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;