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MID-SENIOR UX UI DESIGNERS TO START ASAP!!

MID-SENIOR UX UI DESIGNERS TO START ASAP!!

Here’s a good one for those available immediately OR on short notice. The digital division of one of our major banks is looking for specialist UX skills to join on an initial 6 month contract. We are looking for good user experience - efficiency and ease-of-use by the...

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Is giving up Freelancing as bad as it sounds?

Is giving up Freelancing as bad as it sounds?

James Bedford's article on why giving up freelancing isn't as bad as it sounds Please note - this article isn't me telling you that one career path is better than the other, this is what is right for me. First We Need to Go Back In Time My first experience of building...

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Just Be Better – Be as Professional as You Can be

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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Don’t Forget Your Pre-Interview Research

Don’t Forget Your Pre-Interview Research

Ever made the mistake of not researching a company before you go for an interview there? If you have, you will realise what a hideous oversight it is. There’s nothing worse than interviewing a candidate who doesn’t even know what the company does. Worse still; knowing...

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Adapt or Die: Part Three, Hiring for Innovation

Adapt or Die: Part Three, Hiring for Innovation

In part one of the Adapt or Die blog series we discussed how companies that hung on to outdated technology, lost market share to more agile competitors. In part two we analysed the companies that have flourished in the face of the ever-changing technological landscape...

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Is Staff Retention a Dirty Word in Your Office?

Is Staff Retention a Dirty Word in Your Office?

If there’s one thing we know about your employees it’s that they are valuable and staff retention policies are an absolute must if you want to lead a successful team. You want to hang on to them not only because hiring new employees is both time consuming and costly,...

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Adapt or Die: Part Two, Listen to the Changing Market

Adapt or Die: Part Two, Listen to the Changing Market

In part one of the Adapt or Die blog series, we discussed companies that failed to move with the times and suffered as a result. You don’t need to be a former CEO of Blockbuster to know that keeping an eye on the future is an essential aspect of both maintaining...

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Were Declined for the Job

Top 10 Reasons Why You Were Declined for the Job

Whether the economy is good or not, whether the job market is tough or not, looking for a job is one of the most unsettling undertakings we have to face in our adult lives. What makes it so difficult is the fact that you don’t always get to find out why your CV didn’t...

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Adapt or Die: Part One, Failure to Innovate

Adapt or Die: Part One, Failure to Innovate

It’s not uncommon for the early adopters and the change-resistant to butt heads. It’s quite a sight to behold in fact, watching naysayers deny the boundless possibilities of new technology and software, while the early adopters are always on the hunt for the next big...

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Contractual Employment: Why Choose a Contract

Contractual Employment: Why Choose a Contract

So you’re looking for your dream job and you might have found it; there’s one snag though, it’s a contract, not a permanent position. You were hoping for the stability that will come with a permanent role and you don’t want to be in the same position in six months...

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A Day in the Life of a Recruiter

A Day in the Life of a Recruiter

It’s no secret that recruiters; not unlike real estate agents, are amongst the least loved professionals. Perceptions of scavenging are not only rife but also largely inaccurate. At e-Merge we are working hard to counter these attitudes by offering a specialist...

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To Upskill or Not to Upskill

To Upskill or Not to Upskill

Developers will forever be at the mercy of ever-changing technology; be it hardware, software or firmware. Naturally, this leaves you at a disadvantage if you are unable to keep up. The trick to ensuring continual growth is to see learning and upskilling as an...

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Why South Africa Needs Grassroots Graduate Programmes

Why South Africa Needs Grassroots Graduate Programmes

South Africa has a burgeoning unemployment problem but still so many hiring managers argue that they are struggling to find candidates with the skills that they need. Sure some skills are unique but it’s time to look at this entire scenario from a different angle....

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Top 5 Teamwork No-Nos

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 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

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?

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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Why Should You Complete Your Pre-Interview Skills Test?

Why Should You Complete Your Pre-Interview Skills Test?

Whether you are just starting out or you are a high calibre candidate, you are bound to be asked to complete a pre-interview skills test at some point when you are applying for jobs. If you’ve read the other blog post in this series, you will be well informed as to...

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