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What to do Before Quitting Your Job

Navigating professional relationships is never easy - unless you’re some kind of business savant. We would all love to summon our inner Richard Branson on the regular, even if it’s just to look good in a meeting. More than impressing our bosses though, we actually...

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How to Fire a Client or Leave a Job

When you finally reach breaking point and you know its time to move on but you don’t know exactly what to say, you need to read this. Firing a client is akin to breaking up with a partner – it's awkward and the most unfun you can have outside of month end grocery...

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Before you Fire a Client or Leave a Job, Do This

With the current business environment as competitive as it is, few people and fewer companies are willing to fire a troublesome client. When it comes down to revenue, it’s accepted far and wide that whatever kind of business you are involved in; whether it’s a full...

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When to Consider Firing a Client or Your Boss

Client relationships can be difficult at the best of times. If you’re an independent developer or you run a development shop, you will always put in situations which make you feel uncomfortable or just plain press your buttons. We all have our boundaries and pet...

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What Causes Job Burnout?

Regardless of our job title, there is always more to do; more emails to reply to, more meetings to attend and more clients to attend to. In the previous article about burnout, we discussed what burnout actually is. In this article, we are going to tackle the causes....

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What is Job Burnout?

As the last quarter rolls around many people are beginning to feel that old discomfort; job burnout What is job burnout though? Those who have never experienced it may struggle to identify with the symptoms and consequences of burnout, but it really is a thing and...

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How to Succeed as an Employee

Its safe to say that just about everyone wants to be their own boss, the thought of not having to answer to a manager or a boss is nothing if not alluring. When you are your own boss you set your own hours, your own dress code, your own leave and even your own...

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How to Tell if You are Too Expensive

Everybody could deal with a fatter pay cheque. Seriously how cool would it be to be able to go to the dentist, right? Or even to go see a movie now and then? Before we get carried away and start buying gluten-free bread lets just take a moment to consider whether your...

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How to Survive in a Salary Shy Market

While trade wars dominate the news the knock-on effects of political grandstanding are far and wide. South Africa is not immune to it and along with our own economic turmoil the job market is amongst the first to suffer. This pressure is ultimately passed on to the...

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Tackling Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

In our previous article on unconscious bias, we discussed what unconscious bias is and how it affects both the hiring process and your job search. Following our awareness of it however, the next most important steps are assessing the extent of the problem and then...

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What is Unconscious Bias?

It’s all too easy for us to deny our prejudices, surely if I don’t use slurs and offensive terminology I am free from prejudice? Well, before we just throw the P-word around all willy-nilly, let’s just take a step back. You don’t have to identify as fanatic...

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How Does Benchmarking Affect the Hiring Process?

There are certain aspects of the hiring process which candidates are seldom privy to - one of them being the practice of benchmarking. Benchmarking sounds a lot more like something accountants use graphs for but it is a well-known practice in recruitment. What is...

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The Rise of the Introvert

Is something missing from your team? You’re looking for someone with ‘that thing’. Someone who buckles down and gets the job done, someone who is a great leader, a great listener, someone who can innovate and be productive. This does sound like a mythical creature but...

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The 5 Most Important Steps to Onboarding New Employees

One of the most overlooked HR practices is that of onboarding new staff. Office tours, introductions and orientation procedures may seem trivial but in reality, they are pivotal steps which ultimately impact your companies’ ability to retain new employees. It doesn’t...

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Just Be Better – Be as Professional as You Can be

In a previous article, we discussed the imposter syndrome; it’s a common affliction which leaves the sufferer with persistent feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. It’s not always easy to put those feelings to rest but by addressing how best we can conduct ourselves...

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Top 5 Teamwork No-Nos

Sure enough, not all developers work in teams but those who do need to know how to navigate this tricky interpersonal minefield. Teamwork requires the ability to successfully draw on all of your soft skills for the greater good of the team. The most basic premise of...

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The Top 5 Most Important Soft Skills for Developers

The term soft skills belittles the importance thereof. Soft skills aren’t quantifiable and they are only really learned through experience and even then there is an art to learning how to apply them. You can have as many programming certificates as your heart desires;...

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How to Maintain Integrity in Your Job Search

The words integrity and ambition are rarely seen in the same sentence. The thing is, they don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There’s no need to be shady while you’re climbing the ladder and even less so when you’re looking for a job – unless you want to make enemies...

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Are You Fighting Imposter Syndrome?

Previously we’ve discussed impostor candidates, people who speak themselves up to the point of deception. They call it the Dunning-Kruger effect and its far from an admired trait. The opposite of this however is known as the impostor syndrome. Marred by persistent...

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