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8 Hot Tips to find you YOUR next role and position

Find your next job


Being unemployed after working ones whole career is an awfully discouraging space to find one self. Here are a few things that you can do, that will give you purpose and focus and will ensure you find that next great position. The best tip for YOU is to treat this as the SINGLE most important PROJECT you have ever managed.

So lets begin…

1.Ask someone in your circle to be YOUR person, remember when you were employed, you had KPA’s, well this person is who you are going to report.

This person should be someone that you can look up too, someone that will push you when you are feeling discouraged and gently remind you that there are things you have to be doing daily to ensure you find your new role. YOUR person is your disciplinarian and cheer leading squad. Like at work, you always have someone in your corner.

2. Keep up to date with what is trending in the world

Do not fall into the slot of cutting yourself off. Everyday people are making small talk when they do groceries, buying milk, etc. Keep up to date with news and what is trending in the business world, as you never know who you are talking too. Also when you get to your interview, you will be on top of your game.

3. Join Toastmasters or a weekly Networking Events in your area

You have an opportunity right now to network. Meet new people, hear what they are doing and you will be amazed at the amount of opportunities that exist. What these events do is connect you to the business world in a meaningful way. Have a business card made, create a title for yourself as you would like to be known right now. Have fun and get out there.

4. Sign up for THAT course

You know that course you have been meaning to do as it intrigues you. Well do it now. Sign up and read up and learn something new. You never know this maybe a time where your career change may happen.

5. Do NGO work

You will be surprised how many people need help. You have time on your hands and an amazing skill set. So offer it to the wider community. This network long-term will be invaluable.

6. Join groups that are relevant to your job search on-line

Find this group or groups, now is the time to leverage that gravitas you have. It adds weight to your CV and you stay in touch with other individuals that do what you do.

7. Socialise with friends and acquaintances

People, lets face it, the IMMEDIATE group who will know you are unemployed are your friends. Share your CV with them, let them look in their company, offer to attend their company functions, use this opportunity to network.

8. Applications for roles

Do not apply at random for a role, make a list of your top 20 companies. Go look at their website for vacancies, join their linked In groups, Join their Linked In pages etc. Make yourself know. Connect with the HR person that is positing the job onto the social media platforms. Once you have applied, you follow-up with a courteous email. Stay in touch. Be in control.


Efficiency and skills vital for small business growth and development



General performance along with investment in skills development is crucial to making sure the expansion of Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), suggests

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Nkosiphendule Kolisile


At the recent annual International Small Business Congress (ISBC) Kolosile stated that efficiency is paramount to make sure that small businesses are capable of doing well and achieve a competitive edge both nationally and internationally.

For South African SMMEs to succed it is vital that they become more efficient to allow them to effectively play their role in establishing sustainable employment as well as realize inclusive economic growth.

South Africa would need to make investments in skills development in order to enhance and strengthen the capacity of human resources within the SMMEs and cooperatives. We will need to enhance their capabilities and know-how as numerous studies have shown that with the required support, SMMEs could possibly end up being the foundation of employment creation in the country.

To deal with the country’s disturbing 25.4% unemployment rate, all provinces ought take the lead from Gauteng who have implemented steps and procedures to support SMMEs prevail over challenges and barriers by setting up the Gauteng Economic Propeller, amongst other things.

The Propeller has been given the job of furnishing financial together with non-financial support to SMMEs and cooperatives. In addition, it offers the means to access information, which has been recognized as a critical obstacle to SMMEs’ development and growth.

The intention of the conference was to brings together small business policymakers and provide a stage for policymakers to discuss ideas and best practices with regards to improving support to both survivalist micro enterprises as well as nurturing more high-growth firms.

This is the very first time the conference has been held in Africa.

Source: SAnews.gov.za


SA has much to offer investors despite challenges


The Oxford Business Group (OGB) report on South Africa shows that the country provides long term growth prospects in spite of the obstacles it faces.

“The core message contained in the report is the fact that South Africa offers considerable and serious long term growth and development potential in spite of the challenges which we confront at present, some of those are challenges not of our own making but the winds of the world economy is blowing in our direction,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the inaugural launch of The Report South Africa 2012.

The business group spent roughly nine months in the country producing the report that investigates government’s efforts to enhance growth across the industrial sector, among others, in addition to examining challenges in conducting business in the country.

Both Government and industry were questioned in compiling the report. “The report articulates a clear message that South Africa is open for business,” said the minister, adding that the country has exceptional possibility to draw in investment.

