Monday, September 29, 2014

6 Sure Ways To Land A Great Job

By Angela Wairimu

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Imagine that you had to choose between buying a Toyota and a BMW. Which would give you the best service ultimately?

…A BMW of course.

Your resume should be the same, it should say something like ‘Hiring me is like buying a BMW on a discount.’

So how do you make it say that? Here are some ideas:

1. Get the latest and best content that centers on your career focus.

Learn more to earn more. Whatever your interest or passion is, there are lots of articles and resources online that provide you with more up to date information. Join them, follow them and subscribe to them. Volunteer in your interests, join professional associations in your area and participate in forums. This keeps your knowledge up to date and puts you out there. It may also land you a job. Keeping up to date is also a simple way to prepare for an interview.

2. Join DUMA Works and LinkedIn

DumaWorks.com offers you a chance to be matched to jobs that fit your skills but more importantly, build a great professional network in Kenya. Linkedin offers a world view of your industry and allows you to view what professionals in your field are doing elsewhere.

3. Comment, update, share and promote.

Looking for the perfect job is like searching for the perfect partner. You have to be out there, so go out there. Get online. Begin creating, interacting and reaching out to your target audience. This could be industry mates, students, even employers. This helps you build your brand identity, makes you findable and it is a great way for others to know you.

4. Work on your attitude

Attitude is everything. Have a “can do” attitude. Employers these days are looking for people a positive impact on the company. People who can find new ways of doing things that are better, smarter and more natural. Can do people people are able to describe obstacles that they have faced in life and how they overcame them. Attitude is that one thing that makes one person be hired because of ‘something about them’ that an employer cannot quite pin-point.

While job hunting, surround yourself with positive people who provide encouragement and feedback.

5. Have clear relevant goals

Understand your marketable skills, know the job you want and understand what you have to offer. To do that, you have to access your likes/dislikes, your marketable skills, your personality and the kind of working conditions you value the most. It may take quite some time to understand yourself and getting a career coach may help. Alternatively, start where you are by taking internships at different types of companies and seeing what appeals to you best.

6. Stay focused and resilient.

Seeing is believing. Have a job status tracker, on your bedroom wall! This helps you fill your opportunity funnel the same way a sales person does. Resiliency is the ability to spring back from disappointment and keep moving forward. Track and record all your efforts. This gives you extra incentive to keep at it.

Here is an idea on the columns you may choose to have

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Do the above and you’re sure to land a great job!

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  Tuesday, July 8, 2014

“Soft Skills?” More Like Strong Skills

How to Impress Employers with your Soft Skills on Your CV
By Angela Wairimu

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Employers these days seem to value so called “soft skills” above all else. I’ve looked at a lot of CVs in the last few years, and it’s always a challenge to understand a job seeker’s soft skills based on a piece of paper. These are the elements I look for and effective ways I’ve seen that job seekers communicate these strengths.

1. Leadership Skills. A person with leadership skills shows responsibility, independence & critical thinking. A self-confessed team player without any leadership is often looked at as a “follower” or “hanger-on” by managers because he/she may lack initiative.

Quick Fix – Emphasize leadership roles in courses, volunteer activities, community service, and make sure you include the positive outcome of your leadership.

2. Project Management Skills. A person with project management skills means that they understand how to delegate, keep an eye on the big picture, and manage a team. Someone without these skills might blindly follow orders without understanding why and fail to make improvements when needed.

Quick Fix – Emphasize your experience managing a project (even on campus!) and the positive outcomes. If you don’t have experience, show courses you have taken in project management.

3. People Skills. People like other people with people skills! People lacking people skills have trouble communicating clearly with others, networking, and generally being liked.

Quick Fix – Emphasize how you relate to people through various activities, conferences and relevant events that you have been part of. For customer-interaction-focused jobs show how you have pulled teams together, managed customers, & managed vendors.

4. Communication Skills. Writing and public speaking are critical skills whether one is representing a company, talking to an authority, or managing conflicts. People who can’t communicate in a clear manner are easily misunderstood leading them to blame others for miscommunications.

