Karani Nyamu on Steps to Finding Jobs for Starters
‘The labour market world over is very tight and competitive. It is very hard to land a job in this kind of economic conditions.’ Says Verve KO chairman Karani Nyamu.
Every year universities add thousands of graduates into the job market to worsen an already oversupplied labour market. For an individual caught up in this, it can be a depressing affair.
First and foremost job searching is a tough and draining endeavour. There are a few steps that one can follow to increase their odds of landing a job. They may not be foolproof, but they are effective. The include;
Analyse Your Plans:
Just because you took a course in a certain field doesn’t mean you have to end up in that profession. There comes a time when you have to ask yourself what are your passions.
There are hundreds of careers, gifts and skills tests online that can enable you to know your skills. By choosing 4 or 5 tests, you can begin to see patterns in your results.
Take time to Explore:
Go out of your way and try to volunteer in the fields that arouse your passion. It may feel entirely different from what you expected. That is okay. If you are satisfied, then stick around. If you are not, then keep exploring.
You can attend industry conferences or take a short course. It’s even more insightful to have one-on- one conversations with the prominent people in the industry.
Narrow Your Target:
As it becomes clear what you are truly passionate about then begin to narrow down. You may like engineering but what particular field of engineering draws our greatest passion? Most industries/fields are vast.
Therefore over time you have to begin to decide what exactly in this area do you want to pursue.
You have to choose to spend 80-90% of your time networking in the industry. Only use 10-20% of your time in applying and seeking interviews.
Make sure you carry out a structured networking in which you get to hear from people who understand the profession. Be on the lookout for the individuals who are likely to let you in on trends and opportunities that are not so visible in the industry.
Prepare For Interviews. Getting your foot in the door is one thing, impressing the panel enough to get the job is a whole other issue. Learn how you are going to sell your personal brand.
You have to be articulate on how the particular job aligns with your skills, education and passions.
Develop a Work Ethic:
At every opportunity let your passions for the profession flow. You never know who is watching. Enthusiasm is contagious, and your capacity to deliver results will be noticed.
For graduates Mr. Karani Nyamu advices that you should remember you are not just doing your job, you are building a career. Do not slacken or lazy around. Let your passion drive you forward.