Pupils get tips on applying for jobs

SIPHELELE NDZAMELA

GROOMING THEM FOR TOMORROW: Pupils between grades 8-12 at Kuyasa Combined School in Nemato received an important lecture about the importance of being prepared for the workplace, led by labour law consultant Terri Stander Picture: SIPHELELE NDZAMELA

A WORKSHOP on job-preparedness was held at Kuyasa Combined School in Nemato for pupils between grades 8-12 on Tuesday.

The primary purpose for the workshop was to equip the pupils with important information and also give them a glimpse of what is expected of them when applying for a job.

Stander took the pupils from the basics of writing a curriculum vitae to the fundamental preparation of a job interview.

“The CV gives a little bit of information about you to the employer,” she said.

The attachment of an ID and Grade 12 certificate is also important, and should always be accompanied by a motivational letter.

Including the relevant information in your job application such as stating past work experience makes it easier for companies to select the suitable candidate.

Having a good reference list is advantageous and can also contribute to a successful job application.

“Your friends and family should not be stated as references, your previous employers are to be included as references,” said Stander

Successful candidates are then notified and called for interviews which are one of the most important steps for an application.

A well prepared candidate for the interview is more likely to be taken seriously by the employer as this makes the interview easier.

Stander mentioned how important it is for applicant not to be nervous when in the interview room.

She said: “Dress appropriately and be confident when going for an interview.”

Give a firm handshake and when you sit, you should sit up straight, she added.

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