Friday, 6 September 2013

Work readiness : the tips from KPMG


On August 31, a 3 women' s team from KPMG team came to St Mary's Saturday classes to 

share info with some of our learners now studying  at Varsity about work readiness:

Kirstey, Allison and Prishina from KPMG and the students
Prishani can look at your CV at a minimal fee (R50 – R100 depending on whether it is from the start or not). In addition, I offer full personality profiling and career guidance for R150 where I deliver a report to them to be used as a lifelong document to build your personality profile.

The team shared info about :

How to communicate if you write to a company:
 – You need to write full sentence
-          Don’t be too casual
No Slang, swear word and inappropriate use of language

If you write an email: start by “Dear Christine, Hello Christine”
-no Hi Christine! ...too casual
- Dear Ms Ndlovu, or Miss or Mister : too formal

How to write a CV (Google CV templates to use as models)
You don’t need to send a cover letter

CV needs to be a summary: max 2 pages -You have 8 seconds to make an impression with a CV
-Not too many details (like all your results per subject)
-Keep many copies of certified copies of your diplomas and ID because you need to send info as quickly as possible if requested

Basic info must be there: nationality, marital status, where you live, driving licence...
Personal interests
In your CV, you must show progression: club member, club coordinator, club manager.... soccer player, soccer goal keeper, soccer captain, create own team

-          the employer want to see you have interest in other things and can manage different areas and progress

-they love gaps in your CV – you did not work for a year, what did you do?- Saturday jobs, volunteering, travels, piece jobs ?

-          education and qualifications : be accurate about your marks – if you put fancy things and send you the proof and it is not the same, it means you are a liar and they will not hire you

References: 2 max, person name, contact details and the relationship with you (now, your high school principal, next year, you will have to update it)

Job interview

How to dress?
If you dress too casually, it means: you don’t put much effort;
You must look professional, serious, well organised
-          The Clothing Appropriate to what you do and your position in the company (Madiba could wear his African shirts because he was the president or Bill Gates could dress in jeans and t shirt)
1.       Religious and jewels – ok if not too big or extravagant
2.       When you start to work in a company, ask them: “what I am expected to wear?”
3.       Go to a company which align with your own values, to be comfortable

-          Body language :
-          Importance handshake
-          Body language – be like the guy who interview is – it creates familiarity and ease your tension ;
-          No chewing gum
-          If you are offered a drink, say yes : good way to get calmer, and if you need to think before replying, you can drink quickly ;
-          If you quit a job, don’t say: “that boss was horrible” – but “Kpmg is a great company but that is not where I wanted to be”...
-          If asked how much to expect to win? maybe you should some research before to know ;

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