are viewed. If your old wardrobe staples, your hairstyle or makeup are dating you, look around at your associates and adapt your style.

    Do a wardrobe clean out. Throw out the old, make a list of what you need and go shopping new staples appropriate for your new workplace. Consider a flattering new haircut or a makeover to get you glowing in the best possible way. If you’ve stopped using cosmetics or abandoned your old skincare regimes, try to revive these old routines.

    Looking good does wonders for everyone’s confidence. Treat yourself, Mom!

     

    In a world of fast changing technology, innovation and competition, staying ‘current’ is vital to re-entering the job market, with an eye to the longer term advancement of your career and earning potential. The benefits of earning an income, working on varied projects and mental stimulation are enormous. Using the steps above, you’ll have your competitive edge back in no time.


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    10 Things Not To Say In An Interview

    10 Things not to say in an interview

    In an increasingly competitive job market, getting an all-important foot-in-the-door with a face-to-face interview is often easier said than done. It would be a shame to waste the opportunity to put yourself across in the best possible light by committing common interview blunders.

     

    It’s natural to feel nervous before an interview, some of us become plagued with self-doubt, wondering what if we don’t measure up, become tongue-tied, get seized by a coughing fit, or the interviewer seems to hate us on sight? What if we say the wrong thing?

    Here we share 10 of the most common self-sabotaging comments to avoid during the all-important job interview.

    1. “Sorry I’m so late!”

    Make no mistake, being late counts against you. If your prospective boss thinks you don’t value their time, they won’t want to risk hiring someone who will be consistently late for work. You can minimise the risk by practical forward planning – such as plotting your route and arranging a reliable mode of transport to get you there safely and on time.

    Make sure you have saved the interviewer’s phone number. Occasionally, outside circumstances can ruin even the best plans. Phone ahead well before the interview start time if an unforseen delay occurs, and give your estimated arrival time. By extending this simple courtesy you’ll show your interviewer that you respect and value their time, helping to alleviate the frustration they would feel if they were simply waiting for you to arrive on time.

    2. “My previous boss was a jerk”

    It’s a bad idea to diss your former employer. Aside from being unprofessional, it reflects negatively on your character and raises the question that you will do the same about any future employer.

    3. “So… what does this company actually DO?”

    Really? You mean you haven’t bothered to show enough interest in researching the company you hope will employ you? And by the way, scrolling through their website does not count as research. Do it and do it thoroughly. What do they do? Can you think of other companies that do the same thing? What does this company do differently? Look at their corporate culture and dress-code. See if their values align with yours and decide if this is a company you could imagine yourself working for.

    4. “How much leave do I get?”

    Hmm. So there you are, being interviewed for a new job and you’re already plotting how much time you can count on being absent from work? If you think about it from the employer’s perspective, it’s not ideal to hire someone who doesn’t want to be there. Leave this conversation for later when you’re presented with the job offer. You’ll be in a much more secure position to start asking about personal benefits.

    5. “I headed the PAM department and was in charge of YNR’s and PEA stats”

    Sometimes, one might feel tempted to use industry jargon and acronyms in an attempt to impress or show-off. Beware of letting your ego take control. Your interviewer may not know what language you are speaking, causing confusion and misunderstandings. Ditch those inter-company acronyms used in your old job, and use plain English. This is not a Trekkies get-together, so avoid Klingon-type code speech.

    6. “****!”

    Show respect to the interviewer by avoiding profanities. Many people are offended by swearing, even “milder” words that you might not find that bad. Even if the interviewer uses a few bad words, there is no need to prove solidarity by joining in. Remember to keep your manner as professional  and respectful as possible throughout your interview.

    7. “Do you really expect me to wear that?”

    You stare in disbelief at the lime green Lycra top with a fluorescent yellow banana logo. This is the compulsory uniform for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the top is fluorescent pink with the banana logo glowing in cobalt blue.

    Recall our point 3 above: when you research a company properly, you will quickly figure out what their culture and dress-code is. You’ll be able to decide before your interview if this is the sort of company you could see yourself working for. If you see a uniform you really do not like, but everything else about the job excites you, remember: this is their corporate policy and identity, based on tradition and company pride. Jeering, disbelief or refusal to cooperate will have you searching the job sites once again.

    Tell yourself by way of comfort – some work for Apple, you work for Banana.

    8. “Well…I’ve got no better options”

    When asked why you applied for the job, this is not a very flattering answer. No employer wants to know their employee would rather be doing something else. Formulate your answer to this type of question before the interview. Outline your matching experience to the job requirements and a brief explanation on how you intend to fulfil and apply your skills to the position.

    9. “In 5 years time, I see myself doing your job”

    You deliver this answer confidently in reply to the interviewer’s question: “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?”

    How do you think this will make your interviewer feel? Threatening their job won’t earn you any points, nor will it do much for their opinion of your interpersonal skills. A less arrogant and more acceptable response would be to talk about the experience you hope to gain at the company. Speak about your goals and your commitment to further promotion with more responsibility, based on your stellar performance.

    10 “Can I quickly answer this call?”

    No! Your phone should be switched to silent mode for the duration of the interview. You can divert incoming calls to a close relative or friend in case of an emergency. Resist the urge to check your Facebook or Instagram feeds, even if the interviewer is distracted momentarily. Be 100% present the whole time, if you want to impress your future employer.

     

    After the interview, do not demand to know if you got the job. Leave with a (firm but gentle) handshake and a smile and wait to hear from the company.

     

    All recruiters and job interviewers have some interesting memories to share of job seekers and the cringe-worthy things they say and do. Try putting yourself in their shoes. Ask yourself how you would react if you were the owner of the company. What sort of questions and answers would you like to hear from a prospective employee you hope will contribute to the success of your business?

    Who knows, perhaps you will proudly be donning the Banana top before the week is out.

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