With the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic still having detrimental effects on the South African job market, there are thousands (if not millions) of people currently looking to land a job this summer. To help as many hopeful job seekers as possible, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make the most of your job-hunting efforts!
Tips to help you land a job
Stay focused on the bigger picture
Even though South Africa’s unemployment rate skyrocketed during the peak of the pandemic, things are slowly starting to pick up again. Businesses are hiring again, which means opportunities are increasing. It’s essential to keep in mind that you are not alone as thousands of skilled professionals out there also lost their jobs during the pandemic. Right now, you need lady luck on your side to land a job. Skills that were very high in demand at the start of 2020 are no longer that sought-after, so this is a tough time to land a job, regardless of who you are and what experience you have.
Sign up for Adzuna email alerts
Adzuna is one of the best places to look for jobs online. Why? Because it lists all the jobs on one platform, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between hundreds of online job boards. It also features a bunch of great job-hunting tools! To sign up, just search for a job title and location and then opt-in for email alerts. This way, you’ll receive email notifications every time a new job is posted. And being among the first to know about new opportunities means you can also be one of the first applicants!
Don’t keep your search field too narrow
Even at the best of times, it’s hard to land the job of your dreams. This year, thousands of South Africans will need to make a few sacrifices and adapt to changes in order to land a job. Perhaps you need to consider broadening your options regarding location. Or search for a remote position where your skills and experience is in need. A different role in another sector might be suitable if you’ve got the right skillset. If you can’t find something related to your skills and experience right now, try finding something that’ll keep you going in the meanwhile.
Rework your CV and LinkedIn profile
Your LinkedIn profile is one of the first things a hiring manager will check out during the recruitment process. Make sure it’s professional and puts you in the right light for the kind of job you’re applying for. You might also want to consider adding a few courses to your credentials to make you more employable and relevant. Online course providers like Udemy are excellent to help you expand your skillset. Google also offers a range of free courses that can help upskill you in the digital department.
Even if you deploy all these tips, it’s essential to keep in mind that it might take a while to land a job this summer! Even a successful application can take weeks to get finalised, so don’t lose heart if things take a bit longer. Stay positive and focused and make sure you use this time to take care of yourself too! 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us, but it is also helping us all see potential opportunities where they might not have existed in the past!