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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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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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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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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

In part one of the Adapt or Die blog series we discussed how companies that hung on to outdated technology, lost market share to more agile competitors.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?

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

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

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

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

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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The Secret to Salary Negotiations

Most people think getting the job offer is the biggest hurdle of your job search. In truth, the biggest hurdle is actually getting the right package from the right company. For a software developer, as with many other careers; finalising an offer that combines your...

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What Do Developers Want?

Over and above a salary, there are certain things a developer needs - we all have needs. If you haven’t asked yourself yet, ‘what do developers want?’, can you actually attract the talent and skills that your company needs? At e-Merge, we are big on matching...

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The Worst Career Advice Ever

Everyone has been at that place where you have been given so much career advice, you simply do not know whether you are coming or going. The biggest problem when you are just entering your career is what advice to take and what advice to completely ignore. Whether you...

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Why You Should Never Miss an Interview

There comes a day in every recruiter’s life when a candidate simply doesn’t arrive for an interview. We get it, life happens but seldom is there sufficient reason for not getting hold of us or the person responsible for attending your interview. Of course, car...

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How to Use LinkedIn to Get Noticed

There are millions of South Africans and thousands of developers using LinkedIn to boost their professional profiles, is it worth the effort or is it online snake-oil? If you aren’t sure, it’s probably time you learned how to use LinkedIn. We decided to delve into the...

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What to do When You Lose Your Job

Losing your job isn’t an easy thing to recover from especially if you are a skilled developer. You have worked hard to hone your craft but things didn’t quite go as planned. So your mind runs and you start to worry if you will ever code again. Take a deep breath, you...

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A Few of the Greatest Programmers of All Time

Fame, notoriety, notability – it’s all relative. Besides a few very prominent names, like the Bill Gateses and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world, there aren’t exactly what one could call celebrity programmers, and most people really don’t care who invented the internet,...

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