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7 Mistakes Every Job Seeker Should Avoid During an Interview- Tokunbo Fasoro

In the course of interviewing graduates and young people over the years, I have discerned quite a number of things they say/do that serve as red flags during these interviews; a lot of candidates have consequently, lost many job offers. Often times it’s difficult to give the much needed feedback due to reasons such as time constraints and a disinclination to cause offense. Hence, the decision to put this out for youngjob seekers to read, so they canavoid such mistakes: Bad Introduction- From the question ‘Tell me about yourself’, we expect you to sell yourself to us in a few words; talk about yourself and your achievements.Many a time, I can tell who is in and who is probably going to lose it just from the response to this question. In a nut shell, if your first 30 seconds is not great, it has an impact on the rest of the interview. C.V and linked in profile must match with personality- Lots of times, some candidates write half-truths or outright lies. Some lie about their ages, especially if the position has an age limit, forgetting that there would definitely be discrepancies between the claimed age and their primary and secondary ...

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5 Skills To Get You Ahead In 2017

With competition for jobs at an all-time high, and requirements for skills on a constant rise, these are five skills to focus on to get you ahead in 2017. Technology Talented graduates from any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects are increasingly in demand. With more companies are entering into the digital world, a certain level of social media competency is desirable, with coding and data analytics experience being an added plus. Project Management One of the skills that will always be in vogue is being able to adequately manage yourself, your work and projects. The Alison Diploma in Project Management is unsurprisingly one of the most popular courses each year. Teamwork Being able to work as part of a team is one of those soft skills that will always be desirable. Bringing people and skills together effectively brings great results, and employers are always on the lookout for people who can work well with others. Communication If you have amazing ideas, but can’t communicate them effectively with your other team members or clients, they become more or less redundant. Connecting with people well and being able to communicate your ideas, desires and vision can make all ...

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Personal Goal Setting for 2017 (Part 2) – Tokunbo Fasoro

Talking about setting goals, if you missed part 1 of this, click here to view it. Today we will discuss a few tips that can help you set your goals for 2017. Make your goals SMART Specific: What exactly do you want to do? Ensure that it is well defined. Have specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goals. Measurable: This simply means that you identify exactly what you will see, hear and/or feel, when you reach those goals. It means breaking your goals down into measurable elements. Defining the objectives of your goal makes it clearer and easier to read. Attainable: What needs to happen to achieve the goals? Are the goal achievable, considering the circumstances around you such as environment, resources, time etc.? Realistic: There are some goals that are simply not realistic; a goal has to be something that isreasonable and can become a reality in our lives. Time Oriented: Every goal must have a time frame attached to it. It must have an end i.e. a definite time in which it is planned to be accomplished. With no time frame attached to it, there is no sense of urgency. Additional Tips State your goal as ...

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ThinkAfrica Presents its First Annual Young African Professionals in the Diaspora (YAPD) Trip | December 16th-28th

ThinkAfrica is a non-profit organization that seeks to connect the Diaspora and Africa, provide a platform for those individuals collaborate, and in turn, create ideas that empower and promote Africa. The organization is comprised of six founding members based in the Washington DC metro area: Fadekemi Adetosoye, Kinya Alexander, Collins Nzekwe, Kofo Olamide, Emmanuel Ogunsalu, and Hakeem Temidayo. ThinkAfrica presents its first annual Young African Professionals in the Diaspora(YAPD) trip that will take place from December 16th—December 28th in Lagos, Nigeria. The trip offers individuals representing the diaspora the opportunity to experience the corporate and social life in Nigeria. Individuals will network with top entrepreneurs and corporations in Nigeria. ThinkAfrica (TA) participants will be visiting a number of corporations in Nigeria, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, Deloitte Nigeria, Jobberman, and more. Additionally, participants will be visiting a number of tech startups in Lagos. ThinkAfrica will also host a startup roundtable that will feature CEOs from successful startups in Nigeria across various industries. Event Lineup: ThinkAfrica presents: YAPD Welcoming & Commencement Event, a fun networking mixer that includes an introduction of ThinkAfrica and an exciting evening of empowerment and open discussion regarding Nigeria’s current socioeconomic environment highlighting opportunities for entrepreneurs and ...

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Ige Kachi, Uncle Ben, Teju Babyface and others to headline stage play for Global Entrepreneurship week (50% Discount for BIE Readers)

A new stage play which will be performed this November as been described as one with intrigues, suspense, passion and countless life’s lessons. Powered by Mofolusade Sonaike, a renowned entrepreneur and entrepreneurship advocate, the stage play is set to mark the annual global entrepreneurship week set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs all over the world. According to the producer of Passion and Prudence Mofolusade Sonaike: “This year, we are ditching the long streamlined talks on how to make entrepreneurship work; this awesome crew has merged business with fun and entertainment by taking it to the theatre. The event also includes networking and mentorship sessions for entrepreneurs. This is different because we are painting entrepreneurship from a fun and relaxed point of view. It promises to be a relaxed atmosphere where you will laugh, learn, network and be inspired to do more” Passion and Prudence is a tale about the need to be money-wise in the face of hardship and lack. Passion and Prudence – A stage play on entrepreneurship will be held on 17th of November 2016 at Ace-olivia hall, City Mall, Lagos from 6pm. Ige Kachi and Uncle Ben of Project Fame West Africa will be making guest appearances at this epoch making event. Teju Babyface will be there to sign copies of his ...

