Finding a job is extremely difficult in Nigeria. Some people get lucky and find their dream job right out of the gate. Others send out dozens or even hundreds of resumes before they land an interview. If you find yourself in the latter situation, you may be wondering what you can do to change your luck. There’s no magic spell that can get you hired right away, but the eight tips below will significantly improve your chances.
If you are planning on starting a business this year you are undoubtedly full of excitement. While raw excitement, infatuation and determination are all great, you need to make sure that you proceed with caution so as not to encounter the common pitfalls that lead to business failure. Avoid making these five beginner mistakes many new entrepreneurs often make.
No one ever wants to get sacked. To get sacked from work is never a pleasant experience. In some cases, individuals who get fired accept the decision by their employers in good faith. However, in certain scenarios, the situation hovers on the extreme to the extent of involving local authorities. Getting fired affects people differently but the effects are largely the same. Explaining the circumstances around leaving your last job could prove tough. Also, the stigma that comes with getting sacked is tremendous and in most cases, leads to depression. The truth is that some people have over the years, developed a system to move on with their career when they get sacked. For many of such people, this comes with some experience for handling such situations. Below are some of the issues people have to deal with when they get sacked. Bruised Ego: There are men and women who are defined by their jobs and derive a deep sense of pride in the roles they play. This means getting sacked would greatly bruise their egos, especially when they considered their jobs a status symbol. Monthly income is threatened: When people get sacked, naturally, one of their biggest worries is the fact that there will no longer be monthly salary to rely upon. This is perhaps one of the biggest reasons salary earners need to find out how to save more of their salary after payday. By saving more of your salary, you have more money in your bank account to fall back on if you ever have to deal with getting sacked. Dependants and Loved Ones are Affected: Getting sacked has an almost immediate impact on dependants and loved ones because the income that serves their needs gets halted. It is not surprising to find a job loss heralding a crisis situation. Getting Stuck: One of the most devastating things that can happen to an employee who gets sacked is being unable to find his/her way back into the another job. As an example, let us look at the scenario of an employee who works in a manufacturing company for 17 years and suddenly gets fired without having any transferable skill to aid the process of getting another job. The implication? The sacked employee has a hard time finding another job. Reason? His current skill set no longer fits into the ever-evolving requirements of employers. This creates a huge problem for the affected individual. Below are 6 tips to help deal with the painful realities of getting sacked: Set Up some Personal Time One of the worst things you could possibly do after losing your job is to sulk or lock yourself up in a room reeling in moments of regret. Rather, what you need to do is to find time for yourself. Spend the initial part of this time reflecting on how you got fired. Also, think about things you could have done differently. It’s okay to scream out in anger or cry if it helps you release some tension. If you can afford it, you should take a short vacation and use the time to clear your head. This is a moment in your life where you need to experience inner peace. Spend a chunk of this time doing things you enjoy; take walks, write and find a positive outlet for the emotions within you. Listen to music that lifts your spirit and motivate you towards making the next big decision. Avoid Emissaries of Sympathy You might not realise it but when you get sacked is one of those moments when you find yourself getting flooded with messages and calls of sympathy from former colleagues, friends, loved ones and associates. You need to be very careful at this point. The last thing you need is sympathy from people who have nothing but sympathy to offer. What you need are career pointers that can help you land your next job and conversations with people who have more than pure sympathy to offer. In essence, spend time with people who have advice that can drive you forward. It is not enough to feel sorry for you and leave it there. Sympathy will not get you another job. Neither will it inspire you to recreate yourself or your dreams. Use the Situation as a Stepping Stone If you ever get sacked, what happens to you afterwards is entirely for you to decide. Do not become consumed by the flames of anger, resentment, prolonged rage or a desire to hurt someone or something. A poisoned mindset and perspective will not yield fruits that will benefit your career positively.You might find yourself trying to compare the employer who just fired you with the one some of your previous employers but this will not help you with your next job – Will it? Ask Yourself Honest Questions After you have spent some time clearing your head, it is time to carry out a self-evaluation and ask yourself some honest questions. Some of those questions can include: How far have I come with my career? What are my targets for the next two months? Do I want to start hunting for another job immediately? What are the next five moves I am going to make from this point as they relate to my career? When should I start applying for jobs? To ensure this is not an exercise in futility, you should consider using a pen and notepad for the questions. When you have all your questions down, proceed to proffer answers to them as sincerely as you can. Reach Out For Help This is the point where you reach out to a few trusted individuals who can genuinely offer you options to choose from as you try to work your way back into your career. Please bear in mind that you should not cultivate the habit of sharing your challenges with everyone. Rather, pick people you speak to about your fears and aspirations carefully and wisely. The idea is to have conversations with men and women who have the capacity to help you. Many have cultivated the habit of merely listening to the problems of others without offering any practical guidance or suggestions on how to proceed. This not the way to go. What you should do is speak to individuals who have either been in your shoes or have helped others navigate similar waters in the past. Success stories from such individuals have a way of helping you maintain a positive attitude and mindset. When you eventually reach that point where you have to make a choice between several options, you do not necessarily need to have anyone approve or pick for you. While you can share your plans and options with your mentors, the eventual decision rests squarely on your shoulders. Build Your Courage Courage is what gives you the mental wheels to ride in the wilderness of a future you cannot currently see. It’s alright to be scared and worried about the days ahead but courage will fortify your resolve and keep you from throwing in the towel. Interestingly, we should let you understand that in a number of situations, getting fired is no fault of yours and should be considered inevitable. The beauty of losing a job is the plethora of possibilities it throws open. When you get sacked, it simply means that you have a chance to get another job. For many, this has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. History is riddled with people who got fired but went on to become supremely successful in their respective careers. To be candid, losing a job is an opportunity to either get a better job or find out other very lucrative things you can do. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to decide between waiting to get sacked or resigning? What did you do and what happened afterwards?
