Friday, 5 December 2014

A Damsel's Thoughts About The Job Seekers’ Creed™

Meet ifycynthetic, she is an embodiment of Beauty, Brains and Brawn. I visited her recently to deliver a complimentary copy of The Job Seekers’ Creed™. She wrote a beautiful review about it and i have read it almost 10 times. Its a must read!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Naija Smartphonomics: The Economics Of Buying A Smart Phone In Nigeria

The Nigerian telephone market has come a long way. From the era of “Poor people don’t need telephones” to the present “everyone deserves a smart phone” era. 

Mobile phones with operating systems like BB OS, iOS, Windows Phone and SYMBIAN were off the range for most low income earners; but along came Android OS and the smart phone market was liberated and became proliferated. Low income and minimum wage earners are now proud owners of low ‘low-budget’ smart phones that work.

Despite this liberation and proliferation, buying a low-budget phone is not easy as it seems, as many potential smart phone buyers find themselves in a dilemma of which smart phones to buy. It is not uncommon to see posts on internet forums (like eliciting suggestions from members on which phone to purchase with a particular income range or to help choose between two alternatives.

The purpose of this piece is to highlight some factors to consider when buying a smart phone. These factors are listed below.
Thursday, 31 July 2014

Reasons Your Relatives Can’t Help You Get A Job Where They Work

Reasons Your Relatives Can’t Help You Get A Job Where They Work.

We all have relatives working in big establishments both government and private and as a job seeker you might be amazed and even agitated that your aunt or uncle working in that MNC isn’t helping you get a job in his/her firm. My job search lasted 9 months and in that time I expected my aunt (who works in the HR Department at Chevron Nigeria) to help me get a job there, but no show. It baffled me that I was connected, but cannot
Anyways, I got a job and being employed has exposed me to quite a number of reasons why your relatives can’t help you get a job where they work. Ceteris Paribus, they are;

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Unemployment Can Be A Blessing!

Unemployment is an evil not exclusive to Nigeria alone. It is a global pandemic causing serious pandemonium amongst the ranks of even the world’s wealthiest nations. So, how can something so evil be a blessing?

Read on!

Unemployment is depressing, frustrating and annoying, but with the right attitude, it can also be the ultimate blessing in disguise. Your mind-set and perception of your “unemployment phase” goes a long way to determine if it’s going to be a blessing or a period of frustration and depression.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Model CV formats in Nigeria allows for prejudice and discrimination

Hello people, i spent almost 12 months studying the Nigerian job market and gathering job search related knowledge, so i have some expertise in CV writing. After publishing my book, i began offering FREE CV makeovers, and with that my skill improved.

Today a friend told me how a UK M.Sc student saw his CV and asked for a makeover also. He sent his first draft and the first thing i noticed was that there wasn’t a section for personal information like age, sex, religion, nationality etc Yes, i know European countries frown at prejudice and discrimination hence do not attach age and gender requirements to jobs unlike Nigerian companies (mostly banks), i didn’t know that such information doesn’t reflect on their resumes.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Dear Job-seeker, Display The Right Attitude…Everywhere You Go!

A university degree is not as ‘valuable’ as it used to be and everyone is trainable. In an era when a Ph.D holder can apply for a driving position in Dangote, then you know you need more than a degree. Richard Branson in his book, Business Stripped Bare said; “I hire for attitude and train for skill.” Anybody can learn a skill, but not everyone has the right attitude. Employers are always on the lookout for people with certain attitudes. This attitude can be observed and evaluated during job interviews……or even on the street.  In my book The Job Seekers’ Creed, i shared the story of how a friend got a job with Guarantee Trust Bank because he purchased bread for a stranger in traffic. Read an excerpt;