I started out in the corporate world as secretary, personal assistant and office administrator but my restless, artistic and curiosity driven nature kept forcing me along to explore new avenues of self-improvement and growth in the fields of my interest.
So I became one of those self-taught, self-maders, taking various courses and applying these newly learned skills at different times in my life which included fashion design, architectural design and draughting, landscaping and interior decorating, and, for the last 15 or so years, web design and development.
I am a well disciplined self-starter who thrive on the stimulation of varied tasks, which is one of the reasons why I enjoy web building so much, with its combination of mind-bending technicalities like coding and de-bugging, fluid and uncluttered lay-out, sensible content presentation and the creativity of the artwork involved.
I designed and wrote the copy (all of it true!) for the presentation you see displayed under ' Webart Demo's' of WebWorx for my commercial site PCGrafix, so since I am PCGrafix, the features mentioned apply very much to myself.
For the most part, I am letting this entire site speak for itself in this regard. However, the downloadable (clinical) versions of my CV, do contain such list.
Suffice to say, although my entrepeneurial spirit guided me to leave the corporate world, I am au fait with general office environments and procedures. My adaptable nature and fast learning abilities, would absolutely ensure that I can be brought up to speed with contemporary practices, in no time at all.
Although not tracked and proven in a corporate / substantial business environment, I had opportunity to acquire & hone the following skills during the times when I had my own fashion boutique and landscaping businesses:-
I realise that any organization regards its own advancement in the market as paramount. When appointing personnel, they make important investments; it is natural that their main consideration would and should be, how such personnel could contribute to the Company�s overall goal. They would therefore need to scrutinise any and all applicants with meticulous precision and unbiased objectivity, so as to ensure that their investments are warranted. I am confident that the sum of my experience and abilities, together with the sensible application thereof, constitute the nucleus of my merit to prospective employers, in the advancement of their own interests. In expectation of such scrutiny, I am able to imagine myself sitting opposite a prospective employer in a live interview, assuming that the following questions may arise:
The versatility of my practical skills have already been clearly listed and demonstrated elsewhere on this site; but my range of meta-physical abilities are equally versatile, not to mention distinctly advantageous, in any workplace: I am highly responsible, self-motivating and obsessively thorough in carrying out my tasks. I give more than what I have been assigned; my helpful nature can be relied upon to lend assistance where and when required. I am also keenly alert and observant; able to quickly grasp underlying currents of a situation, which could spur me into decisive and pro-active engagement, if need be. My innate lack of malice and objective, empathetic concern for the wellbeing of all, ensure that I treat everyone with thoughtfulness and care, albeit delivered in the style of "no-nonsense, unsentimental tough-love".
I am often told that I am my own worst enemy. And when I direct my gaze inward with clinical objectivity, I'd have to agree: I am relentlessly self-critical; self-driven - with a whip, no less - ;), to meet lofty and professional standards, whether of my own making or demanded by clients, superiors, mentors or tutors, and such. Apart from unkindness to myself at times, I'd have to say that being thus ambitious, could altogether not be construed as such a bad thing.
Whew, that's difficult, because I like work, and I like being useful in any field that could utilise my talents and abilities. Off the bat though, I'd have to say, web-development, since that is my current comfort zone. For the most part, I'd say variety is my norm and challenge for ongoing mental stimulation. Any job where routine can become monotonous, is anathema to me. For instance, I like doing research, analysis and report writing, but if my job is such that this is all I ever get to do, I would quickly stagnate into demotivated boredom. Jobs that offer people involvement at a responsible level, eg. managerial, coach/mentor/tutor, together with administration as well as organizing duties, eg. that of a project manager, events organizer or client liaison, are perhaps best suited to my interests and abilities. Should I get to coach or teach people in some form of motivational capacity, I would enjoy that also, since I have by now accumulated a lot of Life Skills, psychological and spiritual insights (nothing to do with any religions,) which I could convey to younger ones so that they'll be prepared to meet Life's challenges with minds that are wide open.
