We live in an age where the internet has become one of the most important means of gathering information. Social networks have become increasingly important in connecting with others, and each platform offers users an opportunity to share aspects of their personality with the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, many people – including young adults – choose to promote their fun and frivolous side by posting arbitrary and sometimes controversial and explicit, images and statuses on their networks. They are presumably unaware of the negative impact it may have on their job prospects, but consider this: would you hire someone that has a wild online ‘image’ – even if he gets great grades offline?
Our advice: consider your online actions, and generate a professional image from an early age. Also, populate your Who’s Who profile to gain the edge. We’ve developed a platform that highlights your achievements and successes, and can counteract that awkward image that the internet has of you.
Who’s Who is a professional network that allows you to put your best foot forward, offering you the opportunity to create an impressive profile which potential future employers will see.
If you thought that ‘professional’ is synonymous with boring, think again:
- Compete with friends to see who gets the most badges
- Compete with your friends to see who ranks higher
- Brag to your friends about your achievements without sounding pompous
- Share your successes with one click via Email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Add images, videos, blogs, documents, sound clip and links in your portfolio to further promote your professional activities
- Network with leading personalities in your field by adding them as contacts on your page
- Include testimonials from school teachers, current lecturers, even your colleagues from your group assignments
- Add your high school achievements to further impress prospective employers
- Add your Who’s Who profile link in your CV to promote your online brand
Let your Who’s Who profile be the first impression that lasts. You may have noticed that WhosWho.co.za has just launched an Internships and Vacation Work feature, one that lists vacancies for young professionals seeking an opportunity to get their foot in the door and take the first step along their chosen career path. If you’re looking for an internship, keep an eye on this space. Good luck!
Basic company profiles are automatically created when individual members capture their company name in their professional profile. Company representatives are able to take ownership of these profiles when they claim their company profile.
If you’d like to take control of your company profile on Who’s Who, log in to your profile, and click on the hyperlink of the company in question that appears on your profile page. If you have not yet updated your professional details to reflect your position at the company in question, do so now.
Clicking on the company name will take you to your company page. All other Who’s Who SA profiles which contain your company name in their current or previous position fields will appear on the company page.
In order to access the edit and update features of the company you have claimed, click the link on the right of the screen which reads ‘Claim This Company Profile’ and follow the steps. Once granted, you will be able to manage, build and personalise your online corporate brand and reputation.
- Benefit from strong SEO to actively promote your brand, with results appearing high up in search engine rankings.
- Showcase the professional biographies of your people favourably and in one place.
- Add a description, logo and marketing image to promote your brand, products or services.
- Add your contact details and branches, which will also appear in the “Places” feature on our iPhone and iPad apps.
- Include a corporate video and RSS feed from your company website or blog.
- Advertise jobs and post new items relating to your company.
- … and more!
Please send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback for us.
Interviews can be scary, but proper preparation will help to make the process a smooth one. However, there are some questions that can cause even the most seasoned interviewee to pause. Linde Van Dyck, our newest international intern, has listed a few examples of tough questions, and suggested answers, here so you can prepare yourself.
There are some questions that are asked in almost every interview. These are the questions that you can prepare for, equipping yourself with the necessary answers that won’t leave you feeling uneasy about the interrogation. These include:
- Why would you leave your current employer?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your strengths (competencies) and what are you weaknesses?
But how do you react when unexpected questions are posed and your preparation sheet becomes irrelevant? For example, the person with the power to decide your future may ask:
- Aren’t you too young for this job?
- How is it that you have been unemployed for such a long time?
- Why have you had so many different employers in such a short time?
- What makes you think you are suited for the job if you do not have the appropriate training, skills or experience?
These questions should be answered honestly and with sincerity. Try to counter each negative question by emphasizing:
- Your eagerness to do this particular work and how you desire and deserve for such an opportunity;
- your enthusiasm and passion for your chosen industry or career;
- that you are energetic, dedicated and hard working;
- your hunger to prove and improve your skills;
If you are ready for these questions, you are ready for the interview. Good luck! Check out our internship and vacation jobs listing: an internship or part time holiday work is a great way to gain experience and boost your CV.