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Are kids aware of the dangers on the www?

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

I received this info in an e-mail and thought it prudent to share it with you, especially those of you with young children!

Long...but worth the read.

After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

Did you have a softball game after school today?

Yes and we won!!

That's great! Who did you play?

We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

What is your team called?

We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

GoTo1 23:
Did you pitch?

No I play second base. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile.......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. Every afternoon until her parents came home from work. He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School . She had told him all this in the conversations they had on- line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

"Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you."

Shannon sat back. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line.. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again.
If you need any further advice, give me a shout! 

A little knowledge can make you look stupid!

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

I recently received the following joke, and whilst I had a good laugh, I also felt that there was an important message written in between the lines…

When a car skidded on a wet road, and struck a telephone pole, several bystanders ran over to help the driver.
A woman was the first to reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her aside. "Step aside, lady," he barked. "I've taken a course in first-aid!"

The woman watched for a few minutes, then tapped him on the shoulder.

"Pardon me," she said.

"But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm right here." Sometimes, it pays to listen, ask questions and not be too presumptuous and overpowering.  If you rush in boots and all, without researching the situation properly, you could land up with egg all over your face!

My dad and Rocky Marciano

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

It was my dad's 80th birthday on 15 December.

In his youth he was a Eastern province amateur boxing champion and he managed and trained many well-know professional South African fighters.

Yesterday we spent Xmas day with friends of ours and my dad took an old tattered photo out of his wallet of himself with Rocky Marciano, taken just 2 weeks before Rocky's untimely death in 1969.

I decided that I would love to share this pic with you all :)

My dad is on the far left and Rocky is the BIG guy!!!

Joy Dembo's dad and Rocky Marciano

What End of Year Decline?

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

I have been in the recruitment services business for over 30 years and from day one I was educated about the mysterious “end of year decline”!

The end of year decline traditionally begins about mid October and lasts until about mid January.  It is the time when recruitment slows down because the number of good quality candidates decreases dramatically, as people are loathe to resign from their jobs as they are waiting for bonuses and annual leave.  

But, this year has been very atypical.  After having a really quiet August and September, things started becoming chaotic in October and I am so busy at the moment, I don’t know what to do first!

Is this just co-incidence or is the economy going through a metamorphosis of sorts?  

I know the number of candidates currently on the market can partially be attributed to the massive unemployment rate, but many of the people who are applying for jobs are, in fact, employed!

Are people so “gatvol” with their jobs that they don’t mind sacrificing their bonuses?  Or perhaps fewer companies are giving their employees Xmas bonuses?  Maybe people can’t afford to go on holiday so they are using their leave to find a new position?  

Any opinions?

A Day at the Races

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

Who goes to the races?

Not me, as a rule, but my brother recently bought a couple of race horses and since one of them was racing today at Turfontein, he sponsored a table in the new Elevation Room and invited us to join him.

Wow... what a fabulous day we had!

We were treated like royalty, wined and dined and entertained in decadent luxury, overlooking the race track!

Since the Charity Mile was run today to raise money for various charities, there were numerous celebrities there too and I managed to twist my nephew's arm to get Schalk Burger and Butch James' autographs for my son.

I also managed to lose all the money I went with, but it was worth it! LOL!

Soooo... if you are ever invited to attend the races in style, say YES! You wont regret it

A Little Piece of Heaven

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

Three or four times a year we mange to escape the ratrace and enjoy a week of timesharing in Umhlanga Rocks and iti s there that I have found my little piece of heaven!

Although badly damaged in the recent floods, the Umhlanga Beach Path is like Paradise to me.  I can enjoy a quiet stroll or brisk walk along the path in relative safety and lose myself in a world of sea, sun and fun!

The roar of the waves breaking as they near the shore, the little children playing in the surf, dogs of all shapes and sizes playing on the beaches or walking with their owners on the beach path,the smell of sun tan lotion, the heavenly aroma of food coming from the restaurant or the Life Saver’s Club, the smell of the ocean, the breeze and the sun beating down on this idyllic vacation spot!

