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Market Yourself on Careerpool

Lebogang Motubudi
Account Manager, Careerpool

One of the most exciting advancements in recruitment technology is now available in Botswana. Careerpool Botswana is an online job board with over 8700 CV’s and visitor traffic of 8-15000 views each week! Careerpool is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming the central repository for all jobs in Botswana.

The job boards winning factor is that it brings employers and prospective job seekers together in a way that hasn’t been available in our country. Even for companies that have careers pages Careerpool can further enhance the effectiveness of these portals.

This is due to Careerpool’s great interoperability. It works well with other products and systems without restrictions and without needing any major implementations. The ease of information flow between employer and job seeker is where this technology really flourishes.

Employers can now post vacancy adverts within a day and begin the recruitment process a lot faster without back and fourths with graphic designers and publishers. Job seekers get job alerts by mail of vacancies posted that pertain to their particular fields. This ensures the posting of adverts is as pain free and effective as possible for the recruiter.

For the job seeker the technology offers a great marketing opportunity. This is done by simply registering, for free, with Careerpool. When a jobseeker registers they are required to upload their CV. This can be completed in two ways.

The first being to upload it from their pre-existing profile on LinkedIn and the second being to upload it from a stored location on your computer or a data storage tool like a memory stick. Once you have registered your CV you now form part of the Careerpool database.

You are now part of the central repository for all jobs in Botswana. And the simple fact that you are in the database of CV’s means that you are marketing yourself to employers on a daily basis. And here’s why. When you are looking for a job you take your CV and go door-to-door to drop it off at various companies. You are marketing yourself. 

Hoping that one of the companies you dropped your CV off with will call you in for an interview after review of your CV. The problem here is that if a company is not recruiting at the time you drop off your profile then they are not focused on receiving of your CV.

This doesn’t put you in a better position than someone who hasn’t dropped off their CV at said company as your CV might just end up in the shredding pile ready for disposal. What I mean is, just because they have received your CV doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to do anything with it. Or even that they will file it correctly so that they may easily recall it at a later stage.

If this is true, then your marketing exercise will more than likely come to naught. And possibly the worst thing is that when that company does now advertise a vacancy you may feel like you shouldn’t apply because they already have your CV and will consider you accordingly, as they have you information in-hand. If you do not get a call about coming in for an interview you may think they considered you and did not like you.

All of this may not be true and you may have been perfect for the job but your CV never got to the intended person at the required time. So why not market yourself in a space that you know your CV will be safe? A place where employers have access to your CV at any given time without having to dig in piles of paper to do so. Where they can access all of your information with great ease through the use of technology intended to be user-friendly. Why not market yourself on Careerpool?

The great thing about Careerpool is that even if you are not looking for a job at the moment it still offers a great marketing opportunity for you in a safe manner. I say safe because your personal information is kept hidden from employers.

When they search our database of CV’s they will see only the information they need to make a decision of whether to pull your CV from our database or not. They will see your educational background and your employment history but not your name. This is done so that you maintain your anonymity. As Careerpool doesn’t want any animosity between you and your boss.

Your boss could in essence go on the job board just to see who is on there, see your name and think that you are looking to leave. Not everyone on our site is actively looking for a job right at that very instant. Others are simply keeping their options open knowing that they are present in a space where they are marketing their skillset and can be found by a potential employer. Remember just because someone wants to hire doesn’t mean you have to take the job.

There might just be something about your current job that you simply can’t forsake, fair enough. But if there is an opportunity out there that will help you further your career, Careerpool can connect you to it. But only if you register your CV with us and become part of our database.

By doing this you will be achieving your aim of marketing yourself to employers by the simple press of a button. Technology… refreshing isn’t it. Go and register your CV today at and let us market you.

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

28th November 2022

Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Still doing business the old way?

18th November 2022

It’s time to get business done better with MTN Business Botswana’s ICT Solutions.

Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.

More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.

Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.

A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.

Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
MTN’s evolution

For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.

As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.

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BIE to vitalize the Dignity of Engineers

9th November 2022

Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in  which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.

The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.

Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.

“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.

He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.

Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.

“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.

He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.

He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc

“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran

Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.

“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.

Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that  the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.

“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.

He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.

“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams

He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .

Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution  said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.

“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.

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