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 It’s never too early to start thinking about the next step in your career progression because it will be here before you know it, and you don’t want to find yourself at the end of your traineeship with no prospects on the horizon. Fortunately, we have some tips that we hope will help you find that job you dream of as quickly and with as little stress as possible:

1.       Online job sites: Long gone are the days where you have to scour the career classifieds section of the newspapers to find something suitable. With the digital age in full swing, you can now simply log on to any of a multitude of online job sites and find your potential next job one little click away. Sites such as CareerJunction, Pnet, Careers 24, www.jobs.co.za, Bestjobs, Jobvine, Indeed and The Job Centre serve as a one-stop-shop where you can browse different jobs, as well as directly upload your CV for prospective employers to look through. Many of them include a function where you can apply to companies directly from the site once you have uploaded your CV. The beauty of online job sites is that they allow you to be proactive in your job search and really search out jobs and companies that fit in with your aspirations and career goals.

 

2.       Social media - LinkedIn: Social media has revolutionised so many aspects of our lives – so it’s not surprising that it has impacted on the job search too. The most useful tool at your disposal when using social media in a professional capacity is, without a doubt, LinkedIn. Most recruiters and HR professionals are active on the site, and many companies advertise job openings there too. To increase your chances of success, you can also add keywords related to the job you’re looking for to your profile. This way, you’ll be flagged when recruiters and HR officers are looking for suitable candidates. Best of all, LinkedIn sends you notifications of job opportunities in your field, so you can remain up-to-date with the best opportunities. There are also professional groups structured around particular fields, so search for ones in your area.

 

3.       Networking: The value of networking shouldn’t be underestimated, because many people land up in the jobs that they are in as a result of their contacts. While it may seem intimidating, you are already in the perfect environment in your training office to begin building useful contacts to last you the rest of your career. Make the most of opportunities provided to you to get to know the other people in the company – at all levels. If, for instance, the company offers after-hour functions, attend them with the view to meeting more people and expanding your network. Your dream job may come to you simply because of who you know, so keep an open mind.

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