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How to look for the most promising job opportunities

Here’s what to do if you’re looking for work or planning your next career move. Responding to adverts isn’t enough to find the work you really want. Job markets are fiercely competitive and exploitative so it’s important you have a game strategy.

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The only way you will succeed is to be informed – end of story!

You need to know which fields are growing, which types of jobs you are interested in and which careers you must seek training for.

The terms ‘scarce skills‘ and ‘occupations in high demand‘ are a must know for job seekers and those looking for career growth opportunities.

Find promising opportunities

  1. Search for scarce skills in a particular field you would like to work in, examples:
    • scarce skills in agriculture
    • scarce skills in services
    • scarce skills in medical
    • scarce skills in construction
    • scarce skills in fashion
    • scarce skills in entertainment
  2. Identify the jobs you are most interested in, divide them in 2 categories (Read:
    • field / sector specific (these are jobs only available in a particular field, eg. shipbuilder, food technologist)
    • transferable (these are jobs that are found across industries, eg. administrators, lawyers)
  3. Match the jobs you’re interested in to the fields you’d like to work in
    • your plan of action must identify what steps you will take to pursue training for the positions or
    • identify which companies you want to apply to (Read: APPLY FOR UNADVERTISED JOBS )
  4. Don’t trust HR managers or recruiters, most are motivated only to find those willing to accept low wage offers.
    • If you have applied too an advert and have no choice, make sure you know what they intend offering before an interview.
    • Call them under a false name and ask how much as it’s your right to know.
  5. Check the company’s pay rates on Payscale

If you think the world of work will be kind to you, think again.

Young people are easy to exploit and taken advantage of because they tend to believe they have no rights or power to negotiate and refuse.

This blog is willing to assist anyone who wants their contract checked, particularly contracts for learnerships, internships and apprenticeships.


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