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Ethics & Integrity whilst job hunting!

We have noticed that in the last few months, there seem to be a complete lack of ethics and integrity, especially during job hunting.

In a small business world, the importance of business ethics and integrity is essential both on the side of businesses and individuals. We all know the expression that word travels fast, and in Africa it is like a bush fire, one unethical act is suddenly known by everyone and can damage reputations for life.

Due to this we ask all candidates to value ethics and integrity during the whole process and that common courtesies should be considered.

  1. Firstly, be accurate in the roles you apply for – if you are a Financial Graduate, do not apply for a Finance Director role – you will not be considered, and your application will be not be taken seriously. This takes away from the fact that you may a serious job hunter, and also begs the question of have you even taken time to read the job description. So please be realistic and on the Recruitment Matters website if you are unable to answer yes to the three questions at the bottom of the job description you are unlikely to be considered, these are requirements from our clients and are not flexible areas. Please use your ethics here and do not tick yes to things you can not do, or degrees you do not have.
  1. If you are successful in securing an interview, we will confirm the interview with you on three separate occasions. If at any stage you are unable to attend, please have the courtesy to advise us. If you do not advise us, and we receive a call from the client advising you were a no-show, we will be extremely disappointed as we have put our reputation on the line on your behalf. We will now advise, should this happen on more than two occasions it will become unlikely we will be able to assist you going forward.
  1. If you have received the offer, go to resign and are counter-offered by your current employer, ask yourself why are they doing this. On most occasions it is because the employer does not want to have to go to the trouble of going through a recruitment process and training up someone new, but put yourself in their shoes. If you were the employer, would you trust someone to be 100% committed to you now you know that they are open to other opportunities and wanted to leave? Career growth and further salary increases following a counter-offer are usually off the table.
  1. If you decide to take a job and sign the contract, please note you are signing a legally binding document. This seems to be forgotten and on several occasions recently we have seen candidates signing contracts and then not turning up for work with the new employer. This is absolutely NOT acceptable, and please note that should you follow this path we will not be able to assist you in the future. If you are unsure about a new role – DO NOT sign the contract and be honest from the start if you have concerns. We are here to help you, the candidate, make the right decision, if you do not want to accept a position we will understand, but can only help if you are honest with yourself.

We know currently finding a new position is difficult, however acting with ethics and integrity is the most important thing you can do to help yourself.

ProactiveThank you for all comments, applications and to all of those who have come in and met with a consultant. We please ask all candidates to bear in mind that we have close on 100,000 candidates registered with us, and therefore ask that you ensure the following –
1. Please make sure your profile and CV are updated with us and we have the most relevant information. (Visit the log in section of our website)
2. If you have not met a consultant before, please do call to book an appointment and come and see us to discuss your experience and requirements.
3. Please do apply for jobs that are of interest to you, but also please do make sure you are only applying for positions that you match the requirements for. These are client requirements and we will not be able to submit your details unless you have the necessary qualifications and experience. We  fully understand your frustrations of not hearing if your details have been submitted to a client, so we are currently rectifying this and you will start to receive emails once you have applied with an update. May you also please bear with us, we have an average of 1000 positions per year, and with the number of candidates currently looking for work it is a very competitive market, so we thank you for your patience.

We encourage job seekers to be as proactive as possible during these challenging times

Applying for a Job? Make Sure You Read the Job Description!

