10th Apr 2014 at 5:53 pm #32958
More than a quarter of the South African population is unemployed and the percentage of youth unemployed is significantly higher. So surely young people would pay attention to any chance for a job?
It seems not so – not for the first time, I have heard from a recruiting manager about young people who submit C.V.s for vacancies, but then don’t:
- answer their cell phones, or
- respond to voice-mail or text messages.
Then when an appointment for an interview appointment is made, they
- arrive late, or
- don’t arrive, and don’t phone to apologise for not attending.
Then when they do attend interviews, they:
- don’t bring the documents clearly asked for in the interview arrangements, or
- indicate how much money they want, and aren’t prepared to compromise, without considering what their future career prospects are with the company – or whether there will be a chance to study further or receive training.
Young people clearly don’t know that HR and recruitment people talk to each other – and seek references. Small company owners also speak to each other to take references. The first questions asked are always on reliability factors: time-keeping, attendance, responsibility – way before considering qualifications, skills and knowledge.
So why aren’t we training youth in how to behave when seeking employment?
11th Apr 2014 at 5:53 am #32961
Another part of the problem is that applicants for positions do not know how to write a covering/introductory letter. they just send their CV’s with no explanation. I often receive CV’s by e-mail (unsolicited) that simply says CV attached.
They all go straight into the delete folder. I wrote a manual some time ago entitled “School’s out – what now” (a guide for school leavers) that covers all of the areas you refer to. Parts of this have been published on “career portal” for any of the young people who might have an interest.
11th Apr 2014 at 1:17 pm #32960
Hi Des, now that sounds good – it’s not only external applicants – but even when internal applicants for vacancies apply they just don’t handle it well.
Please can we give some additional publicity to your manual. Maybe we should review in the Group Book Club and do some links. Please can you send me a copy to my external email address.
14th Apr 2014 at 6:35 am #32959
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