HON­ESTY IS THE BEST POL­ICY IN THE JOB MAR­KET

Hon­esty Is the Best Pol­icy in the Job Mar­ket

In Flight Magazine - - ISSUE - { TEXT: INA VAN DER MERWE, CEO OF MAN­AGED IN­TEGRITY EVAL­U­A­TION (MIE) | IMAGES © ISTOCKPHOTO.COM }

ARE YOU CON­SID­ER­ING A JOB CHANGE? OR HAVE YOU RE­CENTLY COM­PLETED YOUR TER­TIARY STUD­IES AND ARE JOB HUNT­ING?

There is no deny­ing that the coun­try is still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tough eco­nomic cli­mate. And, while un­em­ploy­ment did drop by 1 % (to 26.7 %) for the fourth quar­ter in 2017, the num­bers re­main high.This means that there are many peo­ple look­ing – and more im­por­tantly, com­pet­ing – for avail­able jobs.This can make se­cur­ing that dream job quite a tough feat. If you are one of th­ese peo­ple, you may be won­der­ing how you can make your­self more “em­ploy­able”.

Of course, fo­cus­ing on your CV is a good start­ing point.Whether you are seek­ing a new job just for change or want­ing to en­ter the work­place for the first time, there are some crit­i­cal as­pects to con­sider when putting your CV to­gether, and get­ting it out there.

BACK­GROUND SCREEN­ING

Did you know that more and more busi­nesses now thor­oughly check up on and look into po­ten­tial can­di­dates?

This process not only en­sures that the com­pany hires the right can­di­date for the avail­able job, but given the tougher eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion busi­nesses are op­er­at­ing in, most can’t af­ford to make a “hir­ing mis­take” and there­fore this process is very strin­gent.This usu­ally in­volves un­der­tak­ing checks on the CV sub­mit­ted, the qual­i­fi­ca­tions the can­di­date states as hav­ing, past em­ploy­ment, and so on.

There­fore, it is crit­i­cal to en­sure that all the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded on your CV is fac­tual and truth­ful. While it may be tempt­ing to “em­bel­lish” cer­tain as­pects of your qual­i­fi­ca­tions or work ex­pe­ri­ence, ly­ing on your CV is just not worth the risk. In fact, if the com­pany you are ap­ply­ing to should un­der­take a back­ground screen­ing anal­y­sis based on the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in your CV and comes across any un­true in­for­ma­tion, this is in ef­fect fraud, as you have de­lib­er­ately mis­rep­re­sented your­self.

The risk is that once this act is dis­cov­ered a com­pany is more likely to ex­clude you as a can­di­date for the job op­por­tu­nity, and may even “black list” you from ap­ply­ing for any fu­ture avail­able job po­si­tions with that com­pany. More­over, if this is in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther, it could even lead to a crim­i­nal record, which will fol­low you around for the rest of your life, and im­pact any other fu­ture job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

If the com­pany you are ap­ply­ing to should un­der­take a back­ground screen­ing anal­y­sis based on the in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in your CV and comes across any un­true in­for­ma­tion, this is in ef­fect fraud, as you have de­lib­er­ately mis­rep­re­sented your­self.

So it is best that job seek­ers only ap­ply for po­si­tions that they are suit­able for – where they have the cor­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tions and nec­es­sary work ex­pe­ri­ence – or be hon­est about their need to learn. Don’t for­get to in­clude char­ac­ter ref­er­ences, where pos­si­ble, and be truth­ful about what you can of­fer the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

THE ROLE OF SO­CIAL ME­DIA

Given the in­sight so­cial me­dia pages can pro­vide on in­di­vid­u­als – es­pe­cially if the pages are open to the pub­lic – there is grow­ing in­ter­est from busi­nesses to make use of th­ese plat­forms as part of their ba­sic screen­ing method­olo­gies. This is a great way to as­cer­tain more per­sonal in­for­ma­tion about a po­ten­tial em­ployee, such as their likes, re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and pos­si­ble hob­bies, which can be used to gauge their fit with the busi­ness’s cul­ture.

If you are seek­ing em­ploy­ment, take this on board and en­sure that your so­cial me­dia pages truth­fully re­flect your per­son­al­ity and do not com­pro­mise you in any­way.While many of our pages are aimed at per­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties, out­side the of­fice or work­ing space, th­ese are still pub­lic plat­forms that hold your in­for­ma­tion and can be ac­cessed.

The job mar­ket may be tough, but you should never be will­ing to com­pro­mise your cred­i­bil­ity. Com­pa­nies will see through this and it will im­pact any prospects you may want to ex­plore.

Re­mem­ber the wise words of busi­ness mag­nate Warren Buf­fett:“In look­ing for peo­ple to hire, you look for three qual­i­ties: in­tegrity, in­tel­li­gence, and en­ergy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

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