Recruitment Selection

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.

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.

Companies around the world spend an absolute fortune on ‘rotten apples’ and this doesn’t even take into account the indirect ways these businesses pay for hiring the wrong employee. Productivity, employee morale and client satisfaction are all at stake.

It’s been labelled one of the biggest business challenges facing organisations the world over, and is recognised as the most significant corporate game changer of the future – attracting and retaining talent.

So, you’ve just hired a new employee? You no doubt went to great lengths to source the perfect candidate, spending hours on interviewing and background checks, or investing in a recruitment agency to help streamline the process.

It’s a great time to be in recruitment. The need and demand for talent is massive and continues to increase.

Technological innovation and the emergence of the millennial generation are closely entwined. Few superlatives can accurately sum up the sheer extent to which technology has fundamentally altered the way we live and work, both as consumers and businesses.

Having too few, or too many staff members can have negative financial, service and productivity implications - affecting both an organisation and its employees.


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