If you have been applying for jobs without any success, you will agree with me that with every next job application you make, you become less enthusiastic.
But what if, for a change, regardless of the disappointments that may come, you decide to stick to your resolve to apply for jobs with the same energy? Would it make a difference?
Sarah Minoo had a list of recruitment firms that she would check for job postings from, every other day. This was a lot of effort, but it finally paid off when she saw this Human Resource job we had advertised on our website for our client. She applied and got the job.
Here is her story. From her journey, there is a lesson for you:
What do you think sets you apart from other candidates?
My experience both through training and work is one thing that makes me stand out. Also, my track record, having been able to be a creative and team player in the past has worked to my advantage.
You lost your job in the last quarter of 2020. Tell us about that.
When I lost my job in September last year (2020), I was doing part-time jobs. Before that, I had been applying for jobs, but not actively looking for a new job. When I saw an opportunity I thought fit my skills, that’s when I would apply. After leaving, I aggressively applied for jobs.
My job search experience was okay. I received a few job offers. However, I was quite specific with what I was looking for and that, for me, meant carefully considering all the job offers that came my way.
So many times as job seekers, you apply for jobs that you think you are qualified for, but you are not invited for an interview. Sometimes, you are invited for an online interview and the potential employer is confident when they tell you they will call you the following day and they don’t. At least if an employer contacts you, you can close the chapter on that job and move on, instead of keeping up hope that you will get the job. This happened to me a couple of times too. Feedback is important in enabling a candidate to move on.
How did you come across this job opportunity?
I had registered my CV with Corporate Staffing almost six years ago. Through the years, I have been working and therefore not interacting directly with the company. I have been reading the articles sent to me via email, especially the ones by Perminus Wainaina, and they have helped me a lot.
When I decided to actively look for a job, I had a list of good recruitment firms in Kenya that I would go through every two days and apply for jobs I thought I qualified for. That is how I saw this job through the Corporate Staffing website and applied.
Having gone for interviews in the past where you did not receive any feedback, how was this process for you?
It was quite smooth. Before I got the job, I had gone for an interview with another company but did not get the job and I received feedback.
Going through the interview process for this job, I did not think I would get the job. Not that I don’t believe in myself, but I owe it all to God. Having gone for several interviews through this process, I would say after the first interview I was a little unsure but during the second interview, I knew I would get the job.
From your experience, what is your advice to other job seekers?
Corporate Staffing is a good company. When I came to the interview, I even mentioned that to the interviewer. The process is transparent.
Also, if you are looking for a job, it’s your qualifications that will get you the job. So polish up on your skills.
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