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Writing Good Curriculum Vitae – Tosin Adekanmbi

Now that the first half of 2017 is wrapping it’s time to look at the goals again. Some of us have set goals for our career but are yet to make our best moves. Having a good Resume is one of the first steps in getting the job you want. If you are a fresh graduate you may not know the first thing about selling your skills through your Resume. If you are not a fresh graduate you probably have a Resume already. So before you start clicking away on every job website and submitting Resume hoping to book a job interview, you need to check that Resume again to ensure it will sell your skills, get employers looking in your direction and land you your best job yet in 2017. Kathy Cowen member of the Guardian Culture Professionals Network shared some top tips on creating a memorable and readable CV. Below is five of the tips. Get the Basics right There is no hard and fast rule about writing a good Resume but there are some common sections that must be covered. Personal and contact information; education and qualification; employment history/ experiences; relevant skills to the job; interests and ...

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Find Your Job Habitat- Aderinola Elegbede

Find Your Habitat How do you feel waking up every day to go to a job that you don’t like, a job that makes you sick, a job that you wish something should go wrong and somehow they ask you all not to resume that day, it gets so bad that it affects your entire psyche and your mood. You begin to look so dull and gloomy, you start having sleepless night because you know the next day you will have to go this ‘JOB‘ that you don’t like. Within you, your soul is crying for help because it wants fulfillment. Your days are being managed and run by an organization you have no love for. You are simply there just because you want to make ends meet and simply surviving, just getting by and spending as you are earning in a subsistence way. But there comes a time when the ends meet won’t matter anymore but your quest for a well-deserved life and fulfillment will overtake that. You will become blind and deaf to whatever the job is offering to pursue that which gives your life. But sadly most people never get to this stage, because they are afraid ...

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Money or Passion? Which would make you happy?

The major problem with most people is that they put making money before fulfilling their dreams or their passion. I have a lot of friends who have gotten into banking just because of the money, fast forward to 10 years down the line, they want to get out to pursue their passion. Unfortunately, 10 years have been wasted on being average.  Working for free is definitely a lot of sacrifice, but nothing good comes easy. We make sacrifices to succeed sometimes. I remember the first employee I took into my company was earning five times what I was offering her in her previous employment. Honestly, I must tell, you I didn’t want to take her because I felt she would be dissatisfied. But she made the decision to move because she wanted to build a career in Human Resources (HR). I asked her “How will you cope? Honestly, this is a start up and I definitely cannot do much”. You wouldn’t believe what she said to me! She said “I should be paying you ma for teaching me” At that point, I saw the determination and the willingness to learn in her, and  I took her in just with a little increase to ...

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Walking Your Way To Career Success

BY TOKUNBO FASORO It’s finally here. “Walking Your Way To Career Success” all Glory to God. This is a journey of over 18 months. It highlights “Secrets to Career Success, Breaking the Ceiling, Successful Entrepreneurship, The Exceptional Curriculum Vitae and Winning at Interviews“. All written from personal experiences and  the experience I gained on the job as an HR Consultant and an Entrepreneur working and interacting with young people. A very interesting and practical book for every young person who desires Career Success. Entrepreneurs who wants to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Made very affordable so every young person can afford it. It’s 1,500 Naira only. Of course you can decide to pay more or buy 50 books or more to impact the youths in your environment, Church or in the Universities. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 25

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INTEGRITY: A NECESSARY GOOD IN BUSINESS

Integrity…………. a core value that is listed on every organization’s wall, physical or virtual, yet is one of the scarcest commodities in business relationships today. Let’s look at the meaning of integrity. The Oxford Learners’ Dictionary defines integrity as “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”. The Cambridge Dictionary adds a clause at the end of that …………..”that you refuse to change”. As an entrepreneur, your reputation is a large part of your business, and your clients, your vendors, your staff should be able to bank your words. You should run your business in such a way that if you ask for a loan extension it will be approved, if you ask a vendor to deliver and be paid later they oblige, if you promise a client a delivery within a certain timeline they won’t need a backup plan,………..you get my drift! Unfortunately, integrity as an entrepreneur is not suddenly endowed from heaven immediately you start a business, it starts from having integrity as an individual first. Your business is an extension of your person; your values; your ethics. If as an individual you are not known for reliability, honesty, dependability, quality, excellence, morality, etc it won’t ...

