This post is meant for all job seekers who are interested in knowing more about how they can easily secure their next job in Ghana and elsewhere.
The post is divided into two main sections. The first section provides brief information on where you can access credible jobs online in Ghana. The second section addresses tips on how to easily get your next job.
The second section is very detailed as I tried to cover all the essentials. You can save the post and return back to it anytime.
Where Can I get information on Jobs in Ghana
Securing a job in Ghana can be either through a direct recruitment agency, an employment search agency or a job portal.
If you are in need of a credible and reliable recruitment agency, I will recommend Laine services limited who has considerable experience and proven track record as a recruitment agency for over a decade (Disclaimer: this is not an affiliate link )
Employment agencies on the other largely help job seekers to repackage their careers and tell their story better. They largely help job seekers to increase their interview rate and support them with coaching services to excel at interviews.
Sobiaonline has a proven track record of providing value-driven employment search services. (Disclaimer: The author of this post works with Sobiaonline). Should you need a similar service outside Ghana you can check out Chameleon resumes.
For typical jobs information in Ghana, I would recommend the following agencies:
LinkedIn Jobs in Ghana
Glassdoor Jobs in Ghana
Current Jobs in Ghana
Jobs in Ghana
Job Search in Ghana
XY Careers Ghana
Job web Ghana
How to Get a Job in Ghana
Looking for a new job in Ghana is very stressful for both recent graduates and seasoned professionals despite the increase in the number of career agencies in the last few years.
Below, I have detailed 10 career tips on how job seekers can easily land their dream jobs.
These points presented below are based on my personal experiences when I was job searching and as well, experiences I have had with job seekers in the course of providing them relevant employment search services.
It all starts with self-awareness and attitude
Knowing oneself is all about having a deep understanding of one’s interests, values, skills, limitations, feelings, and motives. People with a high sense of self-awareness know how their actions impact on their chances of getting a job.
The most common mistakes job seekers often make is assuming that they are not employed and hence, waste a lot of priceless time often in unproductive ventures.
Truth be told, we all have 24 hours and as jenifer365.com puts it: “It comes down to what’s important to you and it matters what you prioritize”.
My simple advice is that if you are currently unemployed, approach your job search as a full-time employment (8:00 AM to 5 Pm) and I guarantee you success!
Interacting with job seekers on a daily basis, one question I often ask is the number of applications they have been able to roll out on a weekly and monthly basis. The answers to this all-important question has been almost always below par!
Tip: As a job seeker, one important fact you must note is that you cannot get a new job without applying for jobs and the more jobs you adequately prepare and apply for, the better your chances!
A Well Chosen Career Path Will Set You Apart From the Crowd
No matter your job search situation, there is no need for you to opt for a job or career that interest you not. In most instances, such jobs seldom match applicant’s skills leading to your rejection. Thus, unplanned throw-out of applications is not advisable.
You may assume that, settling for a particular niche as a job seeker, slims down the number of applications you can roll out and hence your prospects. This is far from the truth. From now on just identify a chosen niche and stay in there!
Interacting with job seekers, I am often confronted with candidates who appeared to be unprepared for the question: “which job category, job title, industry are you interested in?’
The trick is to settle for a specific job title and industry and your dream job is closer to you than you can ever imagine.
Tip: It’s easier to stand out from the job-seeking crowd when you have a unique combination of skills, experience or attributes. In an environment where “success is being redefined by expertise”, those lacking specialized skills find it harder to get work.
Identify and Hone Your Skill Set
A job listing in Ghana in most instances gets over 1,000 views and hundreds of applications.
This is why there is a need for every job seeker to identify skill sets and unique selling points (USPs). USPs are special skills that set an applicant apart from other job seekers.
According to jobs.ac.uk identifying your skills sets involves two main stages: Identifying your USPs and then communicating their relevancy during a job application and interviews. In identifying your USPs Consider
Step 1-Evaluate: Based on your academic qualification, work experience, and your interests, identify things you can do well.
Step 2- Differentiate Identity within the skills you possess, specific skills or personal traits that differentiate you from others and make you a valuable employee.
In doing this, back up your list with evidence such as numbers, dates, and location to make it credible.
Step 3- Research: Examine the industry as well as companies in the industry and their skills requirement. You can get this information by researching the company job description.
