It’s no secret that finding a job in South Africa can be a challenging and highly frustrating process. While the country has a dire shortage of skilled individuals, there are thousands of individuals who are unemployed and who are actively seeking work.
Even though research has shown that more individuals aim to find employment in Gauteng, which is widely renowned for being the economic hub of the country, there are also opportunities available in various major cities across the country.
Often called “The Friendly City” and “The Windy City”, Port Elizabeth is a major port in South Africa and one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province which has around 15% of the national population.
It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which has a population of over 1.3 million.
Port Elizabeth is also home to South Africa’s motor vehicle industry. The Eastern Cape Province has a population of 6.9 million. Research indicates that the unemployment rate in the province dropped to 29.1% in the second quarter of 2015- something that bodes well for individuals looking for employment in the province.
Here are a few resources for finding jobs in Port Elizabeth:
Start with self-assessment
You need to know what your strengths and weaknesses are before you apply for a job.
Conduct initial research
Find out more about the industry in which you want to work.
Get organised, so write, edit and revise your CV
Make sure that your CV is ready and presentable.
Don’t do it alone so you should utilise your network of contacts
Ask family and friends about any job opportunities they know of
Consider getting insights and advice from someone in your career field
Attempt to complete several job-related goals daily
Learn to market yourself