Last week at the E-Recruitment Conference 2016 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg, the three founders and co-hosts of #JobAdviceSA – Tim Barry, Vanessa Raath and Wesley Madziva – finally managed to meet in person at the same place and the same time for the first time since they first connected on Twitter almost five years ago. This meeting gave them the chance to sit down and talk together, for the only time since starting #JobAdviceSA almost two years ago, about how and when they were going to get jobseekers and recruiters to connect with one another again on social media.
In the months since the last #JobAdviceSA Twitter chat the number of South Africans seeking work has risen to almost 27% according to the latest figures from Stats SA for the first quarter of this year, and the highest level since they began collecting this data in 2008. Civil unrest, economic and political instability and racial tensions have contrived to make South Africa a risky and unattractive destination for foreign investment and the local currency has weakened as a result of the threat of the country’s credit rating being downgraded. Young people, especially those from previously disadvantaged communities are entering the workforce without the experience, qualifications or vocational skills to make them employable, and South African companies are struggling to find workers with the specific skills they need to compete in the global market. In this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) climate Tim, Vanessa and Wesley felt that it was more important than ever to provide a platform where South Africans seeking work could ask questions, or anybody can get career advice and connect with agency and in-house recruiters looking to interact with jobseekers.
So we’re asking YOU to connect with us, on Twitter using the hashtag #JobAdviceSA or sending your tweets to @JobAdviceSA @TimJBarry @Its_About_Peopl and @WeszMadz and now on Facebook as well, by liking the Job Advice SA page and posting your questions and comments. Whether you’re unemployed and need help searching and applying for jobs, are working and want to find something better, or are a recruiter for a staffing agency or in-house with expertise to share, WE want to hear from YOU!
Tweet us your questions and suggestions for talking points and we will discuss them live on Twitter on Monday 30th May between 16h00 and 17h00 using the hashtag #JobAdviceSA or tweet directly to @JobAdviceSA. We will also answer any questions posted on the Facebook page before Monday.
Looking forward to connecting with you all, answering your questions and making people’s lives better through the power of social media!