Job Advice SA: Online network uses Twitter to help Job Seekers

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If you’re looking for work, Job Advice SA is willing to guide you. All you have to do is contact them on social media for tips.
Three individuals who wanted to connect recruiters and job seekers in an informal environment host a Twitter chat called #JobAdviceSA every Monday at 16:00 for an hour.

The topics of this chat range from job hunting, to applying for jobs and going to interviews. The Job Advice SA team has also hosted chats on seasonal themes such as job seeker horror stories during October, the month in which Halloween falls.

Vanessa Raath, Tim Barry and Wesley Madziva started Job Advice SA in June 2014, not having met in person. “We all chatted regularly via social media and realised that we shared a common goal – to help people find jobs,” Raath says.

Other than Twitter, job seekers can also contact Job Advice SA on the Facebook page or Google+ account.

The beginning
Initially they launched their Twitter chat as #JobRecChatSA. After they met in person at a human resources conference in Johannesburg in May 2016, they decided to change the Twitter chat’s name.

It relaunched to #JobAdviceSA because they realised that more job seekers engaged in their weekly chats. “We found that there was more interest from job seekers as opposed to recruiters,” explains Raath.

“There were far more people looking for advice as opposed to recruiters looking to join in the chat and give advice. The focus shifted slightly to help people looking for jobs and not in connecting job seekers with recruiters as we had done previously.

“This was a good move and I know we have added great value to many job seekers,” she says. “We give good advice but then people must find their own jobs, using what we have taught them.”

How the Twitter chat works
Raath says they choose a suitable theme and four questions to answer during the course of the chat. “(We) write and publish a framing post incorporating the questions and expanding on the theme, then promote the chat leading up to 16:00 on Monday.

“We ask a new question every 15 minutes, starting at 16:00. One of us acts as the main host tweeting the questions from @JobAdviceSA,” she explains. “We answer the questions as well others on the topic or even other topics posed by participants during the hour slot, more often than not going on well past 17:00.”

The team
Madziva is a social media expert, consulting and speaking about the topic. His work experience also includes specialising in human resources (HR) and recruitment.

Barry is a business development consultant. Barry’s work experience also includes speaking about employer branding, HR and recruitment technology, and social media marketing.

Raath has had 10 years experience in the recruitment industry – both internal and external recruitment. She now specialises in information technology recruitment, mainly on the Microsoft platform.

Advice
The one thing you should never do is pay a recruiter to register with them, warns Raath. “You should not pay them if they find you a job.

“The recruiter will have an agreement in place with the client (your new employer) who will pay them for securing you as the candidate’s services. Recruitment agencies who want to charge people for registering with them are scams.”

Raath says that there are recruiters who look for work for people in specific industries or career paths. For example, she is a recruiter for seniors in the information technology industry. “If you are more senior it is best to find a recruiter who specialises in that industry – they will be more connected and will have a better variety of clients and opportunities.”

According to Raath, it’s troubling that most job seekers do not put the required effort into the job hunt. “They must have an excellent, well presented curriculum vitae; make sure they prepare for their interviews and be constantly up-skilling themselves,” she says.

“We also touch a lot on personal branding and how this is important to stand out from your peers. We give advice every week so people would need to join our chat to learn more – every week there are new things on how to improve (your brand).”

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Wesley Madziva aka #WesleySocial is a Social Media maverick. His dynamic speaking style enlivened the room, causing even belly-full recruiters at KR’s Electronic Recruitment Conference to perk up and listen as he shared his unique methods for finding candidates who would otherwise remain hidden through social media. As he speaks, he “retweets” quotes from conference participants and other speakers, mimicking the online interactive style of social media marketers.

Often, LinkedIn account holders intentionally hide their profiles from recruiters by misspelling their job titles. Wesley finds them using misspellings: A search for “acountant” rather than “accountant” yields profiles that recruiters using traditional search methods would miss.
Instead of searching for candidates by job title or skill, he searches exactly what they do [e.g bending schedules and drawings], unearthing candidates who might otherwise stayed buried.