Quick Fix – Understand your communication skills are reflected by how you write the email in which you send your CV, write & format your resume/CV, talk on the phone, & interview. The employer will look at all these factors.

5. Sales Skills. People with sales skills bring business to the company. These days, many employers expect basic sales skills from all employees. New business is the lifeblood of every business.

Quick Fix – Understand that “sales skills can be conveyed by how effectively you sell yourself to the job – by really demonstrating an interest and expertise, and also your past sales accomplishments ie. “Overperformed sales targets by 20% consecutively a Company X.”

Looking for other ways to make your CV stand out? Check out our post on “10 Quick CV Fixes” here.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at [email protected] or visit www.dumaworks.com to build your professional job network and learn more about our career building opportunities. Also feel free to subscribe to this blog to get relevant career advice delivered to you. Good luck! 🙂

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  Wednesday, March 5, 2014

10 Things Not To Do; When You Get To Work after the #MatatuStrike

Its a huge productivity drain when you have to get to work late after being stuck in traffic for a long time or when you have had to walk to work after the Matatu strike. Here however is a list of 10 things that YOU SHOULD NOT do at work after such an unfavourable morning.

  1. Don’t complain about the #matatustrike endlessly to everyone including your boss/interviewer. While everyone may be understanding and sympathetic at first, everyone has been through it too and there is nothing unique about your experience therefore ranting over and over is unacceptable.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.12 PM
  2. Don’t forget to wipe your dusty shoes. It is not a badge of honour to walk into offices in dirty shoes.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.04 PM
  3. Don’t stamp your dusty shoes endlessly like a rabid elephant. Its rude.images (1)
  4. If you work at city council, don’t tell people you were late to work because of traffic…it was your sick grandma. This is about loyalty.images
  5. Don’t ask for a raise because you spent all your cash on a piki piki (bike) to get to work.1-R-rwVR048NVFow0HAKhyyg
  6. Don’t yawn with your arms stretched out, especially if anyone is in smelling distance of your armpits. The sweat patches are unsightly enough, do not make it worse.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 6.16.39 PM
  7. If you are cursing Kidero on Twitter, make sure he is not your boss, especially if you voted for him. Also, dont tweet about how bad your boss is or how you hope they are also in traffic.6bf45ee8ea95b1be529930399707af83231176690435478a59488e74836afec9
  8. Don’t use the office sink as your shower or hand drying as your blow-dryer. Its weird and disturbing.Valentine in the Bathroom Sink
  9. Don’t forget to check in the mirror to ensure your make up is still intact. Yes women! You dont want to go into meetings looking like the joker.The-Joker-the-joker-30677826-1533-805
  10. Don’t tell the interviewer/client that it is sweat stains on your CV/brown envelope…If anyone asks, it’s coffee. Yes, the struggle is real.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.32 PM
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  Friday, February 21, 2014

Calling Students! – Kenyatta University Career Day

Duma Works: Students in Kenya Find Jobs

Last week, Duma Works had the opportunity to visit Kenyatta University for an Annual Career Day.

At our booth, we worked with our awesome student ambassadors, Nelly Olang’ and Job Otieno, to help students learn how to grow their career through Duma Works.

The day was a great success and we were able to meet over 2,000 students. Not only that, but we had some great conversations with HR departments of companies like I&M, KRA, and the IRA to learn what they value in their employees.

Duma Works has some exciting projects we are working on to help jobseekers build their careers in the Duma Works community. If you follow our blog, look forward to reading articles about what qualities employers are looking for in their staff and how you can grow your capabilities to match their needs.

If you are interested in bringing Duma Works to your school, please send an email to [email protected]

To learn more about how Duma Works can help you find the next step of your career, sign up on our website, www.dumaworks.com and begin to explore what we have to offer.

Duma Works: Students in Kenya Find Jobs

Career Day at Kenyatta University

Career Day at Kenyatta University
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