You have graduated, now what next?

Graduated whated next

Whereas graduation is always a day full of excitements, most graduates deep in their hearts are full of fear, they are now done with education, what’s next. This fear is normal, asking yourself what next after you have graduated! In fact if you are one of those holding placards asking what next, worry not; there are many options you need to take. Here we explain four alternatives to take after your Bachelors degree.

1. Getting a full time job. The first thing you should struggle to do is getting a job after campus. Make applications to different companies that are having job openings, make use of your circles and networks.

Getting a full time job helps you to become financially independent, helps you to apply your freshly acquired theories to practice, discover areas that you need to improve and also gives a chance to shape you’re the future of your career. Getting a job early helps you also to make money at an early age and start either saving or investing at an early age.

2. Take Internships and voluntary work. Doing internship and/or voluntary work after campus helps you to acquire the necessary skills that employers are asking for. Working well and developing your relationship with the company can help you get rewarded with a full time job. It also helps to get connections and networks in the field which can help you get permanent job.

Some companies exploit the free labor of interns and volunteers, giving them nothing in return. You need also to choose wisely the company or organization where you are to do your internship from.

3. Going for postgraduate studies. The third option is going for postgraduate studies. It can be a postgraduate diploma or Masters Degree. Getting more qualifications gives you an advantage to compete in the tight overcrowded labor market. It also widens your scope and fields where you can be employed.

3. Self-Employment. Sometimes you can’t find a job soon, or you are not ready to join the job competition. Why not start your own job? You can start your own business, be your own boss, retain your independence and watch your business grow.

The problem with self employment is that most people who have just graduated do not have capital to start a business of their choice or enough experience to run a business successfully.

Good luck, the choice is yours!

How to know that your job interview was successful

Successful Job Interview

Understanding whether the interview has been successful or not successful is a bit tricky. Interviewers do not want to show interviewees the picture of what is the result of the interview but from their language and gesture, you can tell if the interview was successful or failure. Here are some of the indicators of successful job interviews.

1. Engaging in a casual discussion with the interviewer. The interview shifts from just an interrogation of questions and answers and continues to a casual chat as you laugh at each other’s jokes, ignore the formal procedure; know that you are on the right track. You have already caught the interviewer’s interest.

2. When the interviewer starts making the efforts to sell you the job. He starts showing the advantages of working with the company, why you should welcome an opportunity of working with them and trying to develop your interest in the company, just know he’s choosing for you this job.

3. They ask when you will be ready to work. If after the interviewer asks when you will be ready to start work should you be successful, just know you are the leading candidate so far in the race of getting that job.

4. Putting you in their future plan of the company. At the end of the interview, the interviewer is already telling you how they will need your skills and services in the company’s future projects; it’s an indication that you have showcased yourself very well.

5. They ask to talk to you for the second time. If after the interview, the interviewer asks you to schedule for the second interview or another official meeting, then the interview has been successful.

6. The interviewer seems excited talking with you, gives you smiles and a positive body language, it’s a gesture that you have made it. But should the interviewer look bored, avoiding eye contact or looking at the clock every time, just know you have failed.

7. Your interview exceeds the normal time. The interview duration is 10 minutes, but surprisingly, yours surpasses those minutes and goes beyond to 15 or 20; know that the interviewer has found you interesting.

Read: How to prepare for a successful Job interview

The most sure and obvious way of confirming whether the job interview was successful or not is being called back by the company telling you that you have been chosen.

10 Exclusive reasons why your job application gets rejected and what you should do

Rejected

You have sent very many applications, but every time your application is always rejected right away and thrown to the bin. There are mistakes that you make that can be avoided to that your application can get a chance of being noticed.

Most of the reasons why job applications are just thrown away are within your control though some few are beyond your control. We are going to breakdown 10 reasons why you get rejected every time you apply for a job and what you can do to solve that.

1. Careless application letters. The first thing an employer looks at is the cover letter/application letter, it’s therefore the first thing that makes your application go to the ‘NO’ pile. Generic cover letters, Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too wordy, 2 Page Job application letter, formatting issues all make your application to be rejected.

Learn how to write good application letters; avoid generic application letters but use application letters with words targeting advertised jobs, check grammar and spelling and use recommended formats.

Read: How to write a good job application letter in Uganda

2. Poor Quality Resumes. Your resume has 5 pages, it fronts useless information like your religion and hobbies instead of bringing skills and experiences first, using wrong formats of writing CVs that are old fashioned or nonexistent, all lead your application to land into the bin.

