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“It’s our 4th Anniversary, Ask Me Anything.” Jussi Hinkkanen, CEO, Fuzu.

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Jussi is happy to share as many learnings from his journey and the reason why he is more excited about Fuzu’s future than its past. 

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We are extremely proud to be marking our 4th Anniversary this September - a significant milestone that few startup companies get to achieve. 

Fuzu has grown and achieved so much since its inception, but the most gratifying aspect of that growth is the number of job seekers who have been able to get their dream jobs and employers hire the best talent. All this wouldn’t have been possible without our Fuzu community including you. 

As we celebrate this special occasion, we’d like to take this opportunity to launch our new series called “Ask Me Anything” (AMA). This will give you an opportunity to ask CEOs, Entrepreneurs and thought leaders questions directly. 

The first one to be featured is our CEO, Jussi Hinkkanen - the brains behind Fuzu. This is your chance to ask him anything, it could be about what inspired him to start Fuzu or what’s the hardest thing about being a CEO.   

Jussi is happy to share as many learnings from his journey and the reason why he is excited about Fuzu’s future than its past. Submit your questions by commenting in the comment section below. The deadline to ask your questions is today (Thursday) 11:59 pm. He will answer all your burning questions by responding to your questions in the comments. 

We will randomly award one user with FREE career coaching and CV review.

 

Brief about Jussi

Mr. Hinkkanen, a holder Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere, Finland has served at different capacities across in multi-nationals. To name a few:- Vice President for Corporate Relations for Middle-East and Africa, Microsoft Devices Group and Vice President Corporate Relations and Business Environment Middle-East and Africa, Nokia. 

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    Martha | September 27, 2019 02:22

    Hello Sir, am really facing hardships getting a job, I feel I have the confidence and those I have volunteered with know my potential, but I have never got a contract job, I don't know why? I apply almost every day but no feed back, what would it be? Is it the way I present my CV?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:51

    Hi Martha, I hear you and sympathise with what you have experienced. Getting your career going is not easy! It can be about two things, how you have presented your personality and skills in your CV and articulated for the value you bring to the employer. At the same time, it might be about how you conduct yourself during internships/volunteering assignments. Always aspire to become better, make suggestions on improvements, present solutions (do not just do what is asked) and be proactive. Employers will see that you have value to add!

    Kephas | September 26, 2019 21:38

    Why do most job applications go without any form of response from the prospective employers. Not even regret

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:46

    Hi Kephas, it is the responsibility of employers to respond, we cannot unfortunately do that for them. We are constantly educating our partners to do this, but as the number of applicants is often so high, they just lack resources to do so.

    John | September 26, 2019 20:00

    Hi Mr Jussi, thanks for your time and consideration . It is not such easy to get a person like you in the present century who he willingly to serve and answers or replies all these questions without any payment. My question is, what advice would you give those people who are giving up in their attempts in securing jobs

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:25

    Hi John, the short answer is that you should never give up, never. Hard work always pays off, in one way or the other.

    Kenneth | September 26, 2019 19:47

    Hello..thank you for the great efforts impacted in making it happen...my concern is whether in your opinion in regards to knowledge and experience...which of the two do you regard as a true pass to anyone desiring to be competitive in an interview as per your rating.thanks

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:27

    Hi Kenneth, as mentioned below, it is a combination of the two. I myself place more weight on who you are as a person, how you solve problems, think outside the box, etc. The foundational skills are naturally important as well (understanding of core skills, math and language skills, etc.). But in the end, it really depends on the position I am hiring for. For senior roles, it is more about the experience and exposure you have had, for junior roles more about the potential you possess.

    Openji | September 26, 2019 19:28

    Hi jussi , happy 4th anniversary, am experienced in electrical engineering, but with lower qualifications (certificate), what can I do, to get better job, with good earning.

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:30

    Hi Openji, you do not necessarily need another certificate. You just need to keep on learning and deepening your skills. Be that design knowledge or theoretics. The world is full of online resources that are very useful. So do not limit your learning because you cannot afford another degree. 100% of my learning takes place online or on books I buy or borrow nowadays.

    MARY | September 26, 2019 19:20

    Hi Jussi, Happy 4th anniversary to you and your platform. Lately, I've been trying to apply for a job from fuzu but it seems my experience level is not enough and the job recommendations I have been getting seem to be way above my experience level. Kindly advice on what I can rectify on my cv to be able to successfully get any fair job based on my skills.

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:31

    Hi Mary, I cannot unfortunately comment on your profile here (not a private space). The key thing for getting great recommendations is to make sure your skills are reflected correctly on your CV. Make them tangible (accounting, customer service, etc.), not just soft (good in teamwork, etc.). I hope this helps!

    Dyreen | September 26, 2019 19:18

    I have been applying for internships for so long and I don't lie what the problem is. It's like it's becoming so difficult getting entry level jobs as a prospective graduate. What do I do? At times I feel like knocking on the doors I sent online applications to but am told the latter is more effective. What's your advice? Do you have any jobs I could apply to on Fuzu? Am willing to do anything from customer service or a receptionist. Anything please? Thank you and God bless you.

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:34

    Hi Dyreen, you are not alone. The statistics in Kenya and Uganda are pretty dire reading. There just aren't enough jobs for all graduates. So my advice to you is to think about what makes you special and making sure your CV reflects this correctly? What value you would bring to the employer? Generic applications are not enough when you are up against hundreds of people competing for the same job. And make sure the language is spotless (yours seems to be!).

    FELIX | September 26, 2019 19:15

    Hallo sir am Felix and I have a question what can one do in order to.succeed in a new business idea?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:35

    Hi Felix, please read my answers below, I have answered to this question a few times. Good luck!

    Yusuf | September 26, 2019 18:54

    Hi Charles , I have only begun my adventure into the tech world by getting my certificate in software development. My question is, having no experience in any field how can you get a job as a junior developer if you have no specific route to follow and if you don't have any financial means to support yourself?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:37

    Hi Yusuf, software is a great example of an industry where you can practice your trait easily. For example my coders have all started building their own projects and learned theirs skills that way. Never wait until you start applying for jobs, you should have a project (using key skills the employers are after) ongoing all the time. There is a lot of demand for Software talent, so that is not an issue.

    ANGELIQUE | September 26, 2019 18:47

    Mr. Hinkkanen, thank you for this rare opportunity you have given us to reach and ask burning questions to the "elite". My question to you is this.. Do you truly believe that having a good educational background guarantees one to have a good life and happiness? I do see you are well educated..are you happy and satisfied with what you have now and have achieved in the past? and what you have learnt in classroom has it been applied to how you run your businesses and conduct in life. Do we truly need to deepend on our "education" to survive in this world or are there any other means of " survival" that are of course pure to follow. Thank you!

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:40

    Hi Angelique, I don't consider myself part of the Elite ;-) In my mind people should study what they have the passion for but naturally be mindful of potential job prospects. Studying has certainly given me a perspective in life that helps me to get things done and to understand the complexity of the world. So I am all for expanding horizons and accumulating knowledge. But that can happen outside of the formal education as well... Life skills can be acquired anywhere and anytime.

    George | September 26, 2019 18:35

    Hi.sir ihave work for 10years with different capanies bt when iapply ajob out countries im not succed.

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:44

    Hi George, my suggestion is to make sure your CV and Cover Letter are checked by a third party. You are surely a very hard working gentleman, but you need to make sure you portray yourself in the best possible light. Make sure the language is correct, etc.

    Hannah Mwabili | September 26, 2019 14:14

    Hello, am a form four leaver and a stay at home mom, which job can suit me

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:44

    Hi Hannah, I suggest you look at gig jobs if you cannot commit to a full time position. Fuzu does not offer them at the moment, but there are many great platforms out there for such work!

    Jabuga | September 26, 2019 14:10

    Hi nicolas getting your career going is always challenging. The advice l can give is to try to get some level of activity going on in your field either through internships or volunteering.the key is that you demonstrate that know what your are doing

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:44

    Hi Jabuga, fully agree with you!

    Paula | September 26, 2019 14:07

    Good evening Sir, First of Happy 4th Anniversary!! FUZU is doing a commendable job. My question relates to employers. Lately I have noticed a lot of employers want the whole package when seeking out an employee. Meaning they want someone who meets all the requirements. As much as this is a possibility they end up overlooking other potential candidates who can easily be a good fit but don’t meet one or two requirements. Taking the human out of Human Resources. How do you as an employer approach this gap and also advise other employers to go about this?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:46

    Thank you Paula, the challenge is that when it is a single-sided market where employers can choose from a pool of candidates, it easily becomes challenging. My advice is that you try to find an angle/strength in your profile that really provides value to the employer and push that angle heavily. Be concrete with your communication and sell your strengths.

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    Paula | September 26, 2019 20:29

    Thank you so much for your insight Sir.

    SAMSON | September 26, 2019 13:56

    Hi, What's the impulse which drives/drove you to master the content of your work?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:47

    Hi Samson, maybe it is the fact that I never think that I have mastered anything. So I always question my abilities and keep my mind open for learning. One is never ready, does not matter how many degrees you have!

    Joseph | September 26, 2019 13:50

    I have been applying job for a about a year now. I have not succeeded. Someone to come and rescue. Manufacturing Engineering and Technology.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:48

    Hi Joseph, as you can see from this chain, you are not alone. There are many people in the same situation. The market needs great manufacturing engineers. So you just need to keep your spirits up and make sure you portray your experience correctly. Check your CV (does it have everything in there) and make sure your Cover Letter clearly articulates your strengths and why you would be the best candidate.

    Lynet | September 26, 2019 13:50

    Hae am a form four leaver I only have a form four certificate, to what do I fit doing???

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:51

    Hi Lynet. The short answer is 'many things'. You need to build a set of skills that have value in the job market, it does not necessarily mean a degree from university. A short term course will do if you can then translate that training to practice, online or offline. The key thing is to build your skills in the real world, so try to search for internships or volunteering where you can perfect your skills.

    Sseguya | September 26, 2019 13:38

    As a senior four leaver in Uganda, am looking forward to starting up a business to earn a living as I look forward to going back next year but what business can I startup as per my level with only Ugsh150,000 All in all...happy aniversary

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:52

    Thank you Sseguya, building a business takes always time and capital. With a smaller amount of savings, you can look into trading or retail. But key is to find your niche in the market, the special skill you can monetise. Have you found one yet?

    Mwine | September 26, 2019 13:35

    Hello... Am asking can your jobs kinda tackle talent... Like modeling, acting.. etc because I kinda believe talent too can be a center of progress otherwise all is good though still haven't got a job here buh it's fine because I know why and I'll fix just that... Thank you..!!!

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:53

    Good luck Mwine, you will certainly find your path!

    Adupa | September 26, 2019 13:12

    Fuzu is doing good work, i wish they could creat opportunies for volunteers, graduate trainee etc.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 16:53

    Hi Adupa, we are looking into expanding the internship and volunteering opportunities. Thank you for the advice!

    keziah | September 26, 2019 13:08

    Hello jussi Hinkkanen,Happy 4th Anniversary, what comprises of the standard and professional CV and how many pages should the standard professional CV have. Thank you,

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:33

    Hi Keziah, thank you! If you use Fuzu CV for applying, it is not really about the pages, just about the content (job experience description, cover letter, skills, etc.). If you apply for external positions, then I recommend not exceeding 4 pages, optimal length would be 2 or 3 pages.

    FRANCIS | September 26, 2019 12:39

    Hello Jussi and congratulations on your anniversary.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:34

    Thank you Francis, much appreciated!

    Ian | September 26, 2019 12:22

    Hello sir am a form four level with only the form four certificate can I qualify to get a job here

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:35

    Hi Ian, surely you can. Just make sure you have articulated well your skills and experience on the platform. And maybe try to take a short course (online or classroom) to build few essential skills in the industry/competence are you want to focus on.

    CHARLES | September 26, 2019 12:15

    Hello Fuzu, I have been applying for the jobs with no success. Can i get a response as to where my applications are not successful. Can i get the areas to improve on. Thanks

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:36

    Hi Charles, you can always purchase Instant Feedback to see how you compare to other candidates. We will also soon be launching the next version of the feedback service that will provide more details on the areas you need to improve on.

    Esha | September 26, 2019 12:15

    Heart congratulations for marking your 4th Anniversary. My question Mr Hinkkanen is why do you like karaoke and can you be my mentor even for just a month? Thank you.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:38

    Hi Esha, thank you! Why do you think I like Karaoke? Well, I studied music for years and used to be an avid singer. But those years are long gone. I would love to mentor young talent like you, but at the moment I am just too busy in getting Fuzu to the next level. Maybe in the future!

