Sunday, 23 September 2012


How can job seekers make themselves more marketable?

Employers today lament the fact that young job seekers have a poor command of written English, cannot speak proper English and lack skills tailored for industry needs.

But it is also their attitude which is jeopardising their chances of employability. Lack of manners and courtesy, being picky and demanding (asking high salaries not commensurate with their qualifications) are some of the factors making it difficult for them to land the job.

Believers who embrace positive work ethics will be able to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Values which will stand them in good stead include hard work, perseverance, faithfulness, striving for excellence, honesty, “going the second mile”, “working not unto the earthly master but unto God”, maintaining good relationships, “living peaceably with others” and the list goes on.

They would do well if they remember what President John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Before asking about what perks and salary the company can offer, they should convince the employer that they will be a definite asset to the company. The benefits will surely come, in due course, as they prove themselves in the workplace.

Believers should trust in God, commit their plans to Him and He will act (Proverbs 16:3)

“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may confirm his covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

“For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another” (Psalm 75:6-7).



The price of academic success is often high. Often a string of A’s is achieved at the expense of creativity, independent thought and the acquisition of soft skills.

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