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October 13, 2014
9:30 am
by Christina Ratte

Year End Syndrome

DAV Specialist RecruitmentI don’t know about you but I always feel a bit drained at this time of year.

The year goes by with blinding speed and before we open our eyes its December.

With the pace of today’s life our motivation tends to dry out at times, and we sit on the verge of giving up.

So, how do we keep ourselves motivated?

  • Make time to reflect: Think about what is happening in your life and what you are learning out of it.
  • Remember to dream: We forget to dream about our future and what we want to do, become and be. A good tip is to have a dream book that you constantly work on: every time you see something you like / want to do you cut it out and paste it in the book. This way you make your dreams tangible and also create a list you can tick off once done!
  • Find role models: We all need someone to live up to. Surround yourself with successful people, those that are worthy of being role models.
  • Retreat to advance: Sometimes we need to take a step back to be able to move forward. At least once a year (if not more often) set aside a day to review your life and objectives. Make it a day where you keep yourself away from our modern life distractions like your phone or email.
  • Mentor someone else: You would be amazed at how much of a difference it makes to your own motivation when you help another person and see them grow.
  • Enjoy the journey: Yes, perhaps a bit cheesy, but life is a journey, and the most we can do is to enjoy it!


October 3, 2014
9:30 am
by Christina Ratte

Recipe for a Job Search

DAV Specialist Recruitment1 CV / Resume

4-5 Achievements

A dash of hope

1 cup of a positive disposition

1 jug of persistence

1 good set of clothes

2 teaspoons of support from friends or family

A dash of passion for what you do

Mix all together in a big bowl and apply to different postings online or in newspapers, through friends, family or your network.

You might need an extra bit of persistence and a positive disposition, so keep extra on the side just in case.

Monitor the “baking” period and with patience you will achieve the desired results.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your new job!


October 1, 2014
10:00 am
by Mameela Meela

Let’s Fake this Confidence till We Feel It

DAV Specialist RecruitmentPracticing beforehand is essential to the positive outcome of any business situation you find yourself in. And if you add a reasonable amount of confidence as a base, you are well on your way to getting the deal to go your way – If your client sees your confidence, they’ll like you, try you then buy into your business.

Here are the secrets to a confident you:

Lean forward Show the other person you’re listening and that they have your undivided attention.

Shake hands firmly This sets the tone for a professional conversation, open and close the meeting with a firm handshake.

Walk with confidence When entering a room or walking with a colleague, use long strides, keep your head high and shoulders square. It will help you feel confident and make a lasting impression.

Maintain eye contact When speaking, make eye contact but don’t stare. Lack of eye contact can mean you lack confidence and even – a person not to be trusted. If you are talking to several people, make sure you give them all some eye-contact. This creates a connection and ensures people are listening to you.

Nod when others are talking Show others you’re listening and understanding what they’re saying.

Lastly, Smile! This is, without doubt, a universal language If you smile at 10 people, nine will smile back – use it well and naturally. Smile and laugh when it’s appropriate. People will be more inclined to listen to you if they think you are a positive person. Remember to make sure it’s genuine.


September 26, 2014
12:56 pm
by Christina Ratte

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

DAV Specialist RecruitmentThis is a dreaded interview question. Usually we balk and start sputtering all kinds of nonsense. Typically the answer goes something like this: “In a managers role,” “I want to head up my own department” or “In your position.” Whether these answers are relevant to the situation or the job you are interviewing for is, for many, completely irrelevant.

We need to move away from the assumption that being in a management role is the only way to succeed in life. Trust me, managing of people and being responsible for them is probably one of the most difficult tasks. You can’t make someone do something by pressing a button, you need buy-in, you need motivation and ultimately you are the one responsible to your manager. Bottom line: It is a really big bucket of responsibility to carry. I know of many specialists who earn much more, sometimes even twice as much, as the managers.

The key is to prepare for this question!

Usually, when at first interview stage, you want to try and find out what the company can offer you in terms of career growth. Whether it is management / supervisory or becoming a specialist in your chosen field. Unless you are psychic, there is no way you know exactly what offering they have, and whether you want to go that route or not.

So, breathe deep, take a step back and use these tricks to suss out the opportunities there might be for you within the company:

  1. Research. Make sure you know how big the company is and how relevant your answer needs to be. This will also score extra points.
  2. Be clear about where you want to be. The best match is when your own goals matches with that of the company.
  3. ASK! Where can I be within the next 4-5 years? What are the growth opportunities that are available to me?

Using these 3 tips you will never be at a loss for words when answering the question, and as an added bonus – knowing what’s at stake, now you can really tie this career move to your career plan.



