How to Apply for a Job in South Africa

How to Apply for a Job in South Africa

Decide what kind of job you want. In order to streamline the job application process, examine what your needs and desires are for employment.

Do your research. Before you begin sending out CVs and cover letters and appications look into the companies you are applying for.
Write a CV. Even if the job you want doesn’t require the submission of a traditional CV, having an up-to-date CV is highly recommended. CV not only outline your education and work history, but they can also point to specific projects you’ve worked on or awards you’ve won.
Contact the employer to ask about the application process. You will likely have your call routed to the hiring or human resources manager. If they have openings, they may ask you to either come in to fill out an application or that you send them your resume and cover letter by mail or e-mail. Be sure to note this contact’s name, and address all future communication to this person, by name.
Write a cover letter, if necessary. Make sure it is specific to both the company and the job. If possible, address the contact letter to a specific contact person. This demonstrates that you took the time to research the information and are not simply mass-emailing every employer you can find.
Get a second (or third) opinion. Ask friends or family members to review your resume and cover letter for assessment. They may be able to point out things that are missing, or items that could be rephrased.
Locate references. Though you may not have to provide a list of references right away, it is wise to tap people early to ask whether they would consider being a professional reference for you.
Apply. Once you have fine-tuned your CV and cover letter, it is time to begin the application process. Applications are typically submitted in one of three ways: In Person, Online or by mail.
Follow up. Checking on the status of your application shows your interest in the position and ensures that your application materials have made it to the appropriate person. Calling right away can seem demanding and off-putting.

 

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