And, then there is the mystery of the rocks peeping out of water, the Lighthouse watching over the ocean like a Sentry at its post, the Zulu wares that are being touted along the path, the beautiful shells glistening in the sun and the surfers bobbing up and down in the swells.

Even the hum and chaos of the construction currently in progress on the pier and apartment complexes long the route cant mar this beautiful place for me!

All too soon it is time to come back to Gauteng, but as I sit at my computer working, I close my eyes and let my mind wander to that little piece of heaven!

Roll on December so I can return to Paradise.

Welcome to my new Website!

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

I was introduced to the world wide web and all its wonders exactly 10 years ago to the day, and I was absolutely bowled over!

I could not believe that one could chat with people all over the world, send photographs and music across the web, download all sorts of cool stuff and find information on almost anything!

It was like Star Wars!!  I remember thinking how lucky we are to be living in this high tech age.

Ten years on I am still fascinated by the web.  And besides being a social and information tool, it is also a great way to promote and generate business, so with the help of Jenny from Web Workshop, I decided to take the plunge and invest in developing a website for RecruitRite.

Since you are reading this, you have already discovered www.recruitrite.co.za so all that’s left for me to say, is welcome and enjoy and please let me know what you think of my new “baby”

Talk about having one of THOSE days!!

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

Last Wednesday 12th September 2007 was the start of the Jewish New Year.  And, besides being a deeply spiritual, reflective and happy time of year, it is also a very hectic time of year if you already have your hands full running a business, running a home, seeing to kids, dogs, accounts, shopping etc.  You get the picture???

I was having 11 people for dinner on Wednesday night and I had been so busy in the preceding weeks that I hardly had time to think about the New Year dinner, let alone plan or prepare!

A day or two before, I had booked a maid from a domestic agency to help me tidy the house and I had booked an early morning appointment with the hairdresser as my red tint had grown out and my hair was now a weird mix of grey, red and brown and looked atrocious.  I had also ordered some deli items and some veggies and I had planned to get to the deli before the hairdresser, before the rush on the food began!  Believe me, you don’t want to get caught in the rush when a whole bunch of “Yiddishe mamas” are fighting to get to the food counter first .

Wednesday morning arrived.  I woke up and thought “Oh shit… must I get out of bed???”  But, I eventually dragged my sorry butt downstairs and started to make preparations for the big “COOK OUT”  I glanced at my watch and saw it was 8-10 am.  The maid was late.  I waited another 15 minutes and I called the agency, only to be told that the maid had called in sick and wouldn’t be coming.  I contemplated suicide, but decided to be brave, so I woke my 23 year old daughter and told her to go and fetch my mom in law and do some “nipping and tucking” to the downstairs of the house, at least!

She wasn’t happy – I mean what self-respecting Jewish kugel wants to mop floors???  But, tough luck!  I told her to make like NIKE and “just do it!!!”.

Then the phone rang.  It was the ad agency I work for, on a retainer basis.  They had an urgent ad for a new client, which they needed extra urgently!  I had about half an hour before I had to leave for the hairdresser!  $#@*&^%!!!!

Of course by the time I had done the ad (Thank goodness I am a gifted, talented, FAST and ever so modest, copywriter!!!) and briefed my mom in law (Bless her little cotton socks) on what to do, it was too late to pick up my order from the deli before the hairdresser, so I rushed to the hairdresser, let her put the tint on my hair and went to the deli while I was waiting for the colour to take.  At least the site of me in a black cape, and with a red tint on my hair provided the other people in the queue with some entertainment.  40 minutes later, I was still in the queue, and I thought my hair was going to fall out since the tint had already been on for longer than it should have been, but I was NOT giving up my place in the queue!  Geez… u would swear that these people were NEVER going to eat again!!!  I think people were ready to punch each others lights out to get to the counter before anyone else.  Eventually I got my stuff and rushed back to the hairdresser!

I got out of the hairdresser at 11-50 am, and had to fetch my son from school at 12:00 and guess what???  My phone rings… and it’s the mother of one of my son’s friends asking me to please give her son and his friend a lift home!  I couldn’t say no since she is always good to my son and her son and mine are really good friends, sooooo I had to schlep them home too!

