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Recently appointed Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, South Africa, Lerisha Naidu, plans to implement a new way of working in the legal sector, ensuring that all contributors to the working environment are able to show up as their true selves.

 


The following core competencies are set out in the Department of Higher Education’s Competency Framework for Career Development Practitioners in South Africa, 2016.


Mid-life is a time when many people reassess their priorities and decide to make a career change. The Covid-19 pandemic has also prompted employees of all ages to rethink their career paths, either due to personal preferences, or because of retrenchment and a shortage of work options.


South African matriculants, school leavers and students can register now to attend The Knowledge Trust Career Expo, hosted for the first time entirely on the WhatsApp platform. Expo visitors who have completed the expo’s career guidance journey, unlock access to apply for the more than 140 bursaries, valued at over R20 million.


It’s not uncommon to feel remorseful after a while in the same job or industry. After three or more years of working in a particular field you might be uncertain as to whether you chose the right path, perhaps feeling that you wasted a great deal of time studying a field you do not want to pursue. After all, most people decide the subject that they wish to study right after graduating high school.


So, you’ve just spotted an ad for your dream job, something you’d love to do and know you could handle competently. The only problem is, you don’t meet all the criteria exactly and you’re a little under qualified for the position. A few minor tweaks to your CV would certainly help and wouldn’t do any harm, right?


The job market has always been an evolving and changing market, however these days the change is rapid. Today’s jobs landscape is all about entrepreneurship, self-employment and ingenuity in a world where the old-fashioned job for life is in decline.


Current jobseekers have been facing tough times. Employment is waning in South Africa, with some industries taking a harder knock than others. 


When you are looking for job vacancies, following small tips and using techniques can actually increase your chances of succeeding. The more methods you make use of in trying to find job vacancies, the higher your chances will be of finding a job.


Self-improvement is about developing healthy habits – including ways to improve your career path.


Last week in How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker, we looked at how you can make LinkedIn work for you. Up until now, we’ve been focusing on positives; now it’s time to take a look at the negatives - things you do that make you stand out for the wrong reasons.


Standing out from the crowd can be difficult. This week in How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker, we take a look at LinkedIn and how you can use this social network to improve your chances of being hired.


This week in How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker, we're going to look at how to ace the interview. Read on to find out how to survive a job interview, with a variety of tips and hints.


This week in How to Stand Out as a Job Seeker, we look at ‘soft skills’ and how they can help you nail that job application. But first, what are soft skills? Let’s take a look.


It can be very difficult to know where to start when it comes to writing your CV. It's one of the first things your potential employer sees and it's often where applicants let themselves down the most. let's take a look at how to write the perfect CV.


Writing a cover letter can be a real challenge but it's the most important part of a job application. Let's take a look at how to write the best cover letter you possibly can.

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