Job hunting can be dispiriting in today’s economic climate, as companies are employing fewer people. Luckily there are recruitment agencies out there that can help
We shine the spotlight on some of them:
CapAbility Careers specialises in the recruitment of people with disabilities.
“There are many different recruitment agencies out there,” notes Pascalle Jacquelin, MD of CapAbility Careers, who has a physical disability herself. “I believe what makes CapAbility Careers unique is my empathy and understanding, as I too was once a candidate looking for a job.”
After five years of facing closed doors, she decided to start her own recruitment agency, thus helping both herself and others.
The organisation serves the broadcasting, IT, health and corporate industries. It has a great website, filled with vacancies, advice, details about a weekly job-seekers workshop and articles related to disabilities in the corporate world.
It would be helpful if it offered a page where you could upload your curriculum vitae (CV), but you can email it to the agency.
South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D)
The SAE4D is a non-profit organisation, consisting of employers, which was set up to promote the recruitment, retention and development of people with disabilities in the workplace.
“SAE4D members are able to share experiences, develop best practices, and develop ways of effectively confronting and tackling prejudices that act as barriers to the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace,” says Dr Jerry Gule, SAE4D’s chairman.
The organisation also aims to form a common understanding of the challenges and solutions required to fully develop the potential of people with disabilities.
You can upload your CV online, adding it to SAE4D’s database for its member companies to view. These include: ABB; Absa; Anglo American; Barloworld; Bowman Gilfillan; Edcon; Ernst & Young; Eskom; Glen randMIB; KPMG; Lorimar; Nedbank; PPC; SAB and Total.
The SAE4D website lists available opportunities (in its “Add your CV” section) and provides various resources and articles.
Disability Workshop Development Enterprise
The website of the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE) puts it best: “DWDE is one of the leading players in the disability employment support services arena. We offer a one-stop solution to positively address learning and employment opportunities for South Africans with disabilities to become integrated into the workforce.”
This free service also helps young South Africans with disabilities overcome many of the employment challenges they face. “We help young people with a matric, or an equivalent qualification, who are looking for a full-time job, but haven’t been able to find one. We also help young people who have a university degree or other tertiary qualification who are looking for a job.”
This is a great website to add to your job-seeking arsenal. You can upload your CV (in the “Career Seekers” section), view available positions and catch up on the latest news and trends.