There is nothing more important prior to applying for a job than reading the job description. Read it thoroughly, or even read it twice. Applying for a job you do do have the skills and qualification for does you no favors.
If you apply for a job which you match the requirements, you are much more likely to make an impression on the hiring manager, and be selected for an interview.
If you only look at a job title and salary, and this is your guide for job searching – stop now, you are not helping yourself. Ask yourself, why am I looking for a change, what should my next career step be, do I want to want in a certain industry. Having a passion about looking for a new position is key.
As a recruiter, we probably receive between 300 – 1000 applications for every job we advertise and I will honestly say we are lucky if 10% match the specifications.
Therefore it is very time consuming and the specifications are not ones we have randomly made up – our clients have required candidates have these certain skills or qualifications. I will admit that while some clients do have some flexibility, be sensible on what you feel this would be classified as.
If a client is looking for a Finance Director, and is asking for a fully qualified CA through articles with 10 years experience. You may get away with applying if you have 8 years. If you are a Graduate, be reasonable – do not apply – and you may feel I am ranting – I assure you we see this situation in all industry sectors on a daily basis.
So work with the below to give yourself the best chance of being selected for a job –
  1. Know Yourself.
    To evaluate a job description, it’s important that your qualifications are fresh in your mind. This means you’ll need to evaluate your resume to ensure it is up-to-date with your most recent education, job skills and experience.
  2. Read Beyond the Job Title.
    Sure, the title will give you a clue about what the job entails. But many people see the title, read the only beginning of the description and quickly submit their resume. Take the time to read the entire document, focusing your attention on the most important parts.
  3. Make Note of the Company Culture and Job Roles.
    These are generally listed at the beginning of the job description. They are often standard language that is included in all the job descriptions the company produces. They are important clues that can help you decide if the organization is the right one for you; however, they won’t really help your recruiter decide if you are right for the organization. Bookmark these and come back to them.
  4. Pay Careful Attention to the Job Requirements.
    Requirements such as education, job skills and experience are areas in which you can set yourself apart from the competition. Focus your attention on the first three or four items in the list, which are likely the most important requirements for the job. Do you possess the required qualifications? Note whether the requirements are listed as mandatory or preferred. You’ll need to meet mandatory requirements to even be considered; preferred education, skills or experience could put you ahead of the pack if you have them. If you don’t, it’s possible other factors in your resume will make you an attractive option.
  5. Do You Want the Job?
    If you’re qualified, are you on board with the company culture and potential job roles? Don’t apply for a job you feel lukewarm about, because your insincerity could be detected in both your resume, and in your interview (if you’re contacted for one). Recruiters want to hire candidates who are enthusiastic about the job. If the position doesn’t excite you, move on.

Follow these five steps to find a rewarding position that is right for you. Thorough review of the job description can save you tremendous effort and prevent frustration in your job search.  A little effort is worth the payoff: a job you love!

Counter Offers – Employees

Counter Offers….

They really can be the most difficult decision one can make during the course of  your career, but think carefully.

You have a job offer which you have accepted and you feel it is the right time to move on, whether for higher remuneration or for career development, now is the time to resign.

You have your resignation letter in hand, you have thought out everything you plan to say to your employer (gone over it 100 times in your head), and you head for your meeting. You have probably visualized how this will go and suddenly your Manager is counter offering you.

Now you are in an unexpected state of confusion with two offers on the table, how do you move forward from here? The answer is think seriously. You had many reasons why you choose to take the time to look at other positions, attend interviews, and come to the decision to leave – does a counter offer change any of these?

If you are seriously open to reviewing an offer from them, document in writing what you need to stay. Is it more responsibilities, a promotion, better remuneration, improved working conditions, shorter working hours, being closer to home? Ensure they understand all reasons as to what it would take to get you to stay, but remember greed is not the answer, it will only stab you in the back further down the line.

Once you have a counter offer in writing, ask yourself if it will really change want made you want to move on in the first place.

Most recruiters, just like ourselves, will advise you against accepting a counter offer. Your immediate reaction to this may well be that they have to gone to all this work to find you a new position, and now you are withdrawing. Yup, when counter offers get accepted, most consultants will spend probably a good 10 minutes jumping up and down and banging their heads against a wall.

However, we are here not just to find the perfect employee for a client, but to find you, the employee, your perfect next career move, and if the counter-offer is the best option, we do understand.  But as recruitment experts, we have seen the pitfalls that have come from accepting a counter offer, and you must bear in mind the following should you accept :

You have accepted the counter offer, have been promoted / received a higher salary / secured more benefits, but I can assure you that if you think you still hold the same respect in your employers eyes you are sadly mistaken. You may well end up in a hostile work environment, excluded from certain situations and actually compromising your career success.

Are you irreplaceable in the short-term? An Employer may have a requirement for someone to be in your position and faced with the possibility of having to find other solutions immediately, he/she has made a fast agreement to keep you there. But really they are buying time to find a replacement, and before you know it – two offers is now none and you are out of work.

Can accepting a counter-offer when you have signed a new employment contract put your reputation at stake? Absolutely! We all seem to forget that an Employment contract is a legally binding document, that once accepted a commitment has been made in more ways that one. If an employer withdraws a signed contracted – says they no longer need someone – I can assure you – the employee will state the employer to be in breach. But even if your new employer is generous enough not to hold it legally against you, they will remember, for they are now back to square one looking for someone to fill the gap you created.

