The 21st century provides interesting and exciting opportunities for skilled individuals to utilise their qualifications, competencies and experience in sectors and roles beyond their traditional career path. The rate of change is so rapid that businesses’ needs are changing faster than traditional education systems can produce the skills required. As a result, organisations now focus on hiring individuals with the right combination of competencies, to deliver the outcomes they require.

The days of job for life, and even career for life, are long gone. Instead of focusing on job security, individuals should rather work hard at improving their employability. Employability refers to your ability to gain initial employment, maintain employment, and obtain new employment if required. In simple terms, employability is about being capable of getting and keeping fulfilling work.

Your employability depends on:

  • your knowledge (what you know),

  • skills (what you do with what you know),

  • attitudes (how you approach things)

  • the way you use your knowledge and skills and present them to employers, and

  • the context (e.g. personal circumstances and labour market environment) within which you seek work.

Master of your own Destiny

A dramatic shift in the way work works, is that companies are no longer solely responsible for the wellbeing and development of their employees. In a fluid labour market, individuals need to take note of the following important aspects to ensure their future success:

  • Career ownership (career development and management) is the sole responsibility of the individual;

  • Continuous (life-long) learning and development of skills are expected by employers and clients who will choose to engage individuals who are consciously improving their value;

  • Security lies your ability to obtain and maintain work, rather than keep a specific job; and

  • Employability is about preparing yourself for future opportunities

How ready are you to recognise and grab an opportunity when it comes along?

Rise of the Portfolio Career

Portfolio careers are defined by diversity of industry and role and don’t follow traditional career paths of rank progression in a particular function or company. Portfolio careers often contain more part-time, temporary or project positions and are commonly used to ensure a more sustainable work-life balance. Within the Gig economy, some individuals may also have more than one job at a time.

Of course, making the transition from a traditional career path to one that is more Portfolio in nature, can be difficult. Working with an experienced recruiter can assist you to identify opportunities where your skills and experience could be utilised beyond what you might think of.

Critical to your success is also be your ability to effectively communicate – and market – your value to prospective employers. A traditional CV will usually only get you so far. By taking control of your personal, professional brand, especially online, you will be in a great position to attract and engage with companies and industries that could bridge your transition.

Do you want the chance to gain knowledge & skills to transition your career?

TSR is offering the opportunity to 30 selected individuals, who are positioned to make a career transition, to attend a free presentation Optimising your LinkedIn Profile.

The aim of this 2-hour presentation, scheduled for 14 May 2019 16h00 – 18h00 in Bryanston, is for you to learn what your online presence (particularly LinkedIn) says about you and to show you how to develop or improve your online presence, to assist in your employment search.

This session will cover the following areas:

  • What is an effective LinkedIn profile, why this is important and discuss the necessary enhancements to achieve an effective profile;
    You have less than 5 seconds to captivate the attention of the recruiter, employer or connection, therefore it is important, particularly if you are seeking new opportunities – to ‘showcase’ your skills, your relevance and value.

  • How to maximise ‘your’ social network.

  • How to ‘showcase’ your skills.

  • How AI (Artificial Intelligence) can impact your application process and how Recruiters are sourcing candidates – key points you need to be aware of.

  • How to ensure your CV/online profile is relevant to boost employment prospects.

This session will be conducted by Elise Ronquest, owner of Career Management Consulting and a Career Transition Specialist.

In addition, I will be sharing with those present some of the opportunities TSR presently has for individuals seeking to make a move from their traditional career path.

TSR is currently seeking:

  1. Production engineers & managers who want to shift to management consulting;

  2. Management consultants who want to move into corporate (strategy, finance or Private Equity roles)

  3. Engineers and Quants who are keen to explore Data Science

If you meet one of the above groups, are interested in learning more, and being considered for one of the limited session seats, please send an email to theo@tsrecruitment.co.za by no later than 5 May 2019. Please note that seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and we strongly recommending getting in touch early!

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