The Go-To Guy is currently working on systems to improve your chances if securing a domestic worker job, and we have identified a number of things that will improve the ability for domestic workers to secure a job and for households to find domestic workers.
In the interim however we will be providing a number of articles and advice blogs to help you secure a job, this specific one deals with your application.
We strongly suggest that you create a type of a “cover message“ on your phone that you can send easily via WhatsApp, and when applying for a job to send this to potential employer.
It should not necessarily be an actual document, but rather a well structured text based message, that you can copy and paste in WhatsApp to send to potential households looking for staff.
Too many people looking for work make the error of only sending a message saying they are interested, this will not work in the tough job market we have in South Africa and even more so in a smallish town such as Potchefstroom where the job market remains tough.
When writing a cover message for a domestic job, it's important to present yourself as a professional, reliable, and trustworthy candidate.
Here's an example of how you could structure a cover message for a domestic worker position:
Opening Paragraph: In the opening paragraph, explain why you're writing and mention the position you're applying for. For example, "I am writing to express my interest in the domestic worker position that was recently advertised on your website."
Second Paragraph: In the second paragraph, highlight your qualifications and experience. For example, "With over five years of experience in housekeeping, I am confident that I have the necessary skills to excel in this role. I have experience in cleaning, laundry, and ironing, and I am comfortable with cooking and taking care of children"
Third Paragraph: Use the third paragraph to showcase your best skills and achievements, and to explain why you think you're the best fit for the job. For example, "In my previous position as a domestic worker, I received excellent feedback from my employer for my punctuality, reliability, and attention to detail. I am also well organized and efficient, which allows me to work effectively in a busy environment. I have a reputation for being honest, trustworthy and a quick learner"
Fourth Paragraph: Mention your home language and other languages that you speak, the days and hours you are available and when you will be able to start should your application be successful
Fifth Paragraph: Use the fifth paragraph to thank the employer for considering your application, and to include your contact information. For example, "Thank you for considering my application. I am available for an interview at your convenience and I look forward to hearing from you soon. I would also like to provide references from my previous employers, which I believe will confirm my reliability and good work ethic. Please find my contact details below."
Closing: Use a closing such as "Sincerely" or "Best Regards" and then add your full name at the end of the message.
Other important points
Ensure that your WhatsApp profile pic is a quality picture if you and that the employer will get a sense of comfort when looking at the picture.
It's important to remember that a cover letter is a chance to sell yourself and to make a great first impression.
So be sure to proofread your message several times, use proper grammar and punctuation, and make sure that your message is formatted and presented professionally.
Good luck and we will keep you updated when we will launch our services specifically aimed at domestic workers.