Madiba – The Legacy

The late, great Nelson Mandela is a true South African legacy. As we celebrate his amazing life every year on 18th July, we think about solving our countries various challenges. One of his passions was always to ensure every South African had a right to education and work, which is why we’ve put this list of 67 job seeking tips as a tribute to our hero.

67 Job Seeking Tips on Nelson Mandela Day

  • Use your network
  • Build a good profile on LinkedIn
  • Conduct a targeted google search
  • Attend networking events
  • Make sure you always have your documents ready
  • Always remain professional – you don’t know who you could run into
  • Your cover letter is more important than your CV – make it topical and relevant
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
  • It’s a tough market – don’t expect your dream job straight away
  • Always be genuine and truthful
  • Practice your small talk
  • Own your own phrases
  • Be confident about what you know
  • Show off your skills
  • Don’t assume your experience will speak for itself
  • Always give 100% – it will help when you need a reference
  • Use industry buzzwords
  • Nail the answer ‘so what do you do?’
  • Build relationships with recruiters
  • Read read read.
  • Join Facebook groups
  • Be an online inspiration
  • Start your own business while you’re looking for a job
  • Use a great online tool for your resume
  • Use descriptive words in your CV
  • Make sure your CV isn’t too wordy
  • Create more than one CV for different applications
  • Tell a story on your resume
  • Exercise when searching for a job – it will keep you refreshed
  • Ask your employer questions during interview – it shouldn’t be a one way street
  • Practice interviews with friends and family
  • Don’t forget to just be yourself during interview
  • Say your pleases and thank you’s
  • Do your research on the company
  • Negotiate other benefits with your company if you feel you deserve them
  • Take risks
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Ask friends about their job experiences
  • Become an expert on your field
  • Plan your route to interviews the night before
  • Arrive to interviews early
  • Eat, drink and sleep well during your job hunt
  • Don’t take failure to heart – it’s tough out there
  • Take a breather – don’t search 24/7
  • Look at ClockWork’s other articles on job searching
  • Follow @JobSeekersWed on Twitter
  • Ask people for advice
  • Engage on community forums
  • Ensure you are well groomed at interview
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before an interview
  • Be the hardest working jobseeker
  • Make sure you tell the truth
  • Set yourself aside from the rest
  • ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’
  • Don’t look for jobs too far unless you are willing to relocate – travelling can get tedious
  • Never undervalue yourself
  • Write blogs to market yourself
  • Look the interviewer in the eye when speaking to them
  • Don’t just take the job with highest salary
  • Tell everyone you are job searching – you don’t know who they could introduce you to
  • Reach out to people from school or university
  • Don’t rely on recruiters – you need to also do some yourself
  • Never give up
  • Apply for UIF support if you can
  • Come up with creative ways to job search so it is entertaining
  • Don’t apply for things you won’t get – it’s a waste of time
  • ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’