Advice For Job Seekers

1. Cindy – Motivation

General tips for the unemployed by Cindy Norcott

2. Cindy – Jobseeking

Tips on how to find a job by Cindy Norcott

3. Cindy – Before The Interview

Tips on how to prepare for an interview by Cindy Norcott

4. Nicky – CV Preparation

How to create the perfect CV by Nicky Henderson

5. Nicky – Appearance

How to prepare for an interview, relating to appearance by Nicky Henderson

6. Nicky – Interview

How to handle the job interview by Nicky Henderson

Blog Articles

July 1, 2020

How to be noticed in an overcrowded job market: Building a network

How to be noticed in an overcrowded job market: Building a network Its not what you know, or who you know, but its who knows and trusts you. This has
June 30, 2020

Some time back, I had the opportunity and privilege to hear from an accomplished and inspiring leader who I genuinely look up to as a mentor from a distance. Here
June 23, 2020

What Makes You Stand Out As a Grad.

What Makes You Stand Out As a Grad. In my line of work, I get to meet with some phenomenal, high-calibre individuals who have taken their passion for IT and
June 18, 2020

How to be noticed in an overcrowded job market; First Impressions.

How to be noticed in an overcrowded job market First impressions:   Imagine that you have been hunting for a very specific pair of Nike shoes. You have been searching
June 9, 2020

Job Hunting – FAQs

  Frequently Asked Questions: Can I add my photograph to my CV? It’s not necessary, but at the same time it wouldn’t hurt – just make sure the photo is
June 9, 2020

Identifying New Market and Job Opportunities

    Are you finding Job Hunting daunting? Are you considering a change in career? Here are some tips that might help you in your journey: First consider your skills
June 9, 2020

Cover Letter Writing – Best Practices

  A cover letter is meant to be a summary of your resume and is meant to be a direct letter written to the Hiring Manager or Recruiter as a
June 9, 2020

Resume Content and CV Writing

Resume and CV Writing We often get asked about this and I wanted to highlight some key aspects when it comes to CV content and CV writing. I hope you find this helpful!!
May 28, 2020

What Makes a Good Recruiter?

The Recruitment industry is fast paced, dynamic, exciting and very rewarding. I have realized that being a Recruiter lets me help candidates reach their career goals, be able to better
May 13, 2020

How to make yourself indispensable

How to make yourself indispensable I have had quite the number of panicked phone calls from candidates over the past month who have expressed their concern that they may be
May 13, 2020

Toxic Environment

I often hear candidates say that their reason for wanting to leave their current Employer is a toxic work environment in the form of either an unreasonable or difficult boss,
May 12, 2020

To Do List Blog

My team and I have been learning about the importance of a “To Do” List. I personally always have one and believe in it, so I wanted to share my
May 7, 2020

Getting Back To Work?

April 30, 2020

Recruitment during Covid19

This is an exceptional time that we are undergoing during the lockdown period of 2020. I need not explain the emotions that I know we are all feeling, but I
April 14, 2020

10 points for better email etiquette

How to write an email properly can vary from company to company, it is best to find out the tone of your company’s address (formal or informal). If you are
March 24, 2020

Advice for Graduates – By Bronwyn Wishart

Greetings Graduates! Are you feeling frustrated, and tired of hearing “I’m sorry, but you do not have enough experience for the position”, or simply not knowing where to look for
March 20, 2020

One Should Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

It has been said that “one should never let a good crisis go to waste”. I am an eternal optimist and I believe that in the midst of any crisis
March 20, 2020

Leadership Is Like Running

Just over a week ago, our gifted colleague and Office Manager at Pro Talent Recruitment and I attempted a 10km Night run in Durban North. Nicky’s a legend in her
March 16, 2020

Understand your Pay slip

“This is not what I was promised”. These are the word that I often hear from candidates who are actively looking to leave their current company. After breaking down the
March 4, 2020

