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Building a Successful Career and procrastination

Building a Successful Career and procrastination I met an old friend some time ago, this person had been one of the best students in school at that time and when we began to discuss, I found out that he had been on the same position for many years and had not gotten a pay raise in over 5 years. It was a real heart break to learn that someone with so much potential was suffering from career stagnation. He complained that at some point,  he was looking forward to getting promoted to a particular position but unfortunately the organization recruited someone else to fill the position, and he felt cheated. I asked for his CV, and realized that all he had in the last 11 years was his first degree. He had not obtained another degree or another certification, and it was evident that there was no effort made on personal development. I told him that if I were his manager, I would have done the same. Without realizing it, most of us retreat into our comfort zones and never leave it. We just retreat, forgetting that the world is revolving and things are changing. The degree you had yesterday ...

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THE LITTLE BIG THINGS RECRUITERS ASSESS

What Do Recruiters Look Out For Recruiters complain day after day on how there is a shortage of skilled manpower in the labor market. I could interview 15 different ‘qualified’ candidates for a role and be amazed at how short they fall from the mark. The universities churn out graduate and postgraduate students every year, yet recruiters search endlessly for the right candidate; that square peg to fit the square hole.  You have an interview that you are qualified to the teeth for. You’ve memorized all the jargon you’ve been told recruiters want to hear. You have donned the right outfit to appeal to the widest range of personalities. After the interview you could swear that you nailed it, yet you never got called for a second interview. Let me give us an idea of some subtle things recruiters assess, but would never be caught dead stating as a reason for not selecting you. Ideas Your breath: If you have an interview, please do not eat spicy food or onions. Even if you are too nervous to eat, kindly have a mint before you go in. Bad breath is a major turn off for recruiters. Your smell: If you have ...

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Six Things Not To Say At An Interview

  While it is important to research and practice possible questions that could be asked during an interview and the answers to these questions, it is also important to know that the practice is just a guide to enable you familiarize yourself with the interview setting, do not memorize questions and answers because it would hinder the flow of conversation between you and the interviewer. Here are some tips on the things that should not be said in an interview. “Could you tell me what the company is all about?”: We expect that you would have done your research about the organization you want to work with, know the core values and a brief history of the organization. The only exception in this case is if you are being interviewed by a Consulting Firm in which case you may not know whom they are recruiting for. Speaking negatively about your previous employer or the organization: You really don’t want to slander your previous employer or the organization, this usually applies when you are asked about why you want to leave the organization. Try to maintain a tone somewhere between neutral and positive, talk more about what you have learnt and ...

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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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The 2 year Frontline Internship Program with Access Bank

The 2 year Frontline Internship Program This is an exciting opportunity for fresh graduates who are passionate about people and are interested in exploring various career options or require work experience as a pre-requisite for an MBA programme with a leading international university. The frontline internship program offers on-the-job experience and classroom trainings that will significantly enhance the applicant’s customer service and people management The 2 year Frontline Internship Program This is an exciting opportunity for fresh graduates who are passionate about people and are interested in exploring various career options or require work experience as a pre-requisite for an MBA programme with a leading international university. The frontline internship program offers on-the-job experience and classroom trainings that will significantly enhance the applicant’s customer service and people management skills. On a quarterly basis, the applicant will be exposed to a minimum of 8 hours classroom training which is in addition to the on-the-job experience. This programme is for you if you: Have a Minimum of 2nd class lower degree from an accredited university Are below the age of 24 as at the date of application Have the legal right to work in Nigeria Are willing to learn Uncertain about your future ...

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Goal Setting and Getting Things Done e-Learning Course

Register now for Goal setting and getting things done e-learning course. Course details as follows OBJECTIVES • Overcome procrastination • Manage time effectively • Accomplish important tasks • Self-motivate • Create SMART goals COURSE OUTLINE • Module One: Getting Started • Module Two: Overcoming Procrastination (I) • Module Three: Overcoming Procrastination (II) • Module Four: Four P’s of Goal Setting • Module Five: Improving Motivation • Module Six: Wise Time Management • Module Seven: Tips for Completing Tasks • Module Eight: Increase Your Productivity • Module Nine: “To Do” List Characteristics • Module Ten: Smart Goals • Module Eleven: Mistakes Will Happen • Module Twelve: Wrapping Up For more information, contact Zika on 012930183 or send an email to zika.n@bisolutionsng.com Or Visit: www.dexlearn.com Payments should be made to: Account name: Bold Image solutions (UBA) Account Number: 1019120437 Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 6

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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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Six Tips To Getting Your Dream Job

By Tokunbo Fasoro As impossible as it may seem, especially in a country like Nigeria, if you can follow these tips, you would be amazed at what will happen! Learn about yourself: Understand who you are, your likes, your values and your strengths. Research: Find out about careers which match with your interests and your skill set. The next thing is to identify any additional skill set you need to take you in the direction you want to go, and then take active steps to build that skill or competence. Don’t be discouraged by your lack of experience: Every employer wants someone who is hands-on on the job; an employee they do not have to teach. This makes it difficult for someone who has no experience to get a job, but there is a way out. Volunteer or work for free! Make a sacrifice! Ignore the money (or lack of money) and go get that experience you need on your Curriculum Vitae. Network: Meet people, talk to people and attend free or paid seminars in relation to the field you are interested in. Take advantage of your network on social media and remember that a contact or someone in your ...

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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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