"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work." – Steve Jobs
Entrepreneur | Business Owner | CEO | Mother
Passionate, articulate, meticulous, pioneer and a Business Leader with drive and zeal. I am the Principal Founder and CEO of Elite-CV, a career branding company and a first of its kind in South Africa. In the course of my career, I’ve held several roles that were fundamental in diversifying my experience. I advanced my career from a Bookkeeper of a small company to an award-winning Financial Operations Manager at a Global Organisation. My career started in Finance and my first job was in a small IT Equipment Company in Bloemfontein. I then moved to Johannesburg in 2005 and worked for Polo SA before settling at Internet Solutions a division of Dimension Data for a decade. Here is where I honed my leadership qualities and discovered my gift of innovating thinking.
I hold an MDP obtained from the Gordon Institute of Business Science as well as a Financial Management Qualification from the University of South Africa, and various certifications. I am a SaaS champion and a stern believer in out-of-the-box thinking to attain results and solidify an organisation’s success. A leader in building and successfully managing virtual teams, I believe that agility is a key ingredient in achieving growth and success in a business. My resourcefulness and ability to find creative ways to keep operational costs to a minimum has seen me transform organisations.
I believe you cannot manage what you cannot measure and that it is essential that decision-makers have access to accurate, real-time information and this birthed my love for creating dashboards. I am systematic and technological therefore starting an online business was an organic move for me.
I am a wife and mother of two, and I enjoy family time above social engagements. My favourite pastime is photography, I enjoy documenting moments in the form of photographs. I love snorkelling and travelling, enjoying new experiences with my loved ones is something I enjoy immensely.
“Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.” – Will Smith
- Data Driven
“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin
Digital Employment Solutions
Facilitating the placement of skilled labour in organizations in need of their services through various channels. Leveraging AI and web-based technology to streamline the process of attracting, acquiring, assessing, selecting, and recruiting the best available talent. Alleviating current day recruitment pain-points through innovative and practical solutions. Range of employment solutions includes providing small to medium business with the necessary skills, activities, tools, technologies and process methodologies necessary for efficient talent engagement and acquisition.
Working with a team of professional writers and designers to provide clients with quality documents and online profiles that will help them achieve their career objectives. Aid in transforming the way professionals and executives promote themselves in the marketplace by elevating their career brand to be fit to play in the global market. Help Executive and Professionals match their career brand to their astonishing capabilities so they never miss an opportunity suitable to them.
Sourcing and engaging top talent to provide employers with a skilled labour force. Supporting organisation’s strategies in sourcing scarce skills, specialists, leaders and executives. Focusing on long-term human resources planning and finding appropriate candidates for positions that require a very specific skillset.
Accelerating career transition for displaced employees as well as professionals looking to transition into alternative sectors or make 360 career changes. Career Management services also include employment transition, résumé writing skills, interview skills and preparation, job search strategies, career coaching and guidance.
"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose." - Hada Bejar
Dr Akintoye Akindele
" Lerato is enthusiastic, driven and dedicated to her work. I’m excited about the work she is doing in the HR-Tech space and I support her vision. It is great to see the rise of young black female business leaders in this sector. "
Dr Audrey Verhaeghe
" Lerato is a professional Career Support entrepreneur that I hold in high esteem. She has supported me to develop an top rated Linked-in profile that built my following and connections. Her service was swift, professional and effective. I will recommend the use of their services to anyone that wants to improve his/her next professional move. "
" Having engaged with Lerato on both a personal and professional level, I have found her to have an outstanding business acumen and undoubtedly a high determination to succeed. Her work ethic coupled with her determination and passion has resulted in a number of delighted customers. "
" Lerato and I have been friends for over 15 years, I’ve watched her transition from a top achiever as an employee, to founding her own organisation from the ground up. As a Founder and Business Leader myself, Lerato has played a huge role in my key decisions in making sure we all as women we grow and succeed together. I also understand the challenges that come with growing a company while raising a family and love seeing her tactfully tackle obstacles and still celebrate all of life’s little victories. "
" I would recommend Elite CV and staff for any hiring requirements you might have, they are efficient, very responsive, accommodating, and supportive in every possible way and helped us finding suitable candidates in a short period of time for our organization to grow in very competitive environment. We are truly greatful ! "Elite-CV Customer
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius
Chief Executive Officer2019 - Current
Elite Career SolutionsCompany Summary:
Elite Career Solutions is an HR-Tech company and that specialises in career management and recruitment solutions. The company was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, but provide services globally. We serve multiple industries by providing a variety of services which bridge the gap between employer and employee.Role Summary:
Develop business strategies aligned with short-term and long-term Group objectives. Lead and motivate teams to advance employee engagement and develop a high performing managerial team. Oversee operations and business activities to ensure they are consistent with the overall strategy and mission. Build and maintain trust relations with key partners and stakeholders. Maintain a thorough understanding of global labour markets. Direct the organization’s internal and external talent acquisition strategy and create talent pipelines for future executive and leadership hiring needs.
