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System Architect/Analyst is responsible for providing expert support to existing and upcoming internal business applications. He will also provide business support to all ZAMTEL business units (Commercial, Finance, HR, Technical and Legal) to understand Minimum Qualifications: Degree/Diploma in Computer Science/ Computing/ Information Technology Professional Registration: CSZ /EIZ Membership Minimum Experience: 2+ years of experience in Software Engineering and Development. Key Skills: Very good knowledge of Operating systems and Databases Software Engineering and Programming skills in JAVA, PHP or C# General understanding of technical concepts and skills such as SQL, Oracle/MS SQL Server Knowledge & Experience working with Web Services Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Analyse and monitor end-to-end revenue processes on the Zamtel Network to ensure complete and accurate billing of data to minimise revenue loss and maximise stakeholder value for the business. Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Computer Science/Finance/Telecoms/ ACCA/CIMA Professional Registration: ZICA (Mandatory for Accountants) Minimum Experience: Over 3 years systems audit experience Key Skills: Understanding telecoms risks and processes to prevent revenue leakage; and Understanding telecoms network topology Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell or deliver stock, or pick up or deliver items such as branding materials. May also take orders, collect and stock merchandise at point of delivery. Minimum Qualifications: Grade 12 Certificate Professional Registration: None Minimum Experience: Minimum of C1 valid Driver’s License 2 years driving/sales experience Key Skills: Strong understanding of fleet management procedures and policies Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To provide effective and efficient Human Resource Information System functional support and coordination in order to help management make decisions in line with the Company’s human resource database. Minimum Qualifications: Degree Human Resource Management IT Qualification (Added Advantage) Professional Registration: Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management Membership Minimum Experience: 2 Years’ experience in managing a human resource information system Key Skills: Good understanding of HR information systems Good understanding and interpretation of labour laws Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To lead and manage the overall Mobile Money business and performance including analysing, defining customers, market requirements and trends to ensure that the business contributes to the overall revenue base of Zamtel. Minimum Qualifications: First Degree in Business Administration, Marketing or a related discipline MBA will be desirable Professional Registration: Member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing with a valid Practicing Certificate Minimum Experience : At least 10 years working experience preferably in telecoms/FMCG industry Key Skills: Knowledge of Mobile Money or Mobile banking Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose Performs complex overall business planning that involves the development and coordination of commercial business plans which ensures timely network rollout, accurate forecasting, customer centric network quality monitoring, and the overall tracking. Job Specification Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Business Administration/Demography/Marketing with GIS knowledge or Geomatric Engineering Professional Registration: None Minimum Experience: Minimum of 2- 3 years working in a reporting environment preferably in Telecommunications industry Key Skills: Knowledge of Sales and Marketing Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose Applications Developer is responsible for Coding of all internal Application. The individual will work with Systems Architect to translate business requirements into high-quality software covered with unit tests. The person must be comfortable writing Responsibilities Graduate Engineer (B.E Computer Science) from a recognised university Professional Registration: CSZ or any other professional body Minimum Experience: 2+ years of experience in Software Engineering/Development Key Skills: Very good knowledge and experience of Operating systems and Databases. Software Engineering and Programming skills in JAVA, PHP or C# Good knowledge of common API such as SOAP, REST, XMLRPC, Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To ensure formulation and execution of the overall core network technology strategy aligned with Zamtel’s technology and the industry’s blueprint and roadmap and with the local market business strategy. Additionally, lead the entire core network Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Telecommunications, Electronics/Electrical Engineering or Related Field. Professional Registration: Member of EIZ and EngRB Minimum Experience : 7 years’ experience in telecommunications Key Skills: Knowledge of the following Core Network work flows and practices: Circuit Switched Core, Packet Switch Core, Evolved Packet Core. Knowledge on Circuit Switching, Packet Switching, Evolved Packet Core and Routing (Networking) Understand the principles of effective developing core network plans within a network context Knowledge of telecommunications related regulatory agencies, best practices and standards. Knowledge on Billing and VAS will be and added advantage Method of Application Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To plan and manage all the mobile sales operations in the Region in order to meet regional mobile sales targets and thus contribute to the growth of the business. Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Business, Engineering, Marketing or related Professional Diploma in Sales and Marketing field Professional Registration: Zambia Institute of Marketing Minimum Experience: 5 years preferably in telecoms/FMCG industry How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose Diploma in Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or any other related course Professional Registration: Must be a member of Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply (ZIPS) with a valid Practicing Certificate. Minimum Experience: Minimum of 2 years work experience in Logistics Key Skills: Business Acumen Warehouse Management Knowledge How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose: To coordinate sales of Zamtel mobile products and services in order to meet the set sales targets. Coordinate BDCs in the Region on daily activities (GA, New outlets acquisition, Booth management and also Retailer engagement) Minimum Qualifications: Diploma in Sales / Marketing/ IT or any Business related field. Degree an added advantage Professional Registration: ZIM or any relevant professional body Minimum Experience: Minimum of 3 years’ sales and marketing experience in a fast moving consumer goods/Telecoms industry Key Skills: Sound knowledge of sales mobilization Basic financial terminology How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
To supervise the efficient provision of shared services to Zamtel operations including fleet management, facilities maintenance, and security services Job Specification Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field Professional Registration: Any Professional Body Minimum Experience: Minimum of 3 year’s relevant experience Key Skills: Business Acumen Click here to download the full job profile: Interested candidates should submit their applications electronically via our website Applications should be sent electronically consisting of a letter and CV as a single document(PDF or word). Applications should be saved and sent in the following format: Job title_Name_CVnote e.g. Senior_Network_Administrator_Bwalya_Mpundu_CVnote How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To support line management in the execution and development of all HR programs and initiatives, provide expertise on people-related matters and manage the provision HR services to ensure alignment to the strategic objectives and goals of Zamtel. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management or any related field from a recognized university Professional Registration: Member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management Minimum Experience: 3+ years of experience in human resource management Key Skills: Demonstrable experience with HR metrics Thorough knowledge of labour legislation Full understanding of all HR functions and best practices How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To implement an effective Talent Management and Development service aligned to the overall Human Resource and Corporate strategic objectives in order to improve individual, departmental and organisational productivity. Minimum Qualifications: Degree in Human Resources Management or related field Professional Registration: Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management Minimum Experience: Minimum of 3 years in training & development and organizational development At least 3 years in a management-level position Key Skills: Consultation. Ethical Practice. Cultural Awareness. Relationship Management How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Overall Purpose To lead and manage the overall Mobile Money business and performance including analysing, defining customers, market requirements and trends to ensure that the business contributes to the overall revenue base of Zamtel. Job specification Minimum Qualifications: First Degree in Business Administration, Marketing or a related discipline MBA will be desirable Professional Registration: Member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing with a valid Practicing Certificate Minimum Experience: At least 10 years working experience preferably in telecoms/FMCG industry Key Skills: Knowledge of Mobile banking Leadership & People Management Coaching & Counselling Team Building Good negotiation Good project management Solid analytical and decision making Excellent verbal and written communication Proficient Computer How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. Overall Purpose Responsible for preparations of accurate payments and controls expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices. Minimum Qualifications: Diploma in Accounting Professional Registration: A member of ZICA Minimum Experience: Minimum of 2 years relevant accounting experience Key Skills: Familiar with Zamtel products and services Understand the principles of effective customer services and processes Some knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards Understanding of the Zamtel and telecommunications industry business How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. Senior Manager Mobile Money Overall Purpose To lead and manage the overall Mobile Money business and performance including analysing, defining customers, market requirements and trends to ensure that the business contributes to the overall revenue base of Zamtel. Minimum Qualifications: First Degree in Business Administration, Marketing or a related discipline MBA will be desirable Professional Registration: Member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing with a valid Practicing Certificate Minimum Experience: At least 10 years working experience preferably in telecoms/FMCG industry Key Skills: Knowledge of Mobile banking Leadership & People Management Coaching & Counselling Team Building Good negotiation Good project management Solid analytical and decision making Excellent verbal and written communication Proficient Computer How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. Overall Purpose To provide accounting services in respect of reconciliations of bank accounts in order to provide correctness assurances and also compliance with company policies and procedures Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of a Diploma in Accountancy, Banking, Business Administration or level 2 ACCA or CIMA Professional Registration: Must be a member of ZICA Minimum Experience: Minimum of 2 years relevant accounting experience Key Skills: Familiar with Zamtel products and services Understand the principles of effective customer