Recruitment Selection

Unfair discrimination in the recruitment and selection process is a delicate matter and HR professionals should be aware of the legislation surrounding this issue. The Employment Equity Act provides strict guidelines around medical testing, psychometric testing and other related practices.

Finding the right e-recruitment solution for your company can be tricky. Konetic Recruit helps streamline recruitment administration, increases productivity and frees up time for other, more valuable HR initiatives according to IndigoCube MD, Ziaan Hattingh.

Amid growing levels of fraud and information manipulation in the workplace, the financial sector has imposed stricter control measures to ensure that those employed have clear and proven credentials.

SMS is becoming the largest recruitment channel as it streamlines the recruitment process making it more efficient,faster and cheaper for both recruiting agencies and potential canditates, especially those in rural areas. Dr Pieter Streicher highlights the benefits of SMS recruitment and what to look out for.

Top jobs around the world are now within arm?s reach for South African executives, following the announcement that the leading global alliance of executive search firms, IRC Global Executive Search Partners, has expanded its presence into SA.

Do you verify the qualifications of new recruits? Recent scandals have brought to light the issue of degree mills, a concern that has been intensified by reports that since June 'two thousand five hundred people have been less than truthful about their qualifications'.

The amount of criminal records seems to have doubled over night after fingerprint checking (via AFIS or paper-based) became the only legal means of checking the history of job applicants, as reports confirm that over 10% of job applicants have criminal records.

If you are not part of the LinkedIn community you are missing out on the most popular social network for professionals currently in existence, which is a major disadvantage for unemployed professionals who are scouring the job market for potential opportunities.

The Avusa Media Annual Recruitment Awards is a prestigious award that recognises outstanding service and innovation in the HR and recruitment fields, and professionals interested in participating are encouraged to send in their nominations for 2011.

The human resource is only the greatest asset when you place the right people in the right jobs. These are the sentiments of Anil Salick who provides some basic guidelines to determining which candidates will fit the profile and exceed in any given position.

Is employee dissatisfaction eating away your profits? Employment benefits such as flexi-time and working from home keep employees happy revealed a recent survey and according to the MD of Microsoft SA, Mteto Nyati "Employee satisfaction is key to the successful running of any organisation."

Employment opportunities in the financial sector has driven recruitment company Communicate Personnel to establish a finance niche in its operations, growing it's database of quality, screened candidates who are primed for general and specialist finance postions, from entry to executive level.

Recruiting the 'right person' for the job has moved up on the list of management priorities as organisations begin to acknowledge the direct and indirect costs associated with hiring the wrong employee, an expense that companies can no longer afford as pressures caused by the economic downturn continue to intensify.

Recruitment group Communicate Personnel celebrates 30 years of successful business in the South African recruitment industry and managing director Laura Hutchinson says strong leadership, resilience, agility and good people are the foundations of success.

The global recovery in growth has not yet translated into a recovery in employment, CEO of the Landelahni Recruitment Group, Sandra Burmeister says we need a two-pronged approach comprised of SME support and technical skills development to address this anomaly.

Employers still smarting from the sting of the global recession are remaining conservative in their hiring plans over the next three months according to Manpower Employment Outlook Survey which reported that the outlook is at its weakest level since the survey began in 2006.

The annual Manpower survey revealed 14 percent of employers in South Africa are struggling to fill jobs compared to the global average (34 percent) due to skills shortages. This should be a wake-up call for organisations, the education sector, government and individuals cautions Manpower managing director Peter Winn.

Increasing cost-to-company is just one of the obstacles hindering employment, and businesses need to be more focused and proactive during the selection and recruitment process.

Is your company equipped to identify employee fraud? According to Managed Integrity Evaluation those who manipulate documents and commit fraud do so using the latest technology and methodologies. MIE CEO, Ina van der Merwe, advises businesses to aquire the services of external verification and security agencies to eliminate this growing trend.

Appalling economic conditions has intensified employee fraud despite the slowdown in recruitment. Employees are becoming desperate and employers will need to establish an on-going vetting process to eliminate employee fraud according to EMPS, SA's oldest screening and vetting company.

EMPS, South Africa?s oldest screening and vetting company gets expert advice from a forensic auditing specialist (member of the Institute of Internal Auditors) regarding his conclusions drawn on the subject of employment references, based on some 40- years experience.

How can we overcome fraud in the interview room? The staggering unemployment rate has raised the level of competition among job seekers, who are now turning to fraudulent methods to secure employment. Those in the HR and recruitment industry need to be aware of this growing issue and how to combat it.

While the Western Cape shows the most promising signs of increased hiring levels during the second quarter, 84% of employers across South Africa are expected to maintain their current workforce. These statistics were taken from the Manpower Employment Outlook survey.

Do you believe the blemish on your criminal record is thwarting your endeavours to obtain employment? Employers' Mutual Protection Service Managing Director, Kirsten Halcrow, recommends observing a full disclosure policy during interviews to avoid misrepresentation.

We all know that reference checking is essential when recruiting staff, but are we doing it correctly? Experts on recruitment from screening and vetting company EMPS have some tips on how to do reference checking correctly and thereby avoid some of the biggest mistakes recruiters make.

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