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Falling in love with your work again

There comes a time in almost everyone's career when they wonder if they're in the right line of work. For some, this is simply a moment's passing doubt, for others, it is a consuming feeling that they need to get out and start afresh. For many, however, it is simply...

5 Common Job Hunting Mistakes

Some are new to the game, some have been hunting for a while and some are simply checking out the job market. Mistakes can occur in any job-hunting situation, especially when one becomes complacent or even lazy. Here are some of the mistakes we still see, and how to...

5 Common Interview Mistakes

For those starting the new year by beginning or resuming a job search, we thought we'd put together a post on some of the most common interview mistakes we see. Rarely ever is an interview 'perfect' but sometimes they can be so far from perfect that it's worth writing...

Beating the Back to Work Blues

Returning to work after the long break can be difficult. We have some choice pieces of advice to help you along.

Don’t Stop the Job Search at Christmas

We often take the festive season as a time to wind down in every aspect of our lives. For those looking for work, this time of the year is frequently taken as a period of time in which to stop stressing about finding job openings, sending out CVs and biting...

Stop Making These Linkedin Mistakes

LinkedIn is a brilliant, free platform that has grown in importance dramatically within the recruitment field, in particular. It is practically guaranteed that an potential employer or recruitment consultant will check out your profile any time you apply for a role....

Career Change Questions

As we head towards the end of the year, it is quite normal to find oneself pondering how the new year should go and what opportunities it might bring. For some, the prospect of a career change comes into question. The advent of the internet and the possibilities it...

Video Call Interview Etiquette

Love 'em or hate 'em, Skype/Google Hangouts/GoToMeeting interviews are becoming more and more popular in the hiring process. Chances are you have either had one or will at some point in the future. Live video interviews are often dreaded for a few reasons - they're...

Go for the Big 4 or stay small?

You’ve made it through your finals at long last. Having spent blood, sweat and tears getting there, you now have your accounting degree. There’s no time to relax yet, though. Next up, the all-important decision of where to do your SAICA articles. A no-brainer, right?...

Getting a balance between work life and home life

No matter how hard we try, getting and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be a tall order. It might be that your job is incredibly busy, it might be that you love your work and want to spend as much time immersed in it as you can, it might be that your home...

4 reasons you didn’t get the job (that were out of your control)

Sometimes you just know why you didn't get the job. Maybe you were too nervous, perhaps you failed to prepare and gave some terrible answers or maybe you had a bad night's sleep and struggled to focus. However, when you don't get the job that you truly believe you...

“Do you have any questions for us?”

There comes a time in every interview that candidates either love or hate. That moment when your interviewer says 'Do you have any questions for us?'. It might be that you have a million, or it might be that you have none at all. You know it looks bad to not ask any...

Beating Interview Nerves

Most of us experience some degree of nervousness or anxiety before and/or during a job interview. For some, it's easy to shake off but for others it can make the interview experience something to fear rather than embrace. The team at CA have some choice pieces of...

Staying Positive During your Job Search

For some jobseekers, the process of job-seeking can be an exciting one, full of promise and exciting new potential opportunities. For others, it can be somewhat soul-destroying, robbing seekers of motivation and drive. So what can you do to stay positive and keep the...

The Cover Letter – 5 Tips for Getting it Right

We are always harping on about getting your CV absolutely right. After all, it's your first point of contact (usually) with your prospective employer and essentially forms their first impression of you. However, sometimes, you will be required to add in another...

Staying motivated at work

Staying motivated during a job search is one thing, but what do you do if you lack motivation at work? It can happen to anyone who has been in a job long enough. It's easy to take what you have for granted and start to see your working week as monotonous and...

5 Clear Signs of an Unethical Recruiter 

When you type “recruiters are” into Google, you get a series of rather unflattering suggestions and the reality is that it is not totally undeserved. This industry is littered with questionable ethics, high staff turnover and bad experiences borne out of poor...

Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship

CA Financial Appointments is offering an exciting 6 month apprenticeship for individuals to learn the ins and outs of what being a Recruitment Consultant is all about. This apprenticeship will start off with a formalized training programme with an accredited trainer...

Networking tips for those who hate networking

Some love it, some hate it, but networking is almost invariably an integral part of our working lives. As such, it is definitely worth honing your skills. For some, it comes naturally to enter a room, start conversations, take away exactly what is needed and leave the...

First Fintech Degree Launched in Africa

The words blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurriencies are sure to have popped up somewhere in your recent conversations – unless you’ve been living under a rock. Even if you haven’t been living under a rock, you could be excused for not fully understanding how these...

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