    Cecilia | September 26, 2019 12:07

    Hello Mr. Jussi.. Having started Fuzu and you have been able to continue making it a success four years in a row is remarkable. What does it take to start up an online business or any business, market it and grow it to ensure success.? Also how does one handle negativity around their business?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:41

    Thank you Cecilia, really appreciate your kind words. I responded to a similar question below, so please check the conversation stream! In short, it is all about understanding your client needs and how to fulfil them in a way that allows you to build a sustainable business. Negativity is hard to handle, but my lesson has been to make myself immune to it. There is a positive side in everything. One needs to turn disappointments to learning opportunities. That's my simple solution!

    OBONYO | September 26, 2019 12:06

    I Alphonce Obonyo a graduate of BCOM management science option and have been taking my MBA in operations management, the challenge is that the market does not understand what management science graduate can offer in the market. on the other hand operations management is having conflict with human resource management. kindly advice me on how i can brand my self better to fit the market.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:43

    Hi Obonyo, a great question. All businesses need people who understand operations and operations management. The key is to articulate the skills (process management, operations, planning, etc.) you have been building at school and to try to gain concrete experience in them. The track you have taken is great and I have no doubt you will find your way.

    ERIC | September 26, 2019 12:03

    Happy anniversary Fuzu.1 What is your strategic plan for the next 5 years.2 How will you do things differently from other recruitment agencies.3 How can someone increase a chance of getting a job interview from your site.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:46

    Hi Eric, I cannot reveal all the secrets ;-), but the plan is to take Fuzu services to a number of new countries and to strengthen our services to both individual users and employers. The key value with Fuzu to employers is that we radically simplify the recruitment process for them and lower the cost of finding talent. Hundreds of companies have experienced the value first hand and I believe we are on the right track. When it comes to securing interviews, the key thing is to find a unique angle to describing who you are as a professional. What value you add to the organization, what insights you have about the industry they operate in.

    Linda | September 26, 2019 11:44

    Hello fuzu,happy anniversary.Ive done so many applications through fuzu but never qualified for interviews.. Kindly help,what could be the problem?I'm a nutritionist.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:48

    Hi Linda, the key is to choose your battles and to apply for jobs you are qualified for. And then make sure you have articulated clearly why you would be the right person for the position. If you lack experience, then I suggest you find alternative ways for building concrete marketable skills, either through internships or volunteering. All experience is valuable!

    RICHARD | September 26, 2019 11:43

    Thanks for this educative and chance creating platform, my question Sir Jussi H, why is experience(period worked) a dominant determinant factor than skills to be considered by employers, thanks

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:53

    Thank you Richard! Employers often want to see that you have been gaining practical experience in using the skills you have acquired at school. For entry level positions, work experience is less relevant, but it naturally always helps. As mentioned above, try to find ways to use and build your skills through internships and volunteering.

    Muhigirwa | September 26, 2019 11:29

    Hello Jussi, Happy 4th anniversary. Most entrepreneurship ventures do not live beyond 1st birthday. My questions: - 1. What inspired to start FUZU? What is FUZU and what does it stand for? 2. How possible is it to get jobs in Nordic Countries, including yours? 3. I registered a firm in Uganda, however, it's not easy to access finance for sustainment and growth as finance capital in Uganda is high at times goes to 25% per annum. How do you advise SMMEs like mine to kick start the growth curve?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:56

    Hi Muhigirwa, the key reason for founding Fuzu was to find a scalable solution to helping millions of people to find their place in the job markets by providing them with support through career guidance, learning and highly targeted job opportunities. Fuzu is a Swahili word, please see below for explanation! Building a business always takes time, you just need to be patient, experiment with new ideas, try to fail fast and at low cost (yes, we all do it!). Interview your clients and try to find a unique angle to serve them and solve their challenges.

    Grace | September 26, 2019 11:23

    Aftanoon Mr Sir,am Grace I completed my diploma of Tourism, Travel and business studies at Nairobi institute of business studies and am kindly requesting for a opportunity In any tour company thank you.Fuzu is really doing well I have experienced it from a friend who also got job from fuzu in a tourism company.i would also like to know why anytime I apply I keep on being told to update my cv.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 17:58

    Hi Grace, you just need to keep on monitoring opportunities out there! We have had quite a few opportunities in the hospitality sector. We ask you to update your CV, because we want to make sure your CV captures all the latest updates. Make sure the language is correct and that you have clearly outlined your strengths. And make sure you have a stellar Cover Letter, including a good summary of what value you would bring to the organization in question.

    Grace | September 26, 2019 11:19

    Aftanoon Mr Sir,am Grace I completed my diploma of Tourism, Travel and business studies at Nairobi institute of business studies and am kindly requesting for a opportunity In any tour company thank you.Fuzu is really doing well I have experienced it from a friend who also got job from fuzu in a tourism company

    JOYCE | September 26, 2019 11:11

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FUZU Good afternoon Sir, Mine is more of a suggestion than a question. I have been using Fuzu for the longest time ever now to look for internship. To put it in other words, being fresh from the University i having been looking for an opportunity (paid/unpaid) to gain practical skills but all in vain.Having served in different capacities across in multi-nationals kindly use the network to introduce a programme that will offer graduands an opportunity to get exposure and learn in the real corporate world, even if it is unpaid this will be great.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:00

    Hi Joyce, you seem to have exactly the right spirit. I suggest you look at opportunities with entities like Yusudi, Generation Kenya or ALX to accelerate your transition to the job market out there. Good luck!

    Good | September 26, 2019 10:57

    Hello jussi Hinkkanen,Happy 4th Anniversary, 1. what comprises of the standard and professional CV and how many pages should the standard professional CV have? Thanks

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:46

    Hi Good, I would suggest keeping your CV compact and not exceed more than four pages. Even a shorter one will do. The key thing is to be able to crystallise who you are a professional and what value you would bring to the employer.

    OJAKU | September 26, 2019 10:50

    Hello am OJAKU FELIX pursuing diploma in medical laboratory technology i would like your advice concerning intern after completion

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:03

    Hi Ojaku, you have trained yourself in a very valuable profession. There are quite a few positions out there in the medical field and I know that there will be many more in the future. Health sector is one of the growth industries, so just keep on trying and going after opportunities out there. You can even reach out to a hospital you would like to work at and ask them directly about internship or volunteering opportunities. Any work experience is valid in getting your career going!

    Ian | September 26, 2019 10:49

    Hire me?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:04

    Hi Ian, you are welcome to apply for any position that is open or announced in the future ;-)

    Kirsteen | September 26, 2019 10:46

    Happy anniversary Fuzu, i have a small issue i would like you to assist me. I have done my paralegal studies and I have been trying to apply through the platforms that you provide but everytime you keep telling me to update my C.V even though I have done it severally what could be the problem and can you kindly assist me. Thank you

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:06

    Hi Kirsteen, if your CV is up-to-date, you do not need to make any changes. We do this to remind you to always keep your CV valid with the latest information. So, do not worry!

    Shaban | September 26, 2019 10:44

    Hallo Sir! I am good in all Hotel Front Office tasks and speaking fluent french, reasonable german, little spanish and Italian, work experience of 5 years , but don't know how often do these chances occur..?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:07

    Hi Shaban, that is a great combination of languages. There is always need for a talented individual like yourself, so there are definitely opportunities out there that would match your experience. There are hotels opening all the time, so just keep on watching the space!

    AKUGIZIBWE | September 26, 2019 10:36

    Hello, jussi , I just want to appreciate your efforts for the wonderful job updates? But my question is ,how does this company benefit from this ? Meanwhile am a diplomate of Agro forestry, would like to find an opportunity any where in the world, thanks for your time.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:09

    Thank you Akugizibwe, the benefit of providing these opportunities to you is to have you coming back to Fuzu and using our services. We do not get paid for the positions we post (where application takes place outside of the platform), but this way we can direct great talent like yourself to them and possibly build a relationship with the employer in the future.

    dorice | September 26, 2019 10:17

    Can I get an opportunity to intern with Fuzu?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:10

    Hi Dorice, we have internship positions open every now and then. So keep on monitoring the open positions and who knows if one day you will find yourself working at our offices. Good luck!

    Johnson | September 26, 2019 10:17

    Hello, Jussi. Thank you for the good work in the jobworld, my question is How can i be motivated to start up a business of my own other than job hunting-which has become fruitless. thank you.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:12

    Hi Johnson, building a business is always a great option. And in a market that has few open job opportunities like Kenya or Uganda, that might be just the right solution. See my answers below to similar questions, building a business requires tenacity and willingness to challenge yourself. And a very systematic way to analyse the needs and ways to satisfy your clients. Good tools like Business Model Canvas can help you out in finding the right model. You should also look at the free online courses we have under the courses section!

    Anesmas | September 26, 2019 10:05

    Does fuzu find a job as a driver or aplant operator.

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    nyakundi job momanyi | September 26, 2019 13:29

    Will I get a job vacancy concerning your department

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:14

    Hi Anesmas, yes, quite often we have open opportunities in logistics or at factory operations. One suggestion, it is always good to have a picture of yourself on your profile. Employers want to see who they are talking to!

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    FELIX | September 26, 2019 19:51

    Hello Jussi, am a diploma holder in water & sanitation engineering. I work with national water uganda as a plant operator but I want to work with national water Kenya. Can fuzu coordinate me??

    JUMA | September 26, 2019 10:00

    Hello, which criteria does FUZU use to select applications to the employers? I have tried unsuccessfully even the ones i thought would go through. Please help

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:15

    Hi Juma, we look at a combination of your education, experience, skills, references and personality to match you to right opportunities and to help employers to find dream candidates. So make sure your CV is filled to the last detail and that it does not contain any errors (language, etc.).

    Migireh | September 26, 2019 09:59

    Hello Jussi, Its fantastic e meeting you, time flies its already 4th anniversary - Kudus. What was the motivation behind starting up Fuzu, how could we assist the platform in scaling up as consumers?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:18

    Hi Migireh, thank you for your kind words. I founded Fuzu after working ten years across Africa and after seeing that there is a need for a platform like this to support people in accelerating their career growth. You can always refer Fuzu to your friends and colleagues (see the invite friends button on the left side of the page). This way we keep on growing the momentum and having everyone benefit from the services we have been building.

    James | September 26, 2019 09:33

    Thank you for your administration in guidance and counseling to those who are jobless and stressed so my question is that why many offices are neglected in employment the persons with disability especially hearing impaired ( Deaf) everywhere? Can u help by pass information to touch main offices in the countries especially kenya include in her counties? Thank. By James obwogi ( Deaf) who is interested to be employed in his county in Kenya.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:19

    Hi James, we are just preparing a new program for people with disabilities. Cannot reveal the details yet, but please follow this space!

    Judy | September 26, 2019 09:28

    Thank you for the great replies. The replies have been an eye opener. I am 23 years old and I would like to make a difference from small stuff to big stuff by identifying a problem in society and solving it. I have identified one problem but am so afraid that I can't fulfill due to various constraints. What can you advice a young person like me who wants to make a difference in society but constrained by various factors in the environment?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:21

    Thank you Judy, really happy that you have enjoyed my responses. You seem to have exactly the right attitude! First thing to do is to become fearless. People around the world tend to spend too much time fearing other people's reactions and shying away from their destiny. Remember that every failure is an opportunity to learn something new. You will find your way!

    PHANICE | September 26, 2019 09:27

    How do you listen to your instict/inner voice/gut when the world is telling you the opposite? How do you build trust within yourself?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:23

    Hi Phanice, the key is to be true to yourself. You know best who you are and what you are capable of. You need to build confidence and not let other people's opinions to weigh on you. It took many years for me as well to achieve this and to find my inner strength.

    Jecinta | September 26, 2019 09:25

    Happy Anniversary Fuzu!💫🎂🍻 walking with you has been a great adventure. How long should one work for an organization before deciding to change?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:24

    Thank you Jecinta! My advice is to spend at least two years at an organization before starting to explore other opportunities. Shorter than that will seldom provide you the experience you need for climbing higher.

    Buyinza | September 26, 2019 09:20

    Hello sir,am senior six leaver but with two years experience in waitering and two years experience in tellering but i have found it hard for me to fill education levels on my online CV so this has affected my opportunity to start applying,please need your help

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:27

    Hi Buyinza, I understand your challenge. Academic credentials are not everything, so make sure you have reflected your skills correctly on your profile (hospitality skills you have acquired through work). It will help you to stand out!

