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12/8/2016 12:38 PM

​The time to set new goals is upon us. This time of the year offers us an opportunity to prepare for new beginnings and resolutions. With January being the busiest job searching month of the year, people are constantly seeking opportunities that will advance their careers.

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I used to think it was absurd for teachers to ask me where I see myself in 5 years. I used to think I was too young to know but also it was a waste of my time. Little did I know, you need to set clear objectives for your career in order to measure your success.

The arrival of the New Year is a great time to reflect on your past experiences and think about which direction your career should take. In addition, employers are hiring at this time of the year, so you can also get a good feel for the market you'd like to look into.

 The tips below will help you to create your career goals.

1.       Review your work

Look through your academic and employment history to find out which elements you enjoyed or were passionate about.

2.       Start with career research

Read about careers of interest. Identify various careers that interest you and keep narrowing them down. Measure the careers against your preferred skills list and research careers that genuinely appeal so you can find a suitable career for you.

3.       Check out what your friends do

Be curious about the work that people in your social network do. The roles of colleagues, suppliers and clients might interest you and be a good fit for you. These roles can help you develop in certain elements of your career.

4.       Set up a job shadow

Job shadowing is great for your career as you gain concrete exposure to the field. This can create a lot of opportunities for you.

5.       Volunteer to gain experience

Not everything is about money. Look for volunteer positions within your desired career field. Part-time internships are also a great way to gain experience.

6.       Invest in your education

We constantly need to learn new things and develop our knowledge. Consider taking an online class to boost your career skills and understanding of your desired career.

Start the New Year with an active campaign to find new career opportunities. Career focus comes through active engagement with career resources and people in the working environment. Remember, it is never too late to make your move!

Thinking of a career change? Visit our website for the latest jobs in the Supply Chain industry.​

12/8/2016 12:45 PMTips for setting career goals for the new year
11/17/2016 1:29 PM

An increasing number of companies in South Africa and globally are taking concrete steps to increase the number of women in key roles. This ensures diversity and inclusion in the company. Tech-Pro, which is a leader in Supply Chain Recruitment, has a female MD and constantly promotes empowering women.

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Change in transport and logistics

The transport and logistics industry is typically known as an industry for men because there are a large number of men that dominate the industry. Women are predominately employed as support staff in admin, finance and communications roles while on the other hand men are employed in physical roles that are technical and operational.

With the advancement of technology, certain markets have created opportunities to include more women. These opportunities include automatic gearboxes and hydraulic lifting equipment and also increasing education of existing employees in order for them to advance in their careers and improve technical training in the company. The retirement of current employees also creates opportunities for women in the company as they can apply for the roles and get promotions.

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Industry growth through diversity and workplace culture

Gender and diversity are key factors of any company culture, this includes the logistics industry. Male and female employees both, can create solutions that can benefit the company and improve financial returns and profitable growth.

It is very important for every company to have a culture that promotes constructive dialogue about the importance and benefits of diversity and inclusion. Employing women in this industry to get a high BBBEE score is not enough, companies need to remove cultural and structural barriers.

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Key insights and the road ahead

  • Inclusion of women at all professional levels leads to better business outcomes such as high productivity levels, employee satisfaction and high financial returns for the business.
  • The logistics industry should actively leverage on opportunities to attract and employ women. Other industries such as mining and engineering have recognised the importance of diversity and inclusion of women in the workplace.
  • It is possible to remove barriers that prevent the broader participation of women in the logistics industry through strong and committed leadership.

Tech-Pro is committed to promoting and empowering women in the logistics industry. Visit our website to view and apply for jobs in the logistics industry.

11/17/2016 1:34 PMWomen in a logistics career
11/10/2016 1:42 PM

So, you've come across an ad for what seems like a dream job, it's in your area of expertise and pays a great salary that is higher than the current market rate. Something doesn't seem right though and alarms are going off in your head about this opportunity. Before you proceed with your application make sure you've been through our list of pointers to help you spot an employment scam.

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1.       You have to part with money

This is a huge warning sign as any legit company does not need you to pay them any fee for an interview to happen or when the interview is done for training. If you are asked for your banking details, do not part with that information as you're sure to be left bankrupt! The golden rule is, if any job opportunity requires you to pay money, it is most probably a scam.

 

2.       Free email accounts

The email address that is used for communication by the recruiter is a free email account such as Gmail, Yahoo, Live or Hotmail. All legitimate companies that are hiring will use corporate email accounts to communicate with you, not their personal accounts. Stay away from these emails as they are more than likely trying to lure you into a scam job opportunity.

 

3.       High pay for little work

The job advert boasts a very high salary for very little work to be done with no experience or qualifications. This should raise red flags immediately as most companies pay you industry related salaries and expect some sort of experience to do the job and a qualification is more than often needed.

