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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30 Comments on Tips on how to market yourself and look for a Job

  1. Its hard finding a job when the market is stagnant like how you describe it is in SA currently, but I love that you found your own way to approach this that worked for you. These are really great tips that would be just as relevent in the UK and other countries im sure! Lovely to have you join us again after a while 🙂 Great post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  2. Placing an ad looks quite a new idea to me for job seekers. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Would be useful at some point..

  3. Really helpful tips.I used my linked in profile bio to shoe my experience and shared that I am in search for a job.However,after few years staying at home,I always get offers with really low salary offers.It is similar to my salary as a beginner.So,I am still waiting for the right job… 🙂 Shaw Academy is really a nice place to follow a course.I completed Diploma in Digital Marketing…

  4. You remind me that I really need to work on my linked in profile. It’s just interesting that I have my career and now this blogging thing and wanting to reflect both things on there. It gets a bit difficult at times.

  5. LinkedIn I hear everywhere .Have to check it out , Its very important to put myself in the right place to be noticed.Useful tips.

  6. LinkediNn is one of my best social media platforms and I use it all the time to generate leads for my business. I agree with you that using it is a good way to market yourself and get a good job.

  7. I agree that Linkedin is extremely helpful. I know that it will place you in the market and that hopefully companies will notice your achievements.

  8. The good points shared!
    Definitely will be helpful for those looking forward to finding a job.

    LinkdIn has been the saver for many 🙂

  9. These are superb tips. I’m actually in the process of hunting for a job myself so this is right on time!

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