It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about—few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers. The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that’s required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part. So what are the worst things that managers do that send good people packing
We all have times when our memory fails us. We forget the name of an important contact, turn up to a meeting at the wrong time or overlook a vital task. This is hardly surprising at a time of working under intense pressure – but there are practical steps you can take to make sure your memory doesn’t let you down. Here are some top 10 tips.
We’ve all been there — accidentally alienated a new co-worker with a bad joke, underwhelmed the new boss by performing below average on our first assignment, or had a client we didn’t just click with. The trouble is that initial impressions are hard to shake. Humans are quick to “essentialize” the behaviours of others. It's known as fundamental attribution error. You might have simply been having a bad day, or you might have been off your game because of a recent breakup or death in the family, but your new colleague isn’t likely to extend that generous of an explanation. Instead, they’re far more likely to assume that your performance is an essential trait, making it extremely challenging to overcome their negative perception. Here are four ways you can begin to overturn their impressions. Surprise them. The reason people don’t often change their initial impressions is that our brain is optimized to conserve energy; if there’s not a compelling reason to re-evaluate something, then we won’t. So you need to manufacture a reason by surprising them. Your colleagues may have built up a certain, inaccurate impression of you — that you’re not leadership material because you’re too mousy and quiet, for instance. You can’t expect to overturn that thinking with subtle gestures. You need a bolder strategy to force them to re-evaluate what they thought they knew about you. If you’ve developed a reputation for being quiet and never speaking up, it won’t suffice to talk once in a meeting. Instead, make a point of being the first person to speak, and making multiple comments. If your colleagues have to ask themselves, “What got into him?” then you’re on the right track in beginning to change their views. Overcompensate over time. A forceful change in behaviour may get your colleagues to take notice. But if you only do it once, they can write it off as an aberration: Instead, keep up your new behaviour over time, and recognize that in order to change perceptions, you’ll need to do it far longer than the original behaviour. Get closer to them. If you’ve started out on the wrong foot with a colleague, it can be tempting to avoid the problem by staying away from them. But keeping a distance is likely to exacerbate the problem, because — since they’re not receiving any new inputs about who you are — it will only reinforce their existing perceptions. Instead, force yourself out of your comfort zone and find ways to get to know them better. Don’t use words; use actions. Once people have a point of view, the best way to shift it is through mounting behavioural evidence. Wait. Finally, sometimes the bad impression your colleagues may have formed has literally nothing to do with you. If you’re patient and continue to act in ways you’re proud of, most people will eventually come around. It’s frustrating and unfair when we feel misunderstood. But while initial impressions tend to stick, they can (with time, effort, and strategy) be changed, so that your true talents can be appreciated.
It does take a lot to take a decision and make a drastic change that involves finances and everyday survival tactics like moving from an employee to an employer. Moving from a place of comfort to an unknown or a place of security to insecurity. However life itself is filled with risk and only those who are willing to take a risk are usually more successfully. Another fact is that we cannot work for an employer forever at some point in time one will need to retire but do you need to wait till retirement age? It takes determination and the right step in the right direction. I find this write up very interesting and thought to share, enjoy and do share your comments and thoughts !
