Can’t find work?

Here are five things to do to keep you busy.

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You’ve finished school and are unable to study further right now. In the meantime, you’re trying to get a job, but can’t find anything. Here are a few things you can do that will help you with your future:

Volunteer at a community organisation.
Volunteering can lead to opportunities and you get work experience to put in your CV. Commit a few hours or days a week so you still have time to look for a paying job.

Work out!
Join or start an exercise class, sports team or running group with other girls in your area. It’s a good way to meet people (who may know of a job opportunity), and it will lift your mood.

Grow it, cook it.
Start a small vegetable garden to make healthy meals and save money. Sell some of your veggies in your community to make extra money.

Take a class.
Look out for free or cheap part-time classes and courses. Learning a new skill helps you grow. It’s also a great way to meet people, which is important when you’re looking for work.

Get advice.
Speak to someone in the line of work you’re interested in so you can learn more about the job. If possible, visit them at work for a day and watch what they do.

    Being without a job can get you down. Stay positive and avoid negative people and those who promise you quick money or dangerous ways to make money. Spend time with good friends and do things you enjoy. Take your mind off the job search for a bit, but don’t waste your time.

    Don’t give up on getting that dream job and good luck!

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    Jeanette

    Thanks for the advice it really helps

    July 26, 2022, 4:33 p.m.

    Nobuhle

    Hey guys..I passed my Matric with Diploma of 24 Aps including LO last year and I've struggling to choose a course..can someone help me 😞😞

    July 14, 2022, 7:34 p.m.

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    Lucy

    I can help you 😊😊

    Ashraban

    Hi guys I'm new too this well my name is Ash I went school at Bonteheuwel high in cape Town I only finish half of my grade nine due too me having family responsibility at home too I couldn't focus at school and at home now I'm stuck at home without matric and a job I need help finding a job kindness will be needed over her 💞

    July 13, 2022, 6:36 a.m.

    Marciey

    Hy guys plz help me with applying at University

    July 6, 2022, 9:59 a.m.

    Marli

    Hallo my name is marli I'm looking for a job I don't have finished school 🙏🙏🙏and I have one child i need a job really I'm struggling and my mother is not there ane more also my fader 😭😭 I'm on my own I will learn fast like work anting will be orait I need just a Job to feed my child and buying for her and my brades son some clothes and shoes ,🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    June 24, 2022, 10:44 p.m.

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    Theo

    I am sorry 😱😱😱😱😱

    Ashraban

    I'm so sorry too hear may everything fall in good place for u and your family 💞

    Lucy

    Sorry may God help you find a job and feed your children the best life👩‍👧‍👦🙏🙏

    Angelique

    Hi Marli im angel i also have a son I'm 18 years old , can we be friends

    Siphokuhle11

    I recently completed my course at a Public College last year 2021. I was studying Financial Management N4-N6 and completed it last year in November. The College gave me only N4 Certificate and is delaying with the other 2. Now I'm struggling to apply for an internship and do my practicals so that I can graduate because of the Certificates that I didn't get. I don't know what to do. I'm actually struggling to get any job. I haven't had any luck, please help me.

    June 22, 2022, 6:14 p.m.

    ndamanesenzo_07

    I finished my Matric last year and I want to be a morgue attendant and I did talk to someone in the industry and they they said there's no need for me to go to school in order to become but I must develop myself...I've tried many place but can't find a place that's willing to develop me...if you can help me or advise plz do !!!

    April 23, 2022, 11:46 p.m.

    l want any job even for cleaning l am a lady aged 22 I'm in Capetown

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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    You'll find options for what to do after matric. Contact the Department of Higher Education and Training has an easy to use career guide for when you're considering `what next’ after matric. Remember to visit their website for useful information from acceptance criteria at different colleges and universities to bursary application information and address and telephone numbers. Department of Higher Education and Training - www.etdpseta.org.za/live/files/.../ETDP_SETA_CAREER_GUIDE-Grade_9-12.pdf

    What must I do to make my CV attractive?

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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    Keep your CV short and concise to keep a recruiter's attention, it should not be longer than 2 pages of A4. Show what makes you unique and a perfect candidate. Tailor your CV for the position you're applying for. Show how your skills meet the job requirements.

    Hi all... I am a 33 year old lady looking for a job I passed my Matric in 2003 I have basic computer literacy I have Code 10 Drivers licence Currently I am working on one of Biggest retailers in South Africa at Queenstown as a cleaner...

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

    Hi all... I am a 33 year old lady looking for a job I passed my Matric in 2003 I have basic computer literacy I have Code 10 Drivers licence Currently I am working on one of Biggest retailers in South Africa at Queenstown as a cleaner...

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

    Hi everyone I'm a lady of 32 an I'm looking for a job in sales nd marketing I have only grade 12 but I have 4years experience in this kink of job.plz help me I'm desperately need this job coz I'm now not working

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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    Hy busie..I work at a multi level network marketing company.. I'd love to help you..but I'm uncertain if its safe to give out my contacts out here

    Hi... I'm 21years old and looking for a job. Was doing matric last year, I don't have any experience

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

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    You'll find options for what to do after matric. Contact the Department of Higher Education and Training has an easy to use career guide for when you're considering `what next’ after matric. Remember to visit their website for useful information from acceptance criteria at different colleges and universities to bursary application information and address and telephone numbers. Department of Higher Education and Training www.etdpseta.org.za/live/files/.../ETDP_SETA_CAREER_GUIDE-Grade_9-12.pdf

    HOW YOU DONNOT HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE? ?

    EISH WISHES YOU GAYS A GOOD LUCK FOR LOOKING FOR JOBS

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

    Mmm this year is my last year at school. Ey.... I cant imagine my life after school

    March 20, 2022, 9:01 p.m.

