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March 2, 2015
9:44 am
by Luisette Mullin

The Hottest Trends in Corporate Recruiting 2015 – Part 1

LM-corporate-recruitment-trends-march-2015Corporate recruiting has seen many changes over the past decade and as the economy continues to improve, the global competition for talent continues to heat up. All employers are under enormous pressure to stay relevant.

In this series of 5 articles I will be looking at the following corporate recruiting trends:

The skills gap continues to widen

  • An increased emphasis on planning and future-focus
  • Generational shifts
  • Boomerangs return as a primary source
  • Women continue to move into power positions
  • Big data and metrics
  • The cloud
  • The mobile platform
  • Social / digital recruiting
  • Technology in recruitment
  • De-emphasizing CVs and accepting online profiles
  • Focus on candidate experience (the shift in power to the candidate)
  • A shift to compelling offers becomes essential
  • A shift in focus from headcount to total workforce costs
  • Doubling down on retention and recruiting

The skills gap continues to widen

Technology and work are changing – will the workforce be able to keep up?

Unfortunately, the gap between the documented number of jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions continues to widen; a unanimously noted challenge for all HR executives and hiring managers. As the skills gaps widen so too does the demand for the combination of skills. There is also a rise, especially amongst the younger tech-savvy and increasingly nomadic generations, in the fluidity of talent. Restless employees on one hand and a skills gap on the other is not an easy place to be. As a result it will be even harder for companies to hold on to their best people.

The gap should have been addressed 10 years ago, and some steps were taken, but both public and private entities need to increase efforts now if we are going to catch up. Increasingly, the narrowing of the skills gap will be a key factor in determining which nations and economies are the most competitive in the next five to 15 years.

An increased emphasis on planning and future-focus

Knee-jerk recruitment and reacting to past trends will not give businesses all that’s necessary to align and act before the competition catches up. Recruiting shortages and high turnover rates mean we should expect an increased emphasis on all aspects of workforce planning, including talent pipelines and talent communities, supply / demand forecasting, succession planning, predicting employee turnover, and leader development.

There’s no doubt that succession planning is going to be a major concern for companies as more boomers start to retire. One of the ways that companies are handling succession planning is keeping some workers on the payroll. About 65% of workers plan to work for pay in retirement. You will start to see companies hold onto their older workers in order to transfer their knowledge to younger ones.

Look out for the next four articles in this series as we continue to look at the hottest trends in corporate recruiting for 2015.

If we can be of assistance in the meantime, please get in touch.


  1. Visier predicts top recruitment, retention, and compensation trends for 2015
  2. 2015 global recruiting trends – LinkedIn
  3. 10 workplace trends for 2015 – Forbes
  4. The top 10 ‘bleeding edge’ recruiting trends to watch in 2015 – ere.netHow big data is taking recruiters from ‘I think’ to ‘I know’ – The Undercover Recruiter



7:07 am
by Anita Hoole

Your Job Search: How to Stand Out


Every time you apply for a job you have the chance to stand out and to catch the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter. However, in most cases yours will be only one in a pile of CVs on the desk of a time-strapped executive so if it is unremarkable, irrelevant to the position or riddled with errors, you stand every chance of being rejected for the position. No matter whether this is your first job search or you are fairly high up on the ladder after a career studded with successes, you will benefit from setting some time aside to put together a professional and carefully considered CV, preferably tailored in each case to the job being applied for.

This may mean cutting back on the number of CVs you send out but a single thoughtful and relevant CV is worth a dozen dashed-off copycat CVs.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll make it much easier for that time-strapped exec to conclude you are a strong candidate:

Get noticed before you even apply. The fastest way to an interview is when someone the hiring manager knows makes a recommendation. So, if you are in this lucky position, by all means spend your time and energy there – it will have the greatest payoff.

Get the basics right. Make sure your CV is neither too long nor too short, 3 pages is generally about right. No spelling or grammatical errors – proofread thoroughly and get others to do so as well. Unless you really know what you’re doing or are applying for a job within a creative industry, don’t get fancy with colours and fonts – it needs to look good but keep it simple and professional. Including a cover letter which says something meaningful about the position and how you are suitable for it, is still a good idea unless you are applying for something in a highly creative sector where an infographic, video or online CV/portfolio would be more suitable than a traditional approach.

