UGANDA: Advice for new graduates
In Case You Missed It Congratulations on getting your degree and many thanks to your parents who made this possible.
As a fellow degree holder, mother, employer and former recruiter, let me give you unsolicited advice but it is not like anyone else is doing it.
1. Clean up your social media on all platforms. Make your profile reflect a professional image. To this effect, remove inappropriate photos and posts. All remaining posts must be in correct English. Abbreviations are a sign of laziness or illiteracy
2. Prepare your CV. Two types of this. The one you are going to use for merit jobs and your Linkedin profile, online job sites. This one must be only one page. You can search on my blog for “CV Sample” and you will find many of these one page CVs. The other type of CV is the garbage they taught you to use in Uganda. The one that tells your life story and can be 4 to 12 pages. Keep this CV for your shithole jobs and carpet interviews. Serious money merit jobs expect a CV of one page for every 10yrs of work experience. I have 30yrs of work experience in some great jobs but my CV is only 1 page.
3. If you have not yet done so, set up an account on Linkedin. It is the social media platform for professionals and employers. You can look at my profile to guide you on how brief and concise your profile should be. Linkedin, if your profile is properly set up, will send you weekly emails of jobs which match your profile.
4. If you do not have an email account, please necer talk to me again. Even my dog and cat have email accounts. Go set up yours.
5. Your email should be set up to match your social media to match your CV. For example, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. On all social media platforms, it is either mlnangalama or Martha Leah Nangalama which matches my CV, degree, transcripts and passport.
Examples of bad things:
i) Nakabina on Facebook, @Swiri789 on Twitter, MuwalaWaJajja@hotmail.com and the CV has Leah Namutebi. Okay chump, who on earth will take you seriously? This is rubbish.
ii) Prince Ddungu on Facebook, @Ddungu123 on Twitter is acceptable but for email, he uses DdunguLove@gmail.com. Excuse me, are you a porn star?
6. Use Google to find online job sites. On these, set up an account (it is always free) and upload your resume (CV). Keep checking these sites daily for new job postings.
7. Job search is a full time job. You will spend 40hrs a week on this job. These hours should be spent actively looking for jobs on the internet, reading current affairs and reading self improvement material. By self improvement, I mean posts like this and others which give tips on life skills. Improve your English skills of reading and writing. Chances are very high that the well paying job requires fluent English.
8. Scrutinize job offers you get on Facebook. Many good jobs are advertised on Facebook. However, many scams are also pushed on Facebook. When in doubt, just run a Google search on that company.
9. Writing a cover letter is very easy. Check my blog for “cover letter sample”.
10. You will get interviews. Read before you go to any job interview. Even if it is volunteer position. Check my blog for “Job interview tips”.
MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA https://dlvr.it/RL4mlH