I realize that at this point of my life, resettling in an office environment would be one the hardest challenges I'd have to face; but I'm nothing if not adaptable and self-knowingly realistic: I am a woman; I am a single woman, relying only on myself for my upkeep; I am a middle-aged single woman. So, my need and desire now for stability, can be answered in the following 3 parts:
I realise I'm one more hungry little fish in an ocean of many. And I'm not looking for favours, but opportunity/ies of barter: my meritorious appointment in exchange for consistent financial security. I don't want to take the place of any other candidate, especially the young - they have to start somewhere - I wish to be added to them, so I can help to facilitate their growth of knowledge and skills, as I go about my normal duties.
Does my age bother you? Really? But I'm only 50(ish) - plenty more to go. Let me tell you the advantages I bring to your table, at my age:
Should political agenda�s of any government hinder the economical growth within its own borders? I wholeheartedly endorse equality, but include me in these equal measures then. I am confidently hopeful that I could procure employment based solely on economic merit to an organization, which I would contribute towards.
I could find my desk in the middle of a machine-shop floor, surrounded by oil splotches and greasy engine parts, (in which case I'd immediately tidy up and re-organise into well-presented and practical methodologies). Or my desk may be at the topfloor of a highrise which afford breathtaking horizonal vistas. Whichever the case, it is the ambience of a place I take note of: what vibes do the people give off? Are they friendly, helpful - are they teamspirited and charitable, co-working in harmonious equilibrium towards achieving goals? If yes, I'm in; wholeheartedly!
"Live and let live" - that has been my credo from a very young age. Prejudice of any kind, deviousness and dishonesty, self-interest, manipulative control-freaks, ego-maniacs with a god-complex, people with ego's so sensitive, they take offence at the drop of a hat, competitive jealousies, unjustifiable belligerence and mistrust, are all things (and more), which I find close to intolerable. But I also realise that a lot of these conditions have psychological roots of mal-adjustment, or could be put down plainly to as yet, unlearned life skills or lack of transcendence. However, if such behaviour consistently persist, I'd classify that as evil. E.V.I.L. is L.I.V.E. backwards - literally. Both in spelling and in meaning. I TURN MY BACK ON EVIL - I TRANSCEND.
Regardless of gender, I am better managed by a superior who supervises rather than rules, who directs rather than commands, who governs subordinates by guidance, rather than control. A good boss should be entirely non-prejudicial, practise no favouritism, work closely with staff, be mindful of their needs, and observant of their performance, growth and potential. A good boss is patient and compassionate with people. A good boss knows how to keep balance between interests of staff and interests of the Company. A good boss can put own ego aside, benefiting the Company by open-mindedly receiving input or suggestions of improvements from staff members, regardless of who they are or what they do. A good boss will give credit where its due. A good boss abuses neither people, nor power.
Did I leave anything out? Then please do not hesitate to contact me via the the form found on this page.
I am eager to consider offers of permanent employment in Durban and surrounds, including Umhlanga, or Johannesburg and surrounds.
Should I accept employment in Johannesburg / surrounds, I would require a grace period of between 8 and 12 weeks before commencing duties.
When extending remuneration offers to candidates of employment, it is only fair and reasonable that the prospective Employer should duly consider terms of the criteria relevant and in pursuance of a comfortable and worry-free lifestyle. These criteria include, but may not be limited to:
It is along these criteria on which I determine my monthly income. My needs (and tastes) are modest and thoroughly lacking in any extravagance.
I require a non-negotiable minimum net monthly income of R18500.
I shall research and duly consider submitted offers, fully detailed and based on all criteria as outlined above.
Should I accept employment in a location that does not require my relocation, i.e along the regions of the Natal South Coast, then I would be able to assume duties at the earliest date required.
Should I need to relocate to Johannesburg, the date of my commencement of duties would depend on the logistical requirements of relocation, expected to be between 8 and 12 weeks.
Uptake of my duties in a country outside of South Africa, would depend entirely on the logistics of emigrating, sourcing suitable accommodation and settling � I would presume that a period of at least 9 months would be required, given that Employer Sponsorship and initiatives ensure my smooth transition.
Seeing as I have been self-employed for a long time now, I lack a list of contactable references with regard to my past formal employment. However, I am well able to provide upon request, testimonials of people who had been clients of my services as Landscaper and/or Webmaster.
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