Some people are struggling to find the job they want. The major reason for this reality is that only 12% of jobs are advertised, and the majority of these adverts require work experience. If you are so fortunate to get an interview, this may be an intimidating experience. This makes it very difficult for students or other job seekers with no experience to gain employment. One of the primary barriers to employment in South Africa is the high number of unemployed applicants. Also first time job candidates must be mindful that employers will have some element of doubt as they have limited ways of understanding your potential in performing your basic work skills, team integration, and your ability to learn and develop yourself. The interview is an important step to be recognised and display the attractive attributes as a job seeker. But what can job candidates do in order to obtain employment? Here are some guidelines:
The above guidelines will put you on a path towards employment and becoming employable. However, it may not be easy for you in the beginning. Searching for a job is not an event, it is an active journey of positioning and promoting yourself in the job market. Even if you get an opportunity in another department that was not your first choice, e.g. administration or supply chain, take it. Start somewhere, and then move into your preferred career choice when people start to recognise your knowledge, skills and value. The most important factor will be your networking skills. Be visible, be professional, ethical and be relevant. Sitting back and waiting for opportunities will not open any doors for you. The SABPP values can be used to assist job seekers in preparing for their future interviews by:
Go out and create opportunities and let us know when you are employed. Best wishes with your preparation to enter the job market.