Learn how to write a good CV, bring relevant information and omit irrelevant information. Make it short with a minimum of 2 pages. Read: How to make a good Curriculum Vita for Job application.

3. You were not fit enough for jobs that you applied for. Rude as it may sound, but the truth might be that you did not possess the qualities that employers were looking for. Qualities that employers want are stipulated in the job requirements clearly. Education levels, level of experience, skills possessed, age etc. The reason why you were rejected is probable that you did not qualify.

The first thing that you need to do, read the job requirements before applying, if you do not qualify you ill be rejected, it’s wise that you do not waste your valuable time.

IMPROVE yourself and make yourself fit for the job, acquire skills that most employers want through self education and short courses, get professional licenses for the sake of those professionals that require practicing licenses like nurses and mid-wives in Uganda. Also look for jobs that you qualify for.

Read: 10 Skills that you need to have to get a job easily in Uganda

4. You have been unemployed for too long. The truth is, the longer you take to get a job, the harder it becomes. Employers do not prefer employing people who have been unemployed for a half a decade or more. The reason is, an employer asks himself why others have not been able to employ you, why have you been always rejected?

The best way to solve that is to take that low paying job or even volunteering in reputable organization to get that necessary experience that employers need. Such jobs much as many not pay or may not pay much but help you acquire skills, learn how the industry works and even help you get job connections in addition to filling the employment gaps in your CV.

5. You didn’t know how to sell yourself. You have academic qualifications, working experience, required skills but did you make the employer realize that? Did you show him that you are the person he is looking for? Did you tell him what you achieved at your past employments? If you were the employer and you a look such a CV that you are holding, would you employ that person?

Brother/Sister, blow your own trumpet, write a CV as a marketing tool not a diary book talking about events in your career. Indicate where you worked and what you helped them achieve. The tasks you did and additional skills you learnt. If you received any awards at your work place, like employee of the month/year, mention it!

6. You were too qualified for the job. Unemployment forces people to look for jobs that they are even overqualified for. A job is calling for Certificate holders, but applicants are parading their diplomas and degrees. When you are over qualified, an employer thinks about three things: the first one is you won’t settle for the minimum pay that they are giving, you will be pressurizing them to increase your salary to your qualification standards, secondly, you have failed to get a job that you are qualified for and he asks himself; Why? The third one is he knows that you will be moving on once you get a job of your level and qualifications. That is why he will have you rejected.

Look for jobs of your qualifications and focus more on every single application that you make.

Read: Places where jobs opportunities are listed in Uganda

7. Too much competition in the industry. The job you are applying for has a lot of competition; there are too many candidates interested in it. A company calls for application of two vacancies and receives more than 3000 applications. In this case companies either shortlist the best of the best which will make you miss out of when you were good for the job, or some companies once they realize that they finished getting their target number of people to shortlist, they put the remaining applications in the trash pile even before opening them.

Look for as many opportunities as available to increase on your chances of getting shortlisted. Apply also for low market jobs which might be in remote locations or hard to do. These have low competition and chances of getting through are high. Jobs advertised in Bundibugyo and Karamoja district have less competition compared to jobs in Kampala district.

8. You were not too interested in it. It’s common when individuals keep unemployed for a long time, the lose morale in applying and no longer concentrate to follow the procedures when applying for jobs. They just put their applications anywhere they find an opening just in case they are called, they come and work. This attitude makes them fail to do their part clearly thus will have their applications thrown out and they will be taken not to be serious.

Spend time looking jobs that are interested, put more effort like the efforts you used to apply when you had just graduated, make a perfect and updated CVs again, apply, and make a follow up. Whenever you are writing a cover letter, show interest in work with the company that you are applying to.

9. Company sourced internally. Most companies like getting workers from their own structures especially when looking for higher level employees (managers). They like employing people who are well acquainted with the company culture. The nature of the company might however force them to advertise the vacancy externally when they are already sure that they will get the qualifying candidate from within the company. No matter how good you are, you will not get through.

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do in this case.

10. Ask for a feedback. You might find that there is none of the above points that apply to your case. The only alternative is to email or call the employer and politely ask him why you were rejected. One employer might sound rude, another one might give you a generic answer ‘you were not fit’ while a generous one will tell you in detail why you were not selected and you can focus on solving that weakness.

Questions to ask the interviewer at a job interview

Interviewer

When you go to the job interview, you are there to be asked not to ask, with that in mind, you will learn that you need to control yourself and your curiosity when it comes to time for you to ask the interviewer some questions.

