thinking beyond

Job Hunting

Career Search

It is an outward search

(job opportunities)
It is an inward search (personality, interest, skills)
Short PeriodPreparation over years

For graduates to enter the world of work, it is important to be well prepared.  Your qualification alone will not get you the job.  The way you approach your job search will determine how soon you will be absorbed in the labour market and receive your first salary.

Preparation is the key in finding a job.  This is not the time to sit back and waiting for the job to find you.  No, you have to take control of the process and equip yourself with the necessary tools and skills to ensure future success.

1.     The job search process takes time

Many graduates are surprised by the amount of time, energy and money it takes to find a job.  Before you start make sure you have access to everything you need.  Think about a cellphone, computer, printer, e-mail address (use a professional e-mail address, not something like luckyboy1@……or babycheek@)……, internet connection, etc. especially if you are not on campus where all these facilities are available.

2.     Your job folder

An integral part of any successful job search is to keep record of all your applications you sent.  Keep a flip file or spread sheet to capture all your job-seeking activities

  • A list of the companies to which you’ve sent your CV – date, contact person, company, contact details, position, and notes.  This will help you to follow up easily on your applications.
  • Your list of networkers with detailed information about each individual and the dates you connected with them
  • Examples of Covering Letters
  • Copies of your CV
  • Copies of your documents (ID document, matric certificate, academic records, testimonials, letters of acknowledgement, awards). Never attach your original document to your CV – always send certified copies as proof of your results.
  • General interview questions as part of your job hunting preparation.
  • Any information on job hunting – newspapers articles, CV templates, job adverts, etc.

3.     Research

Know what you want to do.  It is very difficult to begin seeking employment if you don’t know what type of job you wish to secure.  Do research about companies and search for companies where you will fit in best.

4.     The Careers Office

The CUT Careers Office is there to help students/graduates in their job search techniques.  You need to make an appointment.  We can assist in the following ways:

  • Career Development Training sessions
  • Hand outs
  • CV and Covering Letter checks
  • Mock Interviews.  The Careers Officer will do an interview with you and point out where you can improve in your interview skills.
  • CV database.  Make sure your send your CV to:  careersoffice@cut.ac.za
  • Job adverts on notice boards

References

  1. https://myfuture.edu.au/getting-started/what-is-a-career/what-are-employability-skills
  2. https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/looking_for_a_job_factsheet.pdf
  3. https://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/ten-jobsearch-mistakes-of-new-college-grads/article.aspx
  4. https://www.luther.edu/careers/assets/JobSearchCDG_000.pd
  5. https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2010/03/31/10-tips-for-college-students-looking-for-a-job-in-a-tough-market
Uploaded: 17 March 2020
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