Amazing job seeking tips for graduates

Finding a job in Zambia can be tough but there is lots that you can do to boost your chances of finding employment. In this article we provide some tips to help you with your job search.

1. Opportunities exist in Zambia (and if they don’t create them)

Some graduates in Zambia feel isolated, angry and without hope – even before they have begun to look for employment. Instead of focusing on negatives,  why not try to look at the positive press surrounding the Zambian economy and the growing need for highly educated workers? Try to look for sectors that are growing and will continue to grow in the future. If you cannot find an opportunity then try to make one – the economy needs young entrepreneurs who can take advantage of the opportunities available, especially those that can use technology to improve the way things are done. Alternatively, why not consider working on a self-employed or freelance basis?

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2. ALL experience is GOOD experience

Spent the summer helping a family member sell fruit? You were part of a small business, responsible for sales, marketing, finance and customer service. Worked part-time in a fast-food restaurant? You worked as part of a dynamic team, providing excellent customer service and learning about food industry with emphasis on retail. However little you think of your work experience it is probably of great value to a potential employer. The same goes for any research projects or activities that you may have been involved with whilst studying. The key when job seeking is to try and take the positives from all your experiences and make them sound relevant for the job you’re applying for.  Try and see your experiences through the eyes of an employer. What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What skills did you develop?

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3. The perfect CV is a myth

There is no such thing as a perfect CV – however, you can improve your chances of obtaining an interview by ensuring that your CV is clear and concise and clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role. If you are sending the same cover letter and CV for 100s of jobs then you going to struggle to find employment – there is nothing worse for an employer than receiving a generic CV which shows little thought or effort. Use each CV as a fresh opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for the role because if you don’t another applicant will.

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4. Small can be beautiful

Many graduates make the mistake of only applying to large companies. There are 1000’s small and medium sized companies in Zambia looking to hire bright graduates. However, they might not advertise these jobs in the newspapers. In fact, some may not even know themselves that they need the help of a graduate. If this is the case you can try doing some detective work and track down smaller companies in your sector. There are literally 1000’s of companies listed in directories such as Why not try doing some detective work and seeing what opportunities you can create?

5. If it’s not working, it’s time to stop doing it

One of the biggest mistakes a graduate can make is repeating one job-hunting strategy again and again before saying, “I’ve applied for 5,000 jobs and heard nothing back!” If after the first 20 or 30 applications you have not heard anything, then stop, reassess your job seeking strategy and make a new plan.

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