As a fresh graduate, undergraduate, or entry-level candidate, grabbing the opportunity to give back to society through volunteering always feels fulfilling. However, beyond the satisfaction gained from impacting lives through unpaid work, volunteering also helps boost your career development. Volunteering simply means giving your time to an organisation (NGO, Public, and Private) for unpaid work. Sharing your time with an organisation is important in getting all the experience and skills needed in a competitive job market and can help you land that dream job and achieve your career goals. IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERING FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT Build New Skills And Refine Existing Skills Many [...]
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Akpan! Akpan! Akpan! I turned around in discomfort and squinted to check the time, my aunty has started her usual complaints about my laziness and how all I do is sleep and eat her food. My morning routine usually includes getting her children ready for school, scanning through emails to see if anyone has responded yet, then heading out to the streets to engage in small business deals to at least have some change in my pocket. After that I would hover around, go to offices, some let me enter, some don’t, then drop off my CV. I left Ikot-Ekpene to Lagos [...]
Figuring out how to act at work can be tough… And although it can be easy to let your personal life and/or habits spill over into your work life, or lose your cool in difficult situations – approaching things in the wrong way could be affecting your reputation, not to mention your career progression opportunities. To make sure you’re always on your best behaviour, here are five things you should never do at work: Suck up to your boss Sucking up to your boss for special treatment is a risky game. It’s even riskier if you choose to pursue a [...]
As businesses manage this COVID-19 crisis, many companies have begun using digital technology early in the talent engagement process to replace face-to-face interviews. As a job seeker facing this reality, you should approach these video interviews no differently than you would an in-person, face-to-face conversation. Keep in mind, video meetings are still interactive events where you have an opportunity to build a connection with hiring managers. As such, be prepared and bring the same professional decorum. In an interview with Tim Ihlefeld by Stelcy V. Joseph, President & CEO of Harqen—a video, voice and SMS interviewing company, for insights on ways candidates [...]
The first opportunity to tell an employer what you can do, your CV is a vital part of your job hunt What is a CV? A CV (curriculum vitae) allows you to summarise your education, skills and experience, selling yourself to employers. In some countries, it's known as a résumé and tends to be a more concise document. How long should a CV be? A standard CV in Nigeria should be no longer than three sides of A4. Only include the main facts; if your CV is just one page, that's fine, as employers only want to read relevant information. Some medical or academic CVs may be [...]
The other day we posted about high-income skills people can learn online and skills that would enable them to work remotely. We had a lot of inquiries so we decided to create a list of websites you can learn these skills online for free (some require payment for advanced stages). We will be updating this list as often as possible. The skills we mentioned are; copywriting, web design, graphic design and social media management. Copywriting; Copywriting is re-arranging words to make things sell better. It is a text form of salesmanship. Copywriters are responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, [...]
Millennials still have a bad reputation in the workplace, and it can feel like as a Millennial you have to work even harder to gain respect. The truth is that respect is never given - it’s earned. This article is not going to be centred around how millennials are awful at work or about how they do a terrible job, millennials are not awful and how do I know this? I am a millennial. It is easy for millennials to be seen as incapable leaders because of their youth and lack of experience by older colleagues. I remember my first job, [...]
Goal setting is very important especially in your career and personal life. It’s important for your goals to be clear, concise and well defined. Instead of just living life on the edge and expecting things to happen for you, goal setting involves patterning your life, creating momentum for how your life should go and gives you intense purpose. It is important to understand what you want to achieve and how you aim to achieve these goals. Goals can range from micro and mini-goals to major goals. They might be things as small as ensuring you read 2 pages of a business [...]
Sitting down at my desktop and typing this article, it is so funny how life unravels itself, how easy it is as individuals to make plans and envision your life going in a certain direction and then seeing your life go the opposite direction. I remember receiving my admission letter into Chemical Engineering and I was extremely excited, all those nights punching in numbers, all those formulas I crammed, everything paid off and I was super proud of myself. I would never forget how wide my mother's smile was, her own Chukwuemeka, his father’s pride was now an engineer. Let me [...]
“Sending a message that’s neither heard nor understood is miscommunication.” - Shelagh Foster Most people entering the workforce for the first time lack certain skills and this book basically answers questions recent graduates and entry-level candidates were not even aware they should ask before entering the workforce. Expressing yourself properly is important in human interactions especially in the work environment. Good communication skills have such an impact and poor communication holds people back. Communication has variations which include; Spoken word, written word, body language, silence, posture, and facial expressions. The Job Market and Your Skills Getting into the job market [...]