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Sell yourself well at a job interview by Tokunbo Fasoro

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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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THE POWER OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT I met a woman at a salon and we got chatting. She was way older than I was, but we just connected and we began to converse. She is  a  senior manager in one of the  most prestigious Oil and Gas company in Nigeria.  We discussed on how she was always picked by her organization to represent the organization all over the world, attending and delivering speeches in high profile meetings. I asked her how she started out, and I wasn’t surprised when she mentioned PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. When she told me how much she had invested in personal development, training, workshops and career development courses. She said anytime she was out of the country on holidays, she would look for a training to attend and over the years. She had acquired a lot of knowledge, skill and exposure that her organization had leveraged on, till date.   TIPS ON WHY PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IS KEY Opportunity waits for no one: Opportunity meets preparation. If opportunity comes and you are not ready, it moves to the next person, so invest as much as you can in yourself.   Always try to improve on a skill or learn something new: A ...

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‘All fingers are not equal, must yours be the shortest?’ Tokunbo Fasoro

The first time I heard that statement from one of my mentors, I laughed and laughed but it’s just the honest truth. A lot of people find themselves in situations that look so difficult and a lot of people just give up at that point. I was chatting with a lady who was 34 years old and was battling with low self-esteem. She had dropped out of school and she said to me “I don’t even know where to start”. Given up on being someone great, she kept blaming her inadequacies on her past and has accepted the back seat position in life. I went on to share a book I read with her titled ‘Woman of Persistent Faith’ by Akiesha Keke Taylor , who after going through so much in life, didn’t give up, found her feet and decided to start all over again. Today, her story is impacting and changing lives. Keke refused to remain in that situation; she fought hard until she got out of it. I love the story of Jabez in the Bible whose mother named him pain, because she went through so much pain having him. As he grew, the name reflected on his life, but one day he decided that “NO! Enough is enough”. ...

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Are You Recommendable? – Tokunbo Fasoro

Are you Recommendable? I went to an organization to deliver a training on Personal Effectiveness. While I was speaking, a man stood up and complained bitterly about how the Nigerian economy is so bad, with a high rate of unemployment, and how four (4) of his children who are graduates are at home with no jobs. I decided to have a chat with him after the training where I asked him to send one of them to me. After speaking with her, I discovered she had very poor communication skills and I asked myself, “Can I actually recommend her to any of our clients?” The honest truth is that communication is one of the most vital qualities we look out for during interviews. Every job seeker needs to do an appraisal on how good your communication skills are. I have put down a few tips on how to improve your communication skills. Read good books: Books that would help in building your vocabulary like novels, inspirational books or even your primary school English textbooks can help improve your communication. Association: Interact with people who have excellent command of English that will in turn rob off on how you communicate. Watching ...

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Challenges Entrepreneurs Face In Business

BY TOKUNBO FASORO The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. Entrepreneurs emerge from every angle. I would like to discuss a few challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to succeed them. Doing anything that generates income, not specifically something you believe in and are passionate about: If you do something you believe in, you can get other people to believe in it. Your interest and passion is what drives you when other things are failing. Picking the right business: Make sure your business is providing a solution; it must be the answer to a problem, a response to a need. Ensure you deliver what you have promised. Finding your clients: If you have a good product or service, people will come to ...

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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: 23

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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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How I Got An Office Space Through Networking

There is a saying that “Even a lone ranger has a horse”. No man can live in isolation. When I ventured into entrepreneurship, I was working from home at the time. There was a need to get an office space and I had been praying desperately for one. At that time, I had started an Entrepreneurship Management class at the Pan Atlantic University and you can trust that I ensured I spoke to everyone in class. I would leave my group and go to other groups just to meet people. It was something I really loved doing. One day, in the middle of my program, I had a brilliant Idea, which today has grown into BI empowerment, but I didn’t know how to go about it then. I decided to have a chat with the Director of the program. As I began to describe my idea to him, he bluntly told me I could not pull the idea through without an office space, and in a polite way told me that our discussion would continue when I get this space. Extremely depressed and demotivated, I began to walk down the staircase confused in a confused haze. Immediately I got downstairs, ...

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Working With Your Friend As A Co Founder

I read this articles online and  I could completely relate to it,  I had once found myself in the same situation sometime ago and also didn’t handle it well. Reading this article made me realize the mistakes I made. Be inspired when learning from this. Should I Work With My Best Friend As Co founder? By Brett Fox I had a very close friend who was a co-founder of my company.  Here’s what happened: “You have an EQ of zero!” Ken yelled at me. “What the hell is an EQ?” I asked. “Perfect!” Ken screamed back. Then he hung up the phone. Those were the last words Ken ever said to me. Just like that a twenty-year friendship and business relationship ended forever. Ken was a co-founder of my company. More importantly I considered him a close friend. I had lunch with Ken the day before to have our weekly 1:1. I pushed him pretty hard at lunch because he wasn’t performing well. I looked down at Ken’s feet and he wasn’t wearing socks. It triggered a memory of when we were raising money. We were in a diligence meeting with a VC and I vividly remembered the VC looking ...

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