Documents for Job Hunting

Which documents you need to get a job

Displaying organisational skills are a necessity, especially when searching for office orientated jobs such as HR and admin. Keeping on track of your files may seem like an obvious requirement, but too many people simply don’t have the right, if any, documents to ensure their employer knows they’re a trustworthy and reliable candidate.

It seems like a tedious and worthless task, but being able to provide the right files when called upon could be the difference between landing a job or not. Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

  1. Proof of qualifications

When you receive a qualification, you’ll be excited because you can tell loads of people that you received it. However, when it comes to your employer, they’ll often ask for more than verbal proof. The best way to address this is by making sure you keep your certificates and documents in a secure location, as well as holding them electronically. If you have the resources, try to scan your proof of qualifications and keep them on the cloud, such as Microsoft OneDrive, which you can sign up for here.

  1. Immigration documents

If you’re South African, a simple ID should do the trick, but always make sure you have evidence of exactly who you are. For foreign internationals seeking work in South Africa, it will be a bit more complicated. This is a very complex area, but a key thing to remember is that being on top of your administration is crucial, and you must always be able to present the necessary information if required. Expatica have released a really insightful articles explaining all your options for work visas in South Africa.

  1. Testimonials

One of the biggest reasons people manage to obtain work is because they have credibility. Reach out to previous employers and people you know to ask for references or short write ups about you. Try to approach those you feel you impressed, as they will often provide a great account about who you are and what you’re worth. Remember, always look to leave a long lasting impression, as you never know when you’ll need these people in the future.

  1. Follow the job ad

Ultimately, there is no rule of thumb associated with which documents you need to provide at an interview, or to a potential employer. Always make sure you attach exactly what is asked of you in the job advert description. Otherwise, you run the risk of being overlooked simply for proving your negligence to follow instructions.

Remember to remain professional, stay organised, and follow the instructions provided to you on the job advert. This way, you’ll be in a great position to move forward to interview stage, and hopefully beyond.

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