If you’re a young job-hunter in South Africa, we know your search for work can be daunting to say the least. Thankfully, there are many free digital tools and resources to help you on your job search. Here are just 5 of them.
You may already know this platform, but did you know that your LinkedIn profile isn’t just a more “professional” version of Facebook? It’s actually a really handy resource if you’re on the job hunt. You can direct potential employers to your profile by optimising your profile and adding in some skills and references. You can browse job vacancies based on your interest and apply for them all on the LinkedIn platform. You can even upskill on their inLearning feature, which you can try out for free for 1 month.
Glassdoor is the best site to go to when checking out potential companies you’re planning on applying (or have applied) to. On this platform, you can read insider information from current and former employees about companies and their management including CEO approval ratings, salary reports and more. You can even gain detailed insight into the company’s interview process including potential questions, assignments and waiting periods.
Yes4Youth is a business-driven programme which aims to build economic pathways for black youth, in collaboration with government and labour. “YES" stands for Youth Employment Service, and the initiative aims to empower young people looking for employment by connecting them to companies who have available work opportunities for a 12 month contract. These placements can help you build your skill set and gain valuable work experience, as well as develop lasting business relationships. You can find out more about the initiative as well as register for free here.
Harambee is a not-for-profit social enterprise that operates in South Africa and Rwanda. They aim to solve global youth unemployment by working with business, government and various organisations. The process works like this: first you apply through this link. Next, you receive an SMS invitation giving you 48 hours’ notice to visit one of their centres. There, you’ll receive a full day of work-seeker support, tools and resources to help you on your job search. You will also write a few assessments and if you match any available opportunities, you could get a job interview.
S2SAcademy is a free online training programme that helps you plan your career, find a job and succeed in your work. It provides a lot of useful information through engaging exercises and tools, and is perfect whether you’re still studying, unemployed, or currently employed and looking to excel in your career.
These are just 5 free resources you can take advantage of online, when you’re feeling stuck or demotivated. Remember that CellCgirl also has lots of free downloads and tools you can use in your job search, such as our Career Interest Test, CV Builder and various letter templates in our Downloads section.