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Sell yourself well at a job interview by Tokunbo Fasoro

Get the Job

Are you experienced and job searching? Sell your self well at a job interview and Get the Job!  Are you an experienced hire seeking to move jobs? And wondering what the interview would be like? Recently employers and HR managers tend to use carefully worded behavioral questions designed to expose your biggest weakness during interviews. Usually, they ask you about lengthy projects, you have been involved in, how your role evolved, how you handled pressures and difficult people. Well I have a few tips here that will definitely help you.. Arrange your work experience so it’s a perfect fit for the job. We hardly look at job responsibilities these days we want to see your experience and your achievements on the role, so your Cv should be carefully tailored along those lines. Ensure that you prepare your responses ahead of time; you will need to remember and give specific examples of experiences in your previous jobs. Interviewers want you to be practical and relate every required skill to your own experience in the past. Remember to explain the positive out comes. Also remember to use metrics to communicate value Be confident in your self-presentation. Emphasize on your strengths. Remember your ...

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Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program

Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program

The Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program – Mentoring over 5000 youths every year INTRODUCTION The Tokunbo Fasoro Youth Mentorship Program was borne out of a need to reach out to a larger number of youths. Over the years, I have interviewed a large number of graduates for diverse positions in different organizations and have discovered that they lack the basic skills required, even for an entry level job. This stirred up a great concern in me and a drive to proffer solutions. There was an obvious gap between the academic environment and workplace that needed to be filled. This led to the birth of the BI Graduate School where graduates were trained and equipped for free. This School eventually birthed BI Empowerment; a virtual and physical platform with a mandate to bridge the gap between the academic environment and workplace through various free empowerment programs. These programs include sponsored training, workshops, inspirational talks, meetings with successful professionals who share real-life experiences that help youth in their personal and professional lives etc. This platform (www.biempowerment.com) has a readership of young to mid-level professionals from all parts of the world. It also provides job opportunities, career mentoring and advisory services all for ...

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Don’t be AFRAID to MOVE By Opeyemi Komolafe

Its time to move

IT IS TIME TO MOVE!!!!!!!!! I have a dear friend struggling with his job. He has taken a break from his career to help another friend get a start up company up and running. He gave himself a year to help them set up systems and structures then he will pull out and refocus on building his brand professionally. Right now he is at an impasse, or so it seems. His friend and the other partners are the most disorganized, uncommitted, unavailable and under performing bunch he has ever worked with. It has been over a year, and due to their inability to execute projects planned and to adopt recommendations made he hasn’t achieved anything. He wants to leave and focus on his own career, but knows that the second he walks away, the entire company will fold up. Knowing that a sign of failure in leadership is if things collapse in your absence, he is seemingly between the devil and the deep blue sea. IT IS TIME TO MOVE From experience, I have learned that a lot of high achieving professionals are caught in similar situations. They hang onto dissatisfying, dead-end jobs because they are afraid to make a ...

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BEYOND THE JOB, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

BEYOND THE JOB, WHAT CAN YOU DO

BEYOND THE JOB, WHAT CAN YOU DO? I have mentioned in one of my previous posts how my mother sat me down one day and asked me “Opeyemi, if your certificates were taken away from you today, what skill have you acquired that can make money for you?” Needless to say, that statement echoes in my mind everyday. We live in a society that is basically focused of the number and variety of certificates you have, and this has driven the average individual towards getting more and more certificates/certifications. While getting extra certifications are good, it is more important to acquire skills that meet the needs of your current environment. Certificates are currently so sought after that at some point (a lot of employers are getting to this point already) the employer asks you at the point of entry, “Beyond what your CV states, if we employ you, what can you contribute to our team? What value can you bring to the table? What gives you an edge over the other candidates? What makes you an invaluable asset?” WHAT SOLUTION CAN YOU PROVIDE? The X-Factor that makes you different. Beyond the workplace, what solution can you provide, that will make ...

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IT’S OK TO START AFRESH By Opeyemi Komolafe

It's Ok to start afresh

IT’S OK TO START AFRESH… I recently did something very bold… I cut my hair and I don’t mean the cute little cut like the popular Ms Baker, I mean the really low, untexturised, school boy haircut. I looked at myself in the mirror and my first reaction was “Jesus Christ, what did I just do?” Before I finally settled on the actual reality. My hair, the hair I had nurtured, pampered, invested so much in was gone!!!!! I was back to square one. The actual truth is that in the state my hair was, there was no future. I was just bathing, trimming and giving a pedicure to a dead horse. It was a hard reality to face but was the best decision to take. Bringing this back to us, there are things that we might have committed ourselves to; a certain career, a business, a relationship etc but we are failing miserably at (in spite of all attempts to make it work), it might be time to cut the umbilical cord and start afresh. Lots of times, we stick with that flailing, dying, frustrating, destructive ………………..( fill in the gap) because we are afraid to start over. Read ...