Chief Operations Manager2016 - 2019
Elite-CV is a leading career branding and professional CV services company servicing the international market. Our team of expert writers, designers, and LinkedIn specialists provide Executives, Business Owners, and Professionals with an impressive professional image that sets them above their peers and distinguishes them as leaders in their own right. We gear our customers up for success by taking care of their digital image.
Developing high quality business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives. Leading and motivating subordinates to advance employee engagement and develop a high performing team. Overseeing all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission. Review financial and non-financial reports to devise solutions or improvements. Analyse problematic situations and occurrences and provide solutions to ensure company survival and growth. Maintain a deep knowledge of market trends and industry developments.
Financial Operations Manager2014 - 2016
Internet Solutions a Division of Dimension DataCompany Summary:
Internet Solutions is an Internet services provider for public and private sector organisations. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT.Role Summary:
Managed revenue and related third party costs per product. Identified viable projects and defined the scope. Managed project resources and stakeholder engagement. Ensured that all projects were in line with the company’s strategic objectives. Directed projects relating to Revenue Recovery, Resource Recovery, and Vendor Cost Management. Reduced Revenue leakage. Product Migration. Maintained a co-operative, motivated and successful team.
My areas of responsibility included:
Revenue Leakage Audits; Revenue Recovery; Resource Recovery; Project Planning and Control; Manage Key Talent; Business Intelligence
Financial Controller – Communications BU2010 – 2014
Internet Solutions a Division of Dimension Data
Role Summary: The overall objective of this role was to ensure that the relevant financials are recorded, and reported on accurately, repeatedly and consistently in line with internal and external processes and systems. Manage the Applications Solutions Income Statement; ensure that this business is financially and process efficient, billing clients as we should and managing costs accordingly. The role also included an element of budget tracking ensuring the data above is in line with the relevant forecasts and anomalies relating thereto are addressed and corrected or communicated.
The role was mostly focused around operational efficiencies and good business practice.
2007 – 2010
INTERNET SOLUTIONS A DIVISION OF DIMENSION DATA
2006 – 2007
2005 – 200
CARTER HARRIS A DIVISION POLO DISTRIBUTION
2004 – 2005
2002 – 2004
DEO-ETNET PRESENTATION SOLUTIONS
University of South AfricaMajors
- Introduction to Industrial and Organisational Psychology
- Psychology in the Workplace
- Group behaviour)
- Organisational behaviour
MDP2015 - 2016
Gordon Institute of Business ScienceMajors:
- Personal Mastery & Values Based Leadership
- Macro Environment of Business
- Client Centricity & Relationship Management
- Managing Differences and Conflict in High Performing Teams
- Understanding the Principles & Levers of Financial Performance
- Change Management & Resilience
2014 | UNISA
2011 | HARVARD MENTOR
2001 | BREBNER HIGH SCHOOL
Achievements & Awards
“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.” - Luc de Clapiers
2018 – 2019
Elite CV got invited to provide regular Career Advice on various radio shows including Lotus FM, SA FM, East Coast Radio, and Radio pulpit and many other local and national radio stations.
A newsletter database of more than 80 000 subscribers in just 2-years.
Launched Globally within 2 years of successful local operations.
2017 – 2019
Achieved a 558% sales growth between FY2017 one and FY2018. And a 480% growth between Q1 2018 and Q2 2019.
2017 – 2019
Served Executives and Professionals in Africa, Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia & Pacific.
2017 – 2019
Grew a strong and respected company brand with zero funding.
Launched a 100% online business and made sales from the day of launch.
Won the Dimension Data CEO live our Values Award for Professional Excellence.
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