Teryl @ Work

Aug 26 2013

Wow, this is really something people want to do, and do well! So a little bit more about the how to's.

Some things that have worked for me at networking events are:

  • If possible, go with a colleague
  • Stick together for the first half an hour or so
  • Split up once you are both comfortable (maybe not at the first event)
  • If you are on your own, look for a small group or another single, and join them
  • If there is a theme for the event, read up about it in advance
Teryl @ Work
Aug 20 2013

Accsys (PTY) Ltd held our 4th Annual Payroll Diploma Graduation last week, both in Sandton and East London. Our top graduate is from Port Elizabeth. Congratulations to her, as well as to all our graduates, nationally.

Adult learners face many difficulties and challenges, not least because most are both studying and working full time. Life long learning was a discussion point in the speeches at the event, as well as in the discussions around the great food. The feedback was wonderful, and the atmosphere was positive and uplifting.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 16 2013

Is fitting in with the corporate culture important? Of course. Do all effective and productive employees do so? Of course not.

A few years ago, Accsys (PTY) Ltd celebrated 30 years in business. In keeping with traditional thinking around anniversaries, we used the pearl as a symbol for the year.

A key message for us was that the pearl is formed from a piece of grit that irritates the oyster, and the oyster slowly covers the grit with nacre, until a beautiful gem is formed.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 14 2013

So you had the interview, you felt it went well, and yet there has been no feedback. Worse, you notice that the job is still being advertised. What now?

Before you leave the interview, ask a few key questions, eg

  • What is the process after this round of interviews?
  • Will there be a second interview, or have I met all the decision makers already?
  • When will a decision be made?
  • What is your preferred method of follow up? Phone call or eMail?
  • When would be the best time for me to follow up?
Teryl @ Work
Aug 8 2013

While we celebrate the whole month as Woman's Month in South Africa, with numerous events and celebrations, it really is about August 9th, 1956 when approximately 20 000 women marched on Pretoria to deliver a petition to JG Strydom, the Prime Minister.

Led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, some carrying the children of their employers on their backs, they stood in silence for 30 minutes, in a powerful objection to the "pass" that black South Africans had to carry at all times.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 5 2013

I grew up in the beautiful seaside village of Muizenberg. Our amazing old house nestled on the mountainside overlooking the river and the sea. My parents were not big socialisers, but when they went out, they told us where they were going. On one memorable night, a veld fire started on the mountain side and quickly reached the empty stand next to us. They were at the movies, and I called and the projectionist flashed an "Urgent, fire on the mountain, call home" with my parents names on the movie screen. Needless to say, the cinema was cleared out in moments!

Teryl @ Work
Aug 2 2013

When people used to stay in jobs for 10 plus years, there was time for companies to invest both time and money in training and upskilling employees.

In the US, the average tenure is less than 6 years, but it is the under 30's who are moving after short periods. According to Stats SA, the median employment for the 25 to 34 year old South African worker is 31 months.

Teryl @ Work
Jul 30 2013

As my first job was as a PA at NCR to two sales managers who didn't speak to each other, I learnt early how difficult the life of a PA can be. I enjoyed getting everything organised, though, and loved working with all the sales guys and getting to understand the sales processes. And so my very first job exposed me to two things which enabled me to grow in business, sales and IT.

Teryl @ Work
Jul 26 2013

If you are anything like me, you are often surprised to hear how people react to you on first meeting. And to overcome this, many of us tend to overdo the warmth, humour and trying to fit in, or go the other way, and try to be as unobtrusive as possible. Neither of them feel natural and neither are sustainable so it is worth spending some time preparing for the first impressions you create on the first day of your new job.

Teryl @ Work
Jul 24 2013

Today I am putting out my first ever blog, and so first impressions are top of mind. How do we create the right first impression when job hunting? Interviewers are just like the rest of us and their initial impression of the applicant can change the whole flavour of the interview.

Teryl @ Work
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