FAQ's - General

How does RecruitAGraduate work? 

RecruitAGraduate is an online recruitment agency where employers can employ graduates, interns and apprentices from registered higher education institutions for permanent or contract positions, internships or apprenticeships.

It's the go-to site for jobs for talented graduates and trusty interns in South Africa. 

Graduates sign up for free and complete their personal, education, experience and skills details on a RecruitAGraduate CV online form. When a suitable and matching job opportunity is posted on the platform, the graduate or intern will receive a job notification based on a match to their profile. The graduate can then apply directly via the site for the graduate job. 

Employers load a job specification onto our website.  Pay only upon success for full agency Permanent and Fixed Duration Contracts. Buy upfront credits from R5000 excl VAT or less, for our online intern hire service. Our professional recruiter will source top talent for you. 

RecruitAGraduate prides itself in delivering wow through service and has experienced graduate recruiters available to assist employers and graduates alike. 

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For a private education institution to provide tertiary education, it must be registered with The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

State-owned higher education institutions are included as registered institutions.

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An apprenticeship contract is signed between a pre-approved employer and a graduate to attain trade-specific skills. The graduate must be associated with a registered Further Education and Training (FET) college. In South Africa, The National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB) oversees the quality assurance of apprenticeships on behalf of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations. Find out more on the Service Seta website.

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An internship is typically a contract position which offers on-the-job-training for graduates who have finished their studies. Its purpose is to provide a graduate with work relevant experience in their field of study. At RecruitAGraduate we only facilitate paid internships. Find out more on our blog. See the Service Seta website.

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RecruitAGraduate allows advertising on the website. Advertising is subject to approval. Please email info@recruitagraduate.co.za to request a rate card.

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Your CV will only be presented to a potential employer if you apply for a graduate job on our website. Your CV will be seen by our professional recruiters and they may contact you to ask you to apply for a position if you have not done so.

We have a strong philosophy of protecting your privacy.  See our Privacy Policy for more detail.

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Anyone who has graduated within the past five years or is in the process of graduating from a higher education institution is considered a graduate. This includes anyone who needs to complete an internship or apprenticeship to obtain their final qualification. Find internship and apprenticeship jobs on Recruit A Graduate. Sign up via the graduate page

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Sign up and ensure that your CV information is up to date. You can browse the available jobs on the “Current Jobs” page. To apply for a job, select the position you are interested in and select "Apply for this job" at the bottom of the listing. Ensure you write a clear, well written motivational email letter to accompany your application.

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If your institution is not under the dropdown list of options on your CV input, then please send us an email to info@recruitagraduate.co.za and request us to add the institution. Please note that only registered institutions will be added to the list.

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There are no fees for job-seekers.

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RegruitAGraduate advertises jobs for graduates. We offer a full agency recruitment service or a self-service recruiting option. 

Employers can hire a graduate by posting a job on our site. These jobs can include jobs for college and university graduates, jobs for apprentices or jobs for internships in South Africa or globally. We make it easy to hire and recruit graduates by bringing them to you via this graduate centric site. 

You can offer permanent placements, fixed duration contracts, internships and apprenticeships for graduates. The jobs advertised on this site aim to place graduates in job opportunities as a first step in their career. Typically the graduates on this site have completed their studies in the last five years, or are in the process of completing their studies. 

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Once you have completed your profile and CV on RecruitAGraduate, you will automatically be informed of relevant job opportunities via email alerts. We will email you new jobs based on your completed profile.

There is no need for you to set up alerts, but you do need to agree to allow us to send you alerts by selecting “Yes” to opt in to job alert communication.

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RecruitAGraduate has a CV template which will guide candidates as to the information needed to complete their CV.

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The use of incorrect grammar and spelling is unprofessional and immediately creates a negative perception of you to a potential employer. Ensure you ask someone to read your work or use an app such as Grammarly to check your application.

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What do you pay as an employer to hire an intern from anywhere in South Africa? 

As an employer, you buy credits up front on RecruitAGraduate. 

These credits expire after 36 months. 

The cost excluding VAT: 

R 5000 for 1-5 interns hired

R 4000 for 6-10 interns hired

R 3500 for 11-20 interns hired

Chat to us if you need more than 20 interns

1 Hire = 1 Credit

The Service includes: 

  • A dedicated recruitment professional that manages the recruitment process for you.
  • A call from a friendly expert to discuss your internship requirements once you have loaded the job. 
  • Assistance from a real person that understands the SA context.
  • A job listing on our site and other suitable platforms.
  • One qualified short-list of the top CV’s
  • Assistance to obtain various background checks you may require.
  • A 3-month warranty included (see T&C's)
  • Support from your recruitment manager when you need it.

 

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The Department of Labour offers basic guides to key topics within labour legislation. Read on for our summary of Family Responsibility Leave.

What is Family Responsibility Leave?

Workers may take up to 3 days of paid leave a year to attend to certain family responsibilities.

Who does it apply to:

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all employers and workers, but not members of the:
 - National Defence Force,
 - National Intelligence Agency, or
 - South African Secret Service; or
 - Unpaid volunteers working for charity.

The section of the Act that regulates working hours does not apply to:
 - Workers in senior management
 - Sales staff who travel and regulate their own working hours
 - Workers who work less than 24 hours in a month
 - Workers who earn more than an amount stated in terms of section 6 (3) of the Act
            - Workers engaged in emergency work are excluded from certain provisions.
 - Workers engaged in emergency work are excluded from certain provisions.

Workers Excluded from Family Responsibility Leave:

The provisions for family responsibility leave do not apply to workers who work less than:
 - 4 months for their employer
 - 4 days a week for one employer
 - 24 hours a month, or to
 - leave over and above that provided for by the Act.

The number of Leave Days:

Full-time workers may take 3 days of paid family responsibility leave during each annual leave cycle (12-month periods from the date of employment).
Family responsibility leave expires at the end of the annual cycle.

Reasons for Leave:

You may take family responsibility leave:
 - When your child is born
 - When your child is sick
 - In the event of the death of your
 - Spouse or life partner
 - A parent or adoptive parent
 - Grandparent
 - Child or adopted child
 - Grandchild
 - Sibling

Proof:

Employers may require reasonable proof of the birth, illness or death for which a worker requests leave.

Source: South African Department of Labour

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References should not be colleagues or family unless specifically requested. It must be written by someone supervising you.

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Does RecruitAGraduate assist with sourcing youths for YES? 

Yes! 

  •  Companies may recruit youth from any partner they choose. 
  • YES has not endorsed any consultancies to charge fees for registration services of YES. 

What is YES? 

South Africa’s Youth Employment Service aims to create jobs for the youth in line with South Africa’s national development goals. Once a company is registered with the YES platform you can recieve the benefits. Recruit A Graduate assists companies to source youth for the YES program. 

How can my company benefit from YES? 

YES is a business-driven initiative which is a partnership with government and labour, in collectively tackling a national plan to build economic pathways for black youth. YES aims to create one million jobs for youth. In this process, a business can gain one or two levels on their B-BBEE scorecard by hosting a YES youth for a period of 1 year. There is deep value in our tech-driven youth behavioural content to nurture and motivate young people and business throughout the year. This technology assists business and our youth in succeeding in their first work experience. 

    Source : https://www.yes4youth.co.za

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