    Estone | September 26, 2019 09:19

    Hello, isn't there a provision for one to upload a CV other than creating one with FuZu

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:28

    Hi Estone, no, there is no provision (payment) for you to upload your CV on Fuzu. You can also download a free of charge CV from Fuzu, once you have filled in all the details.

    RUKUNDO | September 26, 2019 09:13

    Hello and happy anniversary!mine is a suggestion and a request if we may be given a certificate upon finishing learning in different course it will be very great.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:26

    Hi Rukundo, we are looking into this and hopefully have a new feature available for micro certificates some time next year. Thank you for the suggestion.

    Caleb | September 26, 2019 09:09

    I registered a company (I.T based) which I would like to get on with but have less capital to fully indulge in its activities. I decided to do it along side my current job so that it works as the funding source. This has been really hard because I find myself forgetting or taking long to complete task of the company and spending more time in my current job. How best can I balance both, or does it need me to leave one and concentrate on the other. Thanks for your services

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:30

    Hi Caleb, task management is difficult for all of us. There are several great tools out there to manage your to-do-lists. I have used Monday.com, Asana and several others. You need to build a list of tasks on these services and find a way to prioritise your work related tasks. If it gets too much, then I suggest you focus on one or the other. We all have limits to what we can manage!

    LORRAINE | September 26, 2019 09:06

    Hi. What is the best way to identify career path?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:33

    Hi Lorraine, you can for example take the free Fuzu Career Test to try out different options. The test provides you with a list of options that fit your personality and interests. Please make sure you have first filled in your CV to last detail. The test works better that way. you can find the test under My Career section. The other option is to talk to one of our career coaches or to other coaches out there. Just make sure you choose a credible one!

    Benjamin | September 26, 2019 09:00

    Well done for the great job you and team are doing. At what point will you separate the senior from junior jobs shortlisting process. This will enable subscribers receive the most appropriate vacancies relating to their qualifications. At this point, let me commend your Kenya team for being professional and confidential on how they handle the recruitment process. Thank you

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:34

    Hi Benjamin, thank you for your kind feedback! The system analyses your CV automatically, so there is no particular point when you become 'senior'. It all depends on your work experience and the seniority level you have at an organization.

    Silas | September 26, 2019 09:00

    Hello sir am Silas I have a question what do normally employer look in a CV and is it a must for job seeker have experience certificate?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:36

    Hi Silas, employers look at how well you can describe who you are as a person, what you have done in the past (achievements, lessons learned, etc.) and how well you can articulate why you would be the right candidate. And no, you do not necessarily need to have an experience certificate, it just makes it easier for employers to validate your past work experience.

    Norah | September 26, 2019 08:58

    hello I have been applying for jobs with no response.Please advise me on the tips to use when applying for the jobs.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:37

    Hi Norah, please see my responses below. Put special focus on your Cover Letter, having a great CV is not enough. Good luck!

    Muthomi | September 26, 2019 08:57

    Hello sir, being a pro and rich in experience in the business area, what are the sources of motivation that you had, to keeping you going when this were not going well? And having worked with people as a leader, how did you keep your workers motivated for staying in your company for long and productive?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:52

    Hi Muthomi, I keep myself motivated by doing work that I love. It is not always easy, but when you believe in what you do it helps you at the time of adversity. Motivating people is very important. The key thing is to make your team believe in what you do and empower them to grow as individuals as well as professionals.

    Joseph | September 26, 2019 08:53

    Hi CEO. Been looking for a teaching job in USA, UK or Canada but in vain. How can one get such opportunity?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:53

    Hi Joseph, we do not currently have positions in USA, UK or Canada. You need to look at local websites to find possibilities out there or to find an agent that connects talent with international employers.

    Paul | September 26, 2019 08:51

    Hello Mr CEO. I appreciate you and your organisation for providing this platform. What advice would you give to someone who is trying to realign to her profession after going through a plethora of totally unrelated jobs some in very toxic work environment, so demeaning that have bruised an ego.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:55

    Hi Paul, thank you for your kind words. That is a tough challenge. The key is to find your professional core, what you enjoy and are good at. And then focus on your strengths. Toxic work environments can leave a life long scar, but at the same time we should not hang on the past that we cannot change. Focus your energy on the future, that is something we can all influence!

    Asina | September 26, 2019 08:37

    Hello sir, i have a degree in mass communication but for some reasons i have failed to get a job thou i have tried applying on lots of jobs on Fuzu.... my question is sir , i want to opt in business and i would like to seek for your advice on how to get a loan to start one..

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:56

    Hi Asina, wow, I cannot unfortunately advice on loans. That is not my specialty. My advice would be to first experiment on your business idea in small scale to see if it has wings. And only then go for external funding!

    Joyce | September 26, 2019 08:34

    Hello Sir. Thank you for the great work you are doing. my question is along the social sciences and arts (either fine or performed) field. The platform has limited opportunities and my question is, is it that there are limited opportunities in the job market? And how can fuzu connect us to such markets?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:58

    Hi Joyce, I agree that there are not too many opportunities in your field, sorry for that. Arts is a growing field in Kenya and Uganda and much of the opportunities go via word-of-mouth. I suggest you connect with the local communities and try that route. If you have suggestions on who these employers are, we are all ears ;-) Would love to have more opportunities for professionals like you.

    Samuel | September 26, 2019 08:30

    What is one to do when faced with a boss who takes pleasure in frustrating his juniors?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:00

    Hi Samuel, your situation is unfortunate and so common. The situation you describe is poor management practice and something that prevents the organization from succeeding. I suggest you bring this up together with your colleagues (you are probably not the only one), either with your boss or with his/her superior.

    KINTU | September 26, 2019 08:30

    Hi, Jussi I am a junior Barista and I am looking a vacancy to work with a lucrative coffee shop, how are you gonna help me fix this.......Uganda/Africa

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:01

    Hi Kintu, there are many great coffee shops in Uganda. And we will do our best to bring these opportunities on Fuzu.

    JUDY | September 26, 2019 08:25

    Hi Sir, Due to financial constraints i have found myself doing short courses which are not part of what i intended to do.For instance i did a Diploma in Business Management (ABE),a Diploma in Procurement and Supplies Management,and currently doing CPA. This is because am not able to afford finances to pursue a B.COM procurement option.Whats your advise,at my current situation am really frustrated.

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    TIMOTHY | September 26, 2019 10:51

    Hi Judy. Whilst reading your comment I felt compelled to give a response because I have come across familiar situations. Kindly be advised that I am not Mr. Jussi and therefore take my advice at your own discretion. In the first place it appears you have incredible interest in procurement and supplies. Let me highlight that a diploma in procurement and supplies is very valuable. Most employers value it even more than a degree. Coupling this diploma with CPA even adds more spice. Your are edging towards a career in stock/inventory control/specialists. In a nutshell you are in the right path and shouldn't be too concerned. You can still continue your dream of pursuing a B.Com but your status quo academically at least, should be enough to warrant you an interview. But bear in mind as always that other factors come in and that's where maybe FUZU can offer quality advice and help. Many thanks. Happy anniversary to FUZU.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:04

    Great response Timothy! And thank you for your best wishes.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:03

    Hi Judy, I would not be worried. You have great skills that are valuable to employers. It is not all about the university degrees, but about the depth and richness of skills you possess. So, make sure your Fuzu CV reflects your skills correctly. There will certainly be an employer out there who respects your skills and experience. Just be very clear on what concrete value you bring to the employer and how your rich skillset would help them to succeed.

    Anisha | September 26, 2019 08:25

    How can I be successful after dropping out of college because of chasing the wrong dream to starting one that is full of passion

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:05

    Hi Anisha, many of the most successful people in the world dropped out of college, so it is not end of the world. By following your passion, you will eventually get there!

    Elizabeth | September 26, 2019 08:21

    Hi, I have been using Fuzu for many years, but I have never been able to be called for any job! What is your advise since you have my profile? What do I need?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:07

    Hi Elizabeth, I cannot unfortunately comment on your profile. But I recommend you to customise your application for every application you send. Particularly focus on why you would be the right candidate for the employer. What skills and value you would bring to them. Be concrete and show your mastery of the industry they are in.

    Muhairwe | September 26, 2019 08:19

    I have experience in data collection for close to five years but have failed to advance to data analysis due to lack of organization to train me or due to lack of connection or may be am unlucky.How does one advance in career?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:08

    Hi Muhairwe, you can train yourself in data analytics through online courses and resources. You do not need a classroom based training for this. I know you can do it!

    samuel | September 26, 2019 08:19

    I've been self employed since high school,I don't have work experience plus the attachment papers for a rider's job am seeking,how will I go about applying and securing that particular job?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:10

    Hi Samuel, there are many people like you out there. My suggestion is simple, think about what industry you want to work in and then make sure you learn the basics that are necessary for succeeding in the job. You do not necessarily need a degree to find employment!

    Titus | September 26, 2019 08:12

    Hi guys...am wanyonyi titus ...have been searching for a job now 3 years .and still am yet to acquire one ..where could be the problem???

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:30

    Hi Titus, as you can see you are not alone. Please see my responses below, quite a few recommendations about how to market yourself better! Good luck!

    RUTH | September 26, 2019 08:04

    what are the things i can do for my business to grow strongly

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:13

    Hi Ruth, few points of advice: 1. do not try to do too many things, focus on your core business, 2. constantly analyse how you are doing (using concrete data if possible), 3. how you could better add value to your clients (improved service, better pricing, ease of purchase, etc.), 4. try and experiment with new ideas and lastly 5. focus on areas that have potential for scale.

    Nicholas | September 26, 2019 08:03

    I seem to have stagnated in my career, don't seem to move past the shortlist, or if i get shortlisted don't seem to move past the interview stage. what could i be doing wrong? or what can i do to showcase my best skills? what can i do to market myself, and jam start my career growth?

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    Edna | September 26, 2019 08:22

    Co-asks

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:14

    Hi Nicholas, we have all been there at some point! You seem to be doing pretty well already, so focus on: 1. articulating better why you would be the right candidate (cover letter and CV) and 2. prepare for interviews by analysing the employer, their industry (painpoints, latest news, etc.). You need to be prepared!

    Yunus | September 26, 2019 08:01

    Hello. Job market in Kenya today is becoming a bit challenging especially for the common job seekers who doesn't have connections despite the skills and qualifications they possess, because to get a job these days you should know someone in a certain sector or be represented by "godfather ". How are you going to improve the job search platform to ensure the common job seekers that through fuzu there might be a chance for them to get the chance they deserve? #Happyanniversaryfuzu

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:17

    Hi Yunus, you are right. The job market situation is challenging. Fuzu is fighting against nepotism and favourism and pushing for employers to change their behaviour. It is everyone's benefit. Right people drive faster growth and create prosperity for everyone. We are educating our clients on this all the time, so hopefully things are gradually changing!

    HENRY | September 26, 2019 07:55

    Good morning, Would you hire for experience or for education.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:18

    Hi Henry, interesting question. For me attitude is key, followed by ability to solve problems and think outside of the box. The skills are naturally important, but my focus is very much on the softer side of skills.

    ANNE | September 26, 2019 07:55

    Hello, what would your advice be to someone who wants to quit their job and start up their own business?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:20

    Hi Anne, my advice is not to jump ship too fast. Explore your business idea before quitting, making sure you know that the opportunity is real (the market is there, the competition is not too bad and that you can deliver real value). Experiment in small scale and if the model works, then move on!

    alex | September 26, 2019 07:53

    hi, do u at jussi offer any internship for job seekers

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:21

    Hi Alex, yes we do. Typically we hire interns few times a year, so keep on checking the site!

