1. “As I mentioned during our recent phone conversation, we have offered our Marketing Associate position to a different candidate. We also want you to know that we appreciate the time you invested in coming into our company for an interview. The team is grateful for the opportunity to speak with you. Best wishes as you continue your job search.”

2.Thank you very much for your interest in employment opportunities with ABCD company. We regret to inform you that we have selected a candidate who is a match for the job requirements and experience needed for the position. We appreciate you taking the time to apply for employment with our company and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours. Best regards.

3. Or just one of those vague Thank you for your interest in our company but unfortunately you have not sufficed our qualifications.

These are just a couple of emails that most of us in the streets of the employment business have once encountered.

With everyone graduating, seeing all of these professional titles gained on a yearly basis on the street feels like an accomplishment, an educated country or fresh blood on the employment sector. I am impressed with all graduates graduating at this moment, and I am so excited for all of you finishing a phase of your lives.

School was hectic, coming from a Law background myself I can attest to that. So you’re all done with the school triangle – what next? What’s your transitioning method? How do you get the yes letters coming and secure employment in a profession/office of your dreams? Or where and how do you start your entrepreneurship journey?

Get out there!

I know how being done with school feels like, I know how much of a rest you need, I also know how staying at home will really satisfy you right now. Yet, I really want to urge you, just get out there. Start going to all these professional talks and events happening out there, get connected to pals in your profession. If you’ve had a mentor throughout college (Big Up- not so many people do or see the importance of one), this is the time to take them out to lunch and have the talk – I say this with conviction – It is not weird, disturb them until they officially make time for you.

Get out there, explore your options, see more, and understand what it takes to do different things.

  • Join a club/society (Toast Masters, Book Club, Rotary, Volunteering cleaning the streets) join something that will make you meet more people.
  • Attend events such as Startup Grind or Fire Side Chat (from Msichana Initiative) to learn to connect and network.

“Socializing is more positive than being alone, that’s why meetings are so popular. People don’t like being alone. That would be, however, an important skill to learn...”

― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


We all hear this, Networking is vital to any group of people or community. At this point, the important Networking for you should include forming relationships with other people in your field doing similar things as you.

“A human is a social creature”

— Aristotle

If you’ve already used the first advice and got out of your shell, make it an essential thing to network and adding personnel’s in your circle. Hold your head high up and talk to the courageous figures in the room.

I see a lot of people at networking events ending up with selfies of 10+ popular people without forming any notable engagement –Stop asking for selfies! Just think about it, what will you get out of the selfies without a formed communication. Make a persuasive communication, interesting enough for someone you’re talking to senses value in you, and get interested in having your contacts for future correspondence. That selfie you post on social media will not help you get ahead of anything without leaving an impression to the person.
They won't go home remembering the selfie you took.

“Most people will like you if you begin by showing interest in them. Asking them about their opinions, experiences, and interests is a great place to start.”

Instead expose your dreams, ambitions to people you meet! Maybe your the next Ellon Musk and the people you talk to on that event are your first investors, make your dreams known.

Reach out to everyone you know in your personal network. You’d be surprised at how many people your friends and family know. The best way to figure out what you might be interested in is to talk to absolutely everyone about your interests.

Get yourself that experience on check! (INTERN)

See I have heard all these complaints on Social Media on how “Interns should be paid”, and Yes I am the first advocate to that. But while it’s not happening now, and maybe things won’t change for the next 20 years, in the meantime do that free internship and add your experience on check.

“The distinction between “assistant” and intern” is a simple one: assistants are paid, interns are not. But of course, interns are paid, in experience.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

Coming from my HR self, that Degree check you have, just gets you in the room, the rest of what takes place after that will depend more on what experience you have. Questions that a lot of graduates ask is, “How do I get an Internship opportunity?” Well here is a proven way of getting the best internship you need.

1. Understand what interests you and keep that on paper.

Just because you hold an Engineering Degree, doesn’t have to stop you from wanting a marketing job. Give yourself permission to explore.

“My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.”

Eva Chen, director of fashion, Instagram.

