It’s not uncommon to feel remorseful after a while in the same job or industry. After three or more years of working in a particular field you might be uncertain as to whether you chose the right path, perhaps feeling that you wasted a great deal of time studying a field you do not want to pursue. After all, most people decide the subject that they wish to study right after graduating high school.

Top private education experts have found a good way to improve the employment prospects of new graduates by focusing specifically on what employers want, over and above the skills and knowledge that come directly from the curriculum.

Despite the bad news surrounding us on a daily basis, Lulaway has access to on average 400 entry-level and semi-skilled jobs on a monthly basis across a variety of industries. The barrier to entry as experienced by Lulaway, is that only 10% of applicants successfully pass the relevant screening tests or custom tailored employer examinations which means that 4000 people are required to apply for, and fill the positions every month.

The job market has always been an evolving and changing market, however these days the change is rapid. Today’s jobs landscape is all about entrepreneurship, self-employment and ingenuity in a world where the old-fashioned job for life is in decline.

Current jobseekers are faced with some tough times ahead, according to the November 2012 CareerJunction Index. Employment is waning in South Africa, with some industries taking a harder knock than others. The study revealed that the pool of South African job seekers had grown by more than 15% at the time of the study, but there was a mere 2% increase in available jobs. According to estimates, only four out of every ten job-seeking matriculants will find employment in 2013.

Over the last few decades the workplace has undergone both subtle and radical changes. From technological advances to cultural diversity and the advent of Generation Y, the career landscape has changed significantly over the years. This is why it is so important to be able to stay relevant in the modern workforce, not only by understanding how things have changed and why, but also by adapting your own professional skill set to these changes.

Job seekers and working professionals are faced with an ever-increasing change of pace in the work space, compounded by the notion of continual change as technological advancements and online innovation continue to shape the current job market. Industries have evolved and are giving way to career paths that didn’t exist just two decades ago.

Do you know what employers look for when deciding to hire you? Below are some of the areas that inform employers' decisions when hiring someone.

YoungPeople@Work (Reg nr: NPC - 2012/210099/08) is a new generation organisation for young people by young people whose vision is about young people engaged in productive work to enhance economic, social, cultural and spiritual development. From 25 - 26 January 2013 YoungPeople@Work will be hosting a Basic Office Admin & Bookkeeping Course, free of charged to the unemployed, at the Bishop Lavis Library in Cape Town.

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