Most interviewers after asking all they have to ask and you answer all you have to answer, they conclude with this question “Is there anything you would to know from me?” Your answer should never be a ‘NO’. Saying no shows the interviewer that you are not interested in the company; you just need a job period. You need to know about the salary right? Leave days, allowances and other benefits, right? This is not the time to ask about such stuff, you will bargain about those once you have been successful and hired, such question will destroy your successful interview. Instead prepare questions to tease his mind.

1. Ask the interviewer how he found you. Questions like: I am interested in this job and I think I will be successful. Do you think I am fit for the role?

This shows that you are confident in yourself; looking at yourself as someone fit for the job. This gives a good impression to person interviewing you.

Read: How to prepare for a successful job interview

2. If I am offered job here, what preparations do I need to do?

With this question, you are showing the interviewer that you are confident enough that you will get through, and you are ready to start working.

3. Is support available, if I want to learn extra skills?

This shows the company that you are someone who wants to get better and better every day in your new job. All companies help and encourage workers to get further training.

4. I am really impressed with your company and I am confident that I will get this job, when should I expect to hear back from you?

This shows how good and ready you are for the job. Asking them when to come back for a follow back is very good because if you do not ask them, you will be left wondering whether to come for a follow back or not and when to come for a follow back.

Read also: 10 things you should never include in your resume

Top 10 Skills that you need to acquire to get a job

Communication Skills

In Uganda, what sells to employers you is not only the academic transcripts that you carry but also the skills that you posses. Your academic documents show how good you are at passing exams but your skills show the quality in you.

With hundreds of thousands of students graduating every year in Uganda in different disciplines, there are several candidates who studied what you studied and even got better grades than you. To beat them in the labor market, you need to acquire skills that every employer is looking for in an employee which will make you a suitable candidate to be chosen.

There are very many qualities needed by different employers but these 10 basic skills are needed by every employer wherever you go.

1. Communication skills. This is the most important skill in every industry. It involves verbal, written and body communication. How you talk to your bosses, how you listen, explain to customers, how you write necessary communication documents etc. With poor communications skills, it’s not even likely that you will go beyond the job interview. Look for your weaknesses in this skill and if possible enroll for short courses that will help you improve on your communication skills. Online courses, e books and articles can also help you improve these skills, engaging yourself more with people, joining social groups and engaging in public debates are also some of the ways to increase your communication skills. See more

2. ICT Skills. Computer has become part of the daily work that customers do. A considerable percentage of jobs advertised in newspapers and online require computer skills as an added advantage. The most required skills include knowledge on Windows basics, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. Become a friend of computer, online courses and YouTube tutorials are some of the ways to improve your computer expertise.

3. Business Acumen. There is nothing that beats an employer like finding you acquainted with the information about the industry. You already know how the markets behave, consumer and producer relationship, key players in the industry and other related information. Get insight of the industry you are interested in to be able to appear on top of employer’s choice.

Read: Things you must know once you are seeking a job in Uganda

4. Team work skills. Goals are not achieved by individuals; they are achieved by a team. A chief human resource objective of every company is creating a strongly tied team of workers. Therefore having that skill of being able to get along with others helps to get chosen. You can improve on your Team Work skills by doing group assignments, doing voluntary work for the community, joining support teams etc.

5. Problem solving skill. Employers like employing workers who have ability to analyze solve logical problems. Problem solving skill becomes more essential when applying for a job that involves management.

6. Flexibility. The world is changing so is conditions of work. The ability to adapt to changes matters a lot to employers. You must be flexible ready to blend easily with new working environment, new technology etc.

Read: How to write a good job application that meets employers requirements

7. Ability to work under pressure. Most people in their applications say they are able to work under pressure, but that’s not the case with most of them. You need to develop a strong sense of self control such that in crisis days, you will remain calm not stressed or moody.

8. Self Confidence. Having confidence in yourself is a key to success at your workplace. However you need to show self confidence in appropriate way since it might turn into arrogance. Having confidence in your seniors, juniors and other workmates is also a good skill.

9. Leadership skills. Can you become a group leader? Stop even thinking about managerial positions, can you command respect, delegate duties, and motivate fellow workers? You also need to portray an example for others to follow.

10. Self-management. No employer wants a worker that he will need to inspect time and again, give every simple instruction. Developing a skill of being able to work under minimum supervision, time management, goal setting and achieving them in a set time scale is one of the skills that makes you marketable and desired by employers.