2. List down Companies that are doing well in your interest.

If it’s marketing, allocate over 30 Companies that are the best in Marketing in your Country.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple

3. Make your Networks work.

On all the 30 Companies you’ve listed, who can you reach? Use your parents, friends, past teachers, people you’ve met on LinkedIn. Understand who knows who in the Company through your network and use that connection to understand about your target Companies.

4. Follow the advice you’re given

From the Contacts you got, some Companies prefer interns who have so and so skills listed on their CV’s, some have a graduates opportunities for fresh graduates (e.g. Stanbic Graduate Program), do your research before sending your application in.

5. Send your applications to all those 30 Companies you have listed.

You may send your requests through email, but also make it an effort to submit your application in person. While doing this remember –your appearance matters! When you get in that office, ask to see the person you want to work with. If you’ve done your homework well, then you definitely should have the name and position known. Make your case to them and leave your application letter as well.

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”

6. Follow up in discipline.

I know people who have missed opportunities because of the aggressive means they used to follow up. Use some human personality to follow up on these applications. Understand that they are all busy people and may not get time to remember your internship application on time (you’ll get on the employment roller coaster too, you’ll experience what that means). There is a difference between official follow up and disturbance. Official follow up is accepted and welcomed. Do just that.

7. Repeat the whole process again, if there has been no response.

Furnish up that CV

Tangible experience you get from internships is as important as the skills you learn. Every Job, no matter how similar they are, should have a re-furnished CV. Similar content doesn’t equal similar environment. Do your research on every company and see what they align to more and capitalize on that.

“Job Hunting is very necessary and quite a Terrible business!”

Here are some of the crucial skills that you should not only have them in your CV but do a constant sport on learning and living them on your day to day life. This is what employers are looking for:

  • Time management.
  • Communication.
  • Business writing.
  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Leadership.
  • Sales.
  • Marketing.
  • Data Analytics.

Hey hey, please don’t just copy these on your CV, instead take your time to learn each one of them, practice them, set milestones on each of your learning routes and keep tabs. The lady here, having this talk with you went on LinkedIn and took a Time Management Course. Little did I know then that’s not the right path to take. Instead, on your daily tasks, learn to priorities your tasks and manage the flow of your work. There is everything you need to learn on Mr Google and practising it on your day to day life will be quite an improvement.

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.”

Stephen Covey.

Bonus point, visit the LaunchPad Tanzania. https://thelaunchpad.or.tz/

You may not get the exact job your thinking of!

Lastly, please have this in mind. That UN post or working on an international organisation may be what you want and may be what you get 6 years later. Just after college, you need a “get to the door” step then the rest will fall into place. You’re meant for so much success, enjoy your graduation to the fullest while you remember and understand that Success Up for grabs. Make an effort.

Additional Point from another Author.

Capitalize on your Passion.

I wish someone told me upfront, how much I could learn and explore during my “non-commitment year” because yes, I had a couple of months after completing school all to myself. Well – The right term is or was, still JOBLESS. The number of stage-two phases I could take with my interests or talents would have been phenomenal.

So, If you are graduating and are feeling overwhelmed or would like to hear anything that maybe isn’t what you get to hear often, then take that stage-two step and take that mock modelling interview, write that first blog post, do that first audition, take the initiative outside your comfort zone and cancel the what if’s for the rest of your life. The non-commitment phase is a growth stage that could change your life, or better yet give you the purpose you were looking for. Most of us, tend to get stuck into our stage one’s of the realization of the interest and talents we have but never taking the initiative to stage-two. You have nothing to lose, and so much more to gain.

I know how this could sound too farfetched but believe me, it’s the passion into the things that matter in your life that are going to persevere through. And if your career path is the only way forward, then refer to Doreen’s advice on this post. At this stage, nothing should be competition unless it’s from within. I wish you nothing but the entire best and adequacy into the things you desire.”

Comment below on some of the things you wish to tell fresh graduates and tell us what you’re expecting as the new graduate in town.

1 Comment

  • Miriam George
    Posted August 18, 2020 8:41 am 0Likes

    Am not a new graduate at all,but the content inspired me a lot,be blessed Doreen.I hope this will be helpfully to everyone who seriously take note and act.

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