1. Not having a clear understanding of the job or the company
2. Being rude to the receptionist, security & other staff you meet at the venue (back when we did face to face interviews 😂)
3. Lying about anything on your CV or experience
4. Being too relaxed. Interviewers aren't your friends, keep it formal. You can have semi-casual, relaxed chats if interviewer goes there or to build some rapport, but remember *all* your actions are under evaluation
5. Disclosing confidential info about your current employer
6. Making it all about you, do not only focus on what you stand to gain from getting the job, but also sell what value you will bring to the company & how they will benefit from your skills
7. Not reading up before showing up. Asking questions you can find on company website.
When people want advice on dealing with their "incompetent bosses", I often have to drill down & identify the *type* of incompetence. Here are the 5 main characteristics of less-than-capable managers;
Does yours fit any?🤪
1. Absent Managers. Incompetence is sometimes in the form of completely withdrawn managers who never make time for their team. The manager’s detachment and lack of availability often leads to; lack of direction, insufficient feedback & poor clarity around expectations
2. Lack of decision-making capabilities. A high proportion of decisions made by incompetent managers have a negative impact. Their deficiency in this area is often evident in their constant indecisiveness, making decisions too late or not at all & poorly calculated decisions.
Do you want to switch careers? A career switch means moving into a completely different profession. It's different from changing jobs within the same occupation.
10 tips to follow;
1. Determine your motivations, ensure a new profession is the answer to what you want to achieve.
2. Be informed about your chosen industry. How much do you know about this profession you want to move into? Gather as much insight as you can to avoid pursuing a field that you do not have a thorough understanding of and potentially be disappointed in your expectations.
3. Find a mentor (or a few) in the industry. The role of these mentors will be to direct you on how to build skills in that field and provide you with inside information, networks and leads that will hopefully position you well.
11 things you should know about how recruitment agencies work (for permanent roles).
1. Recruiters are utilised by employers to screen suitable candidates for their vacancies and present pre-screened and shortlisted CV's.
2. Recruitment agencies ONLY get paid when their submitted candidate has been successful. This means once the employer has extended an offer and the candidate accepts and turns up on the first day of work.
3. Recruitment agents get anything between 10-25% of the successful candidates Gross Annual Salary. Example, if the candidate's annual salary is R1 million gross, a recruiter on a 20% commission fee will get paid 200k.
1. Firstly, accept that transforming someone with narcissistic traits (outside of therapy) is often a waste of time. Their minds can not accept that they are anything less than superior!
2. Try and get any work-related instructions and communications with a narcissist in writing. They are well known for blaming others for their mistakes and will often lie to defend themselves.
3. They enjoy watching others suffer, act unbothered when they try and rattle you.
4. Don't criticise them in public, they'll come after you (called narcissistic injury). If you want them to accept your feedback, make them feel the idea was theirs e.g. “what do you think about using graphics in your presentation?” if they agree they'll feel they came up with it
This post is for #JobSeekers who have had a long gruelling 2019 and still haven't secured employment 😢.
Here are 6 things you can do over the December holiday, when the job market is a bit quiet.
1. Reflect on the year that was in terms of your job hunting. What worked well? What didn't? Is there anything you need to do differently? If you know someone that successfully landed a job in your field, ask them for advice.
2. Read your application documents. Are they representing you in the best light? Have someone look at your CV and give you feedback.
3. You may not have landed a job, but if there are people that helped you along the way, send them a 'thank you' note to show appreciation.
Recruiters do not automatically provide you with all the details about a vacancy, sometimes you have to be proactive and ask the right questions. Especially if you do not want your time wasted. If you get approached for a job, here are some questions to ask;
1. Is it a new position or are they replacing someone? If its a replacement, how long was the previous person in the role?
2. How long has vacancy been open? (if close to or over 1 year, could be a red flag. People may be rejecting the offers or manager is fussy & unrealistic).
3. How quickly do they want to fill the role?
4. What are the recruitment steps and how long do they anticipate each step to take?
5. What does the ideal candidate look like (this is if you have not received a detailed job spec)?
1. Be brilliant at something that is of value to the company. Develop expertise in a critical skill to the point where no-one else is equally entrusted with that task. (Not the same as knowledge hoarding).
2. Develop and mentor others to demonstrate a willingness to spread your excellence.
3. Understand your bosses priorities, then make him/her look GREAT by contributing to their success.
4. Don't shy away from difficult tasks, demonstrate a willingness to grow.
5. Put yourself forward to manage key stakeholder or client relationships.
6. Consistently produce excellent work.
7. Be cautious of the people you associate with, if you're identified with people who have negative reputations, you may be considered one of them.
If you want to change careers & pursue a different field, talk to two or three people working in that profession. Ask them the following 14 questions to get a good understanding of what you're getting into.
1. How did you get your job? 2. Tell me about a typical day at work?
3. How much time would you say you spend doing each activity? 4. What jobs & experiences have led you to your present position and can you suggest some ways a person could obtain this necessary experience? 5. How does a person progress in this field?
6. What is a typical career path in this field? 7. What are the major qualifications for success in this occupation? 8. How much demand is there for people in this occupation? How rapidly is the field growing? 9. What obligations do you have outside of the ordinary work week?