    Susan | September 26, 2019 07:48

    Great initiate by fuzu in the job market, the key issue is what are u doing different from other employment agencies to enrich job seekers, from my perspective it is the same thing, 2.how do help those that wish to change careers ,in terms of CBS reviews and training for ensuring we r not glued to people in same line of business vs those that come with great experience from one field to another 3.Jussi please do review the profile requirements sometimes, I think so much time is taken by candidates to fill or create a profile on ur site, why not make it simple, let candidates send through Cv's,then ur team gets to work,.4.please always send feedback to candidates a message if not successfull, most employment never do this and it's quite unprofessional.5 I think u need to do thank u for helping others.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:31

    Hi Susan, the key difference with Fuzu is that it is not just a job listing platform, but a platform that recommends you jobs that you are the right match for and that provides you with career advice and learning opportunities. The experience will get better every day, so I hope you keep on using Fuzu. When it comes to changing career paths, employers appreciate rich experience and your willingness to learn new skills. Sometimes you are required to step down a few ladders (I've done this several times), but because of your experience, you will bounce back soon. You only need to fill in your CV once, after that it is a breeze. The point here is that the online CV you create is analysed automatically to help the employers screen the candidates. We have thousands of positions open any given time, so the team does not manually analyse your applications. This work is done by the employers who use our analytics to support their decision making. The final decision is always theirs. Feedback is a constant challenge. As the decisions are made by employers, we cannot unfortunately force them to share feedback. There are typically hundreds of applicants per position, so providing all of them feedback is simply not possible. We try to simplify this process by providing automated feedback (not perfect yet), which would provide you with recommendations on what to do better next time around.

    Virginia | September 26, 2019 07:44

    What does a day in the life of Jussi Hinkkanen look like?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:33

    Hi Virginia, well, I typically wake up at 7am, go to work at 8:30am. Have meetings with the team, clients, partners and investors. A lot of international calls and brainstorming sessions. My work days end typically at 7pm after which I go home to spend time with my family. In the evening (like now), I continue working for about an hour or so, watch TV a bit and then zone out for the night ;-) And start all over again...

    Francis | September 26, 2019 07:37

    Mr Jussi, Hats off for providing such a helpful platform to both job seekers and employers. I have personally secured a couple of interviews through it. Do you believe that the future is online? What are the measures in place to cater for this and what impact will it have on this platform? How would you advise a mid-level Software Developer in relation to this? What ideas/inventions should one have in mind, which would be applicable to your platforms, should he/she want to join you?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:37

    Hi Francis, the future is certainly online. Through online channel we can serve millions of people in ways we only dreamed about twenty years ago. Online is the foundation for scale and great unit economics, so that everyone can have access to same opportunities and abundance of information. Hard to say where the world goes next, but learning data analytics and machine learning will certainly make you future proof!

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    Francis | September 27, 2019 07:17

    This is so insightful sir! Thanks for sharing. It would be my pleasure having a one on one talk with you, and drink from your cup of intelligence. Kindly consider it.

    joy | September 26, 2019 07:34

    How do you overcome the fear that comes with starting out on a project you have never tried before?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:39

    Hi Joy, the only way to overcome fear is to jump right at it. And to learn every angle you can about the problem you are about to solve. Knowledge brings confidence and erases fear.

    johnson | September 26, 2019 07:33

    Happy Anniversary FUZU. Jussi what inspired you to start FUZU?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:40

    Hi Johnson, the inspiration came from working many years across Africa and seeing thousands and thousands of people who had difficulties in kick-starting their careers. I believed strongly that there is a solution to this challenge...

    Micah | September 26, 2019 07:31

    Hi ,jussi so far am impressed by fuzu services and congrats on your fourth anniversary though i have a question for you , can on get recommendation from someone who has no fuzu account but has a email address and can it reflect on reference option if so ,is it possible for one to only get job related to ones field of speciality? ie am a medical laboratory technologist but i receive jobs from other fields ,

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:42

    Hi Micah, interesting question. Reference givers do not need to build an account on Fuzu, but they need to have an email account and have access to Internet. The key thing to get great recommendations is to make sure your profile is filled to last detail (particularly work experience and skills) and to select interest areas that you are keen on (under Settings). If this does not fix the problem, do let our support know!

    pauline | September 26, 2019 07:27

    I have been applying for jobs with no response.Please advise me on the tips to use when applying for the jobs.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:43

    Hi Pauline, please see my responses above and below. I hope they help!

    Amanda | September 26, 2019 07:27

    Good morning Mr. CEO. Does Fuzu recommend candidates for any jobs?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:45

    Hi Amanda, yes we recommend you jobs based on your profile and interests. So just make sure you have filled in all the details and the system starts sending you recommendations via email. You can also always come back to Fuzu and check the recommendations under the Jobs page. Also please note that after you have built your profile, the recommendations are updated only the following night!

    Francis | September 26, 2019 07:20

    Hello sir,having pursued mass communication and public relation,which are my possible field to venture in because I keep on applying now and then but am not lucky.may be my application don't go through

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:46

    Hi Francis, I am pretty sure your applications go through. But what you should make sure is that your CV and Cover Letters are tip-top and clearly articulate why you should be the candidate they choose. You will get there!

    CHARLES | September 26, 2019 07:19

    Hy man, How did you come up with this idea of fuzu?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:47

    Hi Charles, living many years across Africa, I realised that people need support in kicking off their careers. We are all valuable and need to have access to same opportunities in life. That's what Fuzu is about!

    Paul | September 26, 2019 07:19

    Happy 4th anniversary Fuzu, i'm paul karanu. Former banker, 6 years experience and left job to finish my actuarial professional exams and masters in actuarial science. Halfway over my finances got a hit and i'm looking my way back into employment. However many of my applications on fuzu get unanswered. My question is this: how can fuzu improve on feedback. As a fuzu member,how does fuzu does its selection towards a vacancy filling in cases where they have exclusive role from the employer.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 19:50

    Hi Paul, that is a challenging position! As you well know the banking sector has been suffering heavily, but at the same time there are plenty of opportunities in the Fintech sector. Fuzu does not select the candidates for employers, the employers do it themselves based on the profiles you save on the system. So make sure you Fuzu CV is tip-top with all your rich expertise well captured. And make sure your Cover Letter clearly articulates why you would be the candidate they are searching for.

    Derrick | September 26, 2019 07:17

    Am an Electrical Engineer graduate of 2016 but have not ventured in that field ..have been in administrative work i would like to get a job in Electrical Engineering

    Peter | September 26, 2019 07:16

    Hello sir, I have tried to apply for many jobs using the fuzu guided Cv, but to no avail. What could be the problem with my cv. I have qualifications in Agriculture.

    Rosemary | September 26, 2019 07:13

    Good morning Sir, I worked in the NGO world for about 5 years and lost my job due to donor funding. I have tried to go back there and done so many applications but to no avail. I now work in a private industry - hospitality. What could be the reason behind the unsuccessful job applications and interviews? Please advice

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 08:24

    Hi Rosemary, the NGO world is changing all the time. You need to make sure you keep yourself relevant to them by constantly updating your skills and knowledge. Typically NGO's search for very specific expertise, so you need to choose your battles carefully and make sure you articulate well why you should be the candidate of their choice. So, avoid generic applications, they will not be spotted!

    mumo | September 26, 2019 07:12

    Meaning of Fuzu??

    FREDRICK | September 26, 2019 07:11

    Happy anivasary Fuzu,,first am very happy of your accurate work,,because I have attended 3interviews from your advertisements,,, my question is,,I have good CV,, good work experience,, but I have never qualifies for the position since I lost my job,,,what can I do better to pass these interviews

    Risper | September 26, 2019 07:11

    Happy Anniversary, how important is it for a CV to have as much information as possible and/or for it to be as detailed as possible?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:29

    Hi Risper, as everything in life, it is more about quality than quantity. So make sure your CV captures: what was your responsibility and what did you achieve (with examples of key highlights). No-one has the time and energy to read 10 page CV's in today's world. It also tells a lot about you if you cannot summarise the essence of who you are as a professional in 2-3 pages. So be smart and concise!

    KELVIN | September 26, 2019 07:10

    what do you think if the future of tech- entrepreneur in Kenya with close check on database, software and digitization as your scope.

    Kule | September 26, 2019 07:09

    Morning Sir, what is the best on line Business one can invest in and which needs less capital.

    Lucy | September 26, 2019 07:00

    What are the common mistakes candidates make while attending interviews online e.g via skype and what would be your suggestions in such kind of interviews.

    Edwin | September 26, 2019 06:58

    What makes one tick for a job even if the odds are stark against you

    Cyprian | September 26, 2019 06:52

    Am a teacher by profession teaching under teachers Service Commission. I have a great interest in working with Non-profit organizations. How do I venture into it?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:16

    Hi Cyprian, being a teacher is a great starting point for an NGO career. I would suggest you first check various learning/education related NGO's and seek for on-the-ground experience in implementing initiatives - there are many around. Then gradually move to project planning and management, if that is of interest to you.

    Felix | September 26, 2019 06:52

    Hi, I would like to know how do you see the company changing in two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:14

    Great question, Fuzu community has been growing rapidly and we see ourselves growing rapidly across East African markets and start expansion to other parts of Africa as well. Everyone needs to have access to same opportunities and chances in life. Fuzu team itself will grow as well as we expand and we plan to bring more partners on board with our service offering (learning content, career coaches and much more).

    Brenda | September 26, 2019 06:52

    Happy anniversary Fuzu, there are a number of people with no academic qualifications due to maybe lack of funds but they're skilled in some field or maybe they're not but willing to learn. Could it be possible to advertise unskilled job offers or blue collar jobs?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:54

    Hi Brenda, great idea. We are searching for partners to publish blue-collar positions all the time. So our hope is that in the future there will be many more! One correction I would like to make. There is no such thing as unskilled labour. We all have skills that add value and very often blue-collar professionals possess skills that are critical for the economy!

    Alex | September 26, 2019 06:51

    What does one need to do to grow career wise and be a successful employee?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:18

    Hi Alex, the key thing is being clear what career you want to explore, focus on learning skills and competencies (continuously) that are relevant in this profession and challenge yourself in soft skills as well (how you communicate, how you present your ideas, how you deal with your colleagues). World needs problem solvers and outside-of-the-box thinkers. Every employer wants employees who are skilled and possess the right type of behaviours.

    jacinta | September 26, 2019 06:51

    Good morning Jussi, Are you in a position to match the job seeker with potential Jobs, Since you receive Cv from qualified job seekers at different capacities, Do you ensure it gets to potential Jobs Thank you

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:20

    Hi Jacinta, Fuzu works so that the better your profile (CV) is on Fuzu, the better we can match you to jobs and make sure you never miss an opportunity when it arises. So my advice is to make sure your Fuzu CV is always up to date (including references, etc.).

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    Faith | September 26, 2019 06:49

    what inspired you to start fuzu? what are some of the major challenges you have faced from the time you started fuzu please give a word of advise to job seekers??..how best can a job seeker sell her self out there and be recognised so as to be able to get a good job

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:23

    Hi Faith, after having worked more than 10 years in 10+ countries in Africa, I realised that formal education system was not always preparing people to possess right skills and attitudes and that we needed a highly scalable (can reach millions) solution that supports users at different stages of the career journey. The traditional job platforms cannot do that, so Fuzu was built to address this challenge. Key thing as job seeker is to keep on learning and challenging yourself, there are not shortcuts in a market where there are less jobs than people. Concrete skills (in your profession), soft skills (problem solving, positive attitude, openness to feedback) are key to make yourself noticeable to employers.

    MICHAEL | September 26, 2019 06:43

    Hello. Which key qualities/skills should a Customer Relation Officer posses?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:25

    Hi Michael, Customer Relations people need to be able to understand the pain of the customers, figure out creative ways to help them and be smart in making suggestions. Great Customer Relations professionals see the problems before they even emerge and proactively solve them for the client.

    ZAINAB | September 26, 2019 06:43

    I would like a job at fuzu. are there any vacancies i can apply for?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:26

    Hi Zainab, we have positions open from time to time. If you are at the start of your career, the typical entry to Fuzu happens through the content team, so keep on checking the opportunities. If you are more senior, then we will have a few positions opening up over the coming months. Keep on following the open opportunities!

    Olgah | September 26, 2019 06:42

    Morning,what are the problems with my applications which I do make?I have tried all sorts of applications including internships but only to realize they can't bear fruits yet I have got experience for such jobs!

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:29

    Hi Olgah, unfortunately I cannot comment on your specific applications, but one key thing is to be very diligent on language of your Cover Letter and CV. Employers will only spend a few seconds (in their initial review) per CV, so you need to stand out! You can use spell checkers on Microsoft Office or Google Docs if you are not sure! The second thing is to make sure you focus on right type of jobs, that are aligned with your skills and educational background. Getting an additional certificate (short term course) on specific job related skills is always a bonus.

