Jobs in South Africa: 5 must do’s before job searching With the web circulating with adverts for job opportunities, it should not be challenging to get a job, or even easier, a job interview; many however, during their job search, miss job opportunities by not doing the necessary preparation. Read further for the following 5 must do’s before job searching. Do some self-questioning Before your fingertips hit the keyboard, and you begin clicking away, the logical thing to do before you begin your job search is to know what job you want. Ask yourself the following questions: What job do I want? Why do I want this job Am I qualified for this job Once you have answered these basic questions, preparation for your job search is well on its way. This is the most important thing you should do before beginning your job search, as you would not want to search blindly for a job. Update your social media profile This is essential as potential employees always do a background check on their potential candidates. Should you not only clean-up and polish your social media profiles for potential employees, but because it creates a great image for yourself especially when you use social networks as a platform to promote and communicate. When updating your social media profiles such as LinkedIn, make sure that the information that you provide about career is correct and current. Cleaning up your social media profiles of your personal life before you do your job search is incredibly important and will benefit you in the long run. Gather all your achievements and experiences Before you begin to tackle your CV, you should compile a list of your achievements and experiences. The list that will form part of your CV, is beneficial when you send it to potential employees. Ensure that the list of your achievements, experiences, and qualifications should be specific and you should include proof of the listed where possible. Clean-up that CV After ridding all your social media profiles from your personal, and gathering all your achievements, the next step would be to clean-up your CV. A badly written CV is one of the main reasons why job searchers do not get the job they applied for. If you have no clue on how to clean-up your CV, get a professional to do it for you. Ensure that you include your list of achievements, as well as experience. Know your market Not only does polished social media profiles and a well-written CV show that you are the perfect candidate for the job, but being on top of the trends do too. Every industry has its trends, make sure that you know the market and all the industry’s trends as well as know the companies or people that you want to be professionally involved with.