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Find encouragement through success stories

Enjoy this segment and be encouraged by the stories of job seekers and learn from their experience of how they got their job.

I hope that through their successes (and mistakes) you can become more successful in your job seeking.

From intern to Head of HR
I completed my final year bachelor’s exams in Bachelors of Business Administration back in May 2020 before the pandemic. At the time, I had a plan to pursue a masters abroad, but the pandemic didn’t allow me to go ahead.So, around mid-August, I s...
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Academic qualifications alone do not guarantee a successful career
After graduating college with a Bachelors of Business Management (Finance and Banking Option), the world was going to be my oyster. I was equally pursuing a professional course as a Certified Investment and Financial Analyst, an added advantage to my...
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Start first then build your experience and climb the ladder
When I got into university in 2017, I was broke and the allowance from my parents was not always enough. So I decided to get a part-time job that'll help offset some bills and also give me time for my studies. So I chose to become a freelance wr...
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Be mindful of your shoes!
I am Alexia Johnson, I am a virtual assistant and chef. In previous years, I have worked at several local resorts in my country and had the opportunity to prepare international cuisines such as Italian, Chinese, Mexican and others.I currently work as...
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A short interview with a Virtual Assistant
Why did you become a Virtual Assistant?The first of my reasons for becoming a Virtual Assistant is that I am used to social media applications and mail applications. In addition to these, it can be added that I have no difficulties when using Microso...
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Changing to Virtual assistance after the pandemic hit
Back in 2020, I lost my teaching job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I was devastated and worried. Unemployment has its psychological effects. One of my friends introduced me to freelancing and gave links to few online courses websites. I got to know a...
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It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, it can always be increased
I got my first job after my first semester in university. As I grew up my needs got more expensive, I had to move to another city where my university is and now I have to pay for food, pay rent and bills. My father helped me only during the first sem...
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Try asking your friends and family when seeking a job
My first job as a student was teaching spoken English to kindergarten children via video conferencing. My father was facing a financial crisis and he wanted me to find work so that I could pay for college myself. He talked to his friend whose niece h...
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Developing Confidence Through the First Job
The first job I had while studying was tutoring some high school students. I got that job while I was waiting for the university admission test to happen. My exam got postponed for an undefined amount of time due to the Covid -19 situation. The whole...
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Scoring contracts on my first weeks in Upwork
I got my first job as a freelance writer through Upwork. Before then, I was just a student writer with a lot of extra-curricular activities. While all of those were fulfilling and taught me many lessons, I was not content with them – I want to lear...
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You are more talented than you think.
Is the first job important? Yes, whether it is an internship, a full-time, or even a part-time job, it is absolutely significant. The first job is our first attempt to encounter society as workers and thus determines our career trajectory. My first j...
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Finding a job on social media groups
I haven't thought about having a job and earning money myself until I was around eighteen years old because I relied a lot on my parents' incomes and the school scholarship. As I started growing and maturing, so did my wants and needs. The constant c...
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Getting a job is not just all about luck
Actually I got lucky with the first job. I was asking some questions in a group, not because I already have a client but because I want to prepare when I do have one. My first client and so far still my client now sent me a text asking me about my sk...
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Staying consistent to get your beyond your first job
It was very hard for me to get the first job. I signed up to Upwork and spent maybe two days sending proposals to my clients. I received zero answers. The jobs I was applying for were very easy, so I haven't understood why someone wouldn't ...
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Keep going despite failure, rejection and hopelessness. You are not alone!
Since I already knew some skills when I started applying for a job. The problem wasn't my lack of skills but my lack of experience. Competition is very high in getting a job online. This is because since the pandemic started, a lot of employees ...
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Further Reading

Have you visited the A Word of Wisdom section? There you will get insights and tips from recruiters and business owners.

If you want to learn more, read more interviews, receive more words of wisdom then you can also explore the Get Your First Job Book Series.