He scours diverse social media platforms for his ideal candidates. He has found candidates who are unaware that they have Google Plus accounts, through their Gmail Accounts. All the candidate needs to have entered is a name, and what it is that they do. [By the way: If you have a gmail account, you have a Google Plus account.] He has found candidates using information they’ve entered into the “hometown” and “professional skills” fields on Facebook. He even finds candidates through photo sharing platform Instagram.

Tools such as Followerwonk, Recruitin.net, Socialtalent.co and Intel-sw.com enable him to search social platforms, but his favourite search tool for doing so remains Google. The functions of this powerful search engine are free to use, and Boolean search strings can be used to make Google searches highly specific.

For example, “site:za.LinkedIn.com” specifies that Google should search LinkedIn only.“Intitle:accountant” specifies that only this title should be searched for within the site. The minus symbol specifies which terms to exclude, e.g. “-Trainee”. He boasts that Google enables him to circumvent the need for paid tools such as LinkedIn Recruiter.

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Why Gauteng has higher salaries..

One of our clients asked this Question: How do people residing in the Western Cape and KZN, doing the same job with the same tools etc, earn up to 20% less than Gauteng? via Taryn. So I went to my social networks and posed the same question. Below are the responses .. (full names not used unless where approval has been granted)

  • Jay – Cost of living is higher in Gauteng
  • Erika – Accommodation is much more expensive in Western Cape
  • Fritz – Because Cape Town have the mooooountain.
  • Johann – I think they only get up to speed after 10:00 am en they’re on the beach by 15:00.
    So they get paid for half day. Calling it a full time job makes them feel great.
  • Pieter – Productivity is a factor but then again is it worth the 20%?
  • Albert – Supply and demand is vastly different between the provinces also. My branch managers in Gauteng, Dbn and Cpt dont earn the same because we don’t bring in the same revenue at each branch.
  • Lisinda – They dont have to pay etolls
  • Stephan – Common sense says there’s more companies and more money here. More money more pay.
  • Julia – Because the standard of living in Johannesburg is higher and it is a known fact that in Johannesburg ,people tend to travel longer distances
  • Taryn – I understand Julia’s comment. The cost of living in Cape Town is quite high too….Durban not as much as JHB and CPT but a lot of workers commute from surrounding areas such as PMB to work in Durban too
  • Julia – I agree that the cost of living is high in Cape Town too but Johannesburg is by far the highest. Yea workers do commute in Durban but the distance travelled is not as far as the distances travelled in jhb and surrounds but yes very interesting topic to be discussed
  • Malcolm – Simply because you need to pay 20% more for people to want to live in JHB, they typically have to sacrifice coastal living and lifestyle aspects and substitute it with traffic and longer hours
  • Deon – Almost everything in Pretoria cost more, as it is brought up from the coast. even fuel is cheaper there…i don`t know how accurate your clients gesture is… But There is also more capital to go around here and almost everything is more expensive here… If your client stays here you can respond with, you earn 20% more, why should I….
  • Kenji – I am originally from Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg last year September, and the cost of living between the cities are high. Cape Town you don’t travel far distances to work etc, however in Johannesburg, it’s constant traffic, everything is far and even groceries are ridiculous. But I think, it should be fair to everyone that the salaries offered in both cities for certain positions should be the same
  • Nicky – 20% increase in JHB is like “danger pay”
  • Laurence – The generalisation would be smaller companies in KZN. Entrepreneurs will pay less than a blue chip. Also lower qualifications would play a role. What are our costs on recreation vs theirs? I think you’ll see we’ll outspend them by a big margin. Our healthcare costs are probably more too, due to our lifestyle and stress levels.
  • Jamie – The simple answer is that the cost of living in Johannesburg Metro is more than the other provinces. From the cost of groceries, travel, entertainment, eating out, fuel, taxes. This is one of the reasons why the Western Cape is booming and Gauteng is declining. A lot of companies are relocating to the Western Cape because of the lack of service delivery and governance but mainly because it is less expensive to run the business out of Gauteng
  • Njabulo – Well, JHB life is quite expensive. From renting an apartment to buying groceries. Transportation is a nightmare and more people drive here than they commute whereas in Durban, more especially, people commute and public transport is cheaper ……Most of the big name companies’ headquarters are based here.
  • Sean – Look at it in terms of an Expat Salary with an inconvenience allowance to live there.

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