The ultimate guide on how to get a job in Zambia
The Zambia jobs market is fast-paced because jobs are in short supply. Jobs are mainly advertised in national newspapers and through word of mouth. You can also find Zambian jobs online through recruitment websites and social media sites like LinkedIn.
We’ve written this guide to help all Zambian job seekers in their quest to find a rewarding job. We’ve had the experience of being the job seeker and the recruiter in Zambia and the UK. Our intention is to use both the Zambian and international perspective and experience we have so you can get the best of both worlds. This guide will cover:
- Zambia jobs and the recruitment process
- Application tips for jobs in Zambia
- How to find jobs in Zambia the unconventional way
- Where Zambia jobs are advertised
Zambia jobs and the recruitment process
Jobs are mainly advertised in Zambia’s national newspapers and through word of mouth. Get the full details on how you can get the latest on jobs by reading our guide on where they are advertised.
Vacancy windows for jobs in Zambia
Because of the stiff competition for jobs in Zambia, the vacancy window for entry and some mid level jobs tends to be very tight. This is to help recruiters minimize application numbers. The more professional the job the longer the vacancy window tends to be. When you see a job you are interested in, you’ll need to take prompt action.
Application process for Zambia jobs
Nowadays, more and more companies will ask you to email your CV and application documentation. However, some organizations, especially Government organizations will still ask you to deliver a printed or handwritten application.
Communications from the employing organisation
Because organizations usually get a high number of applicants they are unlikely to communicate with you or provide any feedback, except to invite you for an interview if you are successful.
Interviewing for Zambia jobs
Make sure you check your emails and answer your phone for any communications with a potential employer. Since it is an employers market they are unlikely to chase except if you stand out as a high quality candidate. Companies will not always tell you about the interview format. Expect anything from one to one interviews, panel interviews, tests and even group work with other applicants. If you want to be prepared, it won’t hurt to ask about what they expect of you. If you are applying for a job as an expat or returning resident, organizations may interview you by video link such as Skype.
Trials and probation periods
Most companies will start new recruits on a trial probation period, usually around three months. This may be longer if you are entering a training program or a more established organization.