How to find a job online in South Africa

2016-09-21 19:46

Here's how to find a job online in South Africa in a few steps.

How to find a job online in South Africa

With a huge amount of online positions available and more added each day, one would think that finding a job through digital means is a piece of cake. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It is not easy to explain to someone how to find a job online in South Africa, not because of a lack of skills in navigating the online arena, but particularly due to most people not actually being 100% sure what they are looking for. Thus, the place to start is to think clearly about what you really want.

1. Choose your career path or profession

One first has to define exactly what one is seeking in a job. It is similar to walking into a mall without knowing what you want to buy. You'll end up applying for jobs that you don't really want, only to either not make it through the interview process or succeed and start a job you don't really want.

Another good point to make here is that by sitting down and thinking clearly, you'll start to get closer to finding out what you want to do with your life and not just your career. Use the mindfulness of Alan Watts and ponder what you would like to do if money were no option.

2. Play to your strengths

While you may want to ride horses for a living, this goal may be a few steps away. Think carefully about what your top skills and most sought after abilities are - then sift through your chosen careers and find those that will allow you to stand out from the crowd of applicants.

An even more difficult topic is how to find a job online in South Africa if you have no qualifications, or if you are searching for a job that is rarely advertised online at all.

3. Use job aggregators

Ever since there were three job portals listing South African vacancies, job aggregator websites (like Adzuna.co.za) started to spring up. These are websites which collect all the jobs from all the job portal and display them on one website, came to the fore. They list every single job from every single job portal, company website, classifieds site and recruitment webpage that they can find. Those websites not listed are usually not worth searching on anyway.

Some job aggregators will even allow you to submit your CV for an assessment and show you stats on how much the average income is for any job title in any location.

4. Let the aggregator website do your work for you

By registering and setting up alerts, you can have the jobs come straight to your inbox without having to perform numerous searches many times a day just to find those jobs that seem relevant to you. Alerts can be tailored to the finest detail and only fire off once a new job is detected that matches every one of your requirements.

5. Make your CV fit for the robots

If you've ever had the feeling that your CV wasn't looked at by a human before you got a rejection email, you may be right. Nowadays, companies use software to cut out those candidates that do not have certain words and levels of education or experience in their CVs. Read on how you can better your résumé to pass the systems and get into the recruiter's inbox.

Following these five tips should give you a streamlined approach to finding a job on the Internet. The bottom line is that if you know what you want and automate your searches, you can save a lot of time and effort in your job search. Jobs will come to you and they will be the right jobs. The rest of the recruitment process is another challenge, but the search part of being hired will be a piece of cake.

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