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Young jobseeker, please make an effort!

21 May 2014, 15:49
Contrary to the lies that are paddled around about the terrible monsters called employers, employers do care about their employees, and they depend on them for their own progress. What strains these relationships are the lies that jobseekers tell the employers.

“I am happy with my package, thank you very much for the job, looking forward to working with you and contributing towards the growth of the company…..” Lies, lies, lies! Yes, there is an exception; some jobseekers are genuine and go out of their way to ensure a positive contribution to the company.

The majority of jobseekers, specially the youth, those statements actually mean, “I can’t wait to be on your books so that I can start protesting and demand a better pay. Should you say no, we will meet at the CCMA.”

This tendency that only continues to grow is the reason why employers are sceptical about employing the youth. No, that’s all wrong. As an employer myself, I am sceptical of employing…. How do I say this without sounding….? Yeah, you know what I mean. Again, there are people out there that pull their weight.

Precedence has been set and only the youth can change that, and until such time, the relationship between an employer and an employee will always be that of cat and mouse. Marikana!

Back to the subject. Having to deal with applications in this country is a nightmare. The applicants simply don’t bother to make an effort. Some have gotten so good at being lazy that they have generated a standard response that they send in response to every advert, without even reading the content of the advert. We can see that just by reading your application!

How does an employer take a potential employee seriously when one can’t even take time to personalize an application? What impression are you giving to the employer?

Unfortunately I can’t relate to what the youth has been going through these days trying to get employment. I have always been proactive. My first real employer headhunted me when he saw the quality of work that I had done for him as a photographer and the way I handled the challenges that I faced while trying to deliver the products that he hired me to produce. 

You see, after filming his daughter’s wedding ceremony I had an array of problems and couldn’t meet the deadline. I invited him to come through and see what I was battling with. I constantly communicated with him everyday up until I delivered his product, way of schedule. It was that which impressed him. The way I proactively communicated with him and took him through the process, step by step. The quality of the product, thereafter, was more like the cherry on top!

Apparently that was all I needed as a CV. Thanks Mr Tsiloane for believing in me.

Jobseeker, make an effort when applying for a job. It starts with the response to an advertisement, not the interview. The application is the only opportunity that you have to make a great impression.

I received an application by a very experienced young man this morning. Well, that’s according to the CV anyway. It’s the content of the email that threw me off. It got me thinking that perhaps he hired someone to draw up that CV. I sent it to the bin.

And then there’s the SMS lingo. Seriously? You can’t even type the full word and you expect to be taken serious. What quality of work will you deliver as an employee? Or that isn’t your actual goal? Are you in it simply for the payday? So was I, but I always wanted my contribution to standout.

I know that in a single day you probably send tens of applications and you have somehow given up hope, but get this, employers receive hundreds if not thousands of applications that they have to deal with on a daily basis. I can guarantee you, if your application doesn’t have the correct subject line, spelling errors on your application letter or even the body of your email, or SMS lingo; your application will end up in the trash and there’s another opportunity of yours out the window.

If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time, you will definitely not get a chance to do it over.

Make an effort, not just on your application but at the workplace as well.

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your day and good luck!





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