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24 Suit-up tips for men

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“A well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.”

– H.M. Cole

If the names Barney Stinson and Harvey Specter don’t ring a bell then you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last decade. These two men, from  the TV programs Suits or How I Met Your Mother, have been the poster boys for suits and have driven girls all around the world absolutely crazy with their impeccable, dapper suited-up styles. We’ve compiled a list of 24 top tips that will make you look as good as these suited legends in no time.

Suit jacket

  1. Opt for a fitted suit that shows off your physique – these are in fashion at the moment
  2. Make sure the suit isn’t so tight that it restricts movement
  3. The shoulder pads need to end at your shoulders
  4. The shoulder pads should not stick out at all
  5. There shouldn’t be a gap between the jacket lapel and your shirt collar.
  6. The jacket should extend to below your zip and rear
  7. Never button the bottom button of a suit jacket

Suit pants

  1. Suit pants shouldn’t be so long that they drag under your shoes
  2. The trousers should not be so short that your socks show while you’re standing
  3. Make sure the pants fit around your waist properly
  4. Make sure the pants aren’t too baggy or tight around your rear

Shirt & vest

  1. Always wear a button-up shirt
  2. Button your top shirt button
  3. Your shirt cuffs should not stretch over your hands
  4. Always add cufflinks to your shirt to class it up
  5. The vest should extend below your belt buckle

Tie

  1. Your tie should be the same width at your jacket lapel
  2. Thinner ties offer a modern look
  3. Your tie should be darker than your shirt
  4. Your tie should end just at or just before your belt
  5. Don’t make your tie knot too big or too small

Shoes, socks & belt

  1. The colour of your belt should preferably match the colour of your shoes
  2. Your socks should cover your legs (no one wants to see a patch of leg hair every time you sit down)

Don’t wear a belt if you’re wearing braces.

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Land the job you want – quick interview tips

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Most potential candidates will have to go through a few interviews at some point so knowing how to ace interviews is always a great skill to master.

Even the most confident candidates still find interviews daunting – but interviews don’t have to be difficult. If you follow our job interview tips below, you will impress your interviewees and stand a better chance of landing your dream job!

Before you go to an interview, make sure your social media accounts are cleaned-up

The best way for a company to get a sense of who they’re interviewing is to suss out their social media accounts. If you have any visible negative content on any of your social platforms, such as negative comments about your current workplace, crude language or rough party photos, you may not even get considered for an interview.

Keep your CV simple, clear and honest

Don’t try and fluff up your CV with impressive achievements that are only half true. For example, if you’re not completely fluent  in a second language, state so on your CV instead of lying. If you’re caught out for lying on your CV, you will definitely not get the job you’re applying for.

Do research on the company you’re applying for

Nothing shows that you’re more serious about the job you’re applying for than being able to discuss what you know about the company. Researching the company will also help you exude more confidence in the interview, which will increase your chances of securing the job!

Dress well for your interview

First impressions matter. Make sure you’re well-groomed, neat and dressed appropriately for the job you’re applying for. For most jobs, wearing a suit is usually the safest option for men, while wearing formal pants and a conservative top is the safest option for most women. You can also accessorise smartly to show that you have a strong personality and are confident with who you are.

Be on time

No interviewee will appreciate you arriving late. Being punctual is important in the business world, so make sure that you leave home early to arrive at your interview on time.

If you’re offered a drink, take it

You will likely be offered a drink before you start your interview. Even if you don’t really feel like anything to drink, it’s always good to have a drink in front of you so that, if you’re asked a difficult question, you can buy yourself some time to think about the question by taking a sip of your drink. It will also show the interviewee that you’re comfortable and relaxed during the interview.

Think about questions you’d like to ask before you go in for the interview

Having questions ready for the interviewee shows your interest in the company and your initiative to find out if the job is the right one for you. Ask about the company culture, any additional training, perks, employment benefits, etc. Just remember, even if you get the job, if there are things you find out you don’t like about the company in the interview, you can decide to turn the offer down.

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2018 office trends we LOVE!

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OECD data shows that the average South African works for 43.3 hours a week. This is the the fifth highest average in the world. The line between work, social and home life is increasingly fading as many people are spending more time at work than anywhere else. Because of this, companies need to provide an office space that motivates and inspires working individuals and teams to be happy, healthy and productive.