Strengths Statement EOA Group

Why Clifton StrengthsFinder? Research shows that your greatest area that has room for improvement isn’t where you’re weakest, but rather where you are naturally strong.  So, discovering your Strengths starts
January 15, 2020

How Recruiters Identify You As A Top Candidate

After being in recruitment for a few years I have noticed a pattern with my top talent and their CVs. I thought I would share what I have noticed just
January 9, 2020

I’m Staying Positive

December 3, 2019

Business Retreat

December 3, 2019

Pro Talent Newsletter

November 4, 2019

A Life Worth Living

I Would Like To Share Some Of My Tips On How To Create A Life Worth Living Don’t Worry Too Much: Don’t worry too much about what you are going
October 18, 2019

YES – Employment Youth Service

There is a new employment initiative call YES which all businesses and youth should know about. Youth play a critical role is shaping our economy and country. There is a
July 23, 2019

How To Be A Successful Business Woman

How to be even more successful as a woman in business Whether you are working for yourself or someone else there are a few pointers that every woman needs to
July 17, 2019

Life After Matric

For many who can’t afford a tertiary education the end of the  buildup of 12 years of schooling can be terrifying. Especially when the theorem of Pythagoras has no real
May 29, 2019

Interview Preparation & Guidance – A 10-Point Checklist!

So… you’ve submitted your application for the ideal job, either directly or through your Recruitment Consultant. You’ve waited patiently for feedback… an update… acknowledgement… something at least!! Heaven knows you’ve
April 10, 2019

Why isn’t that recruiter calling me?

We have all had it happen before, we submit our CV to a recruiter for the PERFECT job, the one that has your name written all over it. We wait
March 12, 2019

Reference Checks- Are They Still Relevant?

Is there a need for reference checks? I’ve met with a number of business owners and employers who are asking if reference checks are still worth it or relevant. The
March 12, 2019

The Perception of Leadership Versus Reality

You will never make a good leader if you think like that. The words hit a chord, being a good leader was all I have ever wanted. I remember being
February 22, 2019

Cindy Norcott’s 25 lessons from 25 years in business

1. Marketing is the backbone of your business– always have a Marketing plan and ensure that every day you do something that will make you top of mind with your
January 24, 2019

What Interview Questions Do I Prepare For?

To help with some of the questions you will need to answer in an interview, here are 6 of the most common ones. Don’t forget to do your research on
January 24, 2019

Interview Tips and Tricks

Being prepared for an interview is of utmost importance. It is the time for your skillset and personality to shine through and for you to not just be another CV
October 18, 2018

Even The Playing Field

Do you want to learn a trick that will put you ahead of others? A trick that will make you stand out and achieve more than you have ever dreamed?
August 30, 2018

To MC, Or Not To MC- That Used To Be The Question

Hello, welcome! Bit (or a lot) of what goes on in the mind and nerves of an MC. With my many attempts to previously blog this part of my career
August 24, 2018

Through the Eyes of a Dancer

Dance is something that brings people together. It has roots in ancient times and is a social and celebratory aspect of life. We have both had a form of dance
July 25, 2018

Professional Digital Identity

Nowadays we communicate more online than in reality. From Facebook to Twitter & LinkedIn, our Professional Digital Identity is more important than we realize. It can be the deal breaker
July 25, 2018

Dress for Success on a Budget

When we say “Dressing for Success on a Budget”, we automatically think of a wardrobe full of clothing from a cheaper store. Not so. You need very little clothing to
July 25, 2018

10 Ways to Look More Stylish at the Office

Looking Stylish at the office can really boost your self-confidence resulting in an increase in productivity as well as taking pride in your work. We all want to put our
July 4, 2018

Can I build an empire with this new hire?

This is a question every business owner or manager needs to ask when they are looking to make a new hire. Every new person that you take on needs to
July 3, 2018

Time to Tie the Knot!

