The real interview process

By Developers

Did you know your interview starts at the first point of communication?

That is what you call a direct instruction. Your interview process as begun.
If you can’t follow the very first instruction, it is highly likely you will never hear from the agency/company.
If you get this right, know every word you type is being scrutinized. Check your grammar, your spelling, your sentence structure and get it right.

Your next interview step. THE CALL.
Howzit, ja, lekker to get your call. Quickly finishing off my sig, give me a second.
If you aren’t ready for the call, don’t take it. First impressions are what get you in the door.

The recruiter’s interview.
At Nu Beginnings we will never send a candidate for a position that we are not 100% confident in. You are a reflection of our brand. Getting lost, coming in late or forgetting about the interview chips away at our confidence.

Some other pointers that we can only assume you don’t know.
Hey, saw your advert on FB, check out my CV.
Check my LinkedIn profile.
I’m looking for a job, get me one.
Here’s my email address.

If you can’t take the time to read who to address the email to, why do you expect us to take the time for you? I’m sorry you are too busy to contact me directly, but a message to check out your profile doesn’t entice me to work with you. How about a personal introduction?
Over 14 million South African’s are looking for work, how would this approach make you stand out?

Be the best you at all times.


Tags: advice, careers, interviews, jobs


It sucks being in the job market

By Developers

For the human race to have evolved to a place where we sending cars into space, you would think we would have made applying for work easier. Job hunting is degrading, energy sucking, repetitive and soul destroying. (To say the least).
The process goes along the lines of registering with portal number 1, fill out a million questions, upload a CV and repeat on portal 2, 3, and 4. Then update your LinkedIn profile, contact a few recruiters who are going to tell you that you’ll be put on the database until something comes up and then it’s your time to start applying. Not only do you get 1 response to every 50 applications, the response is automated with an “if you don’t hear from us in 2 weeks, you have been declined”.

How wrong is this!?!

The fact of the matter is, the majority of the time when you are looking for work, you are either unemployed, about to be unemployed or grossly unhappy. Your situation is dire and you just need some feedback.

Truth is, we know the process is flawed.
I have no excuse for companies, and in my opinion, they should be investing more money in a recruitment division or partnering with Nu Beginnings (because I am biased of course) in assisting with taking time to respond, give feedback, and guide where possible. Automated responses are no longer acceptable. (And don’t tell me you get 100 responses and have no time for it. Employ a few of those unemployed candidates to manage it.)

As for the portals. Honestly, we are in the 21st century. Upload CV, automate the process and make it quick. We all know Career Junction and PNET are one, why not have 1 process?

Back to the recruiters. I can only speak for Nu Beginnings. I push my team to always give honest feedback but I won’t lie, the backlash can sometimes sting.
Truth is:
• Your CV doesn’t read well
• You haven’t committed to any company, which does set alarm bells
• You asking for too much money
• Your skills are outdated
• You haven’t kept yourself relevant to compete with younger possible employees

Hearing this sucks, but if you don’t hear it, how are you going to fix it?

Ask yourself what value do you add to your next possible employer?
What do you have that the next person doesn’t?
Can you read your CV? Does it make sense? Is the grammar correct? Does it sell you? If not, I can recommend www.diymycv.co.za – really great service.

We get asked daily if we can help with finding someone a job. Truth is, we can guide you, but we can’t make jobs. We can only work what openings we get in (and trust me we working on placing 100 people a month) but until we have your opportunity, take control. Work on your CV. Work on your sales pitch. Yes, the process is flawed. But you don’t have to follow the process. Stand out. Do things differently. Know your worth.

And in the meantime, we are working on securing all these opportunities for you. Spread the word of Nu Beginnings Recruitment Specialist, we’d love to manage the recruitment process for all the great companies in Cape Town.

Candidate, Client

Tags: careers, finance, human resources, jobs, marketing, recruitment process, sales


The importance of communication

By Clients, Developers

“80% of your success will be determined by your communication skills”

As recruiters, we often get asked what skills are lacking or desired in the marketplace, and after expanding our markets into Finance, HR, Marketing, and Admin, we’ve realized the most important skill in any industry is Communication.

Has technology contributed to the decrease in the quality of our communication?
Has the lack of spiritual/religious teachings contributed towards the influx of lies, deceit and harmful words?

An insightful documentary to watch explaining why we lie, (Dis) Honesty: The Truth about Lies.
We surrounded by lies. Candidates expanding their salaries instead of voicing their honest opinion on why they feel they are worth a certain amount. Clients promising sign-off on a position, where in fact they just trying to have a backup plan. Recruiters expressing you are overqualified where the truth is you’ll be older than the owner and it’s not a good culture fit.

We lie because it’s easier. It doesn’t push us to have to communicate in a manner that we are understood and yet not offensive.
The lack of communication is a very popular method of showing just how poor our communication skills are. A simple no thank you, not the right time, sorry I’m busy or we don’t have the budget can work like magic.

Communicate with intention.
Communicate from a sincere place.
Invest in your communication skills, it could be the very skill that takes your career and life to the next level.

Candidate, Client

Tags: communication, jobs, recruitment, skills, talent


Tips for your registration letter

By Developers

Keep it short. There is no need to add lengthy explanations; if you need to get something off your chest, albeit in a professional manner, you can do so in a private conversation with your manager.

Adapt it to your contract. Showing that you have considered the terms of your contract shows that your decision is thought through and it avoids any nasty surprises.

Keep a professional tone. While you might be on friendly terms with your manager, remember that a resignation is to be dealt with in an appropriate manner. Address your manager formally.


[Your Name]
[Company name]
[Company address]

Dear [Name of Recipient],
I am writing to notify you of my formal resignation from my role as [Job Title] at [Company Name].
As my contract requires that I give [amount of time specified] my last day will be [date].
Thank you for all of the opportunities for professional and personal development presented to me during my time here. I’ve enjoyed working for you, and appreciate the support provided me during my time at the company. If there is anything I can do to help with the transition, please do let me know.
Thank you.
______________ (signature)
[Your Name]


Tags: Letter, resignation