28Aug

Work as an Online Teacher

Ever since the beginning of Covid-19 lot of people have been left stranded either because they have lost their jobs or because they had to take a pay cut, this had made lot of people left stressed as they are struggling to pay their bills.

However if you are good in English you might try to teach English online for extra money, there are some people who do this as their only source of income and they are making a lot of money by just teaching English while they are sitting at the comfort of their homes

The first step for you is to check which program would work for you and then register, there are many companies online offering this services

Some companies that you can try:

  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment
  • ACT Government
  • DaDa
  • Skyeng
  • New Oriental
  • EC English Language Centers
  • A.P.C.
  • Jessica Szucs
  • Acadsoc
  • 51Talk
  • iTutorGroup

 

How much do they pay?

This varies from company to company, you can expect to earn R100 and more per hour depending on the company

I think this is worth a try, especially for people who lost their jobs or people working flexible hours.

27Aug

Should you pay for a Job?

The quick answer is no, Job seekers are not suppose to pay for a job or for a job interview at any stage during the employment process, Employers are the ones that pay employees salary at the end of the month or at an agreed date.

Any Job that wants you to pay before you are hired is probably a scam and should be reported to law enforcement officers, However in the arts industries, some casting agencies do require you to pay for a portfolio or a joining fee which is acceptable by the industry laws.

Some Recruitment agencies also offer some Resume writing services as an add-on to their service offerings and also this is accepted by law as the service provider is not actually giving you a job but rather offering to organise your CV so that you can have a better chance of getting an interview.

Training, some recruiters also offer training services as an add-on to their recruitment services and charge for this service, this is also allowed by law, what you as a jobseeker should do is research first and find out if that training will improve your chances of getting a job before you waste money on something that is completely valueless.

Bribes, Remember that is illegal to pay someone to hire you, you as a jobseeker and the person you are bribing to hire you might be arrested if this comes out, you should always follow the proper procedure of searching for jobs, apply and wait to be short listed just like everyone else.

Best of Luck on your Job search and don’t fall a victim of job scams.

26Aug

Can Online Courses Boost your CV?

Today there are hundreds of courses being offered online, some are accredited and some are not, so how do you pick the right course that will actually add some credibility to your CV?

Research research and more Research, before you embark on any online course it is very important that you do your due diligent about the institution offering the course, research about the the course itself.

After finding the right institution you need to ask yourself, what do you want to gain from the course? Do you want to learn a specific skill or do you want to earn some credits?

After deciding on the above you can then go ahead and register for your preferred course, then the hard work start

Studying online is not always as easy as it seems, it needs a lot of dedication and discipline as you don’t have anyone to push you to go to the class but it also be fun

 

What is good about Online Courses?

You can learn on your own time –  because you don’t have to go to a traditional lecture room, online studying gives you access to your course 24/7

You can study at your own pace – because you are not in a lecture room you can choose to study at your own pace, fast or slow according to what feels comfortable to you, this can make you understand better

Is Cheap – Yes studying online is much cheaper than fulltime studying at a college or university, this can make you save money and still learn as much as someone who is attending lectures daily.

You can learn from anywhere – Because everything is online, you can register for a course at University of Cape Town while you are in Limpopo and still get full online support.

 

Type of online Courses

– Courses aligned to professional development: These courses are linked to specific professions and are often offered by professional bodies
– Courses to improve skills (new learners): Individuals fresh out of school or university are new to the job market. Since they have little to no experience of the workplace, they add value to their skills set by understanding the basic business requirements such as business etiquette, report writing, communication skills and time management.
– Courses to improve skills (advanced learners): These individuals are already within the organisational sector. They seek to improve skills in their current workspaces and their future development.
– Courses to improve hobbies: Learners have an opportunity to learn new skills which they enjoy on a personal level, such as floral arrangements or make-up application. Some of them use these skills to catapult their entrepreneurial careers.

Do these online courses have some weight?

I would say yes, some do carry some weight and can be a great boost to your CV, while other courses might not be accredited, you still learn some skill that can help you do your job better, companies can also see that you are able to work on your own without supervision.

26Aug

Can you lose your job because of your social media?

Social media networks have grown in massive numbers ever since the inception of Facebook, big companies, politicians and entertainers both use social media to interactive with their followers and clients.

