Coming back to work after a time of leave is difficult for every person. Most often the more stressed you were before going on leave makes the holiday feel even shorter. Just as you’ve started to relax, you need to go back to the grindstone.
There are some ways to avoid the post-holiday blues and get your New Year onto a good start.
1. Plan your first day back.
Sounds crazy, but plan your first day back as if it were the day after your last day in the office. Diarize what needs to be followed up on in your first week back. (more…)
There certainly is no word I can use to describe you
Through all our countries history dynamics it was you that we could turn unto
Your name will forever be engraved on our hearts just like a tattoo
And, the thought of not having you around simply is taboo
Your legacy will forever live on and practicing your principles is something that you would want us to do
But for everything that you have done sacrificing 67 years of your life to make this country a country for all I wanna say thank you (more…)
Nothing. That’s it. I could not imagine a world without Madiba.
As a child of Africa and being white I don’t remember much of Apartheid, we lived in remote areas of Namibia and South Africa where there was no real separate entrances and my best friends were the black and coloured kids running around with me in the sandy streets. (more…)
In the world full of injustice, oppression and hatred you were born, but like Moses you chose to fight a good fight of justice, liberation and environment of love for all, you were born in royal house but you never rested seeing your fellow countrymen in slavery and bondage (both the oppressors and the oppressed).
Like Jesus, in the midst opposition and danger against your life you grew in knowledge, in stature and wisdom.
Lord God thank You for using Tata as a vessel of honor and as Moses of our generation, thank You for empowering him and ensuring that frustration as a result of the struggle did not get the better of him. (more…)
With the change of year coming around, and some of your friends or family members possible changing jobs or moving soon in the new year, many minds ask the question, should I quit.? Do you have a good enough reason to quit your job? Are you perhaps wanting to quit for something you’ve dreamed of, but not sure if when is the right time or you are just trying to figure out what to say to your boss except “I hate my job”
Before you decide to quit your job, it is important to realize we are in a very tough job market and clients are hesitant to look at candidates who have left previous companies for less than very good/obvious reasons. There are a lot of good reasons why quitting your job is sometimes the right thing today. for some, it’s a fact of “I just hate it” and then when possible it is best to give another reason than you hate it or you’re just leaving. This will especially help when potential new companies look to do references on you. (more…)
Then suddenly the world changes. It is a non acceptance; the candidate or recruiter calls you to advise they will not be accepting the offer. You don’t understand, everything went perfectly? Everyone was in agreement, what went wrong?
Now for the million dollar question? Who else would this decision affect? Is there a spouse or family member that would be affected by the move, the extra travel, the time consumption? (more…)
It takes just a quick glance and the interviewer’s evaluation has begun. In this short time, he/she forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanour, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed. With every new encounter, you are evaluated and another person’s impression of you is formed. (more…)
Recently the Cape Town DAV office embarked on an adventure of a different kind; learning Xhosa (or more correctly said isiXhosa). It was a 6 week course and we all started slightly curious and some a bit apprehensive. There was the click sound, there was greeting, answering and there was pronunciation, but most significantly, during this journey of discovery we learnt a little bit of the Xhosa culture. How interesting it was! It is a different experience walking about in Cape Town, being able to greet someone in their home language. The attitude you encounter is different, the amusement endless as I try to twist my tongue around the different sounds, and for me it opened up a new world. (more…)
Let’s face it, am interview is not exactly the most nerve calming experience for anyone. Definitely not on the average person’s top to ten bucket list items “go for another job interview”, no I don’t think so. Whilst interviews are not supposed to have you traumatized either, there are certain “dread” moments that can be avoided.
Birds wing it, not candidates, do your research
Going for an interview without having done your homework on the company, its market, and the role itself is the first insult and way to “Hiroshima” your way out of that selection process. (more…)
Many people are advised that they should look for a company that ‘provides a career’. Often I hear candidates say they want to leave a job, because their current employer is not ‘looking after my career’.
Sure, it’s important to work for a company where you can thrive, but you must above all understand this.
The person who will always care most about your career is you!
The biggest mistake you can make in your work life is leave your career to your employer, or anyone else. You have to work at your career goal, plan it, and drive it where you want it to go. (more…)