Are you about to give up on making job applications because the ones you have made don’t seem to be going through?
What if your next application could be the one that lands you your dream job?
When Robert Dalgado resigned from his job about three years ago, he did not foresee the challenges he would encounter.
At the time, various events in his life made him resign and resort to self-employment. That is until the pandemic hit and his business did not survive.
This forced him to look for jobs, which as he realized, was not an easy task.
What kept him going? “Consistency,” he says.
I had a chat with him on how his job search journey was, and how he was ultimately able to secure this Sales Job that we advertised for our client, Kilimambogo Millers.
Here is his story, and lessons you can pick for yourself as well:
Tell us about yourself. What is your professional qualification?
I am a passionate sales professional who has always wanted to work in the competitive FMCG industry. I like to think of myself as someone who employs excellence in time management, analytic thinking, and communication. My goal is always to give the best of services in my profession.
How long have you been looking for a job?
I have been actively looking for about six months.
Two to three years ago, I was going through a difficult time (personal issue) and decided to resign from the company I was working for.
I then decided to be self-employed and so I started a business.
With the Corona pandemic, however, my business was affected and it went down.
That’s when I started looking for a job.
What has your job search experience been like?
It has been difficult. I had just lost my dad and then the lockdown just as soon as I decided to look for a job.
The Corona pandemic hit hard.
Are there any challenges you encountered in your job search process?
I had gone through so many interviews.
There were recruitment companies that were charging after the interview, and I kept wondering if it was worth it, especially if I ended up not getting the job. I had to leave so many opportunities.
Where did you hear about Corporate Staffing and the job opportunity?
I knew about Corporate Staffing when I was looking for jobs online. Every time I searched on Google, Corporate Staffing would appear at the top.
I had been applying for jobs since November last year. Every Sales job I thought I qualified for, I was applying for.
To be honest, I just didn’t apply for one to get one. My consistency led me to get this job that I now have.
How was the interview process?
It was okay. Out of 100%, it was 95% efficient.
The 5% was my fault. I hadn’t gotten the directions clearly and so I ended up going to a different place. I got late, but the interviewer understood.
Did you think you would get the job?
I was sure I would. The environment alone made me know that this was a place I wanted to be part of.
Congratulations on getting the job. What is your advice to professionals who have been unsuccessful in getting jobs?
For any application you make, keep in mind that it is not necessarily the one that gets you the job. Be consistent. Put in a lot of effort. I didn’t just send one email. I applied more than 100 times before finally getting this job.N.B: Would you like us to consider you for a job opening? Boost your job search. Upload Your CV Here. It's FREE