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If you love our blog, but don't have time to read - we'll read it for you! :D Stay up-to-date with our latest tech insights, career hacks, and hiring tips all in audio-form! :D And, if you enjoy this show, make sure you listen to our other show OfferZen Podcast! :D
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If you love our blog, but don't have time to read - we'll read it for you! :D Stay up-to-date with our latest tech insights, career hacks, and hiring tips all in audio-form! :D And, if you enjoy this show, make sure you listen to our other show OfferZen Podcast! :D

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Episodes

Audioblog: Using Cloud Native to Reduce Complexity

10/31/2019
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DigsConnect is a small tech startup that helps students find affordable student accommodation with minimum mindshare. This means they work with sensitive personal data, from students to institutions, and need quick experimentation to accommodate each customer’s specific issues and needs as they arise. Brendan Ardagh, DigsConnect’s CTO and co-founder, says that rapid-prototyping on cloud native gave his team the ability to handle data securely, and run experimentation quickly and...

Duration:00:10:09

Audioblog: How I Maximised Efficiency to Avoid Working Overtime

9/26/2019
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By Shalina Naicker It has become common practice for IT professionals to work long hours in order to meet demanding deadlines. As my own workload increased, I found that 8 hours was just not enough time to complete all of my tasks and soon working overtime became the norm for me. In an effort to avoid this, and to work more efficiently, I started to reflect on my days to figure out what I could improve. In this article, I will share some of the challenges that reduced my efficiency and the...

Duration:00:12:45

Audioblog: There’s More to a ‘Good’ Job Than Just Money – Here’s What I’ve Learnt

9/26/2019
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By René Chunilall When I was still at university, I had no idea what a ‘good’ job looked like. People around me spoke a lot about big paychecks and impressive company names, so when I set out to find a job, these were the things I was chasing. However, I soon realised that these things were not enough to make me feel fulfilled so I set out to change how I approached finding the right job for me. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:08:59

Audioblog: What I Learnt When Applying for a South African Critical Skills Visa

9/26/2019
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By Heena Manglani Applying for a critical skills visa to work as a developer in South Africa can be quite confusing and stressful. Here’s what I’ve personally found to be most useful at each stage of the process. I had been in a good job working as a software developer in India when I married a South African man and decided to make the move to Johannesburg. Applying for a critical skills permit, however, took a long time. My application was denied the first time around and all in all, the...

Duration:00:07:25

Audioblog: Debunking Hiring Myths: What You're (Probably) Doing Wrong

9/13/2019
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By Philip Botha Recruitment can be a major hurdle for companies - and they’re often their own worst enemy. As an organisational health consultant with years of hiring experience, I’ve seen the impact that a new mindset around hiring can have. In this article, I will debunk some myths around hiring, and provide a practical checklist to not only improve your hiring process, but also enable you to shift gear from just “recruiting” to building a high-performing team that creates awesome...

Duration:00:15:14

Audioblog: Things You Can Do to Keep Tech Teams Happier and More Motivated

8/22/2019
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Having a team of individuals that feels supported by its company means people are more likely to have higher morale, better motivation at work, and be more resilient to things like burnout and stress. Emily Smith, Agile Coach at Naked Insurance, ensures the above by fostering personal connections with her team, encouraging regular engagement between team members and complete transparency, and deliberately steering away from traditional models of hierarchy. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:07:03

Audioblog: How to Successfully Start a Business With Your Best Friend

8/22/2019
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Working closely with your best friend - let alone starting a business together - is often seen as risky. But Future Fragment’s founders, Deon Taljaard and Stuart Jacobs, didn’t let their 23-year friendship stop them from successfully co-founding Future Fragment. As best friends and business partners, they’ve learned a lot about how to beat the myth and confidently walk the tightrope of “professional versus personal.” Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:08:58

Audioblog: 5 Ways You Can ‘Future-Proof’ Your Company

8/22/2019
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The world of tech is moving exceptionally fast. If you aren’t training your developers and your company to be ‘future-proof’, then you may be falling behind quickly. This is something that MMI Holdings’ Eugene Brockman has realised is critical to understand. In this article, he shares 5 ways in which his company strategically tries to future-proof his team. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:09:24

Audioblog: How to Negotiate a Job Offer That's More Than Just the Money

8/16/2019
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By Adriaan Venter Negotiating in an interview can be hard, not to mention potentially awkward, for both parties – but this doesn’t have to be the case. When hiring, the challenge lies in striking a balance between attracting top talent for your team, and not breaking the bank. At OfferZen, we care a lot about helping companies successfully navigate these kinds of tough discussions. Here are some of the tips we think will make you feel more confident when having these conversations. Read...

