BODE AJOSEE has supplied the following comments:
“A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COULDN’T GET A JOB FOR CLOSE TO THREE YEARS.AFTER SETTING FOR SERIES OF TEST AND INTERVIEW SESSION, FINALY GOT A JOB ,AS A FACTORY WORKER AND GOT N70,000 THOUSAND AS MONTHLY PAY . DEOLU ,WHAT DO YOU THINK? PLS LETS HEAR YOUR VIEW.”
I’ve been getting a lot of questions on this topic lately, so I have decided to blog about it. Many people have asked for my view on why it is that some people don’t get good jobs, why is it that some people search for longer? Why is it that some companies use age as barrier and all what not.
Today (in Yola) I was opportuned to speak to people between the ages of 35 and 60 about this topic as well, and from their nuances, and participation, I could see that it was a topic they had genuine interest in.
While you might not agree fully with everything you are about to read, I urge you to think deeply before you discount the perspectives shared here. As opposed to any theory you’ll read in any book, I have actually had access (from CV’s to personal interviews) to over 30,000 applicants in the past 5yrs. I have recruited in Africa, I have recruited in Europe. I have clear ideas about the basic things that make a difference, and they can make a world of difference for you.
1. No employer wants to hire liabilities. People want people that will add value to the company and general working environment.
2. Be different, differenciate yourself, plan your route. Over 25,000 candidates will apply for a good entry level job-that’s why many use age. What makes you any different from everyone of them? The hurdles stacked to differenciate yourself are many, either move in earlier than most, persever for longer, or find an easier route. The top is not that crowded.
3. Most jobs want experienced people. Experience is not experience because you were paid for it. It’s experience because you did it. Look for opportunities to gain experience, volounteer your skills. Pay to do it if need be, people employ people who are accepted somewhere, not idle people.
4. Your true value is what you say No to. No matter for how long you have searched, if you have a clear picture of what you want and what you don’t want on time, you won’t spend much time searching. Know thyself
These are not all, I wrote a book some time back –How to Get your dream Job. You can go for a copy of this the opebi office- address is available on this site. It’s available in some bookshops as well. I’ll comment further on this as I see the need. Our limitations are man made and self imposed!