Can you believe that we are already 11 weeks into 2018! Does this scare or excite you? The New Year is always a time of new beginning and a time for a change. Are you looking for a new job or considering a career change? Did you know that January to March is the busiest job searching months of the year? Think of the New Year as a time to begin a fresh start and take advantage of that energy.

Before you change jobs you need to know what it is that you are looking for. In most cases, people just need a change and they are happy to change jobs to do the exact same thing over and over again. Some people are looking for career growth and most people are looking for personal development. No matter your reasons for starting a job search, there are some things that you should think about before you start applying for those jobs.

Are there future opportunities at your current company that you might give up if you leave? Even if you are not completely satisfied with your current role it could be worth staying, for now, just to make sure you have every opportunity for success in the future.

What are you really looking for in a new job? Everyone has different priorities when it comes to his professional life. Are you looking for an employer who shares your values? Or are you looking for a position that meets your financial goals? Figure out what you don’t love about your current job and what you want to be different about your next position.

If you have identified that you are not up for that promotion and you have identified the reason you are looking for the next job be sure to do your research to ensure that you are aligned to the future employer’s values and culture. Once successful in that role there are a few things to consider before accepting a job offer:

  • The company culture – is it aligned with your personality and my advice will be to do a bit of research and use LinkedIn to get hold of previous employees and see what they say.
  • Where will this role and company take you? – get information on the staff turnover, promotions with current staff and the whole organogram. This will give you an idea what future growth opportunities there might be.
  • Company policies and procedures – before you make a decision it is within your rights as a prospective employee to ask about the policies and procedures. This will help you see if you are aligned with their policies and how they conduct business.
  • Location – consider the stress levels of traffic and the flexibility of the prospective employer.
  • Benefits – some organizations have great benefits for their employees and some don’t. it is not to say that if there are no benefits the company is less likely to look after their employees. Some companies are of the opinion that they will rather give you a higher cash portion and you can use it as you please.

If a new job in on your 2018 to do list, I hope that some of the above pointers will help before making a decision that will change your life as changing jobs is a life-changing event!

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  1. nico tsotetsi

    I was arrest on 2012 the case was taken to court and thrown out in court it was a fraut case and i want to apply for clearance for my name and also a police clearance cose I’ve been applied for saveral job then they reject me please help me my ID no is 7905175404089

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

  2. Roshuma masindi

    my name its Roshuma masindi I want to check that I have a criminal record coz the case I have its withdrawal in 2016

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • hi i am based in boksburg, and i need help to have my name cleared , i had a clearance certificate, but it hasnt helped as i am still not able to get a job.

        • Vanessa Raath

          Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  3. i was arrested for murder in 2003 i was charged manslaughter
    then i was sentence 3years in 2004
    does my criminal record still stand what must i do
    to clear it.i cant find work they say i still
    have a criminal record.

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

      • I was arrested for taking money frm my my trasport company n been arrested n been 3year for 300days outside. So pls help me cs i dnt find better job via tht record.pls help me id 7104225318081.

        • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  4. MOHAMED FIROZE

    Good day

    In 2012 i had a court case for fraud. I paid a fine. I am not sure if i have a criminal record. How do i find out? Can you help?

  5. hello, i was charged for theft but the case was withdrawn in court, i went to do fingerprints at the SAPS and the certificate came back saying i have a criminal record Theft(accused), im based in nelspruit

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  6. Hello I am now 53 years old however I had a criminal record when I was 20 years old

    How do I find out if that is still on record please

    Thanks

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  7. Thabo Gilbert Dlamini

    hi guys my name is Thabo Gilbert Dlamini i was arrested in 2014 for smoking a join police took my fingerprints so i want to know if i’ve got a criminal record

    • Vanessa Raath

      Please go to your local police station and ask them to run a criminal check against your ID number. All the best

  8. Vanessa Raath

    Hello – I am not sure. Go to your local police station and ask them to run a criminal check on you. All the best

  9. Vanessa Raath

    Hello – it will always be there unless you apply to have it expunged which you can do after 10 years have pasted.

  10. Hi , I have been told I have a case that was opened against me for assault. How do I check whether the person is lying or it really is in effect. I haven’t asalted anyone , I’m being falsely accused

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  11. meshack ntuthuzelo ntentema

    Hi i was arrested for common assault and intimidation, but unfortunately summons were issued and i was able to go home and Waite for court date. after everything the case was withdrawn by plaintiff in court, do i have a criminal record perhaps?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  12. Hi… I was locked at the holding cells for 48hrs and charged for theft but the matter didnt go to court.. Do i have a criminal record? Please

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  13. My brother works in Vietnam. Ever year they want a criminal record check. Odd cause last year and year before they confirmed no criminal record. Does he truly need to come home for this to be done again as he has not been home since the last one. Working abroad to pay off student loans – flying home for this is expensive but a requirement from country where he works annually.

  14. Surprise Mlotshwa

    Hi, i was also arrested in 2015 septembèr 17 for shoplifting and i was convicted and sentenced to 3 month imprisonment with an option of paying a fine of R1000. I was told by the police officer to come back for clearance but he was not sure but he assumed maybe after 3 years, is the right time for me to go and do clearance? Thanks

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  15. Hi guys I have been arrested in 2001 my cas was struck off Roll but still my finger print says I have criminal record although I did name clearance.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  16. I have been arrested but my cas was in Struck off Roll but when I do finger prints it says I have criminal records although I did name clearance .

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  17. Hellow how long to clear finger print i was found guilt 2013 of fraud was not arrested …..i want to apply for gov job is it possible to get a job?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  18. Hello i was arrested for domestic violence lastyear,my fingerprints were taken but i was released the nextday my case never made it to court does it mean i have a criminal record?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  19. Portia Nonzuzo zulu

    Hello my brother was arrested last year the police found him smoking dagga and he spent a night a the police station does it means he have a criminal record.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  20. Hi I am Englishman but lived in South Africa from the age of 16 to age about 60. I have returned to UK about 3; years ago. I am thinking of returning to SA but would like to know if I have any pending convictions against me please.
    Thank You

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  21. I made fraud of child support grant in 2006 , i plead guilty and they gave me suspension of five years not commiting crime.so is my name stil in criminal record?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed. We are based in Fourways in JHB

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  22. Hi,I was charged for armed robbery in 2015 but the charges where withdrawn earlier this year 20 Jan 2017 but the case still appears as an awaiting trialThe investigating officer always tells me that docket is at court for a final decision,what do I do?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

  23. hi I my state lawyer said that I must plead guilty bcz the case will take long so I didn’t know what to do bcz i never been in court before as a posission of dagga in the yard that I was renting to now I have criminal record this happens in 2012

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

  24. Hi I waz arrested on shoplifting on 2012 and they did took my finger print and the case was withdraw does this mean I have a criminal record

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

  25. Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

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