Whether you’re graduating from university or jumping straight into a job search after high school
and a short course, the basic requirements for finding a job are much the same.
To be frank, finding the ideal job in the current economic climate is not going to be easy, and will
likely take a little time. However, if you’re prepared to put in a little more work than the next guy
and spend some time preparing for your job search, there’s no reason in the world why you can’t
Preparing for your job search
Sort out your CV
A well-written, honest, and comprehensive CV is an essential tool in your job search arsenal. There
are tons of online how-to articles, loads of free cv templates, videos, and other resources to help you
develop a good CV.
Talk to recruiters
Developing a relationship with a good recruiter is a great idea. However, you need to be aware that
they deal with hundreds of people in a week and unless you have a specific skill that they need right
now, there’s no point in calling them every day. Keep an eye on their website, sign up for their
newsletters, and be available for their calls.
There are many online job boards which are free to job seekers. Take some time to upload your
information into them – it can be tedious at times but once your info is up then you’re good to go. It
may also be an idea to look for niche job sites which cater to your specific skill set or industry.
First Interview suggests, “Without being creepy, networking is one of the key ways to find a job –
especially here in South Africa. You see, sometimes it’s easier to give your cousin’s friend a chance
because you know him, and he looks like a good lad. Rather that than spend the next 3 weeks going
through the recruitment process with a bunch of strangers.”
It may seem counter-intuitive to offer your services for free when all you want is your first paycheck, but volunteering with groups or in areas which allow you to learn something and meet other
people (networking) is a sound investment of your time. Giving of yourself is an excellent quality,
looks great on your CV, and helps others. What a win!
Entering the working world may seem daunting, but preparing for your job search is a wise use of
your limited time and will certainly bear fruit.