service process In – depth understanding of accounting principles Understand of the Zamtel and telecommunications industry business. How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. Overall Purpose To coordinate and manage transaction processing onto the general ledger to ensure integrity and completeness of financial transactions. Minimum Qualifications: A first degree or its equivalent in finance or accounting or related discipline. A recognized professional accounting qualification such as ACCA/ CIMA is required. Professional Registration: Must be a member of ZICA Minimum Experience: Minimum of 3 years relevant accounting experience Some experience as a team leader. Key Skills: A broad understanding of Zamtel and the Telecom. Industry business. Sound understanding of Zamtel products and services Knowledge of standards and processes to manage customer retention. Ability to conduct market research. Understanding the telecoms industry regulations Understanding of business finance, including budget management How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. To conceive, develop and execute the Sales & Distribution strategy for Zambia that would result in achieving incremental customer market share (CMS) and revenue market share (RMS) leadership in Zambia. Overall Purpose Applications Developer is responsible for Coding of all internal Application. The individual will work with Architect to translate business requirements into high-quality software covered with unit tests. The person must be comfortable writing software Minimum Qualifications: Graduate Engineer (B.E Computer Science) from a recognized university Professional Registration: CSZ Membership Minimum Experience: 2+ years of experience in Software Engineering and Development. Key Skills: Very good knowledge of Operating systems and Databases, Software Engineering and Programming skills in JAVA, PHP or C# Good knowledge of common API such as SOAP, REST, XMLRPC, etc. How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. To conceive, develop and execute the Sales & Distribution strategy for Zambia that would result in achieving incremental customer market share (CMS) and revenue market share (RMS) leadership in Zambia. Minimum Qualifications: System Architect/Analyst is responsible for providing expert support to existing and upcoming internal business applications. He will also provide business support to all ZAMTEL business units (Commercial, Finance, HR, Technical and Legal) to underst Minimum Qualifications: Graduate Engineer (B.E Computer Science) from a recognized university Professional Registration: CSZ Membership Minimum Experience: 2+ years of experience in Software Engineering and Development. Key Skills: Very good knowledge of Operating systems and Databases, Software Engineering and Programming skills in JAVA, PHP or C# General understanding of technical concepts and skills such as SQL, Oracle/MS SQL Server Knowledge & Experience working with Web Services How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. To conceive, develop and execute the Sales & Distribution strategy for Zambia that would result in achieving incremental customer market share (CMS) and revenue market share (RMS) leadership in Zambia. To conceive, develop and execute the Sales & Distribution strategy for Zambia that would result in achieving incremental customer market share (CMS) and revenue market share (RMS) leadership in Zambia. To develop and enhance retail penetration, cha Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a business inclined discipline An MBA would be preferred additional qualification Professional Registration: Member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing with a valid Practicing Certificate Minimum Experience : Minimum 5-10 years of experience in Telecommunications and consumer sales environment Experience at senior executive level Key Skills: Very strong exposure in establishment and expansion of market penetration How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. To sell the company’s products and/or related services in order to achieve maximum sales profitability, growth and market penetration within the assigned territory and/or market segment Minimum Qualifications: Diploma in Sales / Business or related field. Professional Registration: Any Professional body membership qualification Minimum Experience : Minimum of 2 years sales and distribution experience in a fast moving consumer goods industry Manual Driver’s License with over two years’ experience Key Skills: Sound knowledge of sales Basic financial terminologies How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:
Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd is a Company incorporated in Zambia under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia. The sole shareholder of the Company is the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The Company falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications pursuant to Gazette Notice No. 183 of 2012 and the Statutory Functions Act Chapter 4 of the Laws of Zambia. Overall Purpose: Responsible for setting, implementing and monitoring the company direction, policies, and procedures for risk management and compliance with regards to Applicable Financial Institution Laws and Regulations, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Laws and Regula Job Specification Minimum Qualifications: Minimum of Degree in Finance, Accounting, Banking, Business Administration, ACCA, CIMA, IT or related field. Professional Registration: ZICA, CISA, CIA, ICTSZ or other relevant professional body Minimum Experience: 2 years of wide ranging bank experience Demonstrated understanding of the regulatory environment including Central Bank’s Prudential Guidelines Key Skills: Applicable Financial Institution Laws and Regulations, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Laws and Regulations, and Business Risk / Controls matrix management pertaining to MFS. Familiar with Zamtel Mobile Money products, Services and business environment. Mobile banking experience a distinct advantage How to Apply Submit your CV and application on company website:

