4 March 2015

How to resign gracefully

No matter what may have happened before you resign, there is never any need for anything but courtesy and proper etiquette when initiating the resignation process.

Take some time to plan your resignation. It should include a face-to-face meeting with your manager or managers during which you offer to help to train a prospective replacement.

After you have informed your company of your intention to resign, you need to write a letter of resignation that includes:

1. An announcement of your intention to resign;

2. The date on which your resignation will be effective;

3. Details of the positive experience you have gained while working for your current employers;

4. Your willingness to ensure a smooth handover; and

5. How grateful you are to have had the opportunity to work for them.

Most companies require that you give one month’s notice of your intention to leave. This is not a time to take things easy and avoid or neglect your responsibilities.

The way you behave during your notice period is an indication of the kind of worker you are at any time. Most industries are interconnected networks in which news and reputation spreads fast – and it is vital to continue working as a dedicated member of your team until the last day.


23 February 2015


Your CV must be very complete and clear. It must be set out in a way that is easy to read and paints a clear picture of what you are capable of through your experience.

Here are some steps that will help you set up an effective CV.

  1. Start with Your name at the top center
  2. Under your name put your current location (no need to put full address) and nationality and contact number
  3. Bellow against the left margin put the following:
  • Occupation
  • Industries worked in
  • Positions held
  • Preferred positions
  • Education
  • Languages spoke in order of fluency
  • Remuneration (Current and desired)
  • Areas preferred to work in
  • Availability (Notice period)


  1. Employment history. Always start with most recent and go back from there. Each company should be set out as follows:
  • COMPANY TYPE/PRODUCTS AND CUSTOMERS ie: Manufacture of bulk industrial acids for the mining industry
  • DUTIES (group these into functions ie: Production, QC, Management, Sales, Customer Liasion etc)
  1. C.V should be written in point form.
  2. Do not use the 1st person
  3. It must contain all technical experience, industries, processes you are familiar with, projects you have worked on , products or product ranges you have developed or sold.
  4. Do not repeat information (List relevant information under the latest company)
  5. List special achievements, why a company should employ you rather than someone else. State details such as “improved sales by 300 %” or reduced downtime by 50%” or “received award for best rep of the year”

10.Give a list of traceable references with phone numbers.


16 February 2015

How to keep good Employees by ensuring job satisfaction

For some people, work is drudgery. They can’t wait until Friday so they can spend a couple of days doing something they like, something that brings them pleasure. But people don’t necessarily dislike their job simply because they don’t enjoy the activity; it’s often because they don’t feel they’re treated fairly. Here’s one big reason why, and what you can do about it.

Being judged based on your value to the Company

Employees are happiest when they’re recognized for what they contribute. The only way you can accomplish that is by having each person’s job activities measured by statistics, and then setting up some form of reward system – even if it’s just a big ‘well done!’ – for those whose performance has improved.

A statistic is a numerical account of what a person has accomplished in their job. If an employee accomplishes more over one time period than the last, those accomplishments are reflected in the statistic. The same holds true for having accomplished less.

Without a statistic, people are judged by opinion. A boss assumes the person is doing a good job, or that they’re not. But that assumption could be based on something that has nothing to do with their actual value to the company. The assumption might be based on what the employee says about their work, what someone else says about the person, or their work, how popular they are with other employees, their personality, or even how they look!

When opinion enters into it, an employee can be less motivated to do a good job. They feel ignored, and like their work is not appreciated. Of course, many employees will continue to do a good job despite that – their integrity and work ethic won’t allow them to do otherwise – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be happy. And if they’re not happy, you risk eventually losing them.

The opposite can also be true. A person is assumed to be doing a good job, and treated as such – given promotions, praise, bonuses and so on – but that’s also based assumption or opinion.

As appealing as the idea of getting something for nothing can be, being rewarded for doing a good job when you’re not can be equally demoralizing. And, eventually, you’ll probably lose that person too.

It can be very expensive to hire and train new employees. So you want to do your best to keep the good employees you’ve already got. You also want to know when someone’s not pulling their weight so they can be given a little more training or otherwise helped, or given the sack to make way for more good employees. Neither can be done properly without taking statistics into account.

9 February 2015

The Dangers of taking a Counter Offer

Taking a counter offer from a current Employer after receiving an offer from a potential Employer, is the fastest way to destroy your reputation in your industry.

This not only causes bad feelings amongst the potential Employer, Recruiter and others on the receiving end, who now views you as someone who is dishonest, but more often than not your relationship with your current Employer will change as you are now the ‘one who wanted to leave’.

There’s a reason you started job searching in the first place and money is not always the only one. Those factors are not going to change with a counter offer and will start bothering you again once the glow from your raise wears off.

If you are looking for a position in another Company, be certain that you have spoken to your current Employer regarding any upsets that you may have with them, before putting your CV out there.