the Candidate

We are not your usual agency and we don’t want you to have a usual agency experience with us. It’s not about a job, it’s about your career.

We value our candidates and recognise that if it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be in business.

We interact, we’re professional, we’re passionate. We understand the value in building long term relationships, and in recognising the importance of the right job rather than just any job.

Life is for living. It is too short to be stuck in an unsuitable job. If you have the passion for the role, life becomes easier, clearer, more positive and more fun. We hope to assist you achieve this.

Our partner philosophy ensures that candidates become our friends and our clients ultimately.

Cape Town is our focus market.

Our offer

Our core focus is placing high calibre candidates within the Cape Town market.

Our focus areas :

a) Financial Services sector

  • Asset management (Long only and Hedge Funds)
  • Investment Banking (Corporate Finance / Private Equity / Specialised Finance)
  • Private Banking / Wealth Management
  • Employee benefits

b) Commercial sectors

  • Retail
  • FMCG
  • Manufacturing
  • Research

Candidate Connect has an IT Consultant team focussing across both sectors, placing IT / Ecommerce and related candidates into both sectors.

In whatever capacity we assist our candidates, our main objective is linking high calibre candidates to the right company, at the right time, for the right job.

Benefits of Joining us

We strive to deliver better results for our candidates and add value to your process :

  • List of high quality clients – This ensures the roles we have will, in all probability, hold high interest for potential candidates.
  • Strong client relationships – we have spent much of the last 8 years building strong relationships with our clients, being a preferred supplier to their team in many situations. This makes it easier for you when you enter into the process as one of our candidates.
  • Career management – we look at opportunities to suit your career path and manage your career on an ongoing basis to help you achieve your goals and dreams.
  • CV preparation – we know the formats our clients like and fine tune yours to meet their needs.
  • Interview preparation – we provide you with all the information to give you your best possible chance of being successful in the interview. We guide, we advise, we keep you informed. We do our bit, then it’s up to you !

CV Tips

Your CV works for you 24 hours a day. It has ability to both open and close doors for you. It is worth spending time on it to do it properly.

Here are some tips to give you a better chance of getting to the interview stage :

1. Keep it simple – the best CV’s are often the simplest looking. Lots of borders, pictures and colours detract from the information about you. It’s you that the agency or interviewer wants to know about, not the flowery bits on the side.

2. Keep it short – as a general rule 2-4 pages is good, 5-6 pages is tending towards being too long, anything longer than that is too long. The interviewer sees many CV’s in a day. He / she is trained to pick up key information quickly. A CV that is too long indicates that the candidate does not have ability to separate key information from other, less important, information.

3. Decide on a layout – There are 2 common CV formats that are widely accepted – chronological and functional layout. We prefer the chronological CV layout, with elements of the functional layout added to it. The chronological layout is good for someone with a consistent work track record and as a guideline, the CV would flow as follows – personal details, secondary education, tertiary education, work history (starting from most recent job), computer skills, hobbies and interests.

A functional resume focuses attention on your accomplishments and is often used more successfully if you are trying to change careers or industries.

The mix we recommend would be to include your key accomplishments into the chronological CV.

4. Write the CV in your own words. Make sure you know what is being said and how it is being said. You may be challenged on your CV in the interview, so you need to know the full meaning of what has been written. If your CV has been written by someone else, ensure that you work closely with this person to fully understand the content so as to avoid any embarrassing situations in an interview.

5. Give examples of achievement – If you have key examples that need to be communicated in the CV, do so. It may be a leadership position at school, or being on a certain committee, or a specific sports achievement, or a work achievement. Communicate this in the CV.
For example, recommended and managed the implementation of a new integrated business system. The project was completed on time and within our R1 million budget and has led directly to a 10% increase in revenue for the division in the past 4 months.

