According by: Justin Lane
When you have identified a possible job and set an appointment for a personal interview, congratulate yourself! You've done your homework. Everything you've done was preparation for this event. It's the most critical stage of your job-search because, there's no payoff unless you make a sale.
The Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana (UGAG) issues this press statement to the Government and the good people of Ghana to emphasise the fact that the continuous increase in unemployment of school leavers, especially university and polytechnic graduates, is not only a disincentive to schooling but could also be a recipe for social unrest if not immediately checked especially as we enter this year’s election.
Unemployment leads to frustrations which could find manifestation in different unfavourable forms. There is a saying that the devil finds work for the idle hands. This country enjoys some level of peace and stability which needs to be guarded very jealously.
It is an additional fact that yearly, several graduates from the country’s tertiary institutions estimated to be in the region of 70,000 come out of school searching for jobs. It was with a sense of call to duty that we, the members of Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana (UGAG) between 30th August and 5th September embarked on a nationwide tour to all regions to register new members and mobilise all unemployed graduates towards the staging of a massive demonstration in the coming weeks to register our displeasure with the current order.
The tour revealed among other things that over 88,000 graduates nationwide were unemployed which makes about 50.8 percent of graduates from the universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions. The tour also revealed that some graduates in communities such as Kpaza, Agomedi, etc have been neglected by their families for more than a year because they are unemployed.
We are not speaking because we are lazy. We are speaking because, the harsh economic environment is making it very difficult for our members to find jobs or even transform their creative ideas into meaningful enterprises.
We wish to call on the Government of Ghana to immediately come out with workable solutions before our frustrations become a threat to national peace. According by: Desmond Biney
Your attitude and demeanor is extremely important for getting a job quickly. Employers want to hire fun, upbeat and optimistic workers. Even if you feel down or pessimistic from your job search, it is imperative that you display a positive attitude whenever you communicate with potential employers. Make an effort to be polite, smile and thank interviewers for their time. It is also important not to come off as being desperate to get a job, even if you are. Persistence is also important. If you are turned down for a position, don't take it personally; instead, move on and focus on the next job or interview.
2. Take stock of yourself
Before you go out and look for a job, do some self-reflection. Make a list of all the things you can do for which someone would be willing to pay. What have you done especially well at your previous jobs? What sort of activities in your work and your personal life do you most enjoy? The good news is that you will always do the very best at something that makes you the happiest. To help yourself follow the right career track, describe your ideal job. The greater clarity you have about exactly what it is you want to do and how much you want to earn, the easier it is for someone to hire you. 3. Understand the job market
All labor, including your own, is subject to the economic law of supply and demand. The only way to ensure you get a rewarding job is by doing something important for which there is a demand in the marketplace and in which you are difficult to replace. A change in technology, consumer preferences or the economy can make a particular talent or...