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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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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raufu Ayomide Ayishat.

I  am Raufu Ayomide Ayishat, a 24 years old young lady and I am a shoe maker. My sojourn began 6 years ago as a single speck of thought during one of those school vacations where you’re idle. My cousin sat me down and made me see the necessity of picking up a vocation thereby attending a skill acquisition program. My first consideration was make-up, seeing as it was all the rave at the time. However, pointing out the need to stand out, she suggested I go for something else and I ended up picking shoe making.     After 4 weeks of basic and advanced classes, it occurred to me that this is something I could actually do. So I started making slippers and sandals; I would make free shoes for people, usually my friends just to see how it fits. The major challenge I had was getting funds to buy materials and tools; all I had at the time was stipends, yet I would eke out some to successfully make a few pairs of slippers and sandals.   Sometimes, I would walk from Oshodi to Mushin just so I could have enough money to buy the needed materials. ...

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What If You Don’t Fail? – Zika Nwaise

So many times, I hear people say, ‘What if it doesn’t work?’, ‘What if I don’t get it right?’ or ‘What if it doesn’t come out right?’. But they hardly say, ‘What if it does work?’ or ‘What if it becomes the best?’. How would we know if we do not try. I was once in a state of dilemma about either taking a risk and going into a particular business or just keeping my money in a fixed deposit account and watch it grow gradually. After so much conflicting opinions from friends and family, a dear friend told me I had two options; either go after what I wanted or remain where I was, and that of these two options, only one could guarantee a different result. And then it struck me, I had never taken the risk of starting up anything but had always admired my friends whose businesses were blooming, so I decided to take a risk. Now what I’m trying to say is, let us not allow any pessimistic thought stop us from achieving our dreams, let’s make an effort to try the ‘other’ option, that is, do things a different way in order to get ...

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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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An Extra Touch – Zika Nwaise

Hello beautiful BIE readers, happy holiday to you all. I know we’re all in the holiday mood and I trust some of us have already started travelling, going for parties, making our Christmas hair and buying new clothes…lol. Please remember my Christmas gift o!…and do not forget to show some love this season, yes! Show some love. You must be wondering what I mean by that since it’s a season of love and everybody already has that notion;so I’m going to break it down – how we can show love this season. I know we have entrepreneurs in the house; it doesn’t hurt to give discounts or freebies this season. I know someone who did that last year and guess what happened?There was an overflow of customers and clients this year. Try it out and you may be shocked at the response you get. For those that offer services either in an organization or own businesses, please try to be extra polite, smile a little bit more, say ‘Compliments of the Season’ to customers and go the extra mile to put a smile on someone’s face – even if it’s just one person a day. *smiles* I know we can! ...

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Personal Goal Setting(Pt 1) – Tokunbo Fasoro

A few days ago, I sat down and began to analyze my life in 2016. I am grateful to God that I set goals and achieved most of them. I also learn’t a lot of lessons along the way, some very hard but more importantly, it has helped me re-evaluate my journey to determine if I am headed in the right direction or not. These lessons would also stand as a guide for me in 2017. For some people who may feel that their course has been slightly deterred or even derailed, see the New Year as a fresh start to re-establish your goals and start the process of creating the path you desire. Personal goal setting helps us evaluate what we like about our lives and what we wish to change; then forces us to focus on how we can achieve that change for ourselves. Why Set Goals? 1. It helps us evaluate what we want out of life. 2. It gives us a clearer view of where we are and a step by step guide to achieving them. 3. It helps us focus on specific targets. 4. Well thought out goals helps us organize our time and our ...

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ON BECOMING BY TOKE MAKINWA

Toke Makinwa’s bestselling book “On Becoming” is finally available on OkadaBooks. To read the full book on your mobile phone or tablet today, install the free reading app at http://okadabooks.com/app and select the book from the store home page and start reading in less than 5 minutes! The book is a must read! From issues centering around pressures of bleaching, to dealing with a cheating husband, to contemplating suicide, no subject is left untouched by Toke. This is a real book addressing real life issues that many are too afraid to discuss in a Conservative Nigeria, no wonder the book has been driving lively discussion in Nigeria since Released. Book Excerpts On The Other Woman “I tried to talk to him…a deep conversation in the dark where we could bare our souls to each other. I asked why he wouldn’t let Anita go? What was it about her? With tears in my eyes and desperate to save my home, I was willing to learn, to become like her if that was what he wanted. If it was the sex, I asked him to teach me her moves” Download the app http://okadabooks.com/app to begin reading the book immediately. On Suicide “I ...

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Are You Stuck In A Career That Doesn’t Make You Happy? – Tokunbo Fasoro

A good number of people are scared and unhappy with their jobs, they are afraid that they may be stuck in that job for the rest of their lives. In my experience as an HR Consultant, I have had a lot of people walk up to me telling me they hate what they do, they dread going to work, and they have been stuck with those feelings on that job for years. I remember a time I changed jobs because I wanted to try something new in a different environment. I would always look forward to Fridays because of the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, Sundays were the unhappy days because I would have to go back to an environment I dreaded for the next five days. I patiently waited for two months on that job before I happily resigned. I had the money and the fancy title but it did not make me feel good. These are a few tips that may help you, if you find yourself in this situation. 1. It is okay to want something different: A lot of us tend to endure the feelings and end up unhappy, most times till the end of our lives. The ...

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Doyin Adunfe, HR Professional Turned Makeup Artist

The first time I saw Doyin, I said to my self ” Wow, who is this tall and pretty girl?” She looks so much like a model‎ and just talking with her, I discovered how amazing she was both inside and outside. She told me she is a makeup artist and I decided to give her a try and boom! I just loved what I saw. It was amazing to discover that she was an HR Professional turned makeup artist and we were so glad she granted us an interview and allowed us to share her story to inspire BIE readers. Enjoy… 1. “Can we meet you?” “My name is Doyin Adunfe, I am Yoruba, I am a make-up artist 2. “How did you discover make-up artistry? Is it something you have always wanted to do or did you just stumble into it?” My mom was never a make-up person, but I would go ahead to buy makeup with my small money and would do something elaborate on my small face as far back as when I was in primary school. At the University, I was a make-up critique. I would look at editorials, photographs and would be like “Why ...

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Don’t Be Limited By Your Environment – Tokunbo Fasoro

I woke up this morning to the news of someone being burnt to death because he stole. It was really upsetting because personally, I do not think someone who stole should be put to that type of horrible death. In addition, some people mentioned that the society had failed him – that was the supposed reason for resorting to theft. It got me thinking. I have never had it really easy in my life. I really struggled to get where I am today. I realized that complaining about the environment wouldn’t get me anywhere, wishing I had opportunities like other people wasn’t going to help my situation, nor would sitting around and waiting for a miracle from heaven going to improve matters for me. I decided that no matter how unpromising the environment looked, nor my lack of a silver spoon at birth, all I needed to do was to look beyond my environment and decide not to be limited by it. I resolved to work hard and buy my ‘golden’ spoon myself. Lol! I have the permission of my friend Seyi to share his story on how he was not limited by his environment… Seyi was born into an ...

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