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Career Advice

Think of each and every job applicant your organisation has had over the years and consider how you handled each and every one of them. Did you ensure that the job applicant’s first impression of the company was positive? Was the experience of those who were not employed positive too?

During job interviews employers have the chance to learn more about the applicant. However, there are some questions that they are not allowed to ask. The law is there to protect you and if you feel that you are being discriminated against, you are protected and are in no way obliged to answer such questions.

Putting together an effective CV is always a challenge. Do you include every little detail of your experience or just the main most relevant highlights? How long should it be? Do you use a standard template or create your own? Should you adapt your CV based on the position you are applying for? Do you need a CV at all or is your online public presence enough?

Probably one of the most common complaints by employees is regarding job appraisals and the way they are held – if they are held at all. Job appraisals may indeed be the most overlooked tool in HR. 

An appraisal can be a useful tool when assessing how an employee is performing compared to expectations, but also, and possibly more importantly, vice-versa. Indeed employers tend to forget that it is not just the company that appraises its employees, but employees are also appraising the company. A good appraisal policy, properly implemented, can go a long way towards improving employee engagement and retention.