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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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7 THINGS TO AVOID WEARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Avoid wearing tight clothing: It might not only give the wrong impression, it may also be distracting. The interviewer should focus on your skills not your figure. Short Clothes: Some interviewees wear really short clothes and it is obvious they are even uncomfortable. For an interviewer with morals, you have practically failed the interview without even saying a word. Avoid wearing overly casual clothes: Do not wear jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, T-shirts, hats, flip flops, sandals and flat shoes (Ladies). Ladies, wearing heels helps your posture. A good posture not only gives an air of confidence it makes you look smart and professional. Garments with messages written on them are a definite NO! NO! Avoid wearing obnoxiously colored suits such as yellow and red for the men, busy printed shirts or overly patterned ties (except you are interviewing as a clown of course!). It sums you up as unserious and can be very distracting for the interviewer. Save the fun till after you have got the job. Anything Distracting: Women should avoid exposing their cleavage or anything too revealing. No brightly colored dresses, make up should be minimal. Dresses with sleeves are preferable to sleeveless clothes. Both men and women should choose subtle and ...

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Managing Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflict is a common phenomenon in every organization and it takes many forms from simple instance of rivalry between teams to more complex cases of lack of trust and cooperation between groups of employees and management. Whether we like it or not we will have drama queens and kings who tend to blow non-event out of proportion just to create grief for other people and make the relational atmosphere in a team tense. As leaders in organizations the ability to effectively manage workplace conflict in a quick, objective and confidential manner says a lot about our leadership qualities. It should be noted however that not all workplace conflict is unhealthy. Some conflict are healthy conflict that helps to create innovation between teams example is conflict that arise from task that should be handled first or what methods to use in meeting a particular target. To tackle workplace conflict so that it has a positive impact rather than negative impact on the workplace consider using any of the following tips   Ensure your Organization has a Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure Disciplinary and grievance procedures remain the most frequently used method of handling conflicts. The disciplinary and grievance procedure are frameworks ...

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Getting Your Dream Job Via e-Learning

Temi:  Sup babe Ada:  What’s up dear Temi:  I’m good ooo, just that I need a job big time. Ada:  My dear, me too o, but these days, nobody wants to employ learners and novice, they want someone with the experience and knowledge for the job, they want people who are fully baked. Temi:  Wow! That’s serious o, how then are we expected to gain experience and knowledge about the job when we are not even getting any job. Ada:  I heard BI Solutions Nigeria is giving out discounts for their training and guess what, it’s via e-Learning!!!, that means you can save time, money and resources with effective on demand skills training anytime,  anywhere and  be sure to get a certificate after the training. Temi:  Are you kidding me? Ada:  All you need to do is register between the 17thof October to 31st of October, 2016 for any of the discounted courses and you would enjoy the amazing discount they are offering. I have already done mine. Temi:  Ehn!!! What am I now waiting for, let me quickly register myself, my brother and even my cousins that just graduated from the university.   Hurry now and Register for these ...

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CHANGE: A COMMON ENEMY – Stanley Awelewa

In our journey through life, we always aspire for greatness but we are often faced with several challenges. At one point or the other, you may come across people who appear to want to sabotage your growth. Why? It is simple, not because they are bad or evil, but because they are afraid of change. They are afraid because your change will force them to change, and they feel they either can’t change or don’t want to change. They will try to hold you back (sometimes unconsciously) in an attempt to keep everything familiar. In their minds, they are trying to protect you, but are they? No, they are not. They are only really looking out for themselves. You must realize that for effective change and growth, nothing stays the same. To do a new thing, you must empower yourself, grow and evolve. You must grow into a different (and hopefully better) version of yourself. For you to see those beautiful wings in the sky, the caterpillar must change (a complete metamorphosis) into the butterfly. Of course when it flies, it leaves the tree which has housed and nurtured its cocoon behind. In the same way, when we evolve into ...

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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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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha

Raychelle Chinyere Otiocha is a 22 year old Pastry Chef; she was born in Warri, Delta, Nigeria where her mother had a small cake business which continued as they moved to Oman, back to Nigeria and then settled finally in Houston, Texas. Growing up, Raychelle had always had fun helping her mother with her orders but had her mind on drawing and painting; she realized she had a particular interest in baking and cake decorating when she was about 17 years old. The interest grew into a passion but convincing her parents about this was a difficult task. After about a year of asking God to help her convince her parents, she went off to culinary school with the support of her parents. After finishing culinary school, she realized she wanted to go to a university to pursue a degree in business for she someday hopes to own her own. She then enrolled in classes, and is still in the pursuit of a bachelor degree in business. Through this whole journey, Raychelle has come to understand that everyone’s story is different and that it is okay. “As an African it is common to compare progress with my mates, but I ...

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3 Creative Entrepreneurs That Have Inspired Me In The Past One Year – Ayotunde Shado

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, 3 Creative Entrepreneurs that have inspired me in the past one year. I hope we all get inspired. Ayokanmi Fakeye (IamKanmi) The UK based Nigerian comedian popularly known as IamKanmi is one who has gone viral for his comedy skits which he shares on social media especially Instagram and YouTube. The comedian is popular for his characters Sade, Akanmi D Boy and Daddy. He is the reason why the phrase “bad gang” has become a slang and a hashtag on social media, his style has also been used by brands like Airtel Nigeria to reply their followers on Twitter. Ayokanmi is the first child of four children and the only boy of his family; he had his higher education in the US at Morgan State University. Ayokanmi never planned to be an entertainer; he actually wanted to become a footballer but later discovered this part of him through some of his friends. When he first started doing online videos, he decided he didn’t want to shoot refined ideas and so he started shooting random ideas because that was the identity he wanted for himself. Ayokanmi’s ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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GOT A NEW JOB? TIPS TO HELP YOU BLEND IN

Shortly after graduation, I got my first job. I found it difficult blending into workplace, especially when I was just coming from an academic environment, the job was in Lagos Nigeria which was also a new environment for me and I had to learn a whole lot by myself. I took some time to study my environment, and I made a friend who had worked in the organization for about 10yrs, I could ask him over 10 questions a day. He was a very pleasant person, always happy to respond and put me through. Being a fast learner, the questions began to reduce in number and gradually became none, by then I had fully blended and had began to perform, at the end of the year, I was awarded the staff of the year. Here are a few tips that will help you speed up your blending process Ask questions: It’s a new job; of course you need to understand your environment and the culture of the organization. Aside onboarding and orientation, it is important you ask questions when you are not sure of what to do. I am sure there would be people around that will be happy to ...

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