You stand behind the door, breath heavy, palms sweaty and your heart in your mouth. Will this be the one? No, don’t get emotionally involved you whisper to yourself as
June 27, 2018

Being a Successful Young Person is an Uphill Battle

As a Millennial, I have found that, for every door we knock on, there are 20 doors that won’t open. Why? Is it because some big corporates don’t believe that
June 20, 2018

Four easy ways to make your CV irresistible

1. Add a professional photo of yourself. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Adding a head and shoulders picture of yourself allows the recruiter to
June 11, 2018

Asijiki- No Turning Back

This weekend saw the 93rd running of the Comrades Marathon, one of South Africa’s most beloved sports events. It is an event that sees inspiration and motivation at its utmost
May 29, 2018

Lessons from the Podium

I have recently been involved in a few give back programs hosted by Pro Talent on the topic of careers and preparing properly for ones future. It has been an
April 16, 2018

Are you an Iron Man in Business?

Yesterday, after a year of intense training, my husband completed the Iron Man event in Port Elizabeth in a respectable time of 13 hours and 30 minutes. Having witnessed the
April 12, 2018

How NOT to interview candidates

I was having breakfast with my family the other day and as we sat I looked across the café to the end of the table where I saw a lady
April 12, 2018

The Do’s and Dont’s of advertising

Advertising on job portals or on your company’s website, is a great way of finding the correct candidates. There are, however, certain legal parameters around advertising that, if not followed
April 12, 2018

How to successfully shortlist CV’s

From my previous article I mentioned that including an assessment along with an application will allow for easier shortlisting. Great examples are for applicants to use a unique pre-set subject
April 12, 2018

From Business Owner to Successful Recruiter: What I have learnt in 8 months

Before I joined the recruitment industry, I thought I knew all there was about hiring the right people. I had my own business and had hired a few people throughout
April 10, 2018

“How to Increase Your Employees’ Satisfaction Without Giving Them a Raise”- Chirag Kulkarni

Nelita George, our Marketing and Advertising recruiter, came across this interesting article about creating a positive company culture for employees. It looks at ways in which a manager can create
April 5, 2018

What makes recruitment an exciting career?

Firstly, I believe recruitment is not a career anyone decides to pursue. Most recruiters I know have landed in recruitment by default! Being in recruitment for over 15 years has
April 2, 2018

Mahala Market 2018

Yesterday (28th March 2018), I went to Shongweni with our Robin hood team to distribute more than 8 tons of clothing, shoes, linen and toiletries to more than 250 of
March 29, 2018

How to Find Work You Love

It is common knowledge that many of the population are working for companies that they do not enjoy being a part of. This could be due to poor management, monotonous
March 1, 2018

Unicorns and fairy dust: The mythical land of SEO

Our Marketing recruiter, Nelita George, was doing some research and came a cross a very interesting article. Of course the title would catch anyone’s attention, but it speaks to those
March 1, 2018

The Race for More Time

We all want to be those people who reach their targets and meet our deadlines. But sometimes life happens and there are unfortunate circumstances that stop us in our tracks.
February 28, 2018

What makes a great sales person?

I have been recruiting sales people for the past 25 years and I have identified certain qualities that I look for when recruiting. I thought I would share them to
February 20, 2018

The best advice for medical sales representatives

Following on from the previous blog about becoming a medical sales representative, below are some tips about hoe to the best you can be in this industry. (1)You need to
February 16, 2018

Thinking of becoming a medical representative?

Medical representatives can be spotted from a mile away. The designer clothing, the bright smile and brand name car; they are often envied and as a medical recruiter I often
February 5, 2018

Major mistakes most interviewers continue to make

On a daily basis, I deal with clients who are recruiting staff. Despite seminars, articles and many books on the topic, it seems there are some common mistakes that employers
January 18, 2018

20 Things unemployed Job seekers need to do to get the job they want in 2018

By Cindy Norcott, owner of Pro Talent – 1. Type up a cv that is no more than 3 pages in length. Keep it short and concise and to
December 20, 2017

Making your IT Skills Standout

We all know that in this day and age, finding a job can be challenging, and although IT is seen as a scare skill in some areas, finding that perfect
December 15, 2017

The Abundance of Average

By Cindy Norcott, Owner of Pro Appointments & Pro Talent “Is it really possible to hire A-players or are most of the candidates out there just average?” I was recently
October 27, 2017

Millenials love to talk about their pay

This is a really interesting little article, especially for Employers out there.  Gone are the days (it seems) when salary packages were strictly confidential and you could literally be hauled
October 11, 2017

O Captain! My Captain!

