SMART WAYS TO GET A JOB IN AFRICA

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Nothing good comes easy they say, you don’t just sit around and expect to get lucky with a good job. Well, of course, luck they say is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. So the better you prepare, the luckier you get. Experience shows that landing a good job in African countries is just that bit harder than in western countries. The ratio of jobs to the population is on the low side. This is another point that shows a great need for preparedness to stand a better chance at landing a good job.

Though there are far fewer jobs in Africa than the people searching for jobs, some smart people still find themselves getting jobs or switching jobs without hassle. So the better you prepare, the luckier you get. Experience shows that landing a good job in African countries is just that bit harder than in western countries. The ratio of jobs to the population is on the low side. This is another point that shows a great need for preparedness to stand a better chance at landing a good job.

HOW TO LOOK FOR A JOB THE SMART WAY

Though there are far fewer jobs in Africa than the people searching for jobs, some smart people still find themselves getting jobs or switching jobs without hassles. Here are some tips that could help you stand out from the crowd and get that dream job.

  • GET YOUR RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE READY: Your CV is the first impression you create to your employer, so you don’t want to mess this up, remember first impressions matters a lot. Make sure your CV is up to date and carries detailed and important information about you, you would not want to bug the employer with unimportant or informal details. Proof-read it over and over to make sure it is devoid of any spelling and grammatical error; you would be surprised that something as simple as a typographical error would disqualify you from getting an invitation, and how do you get the job without an interview?
  • MAKE SOME NEW CONTACTS: You see, human beings are programmed to connect with each other. If you can build a better relationship with your fellow man, you’ll be on the right track so don’t be afraid to stop by the office at some point in advance of your interview to talk to people.
  • TAP INTO YOUR CONTACTS: Do you know anyone who works for the organization already? Do you know anyone who might know someone who works for that organization already? Try to get hold of people already in the organization and see whether or not they can put in a good word for you somewhere.
  • IMPROVE ON WORK-RELATED SKILLS: To each job are a number of skills attached. The more effective your skills are, the better your chances. If you already have them, see the need to get them developed, by attending seminars, getting involved in conferences, getting an extra degree or diploma as the case may be.
  • AVOID SUBMITTING THE SAME CV FOR EVERY JOB APPLICATION: This is a mistake commonly made by job applicants, not all the information on a particular CV is suitable for all jobs. Your CV should be edited to suit each job application. Skills needed for job A might be irrelevant for job B. so depending on the job opening, edit your CV just to suit it.
  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK ABOUT THE JOB: Doing your homework and making sure you have control over who’s allowed to view your resume and access your personal details. You don’t want to get calls for irrelevant jobs, and you don’t want your resume to be sent out by recruiters without your permission.