 

4.       SMS job opportunities

This is a popular one that has been going around in South Africa in the last few months. Scam recruiters will send you an SMS stating that your CV has been viewed by their company or themselves and they would like you to come in for an interview. The location is provided but it is more like a home address and no company name is given. Ignore this immediately and do not respond.

 

5.       Work from home

Working from home may seem like a dream! The ability to be in the comfort of your home doing very little work sounds great but that is not always the case. Most work from home scams require you to purchase a starter kit to do the job that will be delivered to your house, however, this does not arrive. There are also scams where you have to do data capturing work that you will not end up getting paid for.  

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It is vital that you take precautions for all job opportunities that come your way. Falling for scammers can lead to the loss of money and identity theft. Taking the time to ensure that you have checked the points above, it will save you from being the next victim.

Tech-Pro are leaders in Supply Chain Recruitment. We have professional recruitment consultants that will assist you with new career opportunities. Visit our website for more information.

11/10/2016 1:45 PMHow to look out for employment scams
11/3/2016 8:45 AM

​Making it to the interview round means that you are one step closer to getting the job. You are one of at least 3 or 4 people under consideration for the job. You have nothing to lose if you nail your interview and end it on a high note. If you’ve had a good interview, it could seal the deal. The tips below can help you nail the interview round and ultimately get the job. 

  • Be bold. Be confident.

Being interviewed by a panel of senior staff can be intimidating and daunting to your confidence. Remember that they can also sense your energy – whether you are nervous or not. Try to always be calm and confident. Be bold when answering your questions and give out as much information as you can. 
  • Ask probing questions

It is important to ask questions after an interview especially if you are not clear on certain issues. An example can be to ask questions such as ‘What are the next steps?’ or ‘how soon do you expect to be making a decision?’. Don’t put the interviewer off or come across as arrogant and over-confident. Asking questions about benefits and leave risks you appearing presumptive or self-interested and neither of them are traits that are likely admired. Get the full list of questions to ask in an interview by clicking here. 
  • Body language matters 

It is important to make contact with your interviewer; this can be a handshake or eye contact. Thank them for seeing you and for their insightful questions. You don’t want to seem as though you want to escape the place but rather look comfortable.  


  • Remember to follow up 

The interview is not the last step. You need to follow up with your interviewer to check on the selection process. Send a ‘thank you’ note to the people who interviewed you, simply thanking them for their time and their questions and reiterating how excited you are about the opportunity. 

A job interview is a step closer to getting your job. You need to be aware of your body language and your personality. Be yourself and be confident but also conduct yourself in a professional manner. 

Tech-Pro has professional recruiters that will assist you with new career opportunities in Supply Chain and Logistics. Visit our website​ for more details.
11/3/2016 8:44 AMInterview tips to successfully close an interview
11/1/2016 2:05 PM

​Getting called in for a job interview is an achievement and an important milestone on the path to getting a job. However, we all know how daunting interviews can be, focusing on answering all the questions that the interviewer asks you correctly and not making any mistakes. It is common for job seekers to focus so hard on answering interview questions that they forget something very important: You can ask questions too!

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Here is a list of questions that you should ask the interviewer:

 

1.       How has this position evolved?

By asking this question, you will be gaining information on how this role has grown over the years and whether the position is a dead end with no growth or a stepping stone which will help you reach greater heights within the company.

 

2.       What is the company culture and working environment like?

This important question will help you with insight on what the company is all about and if you will be able to fit in with the rest of the team. The interviewers' response will help you judge if the environment is a positive and friendly one.

 

3.       Can you tell me about the company's growth plans?

Asking this will assist you in finding out about where the company is headed in the future and if growth is expected. The plans will give you an indication of what they are implementing and if you will be able to contribute to it.

 

4.       What is expected of me in this position?

If you want to know exactly what the role you are interviewing for is about, this is the question to ask. It will ensure that you know exactly what is expected of you, directly from the employer and there will be no room for any surprises if you are hired. It will allow you to know exactly what you are signing up to do.

 

5.       What are some of the challenges in this position?

This will give insight on some of the difficulties and challenges that you may face if you are hired for the job. It will help you go in with a better view of what to expect and you can prepare yourself to deal with these challenges in the best way possible.

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Asking the right questions in an interview are important for many reasons. The questions you ask will determine if this is a company you would like to work for, it helps you collect valuable information about the company, including the employees that are a part of it and if their goals align with yours.  It also gives the interviewer insight into what areas you want clarity on.

Tech-Pro are leaders in Supply Chain recruitment, for tips or advice feel free to send us an enquiry. Alternatively, to search and apply for jobs, click here.

