Careers24 supports second Future of HR Summit and Awards

Following the success of the first Future of HR Summit and Awards hosted in 2015, leading online career portal, Careers24, has pledged its support for the 2016 gathering of HR professionals as gold sponsor. The 2016 Future of HR Summit and Awards will be held in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 July.
Careers24 supports second Future of HR Summit and Awards
The summit will address the transformation of the HR function in South African business, forecasting trends, sharing innovative and strategic approaches to overcoming challenges and discussing practical methods of employee engagement, talent acquisition and empowering leadership.

Said Karla Fletcher, Topco’s Director: “As a company that has spent the last 20 years researching and recognising South Africa’s top organisations, the salient outcome is that every top-performing organisation in the private or public sector was underpinned by a strong employee culture.” She adds that the old methods of management and leadership are clearly expiring and only those that embrace this space of rapid transformation and start to understand digital disruption will thrive in turbulent times. “When we developed this product our aim was to find a partner who embraced this new way of thinking, Careers24 was just that, they set out to be relevant in the marketplace. Their contribution will help us to bring about a metamorphosis in this industry.”

Careers24 welcomed the opportunity to participate in the event that will provide leaders and organisations with a distinct competitive advantage to achieve business goals that will facilitate economic growth while keeping people at the forefront of business.

“We are invested in the growth of both the HR industry and in empowering jobseekers. Last year we received very good feedback from recruiters who attended the summit and we look forward to being a valuable partner again for this event which provides a platform for the discussion and understanding of industry challenges as well as solutions,” said Marc Privett, General Manager of Careers24. Privett will be speaking at the two-day summit again and will focus on employer branding which has become a hot topic in terms of attracting and retaining talent.

Careers24 now zero-rated through Vodacom NXT LVL

Careers24 in partnership with Vodacom are removing the cost burden of accessing employment opportunities online with the launch of the NXT LVL zero-rated career website. The zero-rated website enables jobseekers to browse job sites, upload their CVs and apply for available positions free of charge when accessing Careers24 as well as other Vodacom partner career sites.
“Our current mobile statistics show us that 900,000 jobseekers access the Careers24 mobi-site per month,” says Marc Privett, General Manager of Careers24. “This makes the launch of Vodacom’s NXT LVL product so relevant. While the product is available to Vodacom subscribers via both desktop and mobile, this initiative is of huge value to Careers24 jobseekers who search for jobs on our mobile site.”

According to the latest Careers24 recruitment trends report, there has been a significant increase in the number of online recruits when compared to the previous 12 months. “This trend indicates a buoyant job market in spite of economic downturn fears,” says Privett. “We wish to further empower jobseekers by publicising the NXT LVL channel to create awareness of the thousands of recruitment opportunities on Careers24.”

Vodacom Chief Officer, Consumer Sales and Distribution, Jorge Mendes, agrees: “By introducing this platform, Vodacom is aiming to put the power back into the hands of our customers and in turn make a meaningful contribution in addressing unemployment. From here onwards, jobseekers on the Vodacom network will be able to go on the internet to look for jobs free of charge.”

According to Stats SA’s Youth Labour Market report (Q1: 2008–Q1: 2015), of the approximately 19.7 million working-age youth (15 to 34 years), 9.8 million were not economically active. 6.2 million were employed, and 3.6 million were unemployed. According to the report, “over the period 2008–2015, key labour market rates deteriorated by a larger margin among youth compared with adults, and the frustration of not finding employment has led many young people to become discouraged and exit the labour force altogether.”

“We have thousands of graduates and young jobseekers registering with Careers24 per month and we hope that this initiative will reap rewards for both jobseekers and recruiters in the South African employment arena,” concludes Privett.

All jobseekers need to do to register is dial *111*128# and NXT LVL will provide affordable products such as data-centric bundles. To access the site, customers must log on to, click on Services, then on NXT LVL Careers.

The client’s bill of rights

Late last year I spoke at Careers24’s successful Recruiter Boot Camp event. In planning for the Boot Camp I looked at one of the most frequent complaints I receive from recruiters – the often precarious relationship between a recruiter and his or her client. This relationship can be a tricky one. Like all good relationships it should be built on trust but often complications get in the way. So how do we ensure the relationship is maximised and stays on track? How do we know what rights the client has and when they are over-stepping the boundaries?
Clients can feel resentful paying for a service that they sometimes believe they can do themselves. “We can get candidates from social media sites and online job boards, and there are thousands of them available, and they are really good, so what do we need you for?” is often heard. So what happens? The client begins demanding more service for lower fees and recruiters who are struggling to make their value understood find themselves capitulating – and feeling resentful.

But here is the bottom line – clients have rights. The customer is (almost) always right. And as soon as recruiters understand what these rights are, the client/recruiter relationship shifts to a positive one that shows results.

So what are those rights?

Clients have a right to negotiate price. In fact in today’s highly competitive arena it should be expected. Everyone wants more bang for their buck. The number of companies paying a 15% fee has gone up radically. In 2007, less than 20% of them were paying that. But by 2014 it was over 42% of companies. In the recession, recruiters discounted their fees in order to survive and now the clients are used to paying 15%.

So how do you, as a recruiter, ensure you are paid what you are worth? Well, you negotiate. You have a valuable service to offer and all serious buyers will want to negotiate. “Your fee is too high” is a common response from potential clients. As in “I just don’t have the budget”. To these I like to say, “There’s no question that my fees are high but the other truth is that the position remains open” or “I get that you don’t have the budget but if I find the perfect candidate for you, does that mean I need to take them to another company?”. There is always a little jostling during worthwhile negotiations – the trick is to know when to hold your ground and when to meet them halfway and if you reach a stalemate – don’t be afraid to split the difference.