This makes it more interesting, how does it effects you as an employee or potential future employee?

Surely your social media account is yours, shouldn’t bother your employer right? oh well wrong!!

A study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of employers recruit via social media, and 43% of employers screen job candidates through social networks and search engines.

That is a big percentage of Employers who are monitoring you via social media, they also check your behaviour, conduct and your interaction with others, so you are actually under a microscope 24/7 like a little naughty child.

We have also heard a lot of cases where an employee was fired because of what they posted on social media , brands want to be associated with people who are well mannered and behaved even when they leave their offices.

Feeling like not going to work tomorrow? some people have done this, went and get sick notes while they were actually not sick and then go partying with friends and post photos on social networks and their bosses saw the posts, guess what? they got fired.

I’m sure you have heard about a lot of celebrities who have lost endorsements because of their social media posts.

So my advise is always behave on social media as not doing so might jeopardise a life changing chance that was coming your way.

25Aug

How to Write a Cover Letter

A cover letter is the one that gives the potential employer a glimpse about you, so it should be very catchy, memorable and straight to the point, if your cover letter is interesting enough it will make the potential employer to want to check your CV and even short list you for an interview, therefore your cover letter should be treated as a key to your interview door.

Other important fact when writing a cover letter is, it should be based on a specific job and specific company, generic cover letters wont lend you an interview, so is very important to search the company that you want to send your CV to beforehand so that your letter should be directed specifically to that company.

Less is more, your cover letter should never be more than one page, one page is enough to catch the potential employer, so make it straight to the point, main point of the cover letter is to convince the potential employer to hire you because you are the best candidate for the job.

Your cover letter should include the following

  • Header with date and contact information – This section should include your contact information, date of application and recipient’s contact information. If you’d like, you can also center your name and address at the top of the page, mirroring the way it looks on your resume.

 

  • Salutation or greeting – If it is possible try to find the name of the person who will be reviewing applications for the job. Address your letter to this person with a common business greeting, such as “Dear” or “Hello.”

 

  • Opening paragraph – In the first paragraph of your letter, mention the job title for which you’re applying and where you saw the position posting. Explain your specific interest in the role and company so the reader knows you’ve done your research and have genuine interest. Briefly state the main experience or qualification you have that makes you a good fit. The first section of your cover letter is also the first impression the reader will have of you, so it is important to appeal to that person quickly and succinctly.

 

  • Middle paragraph – Your second paragraph should be a brief overview of your background as is relevant to the position. Here, you should include key achievements, skills and specialties that make you particularly suited to perform well in the position. Focus on one or two and provide specific details about your success including measurable impacts you made.

 

  • Closing paragraph – The next paragraph should focus on another key achievement or skill that is relevant to the position. Instead of repeating details from your resume, expand on specific stories or anecdotes that display your fitness for the role. Again, focus on stories that demonstrate the skills and qualifications outlined in the job description.

 

  • Letter ending and signature – You should end your cover letter with a paragraph that summarizes the reasons you are applying for the role and why you would be a great fit. Keep the cover letter conclusion brief and explain that you look forward to hearing from the employer with the next steps. End with your signature at the bottom.
25Aug

What must your Resume Include

A CV is one of the most important document that sell us to to the potential employer for a potential job, so it is very important that your CV stand out from other thousands of CVs that employers receive everyday So how to write your CV, What do you include? 1. The first part of your CV should always tell an Employer about you – This part should include your contact information: Here you must Include your full names, address, phone number and email address. 2. A Potential employer already know who you are at this stage, now you must tell them more about your Qualifications – List all schooling from high school through postdoctoral (if applicable). Include the title of the degree you earned, the year you graduated and the name of the school. 3. I’m sure you have heard a saying that says experience is the best teacher, Your potential employer is interested in knowing if you are bringing any previous experiences or not, so make sure you list all your previous employers in this section. – Include the organization where you worked, the job title, the dates you were employed and a summary of your experience and achievements. 4. Are you a top achiever? If you have won some accolades this is the best section to let your potential employer know that you are a hard worker and have been awarded some awards for your hard work. – For each award, add the name, year received, the organization that gave you the award and any pertinent details (such as how often it’s presented). 5. Can anyone verify the information you have submitted? – Your CV should always include references, these are usually your previous employers or school leaders or any person from any organisation that you were/are associated with, don’t include friends and family.   In a nut shell… Your CV Should include
  • Your full names and contact details
  • Work Experience
  • Educational background
  • Skills
  • References
Based on various industries, a CV can also include
  • Professional Certifications
  • Professional Associations
  • Languages
  • Additional Training and Courses
  • Awards
  • Blogging and Influencing
  • Volunteer Experience
Always remember to keep your CV Short and straight to the point, employers receive loads and loads of CVs and don’t have time to read long CVs.
25Aug