11/1/2016 2:05 PMWhat questions you should ask in an interview
10/27/2016 12:10 PM

​Writing an excellent CV can be a daunting task that is filled with challenges but when it comes to applying for a new job, your CV could be the ticket to get your foot in the door and secure an interview. We have therefore put these tips together to show you the key things you need to consider to ensure your CV shows you in the best light possible.

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1.       Presentation is key

A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented so that it remains clutter-free as well as easy to read. A recruiter does not want to go hunting for the information that they are looking for, therefore, the layout should always be clean and well-structured.


2.       Grammar is vital

It is easy to make mistakes on your CV, so it is vital that you check your grammar and ensure that it is correct. Recruiters do not like reading CV's with spelling errors as it reflects negatively on the candidate. If need be, use a spell checker such as Grammarly as it will correct any mistakes that you may not have picked up.

 

3.       References

References are important and vital on your CV as they are from past employers that are able to vouch for your experience and skills. Make sure that you have at least two references from past companies that a recruiter or employer is able to contact.

 

4.       Tell the truth, always

Lying on your CV can land you in a lot of trouble when the time comes for the employer/recruitment consultant to check the references and background you have provided. You do not want to be caught lying on your CV as it will risk all future employment and seriously affect your credibility as a trustworthy employee. Stick to the truth as you cannot go wrong with it and it will only benefit you.

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Following the above CV tips will ensure success and show the recruiter or employer that you are professional in presenting yourself and your work, skills and qualifications. It will also increase your chances of landing the interview that you have been waiting for. 

10/27/2016 12:15 PMTop CV Tips
10/26/2016 2:13 PM

​We all know that starting a new job can be exciting but also nerve-wrecking! You are not used to the environment or the people. You are not in your comfort zone but it is vital for you to always be composed, confident and excited. To make the most of your first few months in your new job there are things that can help you push yourself.

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1.       Build work relationships

Interpersonal relationships are vital in the first few months of starting your new job. You spend almost 8 hours with the same people every day which you need to interact with. This helps you get a sense of the company culture and how things operate. Are there weekly update meetings? Do people have lunch at their desks? Make sure that you make an effort to hang out with your colleagues instead of ignoring everyone.

2.       Have clear goals / targets  

It's important to set goal for the future before you start in your new role. These can be short-term or long-term. Talk to your manager about how you want to succeed in your new role and how you will measure your success. More often the company will assistance in succeeding by offering you training or paying for a course that will empower you.

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3.       Be indispensable

Make your mark. The first few months are critical as you are probably on probation for a few months and the company still has to 'decide' if they should keep or not.  You should show your manager outstanding work ethics and how well you can do your job. Having passion for your job can help you in approaching new projects or assignments.

4.       Know what you want

You need to have direction in terms of your career. What do you want to get from your job? Is it career growth or opportunities? In the first few months of your new role you should establish what you want to get from the job.

5.       Find someone to talk to

You are new in the office and you don't know how to get around or how processes work – that's normal. All you need to do is find the right person to direct all those 'silly questions' to.  We all get nervous when we start our new job, we are can't even go to the bathroom or make coffee because the nerves won't allow you.

6.       We have all been there

Everyone in your office has been new, even the oldest person was once new. We know exactly how you feel. Don't be too shy when being introduced to senior management, be confident and relaxed. Remember that first impressions last.

7.       Pause, think and reflect

A new job can be overwhelming. There's so much information to take in and also new things to learn constantly thus making it very important to take time to relax.

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10/26/2016 2:12 PMStarting a new job? Here are things to remember
10/19/2016 2:45 PM

​Applying for a job doesn’t only involve sending through a cv and hoping for the best. You need to sell more than just your qualifications and skills. Companies want to know who you really are and if your personality will match with that of the company. Most employers expect to get a cover letter; it is no longer optional. Below are tips to help you write the perfect cover letter. 

  • Know who you’re addressing 

On every job that is advertised there is a contact person, make sure you address that person when you write your cover letter. If the job ad doesn’t state the contact person, do some research and find out who is responsible. Showing effort might just score you some points. Using a generic greeting such as “To whom it may concern” shows lack of effort. 
  •  Sell your skills and capabilities 

Employers always want to know what you can do for them – how or what will they benefit from you. A cover letter can assist you by highlighting your skills. Emphasise what you will bring to the company to help them grow and succeed. You can try this by identifying a problem and providing a solution to them. ​
  • Don’t rewrite your cv 

The HR manager already has a document that stipulates all of your educational background and your work experience. A cover letter should sell something different. Talk about your skills, hobbies and past achievements. If you don’t have any work experience, highlight challenges you have come across and how you overcame them (this must be work related). A cover letter gives you a platform to talk about experiences that you would not include in your cv. ​
  • Personalise your letter for every position 

