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So, you’ve completed your degree. Well done. That’s a promising first step to a great career. However, with a vast number of graduates entering the market at the same time as you, you’ll need to make a good impression at job interviews if you’re to stand any chance of success.
The thing is, preparing for interviews goes beyond having a degree and a well-crafted CV. You’ve got to understand what potential employers are looking for to even get in the door. Then you need to make sure you really stand out, and for the right reasons.
“That means taking care of some important details,” says Vuyo Kobokoane, Executive Head: PPS Foundation. “When applying for a job with an email address like TheGorgeousOne007@gmail.com, for example, a potential employer won’t take you seriously.”
She should know. The PPS Foundation has been partnering extensively with various organisations to prepare graduates for the world of work, fulfilling of one of their key pillars. With some of their programmes aimed specifically at enhancing job-readiness such as the LEAP Programme, they’ve been providing the skills needed for graduates to become economically empowered professionals.
Kobokoane shares her top tips for beating the competition to secure your first job:
“Being prepared is key, but also remember to be yourself,” concludes Kobokoane, “As clichéd as this might sound, the employer doesn’t only want to see if you can do the job. They also want to assess whether you are a good fit for the company, and that you are in person, what you seem to be on paper”.
PPS members enjoy access to a comprehensive suite of financial and healthcare products that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of graduate professionals.
PPS is the largest South African company of its kind that still embraces an ethos of mutuality, which means that it exists solely for the benefit of its members. Thus, PPS members with qualifying products share in the profits of PPS Insurance via annual allocations to the unique PPS Profit-Share Account and those who have qualifying PPS Provider products can also share in the profits of PPS Investments.