±A - Subscribe to Our Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter contains health and financial news, expat articles, social media recommendations and more.
±A - Join Our Community
±A - Read Our Guide
±A - Compare Quotes and Save
±A - Listen to the Podcast
±A - Expert Financial
±A - ExpatFocus Partners
EmploymentBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
South Africa - Employment
There are plenty of ways to find a job. However, many South Africans rely on referrals and recommendations to find jobs. Beware of offers that promise you to make a fortune while working from home. Such offers are often from conmen out to defraud unsuspecting jobseekers.
You can begin your search through job websites such as:
Recruitment agencies and trade organizations
Recruitment agencies are alternative places to search for jobs. You can find their contact details on Ananzi www.ananzi.co.za Examples of trade organizations in South Africa include:
• SAIMECHE, also known as the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering
• SAICA, also known as the The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
• ABASA, also known as the The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in Southern Africa
• FEDUSA, also known as the The Federation of Unions of South Africa
• COSATU, also known as the The Congress of South African Trade Unions
How to apply for a job in South Africa
There are two types of curriculum vitae that you can create for your job search in South Africa: the Comprehensive CV and the Brief Profile CV. These CVs are usually sent out in different stages of the job search. A cover letter alongside your CV is also necessary.
Expats often find it difficult to get jobs in South Africa because many people find jobs through referrals. It is often “who you know” and not “what you know” that will get you a job in the country. Consider one of the hardest parts of your move to South Africa over once you manage to get a job offer from an employer in South Africa.
To apply for a South African work permit in your country of residence, you have to gather the correct paperwork.
The following are some steps you should follow to increase your chances of landing a job.
• First, send a “Brief Profile” (a summary of the “Comprehensive CV”)
• Send a cover letter if you are applying for general consideration
• Since most applications are sent by email, it is important to follow up your application with a phone call.
This is a one-page CV that contains a chronological list of all your previous jobs, your education, and your personal information. Your most relevant position should be emphasized.
This CV must include your complete contact information: phone number, first name, and address. It must have every detail of your education and employment history. The education section of your CV must include the following:
• A list of schools you have attended and the period within which you attended the schools
• The location of the schools you attended
• Your areas of specialization
• Your diploma and degree certificates
• It should also include a brief list of your extracurricular activities, and prizes awarded
In the work experience section, include:
• The dates you were employed
• The names of your current and former employers
• Your job location
• Your job position
• Your job responsibilities
• Your professional achievements
Use power words and action verbs to highlight your skills, experience, and why you feel you are the best candidate for the job.
List your volunteer experience, hobbies, and professional affiliations. Include some personal information (date of birth, marital status, nationality, and languages). Also, include references and their contact information in the final section.
The comprehensive CV should be no longer than five pages. If you did not send a cover letter with the brief profile, you must send it with the comprehensive CV.
Cover letters must never exceed one page and should ideally be three or four paragraphs. They must be written professionally and should be concise and straight to the point. Express your willingness to explain everything in a personal interview when closing your cover letter. Copies of your diplomas should not be included.
The annual vacation period for employees consists of 21 days. There are twelve public holidays each year, which are not included in the leave period. An employee is entitled to an hour’s leave for every 17 hours worked, or 1 day for every 17 days worked.
Frogg Recruitment SA
Telephone number: +27 21 556 5598
Fax: +27 86 539 5272
Manpower South Africa Head Office
Tel: (27) 11 465 6020
Robert Walters Johannesburg
Telephone number: +27 (0) 11 881 2400
Fax: +27 (0) 11 881 2499
Cell: +27 73 235 4096
Bloemfontein +27 51 447 7618
Cape Town +27 21 413 4700
Durban +27 31 279 9000
East London +27 43 726 2523
Rand +27 11 823 3213
Johannesburg (Head Office) +27 11 628 0300
Mbombela/Nelspruit +27 13 752 2819
Old Mutual Park +27 21 504 4500
Polokwane +27 83 869 3250
Port Elizabeth +27 41 373 1183
Read more about this country
Expat Health Insurance Partners
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.