First win the Job

When jobs are hard to find just getting one seems the height of ambition, but real winners use the opening as the starting point to a fulfilling – and rewarding – career. The upward progression of the corporate winner is not a matter of luck or a question of being in the right place at

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Spot the growth sectors…

Career development should be a matter of pre-planning rather than chance. And forget the notion that career planning is something carried out once by matriculants and recent graduates. The pace of change – technological and societal – is such that career changes will occur periodically throughout your working life. The secret of success, says The

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7 Steps to successful job searching

Job-Seekers put themselves through the agony of successive highs and lows because they take a frenetic rather than systematic approach to the jobs quest. Experts at The Focus Group, the Forest Town-based firm of human resource consultants to some of the country`s top employers, recommend a balanced programme of reactive and proactive job searching. Says

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Impressive CV’s get you the job

Framing a quality CV is the first hurdle for job-seekers… and most of them stumble horribly at it, according to The Focus Group, the Forest Town-based human resources consultancy that takes on the full spectrum of human capital management functions for some of the country’s leading employers. Says Focus Group director Gavin Sher: “Job-seekers get

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Pale, male, and unemployable?

South Africa’s new policy environment has created the impression in some quarters that a form of reverse racism now applies in employment practice, with white males fast becoming a threatened minority. Is this a crude over-simplification or is it the practical reality? The “pale male” can expect to be adversely affected in the employment stakes

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Breach The No-Experience Barrier

First-Time job hunters can take heart. There is a way through the ‘no previous experience’ barrier. However, the breakthrough may require forward planning or short-term sacrifice and job seekers need to regard the process of job search as a job in itself. Several successful breakthrough techniques have been described by The Focus Group, the Forest

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