Job searching in Zambia in 2022 can be a very difficult task and it can become a job in itself. But like always, a challenge is an opportunity to learn something new and I’ve been pleased to discover a few more methods to find a job other than the traditional job search websites and newspaper listings. Here are a few ways to help you find a job in Zambia in 2022.
1. Newspapers and job search websites
These two are probably the most common ways to find a job in Zambia. Many employers make employment listings in newspapers and job search websites.
In the initial stages of my job search, I bought a newspaper every Monday until I realized that most job listings would also be on job search websites like Go Zambia Jobs. Also, I didn’t always find jobs I was interested in so I would end up feeling like I had wasted money buying these papers so I opted to stick with job search websites.
Read more about the best sites to find a new job here.
2. Social Media
Social media is my favourite way to get jobs, it takes a bit of work and some intentionality but I can guarantee you a 100% success if you put in the work! I got most of all my major jobs through social media.
In this digital age, networking goes beyond just your family, friends and networking events, you can reach anyone from anywhere in the world. Social media is a huge networking event, make the most of it.
Make a list of organisations you would like to work in and find people who have the jobs you’d like to have, who work in organizations you’d like to work in, prospective employers, connect with them. Join Facebook/LinkedIn groups in your desired industry. Join Industry related clubs. Don’t be afraid to build relationships. Use your social media to show people what you can do, advertise yourself. Learn more about getting started on LinkedIn here.
3. Door to Door Job Hunting
This is where you step into a business or company, introduce yourself and ask if they have any job openings. It sounds simple and I was naïve enough to use this approach in my door-to-door job hunting until one day, I had to evaluate why this wasn’t working for me and how I could make it better. And I came up with a killer door-to-door job hunting strategy. Read more about it here.
Although, I must say that this method is a little old fashioned and a a modern way to do this, would be to send speculative emails and make cold calls. Many Zambian companies are going digital; they’re on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, they have websites. Look around their social media for contact details, make calls, write emails. Market yourself well, you might just get a good job.
4. Networking in your circles
If you had told me two years ago that networking in my circles would get me a job, I would have never believed it! It didn’t ever work for me until I started creating friendships with people in my field. I’ve gotten so many gigs based on recommendations
Most companies, especially private companies, ask their employees for referrals because it’s way easier than just hiring. Start by drawing up a list of people you may know who may be able to help you. Approach them and ask them if can help you get a job.
Make sure to attend networking events, join industry affiliated clubs/societies and always remember to carry printed out resumes to these events. You never know who you meet.
And whatever happens; don’t lose hope, don’t be discouraged. It’s going to be just fine in the end.