18 useful job hunting tips from Job Seekers

Find a jobYesterday we asked Job Mail Facebook fans and Job Mail Twitter followers to give us useful job hunting tips for job seekers. The response was amazing. We received some pretty useful tips. Check out the whole list of 18 below:

• “Don’t give up hope. No matter how many rejection letters or e-mails u receive, just keep on applying. Check job sites twice a day if possible. Last but not least, pray about it.” Saloshini Samantha Perumal

• “Don’t think just sending out your CV is enough. Call the contact person, have a conversation then you’re no longer just another applicant, but somebody with a personality.” Senzo Ntsikikele Dhlomo

• “Don’t stay at home waitıng for prospective employers to call you, do something else like volunteering!” Unati Snam

• “When it comes to CV’s stick to no more than two A4 pages” Sbusiso Jay R Mnisi

• “Your CV must not be difficult to go through. It must be concise, but detailed. No Decorations.” Rams Kenny Mash

• “Think big, dream big and everything is possible in the eyes of God. They say go big, be yourself and never be scared, but they are also only human. And yes you might be rejected but in the end you are a stronger person and you know what not to do the next time and what to expect the next time. So stay positive and don’t lose yourself along the road. It might be bumpy at first but after that you can truly live!” Juanita Piennaar

• “Read up on the company you wish to work for. It shows potential employers that you have genuine interest in them as opposed to being just another salary collector! Finding out more than the company’s address will place you in a better position to ask relevant questions during an interview” Neofabulous Ramafoko

• “Always make a list of  five top companies you would like to work for as this gives the recruiter a better idea of where to market you to and also confirms that you are 100% committed to finding your perfect job.” Quintus van Rooyen

• “Always have your updated CV and proof of qualifıcations ready!” Unati Sam

• “Never give up” John Tonti Malebadi

• “Know what the company does in terms of service. Find out what the slogan of the company is if you can” Avhafarei Nemufhandani Mulambiwa

• “When applying for a position forget about all the fancy artwork and fonts, spend more time on job descriptions and relevant information such as reasons for leaving employment, actual dates and residential area (to name a few) And last but not least phone the contact person and follow up, you are one person applying for a position, but numerous CV’s are received for the same position! Make yourself stand out from the crowd!” Wynonie Clements

• “If they say you must pay money, you should know that is not real” Anita Kubheka

• “Believe in yourself. Start somewhere. Don’t expect everything to happen in one day. The earth wasn’t created in one day. Keep on believing and hunting at the same time. Sell yourself show the companies that you are applying to. Tell them that you’re bringing the best that you are willing to learn. Don’t wait for a phone call from them, phone them if you have to, find out as much info as you can about the company where you are applying so you can have some ideas as to what it is that you’re bringing.” Ntombenhle Mabuza

• “Don’t write ‘watching TV’ under your hobbies. Everyone watches TV but by adding it on your CV it makes you look lazy. People want a go-getter, not a couch potato.” Marelize Kotze

• “No one should run out of patience, you must just keep on hoping for the best.” Jabulani Stanley Maphanga

• “Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust, hard work, perseverance and determination are important” Mbalo Bulelani

• “Firstly your CV should always be up to date, especially the residential address. Find any job irrespective if it’s your career path or not. The more years you stay unemployed the less experience you have. If you’re currently working don’t get yourself fired, dismissed or take the easy way out by quitting” Fikile Walter Mashabela

There you have it, 18 useful job hunting tips from Job Seekers. Do you have any other useful tips that you can add? Leave a comment and let us know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome on the Job Mail blog.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Channel Co-ordinator / Blogger at Job Mail

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8 Responses

  1. This tips are really helpful for those who are having a hard time in seeking for jobs and for those who are confused on what are the things they should do and what to prepare. Thanks for this information’s you shared.

  2. robert h kapindi says:

    I thank for your tips I near to give up on looking for job.

  3. maggie mukhuni says:

    I am a 36year lady looking for careworker job around south africa,I have 5year experience,I am honest,caring,can work without any suppervion,can work as a team,like sharing oppinoins,if I get the job you will never regret employing me.

  4. hlulani leonard ngobene says:

    m alwyz aplyng @ ur website bt i dnt get any rnsponse wt is wrong, u dnt gt my aplction or i dnt d it ryt?

    • Henno Kruger says:

      Hi Hlulani – Contact our webmaster via jobmaster@jobmail.co.za or telephonically on 012-3423840 x2804 to check if your CV is in order on Job Mail. Also take note that you need to follow up with recruiters once you have applied for a position. If you don’t get response within 14 days you can assume that you did not get the job and move on the next position. Take note that some recruiters receive up to 700 applications for a single position, so they might not spot your application right away.

  5. Ahmed says:

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    I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for tthe next!

  6. phindile says:

    Thank you for the tips so useful I will start to consider that

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