Did you know that the secret to a perfect career lies in one single number ? We won’t blame you for taking this with a grain of salt (or consider it whackdoodle baloney with a side of crazy sauce) but many people truly believe that the study can unlock the knowledge of your destiny.
What in the world is numerology?
For those that have never heard about it before, it is the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life and all life events. And apparently, your life path number is one of the most important numbers in the whole numerology scene.
What is a life path number?
Let’s get ostentatious for a moment : by revealing certain qualities, characteristics and fundamental traits of who you are, this special number can predict which job is perfect for you. It’s believed that your life path number can tell you which path you are walking on during your life; it represents your natural abilities and character.
Amazing right ? Our team couldn’t contain our excitement either ! So we’ve done the research, summarized it for you, and now you can choose a career that’ll make you happy – you’re welcome (insert winking emoticon here).
Where can you get one?
Calculating your life path number is so easy – especially if you have a calculator – that we’ve added it all the way at the end of the story. Congratulations to all those that were able to do basic maths. Your reward : The Amazing Revelation of what your dream career should be ! (Or just, you know, lots of fun).
Life Path Number One
As a natural born leader, people see you as a source of motivation. You like to plan ahead and organize your own goals and have quite an inventive spirit.
Type of career:
Opt for careers that have to do with religion or spirituality and other humanitarian professions. You’re a great leader and a great teacher – take advantage of this. Make sure you’re able to stay within industries that ensure you’re able to help others in need. Your compassion and need for social justice is your biggest motivator, so best you do something that feeds into this.
You may have noticed that you are attracted to occupations that require diplomacy with a strong sense of justice.
Careers to pursue:
Writer, painter, psychic reader, musician, volunteer, human resources, social work, immigration attorney, civil rights activist, coach and legal researcher. Go on, do the good you’re destined to do!
How to calculate your life path number:
Your life path number is the sum of the numbers in your date of birth. Have the calculator ? Good. Please proceed to write your birth date out in numbers and add the digits until you have a single digit. Keep reading if you’re unsure (or a bit slow) and need an example. Not to brag but explaining stuff is kind of our forte.
If you’re born on 15 October 1989, this is what you need to do:
Month : October is the tenth month of the year. 10 is reduced to 1 (1 + 0 = 1).
Day : The date of birth is 15. 15 is reduced to 6 (1 + 5 = 6).
Year : The year of birth is 1989. 1989 is reduced to 8 (1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 27, then 2 + 7 = 9).
Now add the resulting single-digit numbers : 1 + 6 + 9 = 16, then 1 + 6 = 7.
Your life path number is 7.
Unnecessary Disclaimer 1 : Phoning the editor claiming that it’s too early for maths is not allowed.
Unnecessary Disclaimer 2 : Read this at your own risk. Careers24 shall not be held liable for any life-changing decisions based on these results.
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Need a new job? 4 sectors hiring right now
Summer may have allowed most of us to kick off our job hunting shoes, but if there’s one thing that hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, it’s the industries with the most job opportunities right now.
Not only have these sectors shown immense growth over 2015, but they have some pretty amazing job opportunities too. If you’re serious about landing that coveted position, put your shoes back on, and you could land a new gig in one of these sectors:
South Africa is a global leader in mining. In fact, its gold and diamond reserves contribute the largest amount to the country’s GDP. According to the Chamber of Mines, the sector creates as many as 1 million jobs. Although the sector experienced a slight drop in July 2015, recruitment notably picked up during September 2015.
While skilled mining professionals are always in high demand, drilling operations directors, project controls and site managers, engineers, geologists and metallurgists are generally among the most wanted mining jobs.
The information and communication technologies sector is the largest and most advanced in Africa. Together with the telecommunications sector, the IT sector generates approximately R29 billion. With companies such as Takealot.com and Amazon growing from strength to strength, it’s no wonder that since the beginning of this year, jobs in IT went up by a massive 30%.
If you’re an excellent software engineer, system engineer, technical manager, IT specialist or a team lead, keep an eye out for more job opportunities in these and other IT companies.
Not only does South Africa have the latest wireless and satellite communication, but the country’s network is 99% digital, making South Africa the most developed telecommunications network in the continent. At the start of the year, jobs for telecoms professionals grew markedly by 31%.
Just like the IT sector, if you’re a numbers and codes guru, you’re well on your way of being spotted by some of the best companies in telecoms.
The engineering sector remains a sizeable economic contributor and employment provider. In fact, engineers of various types dominated the country’s most-wanted professionals, with electrical engineers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, quantity surveyors and programmers or project managers among the top 10 most-sought after professions. This year alone, the sector showed a whopping by 40% growth in demand for skilled engineering professionals.
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Five Tricks For a Perfect CV
Be brief, be honest and remember to ‘check, check and check’.
With an unemployment rate of around 25% in South Africa – and possibly more, depending on how you calculate it – competition for every job is fierce.
The first step towards securing your dream job is putting together a professional curriculum vitae (CV) that gets the recruiter excited about what you have to offer.
Many great candidates fail at this first hurdle and here are a few of the common mistakes we see in the CVs that come across our desks when recruiting – if you manage to avoid them, you’ll have already given yourself an edge in the job market.
Irrelevant Personal Information
In today’s competitive job market, recruiters may get hundreds of CVs for every job they advertise.
Do them a favour by focusing your CV on the experience and qualifications that make you stand out. Avoid anything that could bias the recruiter against your application, be controversial, or simply pad your CV with information.
Don’t go overboard listing your hobbies, interests or beliefs, unless they’re particularly relevant to the job you’re applying for. Do not detail your sexual orientation, religion or politics in your CV. They’re simply not relevant. Rather ensure the image projected on your social media accounts is one that you’d like to show to prospective employers.
Falsehoods and Half Truths
Cast your achievements and qualifications in the best possible light in your CV, but also be truthful about the facts of your career and personal history. Don’t claim qualifications you don’t have, don’t inflate your job titles or salary in the hopes of advancing your career, and don’t lie about your previous achievements.
Recruiters will check on your background, and they will usually find out if you’ve embellished the truth to try and get a higher salary or to secure a job for which you’re not qualified.
With so many high profile people under scrutiny in the press for lying about their qualifications, recruiters are being extra careful in their screening of candidates at the moment.
Spelling Mistakes and Grammatical Errors
Few things get a CV thrown in the dustbin faster than glaring spelling or grammar errors. Recruiters will assume that you’re lazy or incompetent if your CV is full of typos. Read your CV and read it again a bit later to make sure you catch all of the errors before you send it off.
Check headings, subject lines and cover letters carefully. If you’re not good at spelling and grammar, ask a family member or friend to proof read your CV.
An unexplained gap in your work history makes recruiters nervous.
Rather be upfront and explain that you took some time out to travel or raise children or that you were ill for a long spell than leave a mysterious hole in your CV – don’t let a recruiter imagine things. To help the recruiter assess your application, start your CV with a summarized career chronology. Begin with your most recently held position and provide an overview of your experience and expertise that that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. For your less relevant or recent experience, you can offer less information.
You have little to gain from highlighting your salary expectations in a CV. If they’re too modest, the employer may wonder if you’re qualified for the job, or you might weaken your chances of negotiating the best possible package.
If they’re too high, your CV will be dismissed out of hand while your expertise may justify your cost to the company.
Rather, let the recruiter raise the issue of remuneration during the interview process.
Supplied by Anja van Beek, HR director for Sage VIP and chief people officer for Sage AAMEA (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia).