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This is how you can increase your chances of getting your job application shortlisted in Malawi

Posted on: March 24, 2017

Following my last blog on “Why you are not being shortlisted for job interviews in Malawi,” I received  overwhelming feedback and requests that I should write a follow up blog that focuses on the “How”.  I thought I had to listen to the suggestions of my readers. Here is how you can do it. As mentioned in my last blog, it is not easy to get shortlisted as there is always tough competition for any advertised job vacancy. However, the key to getting your applic

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by Round Head

This is how you can increase your chances of getting your job application shortlisted in Malawi

Posted on: March 24, 2017

Following my last blog on “Why you are not being shortlisted for job interviews in Malawi,” I received  overwhelming feedback and requests that I should write a follow up blog that focuses on the “How”.  I thought I had to listen to the suggestions of my readers. Here is how you can do it. As mentioned in my last blog, it is not easy to get shortlisted as there is always tough competition for any advertised job vacancy. However, the key to getting your applic

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by Round Head

This is why you are not being shortlisted for a job interview in Malawi

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Following hundreds of emails I have been receiving from several job seekers and the conversations that followed, I thought it might be right to write about this topic today.  Thousands of Malawian job seekers are never invited to interviews despite submitting applications for several job vacancies. While many complaints have been about nepotism and favouritism, I think the reasons go beyond that.  I understand that many employers do not shortlist or recruit employees based on m

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by Round Head

Examples of Outstanding Cover Letters to land you that dream job in Malawi (Part 2 - Standard Letter)

Posted on: February 17, 2017

As promised, please find below an example of a standard cover letter.  You will notice that this is shorter and focused than the previous one.  Work experience makes a difference in making a cover letter short and focused. In our previous example- an inexperienced student had to write more to justify whey they should be picked. Here- your work says it all.  Enjoy!   Dear Sir/Madam, I wish to apply for the position of Marketing Manager, currently being advertised

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by Round Head

Applying for jobs without experience in a competitive Malawi Job Market? Here is some useful help

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Following my recent post, I had several feedback and suggestions regarding Cover Letters.  As I had mentioned, it is always not easy for an inexperienced individual to sell themselves to an employer in a very competitive job market.  So instead of providing another example this week, I decided that I provide some tips and guidance to those coming straight from school or college – or just those that do not have enough experience.  This may be helpful to those who have been se

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by Round Head

Change Your Life with a UNICAF Scholarship (Special Career Advice Feature)

Posted on: January 20, 2017

At the start of every New Year we make resolutions, which we usually forget about by the end of January: to eat sensibly, to exercise regularly, to save money to travel the world and many more. Yet, this is the best time to take a single decision, which can change your whole life: to study for an internationally recognised degree, that’s affordable and available at your own pace and time! The UNICAF Scholarship Programme can cover up to 80% of the cost of your tuition fees

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by Vincent Okeke, UNICAF

Examples of Outstanding Cover Letters to land you that dream job in Malawi (Part 1 - New Graduate)

Posted on: January 16, 2017

As many of you have been requesting for examples of a Cover Letter, I will be sharing some examples of Cover Letters in future posts. However, you must always keep in mind that a cover letter is not ever going to land you a job on its own, but you be assured that a poorly worded cover letter is going to cause doubts in the employers' mind right from the start. Just to recap from my previous article, an excellent cover letter explains why you, over all the other candida

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by Round Head

How to Write the Perfect and Convincing Cover (Motivation) Letter for a Job Application - Updated

Posted on: January 04, 2017

Following my posting of the recent blog on Example of a CV for the Malawian job market, I have received a lot of requests to also provide some information on Cover or Motivation Letters.  I have updated the blog below which I wrote last year in April.  As requested, in my next blog I will provide an example of a Cover or Motivation Letter.  Enjoy the blog below and feel free to provide feedback- I will be happy to respond. Reel them in – your Cover or Motivation Letter is

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by Round Head

Example of a Perfect CV for the Malawian Job Market (Updated)

Posted on: December 31, 2016

Many users have been requesting me to send them a sample CV. I have updated my earlier post. Feel free to send me feedback.     Curriculum Vitae   Madalitso Joseph Box 30455, Lilongwe 3 Tel: 099234567873 Email: madalitso.joseph@email.         An efficient, organised individual, with 5 years experience working in the private sector. Hardworking, dependable with absolute discretion, and excellent attention to detail.

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by Round Head

Myjobo.com Launches Premium Recruitment Solutions

Posted on: October 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 10, 2016 Myjobo.com Launches Premium Recruitment Solutions Myjobo.com, Malawi’s largest free online jobsite is pleased to announce the launch of its first Premium Recruitment Solutions tailored to the needs of Employers. ValidiHire offers Search and Recruitment solutions which help Employers to fast-track the recruitment process by allowing recruiters access to Myjobo.com’s online CV database, which currently totals in excess of 30

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by Myjobo.com Media

Myjobo.com Launches Premium Recruitment Solutions

Posted on: October 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 10, 2016 Myjobo.com Launches Premium Recruitment Solutions Myjobo.com, Malawi’s largest free online jobsite is pleased to announce the launch of its first Premium Recruitment Solutions tailored to the needs of Employers. ValidiHire offers Search and Recruitment solutions which help Employers to fast-track the recruitment process by allowing recruiters access to Myjobo.com’s online CV database, which currently totals in excess of 30

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by Myjobo.com Media

Bertha Mambala - Creating Jobs with ICT

Posted on: September 08, 2016

This feature about our own Bertha Mambala appeared in Sunday Nation Click Here to read full article: http://mwnation.com/bertha-mambala-creating-jobs-with-ict/    

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by Brenda Twea (Sunday Nation)

Job site MyJobo takes root in Malawi

Posted on: September 08, 2016

(This article appeared in AIM Group News -In Recruit) MyJobo.com, a job site test-launched in Malawi two years ago, has come of age, with new employers and job-seekers registering at a constant pace. The site offers job-seekers the opportunity to upload their resumés free, and employers to list job ads free. The site was launched back then to help employers reduce job advertising costs, and make the recruitment process more efficient for them. Today, MyJobo is Malawi&rsqu

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by Mamello Masote (Aim Group)

Malawi’s job website clocks two years -Myjobo.com

Posted on: September 08, 2016

(This article appeared in Nyasa Times) Malawi’s job website Myjobo.com which was launched two years ago to improve job advertising and access in Malawi boasts of over 23,000 registered users who receive daily job advertisement updates by email.  Myjobo.com, Malawi’s largest online jobsite, is now celebrating two years of existence as it continues on its quest towards connecting employers with potential employees.  Myjobo.com Manager Bertha Mambala explained th

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by Nyasa Times Reporter

Malawis Myjobo.com celebrates Two years of improving job advertising and access in Malawi

Posted on: September 08, 2016

(This article appeared on Techmoran.com) Myjobo.com, Malawi’s online jobsite, is celebrating two years of existence as it continues on its quest towards connecting employers with potential employees. Two years ago, Myjobo.com was launched as a pilot to help employers reduce job advertising costs, improve efficiency in recruitment processes, and increase access to job opportunities and related information among Malawians.  Today, Myjobo.com has over 23,000

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by Techmoran.com

What are Malawians doing on the Internet? I got a shocker!

Posted on: August 25, 2016

You will be shocked to note some of the websites that Malawians are browsing on the internet. Apart from the obvious suspect -Facebook, I hope ave always wondered what else Malawians do on the internet.  As an enthusiast of behaviour and technology, I always look at various trends on how technology and human behaviour intersect especially in the African context.  For the past 7 months I have been observing possible trends in Malawians' b

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by Round Head

Myjobo hits more than 23000 Users - Daily Times

Posted on: August 03, 2016

(This article appeared in the Daily Times) It has been two years since Myjobo, an online job search engine, was established and owners of the online platform claim they have over 23,000 registered users who receive daily job advertisement updates by email. Myjobo.com was launched as a pilot to help employers reduce advertising costs, improve efficiency in recruitment processes and increase access to job opportunities and related information among Malawians. Myjobo.com Manager, Bertha Ma

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by Serah Makondetsa - Daily Times

How to answer: How have you gone above and beyond the call of duty at work?

Posted on: July 25, 2016

‘Have you ever gone above and beyond the call of duty?’ The interviewer has just asked you this great conversation stopper – and there is that awkward pause – the one we all dread, as you rack you brain trying to recall such a time. And you ask yourself, ‘In what way? What do they mean?’ Ultimately, you need to be specific about a time when you have done more than is expected of you in your role. So in this article, we look at some examples that your p

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by Round Head

How to answer: What do you know about our company/organisation?

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Although this is similar to our previous post on What attracted you to our Company?, This question focuses more on what you know about them as an organisation, rather than what appeals to you. When asking you this question, their intention is to find out if you have done your homework. Taking the time to find out about their company is a good indication of how serious you are in your desire to work there. So, what is your understanding of them as a Company and how they work?   What

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by Round Head

How to answer: What do you know about this industry/sector?

Posted on: July 04, 2016

What do you know about this industry or sector? As another one of the more commonly asked interview questions, this is one you might be asked early on in your meeting. So it is important to start off on the right foot and make a good initial impression. Why is it important? The recruitment team are looking for insight into your level of education, especially if you have been studying for a career in a particular industry. They will also be looking to find out how deep your level of und

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by Round Head

How to answer: Why should we hire you?

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Why Should We Hire You?   It is another one of those questions; one that for some reason, causes us to either provide a blanket response such as ‘Because I am really good at what I do,’ or clam up and go totally blank: Why should we hire you? You will know, if you have read our last post on ‘What attracted you to our Company/Organisation’, being prepared for such a question is paramount to getting off to a good start. So, what points can you take away fr

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by Round Head

How to answer: What is your ideal company/organisation?

Posted on: June 28, 2016

What is your ideal company/organisation? When the interview panel asks you this question, what they are really asking is whether you and they are compatible and whether you will be a good match for each other. So how can you be better prepared to answer this question?   Company profile Consider what you know about the organisation so far. You will glean a lot of information about the type of company they are during the interview, and get a better feel for the ‘personality&

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by Round Head

How to answer: Why did you leave your previous job?

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Why did you leave your previous job?   This question is similar to our previous post, ‘Why are you leaving your current job?’ However, we need to look at this from another angle for a number of reasons.   You have already left The difference here is that you have already quit your job, and the interview panel want to know why. Regardless of the answer, it is vital to be honest. An employer wants an employee they can trust – someone who is reliable and r

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by Round Head

How to answer: Why are you leaving your current job?

Posted on: June 20, 2016

What the interview panel really want to know is this: that your reason for leaving your last role is not one that will arise again if you are chosen for this one. After spending time and resources on recruiting, employers want to ensure that their efforts are worthwhile, and that they will not find themselves having to repeat the recruitment and selection process again any time soon. So, why are you looking for a new job? Think about the reason behind the answer first You can probably ans

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by Round Head

How to answer: What were the responsibilities in your previous (or current) position?

Posted on: June 16, 2016

When an interviewer asks you this question, you are probably wondering why. The information is already there on your CV, so why are they asking? And how are you going to answer it?  You fully understand your former role and know what you are talking about This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you do in fact have direct experience relating to those responsibilities you have listed on your CV. Your answer is confirmation that you know what you are talking about. It’s valida

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by Round Head

How to answer: What would you do during your first three months of employment?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

This is a very significant question, and not one many applicants would consider before an interview. If they offer you the job and you accept, you will have a certain amount of time to make an impression. So how would you go about it? Consider what you can bring to their organisation In other blog posts, we mention the importance of showing what you can bring to an organisation, so now is a good time to review any ideas or notes you have made (preparation is key!) to help you answer this q

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by Round Head

How to answer: What makes you the best candidate for this job?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

To put it another way, why should this organisation choose you over another candidate? Before you go along to the interview (and even when putting together your written application), you need to ask yourself this question. Why are you the best candidate? What sets you apart from the others? Once again it comes down to experience, and any skills you have acquired along the path of your career. But keep it relevant to the job you are applying for; don’t go off track. You want the inter

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by Round Head

How to answer: What satisfies you in any job?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

This question often comes in several interviews in Malawi. When an interviewer asks you this, what they really want to know is what motivates you, and what will keep you interested. If necessary, an employer may tailor a job role for the right candidate, especially if this means it will keep you focused. On the other hand, however, they also need to make sure they are interviewing the right type of person. For example, if they are looking for someone who is a keen team player, an answer claiming

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by Round Head

The Key Skills Employers Look for When Recruiting in Malawi

Posted on: April 27, 2016

When hiring, most businesses tend to seek candidates who can demonstrate most, if not all, of the following aptitudes. Read on for details of the basic skills you will likely need to possess. Communication – As an employee, you will encounter other personnel, and potentially customers. It’s essential that you are able to communicate with clarity, so take care to demonstrate this in your application and your interview. Can you co-operate with people on all levels? Being able to

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by Round Head

Key Skills that Every Young Malawian Job Seeker must have

Posted on: April 27, 2016

It’s a tough market out there these days, and there’s a lot of competition. So, how can you get a head start and increase your chances of landing that first job? There are a few Key Skills that you will need, and we’ll take a look at these in more detail below. Be self-motivated There’s one person responsible for getting you a job – and that’s you. Don’t just wait for an opportunity to land in your lap, because it’s not going to happen.

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How to Write the Perfect and Convincing Cover Letter for a Job Application

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Reel them in – your Cover Letter is your ‘hook’ While your CV is a necessity when it comes to applying for a job, your covering letter is the alluring top layer that needs to hook your prospective employer and make them want to read on. It is what you need to grab their attention – to make yourself stand out. Forget about producing a bland ‘cover sheet’, simply stating ‘I would like to apply for the vacancy of XYZ, please see attached my CV.’ Yo

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by Round Head

Example of a Perfect CV for the Malawian Job Market (Updated)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Curriculum Vitae   Madalitso Joseph Box 30455, Lilongwe 3 Tel: 099234567873 Email: madalitso.joseph@email.com   An efficient, organised individual, with 5 years experience working in the private sector. Hardworking, dependable with absolute discretion, and excellent attention to detail.   Achievements Promotion from Client Administrator to Account Manager at ABC Company   Employment History Dates (From – To)   &nbs

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by Round Head

How to write the Perfect CV that lands you the Dream Job in Malawi

Posted on: April 27, 2016

How to write a CV Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is the written record of your education, qualifications, achievements and job history. It’s also the first thing you need to have when responding to a job application. Whether it is presented as a paper or online application, or a document that you can send or upload to a website, the format is basically the same, and you need to have one drawn up as a living document that you can use or reference. Companies need a detailed snapshot of you, t

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by Round Head

How to answer: What do you like least about your current job?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Just when you think the interview is going well, the above question is thrown into the mix. You now need to bring your attention to a negative situation and without some careful consideration, this question will almost certainly draw out a pessimistic answer. You definitely don’t want to use this as an opportunity to gripe about your previous role. While it’s okay to point out the aspects you disliked, most organisations are looking for individuals with professionalism and discret

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by Round Head

How to answer: Where do you see yourself in your career 5 years from now?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

If you’re not prepared for answering this question, you might find yourself responding with vague answers such as ‘I’m not really sure’ or ‘I just want to be working in a job that I enjoy.’ While they may be true, they’re not going to make an impression with whoever is interviewing you. Not only does your prospective employer want to know what your aspirations are, but they’ll also want to know how committed you are to the job in question. Undou

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by Round Head

How to answer: What attracted you to our Company/Organisation?

Posted on: April 27, 2016

This is probably one of the most common questions asked in interviews, and you will need to have a good answer if you want to stand out from the competition. A response such as ‘because the job sounds really good,’ unfortunately will not leave a lasting impression on the interview panel. So, what can you do to ensure you answer this question effectively? The most important point you need to take away from here, is – do your research. It may seem obvious, but the organisation

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by Round Head

How do you answer- What is your greatest weakness? (Part 2)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

This is how you could select the “best” weakness that could impress the interview panel. 1. Be genuine and authentic Please NEVER select a weakness just because it sounds good and impressive. In most cases, candidates make a better impression to interview panels with a good dosage of sincerity. I am not saying that you must share a weakness that makes you really weak a candidate or that makes you appear a bad person. Every human being has weaknesses and at least one of them wil

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by Round Head

How do you answer- What is your greatest weakness? (Part 1)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

By public demand, I will skip Question 3 and instead start with Question 4 as many of the readers have been asking for that particular question. I will write responses for Question 3 in my next article. I hope this goes down very well with everyone. You will have to bear with me as this article is longer than my normal articles- as I have been requested to provide as much details as possible on this question. I have done this in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) for ease of reading. When asked th

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by Round Head

12 Facts about Malawi That Every Malawian Must Know!

Posted on: April 27, 2016

  Malawi, then called Nyasaland, became a British Protectorate in 1891. The first British Consul, Harry Johnston, had taken up residence in 1883. Sir Harry Johnston Private School in Zomba is named after him. Over 35% of Malawi is covered by water.  It is surprising that Water Boards are struggling to supply water to the Malawi population. It is also strange that only about 32% of the population can swim. Malawi became independent in 1964 and a republic in 1966.&

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by Round Head

The 95 Interview Questions you will come across in Malawi (Part 3)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

In the past two articles I have provided you with 70 Questions which you will come across during interviews in Malawi.  Of course there are a lot more questions which are tailored to various positions and competencies.  This is a topic for other future articles.  For now I will provide you with the last 25 Interview Questions and an extra bonus questions. Many of you have been asking about answers, as I have said in one of my previous articles, I will be providing possible ways

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by Round Head

The 95 Interview Questions you will come across in Malawi (Part 2)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

In my last article, I wrote about some of the key questions you are likely to face in interviews in Malawi.  I have received some positive feedback from many of the readers. I have been inundated with requests that I post the next round of questions. In Part 2, I post more questions which you may face. After posting all 95 questions, I will be providing some guidance on how to respond to the questions. For now, let us have a look at the more questions. What salary are you ex

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by Round Head

The 95 Interview Questions you will come across in Malawi (Part 1)

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Preparing for an interview is a stressful activity. It is even harder in a Malawian interview room where some of the panel members believe that making themselves “scary” is part of the game.  They would normally put on a suit, a neck tie and well polished shoes. Of course there have been some changes especially in NGOs where the dressing code is a bit relaxed nowadays. Anyway, regardless of what kind of panel you will face, we have collected from various Human Resources M

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by Round Head

Is your CV suitable for the Malawian Job Market?

Posted on: February 21, 2015

Getting considered or shortlisted for a job in Malawi is not an easy task. For your CV to get noticed amongst several applicants’ CVs, it really has to be outstanding and must stand out.  After reviewing several CVs of Malawian job applicants, I am not surprised why several applicants never make the shortlist. While I have come across some of the best-written CVs, the majority are some strange words put together and called CVs. With jobsites such as Myjobo.com now coming to play a

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by The Round Head; (The Round Head writes for Myjobo.com.)

Myjobo.com introduces FREE paperless Job advertising and recruitment in Malawi

Posted on: June 02, 2014

Environmental Friendly Recruitment has finally arrived in Malawi! Myjobo.com is introducing the first FREE paperless job advertising and recruitment website for Malawian employers and recuiters. Not only can you now save trees by taking the entire recruitment process online, you can also relax and advertise jobs from the comforts of your office (or in fact from anywhere!). We understand that trying to find a perfect candidate for your job is like umm... hot yoga? It’s a lot of wo

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by Myjobo