One of the biggest challenges that we face is getting first-time work seekers interview-ready. Imagine if you don’t know anyone that is working to ask for help in getting ready for a job interview.
We have learned that these talented young people just need a little bit of practice to build the confidence they need to win the job. Employers have told us that they often make a decision based on many factors and that non-verbal communication is also incredibly important – how someone present themselves, eye contact, their introduction and their smile.
We have many opportunities for volunteers to conduct mock interviews with candidates and give them feedback on how to win the job. This is a great learning opportunity for everyone from CEOs and senior management to junior team members needing to improve their interview skills. Having hosted hundreds of mock interviewers, Harambee knows that this is also a chance for you to learn more about the youth unemployment challenge and to meet some of South Africa’s high-potential young people who are so hungry for work!
Clothes can be an important part of any first impression, especially in a first job interview. If you have interview-appropriate clothes, you can donate them and help an unemployed youth make a better impression in their first interview.
All clothing donations need to be clean, in good condition and ready to wear. Every item of clothing you donate can help a young South African succeed at their job interview.
What do we need:
- Smart shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and jackets
- Accessories – jewellery, scarves, belts
- Smart pants, blazers and shirts
- Ties and belts