Read also: 10 places where to find job listings in Uganda

Things you must never include on your CV/Resume

Things you must never include Resume

A good resume can do wonders in helping you to get a job soon; a bad resume will make you stay on streets forever! With this said, there are things that you must never include in your resume which when added do not only offer no value to the CV but rather affects the mind of the employer negatively.

We list 10 things that you must never include on your resume

1. Personal Information: You are expected to put only your Name, Address and Contact. The rest of your personal information unless required never include it in your CV. Your age, tribe, religious affiliation or NSSF number, etc keep them to yourself. There are two reasons why you should not include them, one; no one cares, your employer doesn’t care, the interviewer doesn’t care and the company doesn’t care. Two, its discouraged for an employer to ask you things like your tribe and religion.

Read: How to write a good CV for Job application in 2020

2. Irrelevant job experiences. Very many people list tens of past job experiences to impress the employer, but the truth is, the employer is only interested in past job experiences where the applicant has been doing related jobs. Putting job experiences that are not directly or indirectly related to the job you are applying for shows the employer that you haven’t gained any skills and experiences from your past jobs required to help you do the job that you are applying for.

3. Family information. Many people include their family information on the CV. This information includes but not limited to marital status, number of children, spouses, parents names etc. It’s useless to include this information. Just wasting the valuable space.

4. Your hobbies: no one cares. Wasting both your and the companies time. Unless a hobby is directly related to the job, don’t put in too much of your energy filling hobbies.

5. Never ever include the reasons for job changes. When including your past jobs and experiences, never include reasons why you left those companies, no one needs them, but once you include them, they will paint a bad picture of you to the employer.

6. Avoid self praise statements. Whereas we always advise you to use a resume to sell yourself, avoid using words of self praise. Look for objective words that explain how good you are but not too much hyping.

Phrases like: Award winning sales executive looking for a challenging work environment

Read: 10 Places where to find Job Listings in Uganda

7. Barefaced lies. Many people tell lies that are too obvious to be detected in their CVs, these include putting work experiences that do not exist. Some applicants claim to have worked for companies that do not exist while others claim to have worked in positions of companies where they have never been. For instance in Uganda, claiming that you worked as a Human Resource Manager of MTN Uganda, that lie can easily be detected by employers. Other lies include putting colleges that you did not attend etc.

8. Get professional emails. A good email should contain one or double combination of your names. Emails you opened for fun should be left for fun and not included on your CV. Emails such as sidechickgirls@gmail.com, Mrloverboy@yahoo.com etc, rest them.

9. Do not include contact information of your current employment. Don’t be that stupid to include your office phone number and the email of your current company’s domain to your CV. Emails like johnsmith@abcltd.co.ug should not be included. No none loves employing someone who already has a job and should your current employer track information and finds out that you are applying for other jobs, don’t get surprised if you are sacked.

10. Social media profile links. With the exception of LinkedIn, its better you keep your social media links and personal blogs out of the CV. You may hold them highly, but they might make your application to be dumped in the bottomless abyss.

10 Exclusive places to find job listings in Uganda

Listings

Whereas print Newspapers still take a credit of being the leading source of employment listings in Uganda, employers are continuing to find new alternatives that are quick and effective. To keep on with the hustle of hunting for jobs, you must be well versed with all these available job listing platforms so as to know when your preferred job is being advertised. Here are popular places in Uganda where jobs are advertised.

1. Newspapers. As I said, Print Newspapers are the still the leading source of employment opportunities in Uganda, Daily Monitor and The New Vision (especially Monday Vision) publish a total of more than 10,000 jobs a weekly. It is wise to keep reading these papers timely so as to keep updated with available jobs. In some cases they publish over 50,000 jobs a week.

Job Application

February 3rd 2020 New Vision with over 60,000 job listings

2. Online Job listing websites. Uganda has got over 10 websites that post Daily Jobs, with the leading being Daily Jobs Ug, Brighter Monday, Greater Ugandan Jobs, Jobs in Uganda and the Ugandan Jobline. Combined, they publish over 200 jobs every day. Keep checking on each of them for the latest opportunities. With the mashrooming online scam, avoid paying any website money or individuals to get job connections as some new websites are emerging with the target of conning Ugandans who are seeking jobs.

3. Email subscriptions. Most job listing websites of email subscription emails where they keep sending new job alerts so that you do not miss out in case of job listings in your area. Subscribe to those mailing lists for timely updates.