Our time is a valuable commodity, and it should not be wasted in frivolous meetings. Countless hours are consumed by business professionals attending meetings that produce no valuable results; frustration is often a byproduct of such wasteful meetings. As a leader, you can communicate to your staff that you value their time by planning and administering well-organized meetings. Follow these seven steps to create a more productive meeting. Define the purpose Holding a meeting without a well-defined purpose is time waster. Leaders who are hosting a meeting should take time to delineate why the meeting needs to occur, and what the outcome should be. With a clear purpose that all attendees understand, the focus can more easily be maintained. No one likes to have their time wasted. If the meeting’s outcome can be achieved through a more efficient way, such as through using a project management system or communicating through email, it may be more sensible to “meet” in a different format. Identify who should attend Once you clarify the need for holding a meeting, identify who should attend. Be specific in delineating the specific role you expect each participant to play. Think about the contributions you hope they will be able to share. When you invite the participants, indicate what their expected role will be and the specific amount of time the meeting will take. In this manner, participants can set aside the appropriate amount of time in their day. Set an agenda After you’ve reviewed the desired outcome of your meeting from the key participants, then setting an agenda is the next step. The agenda should include the statement of purpose, a list of those attending, topics to address, and the time allotted for the meeting. Be focused with the topics you list. You want the participants to offer meaningful insights that result in applicable solutions. In other words, you want participants to leave the meeting with new perspectives they can apply as a result of the meeting. Allow preparation time Be aware that some of your participants may be introverted thinkers and need time to process their opinions before the meeting. Otherwise, your meeting will be monopolized by the extroverted thinkers in the room. Also, you may want to give assignments before the meeting so that participants arrive prepared and ready to roll up their sleeves to get things accomplished. Make meeting preparations Another way to communicate that you value participants’ time is by preparing the room with necessary presentation equipment, refreshments, and handouts. The meeting should begin at the allotted time, without having to spend time getting things ready as people are arriving. You may go so far as thinking of technical glitches that might occur and have backup plans ready. Set a time limit A well-run and productive meeting starts on time and ends on time. In addition, you should allow time for debate. Also, don’t over schedule your agenda so that people feel rushed in expressing their opinions. Most importantly, to end the meeting at the allotted time you had indicated in your agenda, be ready to end debate and reschedule for another meeting time. Clarify the next steps moving forward To maintain momentum after the meeting has ended, clarify what the next steps will be addressing the discussion topics. Send written minutes from the meeting in a timely fashion, indicating assignments given to participants; describe outcomes from the meeting and how they will be used. Since meetings often monitor how a group is handling a project, there are usually more steps to complete. People won’t mind taking time from their busy days to attend meetings if they can count on the meetings to be productive.
A Nigerian engineer has been named as one of the top 50 women who are under 35 in Engineering in the United Kingdom Telegraphy. It was discovered that the woman, who was identified as Ozak Esu, is from Okurike area of Cross river state. It was gathered that the list is put together annually by Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). The purpose of the list is to support and boost women‘s participation in engineering. Nigerian engineer named among top 50 women under 35 in engineering Photo Credit: Instagram – zakkie9 Esu travelled out of Nigeria to United Kingdom in 2008. She studied IET accredited B.Eng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University. After getting her degree, Esu completed her Ph.D also at Loughborough University. She currently works at a top engineering consultancy company in the UK. Esu with other top women in engineering Photo Credit: Instagram – zakkie9 In an interview, Esu expressed that she decided to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering due to the energy problem in Nigeria.
You should never give up on your passion, dream or ambition no matter how many times you try or the circumstances surrounding it. It takes a lot of determination to achieve your goals after 5 years of trying. Actress Chika Ike revealed she has gained admission into Harvard Business School - She shared the post on her social media page after waiting for five years - Fans accused the actress of lying saying Harvard doesn't offer executive MBA, she then responded with a dance Nollywood diva Chika Ike shared good news about getting into Harvard Business School recently. The excited actress shared the post on her social media page informing fans of her latest plan to conquer the business world by enhancing her knowledge in the field. In her post, she revealed she had waited five solid years and had been rejected many times before finally getting accepted. Chika expressed she always had the dream of doing her masters in an Ivy League school Source: Instagram, Chika Ike She shared the post on her social media page, grateful for her blessings and expressed looking forward to starting her executive MBA classes. Source: Instagram, Chika Ike . Fans congratulated her for the new achievement but someone dropped a comment saying Harvard Business School doesn't offer the degree she claimed to be going for. Source: Instagram, Chika Ike Unfazed and still happy of her success, she responded saying: "When haters say your admission into Harvard is a lie .... you give them the olowogbogboro dance .... a miracle that looks like a lie #africadiva #harvard #olowogbogboro"