    I've been struggling with getting a job for so long that it's impacted badly on my self-esteem. Although I know that I am capable,sometimes when things take too long to start "happening " it takes a huge toll on how you view yourself and your life as an individual. But through all that,I do my best to be positive everyday and remember that no situation is permanent.

    March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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    You'll find options for what to do after matric. Contact the Department of Higher Education and Training has an easy to use career guide for when you're considering `what next’ after matric. Remember to visit their website for useful information from acceptance criteria at different colleges and universities to bursary application information and address and telephone numbers. Department of Higher Education and Training www.etdpseta.org.za/live/files/.../ETDP_SETA_CAREER_GUIDE-Grade_9-12.pdf

    Its not easy to find job those day even if you have matric

    March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

    Eish it's hard to study when u don't have someone to pay for your

    March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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    Hi springster. You can apply for bursaries or student funding to NFSAS and once you've been placed you pay back the money in installments.

    I'v been emailing,faxing and sending my cv's everywhere im starting to wonder whats wrong with me because every one around me my age are doing aomething with their lives and mina im stuck with my marketing diploma

    March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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    Hi Springster. Looking for a job can be difficult and can sometimes feel like a job itself. Don't be discouraged and don't compare yourself to where other people are in their lives. You're living your own journey and things will happen for you.So don't panic /here are a few articles you should read http://za.heyspringster.com/sections/my-life/fun-and-flexi-side-hustles/

    I've been trying but nothing i think i will do the short course now thanks😃

    March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

    Hey guyz I want to be buys with ithi holidays I'm 17 I'm looking for a job I want to help mom with something like buy fridge ,TV make my house look god but people say I'm young ....I want to work for holidays only I like to be busy but ....Can anyone tell me what to do To find easy job like puck products in the store something like that ...

    March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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    Hi Belly. Thanks for your comment. How great of you to want to help out at home and look for holiday jobs. I would advise you type out a CV. You and your mother can go around to shopping markets and restaurants to see if they need some help these holidays with washing dishes or being a cashier, that will also look good on your CV in future. Remember to always stay safe though and never go anywhere or do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Don't meet with potential employers alone and be weary of scams. Don't ever pay a potential employer for a job and always stay safe. Good luck and I hope you find the job you're looking for.

    I know what you're going through I have once been there , don't let that be your burden , try to sell things at school like hot dogs on Friday juice some times it makes a lot of profit , you're still young yes , enjoy being young because one day you're gonna regret , try business save money for your self and help mommy there and there right , go to school either

    Girls let's us not give up ey , try do business and invest your money to nedback , Google " see money differently " on your phone that other nedback they also give you advice's on how to treat your own thing try it

    March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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    Hi Maynkabini. Thanks for the tip!

    Great tip💚💛💜🔥💓💟

    March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

    EI do everything thing that I have to do

    March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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    That's great sLaShMiNd. Never give up!

    but nou everything is about money you snooz you loose n everybody need money 4the needs witch is strive us 2the poverty ,only one problem lack of work

    March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

    I girls I'm looking for a job please help

    March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

    I don't have an ID I have been trying all my life now ,I don't know what's to do I got a kid who need to go to school

    March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

    That's true you mustn't be negative cause you can't find job , do something to improve your skills . There lot of short courses and I know it won't be easy with terms of capital but let's hustle . I also been looking for job but nah , am qualified BLS studied at college of ambulance but am looking positive in other ways to improve my life , it's hard but hope I will crack something

    March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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    its hard to get a job even to think of all these thing coz u need to support ur kid n u hv to a plc to stay

    Its difficult to find work in our days I don't have matric I went to the college I completed my ncv level 4 in fitting and turning then the following year I got apprenticeship on my last year I was going to do my trade test the college said it does not have money when I search for a job they need experience like 3-5 years experience it sucks .

    March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

    I finish matric and i fail it i need something to do so i can do money

    March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

    I finished matric and did security course,business practise and also home base care.I'm worried because I don't find job,in my case I think its not because there is no job I think its because I don't have the right people in my life.because of that I don't socialise I stay at home.and also I'm have low self esteem,I do want to make something out of my life I just don't have the right person to help me with my low self esteem first

    March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

    I finished matrix last year with good grades ,but couldn't get to university because I didn't apply early. I'm taking a gap year ,but I've decided to do something to keep me busy an who knows maybe I could succeed in it....Iam a talented singer .. I wanna grow my talent as a singer but I don't know where an how to start

    March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

    Yes u need to be prepared

    March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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    Thanks for your comment Springster! It's really important to always stay prepared.

    I did IT at school i apply so much and be lucky to do interviews but none comes back to me it realy stressing me that maybe i cant express myself enough at the interview to be hired i realy need a job and even if am not good in the interview i know dat most of the thing i can do them practically , please i neeed some interview technique tthat can convience employer to hire me , am so stressed .

    March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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    Hey Thompho, it's great that you have been looking for work and we understand how tough it can be. Fortunately we have some tips for you on this article :http://za.heyspringster.com/sections/my-life/get-job/ We hope these tips help you get that job you've been looking for Springster.

    I want to be a plumber and a electrical engineering

    March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

    I want to be an actress, back then when I was in high school I could easily get auditions and casting agencies, I was so passionate and couldn't wait to finish up school just to fulfill my dream but right now since I have finished at school, I have lost that energy and burning fire I had to be on television. I feel lazy n tired. I know I was born to be a performer, I gatt this in me. I really don't know what went wrong😞😞

    March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

    I find it really hard to find a job & as well as organizations because there aren't any. How can I get in touch with other organizations that are around me ?

    March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.