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LOOK….WHAT DO YOU SEE? – Opeyemi Komolafe

Doing back to back interviews have further revealed that most prospective job seekers don’t see beyond getting a steady income. The question ” Where do you see yourself career wise in the next 5-10 years?” is often met with confusion, agitation or or at best  uncertain hesitation. Those who are deemed confident and eloquent enough to respond will reel off a list of contradicting and inversely proportional plans that cause the interviewer’s jaw to drop in amazement.  I interviewed someone yesterday for a position as an educationist, the fact that all he had was a National Diploma in Estate development was not what puzzled me, the fact that he had no plans of furthering his education (remember he wants to be an educationist!) was not what amazed me, it was the fact that his career plans for the next 5-10 years was plainly ” I want to be employing people to be working as my labour” is what completely knocked my socks off!!!!!    EVERYONE HAS A DREAM Everyone on earth has that as a dream. It is the vaguest and most ambiguous plan anyone can have.  The error in grammatical construct and the fact that he came in sagging ...

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Opportunity Meets Preparation-Tokunbo Fasoro

Tokunbo Fasoro

OPPORTUNITY MEETS PREPARATION I was in the states and I was chatting with a young man who had just lost a big opportunity. Immediately after high school, he got a job. He was lucky to have gotten that job, because for a high school graduate, it was a very good one. For nine years, he worked diligently, and had gotten himself a decent house, car and a comfortable life. He looked forward to the day he would be promoted to finally head the department where he worked. Unfortunately, a new policy was sent out stating that only college graduates were eligible to apply for that position. He did not have a degree, and as a result, he lost out. He learned a very big lesson that day, that “opportunity waits for no one.” After this incidence, he enrolled for a four-year college degree and was ready to work hard and earn the qualifications that would take him to the next level. If he had done this earlier, he would have been saved time, and gained a promotion. Preparation is key. In life, you need to be ready always, because you never know when or in what manner an opportunity could ...

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LEARN AND KEEP LEARNING – OPEYEMI KOMOLAFE

Keep Learning Raising my children has taught me that you should be careful what you mention to a child because you will be quoted verbatim even if you have reconsidered your stance on that subject. One day, my daughter was ranting on how she hates school and doesn’t understand why she needs to always read while I got to do whatever I liked. I remember saying ” My dear daughter, I have finished studying all the books I want to study in my lifetime, anything after those are optional. You, on the other hand have a long way to go, and I’m not even seeking your opinion. You must have a good education”. My six (6) year old wailed louder and walked away.  Back to present day: The dynamism and competition in the workplace and business sphere today has driven me back to those books. I envision my daughter laughing at me the moment she realizes that I have no option as well. There are nights that father, mother and children in my home have their noses in one piece of literature or the other. To remain relevant in the world today, continuous learning is not optional, it is mandatory. ...

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Tips from Warren Buffet-2nd richest in America

The second wealthiest person in the United States The second wealthiest person in the United States Saw this online and thought to share… I hope you learn something from this. There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life: 1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late! 2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers 3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, which he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence. 4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him. 5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company. 6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He has given his CEO’s only two rules. Rule number 1: do not lose any of your shareholder’s money. Rule number ...

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The 7 Figure Entrepreneur – Jokotade

When I got laid off my “dream job” several years ago, I was devastated and disappointed. I felt so little of myself and thought I would never rise above my loss. Everything changed as I began to pray and search – What more can I do? It was time for a change – a change in how I earned income. If you are looking to accelerate your dreams and goals or change your career but struggle with limited funds, knowledge, connections or resources, I know exactly how you feel. After losing my dream job and being broke for too long, I had to find a way to rise above my struggles. Becoming an entrepreneur and learning how to start and grow profitable businesses helped me multiply my income. I believe this can be your story too – with a little help from The Jokotade 7-Figure School. I founded The 7-Figure School to help many people who have reached out to me for help from all over the world. People like me who have lost their corporate jobs and are frustrated at waking up to a job they dread; Who want to spend more time with their family and loved ones while earning ...

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