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Imisebenzi Yethu founder empowers Khwela graduates

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

Khwela Youth Tourism Stars graduates had an empowering workshop with Imisebenzi Yethu founder Amanda Ntlokwana on job applications and the workplace.

Imisebenzi Yethu is an employment agency that focuses on giving employment opportunities to young people in small businesses. Ntlokwana who founded the agency six years ago said she founded it with the aim of encouraging small businesses to hire more skilled and qualified young people.

Through the agency we establish a relationship with small businesses. We bring skilled people forward for job opportunities and help applicants apply for jobs that suit their skill sets, she said.

Imisebenzi Yethu founder Amanda Ntlokwana

To kick start the workshop the founder said it was important for anyone looking for a job to look at the position in accordance with their personality, and to understand what it requires of them before applying.

Ntlokwana also touched on compiling a CV and cover letter. A CV tells a story of who you are; it has your personal details, your experiences and your skills. Be very straight forward when writing your skills and add relevant information. If you have done a training somewhere and have gotten a certificate for that particular program mention it on your CV.

Your cover letter should answer these 3 basic questions:

  1. Why are you applying for this job

  2. Where have you worked before

  3. When writing your cover letter customize it to fit the position for which you are applying.

Khwela alumni Phumezile Mnikina who attended the workshop said it was insightful.

The workshop was very informative especially when she started talking to us about the cover letter. She told us things we knew already, but now in a more impactful way. It will help us a great deal on our next job search, she said.

She urged job seekers to be mindful of what they post on their social media accounts, "companies are looking at social media accounts to make sure the candidate will be a good fit for their company. Your social media can increase or decrease your chances of getting hired. Be very careful of what you post on your social media as you don't know who might be looking at it, it could be your future employer."

Ntlokwana wrapped up the workshop by encouraging the graduates to create a LinkedIn account as this creates a network of recruiters and once you have secured a job it shows commitment and dedication.

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