Most Kenyan jobs are publicly announced. Why? Because most companies prefer to use all methods of finding new staff through adverts.
So, where do you find job in Kenya now? Even if you had a successful job search 2 years ago, don’t assume that what worked then will work now.
Technology is rapidly changing. Those changes have a very big impact on how recruiters recruit. And, changes in recruiting dramatically change effective job search strategies.
To avoid wasting your valuable time and energy searching for job postings, here is a guide to help you:
Here Is a Guide To Finding A Kenyan Job
Focus Your Job Search
Choose a target job and target employers where you would like to work, and focus your efforts on that job and those employers.
Without presenting a clear message of who you are, what you have accomplished, and how you can help an employer, your applications will be ignored.
Remember also that not all companies advertise positions.
If you have a few companies in mind that you’d really like to work for, make a point of keeping them on your radar even before you start the job application process.
If you have a question regarding certain position, don’t be afraid to get in touch with the company. Just send a polite and professional email asking your question.
Unfocused job seekers apply for anything and everything. Consequently, they train employers, resume databases, and applicant tracking systems to ignore them.
If you don’t know the job you want, you will have a much more challenging job search.
2. Apply for Jobs you qualify for
Unless you are qualified, don’t waste time clicking the “apply” button.
Decide if You Have the Skills. Skills are skills. You either have them or you don’t. And no amount of enthusiasm can make up for your lack of them.
Just because you’ve created a simple blog on WordPress doesn’t necessarily qualify you to build websites for Fortune 500 companies.
Look closely at your abilities and experience and determine if they’re transferable to the job you’re seeking.
Even though many of your skills can be applied to the job, do you have the experience and know-how to accomplish the goals of the position?
3. Always Follow-Up
The best you can do after applying for a job is to persistently follow-up to find out where they are in the process and if they need any more information from you.
Double check their time line, and remind them you will reach out if you don’t hear within that timeline.
Staying in touch with people you interviewed with shows interest, just don’t stalk!
No one wants to read this advice, but networking is the quickest way to a new job.
Networking doesn’t mean attending events in big rooms full of strangers! Networking means staying in touch with people you know, and meeting new people.
I’ve seen people connect with new jobs at a funeral, and they also connect at football games or over coffee with friends.
You are five times more likely to be hired if you have been referred by an employee than if you apply without knowing anyone.
Connecting with people at your target employers or choosing to work for an employer because you already have friends or family who work there is the most effective method of landing a new job.
LinkedIn is currently the most powerful and effective professional social network. LinkedIn also has job postings; see the “jobs” link below the search bar at the top of every page.
Also check out the Jobs tab in LinkedIn Groups (you can join up to 100), and the company profile pages for your target employers.
Use LinkedIn to connect with people you attended the same schools with even if you didn’t attend the schools at the same time. Alumni networks can be very powerful.
Search for people working at your target employers who attended the same school you attended – that’s a starting point for expanding your network.
LinkedIn is one of the best online venues for connecting with people who work at your target employers.
6. Use Recruiters or Staffing Firms
Recruiters are the traffic cops in the process of hiring people.
They can help or hurt you, and several different kinds of recruiters exist. The important thing to remember is that recruiters work for employers, not for job seekers.
Follow this simple guide to find a job opportunity in Kenya. Don’t miss! All that said and done, Career Point Kenya wishes you successful career path.