Some companies also have their staff portfolio on their website and this can be a valuable source of information. This research will reveal the strengths and skills that appeal most in your chosen field.
Step 4-Compare: Having identified your core skills and what your prospective employer wants, it is time to blend the two.
The overlap of what employers want and your skills set constitutes your USPs that sets you apart from other candidates.
If you did not find this overlap, then, it implies that you will have to repeat step one to four in a more thorough and detailed manner.
Step 5-Detail: The final step is to effectively communicate your USPs orally and in writing. Expand the details, and show in definite terms how your experience and skills match up to the person specification to create a Unique Selling Point.
Tip: Clearly communicate your value proposition in writing and during interviews. Do not forget to improve upon skills areas that still needed attention!
Avoid Scam by Unmasking blind adverts
Not all job listings are genuine. In some instances even when the job posting is genuine it may still lack sufficient information to enable job seekers to make informed decisions.
As a job seeker, you need to read in-between the lines when you find a job listing you are interested in.
To ensure that a particular job is legitimate, follow all the links provided in the job advert to confirm whether it is still active or not. If some of the links are not functional, then note that the job listing might have expired.
Also, check the company website to confirm the company name and crosscheck their career page for more information on the offer.
It is also important to check for grammatical and formatting errors, and how detailed the job advert is. All these are potential clues that will prevent you from throwing your application to a nonexistent agency!
In the context of Ghana, most adverts are what career experts termed “blind adverts”.
A blind advert is one that does not reveal the name of the employer or the recruitment agency behind it. Whenever you come across a blind advert, unmask it by observing the following:
• Check the organization website and social media profiles.
• Check for the organizational tagline. Once you see a tagline you can simply research online and you might come across the agency
• Check for clues in the email address provided in the job advert. For instance, an email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org tells you straight away that this email address belongs to example.com
• Check for industry information. If the organization is one of the leaders in its industry it means that you can narrow your search down to a few industries.
• If the location data is geolocated you can easily track the specific location of the agency.
• Check for the same job description in other job portals and you might be able to get additional information.
Tip: Unmasking blind adverts protects you from job scam and gives you a competitive urge over other job seekers
Customize your CV and Cover Letter to suit each position of Interest
What a hiring manager looks for in a candidate is depended on the job at hand. A sales recruiter looks out for bestsellers whilst a teacher recruiter looks out for people who are simply awesome at teaching.
To effectively do this, recruiters have developed two main ways of eliminating bad eggs: using applicant tracking systems and quick scans. Both have one thing in common: keywords.
It is, therefore, a must to make your CV responsive to the keywords per job application.
This is the best way of using your skills and achievements to persuading the hiring manager that you are the best fit for the job Click here for a CV service. For differences between CVs and Resume please click here.
The simple trick to customize your resume, therefore, is to identify the keywords as highlighted in the sample below:
(Organisation name ommited) is a development organization serving more than 20 million people worldwide each year? The organization’s mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions (Your objective or profile and this mission should be in harmony).
(Organisation name omitted) is seeking Ghanaian nationals for the position of Field Agents for the Example program in partnership with the Example Foundation. This program is designed to create jobs and business opportunities for disadvantaged urban youth in Ghana and will focus on capacity building/training for youth development in the construction sector in Ghana.
The Field Agent will provide data support for the YIEDIE field activities in all 5 project cities. In this role, s/he will assist the YIEDIE team by visiting specified communities/areas in order to carry out the following tasks.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Applications should be sent to email@example.com latest by 25th June 2019. Applications without the job title and location will not be considered.
Enhance your online presence with a good LinkedIn profile
An online presence can make a big difference in your job search. If you want better career opportunities, utilizing Linkedin can make you stand out among other job-seekers and offer unique networking opportunities.
Most recruiters use social media like LinkedIn to look out for quality candidates and to inform their hiring decisions.
LinkedIn tops the preferred social hiring tools list. Do you have a LinkedIn account? If yes when was the last time you updated it?
An obsolete social media profile does more harm than good.
With an updated formal profile picture, some good recommendations, and value-added work experience you can get yourself a good social media profile. Here are the benefits of a good LinkedIn profile
• You are able to provide a link to your portfolio in your CV. This sends pointers to recruiters as to where they should search for your online information
• You are able to link your portfolio (website) to popular social media sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, google plus, twitter, and Pinterest).