In today’s market clients expect speed. They have a right to expect you to find them their candidate quickly. For most permanent recruiters the fill time has increased by 50%. We should always aim, where possible, to present candidates within 24 hours. Our service offering in a nutshell should be source, assess and deliver – quickly.

Clients have the right to expect verification. Reference checks have been in decline because recruiters believe that the companies want to do their own reference checking. But we have seen studies that people tell the truth on their applications about 74% of the time. That leaves a wide gap for error. Make sure your candidates are who they say they are.

Clients also have the right to use social media and other online resources. Job boards like Careers24, social media platforms, database emailers – all of these can be incredibly valuable to clients. Online recruitment has made the task of recruiting a lot more accessible to internal recruiters and these resources should not be ignored. In fact, they should be embraced. Show your client that you understand the strategic value of using technology in the search for candidates.

Another powerful (but often intimidating) way to ensure you are offering value is by showing clients that you have access to candidates that no-one else does. Clients have a right to expect this and this should be one of your key service offerings.

Clients also want to know that their recruitment campaign is being managed. They will want to know the status throughout the process, they will expect you to push them when deadlines are tight and above all else they will expect you to be in the head of the candidate at all times. They have the right to this kind of service.

It’s a competitive world out there. If we keep fighting the future with the ideas of the past, we will not succeed. So my advice is – lose the attitude.

A Career In The Navy

Joining the navy is a noble decision for many and is normally a decision based on a sense of patriotism and desire to serve the country. However, some people consider the navy as a way of developing a respectable career instead of going to college or studying for a degree at university.

It is also an honor to join the brave men and women who fight to keep the shores safe. The United Sates navy and The British Royal Navy encourage youngsters and adults to join and serve the country as the Navy has a lot of job opportunities to people from all walks of life. Most of us only know about navy officers but the navy requires many other positions too.

Before you enroll to get in the navy you must decide where you want to head. If you would like to be a navy officer then you will require certain academic qualifications. The academic qualification required is considerably of high standard compared to the one required to join the police force and the army. The individual who wants to join navy must complete college and enroll into the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program or NROTC. The individual can also enroll in the United States Naval Academy.

It is a prerequisite to hold a college degree in one of the Navy approved subjects such as engineering, science, mathematics or a few others.

If you have a degree in one of these it will be easier for you to get enrolled into Officer Candidate School. It is a great honor to get selected into the navy. Officers are saluted, paid a very reasonable salary and there are some fantastic benefits such as traveling all over the world. The role of navy officer also beings with it a level of responsibility and you will be in charge of the lives of men under you command.

Apart from being a naval officer you can also become an enlisted member of the navy. In order to become an enlisted member of the navy you are not required to hold a college degree or any academic requirements. To get qualified as an enlisted member of the navy you will have to pass mentally, medically and physically demanding tests. You are given a chance to enroll for the practice test, which is more formerly known as the Enlisted Screening Test or EST.

This test is taken in order to gauge your mental ability. You are required to have a spotless legal record; even small offenses can be counted against you during the selection process. A medical exam is mandatory and it will have to be done at the Military Entrance Processing, which is required in order to determine your eligibility and the field the choices available to you.

The options are aviation, medicine, nuclear, electronics or any other general field of work within the navy. Enlisted navy jobs have lower salaries and a less demanding job than a navy officer. The enlisted navy candidates have to go through a period of eight weeks of boot camp training as against the thirteen week period for navy officers.

Is Merchant Navy A Good Career Option?

Merchant navy is one of the most lucrative options for students who want a rewarding career with golden opportunities knocking their doors. Lots of good courses are available to students throughout the country with different colleges and universities. Merchant navy is one such course which not only is an exciting opportunity to live life at large but it also helps in developing an understanding about various workings of the ship. This is also called marine engineering for which a pre-sea training is mandatory. It is necessary for a student to belong to science stream in the first place.

They should have sound knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics which needs to be their main subjects in the senior secondary class. Other than that candidates from other fields of study like commerce or arts are not eligible. Those who apply for this course should finish their basic graduation in the first place. They can also apply for civil service exams with science as their background; even this is quite beneficial for their future. Those who have mechanical or electrical engineering as their subject in graduation can also apply for the jobs related to deck cadet.

There are various institutes which provide marine engineering to students; it depends on the students as to which institute they choose to study from after seeing their financial strength and understanding about the course. There are various colleges spread all over India who provide this course. India Maritime Institute (IMI, Delhi), Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (Mumbai), Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI, Pune), Vels Academy of Maritime Studies (Chennai), Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education Training (MANET, Pune) and Institute of Technology & Marine Engineering are some of the colleges where this subject is available.

There are more colleges which provide this subject but the ones shown are considered the best among them. Lots of job opportunities are easily available for students in this line can grow up in their careers respectively and become captains too. They also have an option of working for Indian ships as well as international ships. Salary scales differ from firm to firm and can increase with relevant experience which they gain with time. Fresh marine engineers can earn anything between 18k-45k pm. The increase in pay package depends on their hard work and understanding.

Another important factor in this field is health. It’s mandatory that every candidate is absolutely fit health wise, physically and mentally. They should not be suffering from any kind of ocular problem which is quite a crucial point during such exams. Life on ships demand immense physical fitness and those who cannot cope up with their health issues need to reconsider their decision about pursuing marine engineering. A major disadvantage is that there is no social life for them as they are at all times surrounded by the vast sea. Many students do have the problem of getting homesick. Such students cannot take up this profession. Though this profession is quite rewarding but it also has its disadvantages as well. We wish all our future marine engineers a very best of luck for their future endeavors.