Great advice: applying to jobs on KamaKazi

Great advice from, 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.


Having a tough time job-seeking?

(Originally a response to a jobseeker.)

Pole, I’m sorry you have found the job search process so difficult. You are certainly not alone.

That’s exactly why I’d posted all these tips and opportunities, to provide timely info and advice for people. Given all those resources, I do feel more confident that anyone who is serious and professional should be able to find some good opportunities, either direct job postings or through recruitment services and platforms like KamaKazi.

I would just say you really need to be perfect, even down to the “small” stuff like grammar and formatting of emails. Have a friend proofread email communications and your CV. KamaKazi in particular has lots of really good advice. If you follow everything they suggest, you should be in great shape. For example, researching your employer well, writing a good letter of interest, customising your CV for every position, being attentive even while waiting, being polite to the receptionist before an interview, etc.

Once you have perfected your job pursuit, then all there is to do is keep going. I keep posting more things here on the blog, too, but KamaKazi and DumaWorks alone have thousands of active listings. It just takes a lot of work to apply, and in good form.

I have seen friends apply to hundreds of jobs seriously before anything came through. I also had another friend get turned down because he spelled something wrong, and another who did not get a job because she didn’t put the right position name into the subject line of the email. Potential employers were judging professionalism and attention to detail, especially in those crucial first communications.

MOTHER LIST: Job listings & resources

Getting a job is never just a matter of submitting many job applications, but listings are still a key part of identifying potential employers who are hiring, and finding positions that meet your skills and interest. And some platforms offer articles, tips, and resources to help apply properly and effectively.

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. Right now, they have 900 listings, with the majority within Kenya, and others that Kenyans could qualify for.

But now there are some newer resources and services available for jobseekers. They include DumaWorks and Kama Kazi, which were featured in BBC piece “Getting Africa’s jobseekers online and into employment” in May of 2015.

Here’s a list of online platforms with job resources:

  • Kama Kazi – job listings but full service recruitment firm, articles
  • DumaWorks – job listings with special search functions, articles
  • Brighter Monday job listings
  • Careers24 – job listings (I don’t know more)
  • Career Point – job listings and articles
  • EmployFy – job listings (not so many but some are active)

[Other sites like eKazi don’t seem to be active.]