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How To Successfully Pitch Your Business

magine this scenario. You’re in a meeting with a major potential customer. And this one customer can make or break your business. You have to win this deal or your business is going to fail. Or imagine this scenario. You’re raising money. The potential investor seems really excited about you and your company. And this meeting will likely determine your fate. Or imagine this scenario. You’re recruiting a really talented potential new employee. The potential new employee has asked you to present your plan.   Are you ready? Because you only have seven quick seconds to win or lose the deal, get the funding, or hire the really talented employee. That’s it, seven quick seconds. You may have even less time if your pitching to investors. People make buying decisions very quickly. Then they spend the rest of their time with you justifying their decisions   So what can you do to grab your audience’s attention in less than seven seconds? I introduced my brother to a friend who could be a potential client last week. My friend called me yesterday and said he was going to work with my brother. Here’s what my friend said about his meeting with ...

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Future Leaders Connect

Dear Friend of British Council, Hope this correspondence finds you well. The British Council recently launched Future Leaders Connect: our brand new global network for emerging policy leaders. We think this might be relevant to the young people you work with, and would very much appreciate your support with sharing the opportunity. Future Leaders Connect is an opportunity for young people who want to seize their leadership potential, and become the next generation of policy leaders. We aim to connect exceptional young people (aged 18-35) from around the world who seek to change the world through policy making. Together they will develop their policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Participants will be selected from Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia and the UK. During nine days of policy and leadership development training in the UK between the 18th and 27th October 2017, they will engage with inspiring global leaders and take part in an immersive conference in the UK Houses of Parliament on the 24th October 2017. Participants and Parliamentarians will have the opportunity to discuss the most significant global issues facing the next generation. We hope that a ...

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Entreprenuers And Money- Opeyemi Komolafe

Its amazing the number of businesses which start each day. I don’t have statistics, but using the numbers from my circle of influence alone, they’re a lot.  A key question is “Why don’t some of them live beyond a month, six months or beyond its first cycle of product sale/delivery?” A lot of reasons could be the cause for this but a popular one is ‘LACK OF CAPITAL’. Excuse me, please what happened to the capital you started with, and the profit you made from your first cycle? Then you begin to hear answers like; “I had bills to pay”, “I paid myself a salary”, “I kept a few items for myself”, “I had to take care of some pressing needs”, etc It is fine to spend your profit on the above, but to spend your capital is completely unacceptable. A popular cliche in certain circles is “Don’t eat your seed because it is your future”. Your capital investment is necessary for continuity of your business, while your profit is important for expansion of your business. Eating up both of them leads to the death of your business. There is someone very close to me who is a sales guru. ...

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What if you don’t fail – Zika Nwaise

Hello guys, trust we are already in the weekend spirit. I just thought to give us something to chew on over the weekend, I hope you find it inspiring. 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 ...

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How Much Money Do I Need To Start A Business?

I’ve seen the same mistake repeated over and over again by CEOs and business owners. The mistake blows me away each time I see it. What is that mistake? The CEO doesn’t have a plan for the business. And, if you’re going to succeed in business, you’ve gotta have a plan. The crazy thing is the plan doesn’t need to be complex. But there has to be a plan. And the primary goal of the plan is to: Determine how much money you need to start your business. You’re going to need to gather up everything to do with your company. Let’s break this into two parts: Revenue: Your revenue by month Your expected revenue by month Your current cost of goods (if you are selling a physical product) Your future cost of goods Your Expenses: Your salaries for each employee, including yourself The expected salaries you’re going to pay future employees Your rent Your insurance Subscriptions Office supplies Advertising expenses Travel expenses And anything where you are spending money to run your business You’ll be ahead of most people if you just do this simple exercise. Then, put everything into a spreadsheet so you can determine how much money ...

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