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Bheki Dlamini
 
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The youth just won’t read!

16 May 2014, 09:58
I had an advert for our accelerated Programming Skills Development Bootcamps posted this week and, to my surprise, we received an astonishing number of applications for jobs.

The advert clearly stated that it is for a training programme and the applicant had to submit a letter detailing why he/she (he) should be accepted into the programme. It’s a costly programme aimed at producing industry experts, hence the strict requirements.

I always loved reading. I fell in love with books from an early age and having had to handle legal matters for my last employer, I have come to deeply appreciate the value of something as simple as reading and paying attention to the contents of any correspondence.

My love for books may have originated from my love for the English language, or could it have been my timid nature? I found comfort, peace and joy when buried in a book. It therefore disappoints me when the youth ignores one of the most empowering activities in this modern age.

Now getting back to my initial point… 

I was disappointed by the lack of interest displayed by those that simply sent a CV with no supporting letter as required, no subject line and no text on the body of the email. And when I looked at the CVs I noticed that the majority of these applicants were under the age of 25.

Could this be a lack of motivation? Ignorance? 

Let’s forget for a moment that the advert had nothing to do with a vacancy and say that I was employing.How can I employ someone that doesn’t even take a moment to understand the requirements of the job?What value would such an employee add to my company?

I understand that it’s strenuous to send out applications on a daily basis hoping for a positive response only to have one’s application ignored because the employer is probably inundated, but that doesn’t mean one should stop trying.

First impressions count and missing a requirement on an advert that may just change your life is anything but impressive. Let alone applying for something other what's advertised. 

We talk about entrepreneurs creating jobs to reduce unemployment and grow the country’s economy. The question is, who is going to work for these entrepreneurs when people can’t even ready a 50-word ad?

If this culture doesn't change anytime soon, the scenes in Marikana will become the norm! When the youth just wants to be appointed to a lucrative position without making an effort.

But then again, who is the role model of these youngsters? 

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