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No experience? How to find a job

Finding a job with no experience in an economy that is already struggling can seem like a truly daunting task. Don’t get discouraged just because you lack professional experience – there are many things that you can do to increase your employability. Become a volunteer One way to gain experience in a field is to seek out a volunteer position. Many companies do not post volunteer positions online so be sure to ask a specific organisation if they have any volunteer positions available. Even if it is difficult to volunteer in your specific field, volunteer anywhere so you can show that you have been productive. A great volunteer can often lead to the offer of a paid position. Alter your CV Many people wrongly assume that a CV has to only be about work experience. A CV can be functional and can instead highlight skills, education and/or training. Work on a CV that shows your skills and abilities rather than one that simply has a limited work history. Tailor each CV to the job you are seeking. Network, network, network Networking is arguably the most important way to find a job when you have no work experience. Make connections through ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Temitayo Balogun

Temitayo Balogun is the Founder and Creative Director of May Couture, a customer-focused accessories & design brand in Nigeria. Born in the quiet city of Akure, Ondo State, she grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State and went back to Ondo State to study Industrial Chemistry at the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba. She’s right now completing her Master’s in Analytical Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. While at the University, she began this journey into creativity and craftsmanship, having had a deep interest in her formative years. By 2014, the brand had become full-fledged and orders were received from different parts of the country as testimony to the uniqueness and quality of her handmade products. Of her beginnings, she says: I think I’ve always loved to do things with my hands, and make people look good. Looking good is good business, you know? Way back, immediately after secondary school, I learnt beadmaking. I’d seen a lady use bead and said to myself, “I can do this,” and I’d gone ahead to buy beadmaking materials: beads, fishing line, hook…the whole nine yards; everything I need to make my dream of making beads come alive. But I needed the “know ...

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Creating Solutions That Add Value – Stanley Awelewa

“People often ask me what advice I would give someone who wants to start their own company. My answer is that Every good company I can think of started with someone caring about changing something, not someone deciding to start a company. Instead of trying to build a company, focus on the change you want to see in the world, and keep pushing forward.” – Mark Zuckerberg Imagine Mark Zuckerberg walking into your office on a hot and sunny afternoon with his trademark Tee-Shirt! That sounds like a fairy tale right? But it is not. It happened in Lagos, Nigeria, as Mark, oh so casually strolled into the Yaba office of Co-Creation hub (CCHUB) and ANDELA respectively. What differentiates these two start-ups? And why was Mark interested? You may ask. They are basically solution based Tech start-ups with the sole aim of adding value to organizations and individuals. While CCHUB is a co-creation hub that allows ideas to thrive by incubating and accelerating several start-ups in their hub, and also ensuring that their basic needs are met for enhanced productivity. ANDELA is a start-up basically aimed at training the next generation of IT personnel and geeks in Africa from their ...

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Growth Is Never Enough – Stanley Awelewa

Growth, either personal, career or organizational is usually never enough. For growth to be sustainable, it must keep evolving and must always be a product of strategy, collaboration, innovation and disruption. This approach to growth might involve setting a time frame, understanding the limitations and working around them, utmost dedication and creating a working and sustainable partnership. Growth sometimes is a painful experience, because it involves leaving a whole lot behind and evolving into the next phase of life or career. It always involves innovation and a whole lot of hacking (trimming off old appendages). Growth is done in stages. Stages of innovative growth are: Growth to protect Growth to transform Growth to sustain Growth to improve on the sustained transformation No matter the stage of growth you are, whether in your personal life or in your career, you have to keep evolving and never stop so as to ensure that your growth is sustained and relevant. For organizational growth, the organization must first define what growth means to them. For organizations to experience the growth they are looking for, they need to act decisively, work together towards one common goal and ensure that somebody takes the lead. However, growth ...

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3 Tips to Carry Yourself With Confidence

Live life free of fear, insecurity and self-doubt. Here’s how. Fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life. To overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy or compulsive behavior. This undesirable behavior “may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of Win-Ability: Learn How to Navigate through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude. “While some people buy very expensive things to feel more confident, there’s an affordable way to yield the same result: positive thinking.” Hunter maps a path supporting the confident lifestyle: Do what you love. You reap a great sense of accomplishment and joy when you chase your passion—something you will do even if you aren’t paid. Following your passion allows you to gain skills in areas in which you are already strong and will push you to become better. Be true to yourself. Do not set your career or life path in a certain direction based on what friends or family members want for you. It’s also important for you to think honestly about your resources, skills and abilities along with ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Temi O. Siyanbade

