Six ways to make your CV stand out from the crowd

Writing a CV and making it stand out are often two different things… Whether you’ve recently finished school or university, or you’re just started searching for a new position, making your CV unique is essential if you want to get invited to an interview. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to do it. We’ve already covered what a CV …

How to stop being your own worst enemy

Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy, especially when it comes to your success at work. In fact, you’ll often find that it’s the little things holding you back – things you can easily change by altering your mindset. Do any of these success-hindering factors resonate with you? 1. You’re always doubting yourself Sometimes when we doubt ourselves, we don’t even …

Here are a few tips helping everyone convert interviews into job offers

There are a number of reasons why you’re getting the interview, but falling short of getting the job. Here is a list of things you should be doing differently. Are your references checking out? You may think your references are giving you a glowing review but you may only be getting 5 great comments out of the 10 you’re banking …

Thinking through ethical dilemmas

After a year of running the SABPP Ethics in HR workshops for members, it is clear that HR practitioners are constantly faced with very difficult choices to make in the workplace. Some situations are pretty clear in that legal or regulatory issues are involved, so analysing and deciding on what to do is more an interpretation of compliance requirements. However, …

EQ research identifies four top leadership styles

Emotional intelligence is twice as important as IQ and technical skills for successful leadership, psychologist and author Daniel Goleman says. Speaking at the World Business Forum in Sydney on Thursday, Goleman noted comments his mentor made: “If you want to hire someone, don’t look at their IQ, don’t look at their personality test, don’t really look at their business expertise. …

Complementing qualifications leads to candidate differentiation

For graduates and current students, the need to differentiate themselves from their peers in the job market is leading to them extending their studies into alternate qualifications to their main field. Thus, BA graduates could add finance or B.Com students could add communications. “Savvy jobseekers understand that the job market is tough but that they are not helpless and they …

Infographic: The 20 best countries to work in

happy employee is a happy citizen. And the countries on the list of best countries to work in around the world are aware of this fact. To compile this data, researchers looked at individual countries’ statistics regarding working hours, annual salary, distribution and compensation of leave days, and the world happiness index. Before packing your bags and relocating to Denmark, …

How to network like an expert (and make quality connections)

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee looking to make connections with substance, these tips will help you to make better connections when networking. Choose common grounds Be focused when you’re at an event. Don’t try to network with every person there. Identify the people who think like you and are interested in similar things as you are. Try to network with …

You actually don’t need passion to be successful

You hear it your whole life – do what you love. In fact, one of Steve Job’s most famous quotes is that ‘to love what you do’ being the only way to do great work. And because he is practically the epitome of success, motivational speakers line up in hundreds to fill their PowerPoint slides with his quote, conference after …

A guide to expertly mastering negotiation in five simple steps

If perfected, the art of negotiation will bring significant benefits in the workplace and help to achieve optimum results. It’s a skill that will improve and develop the output of micro and macro projects, help with coming to proposal and budget agreements with prospective clients, and provide confidence when requesting a pay rise. Entering a negotiation can be intimidating, but …