Thanks to research, modern office designs are ever-changing – mostly for the better – especially since most companies are adopting fluid and agile working styles, allowing employees to be more productive and creative. Here are the 2018 office trends we LOVE!

Collaborative space

Classic boardrooms are way too formal. For this reason, the open collaborative space is an ideal, comfortable space – often equipped with whiteboards, screens and comfy seating – that staff can use to bring their ideas together. The space is ideal for creative teams, especially ones that use agile methods of working.

Unconventional workspace

Think about places in an office you never thought you’d be able to work, such as corridors and other nooks and crannies, on bean bags or comfy sofas – these are the types of unconventional workspaces that may inspire employees to work better. Thanks to technology, employees can work from almost anywhere.

As working in random places may seem a little too unstructured for some companies, office designers have come up with a ‘Third Space’ concept. This is basically a space away from the conventional desks that employees can work. This promotes flexibility in the workplace.

Nature-inspired design

A new trend hitting the workplace is biophilic design, which incorporates nature-inspired designs and components. Besides the aesthetic benefits of biophilic design, there are other benefits, such as improved air quality, stress reduction and productivity.

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How to gain financial independence in your 20s

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Successful people START NOW. Failures wait for better circumstances.

  • David Young

Your life changes phenomenally in your 20s. From moving into your first apartment to getting your first paycheck, you’re steered into becoming independent fast.

One of the most important things you need to learn in your 20s is how to manage your money effectively. This may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you’re also having to pay off student loan debt as well as find enough money to cover accommodation, a car, etc.. But taking control of your finances is possible.

 

 

 

Here are a few tips to help you:

  1. Pay off your student loan debt as soon as possible. Student debt haunts a lot of 20-something-year-olds. It’s important to get rid of debt as soon as possible so you can regain your financial freedom.
  2. Create a budget. To ensure you’re spending your money wisely and keeping up with all your payments, create a budget that states all your expenses.
  3. Establish savings goals. The sooner you start saving, the more your money will accumulate and grow. Set savings goals, including long-term (over a year), medium-term (six months to a year) and short-term (less than 6 months) goals. Once you have an idea of what you need to save for, calculate how long you will need to save for. Consider creating multiple savings accounts to save for your different goals.
  4. Start saving for retirement. Although retirement may seem like ages away, because of the magic of compound interest, the sooner you start saving, the more your money will grow. Your future self will thank you!
  5. Keep money aside for emergencies. Make sure you start building up emergency cash reserves so you have money on hand for unforeseen expenses, such as a medical emergency or a car breakdown.
  6. Buy an affordable car. While it may be tempting to spend a lot of money on a car, a car is not an investment but an expense, especially because it depreciates so fast. So, make sure you go with a cheaper option, such as an affordable used car. Once you’re older and more financially stable, you can upgrade your car.
  7. Insure your assets. Insure your valuables, such as your TV, cellphone and car.
  8. Get medical aid cover. Your health should be one of your top priorities. Unfortunately, decent healthcare is very expensive. Depending on the plan you choose, joining a medical aid scheme will help you afford healthcare as well as ensure that if you end up in hospital for an emergency your expenses will be covered or subsidised.
  9. Build up a credit history. It’s important to take on some debt without getting into dangerous debt to build up your credit history and obtain a good credit score. A good credit score will ensure lower rates on loans and credit cards.
  10. Sort out all your financial documents. Make sure you have all your important licenses, certificates, etc. in your possession. Keep all your banking accounts and expenses information, apartment lease, car registration and title and insurance policies in a safe and secure place that you can access when you need to.

Clean up your online accounts. Don’t let social media jeopardise future job opportunities. Many employers will search for you online. Make sure you get rid of any pictures, posts and comments that are offensive or “trashy”.

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What are the highest paying jobs in South Africa?

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Do you enjoy your job? While that is probably the best indicator of whether you have the right job, money also plays a big role in ensuring job satisfaction. CareerJunction collected data indicating the highest paying jobs in South Africa. The data collected is based on real salary offerings posted on the popular job board.

