Recruitment Consultant of the Month

To celebrate her hard work and announcement as Recruitment of the Month, we thought we’d let you get to know Tammy a little better.

What do you love most about recruitment?

I love helping people find employment. It is very rewarding to make someone’s day/year/life by giving them a successful career.

What is your least favourite thing about recruitment?

My least favourite thing about being a recruitment consultant is having to relay regret to candidates who were not successful in being placed, especially when they are in such high hopes and in desperate need of a job.

Have you ever had to ask a candidate something strange to find out if they fit the criteria?

Thankfully not.

Tell us about your very first job –

I was a sales executive for a signage company. I would have to call on new clients and do presentations to try sell signage space for companies. I was very young though and the distance I needed to travel just got a bit much especially with my car being unreliable.

Have any recruitment related questions for Tammy? Email her.

Top 5 things you’re doing wrong

If you’are applying for lots of jobs but not getting any responses, this could be for you –

The top 5 things you’re doing wrong when applying for a job:

1 Applying for the same job through multiple recruitment agencies.

“We interview a candidate, go through the whole process, submit them to the client, and once they find out who the client is then they register with another agency and let them submit their CV to the same client. Then all the agencies end up boxing with that agency/client to see who submitted the CV first etc.”

This doesn’t help candidates get a better offer; it just takes longer and makes all the agencies a little hesitant to work with them again.

2

Pregnant? Even if it is early on, you might want to let us know. No, we’re not going to go around telling people your big news, but we do want to help you find the right working environment, and being pregnant plays a big role in that.

3Overshooting the salary bracket.

No, there’s nothing wrong with having some ambition, but when you’re earning R10,000 and the job is advertised at R40,000 we recommend you make sure you at least meet the minimum requirements.

4Check the job spec!

The job title might sound the same or similar to yours but the job spec will tell you what industry it’s in. Unless you’re wanting to make a complete career change, of course.

5Apply, then call, and email, and call again.

The standard waiting time is 2 weeks. If you haven’t heard from the recruiters in that time, your application was unsuccessful. You checked your CV before you sent it so if they needed to call you, they’d have your contact details. Unless you were thinking of asking for help with your job search, don’t call them.

If you’re not doing any of these things, you might need some professional help – call us and we’ll help you find the right job for you.

What Recruiters Do

You’ve seen a job that sounds like it was made for you, polished up your CV and sent it off, fingers crossed.

What happens next?

You wait, you get anxious, you email the recruiter again, and when you don’t hear anything you get a little annoyed.

Before you lash out at the recruitment agent, think about the other side of the coin. That job was great, right? You applied for it so it must be. Then we can guarantee that a few other people thought so too. That’s why on a slow day our team receives 120 CVs… EACH!

We comb through each application, because our goal is always to find the perfect candidate. Some cover letters and mails tell us which jobs the candidates are applying for, but most don’t so we take a look through the detailed documents and guess.

From there we divide the CVs up into groups – people that we think are great candidates and need to contact for an interview, people we need to contact for more information and people who aren’t right for the role. If you’re not right for the role, your CV goes on file.

Whenever we get a new job listing we first check the CVs we have before we post the job advert.

How long does all this take?

We work within the typical recruitment time frame of 2 weeks – that’s why most job adverts often say, if you haven’t heard from us in two weeks you can assume you’ve been unsuccessful. But, like we said, any unsuccessful CVs go on file for future positions and you can, of course, continue to apply for other positions.

Have any questions? Comment below so we can answer them.

Employment Contracts 101

Employment contracts are put in place so that both the employee and employer know what to expect from each other. It will tell you what your rights are, as well as what you’re entitled to.

Even so, no one likes looking through pages of fine print, so here are a few things you should look out for:

-General information – office or work hours, office location, if the job is permanent or contract based, pay.

-Make sure you’re aware of any recent legal changes to retirement ages

-Planning to have kids? Check the maternity and paternity leave and pay offered.

-Check what benefits you’re entitled to – Medical aid, pension funds, leave, sick leave and any overtime pay or bonuses.

-KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) – it’s important to know what is expected from you and how you will be measured.

-Is there a probation period? How long is it? If the job does not work out as planned, will you be held to a notice period? Will you be held responsible for paying back any other fees like a recruitment fees or study fees?

-If you leave this job, will you be held to a restraint of trade? What are the terms?

And most importantly, if there is anything ambiguous that you don’t quite understand don’t be shy about asking for clarity.

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