Temi O. Siyanbade owns and runs her own private practice, The Law Office of Temi Siyanbade, a Houston-based law firm that provides legal services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find direction, gain clarity, and increase profits. Temi loves what she does but must confess that her journey to this particular role has been extremely colorful to say the least. Temi was born in Providence, Rhode Island–the smallest state in the United States–to a young Nigerian couple. Her parents cherished their Nigerian roots and infused the rich culture into their home and everything they did. As a result, Temi, to this day considers herself the epitome of a “Nigerian-American.” As a child, she loved words and found that she was always interested in the precise use of words as a tool to create structure. She remembers drafting a contract regarding her chores and her weekly allowance when she was still in single digits. She was sure to get the contract signed by both of her parents giving her full access to her rightful allowance. Even though her parents eventually breached the contract, the desire to use words and law to structure relationships remained. Temi eventually went on to receive a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from the University ...

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5 Common CV Blunders – Tokunbo Fasoro

Remember your resume creates your first opportunity to make a great impression on potential employers: 1. Telling untruths – Be honest about your skills, achievements & work history. A lot of people also lie about their age. Lots of times, lies and exaggerations will come back to you when employers do background checks. Sometimes an interviewer can tell just by looking at your academic record. Ensure you stick to the truth. 2. Listing irrelevant work experiences: Emphasize the relevant experience for the job you are applying for and stay focused. Listing everything you have done in your work-life might end up shooting you in the foot, as it will give an impression of a lack of career focus. 3. Copying and pasting job responsibilities from the internet: Employers can actually visit Google if they want to see job responsibilities. Employers want to see more of your exact experience on that job, and your achievement in that role. 4. Over the top designs: CV’s should be easy to open and view. Avoid pictures, use a common font and don’t get too creative with borders. Keep things simple. 5. Using an informal email address: The right email address can boost your professionalism. ...

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Increase Your Return on Failure

One of the most important—and most deeply entrenched—reasons why established companies struggle to grow is fear of failure. Indeed, in a 2015 Boston Consulting Group survey, 31% of respondents identified a risk-averse culture as a key obstacle to innovation. Senior executives are highly aware of this problem. On one hand, they recognize the usefulness of failure. As 3M’s legendary chairman William McKnight once said, “The best and hardest work is done in the spirit of adventure and challenge…Mistakes will be made.” Pixar’s president, Ed Catmull, has a similar point of view. “Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil,” he has said. “They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new….and should be seen as valuable.” On the other hand, management processes for budgeting, resource allocation, and risk control are built on predictability and efficiency, and executives get promoted by showing they’re in control. So even if people understand that they can and should fail, they do everything possible to avoid it. But there’s a way to resolve this conundrum: Rigorously extract value from failure, so you can measure—and improve—your return on it, boosting benefits while controlling costs. In a return on failure ratio, the denominator is the ...

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Losing To Win – Ayotunde Shado

This is a story of a young boy that wanted to do rap  music, He believed he was so awesome and he had a plan to break into super stardom by winning every and any competition he went into, but for some reason, people generally thought he wasn’t  good enough, he would go for competitions over and over again and be laughed at and dissed by others , this young boy loved music so much he added more effort to improving  himself in every way he could, he went  for another competition after months of hard work but he still lost, with so much depression he decided it was time to drop the ‘mic’ but one evening, while he was discussing with his roommate, they discovered  that due to his persistence in trying to get better at rap he had gained a great knowledge about rap music as a whole including production and the business of entertainment. ‘’Why don’t you try to manage, produce or write for people’’ he thought to himself. Today, he is a respected writer, producer and also a rapper, he brought out a new style of rap that many other rapper has tried to evolve into. Success ...

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5 Don’ts of an Interview

1. Do not talk only about yourself Yes, it’s an interview, a.k.a., a Q&A session in which you are expected to answer questions. However, it’s red flag if you talk only about yourself. At least a few times let other people’s names pop up. When asked about your career aspirations, you’d ideally want to throw out the name of some successful person you admire. Or, if you are asked about your previous experience and how it led to where you are now, hopefully mention someone positively —be it an influential colleague, boss, or client—in the answer. 2. Do not take credit for everything Yes, an interview is a place to sell your accomplishments and pitch your potentials, be careful so that you don’t sound like someone who takes credit of any on-the-job success as a one-man show. 3. Do not avoid discussing your shortcomings Be confident to discuss your shortcomings and areas of improvement with your prospective boss. Being able to recognize your weaknesses and working on ways to improve them will go a lot further on the job than trying to sweep them under the rug. 4. Do not give unprofessional responses to interview questions Be very professional throughout ...

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