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Don’t be Laid-back!!! – Zika Nwaise

In a race, there is always a first person who is usually ahead of a second person and on and on to the very last person.  The person in the first position while in the race does not relent because he knows that being ahead of the next person does not mean he cannot be caught up with and overtaken so he has to run even harder and more strategically to maintain being at the first position. Many times, I hear people say… ‘At last I have the job, now I can rest’ but I would say….  This is not the time for you to rest, it’s a time for you to buckle up and aim higher. Getting a job, is only a platform to aim for the next level, so have it at the back of your mind that you are only a step away from those who are searching for jobs and there’s a huge possibility that they could catch up with you. I hear people say “I have been with this organization for a long time but they just recruited someone who is now earning more than I do. Why is this the case?” Have you ever ...

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10 Ways to Know If You Have a Great Business Idea

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Good Ideas Ready to take on the world of entrepreneurship? In order to find startup success, you need a great business idea. But a winning business idea is more than just something you’re excited about or good at — you have to make sure your idea is actually viable. Business News Daily asked experts how you can tell if your business idea is poised for success. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself before pursuing your business idea Does it solve a problem? Entrepreneur and co-founder of the Web design school The Starter League Mike McGee thinks the best business ideas are those that solve a problem in some way. “If there is a problem that affects you, your friends, family, co-workers, etc., then the chances are high that it affects people you don’t know as well,” McGee said. It’s paying customers who validate an idea and determine which ones have the greatest chance for success, said Wil Schroter, co-founder and CEO of Fundable. “An idea is just an idea until you have a paying customer attached to it,” Schroter said. “Anyone can discredit a simple idea, but no one can discredit paying customers.” What’s your price point? Charlie Harary, founder and partner ...

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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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Signs Of A Bad Startup Culture

I was interviewing an engineering candidate a while back. Everyone on the team really liked him, and we were set to hire him if our interview went well. It turned out that I liked him too. He was smart, passionate about his work, and I felt he would fit into our culture quite well. He was working at a competing startup, so I asked him what was his motivation for leaving: “The founders were fighting all the time,” he said. “It made the work environment really bad.” You’re not going to have a great culture if the founders are fighting with each other. Here are some other signs of a bad culture I’ve seen during my career: A. Too much “I” and too little “we”. I worked at a company once where every other word out of the CEO’s mouth was “I”. “I dd this.” OR “How’s my division doing?” It’s very demoralizing for the rank and file. B. The emperor has no clothes. Not surprisingly, this same CEO never wanted to be told anything wrong. How can you do your job if you can’t tell the CEO problems? It’s very difficult. C. The rise of the ass-kissing sycophants. A ...

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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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“Next Level Definition” Egbutu Nnamdi (Sponsored)

Egbutu Nnamdi manages the business “Next level definition “  a business basically born out of the passion for producing visually stimulating designs and meeting the needs of people around  in that aspect. Nnamdi is also into branding and graphics design which includes logo designs, complimentary cards, wedding cards, customized greeting cards, flyers, newsletters, banners, letter heads,stickers, calendars   portrait drawing and others He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Covenant University in Ota Ogun state and obtained a Bsc and Masters in Architecture While he was an undergraduate, he discovered more about himself including his love for graphics, creative designs and artistic drawings. He then began to do handmade greeting cards for Christmas, Valentine and birthdays for interested clients in school and others  during the holidays Graphics designing has become a part and parcel of him, because he does it now reglarly using different softwares on the computer to produce required designs for interested clients such as churches, small and private businesses, hotels etc Next level definition company has done works for different companies including: Dellarch Ltd, Zacchi and Chrome promotions, Azerty Consulting, Twinkly toes photography, Chinaeva ventures, Olive and Almonds (Weaves wigs and more), Honeysuckle cakes,Beij ...

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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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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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Working Your Way into Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of us make mistakes in our career choices because we do not plan. We assume that our grades can get us to our target careers. I was speaking with a group of students in a University in Lagos about how we have so many second class upper and first class candidates these days. In my own days, a whole department might just produce one second class upper and no first class student at all! Lol! On a serious note, this simply means that there is a lot of competition out there. The question is“What makes you stand out from the crowd?” This question led to my developing the acronym DPA, i would like to share with BIE readers today. Follow these steps and you will have a great chance at career success. Discover Prepare Act Discover: Know yourself –“Who am I? What are my likes? What am I passionate about? Where do I see myself happy in the next 10 years?” A lot of people are miserable and stuck in the wrong careers just because they failed to take time to discover, who they really are. Prepare: Match those abilities, passion and who you are with a particular ...

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Tech Events Happening This Week

December marks the end of the year with various tech events to round up the year. This week’s tech events is all about learning at master classes and battling at hackathons at no cost. Here is a list of tech events happening this week (Monday, 5th December – Monday, 12th December, 2016). Introduction to Content Creation by CoLab Kaduna. CoLab is hosting an event in Kaduna that will shed light on the business of content creation. Attendees will learn about the various types of content and content channels, the opportunity that lies in content creation and more. To get your free invite, click here. Date: Thursday, 8th December, 2016. Time: 3pm – 6pm. Venue: CoLab, 4 Barnawa close, Opposite Giltoe hospital, Gongola road, Barnawa, Kaduna, Nigeria. TechJam 2016. Techjam is an annual gathering of all startups, technology innovators, mentors, investors and tech ecosystem players in Ibadan. The goal is to build and create a stronger ecosystem, broader networks and more opportunities for technology enthusiasts in Ibadan. The 2016 TechJam theme is ‘Technology – Uncovering the Opportunities’. The two day conference promises attendees live demos of latest technologies, innovations and startups across the Nigeria. Attendance at the event is strictly by registration, therefore registration is compulsory. Interested individuals can ...

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