How to apply for a Job

Applying for a job can be confusing, but it is possible to apply and get the job you want. First, look in newspapers, journals, databases and websites for job listings. Jobs will be divided into categories, so access your skills and talents to determine where to look. Talk to friends, family and associates about your job research. When you have settled on a few possibilities, follow these quick and easy guidelines to apply for a job in South Africa.

Applying For a Job

When you find a job listing that looks interesting, review it to be sure you have all of the qualifications, experience, and personal skills that are required. Pay special attention to how the employer would like to receive your application. Many request a CV with a formal cover letter. However, some will require you to complete a form. Read the form thoroughly and follow the instructions. Try to completely fill the space that is provided. Too much blank space makes the application seem half-hearted. Create an outline that reflects you and the values that you will bring to the company. Give a detailed account your past responsibilities, achievements and job performance. Remember that you may have had an experience in another field that can help you. For example, if you had a summer job at as a waiter, you can highlight your ability to meet the needs of customers’ with your organisational and problem solving skills. Complete and submit the application according to the desires of the employer. Keep a copy of your application to refer to it prior to your interview.

After Application Submission

Now that you have submitted your CV or application wait one or two weeks before inquiring about the current status. If you have the recruiter’s email address, send a short message describing your strong interest in the job and how you would welcome the chance to meet for an interview. Calling is another option. Do not be shy. Ask for the person listed in the employment notice. It is very important to be in a good mood when you call. Be cheerful, friendly, and interesting. Have a copy of your CV or application in front of you during the call. Sometimes it can be hard to remember dates quickly and accurately. It is also helpful to practise the call first. Plan the conversation before you call. Know who you would like to talk to and why. If the company is not ready to interview, ask when that process is expected to begin so you can be ready. It is acceptable to follow up in person, but only if you hand delivered the CV or application. Make sure that you are dressed in the appropriate manner, neat and conservatively. Women should wear dresses, suits, or skirts and blouses. Men should wear a suit and tie, or sport coat with trousers. Dress for the job that you want.

Work Permit

If you are not from South Africa, you can apply for a work permit. There are several types of work permits available. If you have a job offer, the work permit would be due to a transfer within the company, through the corporation, or a general work visa. The company will need to prove that they were unable to hire a South African citizen in order for you to receive a general work visa. If you do not have job offer, you may still get a work permit or visa. A Quota Work Permit which focuses on difficult occupations and professions to fill within South Africa is an option. You would have to possess certain skills, education, and experience required for these jobs. Three months is allotted to find employment. There is also an Exceptional Skills Permit. This is for people with rare and unique skills, experience and education. In order to receive this type of permit, you would need to provide substantial evidence from academia, industry authorities and published works.

Although applying for a job can be hard, following the guidelines can clarify some common mistakes. Chose a job based on your qualifications, complete a CV or application according to the employers’ desires and follow up. If you need a work permit or visa, make sure choose the correct type.

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