“For government it is vital that we situate the OGB report and the private and public perspectives it contains in the overall context of our economic development strategy. It was also essential to position the report in the overall context of the country’s economic strategy”, the minister he was quoted saying.

South Africa also focused to boost its competitiveness and has worked tirelessly on achieving stabilisation in a number of industries that were vulnerable for example, the clothing industry. Issues such as inequality and unemployment continue to persist.

OGB head Michael Benson-Colpi pointed out that the report was for individuals that wished to understand more about South Africa. “It is a comprehensive report on South Africa, it is an educational in addition to a marketing tool,” he said.

The report was produced in partnership with the DTI.


Brand South Africa’s Ignatius Sathekge stated it was essential for the country to boost inter-African trade which could create opportunities for the country.

For the time being, Absa Capital CEO Stephen van Coller pointed out that the country continued to be relatively robust considering the events in the global economy, adding that there was a fresh sense of optimism with Africa being the second fastest growing region.

Having said that, the country “was not out of the woods yet” simply because it is faced with issues for instance the downgrading of the country by rating agencies along with currency volatility. He stated the country punched above its weight in attracting multi-nationals.

Regional Editor for Africa for the OGB Robert Tashima referred to South Africa as sophisticated, adding the fact that the country’s government budget was in excellent health. South Africa was lauded in that it took roughly 19 days to register a business when compared to the rest of the continent.

Unemployment at 24% was identified as a structural challenge. “The problems are worrying however they are not grounds for despondency,” said Tashima.

The country was praised for having policy and political stability, an outstanding business environment, natural resources in addition to infrastructure. “These can catapult the economy forward, they provide opportunity, pointed out the Editor.

When it comes to energy sector, programmes like the Renewable Independent Power Producers programme, the report discovered that “prospects for growth were electrifying”.

The report at the same time mentioned that inequality in South African society posed “long term concern”.

A number of the growth strategies recognized in the report include the diversification of exports, and strengthening skills sets.

Source: BuaNews


Survey suggest that most pupils do not complete high school


Two out of every three pupils in Grade 10 do not go on to pass matric, a survey has found.

“Most pupils who drop out before completing high school do so as a result of a lack of funds,” SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) researcher Jonathan Snyman said.

“Other common reasons that pupils leave school are to look for work or because of family commitments. There is also a common view that being at school is not relevant to their lives,” he said.


The SAIRR survey found that fewer than half of those who enrolled in Grade 10 in 2008 sat for the 2010 matric exams.

Only 34 percent of all 2008 pupils went on to pass matric in 2010, and only a third of those passes were good enough to gain admission to university to study for a bachelor’s degree.

Those who did not complete high school along with those whose highest qualification was matric, accounted for 81 percent of all unemployed in the country, the survey found.


Only six percent of the unemployed were people who had completed a tertiary education.

Mr Snyman added the fact that ‘the most significant concern is that students who drop out of school more often than not never go back to complete their education. As much as one third of all 15-24 year-olds typically are not in employment, education, or training’.

The survey was based on data released by the department of basic education and will be officially released next week.

Source:  SAIRR


Working alongside one another to deal with youth challenges

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on the South African Jewish board to assist government as it attempts to do something about the significant unemployment rate, particularly amongst the younger generation.

Speaking during the 46th conference of the South African Jewish Board, Motlanthe stated “until all of us work together to mentor, as a country, to educate and train the youth they are going to continue to be devoid of hope for a better future.”


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe


He said South Africa was not insulated from uprising seen throughout the world headed by the youth for the reason that governments have not provided them with hope, while at the same time minority class groups persist to flaunt their wealth by way of conspicuous consumptive culture.

“Our country is not insulated from these issues notably for the reason that we have near to 2.8 million young adults between ages of 18 and 24 that happen to be unemployed and not in any institution of learning.

“This fact represents the ticking time bomb that threatens to aflame pent-up emotions and thoughts within the youth if not immediately addressed,” Motlanthe shared with the conference.

For this reason, he explained, it was vital to comprehend the current youth unrests as a general bellow of hungry calls for development, which must be tackled forthrightly and without delay.



“I think that the South African Jewish board of deputies is perfectly positioned to assist us answer many of these challenges due to the skills, knowledge and influence your members wields as major role players within the South African economy.”

The deputy president hoped that the Jewish Board of deputies would certainly assist inculcate and share the experiences and skills to help develop the remainder of the toiling majority of the country.

“The challenges are wide ranging however I am certain that the Jewish Board of deputies will continue to join initiatives for growth and job creation as the main artery that forms the life-line to our mutual future as South Africans.”

Source: BuaNews