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Skills Development in Africa: How Wide is the Skills Gap?

70% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25 shaping one of the largest untapped talent pools in the world.  At the same time, 75% of all university graduates in Kenya and Nigeria are likely to be unemployed for up to 5 years after graduation. What are the drivers behind these figures and why Africa is so polarized when it comes to skills development and unemployment rates?   A closer look at the African countries with the lowest and highest unemployment rates reveals...

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How To Get Past Buzzwords And Make Better Hires

In just about every industry imaginable, companies are exploring more data-backed ways of doing things. But there’s one field that remains stubbornly unscientific: recruitment and hiring. That’s not to say there aren’t procedures in place when it comes to résumé screening. For all but the newest startups, which have basically no precedents to abide at all, there’s usually some sort of protocol in place. The problem, though, is that the typical rules for scre...

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These Innocent Hiring Mistakes Can Kill Your Startup

Team comes first. Your team is directly correlated with the valuation of your startup. It is your team that will save you, the entrepreneur, from a disaster. All of the above is true, but it is also true that many startups have failed because they hired too early, too fast, or fired too late. Many of the points below can be found among the best hiring practices for startups and there is nothing wrong with them in general. The devil is in the detail – there are some ‘&rsquo...

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17+ Remote Work Blogs and Resources to Follow in 2017

Whether you’re a remote worker or just embarking on this journey it’s always good to have useful resources at hand. Being a team working remotely ourselves we’ve decided to put together a list of great blogs where you can find information on different aspects of working out of the office. 1. CareerMetis This blog offers the ideas, tips, strategies, and resources you need to help you land that dream job. Though the blog is not focused on remote work you can easil...

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The cost of a bad hire – are you ready to pay it?

We have all been there – after a long series of interviews, and running understaffed for months, we extend a job offer and feel relieved. Just a month later, ‘’the promising candidate’’ already falls in the ‘’bad hire’’ category.   What happened? It’s still the same person, right? A survey conducted by accounting and finance recruitment specialists Robert Half revealed that 1 in 10 recruits were considered a ‘poor hi...