GABORONE, Botswana, February 2020/ — When you’re in the middle of it, the job application process can be frustrating. What should you include in a job application, CV, or cover letter? How many interviews should you expect to participate in – and how many interviewers will be at each one? And finally, how can you know when you’re approaching the end of the process and a possible job offer?
Stanbic Bank Botswana’s Head of Human Capital Business, Chedza Balopi answers questions around “Identifying where to apply and writing your application.”
Where does one start when they want to apply for a job?
One needs to appreciate that the world of work has evolved, businesses find that they have to continuously transform themselves for survival, that they need to be agile and responsive to their clients’ needs. This tells us that organisations are looking to recruit people of a certain calibre who are themselves, have an agile mindset and are cognitively flexible.
I would say one needs to try to understand the organisation they intend to apply to; who they are, what their vision and culture is etc and try to find one that aligns to their own aspirations and values. Then make sure that their curriculum vitae emphasises those attributes and skills that align to the organisation they are applying to. Applicants should also be aware that most organisations now hire for attitude and are willing to train for skill.
Understanding the job fit. Job fit is critical to every employee’s success – you want to realise your potential and ultimately grow (skills and experience).
Also consider the career field – whether you are transitioning from another field or are looking to make a lateral move, it is important to find work that is both challenging and rewarding for you. I spoke about the applicant’s personal values earlier but there are many other factors that may be important to you such as work life integration. We find that these issues bring a lot of dissatisfaction in the workplace so make sure you understand how the organisation operates and what its employee value proposition is.
How should one customise their curriculum vitae for each opportunity?
Invest in your CV, it must stand out and be relevant to the opportunity presented. Update your CV highlighting the strengths, skills and competencies you possess, keeping in mind the job you are applying for and which organisation you are applying to. Do not write the job description of your current or previous job but do take note of how the job is described on the advert and tell a convincing story through your CV such that the organisation will want to talk to you.
Organisations such as Stanbic Bank now have recruitment management systems that are able to filter candidates based on what the role requires. That is one more reason why you cannot send the same CV to different organisations in response to very different roles. Consider it your sales pitch which you have a few seconds to deliver and make an impact.
What are some of the sites and portals that assist in finding job opportunities?
Job boards and Career sites- is a website that facilitates job hunting. There are also Job fairs. Stanbic Bank Botswana has also partnered with HRDC.
The Fair will have career clinics in Maun, Francistown and Gaborone. As Stanbic Bank Botswana, we believe our youth are our future, and we must invest in and work with them to create an ecosystem that moves youth unemployment to a single digit number.
This benefits all in the long-term, and only sustainable, collaborative, and co- created platforms will make a true impact.