Eventually, I got home and had to start the cooking!   Luckily, I managed to persuade my daughter to pick up some stuff I ordered from the Spar.  She likes spending money so it wasn’t that hard to persuade her!

I had to have the table set, the food cooked and laid out,  and everything tidied up by 5,  since I wanted to go to the Synagogue,  and in order to get a reasonable parking and not have to walk miles in 6 inch platforms, u have to be there early!

Needless to say, my R700-00 hair was dripping with perspiration by 5…what with 30 Degree heat, standing over the stove and having more than a few of “those 50 year old moments”!   And, to make matters worse, I couldn’t find my phone!   Eventually, I remembered that I had left it in the car!  ARGGHHH!!!  I had missed 6 important calls and had no time to call anybody back!  

Then the frantic search began for a skirt and a “Synagogue top”.  I NEVER  wear a skirt!  I am one of those shorts and T-shirt,  or jeans and T-shirt,  kinda people, so finding a skirt in my cupboard took a while!  I have also put on a “bit” of weight since I last went to a Synagogue so finding a skirt and top combo that didn’t make me look like a pregnant elephant wasn’t easy!  With clothes strewn all over the room, my hair clamped up and the fan blowing deliciously in my red face, I started putting on some make up while my impatient hubby stood there all dressed and ready, reminding me about the hike I took in my platforms last year!

Lucky for him, I was too tired to kill him, so I just slapped on some make-up, threw on the best of the ellie clothes and the platforms, grabbed my new, outrageously expensive “Guess” handbag and hobbled to the delightfully air-conditioned car!

Anyway, despite everything, it ended up being a nice evening, but I was so wiped out by the end of the evening, I  almost cried.

And, then the lunacy started all over again the following day!!!   I had to put all the “crystal and silver” away in the morning and then rush to the Synagogue again.  In the afternoon, I set the table again and got all the left overs out so we could do the second night’s dinner.

ERRRRR… did I mention that I dropped a bottle of red wine out of one of my kitchen cupboards during the second afternoon? I guess I also didn’t mention that it broke… and I had “the Red Sea” all over my kitchen, including in the dogs lovely new baskets!  And, did I mention that I had to wash the doggie baskets, my hubby and son had to mop up the Red Sea and my daughter had to pick 3 glass shards out of her bleeding hands? And, all this about 20 minutes before we had to leave for the Synagogue for the evening service?

It’s probably best left unsaid anyway!

A valium and prozac cocktail sounded like a great idea at this stage!

Don’t sit there giggling!  I bet you have had similar days!  Tell us about YOUR “One of THOSE day” experiences!

Writing a CV that Works

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

I was musing the other day about exactly how many CVs I have screened in the 30 years I have been in the recruitment industry, and I just can’t come to a reasonable figure.  But, suffice it to say, it has been many, many thousands maybe even hundreds of thousands!

I have seen them all!  Good ones, bad ones, stupid ones, amusing ones, professional ones, exceptional ones, boring ones, short ones, long ones….  The list is never-ending.

So, what makes a good CV a good CV?

Well, from a recruiter’s perspective, I would say that the best CV would fall into a category somewhere between the American resume format and the English Curriculum Vitae format.  In other words, not too brief, but not too detailed.

I have to tell you that a long drawn out CV does nothing for me. When I have 500 CVs in my inbox, reading through pages and pages of superfluous information does nothing for me!  I skip through all the drivel and get to the “meat”!!!

I don’t care whether the candidate played the part of Joseph in the school nativity play or whether he got his Black Belt in Karate in Std 2!  I am only interested in whether he/she can do the job!  And, to this end, I need to make sure that the applicant meets the INHERENT REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB!