Do your research. Demonstrate your interest by using three or four key bits of information that show you have looked beyond the first page of their website.

Know what they’re looking for. In some cases this will be clear from the job description. In others, what the company culture demands will be clear from their values or mission statement. Read a few blog posts, look through leadership profiles and explore their corporate website; make sure your CV reflects that you are a fit. And if you aren’t, be honest with yourself and don’t send your CV.

Quality is better than quantity. It’s preferable not to include long lists of random courses you’ve attended, obscure testimonials or newspaper cuttings etc. Do include details of higher education degrees, such as MBAs, or executive programmes attended.

Tailor your CV for different job applications. Different jobs and sectors require different approaches. Each time you send out your CV, take 10 minutes to adjust it so it’s a closer match to the job posting and what the employer is actually looking for. They can tell how much effort has gone into an application. Concentrating on those accomplishments relevant to the role being applied for, use statistics to demonstrate your impact in previous roles.

Don’t forget to use keywords. Use keywords that will catch the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter (taking your cue from the job description is generally a good idea). The right keywords will also get you ‘matched’ by applicant tracking software.

Always tell the truth. It’s increasingly easy to check up on everything you claim and even if you are caught in a small untruth it will probably lead to your application being rejected.

Follow-up – twice. After you’ve sent your CV, send an email or make a call to promote yourself again. Then again one week later. Often this prompts the recruiter or hiring manager to take a second look and will definitely underscore you as an interested, diligent candidate.

In later articles I’ll get into detailed specifics about the cover letter, CV and modern variations. The above guidelines, however, are certain to make sure you’re noticed. Good luck with your job search! As always, if we can be of any assistance, please get in touch.


  1. 7 Important Tips to Making Your Job Application Stand Out – Undercover Recruiter
  2. Make it Memorable: Use Psychology to Help Your Job Applications Stand Out – The Guardian
  3. How to Stand Out to Employers When Applying Online – Careerealism
  4. Writing a CV? Advice from Employers – My World of Work
  5. 5 Tips to Get the Hiring Manager’s Attention – Hcareers
  6. 35 Surefire Ways to Stand Out During Your Job Search – The Muse
  7. The Dos and don’ts of CV Writing – The Economist


January 14, 2015
9:00 am
by Christina Ratte

The Funniest Resumé Mistakes of 2014

DAV Specialist Recruitment

Candidate explaining a 3-month gap in employment by saying he was getting over the death of his cat.

  1. “I am a wedge with a sponge taped to it. My purpose is to wedge myself into someone’s door to absorb as much as possible.”
  2. Job Duties: “Answer phones, file papers, respond to customer e-mails, take odors.”
  3. Languages: “Speak English and Spinach.”
  4. Qualifications: “I have guts, drive, ambition and heart, which is probably more than a lot of the drones that you have working for you.”
  5. Salary requirements: “The higher the better.”
  6. Experience: “Child care provider: Organised activities; prepared lunches and snakes.”
  7. Cover letter: “Experienced in all faucets of accounting.”
  8. Experience: “Stalking, shipping & receiving.”
  9. Other Interests: “Playing with my two dogs (they actually belong to my wife but I love the dogs more than my wife).”
  10. “I’m intrested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer.”
  11. Martital Status: “Dating.”
  12. “Strengths – being nice to people. Weaknesses – being too nice to people, Development area – try to not be as nice to people.”
  13. Tagline on a cv: “whole is your oyster” Instead of the world is your oyster.
  14. E-mail address: pornstardelight@*****.com
  15. Reason for leaving: “Pushed aside so the vice president’s girlfriend could steal my job.”
  16. “2001 summer voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people.”
  17. Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians.”
  18. “KFC Duties:
    • Washing Dishes
    • Packing chicken
    • Making chicken”
  19. “Hobbies & Interests:  Playing Cricket, Listing music, study News Paper, Cocking.”
  20. Picture on CV: Candidate posing in his underwear.
  21. Picture on CV: Candidate posing with a monkey in a nappy.
  22. Qualifications: “Twin sister has accounting degree.”
  23. Experience: “Provide Custer Service.”
  24. Work experience: “Responsibilities included checking customers out.”
  25. Job duties: “Filing, billing, printing and coping.”
  26. Qualifications: “I have extensive experience with foreign accents.”
  27. Objective: “What I’m looking for in a job: #1) Money #2) Money #3) Money.”
  28. Accomplishments: “Brought in a balloon artist to entertain the team.”
  29. Objective: “career on the Information Supper Highway.”


