5 Key Tips for Searching Jobs in Ghana

5 Key Tips for Searching Jobs in Ghana

Tired of not being called for interviews? Get some key tips for searching jobs in Ghana to help you stay aloft the unemployment situation in Ghana.

The average graduate from any level of academic study will attest to the fact that the most dreaded stage in life is looking for jobs in Ghana after school. It is indeed one of the most daunting,time consuming, frustrating and depressing process to go through considering the associated complications that come with job search.  Some jobseekers fall victim of job scams through the process, others don’t wait for forever to even get their application acknowledged by recruiters or employers.  The phenomenon appears to prevalent as far as job search in Africa as a whole is concerned.

Admist the aforementioned situation, people are still getting hired anyway. Could it be they are doing something right or merely a matter of usual nepotism also known as ‘whom you know’ canker.

The author believes while nepotistic tendencies might be rife, it obviously cannot sustain the manpower needs of the Ghana particularly for specialised roles such as programming jobs in Ghana, Engineering jobs in Ghana, Medical expert jobs etc. Thus some individuals who have been successful at getting the seemingly limited jobs in Ghana may most likely be using some tried and tested jobsearch techniques that others maybe unaware of or may not be implementing well.

Some tips which may have been overlooked and thus dwindling the chances of getting hired are discussed below.

Take Advantage of job fairs 

One of the safest ways to avoid the unemployment situation like the plaque is to aggressively pursue career fairs in your final year of study. Career or job fairs give you an opportunity for direct cv assessment and instant interview. It is one of the many ways to secure your dream job before you graduate. The competition is somehow limited compared to response to application of job boards in Ghana of which adverts are most likely to be overwhelmed with applications. Some students sometimes secure their national service jobs in Ghana before they graduate. This technique save lots of time and the risk of joining and competing with the ever increasing unemployed graduates in Ghana and Africa as a whole. In the worst case scenario attendees of job fairs benefit from free professional CV reviews and mock interviews which will equip them for the next opportunity. You can make use of  your schools career service or Eventbrite website or app to monitor the next career fair in your locality.

Be Professional and avoid sarcasm at all cost

It is often said the world is culturally diverse and thus it is advisable to avoid excesses in simple things including but not limited to you email address, your social media usernames.Email addresses  can now be done in a matter of under a minute using google gmail account.It is advisable to use simple  email addresses typically including your surname and first name. Assuming a first name and surname called kofi Agata respectively, a suitable email address  can be created  with combinations such as kofiagata@domainname.com; agatakofi@domainname.com;kagata@domainae.com;akofi@domainname.com etc. Having seen recommended formats, some combinations you are advised to avoid are sexykofiagata@gmail.com, f**ckagata@gmail.com etc. It is worth mentioning that where as everyone is entitled to use whatever username it is better to professional than sorry for no want can tell the discretion used by  recruiters.Also bear in mind recruiters view jobseekers profiles by using emails provided on CV, thus you should avoid surprises by giving a different impression of what your CV suggest.

Make the best out of Job boards in Ghana

Yes, not many people are using job portals to their advantage.  Online portal have superseded the mainstream print media as where jobseekers search jobs in Ghana. Some people are used to searching every other day on job portals to see if there are latest jobs in Ghana for them to apply. This is indeed time consuming and some tactics need to be adapted so you don’t have to spend long hours for job search in Ghana. Try to use filters available on most job bards to show relevant contents based on keywords. Say jobs by industry, jobs by country, jobs by time posted etc.  Remember to include this filters to subscribe to job alerts so you make sure you are not spammed with irrelevant jobs. Setting up job alerts automatically sends you notification once your jobs of interest become available. Uploading your cv on job board databases helps reverse the job search cycle whereby recruiters rather contact job seekers upon seeing uploaded cv and cover letter. Thus it is important to ensure your CV is up to date.Utilise networking sites LinkedIn and follow relevant jobboards on linkedin and international recruiters to also get real time updates of latest vacancies.

Add value to your academic qualifications

Due to the competitive job market in Ghana and Africa as a whole it is very important to add value to one’s academic qualifications to give him or her a competitive edge during the shortlisting process. I guess you are already wondering about the cost involved in pursuing professional courses right? If you answered yes, you have no excuse at all! in this age and era if internet, job seekers need to take advantage of the numerous free online training courses courses covering every discipline by collaboration between top universities on single platforms. Certificates of participation and diplomas are awarded after taking these courses typical;y spanning at least  4weeks on a fast pace. So you see all you need to add value to yourself is a pc and internet. Some of such popular websites are edX, Coursera, codeacdemy, Udemy amongst others. What are you waiting visit those websites and start leaning something new and add to your CV in order to pass the first impression test.

Apply for relevant jobs

The last but not least key tip is making sure you are applying for the right job. Most job seekers out of desperation might decide to apply for any job in Ghana without even bordering about the job description. This unfortunate phenomenon rather adds insults to injury and might send your tendencies of getting a call up to oblivion!.How can on manage such a situation then? The simple answer is submit your Cvs reasonably by always modifying your CV to meet every other job description or specification. Example job specification for management account would be different from financial accountant.This will indeed take you a long way to get an interview call up rather than just using the same CV for all applications out of desperation. Remember recruitment this days are automated hence not drafting your CV to meet job specification will be filtered by bots and never get to be considered by human recruiters.

Moro Gouni Author