Jobs in Zambia by Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd (ZAMTEL)

Zambia jobs

The ultimate guide on how to get a job in Zambia

The Zambia jobs market is fast paced because jobs are in short supply. Jobs are mainly advertised in national newspapers and through word of mouth. You can also find Zambian jobs online through recruitment websites and social media sites like LinkedIn.

We’ve written this guide to help all Zambian job seekers in their quest to find a rewarding job. We’ve had the experience of being the job seeker and the recruiter in Zambia and the UK. Our intention is to use both the Zambian and international perspective and experience we have so you can get the best of both worlds. This guide will cover:

  • Zambia jobs and the recruitment process
  • Application tips for jobs in Zambia
  • How to find jobs in Zambia the unconventional way
  • Where Zambia jobs are advertised

Zambia jobs and the recruitment process

Job advertisements

Jobs are mainly advertised in Zambia’s national newspapers and through word of mouth. Get the full details on how you can get the latest on jobs by reading our guide on where they are advertised.

Vacancy windows for jobs in Zambia

Because of the stiff competition for jobs in Zambia, the vacancy window for entry and some mid level jobs tends to be very tight. This is to help recruiters minimise application numbers. The more professional the job the longer the vacancy window tends to be. When you see a job you are interested in, you’ll need to take prompt action.

Application process for Zambia jobs

Nowadays, more and more companies will ask you to email your CV and application documentation. However, some organisations, especially Government organisations will still ask you to deliver a printed or handwritten application.

Communications from the employing organisation

Because organisations usually get a high number of applicants they are unlikely to communicate with you or provide any feedback, except to invite you for an interview if you are successful.

Interviewing for Zambia jobs

Make sure you check your emails and answer your phone for any communications with a potential employer. Since it is an employers market they are unlikely to chase except if you stand out as a high quality candidate. Companies will not alway tell you about the interview format. Expect anything from one to one interviews, panel interviews, tests and even group work with other applicants. If you want to be prepared, it won’t hurt to ask about what they expect of you. If you are applying for a job as an expat or returning resident, organisations may interview you by video link such as Skype.

Trials and probation periods

Most companies will start new recruits on a trial probation period, usually around three months. This may be longer if you are entering a training programme or a more established organisation.

Application tips for jobs in Zambia

Getting a job anywhere is about you being able to communicate that you're the most suitable candidate for the position. Qualification and experience play a huge part but it also comes down to the effort spent in the application and how you fit in with the company. Distinguish yourself by spending time on your application correspondence. Follow these tips to get yourself started right in the Zambian job market, making sure your emails, CVs and cover letters get opened, read and considered for interviews and positions. All the best!

Step 1 — finding the right job vacancy in the Zambia jobs market

Read our guide on where Zambia jobs are advertised. In addition to the jobs sites, newspapers and recruitment companies we’ve listed in that section, word of mouth is still one of the biggest ways people find jobs in Zambia. Put the word out that you're looking for a job with your friends and family. Remember, that people know people, who know people! Word will get around, especially if you have a proven track record.