September 23, 2014
10:30 am
by Sindi Mtshali

The Power of the Bounce-Back

DAV Specialist RecruitmentI make a lot of mistakes. I make them often. I have often found myself wallowing in a pool of should’a-could’a-would’a when thinking about where I went wrong and how I could have done things differently. I remember having moments where I sat and observed the actions of my ever-efficient and high performing colleagues.

You know the type. Well put together, all-knowing and in control. Never seem to falter or slip-up. I would ask myself “how come they always get it right?” But the truth is they don’t. No one is immune to mishaps in the game of life. No one is perfect. So what is the difference between the consistent high-achiever and the mere mortal?


The successful have learnt the power of the bounce-back.

The power of the bounce-back is the ability to shake it off and move on. So you make a mistake, own it and learn from it. Tick if off on your ‘lessons to learn’ list and leave it in the past. Successful people understand that staying rooted in the past helps with nothing. Feeling bad about something you did wrong at work or in life in general doesn’t help to make it right. Take action. What can you do to fix that mistake you made in a meeting or in a conversation? That is the productive thought process. “I’m so silly and I never get things right,” kind of thinking will not help to rectify the mistake and is also detrimental to your own progress.

Don’t stand in your own way by being unkind to yourself. You always hear people speak of the power that words have on others and how careful one should be when communicating with people. How about extending the same courtesy to yourself and being nice? Speak kindly about and to yourself. Encourage yourself. Cut yourself some slack. So you said something stupid in the meeting. Trust me, people are too busy worrying about themselves to think about your mistake all day. And those who do focus on the negative things that people do are too busy with that to make any kind of positive impact on the world. So the next time something doesn’t happen perfectly just say “Oh, a plot twist!” and let the story continue.


September 12, 2014
9:30 am
by Mameela Meela

So You’re the Company’s Latest Recruit? Fear Not, the Office won’t Bite.

DAV Specialist RecruitmentSo you’ve just been promoted or started a new job – yes, it can be daunting! Rid yourself of the stress, put your game-face on and practice the following steps:

Competence equals confidence. Do your homework, study the company/division, find out what makes them tick, study their culture and have an idea of what to expect in return.


Do make an effort to remember names and places on your first day. This will come naturally with time, no one expects you to remember them straight away, but do try.


Strangers often mistake shyness for rudeness or snootiness. If you are shy, be honest, and tell colleagues that you are a little nervous and you will find that most people will gladly help you with anything you need. Try to project a positive attitude and convey an air of professionalism no matter how lost you may feel. Never be afraid to ask questions. It is better to ask a hundred questions and get it right than to assume and get it horribly wrong.


Always avoid gossip and try to steer away from office politics in your business environment. Remember that all change takes time to get used to. Hang in there; you’ll soon feel part of the furniture.


September 10, 2014
9:30 am
by Maesha Mathopa

How to Motivate Millennials

DAV Specialist RecruitmentMillennials (born between the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s) are without a doubt different – in a good way that is and for that, we need to be motivated just a little bit differently from people of other generations.






Here are some tips on how to motivate these employees in the workplace:

  1. Explain the Company Vision

A company vision is a declaration of a company’s mid-term or long-term goals. This statement describes what a company would like to accomplish. It must be communicated and articulated effectively so that it becomes a clear vision for everyone in the organization.

A good vision is one that identifies a clear direction and purpose, inspires enthusiasm, it can also motivate and empower employees.

This is the type of vision that motivates Millennials. Millennials want to be part of an organisation that knows its way forward, an organisation that has set clear goals for themselves and wants nothing but to achieve the highest levels of success. Nobody wants to be associated with failure so clear goals are a great motivation for us.

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  1. Trust Them Like Adults

First things first – trusting us Millennials does not have to be difficult when you understand us. Work with us to set goals, time lines and set times and ways to mentor us. It is a bit of a risk which will come with both successes and failures but in the long run it will be worth it, for both you and the Millennial employee. When you show a Millennial that you trust them with responsibilities, they will return the trust. In this way Millennials will be motivated to work even better than they originally were.

  1. Offer More Flexibility

A good work-life balance is probably one of the most important factors in a Millennial’s career. We don’t want to feel like we are robots doing the very same thing over and over again every single day! That’s so boring!

We’re not asking for too much, just “respectful flexibility.” Our loyalty to the company will grow if we’re given some flexibility, like working from home once or twice or being able to come in early and leave earlier than usual.

Some interesting facts about millennial motivation:

Encouragement & Regular Feedback

  • Six out of ten workers between the ages of 21 and 30 say they are losing their motivation in the workplace because their boss isn’t giving them enough praise. (Leadership IQ, 2007).

Providing Education and Professional Development

  • According to a 2012 survey by staffing agency Adecco, 68% of recent graduates identified good opportunities for growth and development as one of their top professional priorities.

