Feb 282014
 
Interview preparation - how important is a suit and tie in 2014?

We all know the phrase that first impression matters. We have heard of how appearances form a significant part of people’s first impressions. In conservative business environments, it is still very important that people dress in certain ways. However, with business world as we know it consistently changing, how important is dress code for interviews […]

Dec 312013
 
Thank You…Thank You…Thank You…

Wow, I can’t believe it is that time of the year again… The last day of the year… It feels like it only just started…How time flies… As I reflect on everything that happened in 2013, I realise how fortunate I am to have close family and friends who consistently give me nothing short of […]

Nov 282013
 
Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years? A Recruiter’s Perspective

Yesterday, I received a very interesting message from a contact on LinkedIn. Responding to my last article the “where do you see yourself in five years” dilemma, Jane (not her real name) sent a long list of interview questions she dislikes and why. She ended her message by nicely asking what my answer would be if the […]

Nov 122013
 
The “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years” Dilemma

Why we ask: Recruiters ask the “where do you see yourself in five years” question for a couple of reasons. We ask because we want to know what motivates you. We love candidates with the core technical expertise our clients and hiring managers seek, but in addition, look for candidates with passion, drive and aspirations. […]

Nov 092013
 
What do African Employers Really Want? A Recruiter’s Perspective

The responses received from my last article “what do African employers really want – local or international expertise?” were wide-ranged and eye-opening. I will however focus on only two of the most popular ones in this piece. Lots of readers agreed with the latest trend of hiring African professionals with local and international experience. They […]

Oct 232013
 
What do African Employers Really Want – Local or International Expertise?

“What do African employers really want – local or international expertise?” Although phrased in many ways, this was the most recurring question received, following my last article – and the best African employer to work for in 2014 is…. Thanks to everyone who contacted me via LinkedIn, Google +, Twitter and the Contact Page of this […]

Sep 112013
 
Are Foreign-Educated African Graduates More Productive 2? – An International Recruiter’s Perspective

Since my last post, a few people have sent private messages requesting my opinion on the productivity of foreign-educated African graduates vs. locally-educated African graduates at work places. While I may not be the best person to compare both sets of graduates, I do have my views. I believe the success or productivity of a […]

Aug 312013
 
Are Foreign-Educated African Graduates More Productive 1?

For the last couple of years, lots of Africans have travelled out of their home countries to study. I’ll call them the “foreign-educated” For many, it is an opportunity to explore multicultural environments, gain international exposure and obtain globally recognised degrees that will not only set them apart from their peers, but help increase employment […]

Aug 092013
 
7 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask a Recruiter When Discussing a New Role

It is sometimes difficult for a Candidate to find out everything there is to know about a new role, especially at the beginning of a recruitment process. As recruitment processes involve a lot of commitment from Recruiters and Candidates alike, it is in a candidate’s best interest to ascertain if the role is right for […]

Aug 012013
 
Identifying Good African Agency Recruiters – Questions to Ask

The role of agency Recruiters in Africa has greatly evolved. As recently as 10 years ago, there were very few African agency Recruiters because the industry was in its infancy in many parts of the continent. Previously, candidates had little or no contact with agency recruiters, except when they received feedback on their applications which […]

Jul 152013
 
7 Tips for Working with African Recruiters – Part 1

One of the direct effects of the economic growth in Africa is increased career opportunities for Africans and non-Africans alike. This, in addition to the adoption of “localisation” policies by many governments has contributed to the war for talent and growth of African-focused Recruiters and recruitment consultancies. Working with a Recruiter can be of great […]

Jul 112013
 
Employee Mobility – Why is my Employer not Hiring Me?

Not very long ago, I was leading a recruitment campaign and looking to fill a long list of roles for one of my many African clients. As I engaged professionals in my network, I received many referrals from the company’s employees working outside the recruiting country. It was particularly interesting to me as some were […]

Jul 082013
 
Is a Masters Degree Right for Me – Now?

Huge competition for limited early career roles means graduating with a good degree does not guarantee gainful employment. This is especially so as globally, millions of students graduate from good universities and with first-class or second-class upper degrees every year.  Masters degrees  are seen as stand-out tools and have gained desirability because undergraduate degrees have […]

Jul 012013
 
From an African Recruitment Consultant to an African Recruitment Blogger…

Recruitment consulting across Africa is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and exciting professions today. One day, I could be attending a Recruitment Summit in Johannesburg, the next, presenting at a strategic HR event in Lagos and networking with top multinational executives from West Africa or on the phone all day in London interviewing director-level […]