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ESSA - Employment Services of South Africa
What would I like to gain from work experience? 

  • Reflect on the skills and experience you would like to consolidate and areas you’d like to develop.
  • Explore different work fields/industries/sectors.
  • Find out about different types of jobs? What activities and responsibilities are involved?
  • What are the key differences between certain types of companies, organisations and work environments?
  • Reflect on what you know about yourself and what you are experiencing in your work to help inform future goals and choices.

Job search strategies


  • Take note of posters and notices advertising jobs on campus.
  • Connect with departments, the student radio, newspapers, residences, clubs and societies.
  • Get involved with projects, sports, hobbies and other activities that interest you and volunteer. Use the networks you build to ask about other opportunities.
  • Attend career expos and company presentations, and look at company/organisation websites to research vacation work opportunities.


  • Visit company/organisation websites, job boards and job agencies
  • Create a LinkedIn account to expand your professional network, and as a tool for career and job information
  • Attend career expos and company showcases and presentations on campus

Tips for finding a job

So, you’ve made it thus far, Congratulations ... But what now?

Here are a few job searching tips for you as a new graduate:

  • Update and fine tune your CV and cover letter: These represent your first encounter with potential employers. Make sure that they represent you well.

  • Your CV must be clear and easy to read - employers do not have the time to figure out what you are trying to say. Remember to be honest;

  • Highlight your skills – tell employers what you can do and back it up with examples from your previous experience;

  • Showcase your experience – Highlight your Workplace Learning and other work experience. Employers are interested in this information;

  • Do not sit at home waiting for a job. Go out there and make yourself visible. It is called initiative and employers like to know that you have it.

  • Contact the Graduate Recruitment office and get information about all resources and services that are available;

  • Attend the Career Fairs and Employer presentations on campus. You will get to meet and network with employers and even hear about employment opportunities at these events;

  • Networking works. Attend the institution’s Alumni events and meet other graduates who may be in jobs already. Talk to them and ask about opportunities they may know about.

  • Take up internship opportunities – this way you gain more skills. For employers, this tells them that you have some experience of working in a professional environment;

  • Use Social Networks effectively – Create your profile to resemble a Resume. Ask for endorsements;

  • Get a Driver’s Licence – some employers require this;

  • Once you get that interview – do not let it go to waste. Come prepared. Display a positive attitude and a strong desire to get the job. Remember, this is the only opportunity you have to convince a particular employer that you are the best person for the job.

ESSA-Employment Services of South Africa

The Department of Labour Centres have a computerized job-matching system called the Employment Services system of South Africa (ESSA), which makes job-searching much easier. Your personal details, skills, qualifications and work experience will be captured on the ESSA. Employers also register work and learning opportunities on the ESSA. If you meet the requirements of the opportunities, the employment services officer will gladly refer you to employers where vacant opportunities exist. This service is free of charge.

Purpose of the service

To make provision for the public to register as an individual work seeker and be able to search for registered opportunities; and Organisations that play a role in the delivery of employment services or placement opportunities to register and be able to recruit candidates from the ESSA system.

How to register

Click here to access the system via the Department of Labour’s website.
Should you require any details don’t hesitate to contact us by sending an email to

You can find information on available jobs on the internet, internet sites where you may find work:


Many vacant posts are advertised in the various newspapers. Consult the daily and Sunday newspapers as well as “Jobmail” for these advertisements. Newspapers are available at all libraries.
You may find the following newspapers useful:

  • Sunday Times (careers)
  • City Press (careers) (Sunday)
  • Jobmail
  • The Star
  • Pretoria News (Wednesday)
  • The Sowetan (Tuesday)


Visit employers and employer’s organizations in your career field and ask if they have any vacant posts available. You can also contact them by telephone or email.

Notice boards

Be on the lookout for notice boards on which advertisements for vacant posts appear. Such notice boards can usually be found at large shopping centres.

Social Networking

Part of the job-hunting process requires that you mix with people. Meeting people can only happen if you make yourself available. Get involved in an organization and learn new skills, develop new contacts that might provide you with a new opportunity or ask people about jobs they do and what they can recommend for you. Networking can happen anywhere for instance at social occasions, youth groups, religious organizations, choirs or societies.

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