Dis­patch Ca­reers to em­power and guide job seek­ers

Daily Dispatch - - Opinion -

En­ter­ing the job mar­ket can be a daunt­ing and stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence – not just for stu­dents mak­ing the tran­si­tion from high school, univer­sity or col­lege, but also for those who have lost a job due to tough eco­nomic times or even a mother or fa­ther re­turn­ing to work after tak­ing some time out to raise chil­dren. The anx­i­ety is fur­ther com­pounded by the coun­try’s high un­em­ploy­ment rate. In the East­ern Cape, a lit­tle more than 45% of the prov­ince’s cit­i­zens are with­out a job.

De­spite the chal­lenges, many still ven­ture out each day in search of “piece jobs” or send out CVs and ap­pli­ca­tions with the hope of at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of a fu­ture em­ployer. The sit­u­a­tion may seem des­per­ate, but it is not en­tirely hope­less.

Daily Dis­patch read­ers, in a sur­vey com­pleted sev­eral months ago, re­quested that jobs and ca­reer ad­vice be pub­lished in the news­pa­per to help em­power those search­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties.

We lis­tened to their call and in­tro­duced two full pages of job ad­ver­tise­ments from the pri­vate sec­tor, gov­ern­ment and paras­tatals ev­ery Mon­day.

To­day, the Daily Dis­patch also launches its ca­reers page to sup­ple­ment the weekly job ad­ver­tise­ments (see page 10 for more in­for­ma­tion).

Ev­ery week, Dis­patch Ca­reers will fea­ture prac­ti­cal ca­reer and busi­ness ad­vice for those who are pre­par­ing to en­ter or re-en­ter the job mar­ket or en­trepreneurs who are look­ing to blaze their own trail.

Fea­tured ex­perts will pro­vide guid­ance on a num­ber of top­ics, in­clud­ing how to draw up a CV that will hold the at­ten­tion of an in­ter­viewer, how to con­duct your­self in a job in­ter­view, what it takes to buy into a fran­chise, and many more.

The Daily Dis­patch will also pro­file a grad­u­ate who has been strug­gling to find a job, with the aim of get­ting them no­ticed by prospec­tive em­ploy­ers.

Se­cur­ing a job is much more than just hav­ing the right cre­den­tials on paper. It is also about hav­ing the right at­ti­tude and de­ter­mi­na­tion, set­ting your­self apart from the dozens of other can­di­dates who may be vy­ing for the same po­si­tion as you and be­ing open to new pos­si­bil­i­ties as you may not end up in the job you stud­ied for.

With Dis­patch Ca­reers, we hope to pro­vide our read­ers with the nec­es­sary tools and knowl­edge to em­power them­selves.

Se­cur­ing a job is much more than just hav­ing the right cre­den­tials on paper. It is also about the right at­ti­tude

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