We all see it in the movies, the big boss sitting behind a huge table in his / her Victorian styled designer chair, whilst the employee sits quivering in their
September 6, 2017

There’s a new generation coming – Generation Z

There’s a new generation buzzword – Generation Z or iGeneration.  Young, hip, techno-savvy kids and prospective employees coming up through the ranks.  Having grown up in an age of technology
August 17, 2017

Top 3 Mistakes People Make on Their CV

33 Recruitment experts share their views on the Top 3 mistakes people make on their CV.  Check out our very own Ronel Irvine who contributed to this article.
June 8, 2017

IT & Telecommunications Recruitment Division

June 8, 2017

Technical Recruitment Division

May 19, 2017

Ransomware – Are you ready?

Interesting read – these cyber attacks are becoming a harsh reality with many businesses having to cough up 1000’s to have their sites/information returned. And even then it’s not a
April 19, 2017

Knowing the importance of a well written CV / Resume – Points to ensure your CV gets noticed.

Written by Matthew Neethling In recruitment, having a CV that stands out is the most important part in the job seeking process. Having to go job hunting is a difficult
March 1, 2017

Alyson’s Advice on Appearance

By: Alyson Scheepers – Talent Specialist at Pro Appointments The first impression you make on a potential employer is incredibly meaningful and important. When you first meet, employers will form
February 13, 2017

The Power of WHY

By Cindy Norcott I am reading Simon Sinek’s best-selling book, “Start with Why” which essentially is a great reminder that successful companies and movements are not motivated by what they
January 30, 2017

Career Advice from a Millennial to a Millennial

Extraordinary drive:  Career advice for millennials, from a millennial by Elizabeth Ross   A millennial is someone from the generation reaching young adulthood in the early twenty-first century, with birth
November 16, 2016

It’s not the bottom, it’s the foundation by Seth Godin

A must read article by guru Seth Godin for all company owners and employers!  Click on the link.  
October 20, 2016

Too Scared to Hire Temps?

Since the LRA amendments came into effect in March 2015, many companies have been too nervous to hire temps, even for short term assignments, often leading to backlogs and over-worked
October 20, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers

The job market is tough for job seekers. Over my 25 years in recruitment, I have often seen job seekers unwittingly sabotage their chances of getting the job they want.
October 20, 2016

Applying for Positions Advertised on Portals

Gone are the days of getting excited about placing a new advert on job portals to attract new star candidates… Gone are the days where we could get our creative
October 20, 2016

How recruiters can relate to Pokémon GO!

So I’ve started to write this and I already have the theme song in my head: “I want to be the very best that no one ever was. To catch
October 19, 2016

Beware of Recruitment Scams doing the rounds

As most of us know, unemployment is not easy, it actually really sucks!!! Having to go through tons of job adverts and applying to them like there is no tomorrow
October 19, 2016

Is the Job Interview Dead?

The traditional hiring process of application, job interview and assessment is dying. Today’s digitally-savvy jobseekers need convincing that a job is right for them, and expect employers to move as
October 19, 2016

Be sure you are ready!

There is nothing more frustrating to a prospective employer, and a recruitment consultant, than a candidate who comes in to register for a new position and when the time comes
October 19, 2016

How to pick the perfect staff member

I have been a fan of leadership guru, John Maxwell for many years. I thought I would share some of his advice with you. It is important to hire people
October 19, 2016

Relationship between social media and the employer

If you’re employed and have social media accounts then you need to read the following article. Read article by clicking here
October 19, 2016

‘Micro-jobbing’ now a growing trend in South Africa

The term ‘micro-jobbing’ is a new one in the South African vernacular. It refers to a growing trend whereby anyone with a smart phone and an internet connection is able
October 18, 2016

Tempted to Lie on Your CV?