    Ariyo | September 26, 2019 06:39

    Hello team fuzu, thanks a lot to give an opportunity to the people to ask questions so they can understand more and more. Thanks a great deal

    Francisca | September 26, 2019 06:39

    Morning, What advice can you give for someone who has been looking for a job for the last three years, without getting any interview

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:31

    Hi Francisca, I sympathise with your situation. It is not easy. Employers always look what you have done most recently so it would be good to engage yourself in something, even volunteering if possible. And keep on building your skills all the time. The world is moving forward and you should continuously be learning (reading by yourself, watching online courses, etc.). You will find a job if you just keep on pushing!

    WILLIAM | September 26, 2019 06:35

    Hi Mr. Jussi, First i appreciate Fuzu has been the only career portal i have used and secured several interviews and eventually my employer. Q: What do you advice someone who has his training in medical field, but build his career in business management, operations and adminstration. Can someone get career satisfaction? Which are best affordable postgraduate courses for someone who seeks senior manangement/leadership roles in healthcare industry?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:40

    Hi William, I am glad to hear that we have been able to help you out! Medical education is great starting point for many things, but if you want to venture into business, you will need to start reading (on your own), take online courses, build skills (presentation skills, excel, basic financial management, customer management etc.). Much of the learning takes place nowadays outside of schools and universities. As you've built basic understanding in business, you can then move e.g. to sales/business development roles in healthcare or venture into management positions.

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    WILLIAM | October 09, 2019 09:32

    Thank you for the response. I can get the outline of doables out of this. Thank you Sir.

    CAREN | September 26, 2019 06:35

    I have been applying jobs with fuzu and I have never even shortlisted for any interview.or any response, what are my mistakes?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:33

    Hi Caren, I cannot comment on your individual applications, but remember that Fuzu has two types of jobs, those of our direct clients (where shortlisting takes place) and then external jobs where we have no control of how employers conduct the process. So my advice is to go back to your applications (check your cover letter and CV, particularly for spelling and language), check that you have your profile (including skills, work experience, references, etc.) correctly filled in.

    Muwanguzi | September 26, 2019 06:33

    Dear sir Jussi, how can i immuse a pannel that i face in an interview

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:34

    Hi Muwanguzi, the key thing is to prepare well for your interviews. Study the company (what they do, where they operate), what the industry looks like (is it growing, what the challenges are) and be clear with what you bring to them (concrete skills). Just be honest and confident!

    LAUREEN | September 26, 2019 06:32

    A good morning to you all. Mr Jussi helo there!! How can one start an online business since everything seems to go web.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:36

    Hi Laureen, I would suggest you first think which part of the online market would be right for you, then study the client behaviour to understand the gap in the market (either businesses or individual users) and then identify people around you who possess the right skills for what you are building. You cannot do it on your own, so great team is everything. I would not have been able to build Fuzu without great team to back me up!

    Wycliff | September 26, 2019 06:26

    Hallo sir,am a criminology student of Mount Kenya University,do you think by me engaging my self in other business not related to criminology is good eg shoe business,selling shoes

    EDINAH | September 26, 2019 06:26

    Hi Fuzu, i would love to know your Vision and what you feel you is unique at you?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:43

    Hi Edinah, my vision has always been to build a platform that can serve millions of people in becoming the best version of themselves. And help them out through career planning, learning and employment. If I look at myself, the key skill I bring is the holistic understanding of how everything is related to each other (something that is called system thinking). Added by respect for users and everyone out there. I come from a society where everyone is seen as an equal to one another and this drives very much everything I do!

    HANNAH | September 26, 2019 06:25

    I have been applying for jobs with no response. Please advise me on the tips to use when applying for jobs.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:45

    Hi Hannah, please see my responses above. But in short, the key is in making sure that the Fuzu Profile (and your CV) provides a good summary of who you are as a person and clearly articulates what you bring to the employer (in Cover Letter). You need to make sure that you are unique and stand out from the other applicants! There are often hundreds of applicants per position, so just sending out a generic application will not be enough. Study the employers and find your unique angle!

    Marian | September 26, 2019 06:24

    Good morning Jussi. Thank you for coming up with this platform. I easily get jobs in the sales industry hence I have gained much experience in Sales. However, I studied purchasing and supplies management. How do I merge the two fields so as to progress my career? I'm more interested in the procurement industry...

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:50

    Hi Marian, sales is a good way to procurement as you know understand how clients make decisions. Procurement is just the other way around. My suggestion is that you build your procurement related skills (how to run tenders, analyse costs, return-on-investments, finances) and then go for procurement positions (first entry level) and then build your skills gradually. You will get there! And always study what the employer is after (the industry, their procurement patterns, etc.). Good luck!

    Maurine | September 26, 2019 06:24

    Good morning FUZU,pleasure interacting with you guys.I must recommend that you have great products for job seekers and thanks alot for always keeping us updated,If I may ask,what are some of the critical factors considered most when an employer recruits or shortlists employees....so sad that you can apply for so many jobs and finally you are turned down and yet you have all the qualifications they needed.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:52

    Hi Maurine, you always need to remember that there are hundreds of applicants per position, so you need to get the employer interested in you in particular. Think about how you can do this in your Cover Letter and CV. Study the industry and the open position and articulate what you bring to the employer. And make sure your CV is as good as it can be (references, skills, certificates, etc.). Make yourself unique!

    Nancy | September 26, 2019 06:23

    Why the name Fuzu???? And what's the motivating factor behind its implementation?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:47

    Hi Nancy, we went through hundreds of names before landing on Fuzu. Fuzu comes from Swahili and describes well what we do (verb for qualify, progress, graduate, become competent and to succeed). Don't you think? Fuzu also worked well in multiple languages, not just in East Africa, but more broadly! Selecting a brand name is a careful exercise, you don't want your brand name to sound funny or stupid in another language ;-)

    James | September 26, 2019 06:23

    Good Morning! My Big Question is; Let's say you as a potential candidate has over 3 1/2 years of work experience and are applying for jobs and for 1 year you have not been to work and even in a point of desperation is it suitable to apply for an Internship in the field of expertise (Say ICT) even when in your past you have done an internship for graduation and job experience purposes and what are the implications of such a move and what that communicates to your potential employer.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:54

    Hi James, it is completely ok to restart your career by going for internships. Smart employers recognise your talent and provide you with more senior opportunities as you prove yourself. They will understand that you already have prior experience, so it will work well for you! Just be mindful what you want from your career and keep on learning!

    FREDRICK | September 26, 2019 06:22

    Hello . which is suitable job for someone with CPA SECTION 6?how FUZU can assist him/her/?

    Angela | September 26, 2019 06:22

    Is it advisable to take a lower grade job after three years in a senior position in order to enter a specific field? Additionally, some of your job postings have had misleading information on job location. Kindly correct this in the future.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:59

    Hi Angela, I have myself personally stepped down from high level leadership positions three times to lower level positions to change my career path. And always I have managed to climb higher than in the past. So I do not see problem here, as long as you are willing to learn and challenge yourself. In modern world, all of us will have multiple careers so we need to be ready for change.

    Nancy | September 26, 2019 06:22

    Why the brand name Fuzu??? And what's the motivating factor behind its implementation?

    Kanyesigye | September 26, 2019 06:22

    You don't do things like the way people want them, how can one apply and wait, to reach at the extent of even forgetting

    Patrick | September 26, 2019 06:21

    Sir, congratulations upon your 4th anniversary celebration. Sir, I want to start my own Poultry farm and i have identified chicken as my poultry sector. The challenge I have is experience as a start. may you advise please?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:25

    Hi Patrick, unfortunately poultry is not my area of specialty. But all businesses follow roughly the same logic. In your like of work you need to analyse the cost level (what clients are willing to pay and how you can achieve enough scale) and supply chain (getting your produce to the market). So please be careful in choosing the location for your farm. Additionally, I would suggest you think about how you can improve the quality of your produce (make sure the food poultry eats and water they drink is safe), there is increasing demand for safe products in East Africa.

    agaba | September 26, 2019 06:19

    May you guide me please in my CV presentation

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:55

    Hi Agaba, I cannot unfortunately comment your specific CV, but I really recommend you make sure the spelling is right and that you have all the details inputted on your Fuzu CV (profile), including skills, work experience (with proper description), references, etc. Your profile is what employers use for determining your fit for the position!

    Ashanut | September 26, 2019 06:18

    Have been working for 8years now but n administration and now I want to join another company, I have the experience but no degree. I have tried applying but no response from any company So kindly how do you advice Thanks Maureen

    ANNETTE | September 26, 2019 06:15

    Hello, which is the best way to explain gaps in your resume experience specially if those gaps were due to being terminated from employment due to absentism that was brought about due to being an alcoholic and bi-polar.

    Patrick | September 26, 2019 06:08

    Hello Sir, How should one draft a motivation letter and CV so that one succeed? I asked this because, I have been applying for jobs with many organizations mostly online but, I wasn't considered.

    LILIAN NGAMI | September 26, 2019 06:07

    my qualification are CPA and a degree in accounting but almost for 7 years I have been a cashier ,what can I do to get an accounting job?

    Lucy | September 26, 2019 06:06

    Can a (Kenya) University Diploma land you a well paying job over seas ?

    Olyel | September 26, 2019 06:06

    I want to start up a bee farming project how can you advice me

    OLIVER | September 26, 2019 06:04

    Hello sir,am a recent graduand looking for job but I also have goals of running my own business . How can I get leverage

    Mathew | September 26, 2019 06:02

    What advice would you give a fresh graduate to consider ,Getting more year of Experience without even salary or rather going for career advancement

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:07

    Hi Matthew, work experience is everything in getting your career going, so if you can afford it even taking jobs at lower salary in the beginning will help you to accelerate your growth. But make sure you never settle, but keep on learning and building your skills. Make suggestions to the employer on how to do things better! Everyone needs problem solvers and if you can demonstrate your value, only sky is the limit for your growth.

    fanta | September 26, 2019 06:00

    We all want to get successful and take our responsibility. Why is it hard for us to get a job??

    Job | September 26, 2019 06:00

    Please highlight the critical steps necessary for entrepreneurial startup process. Thanks!

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:02

    Hi Job, there are few critical steps. 1. identify a market that you are interested on, 2. study the market - what is the market opportunity (size, client behaviour, purchase patterns, etc.), 3. research user behaviour (does your idea provide value to them, what are the barriers), 4. build a team that shares your vision and possesses the right skills, 5. pilot something (if possible without major investment), 6. iterate, iterate, iterate, 7. start selling and then 8. search for investors who believe in your vision. And while doing this be always OPEN FOR FEEDBACK!

    KIIZA | September 26, 2019 05:57

    hi; why is it that these days data science is growing at a high speed, courses are too rampant, promotion of python and R for data analysis and less use of statistical tools like SPSS and STATA in this modernity. what is its relevance in this modernity especially in a financial institution in which auditors also do exist and do the same work even at times better.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 07:57

    Hi Kiiza, data science is a hot topic at the moment (we also do it at Fuzu) and a great skill to make yourself future proof. Many manual data analytics positions will require data science skills in the future, so it is relevant to keep on improving and refreshing your skills as the industry matures. Your background is great for this, so it will not be so much work to get the basics of the latest tools!

    Yowasi | September 26, 2019 05:56

    Hello Fuzu I like the way you encourage potential job seekers by providing potential employers on your platform, am only wondering why you cannot receive application on behalf of the Employers and forward them directly of even interview the applicants like other agencies do because that would be independent enough to avoid recruitment malpractices . Thank you

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:20

    Hi Yowasi, the reason here is simple. Fuzu has two types of jobs, the Fuzu Exclusive ones from our clients and then external positions where the employer has no relation with Fuzu (we always check that the employer is legitimate one). So we cannot take the responsibility for forwarding your application to them. When you do it yourself, it is clear that the relationship is between you and the employer. If we figure out a solution for this, we will definitely change the logic in future!

    kugonza | September 26, 2019 05:56

    Hello dear. I wanted to know how review cv and apply for the liked job/ cv ,am applying for. and I want to write good application letter for a job.

    OSCAR | September 26, 2019 05:55

    I need career assistance

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:04

    Hi Oscar, I suggest you find a career coach who to talk to. Fuzu has a network of career coaches that you could talk to as well and then figure out what would the right path for you. Also please read through the blog posts on Fuzu and explore our courses (,which give you ideas about different professions). You can also take a career test on Fuzu, which tells you which career paths would be right fits for you! Good luck!

    hezron | September 26, 2019 05:55

    Goodmorning Sir, is fuzu the really helping young people to get jobs platform or is just a side hustle for someone?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:05

    Hi Hezron, Fuzu is the real thing. We are here to help you out and provide you with access to online tools that help you to find your place in the world. So keep on exploring the site! Building a platform like Fuzu is a major challenge, so no-one would build something like this just for a hustle!