Prioritising community service

  • A comprehensive study by the Pew Research Center in 2010 found that Millennials place a higher priority on helping people in need (21%) than having a high-paying career (15%). Dan Epstein, the CEO of business consultancy ReSource Pro, which has a staff comprised 90% of Millennials, says allowing employees to form committees and use company resources or time to organise their causes meets their desire for social consciousness.

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May 29, 2014
12:40 pm
by Rebecca Badrodin

How Disney inspires even grown up companies

Disney BlogFor those who don’t know, DAV’s internal theme for the year is Disney. Why Disney, you ask? Isn’t that a childish theme for a grown business? Let’s look closer…

‘Where dreams come true’ is Disney Parks’ motto, and just using that is enough to inspire people everywhere.

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you’ve probably experienced the feeling. I know I have. The extreme excitement as you pull into the parking lot and ride the train to the entrance. The anticipation as you wait to enter the gates and the promise of an awesome day. Whether it’s your first time, or your twenty first, the magic and excitement of Disney World will never ever fade. How do they do it? Year after year, how do they keep over 50 000 employees happy and motivated?

Look deeper into the magic that is the Disney Company and you will see so much more. Not only do their movies inspire children (and adults) worldwide, their parks bring dreams to life; and they are consistently voted in the top 5 of companies in the world for best customer service.

Walt Disney learned early in his career that no one can be yelled at by a manager in the back room and then walk through the front door with a big smile to greet a guest, acting like nothing is wrong. It was with this simple insight that the foundation for much of Disney’s success was formed. Making people feel special, both visitors and employees.
Take the example of the staff, Disney expects its leaders to be coaches. Giving employees or ‘cast members’ feedback that will help them grow. Managers are not only evaluated on their financial or quantitative skills, but also on their ability to lead people.

Whether you look to financial success, customer service, innovation or staff morale – Disney is a force to be reckoned with in the business world. Is it a kind of magic? Not necessarily. It’s a combination of super strong values and a long standing culture of recognition and motivation. Walt Disney was quoted as saying “Do your best work – then try to trump it.” Exceed your customers’ expectations by paying close attention to the tiniest of details in the delivery of your service.

So popular is Disney’s approach to staff motivation and customer service that there is a ‘Disney Institute’ which offers degrees/coaching on business and HR Management. Maintaining the original culture is CEO Michael Eisner’s top priority. The brand is built- on the quality of people’s visits, and employees learn from day one the importance of their role in the company by providing quality service which is essential to that success.

The giant corporation that Disney has become is not all that inspires us. Look at the magic behind the movies. Behind every single story is a life lesson. A story of strength, persistence, overcoming fear or adversity, standing up for what is right, courage and of course a happy ending.


Let’s look at a few life lessons we can learn from some of Disney’s most popular movies.

The Little Mermaid teaches us: Be true to yourself. People will love you more because of it. “You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you.” – Sebastian

In Aladdin we learn that the true worth of a person is who they are, not what they have. “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” – Merchant

You control your destiny – you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems. - Merida, Brave

We can’t let our past hold us down. Rather, we must learn from our past and become the best we can be. “Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, Lion King

It only took a little mouse to show us that the sky’s the limit. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

Pocahontas teaches us that we can learn a lot from people who are not like ourselves. “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas

“A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.” – The Emperor of China, Mulan

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference. – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

And finally, my all-time ultimate life motto comes from Finding Nemo. Never give up on your goals and dreams. “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo


May 16, 2014
9:15 am
by Thokozani Sibisi

Losing a mother

parents-love-quotes-thoughts-mother-son-best-greatYou were more than a mother,
There certainly will be no other,
I’m grateful to the heavenly father,
That I got to know you in this lifetime and not another.

Mother you truly represented the deeper meaning of the word,
You one of the forces that moulded me to become a man and be able to face this cruel and tough world,
Imagining life without you currently seems like a dead end,
But I know you at a better place holding your hand out for us to get up and face life ahead. (more…)


May 2, 2014
9:15 am
by Brigitte Degener

Developing Mental Strength

mentalFollowing my previous blog on what mentally strong people don’t do, I thought more about how does one get stronger mentally? Life knocks all of us in one way or another, each of us carry our own cross to bear daily…

Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and commitment. It’s about establishing healthy habits and choosing to devote your time and energy to self-improvement. The funny thing though is that strength normally only shows itself in the midst of the most trying times….and sometimes we are not as strong as we may need to be then. “There are ways in which you can prepare yourself and improve your own mental strength,” says Amy Morin, a qualified social worker who has written many articles on developing mental strength. She highlighted the 5 things mentally strong people avoid doing: (more…)