Tempted to Lie on Your CV? Here’s why you should tell the Truth – Michael Klazema April 2015 Resist the temptation to pad your CV. Doing so could come back
October 18, 2016

If you feel that 2015 has beaten you…

As we get into the last stretch of the year, it appears that everyone suddenly feels deflated and out of steam and the mental count-down towards the end of the
October 18, 2016

How recruitment agencies work

As a job seeker, often one does not know how the process works in Human Resource Departments or in Recruitment Agencies. Even though each agency is different the below points
October 17, 2016

How to get a job when you don’t have much experience

(8 job-search tips to combat your professional greenness) – Nelita George, Recruiter 1. Figure out why you’d be great at the job.Spend some time thinking about why you would be
October 17, 2016

6 Steps to Rock Retrenchment

During the beginning of 2015, I found myself facing retrenchment in the first company that I entered straight out of University, my first permanent job, which I had been with
October 17, 2016

Is it time to change? – some time management tips!

I am preparing for an upcoming seminar on time management and I thought I would share a few thoughts on the subject. I read a quote that said ‘Most people
August 10, 2016

The Heart and Art of Customer Service

I have just returned from a 12 day social trip to the United States. One of the highlights for me amongst the many exciting events we experienced was the service
August 1, 2016

Here’s to the women I know

I love August. It is womens’ month after all! I enjoy participating in the many events that celebrate women and the successes they have made. To be honest, I don’t
July 1, 2016

Crippling Emotions When Job Hunting

Quite often during job hunting you can allow yourself to slip into the downward spiral towards depression, anxiety and fear. This alone is not helpful when looking for a new
March 25, 2016

A Year of Happiness

by Cindy Norcott At the start of every year, armed with renewed vim and vigour, I decide on my theme for the year. Last year was my “Unstoppable” year and
March 25, 2015

What does it feel like to be a part of a winning team and how do you get it?

At our little recruitment agency in Westville, Durban we have found ourselves on the winning side quite a lot in 2014. At any given moment during our busy periods if
March 25, 2015

Useful Information

Have a read of this great article full of useful and insightful bits of information, and try not to fall into any of these categories:- Read article by clicking here.
March 25, 2015

How your spelling and grammar can ruin your chances of applying for a job

How your spelling and grammar can ruin your chances of applying for a job Follow this link to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times:-
March 25, 2015

When is it time to find a new job?

When is it time to find a new job? Are you broke by the second week of each month? Are you going home each day completely stressed out? Are you
March 25, 2015

Why companies don’t hire the right people

Why companies don’t hire the right people – from a recruiter’s point of view I have been a recruiter for 23 years and I thought I would share with you
February 25, 2015

A Company That Cares

With our connection with The Robin Hood Foundation the consultants are often invited to go along and experience some of the touching things Kim and her team do. Thursday 2nd
February 25, 2015

A special note to all our valued clients:

Ten Ways in Which Temps Can Make Your Life Easier This Festive Season Answering phones while your staff are on Christmas lunch Office temps while your admin staff take annual
February 25, 2015

Why are you not getting hired?

Having been a recruiter for nearly 25 years, I have realized that some job-seekers are subconsciously sabotaging their job-seeking efforts. Here are a few things that you might be preventing
January 25, 2015

Self-development is the Key to Success

Malcolm Gladwell tells the world that it takes 10 000 hours for a person to become a world expert in your field. How do you rate? Are you an expert
January 25, 2015

The Power of Expectation

I have been coaching business owners and speaking to large groups of people over the past 15 years. There is a question that I ask most of the audiences that
January 25, 2015

Marketing basics for small business

Last week, I hosted a marketing seminar for clients and her are some insights that I realized that some business people didn’t know. I have a different definition of Marketing