How To Look For A Job

Sunday, 2 May, 2021 - 10:11
Lauren Chawula

If you are looking to enter the world of work, but you're unsure of how to do so then keep reading to find out what you'll need to do. 

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When looking for a job it is important to consider what the job or specific industry is looking for in an employee.

Youth Capital spoke to Job experts about the best practices for job-seeking and they highlighted things like job experience and the importance of a CV when looking for a job. 

Most jobs require applicants to have 2 to 3 years of work experience, but what do you do if you've just left school and have no work experience yet?

Well experience can entail many things besides what is specified in the job advert. If you look at the minimum qualifications, skills/competencies and knowledge desired by the job advert you could try and match that with any experiences you have had in your life. 

If you took part in any extra-mural activities at school, clubs and societies outside of school or any volunteering/projects then that contributes to the skills which you can include in your Curriculum Vitae(CV) which is needed when applying for a job. 

If you have been in any leadership position while partaking in these activities then it is important to highlight this as well. 

Job shadowing also helps you to gain experience, you could job shadow your friends or family and include the skills that you've learnt from this as experience. 

If you're currently at school or university then it is important that you look for a summer or part-time job as this also counts towards job experience on your CV.

Part-time work could include tutoring or volunteering your free time at an organisation. This type of work teaches you skills such as time management and professionalism which is needed in any career, and can be included on both your job application and your CV. 

Your CV is the key to applying for jobs as it markets you and your skills to potential employers. It is important that you set it up properly and include all the relevant information so that potential employers can see that you're fit to work at their business. 

A CV must be kept brief, include relevant information and be free of errors. 

A CV must include:

  • Contact details 
  • A personal profile/executive summary
  • Educational information relevant to the job vacancy
  • A work history and skill section 
  • Achievements relevant to the job vacancy
  • A reference (could be a previous employer, teacher, leader but you must ask for permission before doing so)

If you haven't received a prompt response on your job application it is important to consider the fact that job recruiters do have to go through hundreds of applications and may not respond to all applicants. 

Youth Capital suggests that you wait until 1 week after the job ad deadline to follow up with the recruiters, but usually when you've got the job you'll be notified. 

If you go to an interview, at the end of it you could ask when, how and who to follow up with on the status of your application. 

When requesting feedback you could also seek guidance on what you should work on for future applications. It is important to note your tone when requesting feedback and that you may not hear back from the recruiters. 

While we live in the age where technology and media exposes us to people all around the world it is important to leverage this when looking to build networks for the world of work. 

Building networks might seem daunting to some but it is a key way to find people to mentor you in finding a career or even finding a job. You could ask friends and family if they know of anyone working in your chosen career field who could advise you on how to go about preparing for interviews and curating your CV so that you can land that dream job!

Social media such as LinkedIn is crucial when starting your career as recruiters might even recruit you for a job online and many artificial intelligence programmes are now programmed to recruit people via social media. 

While looking for a job make sure that your personal social media is aligned with your personal brand and doesn't tarnish your chances of landing a job. 

 

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