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Whether you have just matriculated and are looking for your first job, are in the process of changing careers, or are hoping to get back into the workforce after a long period away, it is essential that you understand the full process of finding a job. It usually isn't as simple as typing out a quick CV and dropping it at your preferred workplace, and then waiting for the expected phone call. Jobs have become harder and harder to get in today's economy, and the competition for nearly every job can be fierce. A job-hunter needs to set themselves apart from their fellow applicants. Use these tools to help find yourself a job in KwaZulu-Natal, and get your career started.

Qualifications

Your CV is the essential place to start. Whether matric, no matric, or post-secondary, your CV will likely be the first impression a potential KwaZulu-Natal employer gets of you. Keep it up-to-date. Be honest on it, and never lie. Keep descriptions short, yet fill them with action verbs. Proofread everything, because a simple spelling or grammatical error can cost you the job you want. Your CV should not just be a collection of work experiences - it should represent who you are, and what you can offer a potential employer.

Elevator Pitch

Many interviews will start the same way, with an interviewer asking you to 'tell them about yourself'. This is your opening pitch, so plan ahead and memorise some key notes you want to focus on. Stay relaxed and keep it between thirty seconds and two minutes. Speak naturally, because a practiced interviewer will be able to tell if you are simply speaking rehearsed lines.

Pound The Pavement

Few people like this part, but it's essential if you want that perfect job. Get as many interviews as you can, and prepare diligently. Network regularly, looking for allies who might be able to help you. Volunteer your time, which will not only be good for your character, but gives you great references. And of course, don't be afraid to cold call.

One of the most important things to do when searching for a job in KwaZulu-Natal is to adjust your attitude to a confident and positive one. Your focus should not simply be, I need a job.' It should instead be, 'Here's how I can support your business and make a difference'.

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