Over the last year, the warehousing and logistics sector as well as the building and construction sector increased a lot in salary offerings, especially for senior- level professionals within the sectors. Building foreman, equipment operators, warehouse packing and construction/ demolition equipment operators increased in salary offers and yearly increases, with a jump of over 43%. Salaries of systems and network administrators and IT project managers have also increased by over 20%

Salaries for systems & network administrators as well as IT project managers saw a considerable jump of more than 20% during this period. Unfortunately, sales and marketing professionals have seen a dip in salaries over the last year.

Additionally, data indicates that in terms of places to work, Gauteng offers the best salaries. Because job professionals are in higher demand and there is a lot of economic activity in the province, people in Gauteng are offered higher salaries. In Kwazulu-Natal, people with careers in marketing and engineering and construction earn up to 20% below average and people with careers in sales, ICT and warehousing and logistics earn up to 30% below average. In the Western Cape, people with careers in finance can earn up to 24% below average. (Source: http://www.careerjunction.co.za/blog/south-africans-earn-right-now/)

Here’s the top 10 highest paying jobs:

Job Sector Average monthly salary Average annual salary
Civil/Structural Engineering Engineering R70 301 R843 612
Corporate Lending Finance R69 632 R835 584
Technical and Business Architecture ICT R66 558 R798 696
Chartered Accounting Finance R65 840 R790 080
Financial Management Finance R65 322 R783 864
Environmental Engineering Engineering R64 944 R779 328
Mechanical Engineering Engineering R63 157 R757 884
Hospital Management Medical R61 195 R734 340
General Practitioner Medical R60 998 R731 976
Electrical Engineering Engineering R60 864 R730 368
IT Management ICT R58 337 R700 044
Financial Analysis Finance R55 977 R671 724
Industrial Engineering Engineering R55 842 R670 104
Consulting Engineering Construction R53 369 R640 428
Electronic Engineering Engineering R52 879 R634 548

 

For more information, go to CareerJunction.

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Don’t have a business blog? Here’s why you need one.

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If you’re not on the online blogging bandwagon, you’re at a great loss. Most of your competitors are probably reaping the sweet rewards of the convenient online platforms. Here are a few statistics I found on HubSpot – and they’re just about blogging.

  • Small businesses, more often than not, see the biggest gains in traffic when they post more blog articles.
  • Companies that blog 15 or more times every month get a whooping 5 times more traffic than those who don’t blog at all.
  • Business to business companies generate 70% more leads by blogging just 1 to 2 times per month than those who don’t blog at all.

So, while you may think a blog is an unnecessary addition to your website, there are millions of businesses all around the world that are using this amazing online power tool.

I came across Mailguard, an Australian based cloud security provider that provides information about phishing scams as well as demonstrates the company’s skills and abilities in their blog. Not only does the blog display useful, relevant content that their audience actually wants to read, but it also showcases the company’s skills and knowledge. This has helped them grow an interested audience and larger customer base. If you’re wanting to reap the same rewards, invest in a business blog today.

Here are the main benefits of having a business blog.

Drive more traffic to your website

No matter what the purpose of your website is, you need to direct traffic to it. This is how a business blog can increase your website traffic:

  • Posting blogs to various social media platforms and sending blogs to a newsletter database give people a quick portal to your website.
  • Also, every time you add a blog post, you have another indexed page on your website, which is another opportunity for you to show up on Google or other search engines.

Educate your audience

When it comes to writing niche blogs, there are people in your company with a wealth of knowledge that you can get to help generate content. Educating your audience about your products and services will increase their trust for your brand, making them more eager to follow your sales processes.

Convert leads

With more traffic coming through to your website, more leads are bound to convert. Plus, you can guide your audience through purchasing processes and build trust with them through your blog so that by the time they go to your website, they are ready to convert.

Improve trust with your brand

Like mentioned before, Mailguard demonstrated their industry knowledge and skills in their blog. Their blogging strategy helped them establish themselves as leaders in their industry. So, the best topics to post about are ones that resonate with your knowledge and your ideal audience.

Boost your SEO

You should aim to rank above your competitors for keywords relevant to your website on search engines. New, fresh content is a great SEO booster, especially if you have a proper content strategy that incorporates trending, relevant topics and important keywords and keyword phrasing. Keywords help your ideal target market find your website online. An SEO copywriter knows how to write professional copy that Google “approves of”. Following the best SEO practices is the best way to ensure your website ranks for keywords relevant to your products and services.

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