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Tips for Online Job-hunting

online job-hunting

It can be hard work looking for jobs online. Try these smart-search strategies to make the internet work for you – not the other way around.

It’s Monday. Job-hunt day! You’re up at 8am. Ready to go by 9am. Coffee in hand, you think about where to start…tick…tock…tick…tock

Where to start?

The key to any job search is knowing what you are looking for. You need to decide where you want to work, what you want to do, and how much you’re willing to get paid for the job.

It often helps to start with an exercise, which I like to call “Brainstorm Myself.” Be honest and list what you’re good at, as well as any achievements you’ve accomplished (at school, church or volunteering).

Write down answers to the following:

  • Your ideal first job (Top 5 but, BE REALISTIC!) – what kind of job you are looking for
  • Where you would like to work (the company/individual)
  • What skills and characteristics do you have, so you can get a better picture of what you have to offer
  • Why you want to do that job
  • Your short and long-term goals

What’s next?

Job-hunting used to be about getting the newspaper and trawling through the jobs section or classifieds. Whilst newspapers are still a good place to look for opportunities, particularly your community paper, the internet is another great place to look – at home, school, your local library or internet café. Online job-hunting takes practice, however. And be prepared, some internet cafés may charge by the minute.

What do I search for?

If you do a Google search (www.google.co.za) for “job opportunities in South Africa”, approximately 441,000,000 results come up…EEK! That’s not a good place to start! Use the answers from your brainstorm exercise above and start by typing these keywords into the search field. Use these keywords to search for jobs with specific skill requirements rather than searching for jobs in general. Find out which job portals are most popular for the type of work you are looking for. You can ask your teacher/lecturers, friends, past employers, relatives or mentor. Many career sites advertise opportunities for “first jobs”, “graduates”, “Matriculants”, “Part-time” or “No experience needed”. Add these keywords in your searches. You may need to use the advanced search option. There are a number of websites listed at the end of this article to help get you started.

You should also read about the companies you would like to work for and learn about what they do; understand their vision and see if you truly want to work for them. Do they have positions available at your level? Do they have jobs for school-leavers, graduates or offer internships or apprenticeships? Check out their websites for employment or other opportunities they may promoting, including internship or graduate programmes, under the Vacancies, Careers or Jobs section.


Be creative. For example, when looking for jobs in Sales or Retail, type in retail assistant, sales consultant, customer service agent, shop assistant, etc. By doing this, you are searching for the same kind of job in many different ways.

So, when typing in search terms or filling in entry fields on job websites, the trick is to include as much detail as possible to narrow your hunt and get closer to the job that’s right for you.

  • Include the industry you want to work in Job type and title
  • Location: City or area you’d like to work in. Most career sites today give you the option, use it!
  • Level (junior/mid/management): keep it real! Look for jobs within your experience level to maximise your chances of getting an interview
  • Full-time/ Part-time/ Contract/ Permanent: in these hard times, explore what’s out there. You never know if a part-time position will turn into something more permanent. It’ll also count as experience to add to your CV, which most employers look for. Good luck!

By: Liat Beinart (Graduate Development Consultant) at S-Connect (http://s-connect.blogspot.com/)


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Thabo Moloi: Success Defined through Art

Thabo Moloi

Tell us about yourself?
I am Thabo Moloi, originally from kwaMachisiba in Pietermatrizburg. I am a freelance graphic designer and a photographer. I design logos, t-shirt, business cards, and more. And as a photographer, I enjoy pushing the boundaries of creativity. I have a passion for community development, education, and sharing knowledge. I am a radical Christian and a huge fan of Mzansi Hip Hop.

Who inspires you?
Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, founder of CrazyBoyz Digital and the AmaKipKip guys: Nkosana Modise and Siyabonga Ngwekazi. I feel they have changed the game and are now reaping the rewards of their hard work.