While you may have a template email that you can just make small edits to, in order to apply for every job, you are likely to make mistakes. Hiring managers can easily pick that up and not look at your cv. Every new job application should have a new cover letter. This helps you to show that you know about the specific job and that specific company. Try to include facts that are particular to the company you’re applying at. 
  • Call to action

Ensure that you research your desired job by visiting the company’s website and social media, this will give you a sense of their culture. You need to keep in mind that you are selling yourself as a brand and that the company has to hire you. Be mindful of your tone, you don’t want to sound too arrogant or too desperate. Spelling and grammar are essential. Remember, practice makes perfect! 

Tech-Pro are leaders in Supply Chain recruitment, for tips or advice feel free to send us an enquiry. Alternatively, to search and apply for jobs, click here​.

10/19/2016 2:40 PMCover Letter Tips
10/14/2016 10:36 AM

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We are exceptionally proud to announce that ADvTECH has, for the second consecutive year, been certified as one of the Top Employers South Africa 2017.

On 13 October 2016, the Top Employers Institute announced the results of its annual research into a large number of employers and their employee conditions in South Africa. We are delighted to let you know that our company is one of the successful organisations to be awarded the exclusive Top Employers South Africa 2017 certification.

What does this mean?
The Top Employers Institute is an independent organisation uncovering the employee offerings of significant employers around the world and measuring them against the international standard. As such, only the world’s leading employers become certified as Top Employers.
Crucial to the Top Employers procedure is that participating companies must complete a stringent research process – the Top Employers Institute’s international HR Best Practices Survey – and meet the required high standard in order to achieve the certification. To further reinforce the validity of the process, all answers were independently audited, meaning this research has verified our outstanding employee conditions and earned us a coveted spot among a select group of certified Top Employers.
The Top Employers Institute assessed our employee offerings on the following criteria:

• Talent Strategy
• Workforce Planning
• On-boarding
• Learning & Development
• Performance Management
• Leadership Development
• Career & Succession Management
• Compensation & Benefits
• Culture

ADvTECH earned the certification as a Top Employer because our employee offerings across all measured criteria surpassed the required Certification Cut-off.

Samantha Crous, Regional Director Africa for the Top Employers Institute: “Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally. Our comprehensive research concluded that ADvTECH provides an outstanding employment environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company.”

The next level
As a certified Top Employer, ADvTECH can proudly wear the exclusive Certification Seal for a year. The Certification Seal is not only a recognisable symbol of our successful employee environment over the past 12 months, but also of our commitment to optimise, develop and work with you to become an even better employer. So please share this fantastic news with others! Spread the word via email and your favourite social networking sites, and tell everyone you know that you work for a Top Employer!

Learn more about the certification
To learn more about the certification and to view our company’s Top Employers profile, please visit www.top-employers.com.

10/14/2016 10:36 AMADvTECH certified as a Top Employer for 2017
10/12/2016 12:00 PM

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Change in the workplace is inevitable irrespective of your occupation as there are always shifts in trends, markets, processes as well as people within the company. It is therefore vital for all employees to embrace change and react to it in a positive way at all times as change can build a path up to great success as an individual and as an employee.

 

Three vital steps to embrace change:

1.       Let go of the past

The sooner you can let go of the past and the way in which things used to be done, the better for you, because more often than not, trying something new turns out to be beneficial for everyone. Letting go of the past will ensure that you have accepted the circumstances and you have chosen to move on to better things. By doing this, it also shows a sense of power and strength as an individual. So, go on and give that new Manager a chance, or give the new business process a go – it could work out to your advantage.

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2.       Be positive

Being positive throughout the entire transition will ensure that you have a better outlook and you are ready for what is to come in the future. This will also make it easier for you to deal with challenges, because being positive does not only mean that you are happy in your situation, it also means that you are able to value your current situation at work and appreciate it enough as the situation could be worse.

3.       Set new goals

When a change occurs, it can feel as if all direction has been lost and there is no 'end goal' in your career. Sometimes it is normal to feel like you have lost your purpose in the workplace and that is why it is so important to start setting new goals as soon as change happens. By setting clear, new goals we are able to start a new chapter with a different mind-set and go after them at full force which will benefit your career and position in the company. Employers love go-getters and are always on the lookout for them within the organisation.

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When change happens it is important to be open about it and accept it as it comes. The quicker you embrace change and open yourself up to it, the better it will be for you. Change enables you to start thinking in a different way; it allows you to progress in your company, find fulfilment in your work and it helps you grow as a person in more ways than you can think of. The next time change walks through the door, welcome it with open arms – you will love it in the end. 
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