You may have noticed we have been making some elusive announcements as of late about some major changes taking place at Holistan…and here it is!
In honour of my 10 year wedding anniversary today to my lovely husband, Garth Almendro, I thought I would collate my thoughts on marriage and careers because surprisingly, there is a strong synergy between choosing a life partner, and choosing a career. Here is what I have learned in my professional and personal life.
Social media came into existence, well, for social reasons. However, social media, now more than ever, is an extremely powerful tool to find your next career opportunity. And, NO, it is not a tool just for Hipsters! Traditional methods of applying for advertised jobs on job boards, using your CV, are completely dated. Using social media can differentiate you from the competition. Here is how.
Given the global economic climate at this point in time, you would be a fool to think that the traditional method of applying for jobs using your CV is the right tactic to employ. Of course the CV document, and related profiles on job boards are still important. However, to really get noticed, you will need to rise above the competition. Luckily for you, we are about to disclose all these tactics – absolutely free – below!
It is certainly a strange headline for our blog this week – especially considering one of our core offerings is Professional CV Writing here at Holistan. However, the reason for this article is to dispel the myths and facts around CV writing. Below, we are about to reveal ALL our secrets behind this art, as well as what you need to know if you do contract a CV writer to compile your resume.
There has been a definite increase in the number of South Africans contacting Holistan to support them in finding work overseas. We here at Holistan are fortunate enough to have a number of contacts, specifically abroad. Thus the perceptions we describe below are predominantly from a European perspective. Although South Africans have got a fantastic reputation when it comes to our work ethic, there are a number of uncomfortable faux paus’ we commit – mostly not even knowing it. Below is an outline of what you need to be aware of – especially if you are seeking employment abroad – or if you have just started a position.
***Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for the offence that may caused to our readers. The content of this post are opinion only, based on our experience in the business world.
On Saturday night, our President gave us the news we have all been yearning to hear: We are moving into Level 2 Lockdown from midnight tonight! Instead of feeling happy, excited, and relieved… I felt… the same. And then I started to feel disappointed at the anticlimactic emotion I was feeling. Feel similar? Let us unpack these emotions.
The News and your social media newsfeeds are probably filled with the latest stats on C-19, alongside the growing worry around the economic damage that our current set of circumstances is causing.
However, little attention is being paid to the psycho-social impact of the 2020 Corona Virus and subsequent draconian lockdown. Research is showing us that the increase in anxiety and depression is mounting. We simply have to look at the stats from Lifeline and SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group), which have observed a 50% increase in calls to their respective crisis lines.
Your cover letter is a massive part of landing an interview for the job you have your eye on. A lot of my clients have expressed their frustration that they have sent up to “thirty applications and still no bites!” The truth, now more than ever, is that you need to get aggressive with your job-hunt. Be sure to employ every tip and trick to land that prized position. Below is a curation of my personal do’s and don’ts when it comes to your Cover Letter.
Here at Holistan, we have combined our expertise in the science of psychology, recruitment, together with our marketing know-how. This powerful mixture has allowed us to create a truly novel offering of Personal Branding solutions for our clients – individuals and businesses.
However, with the current Pandemic leading to a nasty ripple effect of unemployment and desperate times, we have committed to giving back to our community in the best way we know how – SHARING our expertise!
If you are on the market for a job, or perhaps you are seeking greener pastures (whether that be in South Africa or abroad), we are giving you FULL ACCESS to our TIPS AND TRICKS when it comes to marketing yourself on LinkedIn.
Our contributors collectively boast a wealth of experience in assessments, HR, organisational development, change management and more!