4. Company websites. Most big companies, NGOs, International bodies and government agencies post available jobs openings on their websites. It’s advised to keep checking on OFFICIAL social media profiles and websites of those organizations for job listings.

5. Company notice boards, companies in Uganda especially SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) do not incur expenses of advertising jobs but rather choose to use their own platforms like Company Notice boards to announce available job openings.

Read: How to prepare for a successful job interview

6. Make use of Google word alerts. Google allows creating alerts of some keywords and get an email whenever those words are mentioned anywhere online. Google allows you to filter those alerts to include getting only alerts when the keyword is mentioned in news, web, blogs, finance, books or anywhere on the internet. Putting keywords of your job qualifications in Google alerts can help you to get an email whenever such jobs are mentioned online. You can create Google Alerts here

7. Make use of Facebook Jobs section. Facebook introduced a future where employers can post jobs on their Facebook pages and users will get those job feeds in the jobs section on Facebook. While using Mobile Facebook on a Facebook app, Job feeds can be found by clicking on the left side menu.

Facebook Jobs

Facebook Jobs Section on app version

8. Join LinkedIn make sure you make a standard profile. LinkedIn premium version has a feature of creating alerts so that you will be alerted whenever a job containing your keywords is listed.

9. Attend industrial seminars, seminars about career guidance, entrepreneurship etc. It helps you establish networks of people in your profession and employers as well. Online career related discussions are also worth a trial.

10. Make use of your circles and networks. People know job opportunities at their work places before anyone else. They can help in connecting you.

Read also: How to write a good job application letter.

How to write a good job application letter in 2020

Job Application

Almost all formal jobs require you to have an application letter. In Uganda all job postings require you to submit an application letter alongside your documents and CV. This shows how strong an application letter is and why you must write and submit a perfect one if you are to stand chances of being considered.

Poorly formatted letters with grammatical errors, errors of omission, commission and repetitions are thrown away and not read by employers, a nice the application stands more the chances of you being called. Here is how you should write a good application letter in Uganda.

1. Understand the Job you are applying for.
The first and most important task to do is to make research about what the job requires; the roles, duties and responsibilities of the job you are applying for. Compare the job requirements with the skills that you are willing to offer. When writing an application, let it be a reply to the requirements of the job.

Some experts advise that its better you list job requirements in one column and your skills on the other side and write a Job application letter fulfilling the employer’s expectations.

2. Format

Use a business letter format. It should be on one page and must use good font type and size most preferably font size 12 and font type Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. Use proper line spacing 1.15 or 1.5 and indent everything including your address to the left.

After writing the letter, read, proof read again editing, editing and editing errors.

3. Address

i) Your Address

 

Start with your address, which must include your name, your street address, phone number, email and the date of writing. In Uganda, the street name might not be applicable since many streets are unnamed or not popular with the exception of a few streets in Kampala. Your village or your current town would be the next best alternative.

Do not include a Post Office number unless if you have your personal box office numbers. Box numbers of your former schools, former employers, don’t include them. The email is enough.

Example

SSEMPA JOHN SMITH
LUWERO – UGANDA
TEL :  07590323–1/ 07727914–
EMAIL: :exampleug@gmail.com

18th January 2020

ii) Company address

Skip a row before adding the company address.

Address the letter to the person/office indicated the job advert. Most of the time, Human Resource Manager. Unless indicated in the job announcement, do not include personal names, just address the letter to the Human Resource Manager. In rare cases where they do not indicate where to address the letter to, make an inquiry if there’s a department of Human Resource and if in any case that department is not there which a common case with SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises) in Uganda, address the letter to Manager. Then include full address of the company most preferable in Capital letters.

Example

THE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER
UGANDA CO. LTD,
PLOT 2 KAMPALA RD
KAMPALA –UGANDA

iii) Salutation
In Uganda, all official letters must contain salutation with the exception of rare cases. Salutation is after the company address. Use Dear sir or Dear Madam when you are sure of the gender of the person you are addressing the letter to or else use Dear sir/madam
4. Reference.

RE: APPLICATION FOR A SALES EXECUTIVE JOB

As simple as that!

5. Main Body.

It’s good if you tell the employer how you came to learn that there is a vacancy at their work station. If you saw a newspaper advert, tell, if you saw it on TV advert, or from one of their current staff, include it.

So the first paragraph should be explaining simply the job you are applying for and where you saw the job listing.