How do you define success?
Success is personal. Often we place benchmarks on success based on material things, such as what car you drive and where you live. However, to me, it is about doing what you love and helping others in the process. I’ve seen many people who are said to be successful but have separated themselves from their communities. Your success should open doors for others.

Samples of Thabo’s work:




How can potential clients reach you?
They can follow me on Twitter: @touchda8thwnda
Email td8wnda.designs@gmail.com




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Model Profile: Alec Wek

Supermodel Alek Wek started her modelling career at age 18 when she was spotted by a model scout in London. Originally from South Sudan, Wek and her family moved to London to escape the civil war in her country. Despite discrimination against dark skinned models Alek has done well for herself.

Amongst other things she has done adverts for Victoria Secret and Clinique and has walked the runway for Viviene Westwood, Fendi, Donna Karan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein, Chanel and many more. Wek also designs a range of designer handbags called Wek 1933. In 1997 she was named Model of the Year by MTV and Model of the Decade by i-D in that same year.
Alek’s autobiography was released in 2007. The model-turned-designer and actress has won several awards and has appeared in numerous magazines like German Vogue, i-D, British Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was one of the first black models to appear on the cover of Elle magazine.

Tall, dark and beautiful, Alek is  a  true inspiration and proof that you can achieve anything if you believe.

By Innocent Ndlovu
Twitter: @IamInnocentN
Facebook: Innocent Ndlovu

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#Women’s Month Series: Tumelo Mothotoane

Being Women’s Month, I wanted to find a few women from different walks of life all pushing their dreams towards their journey in finding their own fulfilment. I wanted to find out just who they are when they aren’t behind or on camera. I needed to know each of their stories with an emotional and feminine touch to it.


Tumelo Mothotoane, a second year media and psychology student at Wits University. After waiting for months to meet with her, I finally got the chance out of her busy life to get just a peak into who this twenty year old woman is. She is a media and marketing manager, MC and forms part of the Miss Soweto judging panel. She’s also a blogger and current affairs journalist on campus. Her most famous role is her presenting job on one of Soweto TV’s most popular show SISTAS a young women’s talk show that draws inspiration, advice and education from young women living in Mzansi.

I asked her 5 questions on Read the full story

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Job Searching Tips

Don’t know where to start looking for a job?

Being jobless can leave you feeling helpless and frustrated. When looking for a job, it’s easy to feel discouraged when you keep applying but still do not manage to get a job. With bills to pay and a family to support, your own disappointment can leave you unmotivated and desperate.

Although finding a job is not an easy process, nowadays we are faced with several job searching options. It’s important to make use of as many options as possible so you can increase your chances of finding work. Read the full story

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Deciding on a Career Path

With thousands of careers out there, where do you start? After so many years of schooling, passing Matric is a huge milestone. So what happens after that?

Knowing what you want to do is not always easy. It is not uncommon to keep changing your mind about your career choice. There are no simple answers and no general template. Read the full story

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CV Do’s and Don’ts

CV Do’s and Don’ts


  • Read job adverts carefully, think about what you can offer the new job and adjust your CV to fit the specific job you are applying for. Demonstrate that you understand the nature of the job being advertised and explain why you want to work in that area
  • Research the company before you compile your CV
  • Keep your CV short and easy to read
  • Check for typing, spelling and grammatical errors
  • Include a career objective
  • Include a cover letter
  • Highlight briefly how your skills and abilities fit the job
  • Use only standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial and Verdana.
  • Save your CV in the standard Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Include as much contact information as possible – any information that would enable you to be reachable during business hours Read the full story

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Business Start-Up Basics: Is Entrepreneurship For You?

Many people dream of owning and running their own business and, despite the risks, growing numbers are taking the big step towards realising that dream. In business, there are no guarantees. There is simply no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a small business – but you can improve your chances of success with good planning, preparation, and
insight. Start by evaluating your strengths and weaknesses as a potential owner and manager of a small business. Carefully consider each of the following questions: Read the full story

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