Many people feel that the jobs market in Zambia has become increasingly difficult in recent years. In this exclusive article we outline several ways that you can successfully navigate this difficult jobs market.
#1 Keep things in perspective
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela
The current employment market in Zambia is tough – especially for young people. With the limited number of jobs available many will suffer rejection before they secure a job. It is therefore vital to keep things in perspective if you are struggling to find a job. For example, being rejected for a job does not mean that:
- you are a bad person
- you are not intelligent
- you were not capable of doing the job
Find out more at: How to survive rejection
#2 Learn to be resilient
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardia
Some people may find employment after submitting 10 applications, some have to be more resilient and send 200 applications. Eventually your resilience will help you to find a job. It will also help you to develop a useful life skill and one that is highly valued by employers. An individual or employee who is able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions will be highly valued employee and member of the community. Learn to be resilient and you will eventually succeed.
Find out more at: How to avoid job search fatigue
#3 Plan for success
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Do you have a plan to help you survive the jobs market in Zambia? Planning out your approach to finding a job could dramatically improve your chances of success. Plans are useful for several reasons. Firstly, the simple act of developing a plan helps you to concentrate on what it is that you desire. Secondly, you can use this information to
- develop manageable goals;
- identify the resources required;
- monitor performance; and
- edit and improve your job search approach.
Find out more at: How to plan a job search
#4 Try something new
“Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein
Seek out opportunities and new experiences. Try not to become consumed by your job search and invest in yourself as an individual, not just a job seeker. Why not volunteer in your community, join a campaign group or develop a new interest? You should also try to build strong social networks who can provide you with help, support and ideas.
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#5 Stay positive
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth
If you want to survive the jobs market in Zambia you will need to stay positive. There will be ups and downs and rejection along the way but a positive attitude is essential. You have to believe that it is worth applying for that job, or attending a careers event, or submitting a speculative application, or trying your elevator pitch on someone. Stay positive and never give up.