Productive activities to boost your career while on Lockdown

How to boost your career while on lockdown

We are now well into the second week of our national Lockdown here in South Africa. And although all signs seem to indicate that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is slowing, we still have a long way to go. Many people have used this time to catch up on a few Netflix series, but others have been using this time productively to further their careers.

You might be wondering what can you possibly do during a national Lockdown that will benefit your career when this has all passed. Well, there are a number of extremely productive activities available for you that can all be done from the comfort of your “Lockdown Palace” or as I like to call it, home. Check out these 5 simple ideas to boost your career while on lockdown.

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Upskill during the RSA #lockdown!

free online courses

Although some of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue working from home, there are realistically many more employees who are unable to do so. And if you are a job seeker desperately looking for work well then I imagine that this lockdown could not have come at a worse time for you. But I think that we should all try to take something positive away from this experience, and if you have suddenly found yourself with significantly more free time available, maybe you should consider upskilling yourself.

So how do you upskill while locked up at home with very limited finances? You search for a free online course. There are loads of them out there, and I have compiled a list of 7 free online course providers that you can use during these tough times.

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Duepoint (MLM) Multi Level Marketing Opportunity [full review]

Duepoint - Multi level marketing

The Coronavirus has affected the income of millions of people around the world and I fear that a significant loss of income for many South Africans is about to become a reality. I can confidently say that if the Coronavirus has not yet affected your income, there is a very good chance that it will in the very near future. But lucky for you, one of my passions is building additional streams of income from home. And I am ready to share one of my best side hustles that you can start today and start earning some additional income.

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Can your credit report ruin your chances of securing a job?

Can your credit report ruin your chances of securing a job

Securing a job can be difficult enough without having to worry about things like your credit score. Compiling the perfect CV and just preparing for interviews takes time, but when you finally get called for an interview you will quite possibly be competing against hundreds of other qualified and skilled candidates. This is stressful enough without having to worry about credit reports as well.

So can your credit report ruin your chances of securing a job?

The answer is not as simple as just yes or no. The reason for this is that there will be different answers for different industries and job types. In this article, we discuss the circumstances where it would be appropriate for an employer to do a credit check, and we offer some great advice on how to check your credit score monthly for free.

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How long should my CV be?

How long should my CV be?

"How long should my CV be?" This is a common question that job seekers preparing a CV will ask themselves. You may even have wondered if the length of your CV matters at all. Well, the answer is yes, your CV length is actually very important and could be a critical factor in determining if you are called for an interview or not. Keeping your CV short and sweet, and filled with only the most important information is the best way to ensure it gets noticed.

Would you like to find out exactly how to prepare a CV that is the perfect length and still contains all the most important information? Well then check out this article where I answer these questions and give some very useful tips regarding your CV length.

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Top Job Search Websites in South Africa

top job search websites in south africa

There are so many websites which allow employers and recruiter to advertise their vacancies. If you are using the internet to search for your next job, you probably have one or two websites that you use to search with. Choosing the right job board website will allow you to find better jobs and avoid job scams and fake adverts. But which is the best online job board for searching for a new job?

These are the top 13 websites I reccommend you use for your job search.

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Sick Leave in South Africa | What you need to know

Sick Leave in South Africa

Many workers do not entirely understand the law surrounding sick leave and the individual rights of both the employer and employee. Fortunately, as with most employee/employer-related questions we can find most of the answers in the basic conditions of employment act or the labour relations act, and this is no exception.

In this article, we take a look at how many sick leave days an employee is entitled to, what you should be paid on sick leave and if you need to supply a sick note.

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How to claim from UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund)

How to claim from UIF

How to claim from UIF (Unemployment Fund). Losing your job for whatever reason is stressful and incredibly overwhelming. To make matters worse, jobs are becoming more and more scarce, this can mean that unemployed job seekers are unable to generate an income for quite some time while between jobs. This loss of income can be devastating for individuals and their families. Fortunately, we have what is known as the unemployment fund in South Africa which offers slight relief during this difficult time.

The UIF is designed to offer temporary relief to workers who have lost their jobs due to dismissal or retrenchment. But it does not stop there. It will also cover people who can not work because of illness, maternity/adoption leave and even relatives of workers who have passed away. Let's take a closer look at the unemployment insurance fund, figure out who is covered and how to claim from UIF when needed.

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10 Tips for starting a new job

10 tips for starting a new job

It does not really make a difference how long you have been a member of the workforce, starting a new job is going to cause a mixture of stress and excitement in anyone. It is normal to feel nervous and completely out of your comfort zone on your first day at a new job. Understandably you are going to want to make a great first impression on your new work colleagues, so to help you prepare and start with the best foot forward I have compiled 10 tips for starting a new job.

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