• You are able to create and safely store different versions of your CV in your portfolio. This is a smart way of buying time in your job search and also, it guarantees safety as your documents are safer when uploaded onto your website.
• Your portfolio provides the room for you to provide practical examples of what you can do using audio, video, text and pictures as it enables you to showcase your
The smartest way to enhance your online presence this 2019 is to create a LinkedIn profile. A well-designed LinkedIn profile will grant you a lot of interviews without you rolling out applications. You can get a good profile here
Be well prepared for your call to interview
Once you are called to interview you need to adequately prepare and give it your best. Consider our step by step guide to planning for job interviews here
See yourself through other people’s lenses
Whether you like it or not someone must definitely help you in your job search. Who should be in your help list, how do you seek for help, and in which areas of your job search do you need to ask for help?
Your job search help list can include people such as friends, family, past lecturers and other contacts on your LinkedIn network.
The best way to seek help even if it is from friends is to make it formal by sending an email or letter. If it is an email you can attach a sample of your CV. A typical help email can be formatted like the one presented below:
Dear friends and family,
I hope all is well! Thank you so much for all the leads and advice you have sent me so far as I look for a new marketing job in Accra (specifically within the non-profit sector).
I just wanted to let you all know I am still looking for a job opportunity, so if you hear of any open positions, or can think of any contacts you might be able to put me in touch with, I’d greatly appreciate hearing about them.
I’ve attached my resume once more; I’d appreciate it if you could show it to any contacts you have in the industry.
Thank you again!
First name Last name
It is also important to target the support you seek from others. Allow your friends, family, and mentors to review your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.
This will enable you to correct avoidable mistakes and properly format your documents. You can also rely on trained experts such as career counselors and resume writers to fine-tune what you already have.
Deal with interview rejections the right way
Whether dating, marriage or job searching, almost every individual has faced one form of rejection or the other.
The good news, however, is that it takes less time to forget a relationship failure than a failed interview. The following points can successfully help you to remain optimistic in the midst of job rejections:
According to Psychologist, the first step in dealing with rejection is called venting.
It involves sharing the frustration, disappointment, and anger after your job rejection in a confidential setting. Just talk to your closed friends and family about it for a short while?
Diversify your job search efforts:
Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Plan B is important. Even if you nailed the job interview, there is still that window that you might not be hired. You need not to lose momentum
Ask for feedback after interviews
If you do not get the job always ask for constructive feedback. Probably, you were not the right fit for the job.
A feedback will help you to identify the weaknesses in your CV and interview performance and appropriately address them to get better results next time.
The best way to deal with rejection is to keep a smile on your face. Transform each job rejection you encounter into a learning opportunity and stay focused on your career objectives.
In most instances, rejections prepares you for more fulfilling and credible job opportunities in the future: According to www.theballancecareers.com
“sometimes it’s hard to know exactly why a candidate was rejected and it could be you were too qualified. If that’s the case, the employer may come back at a later date with a better job offer”.
Therefore it is advisable to avoid burning bridges. Leaving a positive impression with the employer is very desirable.
Send a Reply to Job Rejection Emails
Immediately after a job rejection notice, it is important to send a reply. This is an example of a job rejection email I used earlier:
Thanks for letting me know about your decision.
While I’ll admit that I’m disappointed I won’t be able to work as part of the [organization] team in Ghana, it truly was great to meet you and learn more about the great work that you’re doing.
I’m excited to keep following [organization] activities in Ghana, and I’ll keep an especially close eye on [ Name of Project]
Thanks once again for the opportunity, [name of hiring manager], and I hope our paths cross again in the future. I’m wishing you and [organization] all the best moving forward.
Go down a less traditional career path
Lauren Hargrave described a less traditional path as “bruising yet beautiful” She opined that:
Unlike the attorneys and accountants you know, your trajectory isn’t neatly outlined in an employee handbook. Instead, you’ll have to create your own road map. You’ll draw on all of your resources, employ a bit of trial and error, doubt yourself (then learn to trust yourself), and do it all while the people around you tell you, “you can’t.
When you hear of titles like UX designer, Casino business executive, and freelancer what comes to your mind? Have you bothered to find out what this less traditional career opportunities offer?
In some instances, it does not demand much effort to easily adapt and take advantage of emerging career prospects especially in the field of information and communication technologies.
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