December 19, 2014
10:00 am
by Christina Ratte

Resumé Trends For The New Year

DAV Specialist RecruitmentThinking of upgrading or updating your resumé? Here are some exciting new trends from overseas that will hit our market very soon! If they are not here already.

The LinkedIn resumé

A.k.a. the social media resumé. Let’s face it, we can’t avoid the internet anymore, in fact more than 90% of employers use social media in some form or another to find or vet their employees. There are lots of ways to do this: for example, have a proper career history on any of the social media sites people can find you on. So if you are on LinkedIn for example, make sure your profile is worth looking at!

The infographic

I love infographics, don’t you? Nice, colourful sources of information that allow you to get the gist of something very quickly. You can use them as a resumé tool as well! Especially for the creative industries this can be a great tool. For job seekers in more traditional roles or industries, try it out, but don’t forgo a physical resumé as backup in case your future line manager is very traditional.

Facebook timeline resumé

This is a bit of a strange one for me, as I use Facebook exclusively for private use. However, give it a try and play around with the timeline. It may help you to showcase your brand and position you as a subject matter expert. I would use this as an add-on rather than a full CV.

Video resumé

This is gaining strong momentum overseas. As is video interviewing – where you record your answers and this gets sent to the client instead of a paper CV. It’s a great way to save time, especially for the international markets. It’s also a fantastic way to introduce yourself to a prospective employer – they get an immediate sense of who you are, what you look like, your communication skills, etc.

Using charts and graphs

I often recommend that candidates brag about themselves. You want to have your resumé stand out from the normal, tedious format that everyone uses. Imagine having to go through 300 resumés in one go… Trust me, after the 10th one you stop reading the fluffy wording and only screen key words. Charts and graphs are an excellent way to break the monotony and showcase your performance.


Looking to create credibility? Request written referrals, either in e-Mail format or on your social media sites. Don’t limit referrals to only those from colleagues – request from your clients, or a former supervisor.

Fluff is bad

Everyone is a “team player, good communicator, excellent written skills.” Blah, blah, blah. Cut out the fluff. Make your words work for you.


December 17, 2014
10:00 am
by Sindi Mtshali

How To Land An Interview

DAV Specialist RecruitmentJob hunting is tough. You send your CV everywhere and never hear back from anyone.

How can you make your CV stand out from the piles and piles of others siting on a recruiter’s desk? How do you ensure that you get to interview for your dream job?

Here are some do’s & don’ts to guide you through the often frustrating job application experience:




  • Ensure that your skills match the advert. Sending your CV for a position you know you aren’t suitable is a waste of your time and the recruiter’s. Make sure you meet the listed criteria because that is the first thing that will be checked. Doesn’t matter how pretty your CV is.
  • Follow-up by calling. So you’ve applied to a suitable job vacancy that is in line with your skills and experience. This is the time to wow the recruiter with your amazing personality. Once you get the person on the phone, be brief. The purpose of your call is to express enthusiasm about the opportunity, and that you can positively contribute to the team. Keep the focus on the employer, not you.
  • Keep a Contact Log. Your follow-up attempts will be much easier if you keep a contact log of all positions to which you apply. Your log should include a copy of the ad for the position, the file name of the resumé and cover letter you sent, contact dates, names of recruitment consultants and a summary of information you gleaned during your contact with them.


  • Don’t Send your CV 5 times. It just makes you seem desperate and truly stellar candidates are never that. You may be eager but it’s better to display that eagerness over the phone when speaking to the recruiter.
  • Don’t Be a Pest. Okay, that’s a bit harsh but repeated follow-ups are tricky business. Unless you are confident that you can walk the fine line between being persistent and becoming a pest, exercise restraint after your second or third follow-up contact.
  • Don’t have a lengthy CV. Ensure that your CV only states your experience, education and quantifiable achievements. Hiring managers can be put off by long CVs that contain mainly what they see to be unnecessary information.