    PIERA | September 26, 2019 05:55

    Happy 4th anniversary Fuzu and thanks so much for the much you do, my first question is why do you organize seminars on careers in county levels because some of us live far from Nairobi secondly, i would like to be assisted on how to negotiate for salary rise or job promotion.Lastly but not the least try to assist ,negotiate or connect job seekers to suitable employers because someone my be highly qualified or has the papers but is unable to come up with a winning curriculum vitae or cover letter.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:10

    Hi Piera, we acknowledge that much of the action happens currently in Nairobi. Our plan is to also organise sessions is smaller cities/towns over the coming year or so, so keep on monitoring Fuzu. Regarding salary, it is always important to study the market and to understand what others are paid in similar positions. You then need to prepare for the discussion by highlighting what value you bring to the employer and why you would be worth what you are asking. But always be realistic. If you cannot build a CV on your own, there are a lot of people out there who offer this service (we plan to do this in the future as well).

    mugabi | September 26, 2019 05:51

    morning Jussi . I have been invited do different interviews but I keep failing to succeed. I can't seem to get through with orals. can't impress the panel though I have the academic documents needed. wat could be the problem

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:14

    Hi Mugabi, this is a challenging one. It seems your CV is good, but you struggle with the interview panels. I recommend you do trial interviews with your friends, think about possible questions and figure out answers to them. You should also try to always study the employer and impress them with industry knowledge. Also figure out what challenges they are facing and what value you would add to them. And lastly, be confident, the employers do not bite ;-)

    Joseph | September 26, 2019 05:51

    Hello, my Big Q is...How should you respond to a competitive counteroffer after you have issued a notice to resign due to better job opportunity?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 18:48

    Hi Joseph, we see this happening quite often. The key thing is not to burn bridges either side. So be transparent and do not let either side hanging. The worst you can do is not to show up at your new employer without letting them clearly know about your decision. Better to always let your employer know before you sign the new agreement and see if they are willing to fight for you.

    Rose | September 26, 2019 05:50

    Hello Sir. Where do you see FUZU in the next five years?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:22

    Hi Rose, in five years Fuzu will be in more than 10 countries and have tens of millions of users. And we have helped millions of people to find their place in the job markets and build their skills to accelerate their career growth.

    JANE | September 26, 2019 05:50

    Morning Sir, advise on how i can secure a job interview i have been applying through fuzu for a while now and i have never received any response or a call for interview.

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    Mercy | September 26, 2019 06:35

    Allow me to follow for the response on this one

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:27

    Hi Jane, the key is making sure your application stands out. Your Cover Letter is punchy and clearly articulates your knowledge of the sector and what value you would bring to the employer. And then secondly making sure you CV is well prepared (no spelling and grammar mistakes) and that all key elements are properly filled in. Just make sure you are unique!

    Joyce | September 26, 2019 05:50

    Hello, Based on the evaluation of the Kenyan economic situation, would you advice aspiring entrepreneurs to venture into businesses even though they lack experience with a hope to succeed one day or how would you rather they go about it? How would you encourage someone who has given up hope of finding a good job after so many failed attempts?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:31

    Hi Joyce, the key mistake I see happening is that emerging entrepreneurs do not do their home work properly, but they just start building something. You need to carefully validate that your idea has wings and that clients are willing to pay for your services. And that there is a market out there. Sometimes our hunches are not right and you need to validate you decisions based on data and market behaviour.

    Janet | September 26, 2019 05:50

    What is that one mistake you did and you learnt the biggest lesson in your twenties, in relation to development of your career/professional life?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:21

    Hi Janet, great question. My big mistake was that I waited too long to follow my true calling. I spent several years in an organization I did not 'love', doing a job that 'did not satisfy me'. Following your heart is very important!

    Albert | September 26, 2019 05:48

    Hello sir , what advice would you give for someone with no work and academic experience like form four leaver who has no course which he or she has pursued when seeking employment in any field

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:29

    Hi Albert, there is room for all of us in this world. Academic credentials are not a must in this world! What you should focus on is building skills in topics you enjoy even through short term courses, reading online materials, etc. You can even climb past tough competition if you can prove that you master a skill that is relevant for the employer. Just remember that most of the work related skills are actually learnt in real life, not on school bench.

    edgar | September 26, 2019 05:47

    Hello sir, i have certificate in chemical engineering with experience customer service,inventory and record keeping and am finding it hard to get a job. Is it MY CV the problem please advice.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:34

    Hi Edgar, I cannot unfortunately comment on your CV in this public forum, but I believe you need to spend more time in crystallising what is the value you bring to the employer. Sometimes the employers think that you are just randomly applying for jobs without knowing where you want to go. So be very careful with your Cover Letter (what you bring to the employer and why your diverse experience and skills would actually be of value to them). And as always, make sure you have captured your skills correctly on your Fuzu CV (profile) and associated your skills to work experience!

    Collins | September 26, 2019 05:47

    I have been applying jobs via fuzu and I have never even shortlisted for any interview.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:35

    Hi Collins, sorry to hear that you have not progressed to interviews! The reasons can be many, but remember that there are hundreds of people applying for every single job out there. You need to be unique and make sure you stand out. Place particular focus on your Cover Letter and make sure your CV is filled in (including also references). And as mentioned above, make sure your language is spotless!

    James | September 26, 2019 05:42

    Fuzu's concept is building career and skills; what measures is Fuzu taking to ensure entry level applicants, who may not be able to buy some of Fuzu's products at the moment,get the best of this amazing site?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:38

    Hi James, you can always apply and access the site without cost. We never discriminate against anyone who does not purchase Fuzu Premium services, so when employers study the applicants they are analysed purely on merit and fit for the position! The logic with these paid-for services is to provide you with additional support and analytics in understanding how you could improve your chances.

    CHRISTINE | September 26, 2019 05:40

    Morning sir,how can one get job through fuzu if she is has a diploma in social work?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:40

    Hi Christine, we collect jobs in NGO's and also in the health industry, so there are positions out there that fit your background. Just make sure your Fuzu profile is properly filled in and then Fuzu starts recommending you jobs that would fit your profile best. Check our emails and visit the platform as often as you can. New opportunities are published every day!

    GRACE | September 26, 2019 05:34

    How do you overcome the fear of setting up a business? Capital is important however, how do you start up a good idea without capital considering the fact that financial institutions do not invest in ideas?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:41

    Hi Grace, the best way to build a business is to start small and try out your idea without making major investments in the beginning. I posted above few steps on how to build your business, so please see previous responses. Investors only invest in your business when they see that your business case is solid and often only after you have managed to generated repeating revenue. You can get there!

    EVERLYNE | September 26, 2019 05:34

    Hello. My Name is Everlyne. I have tried doing business and failed twice. I am not giving up yet. I am still hunting for a job since i am learned. But i am very passionate about being an entrepreneur. Its my dream. However i have faced many obstacles. I have learnt my lessons and ready to get back up. What obstacles did you face in business? Did you encounter any challenges and how did you overcome them? How did you get back up after any challenges you encountered?

    linah | September 26, 2019 05:32

    Hello Jussi, first of all thank you for such a great app, fuzu really helps alot. Just one question what inspired you to come up with fuzu and why the name 'fuzu'

    David | September 26, 2019 05:31

    Thanks, in so many fields they ask academic qualifications , How will you consinder someone who has got experience without papers? mostly in skilled work? I.e carpenter, driving, plumping, atc ( not an office job)

    Daniel | September 26, 2019 05:31

    I have been applying through fuzu but haven't got any chance for interview what's happening?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:12

    Hi Daniel, first thing is to analyse your CV and Cover Letters critically. Have you missed something, have you filled in all the elements (skills, experience - including description, references) and have you cleaned out all grammar and spelling errors. Employers only spend a few seconds per CV and Cover Letter, so it needs to stand out! You need to sell yourself, why would you be the right person for this job, what value would you ad to the employer?

    LUCY | September 26, 2019 05:28

    i just graduated from college after been there for three years. what do i do to compete with people who got experience that want the same job as i

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:43

    Hi Lucy, what I would do in your shoes is to try to get some type of experience, even in no-paid jobs. Employers value experience, as you certainly know. I would also make sure I continuously build my skills and study the industry trends and clearly articulate what value you bring to the employer. Remember that employers need concrete skills, not just book knowledge. You need to be able to prove that you can convert you education to something more concrete!

    Lavon | September 26, 2019 05:27

    Greetings everyone my name is Lavon Reuben and i run a second hand clothes business but my competitor and neighbour at my place of works keeps on reducing the prices of his clothes for him to get more customers and sell more while on the other hand my prices are still constant and loyal to my customers. My issues is how do i cop up with this for me not to loose customers and to continue making sales and not to experience looses because of that. Thank you

    Caroline | September 26, 2019 05:26

    Hello,what came up in your mind that made u start Fuzu..what inspired ..and what are your longterm goals

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 08:46

    Hi Caroline, the vision was to fix the broken job markets and to ensure everyone has access to same opportunities in life. And making sure everyone out there can have access to learning opportunities even when they could not access universities or other forms of professional education. Our vision is to build a platform that scales rapidly to new countries and can support tens of millions of people in realising their dreams.

    Nehemiah | September 26, 2019 05:26

    Hello, Is it mandatory that an employer should review your remuneration terms once the probation period is over? and if your employer does not review your salary after probation how should one go about it?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:36

    Hi Nehemiah, there is nothing there that forces the employer to review your remuneration, unless it is explicitly written down on your employment agreement. Typically, salaries are reviewed either 6 or 12 months after starting in a new position. But that should read in your contract as well!

    Stephen | September 26, 2019 05:25

    Hi Sir. To what extent should a manager delegate tasks and how much responsibility do they then take if their juniors fail to reach the expected performance levels? Steve.

    David | September 26, 2019 05:22

    Hello mr C.E.O how can i start a business with as little as 5k

    Anne | September 26, 2019 05:21

    What inspired you to be who you are today? And how did you put it in action till you succeeded

    Yussra | September 26, 2019 05:20

    What measures to do so as i can climb the ladder instead of being in one position for five good years with the same salary and am a very active in work..am an all round staff and still they dont recognise my effort. How will i know may be their is aconcret above me. Give me tips of become an enterprenuer instead of being employed.

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:26

    Hi Yussra, sounds like you are a force of nature. My recommendation is to collect examples of the results you have generated and what role you play in the organization and then ask for a meeting with your boss. Five years with same salary and position is too long, particularly with your level of energy. I have provided a few responses to the entrepreneurship/how to set up a business question in other parts of the forum, so please check them out. Also feel free to access the free Fuzu courses on business planning, etc.

    Anne | September 26, 2019 05:18

    Hello...which course can I do to get a good secured job easily.

    Christopher | September 26, 2019 05:16

    Do you feel the talent in Kenya has capacity enough to meet industry demands and how does it compare with other developing nations?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:41

    Hi Christopher, I find the Kenyan workforce hard working and ambitious. There are gaps on both hard and soft skills, which can be fixed through coaching and continuous learning. The biggest challenge we face is that young people are trained/raised too timid and not confident enough. I also see that many people need to become more accountable (own things to the very end) and be better in problem solving. We are too used to bosses telling people what to do... My few cents on the topic!

    Lena | September 26, 2019 05:15

    Hello morning Fuzu...First I want to appreciate how you let people know there are companies looking for people to be employed since most say there are no jobs. Now my question is, one sends a lot of applications to different companies but never get replies,,why is this so?

    Aaron | September 26, 2019 05:14

    Morning,,which critical factors must you evaluate before starting a business?

    Mukiiza | September 26, 2019 05:11

    Good morning CEO , What would be the best advice to young person who gets better opportunities all in the same career but each with better payments than the one he is holding, does he keep on moving as am, worried this will at one time affect him as person who cant settle for long in a company thus affecting his employ-ability capacity, otherwise i thank you for this great opportunity

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:33

    Hi Mukiiza, a very important question. Career progression is naturally good, but at the same time you should make sure that you don't only claim substance, but you also possess it as well. If not, it will bite you hard one day. There are examples where people get promoted due to their social and verbal skills, but deep inside they lack the tenacity to learn new things and willingness to bite the bullet. So, my advice is normally to stay at least two years in a position before moving forward. If your CV becomes too patchy, it will raise eyebrows at some point!