Step 2 — applying for jobs in Zambia

With significant competition in the Zambian jobs market it is imperative that you make an effort to stand out. Here are our top job application tips.

Focus your applications and energy

Applying for every job you find can feel very productive, but it’s better to think about quality over quantity. You’ll have more success applying for 10 positions well than for 100 jobs that you loosely fit. Having received many job requests and applications from people from very different backgrounds to The Best of Zambia, we’ve noticed this to be a problem in the Zambian jobs market.

From an employer’s perspective it is frustrating to receive job applications from people who are from altogether different backgrounds that do not have transferrable knowledge, skills and experience. It sends a message that the applicant is thinking, ‘any job will do’. If this comes through, it may well put you on the ‘no’ pile pretty quickly. Although as an applicant it may sometimes feel like any job will do(!), it’s important to take the time to communicate otherwise in your application. The jobs market in Zambia would be more efficient for applicants and recruiters if everyone applied to jobs to which their knowledge, experience and skills are suited to, rather than applying for those loose fit job opportunities.

Demonstrate you are a good fit

To apply for jobs you’re suited to, choose to apply for jobs that are related to:

  • Work experience you have previously had
  • Sectors you have worked in
  • What you have studied or are studying
  • Your areas of interest and your aspirations

There is nothing wrong with seeking a complete career change or applying for jobs that don’t quite follow on from your current position. However, when you do this, it is important to:

  • Clearly explain why you are changing paths
  • Demonstrate how you have transferrable knowledge, skills and experience that would be valuable for the role you are now applying for
  • Reassure recruiters that you do not plan to make a habit of changing direction too often

Don’t apply for more than one position at a company

If an organisation is filling more than one position, and you apply for more than one job at the same company, you'll seem like you are unfocused and looking for any job.

Write a tailored cover letter for each application

Generic introductions don't work especially in the saturated Zambian jobs market. Seasoned recruiters can spot generic introductions a mile off! All they do is make you look like you haven’t made the effort. Instead, take the time to demonstrate you are a good fit by adapting each cover letter to the position you're applying for, identifying relevant accomplishments, achievements and anything you can offer the particular role.

Think about your references

It’s always a good idea to have a reference from a previous employer. Current recruiters will appreciate the chance to speak to a person you have worked for previously. It also demonstrates that you left that position on good terms which is always a sign of a respectable professional individual. You can also consider references from teachers, coaches and church leaders. Having references from friends and family doesn’t look very professional and isn’t recommended simply because they are likely to be biased. Another important point is to ask your referees if they are willing to give a reference. It won’t go down well if they are surprised to hear from your potential employers when they get in touch.

Follow the application instructions

This might seem obvious but many people fall at this first hurdle! If the instructions say send an email to a specific email address, with a specific subject line with specific attachments then do that. Recruiters give these instructions to make their recruitment process as simple and efficient as possible. Those that follow instructions will stand out for the right reasons.

Give your email a clear subject

Your email might not even get opened if it doesn’t have a clear subject line, looks too vague or is unprofessional. Give the reader context such as the position you're applying for.

Keep it short

Zambian recruiters have to go through many applications and might not read beyond the first paragraph of an email or cover letter. Keep them short, concise and focused. Two or three paragraphs are enough although you might consider more, the more professional the job.

Keep it professional

You’re writing to your potential boss. Keep your correspondence professional and skip the slang, abbreviations and emoticons. This is not a text or whatsapp message, so use paragraphs and full sentences!

Make sure it's perfect

Spell check, grammar check and proofread your application document. Then do it again. Read it out loud and if you have trouble spotting your own mistakes, ask someone else to run through it.

Make sure you're contactable

It seems obvious, but make sure you include your contact information. Provide a name, phone number and email address and then be on the alert to answer your calls and check your emails.

Don’t use a work email address!

It’s always best to use your own email address and phone number otherwise it’s not very respectful to your current employees. Imagine how difficult you will make things for yourself if your current employer found out and you don’t get a new job straight away.