Candidate & Client Update – April 2016

Hello to all our Clients and Candidates!News

Yes, our blog has been quiet, but we are now rectifying this situation, and we would firstly like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Independent Day for Monday, and hope you all have a good break over the longer Easter holidays.
I would like to highlight, and to our candidates, don’t panic, the market is quieter than we would like to be at the moment but this is really very normal at this time of year. Recruitment tends to have traditional peaks and troughs during the course of the year, and those troughs are in line with the school holidays, so April, August and Christmas, are not necessarily the best times to look for work.
We have had a very good start to the year, with our first quarter resulting in more job opportunities than over the same period last year, so we are optimistic that once we are into May, more roles should be on the market. However, please do rest assured that should suitable opportunities arise, we will be in touch.
The Recruitment Matters Team!

Counter Offers – Should you accept?

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In recent times, the biggest challenge for search firms and potential employers is the threat of ‘counter offers’ made by the prospective employee’s current organization. Several high profile exits have been stalled and has led to bad blood and wastage of precious senior executive time apart from derailing business plans. We have seen that executives have been cajoled or in some cases even threatened! to stay on in their current organizations.

If you are in the process of moving on from your current organization and tempted to accept a ‘counter offer’, consider the following reasons why you should not fall for the bait!

1. The circumstances which caused you to consider a change will certainly repeat themselves in the future, even if you decide to stay on. The fundamental reasons do not change overnight.

2. Our past experience and statistics prove that the probability of executives accepting a counter offer voluntarily leaving in six months or have been let go within a year, is extremely high.

3. Rethink on the type of person or the company whom you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they promise to give you what you are really worth either now or in the future.

4. Where is the raise/ position for the counter offer coming from? Is it just your next pay rise/ promotion which has come early?

5. If your current employer manages to match your offer, consider that they have stretched to their maximum whilst with your prospective employer, it is the starting point.

6. Your organization will now keep an eye or launch a search for another person either externally or internally. They only held on to you to stave off a temporary crisis.

7. You have made your organization aware that you are not happy. From this day, your loyalty or commitment will always be in question. This will have a telling effect in the future if you have to be considered for mission critical assignments within the organization.

8. Once the word spreads in the organization, your relationship dynamics with your peer group and superiors could change for ever.

9. Last but not the least, accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride, knowing that you were ‘bought’ and you are no longer free on your own terms!

At the end of the day, it is also a lesson for employers who fail to assess the true value of their people while they are with them and it is certain that if they don’t, someone else will!

Tips for Quitting a Job before the First Day

It’s not an uncommon scenario: you accept a position but soon receive an offer for a better job at a different company that you would rather take. So, what is the best way to quit a job you haven’t even started?

While employers are often disappointed, they are rarely surprised when new recruits jump ship before their first day, especially if there is a long period between hiring and the first day of work. Still, you will want to let the company know your decision in a timely manner and with as much respect as possible. Your reputation is very important, and you never know when you will run into people again.

There are a couple of precautions to take before letting the original company know that you have changed your mind. Carefully consider your decision and whether the new opportunity is really what it seems to be. Take the time to meet with your potential new boss and gain a clear understanding of your responsibilities. Most importantly: make sure you have a signed offer letter in hand before giving notice.

Once you have established that the move to the second company is the right one, you have two options: either write or call the hiring manager at the original company. Email can often be subject to misinterpretation, so making a phone call is likely the most courteous method for reaching out in this situation; a phone call also demonstrates a certain professional maturity, as well. Perhaps most importantly, a phone call gives you the chance to gauge firsthand the other person’s reaction on the spot so you can respond in a way that best preserves the professional relationship.

Whether in phone or letter form, you will want to keep your message succinct. Simply explain that you have been offered another opportunity that is more in line with your long-term professional aspirations. You may choose to apologize for the inconvenience that your decision has caused the company — or simply acknowledge it, at the very least. Follow this with the fact that you want to provide as much advance notice as possible so that the company can resume its search with alternative candidates.

Before jumping into the conversation, it is beneficial for you to prepare yourself for a host of possible reactions from the hiring manager. They might want to renegotiate or attempt to sell you on the position; they could appear quite upset with you. It will be up to you to hold your ground. After all, you have no legal obligation to work for them, and you don’t want to make the situation personal, so keep your responses short, polite, and professional.

Even though there could be some hard feelings at first, it is better that you go with the company at which you will be the best fit. Ultimately, the company you leave would rather have an employee who is happy with and a perfect fit for the position, despite any initial reactions of disappointment or anger.