The first step to making your job hunt easier is to know what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Make sure you know what your marketable skills are. It will help you target your job search and submit good applications rather than hundreds of average applications.

It is important to understand which industries in South Africa are experiencing growth and which jobs are in demand. Then you can begin to match your skills and interests to those jobs. Doing this can help you speed up your job search.

For young South Africans with very little or no work experience, the industries with the most entry-level jobs are:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing & Construction

What jobs and scarce skills are in high demand?

Currently, South Africa desperately needs skilled workers, also known as artisans or specialised technicians. There are as many as 829 800 jobs available for skilled workers in South Africa, in a variety of different industries. Find out more about artisans and becoming a skilled worker by following the link below.

Depending on the time of the year and the state of the economy, some industries increase production and have more jobs available than others. The industries that are experiencing the most growth in South Africa are:

  • Business & Finance
  • IT
  • Telecommunications

We recommend that you browse through job descriptions found online to see what's out there and what to expect from the job before making a decision. A good website to look at is CareerHelp. Remember gaining knowledge about the industry and the job you are interested in can help you achieve your career goals.

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