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Getting a job

It's time to roll up your sleeves and put that lifetime of education to work for you. Finding the right job isn't easy — it takes motivation to go after the industry or company you want, effort to ace the application and interview process and a bit of luck to land the job. Read on for tips and advice that will help with your search.

Getting a job

To get a job, there has to be someone out there to hire you. The person, business or organisation who hires you is called an employer. Employers hire you to do work for them and pay you for your labour. The Government is the biggest employer in South Africa.

Your chances to get a job, as well as the salary that you will be paid, will be decided by demand. This means that if you have skills, qualities and the necessary experience employers want, you have a good chance to get a job.

Generally, people with little education will find it more difficult to get a job and a good salary than well-educated people with degrees or diplomas. If you want a good job and salary, it is very important that you study and get a qualification.

You could also start your own business.


Headhunters and employment services can also be a good source for job leads. One of the major benefits of working with placement agencies is that they already have established relationships within the industries they service and know exactly who to put you in front of. The downside is that some may charge you a fee for their services or require a percentage of your pay from the company who has hired you.

Networking has become the new buzzword in professional circles - and for good reason. Many of the best jobs out there are never advertised. The key to landing them is a lucky combination of being in the right place at the right time and talking to the right person. Don't be afraid to go to social events and advertise yourself or talk about your goals. Or share your plans with friends and family. You'll be surprised how supportive people can be. After all, everyone has been there at one time or another. If they can't immediately connect you with a job, they can often provide valuable advice on where to look and who the best contacts might be.