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South African employment services company, Kelly, is a presenting finalist at the 2009 Contact Centre World Awards, where they will compete against companies globally for the Best Recruitment Campaign and the Best Community Spirit.

"To "Generation Y?, the years of university study should be tough to secure employment, but in current economic conditions a degree is no longer the meal ticket that it used to be," writes Jan Coetzee of Manpower. But what can recently retrenched "first jobbers" do to protect their careers in this volatile market?

When preparing for an interview, most people consider common interview questions, preparing with research and remuneration, but do you consider your facial expressions, what you laugh at, and what you wear?

"Theft remains the biggest threat in the workplace environment, closely followed by damage to goods and operating equipment,' says Ian Robinson of Kelly Industrial. What kinds of risk management solution have you got in place to protect your staff and your business?

Empowering staff lifts your company's bottom line, even in volatile market conditions, claims Robert Sussman. It is crucial to recruit and retain talent that has excellent product knowledge that each team member can not only demonstrate, but also apply.

"The company?s internal Recruiter was asking him about basic accounting principles...and he was a senior company executive!" There has been a lot of talk in the news and around the water cooler about skills shortages, and perhaps ineffective hiring decisions here at home are more to blame than we're willing to admit.

Women can play a key role in plugging the gap in demand for the rapidly growing service sector, although inflexible work structures are the biggest global barrier to workplace engagement and retention of women. Organisations that bring women into the workforce today give themselves a chance to prosper over the long term.

Pure Innovation, an expert in talent mining, predicts the up-coming HR trends and challenges effecting organisations today. The challenge is to integrate talent at all levels, and bridge the skills gap - which, it is hoped, will transform business through corporate renewal.

UCT is hosting an innovative short course on talent management, attracting HR managers, practitioners and consultants, to renew focus on attracting and retaining top talent. They will learn what keeps the natural leaders of today - those who are results-driven and creative - glued in their current places of employment.

According to Strats Inc, who specialise in brand, marketing and business strategies, the biggest skills gap is at middle management level, putting strain on South African executives.

Although countries with "greener grass" are closing their doors, and headhunters are finding favourably reasons for skilled people to work in South Africa, we continue to produce the smallest number of engineers annually in the world, and foreign investors, as well as small and medium businesses, continue to find financial obstacles blocking their pathways to financial security.

50 million people globally will lose jobs this year - 200 000 could be retrenched in SA - but job cuts could impede economic recovery. The biggest reason is, according to a University of Washington Professor, "intellectual capital is the only source of competitive advantage within a growing number of industries.' And retrenching that capital should not be a decision made lightly. recently hosted presentations in Cape Town and Johannesburg to share some of the challenges that will be facing recruitment companies and recruitment advertising agencies in the online space in 2009 and beyond.

Employment growth rates have slowed, Statistics SA announced, as it published its quarterly statistics. T-sec economist, Mike Schussler, commented that the data was "close to what?s happening in our economy.'

South African Construction has a gloomy outlook, while Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Transport, Storage and Communication sectors are slowly thawing from the hiring freeze of early 2009. For the rest of the year, caution seems to be the global watchword.

Using technology can help you expand your candidate pool and reduce the time that it takes to hire. Dan Engel, regional sales manager at Polycom, tells you what you need to know.

The number of black employee placements in corporate South Africa has more than doubled over the past two years, according to research by leading South African headhunting company Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, and figures show the greatest area of transformation at senior management levels are amongst black females.

It is a career certainly not for the individual who sees it as: 'A cushy interviewing job' Interviewing only forms a small part of the diverse and responsible role of a recruitment consultant.

Kelly, South Africa?s leading talent management organisation was awarded the inaugural American Staffing Association (ASA) Care Award for the international staffing category at the Staffing World® 2008, ASA convention and expo which took place in San Diego.

A new Information Communication Technology (ICT) Specialist has opend in the the talent management arena. Part of the leading Kelly group, Kelly ICT promises to meet the needs of clients through their specialist Account Managers who have expertise in software development, infrastructure and funcational ICT.

A leading South Africa head-hunting firm has been tasked to search for a highly skilled environmental "activist? to take up the position of Executive Director for Greenpeace in Africa. the position which has been created in the wake of Greenpeace?s further initiatives in Africa presents a fantastic opportunity to drive environmental and social change in Africa.

A new survey of hiring trends covering businesses in 14 countries around the world has uncovered a generally positive picture of the employment market for managers and professionals despite the effects of the `credit crunch' and higher energy, fuel and food prices. With the high percentage of companies recruiting in South Africa expected to grow the jobs market appears to be booming.

"South Africa is undoubtedly one of the "big losers? in the global race for skills, and this problem is affecting all businesses competing in South Africa?s dynamic commerce environment," says Inex van Aswegan from Network IT Recruitment.

It is with great excitement that we announce Executive Secretary Appointments (ESA) move to the Kelly Group Head Office, based off Fredman Drive, Sandton. Branch Manager of South Africa?s specialist secretarial staffing consultancy, Tanya Fritz will continue to head up the ESA branch with her wealth of experience.

With a critical lack of leadership talent available globally and a demanding top level candidate, the headhunting climate has become more sophisticated and challenging. Leonie Pentz from AIMS International South Africa tells us that this dramatically raises the headhunting game - a different approach to the conventional headhunter-client relationship is an absolute must.


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