HOW TO GET A JOB

TIPS TO HELP YOU SUC­CEED AT FIND­ING WORK

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS! You’ve com­pleted ma­tric. And good luck… be­cause now you need to find a job! Here are 10 im­por­tant tips that you should be think­ing about to help you with your jour­ney to­wards em­ploy­ment.

◆ Be con­fi­dent!

Con­fi­dent peo­ple stand out from the crowd. Here’s a lit­tle trick to help you even when you’re feel­ing ner­vous: stand up straight with your feet apart, your shoul­ders back and your fists on your hips. This is called the power pose. While you’re stand­ing like this, re­mind your­self of every fan­tas­tic thing about you. Be­lieve in your­self and your unique gifts. Now go and take the world by storm!

◆ Net­work, net­work, net­work

This is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do when look­ing for work. Ask EV­ERY­ONE you know if they know about any jobs you could ap­ply for, and ask them to in­tro­duce you to other peo­ple who might know about jobs. Stay con­fi­dent.

◆ Your job is to find your­self a job

Look­ing for work is a full time job un­til you find it. So you need to work on this every day as hard as you can. Read job ads on­line or in the news­pa­pers and ap­ply for the ones that look right for you. Keep talk­ing to ev­ery­one you meet about your job search. Do vol­un­tary work and keep your CV up­dated. Knock on busi­ness doors and hand out your CV. A wise em­ployer will be im­pressed by your at­ti­tude and your con­fi­dence.

◆ Get your CV and ref­er­ences in or­der

You need a writ­ten CV. If your Eng­lish is not very good, have some­one check your spelling and gram­mar. Your CV can be short and should in­clude:

Per­sonal de­tails (date of birth, con­tact de­tails).

Ed­u­ca­tion.

Any ac­tual work ex­pe­ri­ence you have, in­clud­ing hol­i­day jobs and vol­un­teer work.

Any no­table achieve­ments: awards, pass marks, sport­ing achieve­ments.

Any ex­pe­ri­ence that shows your char­ac­ter such as tak­ing care of oth­ers, roles within the church, your fam­ily or your com­mu­nity.

Ref­er­ences. Even if you’ve never worked, you can get ref­er­ences from teach­ers, church lead­ers, em­ploy­ers of your par­ents who know you, etc.

◆ Look where the jobs are

80% of en­try-level jobs are in the ser­vice and sales in­dus­tries like re­tail, res­tau­rants and ho­tels. Also look out for small busi­nesses that hire young, en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple who are will­ing to learn and grow with the busi­ness. Be pre­pared to start as a ju­nior at en­try level. We all have to go through this valu­able time to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and prove our­selves.

◆ Vol­un­teer

Vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to gain ex­pe­ri­ence. Of­fer to help out at your church, com­mu­nity cen­tre or sports club. Any kind of job counts as ex­pe­ri­ence and can be added to your CV. You could also of­fer to work for free at busi­nesses in your area but be very clear about your rea­sons for do­ing this: you want to gain ex­pe­ri­ence or you hope the busi­ness will hire you. Only do this while you’re learn­ing.

◆ Make sure you’re al­ways con­tactable

Use only one cell­phone num­ber when you’re look­ing for a job. Keep your phone on and fully charged and an­swer calls po­litely. If your num­ber does change, make sure you change it on your CV. You also need an email ad­dress to send out your CV. If you don’t have one, it’s easy to set up a free @gmail ac­count.

◆ Go Eng­lish

Gen­er­ally, Eng­lish is the lan­guage of choice for busi­nesses in much of the world and South Africa is no dif­fer­ent. The bet­ter your Eng­lish, the bet­ter your job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Watch Eng­lish TV, lis­ten to Eng­lish ra­dio sta­tions, read mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers and speak to friends and fam­ily in Eng­lish. Prac­tise every day.

◆ Be­ware of so­cial me­dia

Po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers will look you up on so­cial me­dia be­fore they in­ter­view or em­ploy you. Re­mem­ber this when you’re post­ing. The rule of so­cial me­dia is that if you don’t want peo­ple (es­pe­cially em­ploy­ers) to know some­thing about you, then don’t put it on so­cial me­dia. | Haram­bee Youth Em­ploy­ment Ac­cel­er­a­tor. www. haram­bee.mobi

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