The second and following paragraph should be paragraphs where you explain what you want offer to the company. In short, match your qualifications with the employer’s expectations. It’s in this paragraph where you summarize your skills and qualifications, experiences and goals. Make sure you sell yourself to the employer. You can even refer to your CV for more of your skills and experiences.

Read also: How to write a good C.V for Job Application in Uganda

‘I believe that I possess the nature and knowledge to excel in this position. I am not only well organized but I have also have a passion for creating a positive and productive work atmosphere’ Showing what you have to offer to the company.

An example of a paragraph where you show your strength.

“In my previous role at Kampala (U) Ltd, I supported the sales team and promoting the product of the company to 3 districts in Uganda, I also headed the team that introduced the company’s product to Rwanda for the first time where the company is currently making generating revenue from sales. With my interpersonal skills, customer relations, team work and field experience gained from the previous job, I am now able to handle a sales executive job and achieve the company’s target goals in time.”

Explain why you want to work with this company. Show interest in the company.

The last paragraph should be a polite conclusion, asking the employer to consider your application and promising to make a follow up.

‘I would be grateful for the opportunity to showcase my skills in a personal interview’ or ‘Attached is my CV and academic documents, hopefully, I will be considered for the interview’

Sign off with: Sincerely Yours, (the most courteous sign off when applying for a job) with your handwritten signature, typed name and contact.

In case of applications via email, you can scan your signature and place it there or you can put your name and contact.

Read also: Ways on how to prepare for a successful job interview

Things you should put in mind when looking for a job

Job hunting

Looking for a job is one of the most stressing things in Uganda. With a labor market where supply is exceedingly higher than demand, getting it has now become one of the miracles that can be performed with biblical Moses’ stick.

When looking for a job, there are things that you need to do and things you should keep in mind in order to reduce the stress of job-hunt and get a it as soon as possible and here they are:

1. Brand yourself

Good jobs will not find you seated. In Uganda, over 80% of them are got from connections rather than merit. So the more you make people know you and the quality of a person that you display have a lot to do with your chances of getting a it.

Start with polishing your image on social media. Don’t be that person who posts everything you find in every group of Mama Walcot, Mama Jane and Taata Musa. Very many people have confessed to have got job connections and appointments from their social media friends after following what they post online. Engage yourself in professional groups, online and offline groups of your profession. Other related fields in your profession plus engaging in meaningful discussions. Building a brand helps you now and throughout your career.

2. Look for a job while you are still employed.

If you are employed, whether underemployed or on contract employment, don’t let the job to first expire in order to find another. Don’t leave that underpaying job before you get another job. Job hunting stress increases when you are not employed, the pressure increases and need to get a job soon might end you up into a depression. However looking for a job when you are still employed elsewhere gives you ample time and helps to keep financially stable able to finance costs needed in job hunting. Frictional unemployment is as bad as total unemployment

3. Design a strong resume/CV.

CVs help people to get shortlisted for interviews or even hired straight away. Building a good CV increases your chances of getting hired. A good resume should show your personal details, skills, education qualifications and working experience.

Read: How to make a write a good resume/CV for Job Application

4. Participate in Voluntary work.

You have hunted jobs for days, weeks, now its months and years, bro, try this. Apply for voluntary work in reputable companies. This helps to strengthen you CV’s working experience, increases your connections and it also connects you to potential employers since some companies prefer sourcing workers internally. Getting low paying jobs can help reduce financial stress during job hunting days and improving on your experience; strengthening your CV.

5. If you have no job, let job hunting be your full time job.

Jobs will not locate you. It’s you who need to locate them. Subscribe to jobs mailing lists online, visit those authentic websites that publish Daily Jobs etc, visit the career sections of big and medium companies online, corporate bodies, government parastatals, Non Governmental Organizations and International Bodies like UN, World Bank, Red Cross society etc. They always publish vacancies available. Company notice boards, local and national newspapers are also some of the sources of available vacancies.

6. Join LinkedIn.

Whereas it’s a fact that a few employers in Uganda source workers from LinkedIn, it’s also a fact that a few job seekers are on LinkedIn with well filled profiles. This creates your chances of getting a job connections from the world’s largest professional network.

7. Make use of your networks

Let your networks know that you are looking for a job. Do not hide the fact you are unemployed. This is a situation that is temporally and the more you hide it the longer it stays. In Uganda, 85% of jobs are filled and not advertised in mainstream media. Your networks would be of help should there be a placement at their company or in any company they know. Call them, have a coffee with them, let them know what you need and put them into use. What are friends for?

Read also: How to prepare for a successful  interview in Uganda