Category: Employment Matters

Online Skills Program ReadytoWork by ABSA

Wow, this is an amazing initiative by ABSA Bank. The aim of this online skills program ReadytoWork by ABSA is to get a person  ready for a workplace. By offering modules you can complete and earn a certificate on completion.

The best part is that it is free of charge and ABSA is trying to have their certificates to be SAQA recognized.

‍ReadytoWork by ABSA offers the following modules: Entrepreneurial Skills, Money Skills, People Skills and Work Skills.

Just choose a module that will benefit you more or can do them all.

Under each module there are resources loaded that be can downloaded such as:

Money Skills (Make Credit work for you), Work Skills (The art of good interview) People Skills (Developing effective communication skills) and Entrepreneurial Skills (Considering Self Employment).

Just to name a few, check out the ReadytoWork website for more amazing resources.

Learning some skills from such initiatives shows the prospective employee that you are proactive and upgrading your skills.

Thus making you an attractive candidate for the position. It is free to use it to your own advantage. I would advise everyone to looking through the site dont just take my word for it.

If you or your family member is between the age of 16 and 35 you can register for the ABSA free online skills program ReadytoWork.

They also offer a career guidance tool that will provide  the best career option suited to you.

What you do think about this initiative? Do you think by Absa trying to have their certificates recognized by the South African Qualifications Association makes it an amazing online skills program?

Tips on how to market yourself and look for a Job

It is sad to see how many people are looking for employment even to read that they have been searching for 3 years. I will be sharing my tips on how to market yourself and look for a job. Employment is stagnant in South Africa, so you need to be proactive because the traditional way of may not work try some untraditional way.

Looking for employment in South Africa can be a daunting task. I remember when I was searching it felt like a full-time job because I was up at 6am and looked at the new posts as a hawk. After failing to get a job the traditional way, I did it my way and instead of me calling for a job, the company called me.

Here is what I did:

  • Place an Ad– I placed adverts on jobsites showcasing myself, I stated what kind of a job I am looking for and cut and paste my experience.  Use sites such as Gumtree, Job Mail to name a few.


The only irritating part about this, if you are a woman there are man who will take your number and WhatsApp you asking if you interested in a job as a PA with benefits (by this they mean Sexual favours from you) Learn to ignore them. The correct company that is really looking someone with your skills will contact you. Post daily, don’t give up.


  • LinkedIn Profile – Create a professional profile on LinkedIn, it does not matter how much experience you have, just get yourself out there and put a nice professional profile pic. When you have, a new skill and add it and update your profile on a regular basis.


  • Learn a new skill – There are free online courses that you can do. Shaw Academy offers free courses occasionally. It will be a good add to your CV/Resume. It will show your potential employer that you are regularly intellectually developing yourself. Also, look for free skills workshops and seminars you can attend.


Do you have Tips on how to market yourself and look for a Job? Please share with us let us, empower each other.

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