How to find a job? A guide to school leavers after O/L & A/L

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Just after A/L or O/L and looking for a Job? We discuss here various options in finding a job: Employment Opportunities in Sri Lankan NewsPapers, top Job vacancy websites, how to find a government job and Various types of Jobs avaialble in Sri Lanka.

Why start early

As a school leaver what you have is an education up to O Level or Advanced Level. But you also have your own talents, lots of time, plenty of energy and youthful will power to start fresh. Even if you are planning to go into higher education (doing a degree or a course), getting early work experience can be a plus point in time to come. So by the time you finish your higher education, you are able to add a couple of years of work experience to give you an added advantage in your resume (CV).

Your options

You can plan big – but you have to start small.

Entry Level Jobs

As a beginner, you can take the liberty to go into entry level jobs. These type of jobs only require basic knowledge and a lot of dedication – both which you have at this stage in life. As you continue, you can add to your knowledge and skill through your daily routine and build experience which you can use in time to come.

Part Time Jobs – Earn while studying

There are also many part-time jobs available. If you are still in your higher studies, a part-time job offers you work experience beforehand, and also financial assistance during this high demanding stage. They are more flexible and gives you freedom to balance studies and work. Another growing trend is to engage in studies while you are full time employed. Many establishments encourage their employees to study further while working.

Where to look for

If you are to find your gateway, you must first know where to look for it. With today’s technology this is no difficult task.

Government Jobs in Sri Lankan gazette

SECTION (IIA) of the Sri Lankan gazette contains information on government job Vacancies. examinations to select various free courses etc. You can find details of examinations such as Civil service, Customs, Immigration, Teacher’s Colleges, Nursing, Health Services, Agriculture course, Technical courses from Government Gazette.

Newspapers and Personal Connections

You can look in employment opportunities section in all newspapers and also find a job using personal connections. Following are online links to Job advertisements by major News Papers in Sri Lanka.

Sunday Times – Times Jobs online version

Sunday Observer – Observer Jobs online version

Irida Lankadeepa – Sunday Lankadeepa

Divaiyna NewsPaper

Dinamina NewsPaper

Siluminia NewsPaper

Job Opportunities websites

Employment opportunities can be found on a number of websites that gives you easy access to your future goals. These come in different categories to choose from and many look for school leavers who are interested in early starts. You can decide whether you’d prefer to work for the government sector or the private sector, part-time or full time and which line of work or the field you prefer the best. All you need to do is to browse through numerous options to find a breakthrough. Browsing is easy with multiple options available on websites either by field, companies/institutions, or positions. There are also websites that register you as a job seeker and link you to prospective job providers.

Click on the following links to get quick access to vacancies.

Top Jobs site

Part Time Jobs in Sri Lanka

Data Entry Jobs

Ikaman Website Job Vacancies

More Options:
How to write a successful CV & download CV templates

What to do after O/L examination?

Courses, Careers, Employment options after GCE A/L examination

Courses you can do after Advanced Level

Find government jobs, exams and courses from Government Gazette

Student Jobs – take a part-time job while studying in university?

What are the best companies to work for in Sri Lanka

Job Categories

Accounting / Auditing / Finance
Advertising / Media / Communication
Agriculture / Dairy / Environment Airline / Marine / Ticketing
Apparel / Clothing / Merchandising
Banking / Leasing / Insurance / Stock Brokering
Beauty / Cosmetics / Fashion Designing
Call Center / BPO / KPO
Construction / Architect /Quantity Surveying
Corporate Management / Analyst
Customer Relations/ Public Relations
Drivers /Security / House Keeping & Other
Engineering (Mech./ Civil /Elect/Auto)
Foreign Employment
Government and Public Administration
Healthcare / Nursing
Hospitality & Tourism / Hotel
HR & Admin / Training /Legal
IT – Computer Operators / Graphics
IT – Software / Network / Systems / Telecom
Logistics / Warehouse / Transport
Management Trainee/Internships
Manufacturing / Operations
Marketing & Sales / Branding
NGO and Non Profit Organizations
Part Time/ Walk In interviews
QA /QC / Supervisory / Technical
Secretarial / Receptionist / Clerical
Sports / Recreation / Fitness

Jobs by Industries

Information Technology & Telecommunication
Diversified Holdings
FMCG, Food & Beverages
Banking & Finance
Insurance, Leasing & Stock Broking
Agriculture, Plantations & Oil Palm
Airline & Marine
Beauty, Fashion & Florist
Call Center/BPO & KPO Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Engineering and Construction
Education, R & D
Food & Beverages
Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
HR & Recruitment
Logistics, Imports & Exports
Manufacturing Operations
Power & Energy Real Estate & Property Development
Retail Services
Research & Development Security & Legal Sports and Recreation Textile and Footwear
Trading & Retail Services
Travel & Tourism
NGO, Diplomatic and International Services
Government and Local Authorities
Foreign Employment
PR & Event Management Printing & Packaging
Automobile & Technology

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  1. Soma December 13, 2016 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Good information for finding a job in Sri Lanka

  2. Dinu November 25, 2016 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Many employers ask for experience. How can I find my first job?

    • Hiran November 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

      Do entry level job first as mentioned in this post

  3. Shanthi November 24, 2016 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Great. Thanks for information

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