Adding value – DiSC Assessments

Culture fit is a vital, yet often overlooked part of any successful team. When adding people to an existing team or starting a new endeavour, finding people that will work well together, and that compliment each others strengths or weaknesses, can mean the difference between success or failure.

With this important issue in mind, we partenered with PMIdeas take the guess work out of selecting the right project resource. Using the world recognised DiSC analysis to identify individual personality profiles, we can take the guess work out of selecting the right personality for the job.

A brief overview of the DiSC assessment:
DISC is a behaviour assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Marston, it was developed into a behavioural assessment tool by Industrial Psychologist Walter Clark. The assessment focuses on four key behavioural traits:

Dominance
Influence
Steadiness

Compliance

This online assessment is completed by each new candidate for free. We encourage them to hold onto their results and use them as part of their personal development planning. Weather they work fos us or our clients, or go on to work somewhere else, they have these results

IT is not a mere personality assessment, rather it is an assessment of an individuals behaviour in certain circumstances. Our DiSC is centred on behaviour in the work place, giving us a window into how a candidate might react or behave depending on the environment we place them in. ​

There are 15 Classical Profile Patterns, each portraying the behaviour of people with a specific blend of the four dimensions.

LinkedIn Top Tip 5 of 5

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

This may seem like an obvious one, but in our experience the willingness to over-inflate skills is a reality of our job market.

We don’t want to sound like your mother, but lying is not and cannot be tolerated in the professional world. This is as true in the work place as it is for the information on your LinkedIn profile, or within your resume.

Not only is it very easy to check and confirm just about anything using the Internet, it is also a sign of how ethical (or unethical) you are. Appearing untrustworthy is never good for business.

McManus Consulting does a thorough check of every associate’s history, including references and education. This is as much for the peace of mind of our clients, as it is to make sure that the quality of the professionals we engage is never compromised.

Our insistence on quality and honesty has served us well for over 20 years and we insist that every associate with which we engage follows the same ethos. ​

LinkedIn Top Tip 4 of 5

A well thought out and successful LinkedIn page can help to advertise your skills and knowledge, as well as give any perspective employer an insight into who you are and what you are like. Obviously, depending on the content and completeness of your profile, they can draw conclusions about you and how you may behave in a professional environment.

Proofread your profile

As a professional you know the value of quality, so you wouldn’t want your LinkedIn profile to have any sort of grammatical or spelling errors either. These seemingly small mistakes can stand out to a prospective employer as a sign that you do not keep an eye on the details.
It is also important to word your profile summary and important information effectively so that it is communicated to the reader without confusing them.

When adding content, ask yourself the following questions:

  • is this true?
  • is this accurate?
  • is this relevant?
  • is this complete?

Try putting yourself in the eyes of the reader and see if you understand what your profile is about.

It may also be helpful to have someone read through your profile for a second opinion or to point out any errors that you may have missed out. Most writers will tell you that once you have spent any significant time on a project it becomes almost impossible to see the wood for the trees, that is when a fresh set of eyes can be a powerful ally.

Your linkedIn page is an extension of your resume and as such you should put AS MUCH care and consideration into it’s content as you would your CV.

LinkedIn Tips and Tricks 3 of 5

Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps..
At some stage we have all experience the pain of social media overload. Hundreds of emails telling you that your great auntie has posted yet another picture of her cat and invitations to be her friend on the latest game she is playing.

Because LinkedIn is for professionals, you won’t be spammed every moment with endless updates from your network and if you follow our tips below you won’t become one of those spammers who alienates and irritates your connections.Top tip 3 of 5 in a series ​

Update in Secret

If you’ve had LinkedIn for a while and have already connected with people, updating your profile will fill their feed and your ‘Wall’ with update notices. This means that if you happen to choose to update your LinkedIn with ‘old details’, for instance, if you are finally updating your job description for a job you have been doing for years, your connections will think that you’ve only gotten the job recently.

By turning off your activity broadcast temporarily, you can silently update your LinkedIn profile without letting the world know.

 

 

How to?
You can disable these updates by unchecking the box in your activity broadcast setting, accessible from the Privacy & Settings page.

You can also adjust the activity broadcast setting while editing your profile:

  1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
  2. Toggle the button in the Notify Your Network? box on the right to either Yes or No.

Some of the changes that trigger updates are:

Instructions taken from LinkedIn.

LinkedIn Tips & Tricks 2 of 5

Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps..

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful way to sell yourself in an increasingly competitive marketplace. So creating a profile that is both professional and complete can give you a huge advantage.

  • LinkedIn has over 2 million South African users and almost every major South African company has a presence.
  • There are more than 238 million LinkedIn™ users worldwide in over 200 countries and territories. That’s more than twice the population of Mexico.
  • Of those subscribed to LinkedIn™, the majority are from the USA (84 million). But India (21 million), Brazil and the UK (both 13 million), Canada (8 million), France (6 million), Italy (5 million) and Australia (4 million) are all prolific users.
  • More than 3 million companies have profiles on LinkedIn™.

It’s all in the detail
A LinkedIn profile is similar to a work resume, where you display your past education information, work experience, skills, current work position and profile picture. You can follow LinkedIn’s Profile Completion Tips when editing your profile.

Besides that, adding a profile headline and summary would be real helpful to make a first impression.

The headline gives you a professional ‘identity’, a front that may or may not showcase some of the more detailed parts of your profile, hidden away from viewers who are not connected to you. A summary would bring out your personality which can complement your Curriculum Vitae (CV) if an employer were to view your profile.

It’s also important to use keywords in your headline, summary and throughout your entire profile. The keywords could consist of your main passion or profession and will help your LinkedIn profile turn up more often on search engine results. these key words mean that your profile appears when prospective employers do a search for skills and competencies.

LinkedIn Tips & Tricks 1 of 5

Creating a professional profile is easy if you follow these steps…Regardless of whether you are currently looking for new opportunities or are secure in your current contract, LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool that can help you achieve your professional goals.

A hunting ground for head-hunters, HR managers and new businesses looking for partners or opportunities, LinkedIn can help you take advantage of these opportunities, so a professional profile is a must.

Unlike on Facebook, where profiles could be made up and are more suitable for personal networking rather than a professional one, LinkedIn encourages users to provide a highly professional look to their resume and/or profile on the networking site.

Have the right profile picture

The Good
Just as you would want to look your best when walking into a first interview, so you want your LinkedIn Profile Picture to make an impression. Having a high-quality, recent profile picture of yourself that appropriately describes your role in your industry will be the safest bet.

DO –

  • Smile with teeth
  • Dark-coloured suits, light coloured buttondowns
  • Head-and-shoulders, or head-to-waist photo
  • Asymmetrical composition
  • Unobstructed eyes
  • Face the camera
  • Bright background

The Bad
A bad profile picture can unwittingly create a negative impression of you before you’ve even had an opportunity to present your skills and accomplishments.

DON”T –

  • Photos from your wedding
  • Photos with your children/spouse/animals
  • Photos from longer than two years ago
  • Photos with any alcohol present in the photo
  • Photos from clubs/pubs
  • “Selfies” – photos taken with your phone by yourself

We’re here to help 
If you are looking for help with your profile picture why not contact us, we would happily schedule an appointment for you to visit our offices, where a professional looking photo can be taken.

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