Live Employment Q&A

Live Employment Q&A: How can you improve your job seeking technique?

Join our live Q&A at 12.15pm on Monday 4th November to discuss ways to find employment.

Finding employment can be an extremely difficult process. In the first of our live job seeking Q&As (Questions and Answers) we want to discuss methods that can help you to improve your job seeking technique and find employment.

We also want to hear your experiences of looking for employment in Zambia.

You can join our live discussion between 12.15pm and 13.15pm on Monday 4th November. Why not post your thoughts in the comments section below anytime and then join us live for the discussion?

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20 thoughts on “Live Employment Q&A”

  1. I would like to find out, do employers in Zambia still expect to receive handwritten applications? I am currently working abroad, but have been looking at moving back home, so I have been preparing applications and emailing them to my cousin to print and post for me. This was after I learned the hard way that sometimes, the email addresses provided by Zambian employers (such as ZDA) don’t work. But I have recently heard that employers sometimes expect handwritten applications. Is this true?

    • It really depends on what is stipulated in the job advertisement. In most cases the application procedure is provided in the job advertisement. For example, if you you look at the jobs on the application procedure is always provided. In most cases this is by email or by a choice of email or hand-written applications. You are right to highlight the issue of email addresses that do not work and for this reason we advise employers to add an auto-reply so that applicants know that their email has been received. Failing this, you may have to telephone through to make sure your application has been received in order that you do not miss out on opportunities. Best of luck with your move back home.

  2. Hi. what is the age limit for finding employment in Zambia. Do companies or the Government employ those who are almost fifty years old with lots of experience??

    • Hi Lisa. Thank you for your question. In the public sector the retirement age has just been lifted to 65 years – we are not aware of a standard rule for the retirement age in the private sector. Most companies in Zambia value experience so do not be put off applying for jobs on the grounds of age.

  3. What do I do in a situation where you know you are a best fit for the Job yet the the amount of work experience required does not match? say you have 4 and they are asking for 7. Just how do you convince that you got what it takes?

    • Excellent question. We would recommend applying for the role and detailing the skills and experience that you have. Just because a person has done a role for a longer period of time does not always mean that they have more experience. For example, it is possible that someone with 4 years work experience, as you suggest, may actually have more experience in terms of the work and projects that they have done. Try focusing on what you have done and your key achievements – this may be more than someone who has been in a similar role for a longer period of time.

  4. Welcome to the Go Zambia Jobs live employment Q&A. Please feel free to ask questions and to contribute to discussions.

  5. First of all I would like to thank tjis website for such a wonderful job they are doing by posting whatever job adds they come across, thumbs up
    Secondly I support Mr. Nicholas Phiri with his comment. I have followed go zambia jobs website since 3rd quarter 2012 and until today 31/10/13 has received only 1 response to the applications I made and this was only to say my details shall be retained for future reference. Now surely with my current qualifications, I don’t believe I can legitimately fail over 100 applications even to a short listing stage and this is why I support the comment. please continue informing us of latest jobs and we shall dully support you.

    • Hi Wizaso. Thank you for your kind comments. Can you supply a little more information on how you are applying for jobs? Remember that it is vital to adapt each application to the specific requirements of the role. Your application may be scored on the basis of certain criteria stipulated by the employer. The job advert will usually detail what the employer is looking for so try to adapt your CV to meet the specific requirements off the role as stipulated in the job description. This will help you to receive the best score possible and hopefully make it through to the interview stage.

  6. Corruption is what’s getting people jobs these days. If you’re lucky enough to have a relative in the company then you are very lucky.

    • Hi Kessinah. Good question. The most important thing is to always adapt your application for each tole that you want to be considered for. The reason being is that skills and experience that may be relevant for one role may not be relevant to another. You should therefore always try to ensure that you read the job description thoroughly and adapt your CV to meet the requirements set out in the description.

  7. Jobs in Zambia its a question of who you know and how much do you have in a pocket. Education is not of prime importance due to the magnitude of corruption.The worst of all in the mining sector especially to the north western part of the country the chiefs have now become the Employment officers creating the database and controlling the higher authorities and promoting Tribalism.The government has done nothing about it but claiming to be the largest public employing organisation. Jobs are advertised but applicants are not invited for interviews instead those who are just at home are the ones found to be the right job holders.In conclusion everything is done for formality at the expense of job seekers.

    • Hi Nicholas. Very interesting to hear your views. Is this a problem in both the public and private sectors?

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