Five top tips for the youth of SA on how to enter the job market

2019-06-26 06:01
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IN celebration of Youth Month, Nicolette Henderson, office manager at specialist recruitment agency Pro Talent, shares five top tips for the youth of SA on how to successfully enter the job market.

1. Don’t be fussy when it comes to your first job. Everyone has to start somewhere and often call centres, although not your dream job, are the perfect place to start a career as they teach you discipline and a good work ethic. I have always had respect for candidates who have been at a call centre for longer than a year — most don’t last three months.

2. Stick it out. Leaving a job at the first sign of struggle can be detrimental to your potential next job. It’s tough at first, but learning to deal with difficult people and situations is a crucial life lesson that will take you further than most people.

3. Teach yourself something new. There are many free online courses or tutorials in various subjects. This will show companies that you are serious about self-development and that you are willing to go the extra mile.

4. Be the best person you can be at all times. Companies are moving towards hiring for personality and culture fit as the skills can be taught on the job. Even if you are in a dead-end job, always do your best because you never know who is watching.

5. If you are unable to find work anywhere, try volunteering at a company close to home. Companies will always accept free labour and if you impress them enough they may hire you. The experience you gain from the company will also be invaluable and help to build your CV. The company may also give you a good reference and in recruitment a good reference from a company you have worked at is as good as gold!

“With millions of unemployed people out there you need to stand out from the rest. Wake up every morning with intention and always present your best side. Remember that you are one referral away from getting a job,” concludes Henderson. — Supplied.


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