Digital literacy training & job support, Samasource

https://www.samasourcedigitalbasics.org/enroll

ENROLL IN TRAINING

Samasource Training is a 10-day course offered in Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information on the curriculum, click here

FOR MORE GENERAL INFO include a much nicer version of the below info, click here: https://www.samasourcedigitalbasics.org

CONNECTING YOUTH TO EMPLOYMENT
Samasource Digital Basics addresses these challenges by equipping unemployed youth with market-aligned skills and a direct connection to employers…

 

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Resources on this site

Here’s some of what you can find on this website.

1) Individual posts of career and academic opportunities: jobs, grants, awards, networking & knowledge events, trainings, academic programmes, etc. (Many opportunities are annual or otherwise recurring. It can be strategic to look at old posts.)

2) A somewhat comprehensive list of Job Boards & Resources, including Kama Kazi, DumaWorks, Brighter Monday, Career Point, Generation Kenya, Shortlist, iHub, social enterprise, UN jobs, and Devex. Programmes like Generation Kenya and Digital Divide Data offer training or academic qualifications AND employment! Also included: newsletters with other aggregated resources, which you can subscribe to directly, such as Arterial Network (continent art opportunities & news) and MoveMeBack (all sorts of continent-wide job listings).

3) Good information on the job-getting process: 

 

Job listings & resources

Getting a job is never just a matter of submitting many job applications. But job listings are still a key part of finding open positions that meet your skills and interest. It can also help you identify potential employers who are hiring right now; even if the position that is listed isn’t a good fit for you, perhaps they have others available. And some platforms offer articles, tips, and resources to help apply properly and effectively.

General job boards: Most people know about Brighter Monday, perhaps the most established website for job listings in Kenya, with a good search function and updates available by email. But now there are some newer resources and services available for jobseekers. They include DumaWorks and Kama Kazi. You can read more about them in various online pieces. Both were featured in BBC piece “Getting Africa’s jobseekers online and into employment” in May of 2015, for example.

More specific sector job boards: Other job boards are created for certain kinds of work: technology (not just techies but support staff), United Nations, nonprofits, social enterprises, etc.

Here’s a list of online platforms with general Kenyan job resources.

Here are some more specific by sector. (But desired skills can vary, so do look through!)

  • iHub Jobs Board – job listings for techies & others who support tech companies
  • Social Enterprise Jobs – job listings – global but has many jobs based in Kenya
  • UN jobs – jobs with the United Nations, filter by those based in Nairobi
  • Devex.com – add your profile and resume/CV so that recruiters searching can find you, listings of jobs in international development, filter by location Kenya — only jobs from Devex member organisations are visible without paid membership, but you can still see many of them & otherwise put yourself into the database, which hundreds of recruiters search daily

Great advice: applying to jobs on KamaKazi

Great advice from KamaKazi.co.ke, whose website has hundreds of jobs to apply to…

We wanted to give you some pointers as to our application process to help you out:

  • Always read the Job Description (JD) carefully and make sure you understand what skills and experience you have for this job. When we call you for interview and you say ‘I can do it!’ that is not enough! Simply not enough. We want to hear what experience you have in the past that shows us you have done something similar. And we want to see that you understand the skills required and can show you have those skills from past experiences.
  • Application – we ask that you apply for every job you want to – one application is not enough. Why? Similarly to the above we want to know that you have read the JD and understood it for each job rather than simply applying for multiple jobs.
  • Skills – We ask that you fill in a section for skills. These are NOT your generic skills. They are skills SPECIFIC to this job description. If you do not demonstrate here that you have the specific skills that the job is looking for we may not even consider your application.
  • IT Skills – again we want to see if you have read the JD and understood what IT skills are imperative to this job.

Then you must attach your CV and any documentation that is RELEVANT to the job. Qualifications, certificates and recommendation letters are good.

 

Social enterprise job board

Loads of really interesting innovative Nairobi- and Kenya-based jobs here!

While clearly this job board is global, and the postings often seem geared towards foreigners, it would be great to see strong eligible Kenyan candidates apply and get these jobs. To follow the job board, sign up for the Google group with any email address:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/social-enterprise-jobs

Here’s a direct, more specific link to all posted opportunities that mention Kenya — so are either based here or with an organisation that works here — and are most recent:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/social-enterprise-jobs/kenya%7Csort:date

 

Crucial tip: Customise your CV (KamaKazi)

So you found a job you want to apply to. Here’s advice from Kama Kazi:

Time to read the ‘Customizing your CV to the Job Description’ blog that we have posted. We really recommend that you read this carefully and follow the instructions.

Customizing your resume to the Job Description

Here at Kama Kazi we are in the business of getting people jobs, so believe us when we say we know the job seeking process and more than that the huge mistakes that job seekers make when applying for jobs.

And one of the biggest mistakes BY FAR is that very few people customize their CV or Resume to the Job Description…

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No degree? No worries…

Great general tips, especially if your work experience is informal or particularly unusual… career advice from Monster.com, a HUGE job site in the US. A little bit is American in format, you can get the idea.

Emphasize Your Strongest Credentials

Think about why an employer should hire you out of all the applicants for the job. What do you offer that they don’t? Perhaps you have practical work experience and skills that are relevant to the job. If your experience is stronger than your education, place your work history before education on your resume, and write about your career achievements, track record of results and industry knowledge…

Include a detailed listing of your accomplishments throughout your career. Prove that your work performance has been outstanding and you would be an asset to your future employer’s operation. By the time hiring managers read your resume’s Education section, they should be so impressed by the value you offer that educational shortcomings could be overlooked.

It’s true that some employers will not be interested in you because you lack the job opening’s educational requirement, but you will find other employers that welcome your experience, skills and expertise.

Highlight Alternative Education and Training

Maybe you lack a formal degree, but you’ve participated in ongoing training throughout your career. You can emphasize all of your continuing education by creating a Professional Development section within the Education section. Think about job-related training, certifications, conferences, in-service training, seminars, online learning and even self-directed study. For some professionals, this section can be quite impressive, and showing recent, up-to-date training can be more valuable than a dated degree.

Show In-Progress Education

Include partially completed or in-progress education.

Examples:

  • If you are currently enrolled in a program:

ABC COLLEGE (City, ST)
Enrolled in Bachelor of Arts program, major in [ … ], degree expected 5/11

  • If you partially completed a program and don’t intend to complete:DEF COLLEGE (City, ST)
    Earned XX credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree, 9/99 to 5/02

Apply Even If You Lack the Educational Credential

If you see a job opening that requires a certain level of education and feel you can do the job based on your experience or skills, send your resume anyway. The hiring manager might prefer to hire someone with the stated level of education, but your resume could stand out because of your other qualifications.

Whenever possible, follow up on resumes that you submit. Many employers using electronic resume-tracking systems automatically screen out applicants who don’t meet the educational requirements. You will have a much better chance of convincing an employer that you are a strong candidate if you make a personal connection with a hiring manager.