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What do employers look for?

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

Physical appearance and presentation:

Are you neatly dressed? Speaking clearly and positively could improve your chances for employment.


Able to present ideas confidently. Confident people are perceived to be independent workers who are able to make good decisions


 Are you stable, cooperative and reliable? And what is your motivation? Your level of matrurity could influence the hiring managers decision.


Your education and training should relate to the job that you are applying for. You will be rated highly if your qualifications are suited for the job or if you are interested in continuing your studies while working.

Work history:

If you have worked before, in temporary jobs or others, it will help you in your application. Employers are interested in people who understand the world of work.

What do you have to offer?:

Don’t think that you do not have anything to offer an employer if you are just leaving school. Your ability to survive from one day to the next and your participation in a range of activities at home, school, church, and in the community leads to the development of skills and characteristics that employers will be interested in.




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