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5 Smart Ways to Find a Job

5 Smart Ways to Find a Job

Natalie sat on a cold bench in the park on a hot sunny afternoon.

She was tired, she was thirsty, she was hungry and she was frustrated. She had spent all day going door to door trying to get a job. Nothing had come forth; no one seemed interested in offering her even a glimmer of hope. She wanted to cry, but that too, would not help.

Job hunting is a difficult affair, mentally and physically draining.

It means doing and redoing your resume until you don’t even recognize it yourself, writing countless cover letters, opening your email a hundred times over to see if anything has come through, dressing up, and showing up to an interview hoping that it will be the last, picking a call and hoping that it is the life-changing one.

In 2021, going through the same job-hunting motions must end.

With everything being classified as smart; smartphones, smartwatches, smart computers, we must turn it into a smart process too.

Here are a few smart tips to finding your way to a job.

  1.   Network


This one has to be the smartest job-seeking move today. As they say, your network is your net worth. It is not cliché, it is the reality.

How does one network? First, you have to decide what line of work you want to get into. Look out for events that host people in the same profession or business and attend.

When you attend these events, ensure you are presentable and confident. Do not be afraid to approach and engage people. Do not be shy about the fact that you are open to opportunities and inform of skills that you possess.

It is just a matter of time until you are talking to the right person at the right time.


  1. Social Media

Social media has moved away from being a space to exchange banter on, meet up with people you knew in primary school, and read about the latest Kardashians gossip.

LinkedIn is a great space to showcase your professional skills, engage like-minded professionals, learn from them and even get to know of openings in different organizations.

You must remember that in job hunting, it is you selling yourself, you are the product, and you must package yourself appealingly so that potential employers are attracted to you.

Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp are all platforms that give you a chance to get into the right spaces with the right people.

Use your Social Media Pages Wisely.

  1. Cold Pitching.


You know how sometimes you stumble on an outfit that makes you look so good and feel even better? Then you realize it is what you needed but you did not even know?

Sometimes companies do not know they need your skills until they see your email detailing what you have on offer and how it will benefit their organization.

Do not be afraid to pitch yourself to your dream employer, it is a smart job hunting move and it could pay off.

There is absolutely nothing to lose.

  1. Volunteering/ Internship/Job Shadowing


Sometimes, you do not get the job you want because you don’t have enough experience or exposure. Again, you may not have the experience or exposure you need because you don’t have the job. Crazy, right?

Instead of going around in a vicious circle, volunteer your skills and services to an organization that you would one day like to work for. This means you would offer your services for an unspecified time.

You may offer to intern for a specific period and if you are lucky, they could pay a stipend.

You could search for an organization that offers Job Shadowing opportunities, whereby you are allowed to follow an individual already doing what you aspire to do, and learn from them.

Although these opportunities may come at no pay, it is an investment you would want to consider as it builds your skill and as a bonus, gives you insider information into openings at the organizations you are attached to.

  1. Announce your Job Search.

You are not going to hire a public address system and go round the neighborhood announcing your job search. You will do something similar but more subtly.

Do not be ashamed of the fact that you are searching for a job. If you get a chance to talk to someone who you know may be in a position to help, do not hold back. Your friends, relatives, lecturers, gym buddies, neighbors, and any acquaintances.

It may seem like a lot but you never know who they may refer you to. Sometimes, HR and Hiring Managers do not want to spend too much time and resources on hiring.

They also want to hire smart and guess who they will remember when they need a referral?

Do not wear yourself out.

It may not look so near but a day of rest when you land your dream job is coming and it needs you to be well prepared.

Take a break from the conventional ways of sending endless CVs and cover letters and try to find your job the smart way.


HR Night 2023 Powered by CHRM Alumni Association (CHRMAA)

Alumni are a vital element of any organization. They provide students with a wealth of opportunities. CHRM College is one of the few colleges with an active Alumni Association. The CHRM College Alumni Association (CHRMAA) was established to link alumni with the college and with one another. The association also aims to provide beneficial services to members while supporting the college’s mission.

Since its inception, CHRMAA has conducted a number of events that have provided an excellent opportunity for its members to network. The most recent event took place in May 5, 2023, the HR Night was an event that brought together various HR practitioners from across the country. The night was packed with exciting activities and provided an excellent chance for CHRMAA to launch its three-year strategic plan and its newly designed website.

Among those who attended were the Key Note Speaker, Dr. Amani Yuda Komora, PHD, MBS, CHRP, Vice Chairperson, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Guest Speaker, madam Jane Wairimu, CHRP Margret K. Kinyanjiui, Executive Director IHRM, Madam Quresha Abdullahi, alumni of CHRM College and other professionals.

Dr. Amani Yuda Komora, PHD, MBS, CHRP, Vice Chairperson, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, delivered a keynote speech in which he emphasized the importance of the Alumni Association, stating that it is a tool that supports your goals in whatever position you are in. He also pointed out how important it is for people to become CHRMAA members as it is a great opportunity to reconnect with former classmates.

Among the presenters was CHRP Margret K. Kinyanjiui, principal of CHRM College, who gave an overview of the programs offered at the college as well as the college’s expansion, which has resulted in the introduction of additional courses. She emphasized the college’s commitment to providing an exceptional learning experience and the high-quality trainings. Margaret pointed out a great opportunity where you are awarded 5% finder’s fee anytime you refer someone to the college. She encouraged the guests to register and refer friends.

The chair of CHRMAA, Mr. Godrick Arthur Itur, explained why it was vital for them to produce a three-year strategic plan because it clearly outlines the organization’s commitment to providing its members with opportunities to network and collaborate as well as opportunities to flourish in their professions.

“To this end, we are launching our new Alumni Website, which will serve as a hub for all alumni-related activities, including news, events, job opportunities, and a range of online resources. We are confident that this website will be a useful tool for our members, giving them access to information and helping to keep them up to date on the newest trends and advancements in the HR industry.” Stated Mr. Godrick Arhur Itur