Job Search tips for soon to be graduates  

2015-11-05 10:19

Now that the #FeesMustFall protests have petered off and people are back to the books preparing or already writing exams, the next chapter for a number of final year students is searching for a job. Though some might think it's already late to be doing this now, I figured I should still share some of these pointers which I recently shared with an acquaintance.

The tips below are not something totally new and you might have heard them being spoken about in one way or the other. Their simplicity is what makes them useful.

1) Be clear on what you want exactly as this will make it easier for you to streamline your search process i.e. it is not enough to say you are looking for a Marketing job without being specific about what type of marketing, B2B, B2C, Online etc.

2) If you don't have a LinkedIn profile, it will be beneficial to come up with detailed one as this serves as a good platform to give a more detailed resume.

3) It helps to create a profile on platforms such as, , etc. On LinkedIn also search for recruiters/ HR personnel and send requests to connect as this is another good way for landing jobs.

4) Although jobs do get advertised on these sites and other platforms, the best way to get your foot into the industry is to network with others in that industry i.e. look out for expos, conferences etc and try get involved.

5) You can also utilise the 'volunteer' route i.e. you could find somewhere where you either ask to work for free or for a small stipend so you can gain some experience plus a foot in the door.

6) Streamline your CV and try bring it down to 2 pages. Some pointers on how to ensure this;

- Don’t include a cover page,

- condense the address into the header

- remove symbols/grades.

- For your references it will be useful to have at least 1 Academic and 1 Professional

7) For foreign nationals; if you don't have a work permit, try sort this out first as it will put you in a better standing when doing applications. You could explore either the Critical Skills Permit or Quota Permit apart from the General Work Permit.

All the best with your job search process. Make sure you keep track of the companies/organisations you interface with and the people you network with. To those writing their exams may God bless and keep you during this time.

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