6. Tell the truth – The market is small, and word gets around quickly. Always tell the truth in your CV otherwise there is a good chance you will live to regret it. Agencies and employers are very aware of lies in CV’s (articles written indicate that close to 50% of all CV’s do not communicate the full truth), so they will probe deeply for this. The truth may not make your career, but not telling the truth could ruin it

7. Know your audience – Your CV is your first interaction with an agency or client who could make a difference to your life. These people receive 100’s of CV’s on a daily basis. Your CV should answer the question – “Why should I hire you?” Communicate the information necessary, customise where appropriate (it’s putting more emphasis where needed, not distorting the truth !). You could include a short motivation letter as to why you feel you have the skills for the role.

8. Language – The language you use should be specific, clear, succinct, positive, and exciting. No need to over elaborate. Get to the point, that is what the reader wants.

9. Ask others to view the CV – many head are better than one. Sometimes one can get to close to one’s work and not see the wood from the trees. If uncertain, ask someone to view or for advice or to read in an objective way. They will soon tell you what’s missing.

10. Read points 1 to 9 again – it’s that important. You can’t afford to mess up your first non verbal impression with your agency or client.

Interview Tips

Interview time is make or break. The client is looking for an ideal candidate for their organisation. How can you be that ideal candidate from the many they see.

1. Preparation – the work you do before can set you up for a great day. Research the company, the interviewer, the market. The better you are prepared the calmer you will be, the better you will come across, the more positive the interview is likely to be.

2. Look sharp – know the company culture and what to wear. An interview is not the place to make a fashion statement. What you wear should not distract from your ability to get the job done. Use common sense. Rule of thumb, if unsure, rather dress more professionally than not. You may get away with casual dress in a more creative industry like the ad industry for example, but it won’t go down well in financial services. If you look good, you will feel good too. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.

3. You only get 1 chance to make a 1st impression ! – It’s that simple. Your interview can be won or lost in the 1st minute. By the time the interviewer walks toward you, an opinion is already being formed. Be ready to meet your interviewer with confidence, a firm handshake and good eye contact.

4. Body language clues – your non verbal clues may offer the interviewer more than you realise, and are sometimes considered more important than what you say. The way you sit, move your hands, touch your face, offer eye contact, shake hands are all critical. Experts estimate that words express only 30% to 35% of what people actually communicate; facial expressions and body movements and actions convey the rest.

5. Be “in the moment” – be focussed, be in the “zone”. This is your time to impress, so you can’t afford to be distracted by other things like family, car or monies worries. Leave those behind whilst you’re in the interview. Your interviewer will quickly pick up if you’re not 100% there in mind.

6. Read the mood – Use your perception to read the mood in the interview. If the interviewer is formal, then you probably should be, too. If the interviewer is casual, then you have more scope to be casual, but never try to be too relaxed as there is a good chance you may lose your professionalism.

7. Listen – This is a skill that many think they have, but very few do ! It is a very neglected skill. Listening won’t necessarily get you the job, but not listening will lose you the job. By listening you will be better positioned to answer what the interviewer is actually looking for.
For example, recommended and managed the implementation of a new integrated business system. The project was completed on time and within our R1 million budget and has led directly to a 10% increase in revenue for the division in the past 4 months.

8. Be positive – people are attracted to positive people. Positivity often is linked to good energy, initiative, “can do” attitudes, team players. If there is any opportunity to show you’re a positive person, do it. It might be in a small thing like complementing them on the view of the interview room or the friendliness of the staff. The interview is not the time to trash your previous employees.

9. Tell the truth - The market is small, and word gets around quickly. Always tell the truth. The risk of not doing so is not worth it and will catch up with you when you least expect or need it.

10. Ask questions – it is important to ask one or two well researched questions. If not only shows that you have done your homework on the company, but also indicates interest, and offers you opportunity to learn more about the company. Many people don’t ask questions and waste an invaluable opportunity to interact further.

We have an experienced team capable of preparing you more fully for your interviews when going to client interviews through us.