    Serah | September 26, 2019 05:09

    Good morning, is there anything like starting over at 40? How can I piece the bits putting in mind that I recently lost my job and my startup business is not doing well?

    CHARLES | September 26, 2019 05:06

    How does one negotiate effectively for a pay increase ?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 12:22

    Hi Charles, there are two key points here. First, you need to understand the salary level in the surrounding job market (how much other employers pay) and then secondly you need to be able to argue why your value is higher than the current salary. Be concrete, focus on facts, not on emotions.

    stephen | September 26, 2019 05:04

    Students congratulates and gets a job advertisement immediately. Unfortunately,they are told they must have a two years of experience in that field they are applying for a job. Why does this happen since as a fresh graduates,he/she is applying the first job after graduation and he/she doesn't have an experience

    Muatha | September 26, 2019 05:01

    Jobs are there in the job market but majority of university leavers are finding it difficult to get job from numerous companies. This is due to lack of long years of experience required. How can graduates overcome this current menace?

    SHARON | September 26, 2019 04:59

    i have never gotten any interview from jobs have applied through fuzu, what could be the problen?

    Fredrick | September 26, 2019 04:56

    I am young man with s passion of working as one of the management in a high rated hotel establishment. In your words, am I or one of us eligible to search an opportunity specifically connected and organized by Fuzu!? Happy 4th Anniversary Fuzu

    JOY | September 26, 2019 04:56

    What is something you wish you knew or realized after you finished your undergrad/college?

    NABUKENYA | September 26, 2019 04:55

    Good morning everyone here. My name is Beatrice Nabukenya I would like to ask Mr. Jussi how do I get to know my customer base incase am to start my small business. Thanks

    PAUL | September 26, 2019 04:54

    What has inspired most in order to reach where you are now?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 07:56

    Hi Paul, ability to change world is what drives me. Leaving a positive mark during the time I am on this planet. So follow your passion, that's the key lesson I have learned.

    patrick | September 26, 2019 04:53

    What defines you?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 14:51

    Hi Patrick, interesting question. I think we all are products of our culture (in my case Finland), our family (people who brought us up) and the things we have been exposed to (role models, experiences, etc.). I have been blessed in many ways, had access to fearless people with big dreams.

    CATHY | September 26, 2019 04:48

    Hi, when asked to tell about yourself in an interview, how do you start and what are the key points.?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 14:48

    Hi Cathy, that is a difficult question. I normally try to give context to who I am and where I am coming from. I also try to share how I look at the world and what motivates me. Not sure if that helps ;-)

    TWINAMASIKO | September 26, 2019 04:45

    Hello good morning team fuzu,i would like to know how one can best design abisiness plan for abisiness which can make that business competitively survive for long term,thx

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 14:47

    Hi Twinamasiko, there are a lot of great tools out there. I would suggest you use the Business Model canvas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Model_Canvas. You should also look at the free courses we have on development of business plans under the Courses section.

    Nyamoga | September 26, 2019 04:42

    Good Morning What inspired you and kept you going until you became successful??

    Zainab | September 26, 2019 04:40

    Hey fuzu am glad am given the opportunity to interact with you .so my question is I have not yet graduated but am in the process of clearing for my graduation in bachelor of commerce accounting option (mubs) in January next year .but I want a job before .is it possible for me to get the job?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 14:01

    Hi Zainab, yes, I think it is definitely possible. I would recommend looking at various internships opportunities and to keep on studying what concrete skills the employers are after. So don't focus just on your academic credentials, but make sure you can articulate what concrete support (excel skills, data analysis, etc.) you can provide the employers with.

    John | September 26, 2019 04:40

    How can you help a student who is looking for job in his/ her career line of study & also looking for attachment.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:58

    Hi John, we provide career tests and learning content for students who want to learn about different career options. We also provide occasionally short term jobs that are suitable for students. But we need more of them, I agree!

    Benson | September 26, 2019 04:38

    Do you offer jobs to only Degree holders how about CERTIFICATE holders?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:56

    Hi Benson, yes, we have not forgotten Certificate holders. We are putting more focus on this in the future, but already now we have jobs open for Certificate holders. Your skills and personality are more important than your academic credentials!

    Elizabeth | September 26, 2019 04:35

    What is the meaning of fuzu,please

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:55

    Hi Elizabeth, Fuzu comes from Swahili verb that means 'to qualify, progress, graduate, become competent and to succeed'.

    Fredrick | September 26, 2019 04:31

    Through using this Fuzu how will I get the awards?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:54

    Hi Fredrick, just keep on using Fuzu and the award will come. Be that in the form of employment and new skills!

    Michael | September 26, 2019 04:30

    Which career is best to get job quickly

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:51

    Hi Michael, there are naturally industries that are burning for talent. Be that medical, software, data analytics, finance, etc. But irrespective of the career path, you will always find employment (eventually) when you take care of your skills and market relevance. Be that in construction, customer service, etc.

    Martha | September 26, 2019 04:30

    Thank you for this great opportunity to interact with CEO's, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. When do you balance career growth and money ? A friend one time joked that "a job title doesn't pay the bills or put fuel in his car. It's money" The reason am asking is because things have changed in the economy. Gradual promotion and salary increment are fading away. Nowadays, the easiest way to increase a pay cheque is to switch jobs. However doesn't this become an issue for prospective employers if they see countless rotations? Is it such a bad thing if the rotations are many, but in the process the pay cheque is increasing.? Kindly advise.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:48

    Hi Martha, that's a tough one! It all depends on your particular circumstances. I definitely have prioritised prioritised career growth and personal mission over money. When building a new business, you will always have to go through a stretch that can be painful. So this is something one needs to be ready for! When it comes to career rotation, we see the trend with people hopping jobs. It is quite understandable in a market where one step forward will mean 50% or 100% increase in salary. What one needs to be careful about is not to lose sight on where this is taking you. We need to be constantly ready to justify the investment employers are making in us. If we lose our edge and value, it will be difficult to climb back the mountain. So hopping is fine as long as you are building your career on a solid foundation!

    JOHN | September 26, 2019 04:29

    i want to be successful how do i make it?

    purity | September 26, 2019 04:29

    What motivates you... And how did you achieve your success

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 13:00

    Hi Purity, I don't actually consider myself successful yet. I am on my way, as we all are. The key thing is hard work and humility, accepting that I am never ready, but need to continue learning every day. And that I am not above criticism or feedback. That is the only way to grow!

    Jonah | September 26, 2019 04:27

    "You have an impressive Resume but unfortunately we shall not be proceeding with your application. We thank you for showing interest in our organization.We wish you success in your career growth." This is a common response especially for jobs advertised in the diaspora.. Please explain how a candidate may discover the the flaws s/he made to avoid a repeat? Thank you! Sir. Jonah

    Eunice | September 26, 2019 04:22

    Hello, l have a dream of starting my YouTube TV channel to be discussing treading issues . which is the best way to start to have a successful process?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:59

    Hi Eunice, the key to starting a YouTube business is to analyse what your audience would be interested about and then start producing high quality content. You will also need other people promoting your channel so that you get your message spreading out. Same with applications, you need to find your unique angle.

    SEBASTIAN | September 26, 2019 04:21

    I have been applying for a job for a long time now and have never been able to secure any vacancies. What might be a problem?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:57

    Hi Sebastian, I cannot comment on your specific applications, but please check that you have filled in all the details in your CV (education, experience, skills, references) and that both your CV and Cover Letter have no spelling errors. You need to be very clear in your applications on why you would be the right candidate and what value you would add to the organization.

    ERIC | September 26, 2019 04:20

    Morning, Thanks for this forum. Does fuzu follow through all the job applications we send to your clients... the employers?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:55

    Hi Eric, we follow the ones that are submitted to Fuzu employers (where you submit the application fully on Fuzu), but we cannot track the applications that are submitted directly to employers. I hope this helps!

    Boke | September 26, 2019 04:20

    Hae Sir, to me am almost fed up applying jobs. And venture into business. Since I graduated 2015 with a National Diploma in Community Development and Social Work to date no even an interview invitation I have seen! I wonder where and what wrong do I have!!? Even after using fuzu, brighter Monday platforms, still in vein! Opting to do BA in Criminology and Security Management, BT still I fear the monster of my job applications to be turned down as usual! Plz advice! David

    Carolyne | September 26, 2019 04:14

    How can I get a job at fuzu?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:53

    Hi Carolyne, the only advice I can give you is to keep on following the open positions we have! Every now and then there are new ones out there. Good luck!

    Sammy | September 26, 2019 04:13

    Morning to you and everyone at fuzu.. am glad to have the opportunity to interact with you .. am not a fully qualified individual in terms of academic papers but one thing I know is that am good at whatever job am given.. My question is how do people like me survive in this competitive economy where you have to attain certain credentials for you to build a career? The other question is does fuzu only offer white-collar jobs? And lastly, this may sound like a joke but it's a serious as it gets, do you have any job available for me at you agency?

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    Ombati | September 26, 2019 04:48

    I don't really think that you have to have credentials to do a white collar job,passion and hard work is all you need.Just hustle and learn quickly and effectively what the 'white collar' students know.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:50

    Hi Ombati, I fully agree. The world is moving to a direction where what you know and what your bring to the company is not dependent on your academic credentials. This means that we all need to keep on learning and improving our skills!

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:53

    Hi Sammy, you clearly are a smart guy. See my response below, which was exactly about the same topic. Credentials are not everything. The key is that you are continuously building new concrete skills that add value to your employer. Many of these skills cannot be learned at a school, only through hard work and practice. Fuzu has both white-collar and blue-collar jobs and we intend to have more blue-collar jobs in the future. Regarding employment at Fuzu, keep on watching the open positions we have!

    ANODE | September 26, 2019 04:08

    Your comments Does your organization have linkage program to international employers with local Kenya job seekers? If not, do you have plan for the same? Especially professional employees..

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:49

    Hi Anode, we currently do not offer international jobs (outside of Kenya and Uganda), but we are considering this opportunity as well.

    VICTORIA | September 26, 2019 04:05

    Which business can one start with a capital of 20000shilings

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:48

    Hi Victoria, this one is a tough one! I suggest you look first at different trading opportunities, what products and services your neighbourhood needs and then start small. Don't spend all your savings at once!

    Linford | September 26, 2019 04:03

    I am Kiprotich Linford and genuinely jubilant about fuzu connection for carrier opportunities as an individual. Even though I have not manage to get a job, I am hoping in the near future everything Will get right.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:46

    Hi Linford, thank you for your kind words. I wish you the best of luck. You will find your place in the job market!

    Allan Tom | September 26, 2019 04:01

    Hello Mr. Jussi, thanks creating opportunities to millions of people around the world. Why did think you starting fuzu, Can I apply for a diploma job when I have degree. That's it for, thanks.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:45

    Hi Allan, the key reason behind Fuzu were people like yourself. How we could help you to reach your dreams. Please also see my answers to similar questions above. Degree is a good starting point and in some cases it should be enough for positions that require a diploma. Remember that it is not always about the formal education you have. You can improve your skills through online learning, short term courses, etc. A lot of options out there.

    Tamale | September 26, 2019 03:58

    Good morning, what could be the logic behind new companies growing fastwr to yet old ones are stragling and both dealing in the same product Lastly would like to meet you if possible

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    Ombati | September 26, 2019 04:46

    New companies are mostly motivated by new ideas or mistakes that they saw in the market and therefore tend to bridge the gap by satisfying the consumers wants and preferences. The old companies which maybe do not realize their mistake or choose to ignore new competition become irrelevant in the market hence fall

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:43

    Hi Tamale, the reason behind new ones growing faster (sometimes) is that they look at the world with fresh eyes and they learn from the mistakes of old ones. Changing an organization is always difficult, sometimes it is easier to create a new one with a new spirit and look on the world.

    Stecie | September 26, 2019 03:54

    Which benefits do you get from fuzu?

    Stecie | September 26, 2019 03:51

    What really inspired you to start fuzu ?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:41

    Hi Stecie, the inspiration behind Fuzu was the sheer scale of the challenge with lack of education and employment opportunities in Africa. And the fact that the job market was not really transparent. I wanted to fix this and provide millions of people with access to better career and learning opportunities.

