Friday, May 11, 2012

Easily Getting Job Opportunity in a free Market economy


Among the highly challenging venture in our current world economy is an employment sector. Almost all over the world people are suffering from unemployment challenge, it might be true that there are scarcity of employment opportunities which needs physic human resource due to technological advancement. In our said developing countries this had been a big factor, as technologies advancing many people lose their jobs which are replaced by machines together with few people who know how to run those machines


We do not have to fail/ lack or lose jobs due to our self technological backwardness, I am confidently arguing this due to the fact that you are surrounded with an access to information concerning any technology you want for you to learn and become relevant to the ongoing world. Don’t say you are financially poor to access such required knowledge what matters is you to expose yourself to those areas, network with people who knows, e- learning etc, you just need to be more proactive, I am sure they will kindly support you friendly or under your memorandum of understanding (MoU) and make you knowledgeable. Is up to you NOW.


For you to easily get employment or find a job to do you must understand the nature of an ongoing economic system which is running the world. We are now under free market economy which is a main feature of capitalism, in this kind of economy everything gets its value at the market place, almost everything together with your human labor is a commodity and as its nature whatever is a commodity must go to the market place and get sold but before getting sold it must market itself to convince its customers to buy it and they normally buy something with high value, so you as a commodity you must have good value at the market place for customers (employers or hires) to buy (employ) you. 

Your value at the market place is not measured by TIME you spend at work but RESULTS you deliver at work, this means that those whom their performance level is high and brings results out of their work will get employed or find job in the free market economy, out of this unemployment will keep on being a challenge to you.


As usual for a commodity to be bought you must make sure you work on it so that it become having high value. So you as a commodity to a market place you must work on your personal development in terms of your carrier from which people will need to employ you, you must make sure you build and develop your capacity every time to enrich your working ability which will assure you result deliverance at work.

 Not only developing your carrier but also your personality which will be supporting your performance level. Think of yourself now! How many times have you learnt something new about your carrier in the last two weeks, months or years? How many seminars have you attended? How many books have red? Etc. The fact is if you will engage in some of these capacity building opportunities frequently, you will be furnishing your performance ability at work which will add your value at a market place. Employers and hires will be searching for you every time and you will never miss Job.  


Imagine now you are running your own profit making company and you want to employ a manager who will realize profit and not loss in your business, will you pick a person who is experienced in management or someone with no any experience in that carrier? I hope you agree with me that you will opt a one with enough experience because opting who doesn’t have any experience is like taking unnecessary risk  for he/she might lead to any loss which will disturb your business cash flow, this sounds bad but that is how the situation is at the market place. YOU MUST HAVE AN EXPERIENCE FOR YOU TO EASILY GET EMPLOYED.

Searching for an experience

Look at my own story: 

After I graduated my first degree at the university, I decided to find a place where I volunteered working  for seven months before I got employed. During this time I got experienced with a lot of official works, more than that, I got a chance to attend a lot of capacity building seminars which were offered freely to me as long as I was around there. Being there I exposed myself to a number of people who were observing me and discovered my potential and value at work, I got a lot of friends who were employers and others who knew where they could connect me and get employed, they started offering me a number of job opportunities hence I had to start picking where I want and ultimately I was called where I thought is suitable for me to work with.

 It is not must that if you go to volunteer some where you will get the same to what I got but at least I am very sure that you will get good connections of people who will show you a way to employment compared to if you could be home busy writing and sending out non replied application letters. I do not mean you shouldn’t use application letters but this is a good alternative if letters doesn’t work on your side and if you want at the end to have a working experience to mention in your application letters and CV. An experience I got where I was volunteering added my value to the market place.


Yes, that is a true definition of volunteering, you are offering what you have (an ability) for free but what you get back is more valuable, because it will add your value at the market place (working experience).

This is a big challenge in our said developing countries because people do not have enough income to sustain themselves especially graduates immediately as they come out of school, so for them volunteering for free is a challenge but I normally tell university student that they shouldn’t wait to build their social capital as still they are in school, being at the university you can find part time volunteering jobs which will work as your working experience at the end, but also it will expose you to important people who will be already knows your value at work and they will need you as you graduate. I have seen some students who use such a technique and get employed immediate as they graduate.

An important point here is; what matters for you to get employed in a free market economy is your working ability and not your academic certificate grades, because those grades does not have an ability to work by themselves and bring tangible results, you can do so, please go out to the world and market yourself, showing people that you can work and bring results at work then by doing so your value will be added and people will fight to get and employ you.

Also I normally tell graduates who lives under someone’s care before they get employed for instance parents, relatives etc, as long as you are sure of food and shelter then find a nearby place to volunteer, never stay idle at home nobody will discover your potential at home, you must expose yourself to where you can meet employers and people who will connect you with job opportunities. I am sure you will end up getting job after sometimes.

Remember; as you will be volunteering somewhere, you do not have any right to be paid but you have a right to come at work or not, depending on your time table but taking care of your reputation at work, is better you follow the official regulations.


I had been meeting a lot of people complaining that employers are not fair by demanding them to have an experience to be employed; they complain that our government is not taking care of this. It is true that this is so disturbing but you have to remember that this is not a centralized economy where government takes care of all the graduates and it is responsible to employ all of them. This economy is in your hand (decentralized one) you are controlling it, our government cannot command you to employ people of its choice, it is free market you can employ anybody of your choice. Is up to you (graduate) to market your working ability so that you can convince employers to take you and give you job to do.


My focus today is to help and encourage those who believe in being employed that there is an easy way to be employed regardless the prevailing challenges of this free market economy. Entrepreneurship is an alternative if you want a freedom and become your own boss, I will talk on it next time but you can also read some of my previous articles on entrepreneurship for you to learn and get inspired.

“It is only adding your value at the market place which will offer you a job and for you to add your value try to work on your own personal development.”

Good luck!

Erick Chrispin

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