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If you’re coming to the end of your degree, no doubt finding a training office will be top of your list of things to do. It can be a stressful exercise, but to help make it as painless as possible, we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you get started on your journey up the career ladder:

SAICA website: SAICA is committed to developing the next generation of CAs (SA), and as such has a dedicated area on its website to help you find a training office that will work for you. Under the ‘Training’ tab, you will find a number of useful links that include creating a profile and everything you need to know about your options for training. The ‘Find a Training Office’ link will help you search by district, firm and contract – Training inside Public Practice or Training outside Public Practice – so there is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to secure your articles quickly and without hassle.

 

Online job sites: With the digital age in full swing, you can now also simply log on to any number 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.

 

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 look 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.

 

 

 

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