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Learn Soft Skill and other Courses on Dexlearn

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ABOUT DEXLEARN Soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s work force. It is just not enough to be highly trained in technical skills, without developing the softer, interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to communicate and collaborate effectively. This is what gave birth to DexLearn. DexLearn is a next-generation online learning platform built for individuals and businesses striving to stay at the forefront of innovation and bring teams up to speed with people skills. It is specifically designed to offer relevant skills on-demand skills and a whole host of other personal attributes crucial for career success in the skills-driven economy. Therefore with  DexLearn, you can save time, money, and resources with effective, on-demand skills training anytime, anywhere. Courses Available Are: PROJECT MANAGEMENT Project Management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.  The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of such distinct production approaches requires the development of distinct technical skills and ...

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What Opportunity Can I See? The Mind Of An Entrepreneur – Opeyemi Komolafe.

Listening to the news and people around me, what I hear is how jobs are being lost and businesses are being shut down because of the ‘recession’, I wonder why everyone is so frantic! About 10 years ago, there was a conversation that my mother had with me. My takeaway from that talk resounds in my mind almost everyday. Amongs’t the many things she said, I always remember her say ” Opeyemi” (she only calls my full name when she is dead serious or I am in deep trouble……..) “If your certificates were taken away from you, have you really thought about what you can do to generate income”? I was quite surprised at her question because I had graduated with a good result and companies had already started headhunting the group of us right from school. She went on to say “Multiple streams of income will always be an asset to you”. In the world of today, that phrase, ‘multiple streams of income’ has become a household slogan. Everyone is now under pressure to generate income from all sources by all means available. It is great if you have a salaried job, fantastic if you have a side business, ...

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Extra Qualities Which Make You An Outstanding Employee Part 2- Tokunbo Fasoro

Yesterday, we talked about some qualities which make you an outstanding employee, you can find the link here if you missed out on the part 1. Here are some more qualities. Paying attention to detail: Avoid little things that can ruin all your hardwork. I rememberonce, we had a presentation in a school to ‘inspire the students to success’.We packed everything we needed except making arrangements in case of a power outage. Unfortunately for us, there was apower failure and we had to do the presentation without power.Can you imagine how we must have appeared? That was a big lesson for us in the company. You can guess that we always factor back up power sources into all our planning now! Communicate Effectively: Always think before speaking. You want to leave your listener with the idea that you can articulate your thoughts and your presentation well. Be a good listener too, pay attention, it’s embarrassing to refer questions till a later date. Confidence: Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from. Outstanding employees are highly confident in their abilities to perform, and this opens the door for more opportunities for them. Marketability: Employers ...

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How To Create A Career Development Plan

The world is becoming less accommodating for people who are content with ‘stumbling upon’ or ‘serendipitously discovering’ opportunities. Competition levels in the business world are being raised, and the margins that separate relevance from oblivion are tending towards being razor-thin. In such a setting as this, you will need to be as close to perfect for the opportunities that come your way (or simply pass on the highway) as you can. This preparedness can only be achieved by planning. A career development plan is perhaps the simplest tool you can devise to make your transition through a career path more organized. It signifies an intention on your part to set life-goals and pursue them- a desire to be more than just mediocre. So, if you are keen on writing one for yourself, you should be commended. But beyond this, you will have to ensure that your plan is realistic and time bound, if you do not want to wind up in the depressing position of having to pick up the pieces from a failed long-term project you created yourself. Here are some steps you should take in order to reach the career goals you have dreamt up for yourself Identify ...

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6 Reasons you should get an education via E learning

In the world today, it is no longer news that there is a gap between the usual classroom learning and what learners actually want; if given a choice, learners would prefer mobile, relevant, personalized and self-paced content at a point of need. Whilst many want learning at a point of need, many learn in evenings and at weekends and on the way to or from work. Ask yourself, as we race into the 21st century: do you have what it takes to compete and excel in the new economy? Forward thinking organizations and individuals around the world are jumping on the e-learning bandwagon through certificate courses and certification programmes. Don’t be left behind because you lack the skills and knowledge necessary to keep up. Millions of learners and hundreds of thousands of organizations have taken steps towards their dreams through various e-learning pathways. Don’t be left out in the new dispensation. Many have asked us to provide cogent and convincing reasons why they should invest in online learning programmes. Here is our expert opinion on the value of e learning drawn from our years of experience in the sector. The following are the clear evidence of what eLearning brings when compared to the ...

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