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“Course Of Study Or Passion?” – Tokunbo Fasoro

I kept watching the photographer during a photo-shoot and all I could see was passion. Ironically, he came into our office quite ill. He said he had a headache and his body ached but during the shoot it seemed like an untruth. It looked to me that he was not even conscious of how he felt and he just kept going; climbing stools, kneeling and lying down to shoot. All I could see was a guy that is extremely passionate about what he does. I then asked him a question? “You seem to be very happy with what you do” and he said to me, “I enjoy every moment of it” He went on to tell me that he studied Microbiology and graduated with a second class upper, but unfortunately, Microbiology is not his thing. “I am a very creative person who gets pleasure from designing stuff” he said. That was how he knew he needed to do something else. He discovered photography and the shooting of videos. He fell in love with it and started attending functions – shooting for free. Here he is today, a successful entrepreneur!Now the question is:“Are you passionate about what you are doing now?Must ...

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Volunteer: Ladder for Personal Success

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I was shocked when I heard from a friend that Cristiano Ronaldo, being a philanthropist and a blood donor, decided never to have a tattoo. It is not because he doesn’t want to, but because he is a regular blood donor and blood donors are not allowed to have tattoos. What strikes me most of all is the fact that he sacrifices this much, being just a volunteer, to give so much back to his society. Sometimes, we might just need to give back to our society by doing things for free. It might not always be money, it could be our time, or even ourselves (like Ronaldo). Whichever way, giving back is always beneficial and not just to the recipients. Here are some good reasons to volunteer 1) You acquire new skills Doing a volunteer job or giving your time to helping and making an impact in the society gives you interesting and challenging opportunities or experiences that could be added to your resume. That newly acquired skill could be what you future employer might be looking for. 2) It increases your self esteem Doing things for others gives you an increased sense of self-esteem and greater self-worth. Knowing ...

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3 personalities that have inspired me in 2016 – Kolawole Wright

Hey guys, it’s another wonderful week today and we are happy to have one of our BIE Readers share his article on the personalities that have inspired him, I hope you all get inspired because I sure am. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adichie is a popular Nigerian Writer who was born in the city of Enugu, grew up in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother was the university’s first female registrar. Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students and at the age of 19, she left for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia Adichie once lived in Chinua Achebe’s house, the Igbo author of Nigerian masterwork Things Fall Apart, and her desire to write was sparked by his work. Today, the Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed ...

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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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Elon & Mark: How the Success Story of these 21st Century Innovators Inspired Me

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, people that have inspired me. I hope we all get inspired. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, Engineer and inventor.He is the founder of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is also chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas. Musk started out in 1995with his brother, Kimbal, where they started Zip2, a web software company, with their father’s money which was later acquired by Compaq with Musk getting a percentage from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with money he got from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer ...

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“Be Like Sasha” – Tokunbo Fasoro

I was speaking to undergraduates at the University of Lagos last week on planning for a successful career in future . I emphasized that it was important to do some internships while on holiday. Our environment and upbringing in Nigeria has given us a general mindset that working to earn, or working to learn does not start until after graduation from the university. I have discovered from experience that most people who stand out in their early career lives have interned or done holiday jobs while still in school. Amazingly on the news I heard that President Obama daughter; Sasha took a job as a waitress in a restaurant. Amazing isn’t it? The question is “How many of us can actually do this?” A Nigerian or an African child from a middle-class family can hardly be caught doing holiday jobs today. The truth is that we have a lot of universities churning out graduates every day, the national population is growing, and universities are increasing in number all at a rate that is not commensurate to the jobs available out there – the question here is “How can I stand out?” Why wait till you graduate before you gain some ...

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How Does A Good Service Look Like (Sponsored)

Every business that is oriented on providing services requires a certain level of quality. A good customer service will bring you many more customers, on the contrary to the bad customer service, which can scare your existing and potential customers away. Learn what features of a good customer service are today. Whether you are a service provider or a service user – be sure to meet the highest quality services on Jiji. Don’t make your customers wait Patience is a virtue – but it doesn’t regard to your customers at all. As quicker you are able to provide your customers with the services required, the better reputation you will get. You see, time is the most valuable asset for any human, and every good businessman understands it. So the less time your precious customers wait for their order, the more often you’ll see them as visitors of your restaurant. Provide with transparent transactions This rule regards the online trading mostly, as the e-commerce has become especially popular nowadays. Remember that it is important for the customers to see what they pay for. It is important for the customers to be able easily access the information about delivery time frames and ...

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What are the best answers for “Why should I hire you”?

Most people will answer this question by talking about their experience or education, and add descriptions like ‘hard-working, loyal, team-leader, etc.’ THIS IS WRONG. You should always answer with what you will do to improve the company. What ideas do you have that will make life better for your interviewer? Lead with that. Why? Because you are selling yourself (don’t take that the wrong way) and you want to use proven and effective sales/copywriting strategies to do that. I have been studying copywriting lately, and one of the number one rules of copywriting is that you ALWAYS talk about benefits before features. In this situation, what you will do to make this company better, and to make life better for the person interviewing you, is a benefit to them. Your background/experience/education are just features that support your benefit to the company. Features may have gotten you in the door for the interview, but benefits will get you the job. Your benefit to the company is what will get you hired. Therefore, always answer this question with benefits first, followed by features only if relevant. For clarity, here is a list of benefits vs. features for a job interview. Benefits: I ...

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Questions you can ask in an interview

At some point in an interview, an interviewer will ask if you have any questions. At this point, not asking questions can send the wrong messages like you aren’t interested or not prepared or you are not able to think. In light of this, it is essential that you ask questions. Prepare a number of questions to ask the interviewer because some questions you prepared might get answered during the interview. Below are questions that you could ask the interviewer: 1. What will it take to make me successful in this role? This shows the interviewer that you have interest in the position and are willing to be successful if given the opportunity. 2. Is there growth prospect in the organization? This shows the interviewer that you are a visionary and see yourself rising in the organization. It also shows the interviewer that you intend to stay in the company for a while. Besides you wouldn’t want to work in a company where there are no opportunities for you to grow. 3. What is your company’s culture like? This sends a message that you want to fit in as fast as possible and that’s an attractive feature to be known with. ...

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