Recruitment Selection

At some point in your career, it’s likely you’ll need to expand your team. When that happens you’ll want to hire the best people.

Finding interns these days is easy. Every recent graduate is looking for that all-important experience. They’re fresh, idealistic and want to work. The problem is that they’re not all perfect for your company or your team.

According to Nritika Singh, CEO of Isilumko Staffing (IS) and Activate, rapidly developing technology is driving the recruitment industry to new levels of sophistication. As a result this is changing not only the way that staff are recruited, but more importantly creating an evolution in the workplace.

The demand for background screening services in South Africa - and Africa as a whole - has continued to increase over the last five years, presenting a 14% rise in the uptake of vetting solutions by businesses during this period.

Qualification fraud in South Africa had reached an alarming level with several high profile and senior ranking officials among those who were exposed for lying on their CVs. Soon employers could be faced with legislative obligations aimed at reducing instances of employing qualification fraudsters.

As most professionals gear up to conclude the year with hopes of returning back to the office refuelled, now is also the time to prepare for inevitable change and challenges that come with entering a new year.

With increasing competition in attracting and retaining top talent presenting a significant challenge to businesses across industries, new innovative solutions in identifying candidates who are the ‘right fit’ for vacant positions have peaked the interest of the recruitment sector.

With about half of the world’s fastest growing countries based in Africa, the continent is quickly becoming a global business and economic hotspot.

Decades have now distanced businesses from the idea that their access to labour and investment in machinery would give them the competitive edge.

One of the most important ongoing tasks you’ll have as a business leader is hiring, and it’s not easy.

Background screening is essential as South Africa continues down the slippery slope to corruption.

Background checks are arguably one of the most essential steps in human resource management and staff recruitment today.

“If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur”; wise words from Red Adair, an American oil well fire fighter.

As the world becomes ever more digitised and technologically driven, demand for web and mobile software development solutions - and talent - continues to rise.

There are numerous ways in which a candidate can create a standout Curriculum Vitae (CV) that grabs the attention of a potential employer.

It’s happening, Millennials are steadily overtaking older staff as South Africa’s largest representative generation of workers, introducing an entirely new mindset that businesses will have to master to recruit and retain the new workforce.

Across the spectrum, business knows that investment in the training and development of employees has a high impact on overall organisational success.

Hiring new staff members, especially for a startup, is an important task. You need to be sure to find the right fit. And this goes far beyond what you can learn from a CV and cover letter.

The recent acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft has put social recruitment in the spotlight. The purchase, seen as a means for the software giant to get in on the social media boom, had many speculating what its plans are for LinkedIn.

While qualifications are a useful guide when recruiting employees work experience will give new recruits the edge.

We are over the halfway mark for the year 2016, and statistics up to this point reveal that there has been an increase in the number of businesses vetting potential and existing employees.

Not too long ago ‘competency based interviewing’ became the rage and now it is based at the core of HR and interviewing practices.

Social media has changed the face of recruitment and going forward has the potential to change it some more. But it is now clear social media is unlikely to supersede established methodologies. It is a supplement, not a replacement.

Social media, supplemented by news apps is the go-to place to find the latest news happenings, but it is also on these platforms where job seekers are finding out about available positions.

An alarming 763 fatalities were the result of 130 major road accidents in South Africa in 2015, as per statistics from the annual Road Traffic Report Calendar published by the Road Traffic Management Corporation earlier this year.


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