Skilled people told to leave SA


A skilled but jobless professional is fed up after hearing endless excuses from recruiting agencies or told to leave SA. He writes:

Good day,

Your article states that South Africa is in need of skilled professionals but my problem is that finding work through agencies is made impossible, as they only see qualifications and disregard experience.

There are even agencies out there that recommend specialists to leave South Africa.

I am fortunate to be in the position where I have both qualifications and work experience. However, the greatest difficulty I have is with the recruiting agencies that either do not understand how to market skilled professionals, or just want to make a quick buck with little or no regard to a proper placement.

I have a very broad technical background in IT with 15 years’ work experience, ranging from service delivery/management (ITIL) over information security (ISO, IT risk management, PCI standards and digital encryption) straight through to IT infrastructure management, with some IT project management.

For the last 2.5 years I have gone through the standard application to advertised vacancies and registration on the most popular job sites, but have not found a contact person or recruitment agency that can help me proactively market my skills to a potential employer that can make use of my skills.

Below I have listed the most typical excuses I get to hear, when I am declined for a position I have applied for:

Overqualified
Too technical (for a technical job)
Too senior (for a senior technical position)
Too management-orientated (for jobs that originally stated experience with ISO & PCIDSS)
Too much management experience
Stay in the wrong area (northern suburbs versus southern)
Wrong ethnic background
Too passionate

At the moment I am struggling with staying motivated due to the continuous rejections, and I have great doubts about my future here in South Africa.

Told to leave SA

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Mynwerkers ruk op teen afleggings


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Mynwerkers ruk op teen afleggings

Volgens die koerant sal die myn na verwagting vir die Desember-kwartaal ‘n bedryfsverlies van R150 miljoen ly en ’n negatiewe kontantvloei van R252 miljoen hê.

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Volgens die koerant sal die myn na verwagting vir die Desember-kwartaal ‘n bedryfsverlies van R150 miljoen ly en ’n negatiewe kontantvloei van R252 miljoen hê.

Mynwerkers ruk op teen afleggings

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