The process of finding work can be deeply demoralising. As the rejections mount, it is hard to stay chipper and willing to keep trying. Cedrick Pila, business development manager at 10X Investments, has been there and understands what is required to succeed. "Attitude and application are crucial as those who want to succeed, albeit with the odds against them, will very often do so. Essentially, it's all about hustling until something happens." Pila had to find work while he was studying, so he understands how hard it can be when you have nothing but a matric certificate to offer a potential employer. He has the following advice: lYou have to send out as many CVs as possible - the more people you reach, the better your chances of getting a positive response. lAt this point in your career you will not be offered prime shifts. Chances are you will be working at the weekend and on public holidays, and late at night. lEvery job you do, no matter how menial, will teach you important skill...

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