Job Search

Students are often faced with the daunting task of finding work after they have completed their studies/education.

How does one go about finding work?

Try as many of the following avenues:

1. Join a recruitment agency: Join as many reputable recruitment agencies as possible, in addition to trying to find a job yourself. Contact them regularly, while you are trying other avenues.

2. Newspapers: Jobs are most often advertised in newspapers. Find out which of your local newspapers contain job sections. Buy the newspaper on the day it is published and contact possible employers as soon as possible. Due to the scarcity of jobs, timing is very important. Try to contact the person telephonically to discuss the position, instead of just sending your Curriculum Vitae (CV). This might also ensure that your name is remembered amongst the many applications received.

3. Internet: Jobs are increasingly advertised on the internet. Your major search engines will contain links to career pages.

4. Approach companies: If there is a company you are interested in working for, you could try to approach the employer(s) directly about possible opportunities. You could also offer to work unpaid for a specific period of time in order to gain experience in the field of interest and to get your foot in the door.

5. Contact/Visit the Department of Labour: You will find these offices in major cities. They will be able to provide you with information on job vacancies and career information.

6. Networking: Keep your eyes and ears open at all times. Speak to friends, family, colleagues, and people in your community and tell them that you are looking for work, and specifically the type of position you are interested in. Make calls to the Human Resources (HR) Managers of companies and attend possible meetings. Waiting at the phone, is not going to get you a job. It takes courage to find a job, so try not to get despondent/demotivated too quickly, as active perseverance is what will get you the job eventually.

7. Curriculum Vitae (CV): Prepare a professional CV, which you can give to employers as the opportunities present themselves. It is advisable to have a number of hard copies available, as well as in electronic format, in order to be able to promptly email your CV to a prospective employer or recruitment agency. Your CV should always be accompanied by a specific application/covering letter.

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