Make sure you're online presence is good

Increasingly, recruiters considering your application will search for you online. Make sure you look responsible and trustworthy on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Read more about this, in our section, ‘How to find jobs in Zambia the unconventional way’

Keep encouraged

Looking for a job in Zambia can be a trial. Don't get discouraged. Stay positive and keep moving forward. You can do it!

Step 3 — Interviewing for jobs in Zambia

Prepare, prepare, prepare

It’s essential that you find out as much as possible about the company you are going to be interviewing at. A good place to start is their website (if they have one). Also look for company information on social media channels like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Research the following key information:

  • Company products and services
  • Key team members
  • Awards and achievements
  • Approach and company culture

Going to an interview equipped with such knowledge enables you to tailor your responses to suit the company and possibly even the people interviewing you. Demonstrating that you know about the company and showing genuine interest will help you stand out. This will always go down positively with recruiters.

Dress code for interviews for jobs in Zambia

They say you only have a few seconds to make the right impression. You should want to make an entrance for the right reasons when going for any level job. Ladies, avoid outfits that are too revealing and have too much jewellery and makeup. Gentleman, iron your shirts and ensure your haircut is professional looking. Other tips are to have clean shoes and ensure you smell nice - small details will make a big difference! Of course, not all jobs require you to dress the same. For example, an interview for a job in fashion will mean you have an opportunity to demonstrate that your style matches with the company. Similarly, going for an interview on a construction site may not require you to be suited and booted. All in all, the research you do when preparing for your interview may help you select the perfect interview outfit. Think about the position, the work you will be doing if you got the job and dress accordingly. It’s a good idea to carry these habits through to when you get the job as well.

Be on time

Never be late for a job interview! It will make your potential employers think you are disorganised and that you don’t care for the job. It’s far better to be early. If you are too early you can always wait elsewhere and then go in 10-15 minutes early.

Be polite to everyone

A good way to make a positive impression is to be polite to everyone you meet when you go for the interview. Being polite and respectful is a good trait to have everyday but even more important at this early stage when you have no idea who is who, or what level of influence they have on the recruiters.

Take the right paperwork

If you have any certificates, letters of recommendation, work samples, or anything you were asked to take the interview, make sure you have them, and that they are professionally presented.

Prepare questions for the interviewer

Most interviewers will give you the opportunity to ask them questions. As someone who has been the interviewer, it’s always disappointing when people don’t have questions or ask the wrong questions. Ask questions that demonstrate your desire to settle in, make a positive impact and to contribute long term. Don’t ask questions about leaving early or whether you can play music!

How to find jobs in Zambia the unconventional way

Apart from the traditional job advertisement route to finding a job in Zambia there are some things you can do to get noticed.

Networking events where you could meet recruiters for Zambia jobs

The is a good selection of events you can attend to be in with a chance to meet potential recruiters. Some examples are Bongo Hive and Startup Hour. Be sure to keep up to date with career development and networking events via our events in Zambia page.

Make a point of making the right impression, holding conversations, listening, asking questions, letting people know what type of job you are looking for and giving out your contact details. A good tip is to connect with people you have met on relevant social media channels after the event, for example, LinkedIn and Twitter. Remember, you may not meet your next boss, but you could meet the person who will recommend you to your next boss.

Demo your work and interests to attract recruiters

The digital world we live in enables you to demonstrate your work, interests, personality and dreams with relative ease. For a relatively low investment you can set up a website/blog where you can post content that may well impress potential employers. If you haven’t got the budget or technical knowledge to set up a website then you can use tools like LinkedIn and Medium to do the same thing. You can write content that demonstrates your expertise, commitment and passion. Sharing photos, videos and audio files are another way to impress. You can also use these website to network online with potential employers. If your blog can help you impress potential employers then remember to include it in your CV and job application.

