Getting a job in Kenya today is starting to look like an impossibility right?
It appears even more impossible especially when you have been applying for jobs in which you meet the requirements but you never get shortlisted.
And when you get shortlisted and attend an interview you either get regrets or no response at all.
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If you have been doing your due diligence in your job hunt and you have been applying all the right job search techniques, it’s important that you do not remain idle.
In the event that you have been searching for a job for a couple of months or years without success, it is important that you keep yourself engaged.
So how do you do this?
Here are 4 ways to remain engaged and ensure you still utilize your skills as you wait to get a job…
1. Start volunteering
Volunteering shows that other than idling all day waiting for things to happen, you are giving back in whatever way.
Whether it’s volunteering to do tasks such as filing at a school or institution, community service projects, at your church or even in events, go ahead and do it.
The more you volunteer, the more you fill gaps in your CV in order to appear more attractive to potential employers.
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You never know who you might bump into.
2. Attend events; network!
Networking is definitely one of the fastest ways to land a good job. Here you get to meet different kinds of people and exchange ideas and business cards.
Start attending events, seminars and forums in your field.
For instance, if you are a marketer start going for PR and Marketing events. While there, build friendships and connections; engage with people and let them know your career objective.
So don’t pass up the opportunity to network simply because you don’t have a job.
3. Take up online courses
In our nature as human beings, we never stop learning; we always acquire new information every so often.
So rather than remain miserable and idle waiting for a job to come by, take up some online courses whether in your field or for professional development.
These courses will build your competency and understanding hence improving your skill-set.
These courses also add value to your CV in the sense that they give a more professional feel to your CV and are able to attract the right employers.
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4. Build your brand
Do you consider yourself a brand?
Start marketing yourself, your skills and expertise. Build a strong online presence. Re-work your Linked In page, basically put yourself out there!
You need to start painting a preferred image; the image you want others to see. So as you wait to get a job focus on branding yourself so that you can also start landing freelance and contractual jobs.
This can also lead up to you getting a more permanent, stable and well-paying job.
This is because companies and employers can now see your work and they are willing to give you a chance.
So no more sitting around…
Yes, getting a job today is tough but that’s no reason to feel sorry for yourself. Instead of beating yourself down, start working with the little that you have.
Do these 4 things and not before long, you will be singing a different tune.
In what other ways have you been keeping yourself engaged other than these 4?
Esther works as a Communication Officer at Corporate Staffing Services Ltd., a HR and Recruitment firm offering trainings, professional CV Writing and job placements. Visit their website on www.corporatestaffing.co.ke