If one is looking for a job in Sri Lanka, various surveys have found that the best-paying and in-demand professional jobs are available in software and mechanical engineering, nursing, advertising, digital marketing, accountancy and finance, bank relationship management, and systems analysis. There is a dire need for people with good communication skills and IT competency in the private services sector, especially since just 20% of Sri Lankans are able to communicate in English. Many also do not have the basic IT skills. The tourism and industry sectors have the largest number of foreign entrepreneurs involved in them. For more information, see: Labour_Demand_Survey_2017_Report.
A resume or CV is a document which covers relevant professional information, academic background, and key personal details. These days, resumes are generally one-page long. But, how to differentiate between a resume and a CV? Briefly:
The CV (curriculum vitae) should contain the following:
A cover letter should accompany your job application. It formally introduces you to the prospective employee and makes your interest in the position you are applying for clear. Besides being referred to as a cover letter, it is also called a covering letter, motivation letter, or letter of motivation.
Check out the cover letter templates at: http://au.hudson.com/job-seekers/career-advice/cover-letter-templates
After having made your CV, the next step would be to start your job search. Openings are available in online job sites, newspaper classifieds, on websites such as EasyExpat.com and others.
At times, companies also have a 'Careers' tab on their official websites. These often have an online registration form which one can fill up. Once you are on their data-base, they could contact you whenever a job suited to your credentials comes up. Sometimes, they have certain positions which are open and can be applied for immediately.
Recruitment firms also help to look for jobs for their customers. Their HR recruiters or 'head-hunters' are always searching the web for people whose profiles would fit their client's needs. To catch their eye, you should have an account on social forums like LinkedIn and other job portals.
Search engines give you the chance to review a variety of jobs, and short-list openings which are suitable to you, based on your skill-sets. You would improve your visibility if you post your CV online so that hiring managers can find you, if they want a person with a profile matching yours. Job portals also have the facility of creating an e-mail job alert or an SMS alert, to let you know when new jobs in your particular skill-area become available.
Sri Lankan job sites are the following:
Colombo City Jib Search Engines:
If you are a part of the EU, job seekers can also access the European job mobility portal: EURES. This resource provides job-vacancies and related information. It informs expatriates and others on living and working conditions abroad. It provides a CV posting facility.
EURAXESS is an international initiative that supports both European and non-European researchers who are hoping to make research-based careers in Europe. Available research positions are posted online.
Expat and other social forums are another valuable resource for job seekers to look into. EasyExpat's Sri Lanka forum is a great resource. Search by industry and browse the latest jobs.
Several papers have a dedicated classifieds section once or twice a week. Mostly, they are there in the Sunday papers. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions, like teaching, computers, and media. These classifieds appear in:
Most agencies specialize in jobs for a particular field, such as computers, nursing, secretarial work, accounting, catering, or construction. Certain "Head hunting" agencies are hired by major multinationals and companies to recruit executives, managers or professionals.
To find an appropriate agency, look for "employment agencies" in the yellow pages or go to a directory of agencies.
Career fairs are an excellent way to find out about available jobs and opportunities. At such an event, you can approach a large variety of employers in one place and apply for various suitable positions. You also benefit by getting a chance to interact directly.
Entrance is usually free but registering online might be encouraged. Bring several copies of your resume and dress formally as there may be on the spot interviews leading to direct job offers.
One of the best-known job fair in Sri Lanka is the Edex Expo which is an annual event. It takes place at an appropriate time in the academic year and offers educational opportunities for higher studies abroad, career counselling and a job fair, all happening simultaneously.
You can also try out career fairs in your home country that help to get you jobs abroad.
Networking is key in Sri Lanka, as is true of most countries. Many jobs are never advertised. You can get such a job if you know the right people.
Through word of mouth, information travels and job seekers and employees are put in touch with each other. One should, therefore, talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have any connections in the area you wish to work in. Expat events can also be a good way to find out how other expats found work.
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