By avoiding common pitfalls and using these tips, you can improve your chances of landing a job interview. Often something small makes all the difference.

Good Luck.


March 26, 2014
9:15 am
by Christina Ratte

Why your spelling and grammar can cost you the job

check-spelling-grammar-and-styleWhat do you think when you read an email / letter where there are a lot of spelling or grammar mistakes?

Most of us think; “This person is uneducated”, “Lacks attention to detail”, “Did not have exposure to good quality education”, “Does not care”, “Bad communication skills”.And those are just a couple of examples!

Keeping this in mind, if you are a company, would you hire someone that portrays the above attitude, skill level and / communication ability? No. You wouldn’t! (more…)


February 12, 2014
9:15 am
by Sindi Mtshali

What NOT to put on your CV

resumeMost interviewers will never read your entire CV. There, I said it! So how do you make sure that they pay attention to the information that they need to see? Only include relevant information. It is that simple. Most people have a CV that is lengthier than necessary and that does not highlight pertinent information. Here are a few things that you can leave out of your CV to make it more concise and effective in landing you the job of your dreams.

#1 Overly personal Information

It is not necessary to put your sexual orientation or political affiliation on a CV. Leave out your religious affiliations. Some companies worry that if they interview you and they don’t give you the job, they could be sued for discrimination. Don’t run the risk of having your CV being dumped in the “do not interview” pile because of religious references. Unless of course the job you are applying for is in the religious space. (more…)


September 13, 2013
9:15 am
by Peter Ferreira

Is Your CV Closing or Opening Doors?

business-door-leaveYour cv. It’s the first step, the Big Bang, the starting gun for your job search. Whether you are a 1st-time job seeker or a CEO looking for your next major challenge, your cv is probably going to play a major part in getting you that 1st interview.

We, as recuiters, have a duty to you to make sure the cvs we produce for you are the best possible advertisement for your talents.

You, as a candidate owe it to yourself to make sure that your cv sells yourself to us. A well-written, clear, informative and professional cv is a powerful tool, while a hastily slapped-together, copy and paste job makes us think you are not serious about your career. (more…)


July 3, 2013
9:15 am
by Jaclyn Allardice

Don’t! Don’t! Don’t – whatever you don’t do this on your CV.


Go over three sides of A4.

Use humour or attention-grabbing gimmicks.

Include photos or pictures.

Over-complicate things – with so little time to make an impression, it’s far better to use plain English and a clear format.

Repeat yourself.

Use the word ‘I’ any more than is necessary – you’d be surprised how easily a single letter can dominate a document.

Make your career summary read like a series of job descriptions and similarly don’t omit your daily responsibilities all together – find a balance. Keep the focus on your achievements within each role. (more…)


June 12, 2013
9:15 am
by Rebecca Badrodin

5 Ways to Aid your recruiter

Curriculum VitaeI recently read an article title “5 ways to turn off your recruiter” written by Shala Marks, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much before. Being at DAV we fully embrace the value of positivity however, I think in the recruitment industry you have to. So I’m going to re-title my own, more helpful article to assist you. “5 Ways to Aid your recruiter” It’s a tough economy out there, so it’s important to represent yourself as best you can, in every way.

  1. Do not over exaggerate or lie on your CV
    You will get caught out. Most recruitment companies keep a record or “database” of CV’s so chances are, we have your CV from 5 years back. I come across probably 5 CVs every year where candidates have “shifted dates” or even left out companies completely in order to look more “stable”. DON’T DO IT. When recruiters pick this up alarms go off straight away and it leaves a sour taste in our mouths, more importantly, it can take you out of the running. Rather be honest and upfront, in order to best represent you, your recruiter needs to know the honest truth. While it’s fine to use your CV to place yourself in the best possible light, avoid lying (of course) or falsifying your qualifications, because recruiters can often see right through you. We do all the checks and references too! (more…)