Work your social media profiles

Too many people only use social media for fun, jokes and proof of their latest weekend shenanigans. It is important to remember that a lot of what you post is public and savvy employers will look you up social media. Think about your social media accounts as places you can share your expertise, show off your personality and aspirations, and also build valuable relationships with people who can help you get that dream job.

Offer to work for free

This may seem counterintuitive but if you are not currently working or studying it’s probably best to do some voluntary work. A potential employer will be impressed that you are filling your time with something valuable rather than just sitting around. Doing voluntary work will also give you an opportunity to learn new skills and gain further experience.

Where Zambia jobs are advertised

1. Newspapers with Zambia jobs

Many large organisations, such as those in the mining, agriculture and development sectors still mainly advertise in Zambian newspapers. These include:

  • Zambia Daily Mail — a national newspaper with a daily jobs section (Monday - Saturday) that is not available online. The best days for jobs are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • The Post — a national newspaper with a daily jobs section that is not available online. However currently this newspaper is not available
  • Times of Zambia — a national newspaper with a small daily jobs section that is not available online
  • Zambia Daily Nation — an independent newspaper that is widely circulated in Lusaka every day apart from Sundays, but has very few if any job advertisements. It’s online job section is not updated regularly.

2. Online newspapers with Zambia jobs

  • Zambia Eye — it does have a small jobs section but it’s quite dificult to navigate and it’s unclear how recent the jobs are

3. Zambia jobs websites

  • The Best of Zambia — A free and easy way to find jobs in Zambia with new job opportunities listed daily
  • Go Jobs Zambia — A leading job finder website in Zambia with easy to use job search facilities and lots of tips and advice for Zambian job seekers
  • Jobs in Zambia — Lists a handful of current jobs
  • UN Jobs Zambia — Latest jobs are listed by date added and closing date with the ability to search by location
  • Job Search Zambia — Lists 3-10 jobs daily, with good job search facilities
  • Mining Jobs in Zambia — Part of the CareerMine network, this site tends to list 0-3 mining related jobs a day
  • Find Zambian Jobs — Lists jobs daily
  • Job Options, Zambia — a steady stream of latest jobs and jobs finding tips

4. Zambia jobs on international job websites

  • Careers 24 Zambia — One of the leading job portals in South Africa, this site also lists professional job vacancies in Zambia, from supervisors through to Directors
  • CV People Africa — Lists a range of latest jobs in Zambia with a handy progress report that shows hits, shortlisted, interviews and complete status
  • Reed UK — There is sometimes a handful of jobs from international organisation in Zambia on this UK jobs site
  • Recruitment Matters — This Zimbabwean site lists some jobs in Zambia
  • Teaching Jobs — This teaching jobs site advertises Zambian teaching jobs that welcome international candidates
  • PNET Zambia — This South African website lists some professional jobs in Zambia
  • Robert Walters Africa — Some specialist professional Zambian jobs are listed in their East Africa location
  • Career Jet — A useful job search engine that allows you to sort professional jobs by Zambian province and contract type
  • Work in Africa — lists professional jobs in Zambia
  • CA Global Africa Recruiment — focuses on the mining, oil and gas, banking, finance, telecoms, IT, engineering, construction, power and energy sectors

5. Zambia jobs on Facebook

The 3 leading Zambian job advertisers on Facebook are

When you search for ‘Zambia jobs’ on Facebook you may also get one off job advertisements by specific organisations, so it’s worth searching Facebook too. When you spot a company that posts a job vacancy on Facebook, they are likely to do it again, so it might be worth liking their page to be in with a chance of seeing their vacancy updates.

6. Zambia jobs on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has a jobs tab which allows you to add your location. The search facility isn’t that great because it will throw up some jobs in other locations. So you can do a search to only highlight Zambia, Lusaka (or you city of choice) or ZM jobs, (Ctrl F) and then apply through LinkedIn.

7. Recruitment companies in the Zambian jobs market

There is a range of recruitment companies in Zambia who you can register with. Start by finding out as much about the company as possible, such as, if they focus on a specific sector. Then pitch yourself to them, following their registration instructions — remember they are the connection between you and your ideal job.

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