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Chitalu Ruth Nakaonga
Social worker in SA
Why I personally think job hunting could be a waste of time!
When I was in my final year of varsity, my lecturer told me that if I had to apply for 50 jobs, I would have to have 50 different resumes. At the time, I thought it was a joke. Apart from that, there was a need for numerous cover letters for the different companies being applied to. I have come to realize that I have been wasting my time being fixated on finding a job when I should be fixated on finding a way to understand who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I studied social work, and quite frankly, I wouldn't mind working as one, however, the scarcity of opportunities is driving me into a corner I never thought I'd explore, entrepreneurship. I would say job hunting could be a waste of time because I have heard many stories of people looking for one opportunity for more than 5 years, I have learnt that I do indeed need to structure my resume differently for every different opportunity, all the opportunities I have come across need me to provide a cover letter, and some companies do not provide constructive feedback off the bat for reasons for rejection. As I write this email, I have gone through numerous rejections. Being rejected for a job opportunity means different things to different people. Some use this to work harder whilst for some it leads to a depression. For me, it has led me to the realization that working for someone is not for me. A desire to develop an online business has been evoked in me. If covid-19 has taught me anything, it is the power of the online community and the need for global connections. I have been applying for jobs on and off for 1 year and what I've learnt is that there is a disconnect between the employer and the job seeker. The fixation on skills and what the individual can offer even before the individual is met, is something I have a problem with. I personally believe that an employer can only get to know the job seeker by giving them an opportunity (even if it means a one month probationary period). This disconnect has led me to asking myself very necessary and difficult questions about who I truly am and what I need to do with my life. Although I understand that being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, I do believe that every single human being has an innate gift/talent/ability that they can use to make a living. Now I am not saying I have it all figured out, far from it, but I pass the baton unto you, what are some of the difficult questions you have had to ask yourself as the realization of 2021 begins to settle in? I would really love to hear everyone's job seeking journey!

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