    Felix | September 26, 2019 03:46

    Career development and or realization comes at different levels and age among people. I am 30 year old working in a field that's not related to what I started and at some point I normally feel stuck because of this. So my question is what is the precise age for one to consider himself as doing well career wise? Felix.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:40

    Hi Felix, we all have multiple careers in today's world. I have myself had already three very different ones. So do not be worried. But if you feel you are on the wrong track then it is good to start planning for change. Typically you should be doing what you want from your career at around 30 years, so don't wait much longer if you want to change the path.

    Kelvin | September 26, 2019 03:45

    What is your advise to a young and new person in the job market. Currently at the start of their career and actively looking for a job. Thank you.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:38

    Hi Kelvin. My suggestion is to deepen your understanding on the job market, the employers and the challenges they face. And secondly to keep on improving the concrete skills you have for helping their businesses/organizations to grow. Don't only rely on your academic/professional training, but take your skills to the next level. Learning never ends!

    STELLA | September 26, 2019 03:44

    Wow congratulations,,, how does someone improves cv writing or connected to the employer

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:36

    Hi Stella, you can study other people's CV's and see how they have described their backgrounds, skills and successes. Learn from the best and get your CV checked by someone. Sometimes we are blind to our mistakes (spelling, etc.). Remember to always be clear on what you did, what you have achieved and why you would be the right candidate for the job (in Cover Letter).

    margret | September 26, 2019 03:36

    am a diploma graduant in accouting with no working experience but i have failed to get an appropriate job in my country uganda,what can i do?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:34

    Hi Margret, I suggest you look at the people in your industry and try to identify what skills they possess that you do not yet have. Then study more and try to build concrete skills. Very often, even after education, we do not yet possess the tangible skills the employers are after. A good way to gain them is to do volunteering and to get yourself exposed to real world out there. Take up accounting at e.g. a Church or local community to help them out. You will generate value and learn new skills at the same time.

    Nasser | September 26, 2019 03:30

    Why have my job applications been futile despite my two years of experience?

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    Jussi | September 27, 2019 08:26

    Hi Nasser, sorry to hear you have not found your place yet. I have provided a lot of recommendations above, so I hope they help. Good luck!

    Johnson | September 26, 2019 03:30

    I have been applying jobs through this platform bt I haven't secured one. What makes it difficult?.

    asimo | September 26, 2019 03:28

    What are the steps to starting up a successful business?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:32

    Hi Asimo, please see my answers above. I responded to a similar question above! Good luck!

    Victoria | September 26, 2019 03:22

    Hello Mr. Hinkkanen, I have two questions, firstly what did you do so as to not easily '' give up'' on your ambitions? And Secondly how did you identify your gift/passion?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:31

    Hi Victoria, I live by the principle of never giving up and never accepting failure. We all fail, but they are also opportunities to learn something new. Finding your passion is not always easy, but you just need to be true to yourself and continuously learn and explore new opportunities. Meet different people with different backgrounds and learn from them.

    Odongo | September 26, 2019 03:21

    How can someone get an immediate feedback of the job he applied for

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:29

    Hi Odongo, typically employers take weeks or even months to analyse candidates. Remember that there are typically hundreds of people applying for any open position. One way is to purchase Instant Feedback to understand how you compare to other candidates. We are just building the next version of this product, so it will be getting better and better over the coming months.

    YVONNE | September 26, 2019 03:19

    How do I write a good cover letter?I feel this has been keeping me out of many jobs

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:28

    Hi Yvonne, the key components of a good Cover Letter are: 1. who you are and why would you be the right candidate, 2. articulate clearly why your experience/skills would add value to the employer and 3. demonstrate that you understand their business/operations. Language and conduct of English is really important as well, so make sure your text is easy to read and does not contain grammar errors or poorly spelled words.

    MOSES | September 26, 2019 03:02

    What motivates you every morning when you wake up?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:25

    Hi Moses. What motivates me most is seeing the impact we generate for the hundreds of thousands of users we have. There is nothing better than knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.

    REBECCA | September 26, 2019 03:00

    What does it take to run a successful online business?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:23

    Hi Rebecca, please see above. I responded to a similar question a bit earlier!

    Bint | September 26, 2019 02:57

    What is the most important thing that employers are looking inorder to employ someone

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:23

    Hi Bint, employers typically focus on your tangible skills and character (i.e. your personality). If they feel that you are a mover-and-shaker, who can get things done with minimal supervision, you will be on safe ground.

    Kimuya | September 26, 2019 02:46

    Good morning ,as an anniversary please award your top users with free cv upgrade

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:22

    Hi Kimuya, I will definitely consider this! Have a great day!

    Jamlick | September 26, 2019 02:33

    would like to know how one can start a company in middle earners and poor population with an intention of making profit and raising their standard of living as well in this harsh economical times ...this is especially finding capital to establish business...

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:21

    Hi Jamlick, a great question. The key thing is to scan and analyse inefficiencies in your living environment. What could be done better, what could be done more efficiently. Then think about how to build necessary scale that would allow you to generate some profit from your operations. There are a lot of successful base-of-the-pyramid business models that are well suited for low-income surroundings. I suggest you research the internet for what other people have done in similar contexts.

    KENNETH | September 26, 2019 02:25

    Your have great products for job seekers and employers. What are you looking for to remain relevant tomorrow for your clients. What HR aspects in an individual, would match up for them in the competetive work space tomorrow. Now that you have my CV, what more do i need ould be in the C-suite

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:19

    Hi Kenneth, staying relevant is key in any business. We continuously interview our users and talk to our clients to understand where the world is moving. We also collect a lot of feedback (on the platform) to make sure the changes we make are understood by the users. For me personally, the ability to learn and think outside-the-box are the key traits. Followed by willingness to take feedback and action on it. No-one is ready, we all need to evolve throughout our careers.

    MIIRO | September 26, 2019 02:23

    Would like to know how can you balance being a worker of someone or company with your own businesses .?? And what should be given a first opportunity and more time

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:16

    Hi Miiro, not quite sure I understand your question, sorry. For me personally, I never see myself just as a boss, but as an employer and supporter of my team. I am here to learn as well, not just to make decisions and be immune to feedback. Humility is key!

    Alice | September 26, 2019 02:19

    Happy 4th anniversary Fuzu! You have been an amazing blessing to me ever since I joined this platform. My question: how long should one work for a company in the essence, I need to apply for a job elsewhere for career growth.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:15

    Thank you Alice, happy to hear you enjoy the service! My recommendation is always to stay at least two years. First six months you spend in getting to know the organization and then the following one and half years you can start delivering concrete value. There is no point in changing jobs if you cannot upsell your value to the next employer.

    PAULINE. | September 26, 2019 02:15

    How do you cope with a business of low margin but fast moving goods

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:13

    Hi Pauline, FMCG businesses are tough ones. You need scale for these businesses to become successful. And when you are building scale, you need to be able to define processes that are efficient enough. Otherwise your fixed costs will spiral.

    Martha | September 26, 2019 02:14

    Good morning, How do you hold yourself together when there is so much pressure from home? Apart from academics what does it take to know what you are good at?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:12

    Hi Martha, balancing home and career is never easy. The key is open communication and that your family understands what you want from life and career. And be ready to have even the painful discussions. Getting support from your loved ones is a must for building a successful career. When it comes to knowing what you are good at, a good way is to discuss with your friends and colleagues. Ask for honest feedback and try to structure the discussions so (with explicit questions) that the advice you get is concrete enough. You will find your strength as long as you follow your passion and are honest to yourself!

    Peggy | September 26, 2019 01:59

    How do I run a successful start up?

    David | September 26, 2019 01:48

    There is a tendancy of candidates failing to be shortlisted for assignments due to frequent changes in jobs. This does not therefore give one a chance to explain the reason why. Countries like Rwanda and Tanzania who emphasize on employment for their own citizen often give only one year contracts and one is lucky if they renew for another year. This should not be a disqualification criteria!

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:05

    Hi David, I fully agree. My recommendation here is that you clearly state in your work experience description that your position was as 'consultant' or that it was a 'fixed term position'. This will make it easier for employers to interpret the reason behind short assignment.

    LILIAN | September 26, 2019 01:22

    Greetings When did you get your first employment and did you go through lack of experience disaster that has made over 54% fresh graduates in Kenya jobless? If yes how did you deal with it, if not what would be your advise to Kenyan employers to help solve youth unemployment problem in Kenya?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:09

    Hi Lilian, I had my first job when I was 16. I worked as summer intern at a sports retail shop. Then spent two summers cutting grass at a golf club. We all start somewhere! I continued working throughout university as a programmer and built skills that I could then leverage upon graduation. In my case, it was pretty straight-forward, but job market was quite different 20 years ago. When it comes to Kenyan employers, I constantly encourage them to hire fresh graduates. For internships, for entry level positions, etc. This way they can have a continuous flow of fresh talent that then helps them to renew themselves. A must in today's world.

    Sarah | September 26, 2019 01:16

    Hi Jussi, Sometimes employers are not happy to learn that an employee is looking for a new job. Is it a must to have your current employer or anyone from your current workplace as part of your referree if you are aware that should they be contacted and you are not taken up for the job, your workplace environ can become quite hostile? How do you manage the interviewer if they ask for current employer contacts? Thanks

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:04

    Hi Sarah, good question. My answer is, it depends. If your employer is laying you off then definitely yes, if not then better to rely on past employers or character references (people who know you well). Sometimes you can also find a trusted individual in your current employer, who can act as reference. But you should only provide contact details to your current employer when it is just about the final clearance and share with the new employer what the conditions/reasons are for leaving them. Transparency is key!

    IRENE | September 26, 2019 01:06

    Thanks for the opportunity. My question is. Is there a way your team can help people build their proffessional resume instead of just posting what we actually write? I talk about guiding. My first time resume which I built through FUZU was terrible until I attended a class on how to write a CV that I learnt that I was wrong. Afterwards, I corrected my CV. Thank you.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 12:01

    Hi Irene, that is a good suggestion. We are thinking about starting a service where we help job seekers to build their resumes. It is not just about whether you write good English or not, it is about finding the right angle for describing what you know and what you have achieved in the past. The work experience, your cover letter, skills and competencies need to give a clear and concise picture of what you know (achievements, etc.) and what your value would be for the organization.

    karamagi | September 26, 2019 01:04

    what does it take to develop a great career opportunity especially for a fresh graduate in a world where experience needed is way beyond your imagination and yet you perfectly fit the required age limit? for example age limit 21-25 and the job requires 3years experience

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 11:58

    Hi Karamagi, as mentioned with few of my other responses, fresh graduates need to accept that they have solid academic foundation, but still often lack tangible skills needed to succeed in real working life. You can build those by reading, volunteering, taking online courses (short term) and by studying different industries you are interested about. You will get there!

    Elfridah | September 26, 2019 00:36

    can you offer me a job?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 11:56

    Hi Elfridah, please follow the open positions we have on Fuzu. We hire people every now and then, so keep your eyes open! And build skills that would be relevant for Fuzu. Good luck!

    GEORGE | September 26, 2019 00:35

    I have been applying for jobs through your platform for a while I have not quiet been successful what could this be attributed to and how can I get feedback or career advice to increase my chances whenever am not qualified for one job and needs to improve on my next qualification.

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 11:55

    Hi George, I suggest you talk to a career advisor (Fuzu or elsewhere) and try to assess where the gap is. When it comes to applications, the key is that you are able to sell clearly what value you bring. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer, what would they like to see in a successful candidate. Then build those assets (knowledge, skills) and you will find your way.

    Fares | September 26, 2019 00:30

    Thank you, my question is; I am now 3 years out since I graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Procurement and Supply Chain management, unfortunately, I have not landed into my first job, though I have been doing some contracts ( not related to my course) and I have also done my 6 months internship this year. How best can you advice me on how I can land into a job of my profession?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 11:53

    Hi Fares, see my response below to Evander. Really important to somehow be able to demonstrate the concrete value you can drive in the employer organization. The challenge with pure academic training is that in real life the skills we use are often a bit different. Your foundation is great, but you need to polish your concrete skills somehow, either through internships or volunteering, if the door does not open otherwise.

    Evander | September 26, 2019 00:22

    Hello sir, What advice would you give for someone with no work experience relating to their academic field some 3+ years after graduation seeking employment in that particular field?

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    Jussi | September 26, 2019 11:51

    Hi Evander, getting your career going is always challenging. The advice I can give (see also above) is to try to get some level of activity going on in your own field, either through internships or volunteering. The key is that you can demonstrate that you know what you are doing. And at the same time, keep your skills up to date. Follow your industry and continuously follow the trends. So that you know what is going on!


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