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The minefield that is recruiting people with disabilities

Hiring disabled people

The issue of hiring people with disabilities is an out-and-out minefield. When faced with the prospect of employing someone with a disability, many employers prefer to adopt ostrich-like behaviour and ignore the ‘issue’ rather than tackling it head on. Honestly, if I were to put myself in their shoes - faced with the uncertainty of employing a person with the disability - I would probably be forced to do the same thing seeing as how scarce time and financial resources are these days. But what actually is the right path to follow?

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Branding is so important for recruiters

These days, the success of your business endeavours depends on the image you project. For example, if you say that you're going to return someone's phone call – but you don't – you're actually telling them you're unreliable, which will lead them to think twice about getting into business with you. And if this person represents a company who's in dire need of 50 candidates - and wants you to recruit them - based on the brand image you projected he will most likely take his business elsewhere. How can you ensure that this doesn't happen to you? Kate Moodley, author of I Inc: Be the CEO of your Brand, shared a couple of paths you can follow.

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6 Career resolutions for 2014

Career resolutions 2014

The festivities have finally died down and a lot of you will be a few weeks into sober-January. It’s now time to focus on your career resolutions for 2014, or to advise your staff members about their career path quandaries. Here are a few suggestions. I suggest you write these down and put quarterly calendar reminders in place so you remember to review them.

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The two biggest mistakes that recruiters make – and how to fix these

Recruitment

In the opinion of Andy Preston - global authority on cold calling and new business sales techniques - one of the biggest mistakes recruiters make is focusing more on recruiting for positions than on attracting clients and candidates. “We’ve got to stop thinking about recruitment and start thinking about selling, persuading and influencing. And this is one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen with recruiters all-over the world. Recruiters look internally - with blinkers on,” he said. The other mistake is not differentiating themselves from other recruitment providers. So are recruiters fighting a losing battle or is there something they can do to make themselves stand out?

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Exam room to boardroom: should graduate recruitment be your business priority?

According to the SAGRA Employer Survey, graduate vacancies are set to increase by 9.8% in 2014. However, despite recruiters continuing to receive record volumes of applications for graduate roles, we frequently hear from employers that there is a shortage of high-calibre graduate applicants with the right skills.

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The truth about ticks...

What are psychometric assessments? Why do we use these and who uses these?

All over the world, when you apply for a job you can now expect to be asked to complete some sort of personality assessment by ticking a few boxes on a piece of paper. More and more companies have started using methods like personality assessments, ability tests and the good old IQ test to help them decide on the best candidate for the job. But are these tests valid? Do they really measure what they say they do and how well?  How can these tests benefit you as a job-seeker? And how can the recruiting company benefit from psychometric assessments in the long run?

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Executing a social recruitment strategy is only the start

Pushing the big red ‘go-live’ button on a social recruitment strategy is not the end of the process, but rather the starting point of the engagement. There are a lot more steps you need to go through before you can go live with your social recruitment strategy.

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Guilty of overstaffing? Your company’s coffers could look quite bare if you are

Overstaffed

Last year was tough for many companies. The challenging economy forced businesses to change the way they operate and to try do more with less - sometimes with less staff - leaving employees overworked and exhausted. The cost of overstaffing is obvious; however, the cost of understaffing is potentially greater.

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How to recruit young, graduate talent with Mxit

Mobile recruitment is taking off worldwide with Google reporting that one in five searches (this includes job searches) are now done on a mobile device. In South Africa - where about 40 million people now own a handset, cellphones are a powerful marketing channel. With mobile access to the Internet growing, targeting talent on the go will become essential in recruitment strategies, and Mxit is the ideal platform to do this on.

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