Duration:00:13:14

Audioblog: How To Win at Working in a Distributed Team

8/16/2019
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By Sander Voorwinden As business goes global, operating across territories and time zones, teams have become scattered by necessity; you may often find yourself in situations where developers are not physically in one location. This can be a challenge when it comes to using development frameworks that emphasise face-to-face communication, team collaboration, and planning. I’ve been working in this kind of environment for a number of years, and in this article I share some of the things I’ve...

Duration:00:09:32

Audioblog: How to Mould the Way You Hire to Your Context

8/16/2019
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When it comes to hiring, there is no “one size fits all” approach, and trying to use the same approach across different contexts will risk turning a great candidate into a bad hire. Benny Ou has hired for different contexts, and has developed a set of useful questions to ask himself before he hires, in order to mould his hiring process to the specific context he’s in. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:09:52

Audioblog: Underpaid? Here's How to Make the Most Of Your Next Salary Conversation

8/16/2019
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Figuring out how to approach a conversation about a salary increase with employers can be scary, especially when you know you’ve been underpaid, because it’s hard to know where to find reliable data and how to present your case with confidence. As a Talent Advisor at OfferZen, I have seen a lot of people struggle with this, and would like to share some tips and tricks to help make this something you can handle with confidence. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:13:11

Audioblog: A Tech Team’s Lessons in Moving From Digital to Analogue Tooling

8/15/2019
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Working in the tech industry makes it easy to default to digital solutions for the systems and processes that are used on a day-to-day basis. However, these digital solutions are not always the best options to use when you are looking to promote engagement within your team. Operations Manager, Alyssa Lohmaier at WeAreMonsters shares how swapping out certain digital processes for analogue ones got her team to work better together. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:09:58

Audioblog: How You Can Boost Morale and Motivation in Your Tech Team

8/15/2019
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Having a team of motivated individuals with high morale will not only make working at your company more enjoyable, but also keeps everyone more resilient to burnout and stress. Jaco Prinsloo, Vice President of Custom Development at EPI-USE Labs, shares how he fosters and elevates team morale and individual purpose on a daily basis. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:06:23

Audioblog: 6 Tips to Improve the Things You Can Control in an Interview

8/15/2019
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No matter how many interviews you’ve been to, you probably still get nervous, and you probably still feel under-prepared. They never seem to get easier, but we also only tend to do them once in a while, which makes it hard to practice being good at them. As someone that’s been on both sides of the table, I’ve developed some useful tips over the years to help you prepare better for interviews, by focusing on what you _do_ control, making them less stressful. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:14:33

Audioblog: 3 Daily Questions to Evaluate Your Job Satisfaction

8/15/2019
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Feeling a sense of job satisfaction is incredibly important, especially for developers: If you’re happy, you’re more motivated at work, and at a lower risk of burning out. Even though a salary might contribute to your happiness, it doesn’t always help you push through grindwork, or through solving hard problems. In this article, I’ll take you through some _questions that helped me evaluate my job satisfaction_, and some tips I used to answer them. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:11:55

Audioblog: How I Learnt To Fail Gracefully

8/15/2019
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As a generation, we were never really taught how to fail. Instead, we were given participation trophies and numerous pats on the back, and whenever we weren’t good at something, we simply stopped doing it. I didn’t realise how hard it was to fail until it actually happened to me. Here’s what I learnt and how I bounced back. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:09:34

Audioblog: What an Inclusive Workplace Should Actually Look Like

8/15/2019
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Research shows that people who feel excluded at work are more likely to underperform or resign. This is particularly true in the tech space, where demand outstrips supply and software engineers have plenty of opportunities elsewhere. As a result, workplace inclusivity is not just essential in creating high-performance environments where people feel valued, but is also a question of retaining highly talented team members. Zimkhita Buwa lives and breathes inclusivity in the tech space, and has...

Duration:00:12:39

Audioblog: How Agile Has Empowered Me as a Developer

8/15/2019
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Sivuyisiwe Tshula has found that Agile Methodology is the key to empowering people in teams to voice their ideas and give equal input on a project’s direction. When there is no structure in place to guide workflows, this sense of empowerment can easily be lost. Here is how Agile has helped Sivu grow as part of a tech team. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:08:27

Audioblog: A Great Investor Relationship - The Key to Startup Success

8/15/2019
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Raising funding for a new tech business is notoriously hard in South Africa. Even harder is finding the right investor. Alexandria Procter raised R12 million for her student housing platform, DigsConnect.com, and learnt about how important it is to partner with someone who shares your vision. Read the blog post here!

Duration:00:13:07