A professional CV should be divided into the following sections:

    Personal Details
    Experience/Work History
    Additional Info (If applicable)

Personal details should include name, street address, e-mail address, and contact telephone numbers. Marital status, number of dependents, languages spoken, possession of a driver’s licence etc can be added if desired, but are certainly not compulsory, unless they fall into the parameters of the inherent requirements of the job i.e. if the position requires candidates to be in possession of a driver’s licence.  The same applies to age, Date of Birth etc.  Candidates are not obliged to supply this information, as employers are prohibited, by Law, from discriminating on the basis of age, race, gender etc.

Educational Details need not include a full school history.  The highest level reached at school is sufficient.  Subjects taken in Matric should be included, especially if the position demands that the candidate has done specific subjects in Matric.   Details of Higher Education are essential, and these should be as detailed as possible.  Membership of any professional associations should also be included.  Courses undertaken should be included, provided that they don’t take up 3 pages!

Work history is ultra important.  And these should include the company name, length of service i.e. Commencement and termination dates, job title and a brief description of duties, for every position.

Additional information could include hobbies, awards, interests etc.  This is completely optional and by no means mandatory on a good CV.

The font you choose is very important.  CVs should be easy to read.  A good template is also important.  CVs should be neat and legible and the reader should enjoy reading through the information.

Lengthy covering letters are also a no-no!  Why repeat everything that is already in the CV.  It just frustrates and bores a busy recruitment officer.

Lastly, a recent photograph is a very nice extra touch.  I think recruitment officers always relate better to a candidate if they know what he/she looks like.

Fancy borders make for a lengthy printing processes and should be avoided.

Need a professional CV written?  I can help you!  I charge a nominal fee and I can provide you with a CV that will guarantee results!


Can you smell the sweet smell of Jasmine in the air?

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

One of my favourite times of the year is Spring when the sweet fragrance of Jasmine fills the air.

In my younger days, and when it was safe to walk in the street, I used to go for a walk every day, and in the springtime, when the jasmine was in full bloom, I used to look furtively around me and nick a piece of jasmine from a bush that hung over a fence into the street.  I then held it to my nose every couple of blocks and smiled as the perfume engulfed my senses.

Not only is the fragrance unique and mind boggling, but it always reminds me of lovely warm sunshine, clear blue skies, the peaceful buzz of bees, a light breeze,  and the promise of summer holidays and festive days ahead.

And, when I get back to my office, I feel refreshed and serene and able to face the day ahead with a smile on my face.

Drop me a line and let me know if there are any smells that send your mind racing to another place and another time!

BNI - A new dimension in life

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

It was my lucky day when Neil from Computer Troubleshooters came to look at a problem I was having with my computer.  Not only was he able to fix a problem which had baffled 3 other techies, BUT he asked me if I had heard of BNI.

I hadn’t!  So he proceeded to tell me that BNI stood for Business Network International and that it was an awesome networking organisation, especially for small business owners like myself.

He invited me to attend a BNI meeting as a visitor and decide for myself whether I wanted to join.

BNI is divided into Chapters or branches, situated worldwide and the one that was closest to me was the Masters Chapter in Rosebank.  As it happened, although Neil is a member of the Fourways Chapter, his colleague Arjen is a member of the Rosebank Chapter and he welcomed me with open arms.

One meeting and I was sold!

Not only have I made a lot of valuable contacts and generated some additional business, BUT I have made a lot of friends, and attending the early morning breakfast meeting every Tuesday has become one of the highlights of my week!

As luck would have it, I joined just prior to the BNI annual conference, which was awesome.  I picked up a wealth of invaluable tips on networking and marketing and made even more useful business contacts!  And, I had lot of fun and won a fabulous prize too!

What a combination – making money and having fun!

You can’t beat it.

Check out the BNI website at www.bni.co.za or bni.com and if you have any queries, just shout.  I would be happy to fill you in.

Lengthy covering letters are also a no-no!  Why repeat everything that is already in the CV.  It just frustrates and bores a busy recruitment officer.

Lastly, a recent photograph is a very nice extra touch.  I think recruitment officers always relate better to a candidate if they know what he/she looks like.

Fancy borders make for a lengthy printing processes and should be avoided.

Need a professional CV written?  I can help you!  I charge a nominal fee and I can provide you with a CV that will guarantee results!