Can Online Freelancers Make money in SA

Yes, you can make a living in South Africa, in fact you can live a comfortable life as a freelancer , it all depends on how much work you want to put down, remember that starting out as freelancer will be much harder for someone who is just coming out of school, while it will be much easier for someone who was working for a company and has built contacts over a long run.

How do you go about it?

First thing first, you need to have some sort of skill or expertise that you want to provide your services for, you might consider learning a bit more about the skill and make sure you perfect it before you start freelancing, you must also learn from your competition and see how they market themselves, how they provide their services, pricings etc.

Most popular freelancing niches

1. Blogging – everyone knows what blogging is all about, blogging is when you create a website and write content about a particular topic(s) or service(s) and hopefully build a great amount of following , the more following you have the more you will make money.

How do I make money from blogging?

You can sell ads space, you can use google adsense, affiliate marketing, sell content, consulting services and more, the opportunities are endless.

2. Writing – Nowadays content is king and a lot of companies and individuals are always out looking for great writers, with the right marketing strategy, you can make a good money as a writer.

3. Influencer – Yutube, Instagram, Twitter, facebook , Nowadays companies are working with social media influencers to reach their market easily, so maybe you can start building your social media following and be a brand influencer, influencers with lots of followers make a lot of money by working with various brands.

4. Web design and marketing – Covid-19 has shown businesses that going digital is the way to go now, if you know how to design websites or maybe know how to market them you can make a lot of money as companies are fighting for that number one spot on the internet.

5. Start your own company – You can start your own company rather than working for a boss, the rewards will be much higher after a lot of hard work.

6. Videographer – a lot of people are focusing on this field now, companies are looking for people to put their marketing videos on youtube, Vloggers are also looking for crew to create their videos, with a right marketing strategy you will make a lot of money here.

There are a lot of ways to make money as a freelancer, I have just covered these few for now but you must always follow your passion and your passion will pay for your bills.

25Aug

Is a Low paying job Good for you?

Most of us find ourselves with this dilemma or problem to solve, this is just how the job hunting process works and we can not always run away from this.

The answer to this question is yes and no!! ??

Yes!!

I would say if you are just starting out or fresh from college you should accept a low paying job, working on this job will give you work experience and references for future job applications, this is how majority of us start, we start from the bottom going going up.

Remember that this might be a low paying job, but in life opportunities come when we least expert them, a better paying job might pop up at the same company for you to apply or maybe if they like your work ethics they might give you a promotion, better job and better pay.

No!!

I would say don’t take a low paying job if you believe you have enough experience not to be a junior in a company as accepting this job wont make you happy and if you are not happy, you are likely not to be productive for the company, rather try to negotiate a better rate if you really want the job.

The job might be too demanding while the rewards are little, the job might not allow you time to look and apply for better jobs and then you end up stuck here for a lot time.

24Aug

Working from home, Good or Bad?

South Africa has been on lockdown for over a year now and majority of employees have been working from home as this has become the new normal due to covid19.

Is it better than working from the office?

For a lot of people working from home is way better than working from the office because they have less logistics to do in the morning, they no longer have to wake up early and prepare to go to the office, you can actually work in your bed under your blankets and still be very productive.

You only need your laptop and internet to work, which means you can pretty much work  from anywhere in the world, you can even go on a holiday with your family and still be able to work, pretty cool.

Saving on Petrol, some people spend as much as R1000 a week on petrol , this is a big saving as you don’t have to travel as often like before.

Saving on lunch, you no longer need to take lunch to work or buy take always everyday, that’s a lot of savings.

Your own peace of mind, working with lots of people with different personalities can be annoying at times, so you don’t have to deal with that annoying colleague “LOL”.

Familiar space, you know your home better, you know where to sit and be more productive.

Spend more time with family, you can still be productive and still have quality time with your family, this is what we call mixing business with pleasure.