"" MyNigerianJobs: TO THE PROSPECTIVE JOB SEEKER....a brief exposition

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

TO THE PROSPECTIVE JOB SEEKER....a brief exposition

Ok here goes some pieces of advice to all ye job seekers/prospective job seekers out there. You find yourself in the dilemma of applying for jobs repeatedly yet never getting a positive feedback? You wanna boost your chances of landing that one vacancy amidst the hundreds to thousands of applicants? Try keeping to the under-listed tips, they help you not waste your time as well as that of the recruiter behind the computer!

1. Deal with your double lives! your name is john offor on your CV but on facebook its iamjeezy, on twitter its @jeezyluv etc Please!! you automatically makes you untrustworthy to most employers as they cannot verify your personality.

2. Please keep all your dirty and irresponsible pictures off the internet. party freak? smoking boss? alcohol master? save them offline not on the internet! it kills your chances of landing any good job.
and yes....your social media and internet footprints especially facebook and linkedin play vital roles as many top level recruiters use them as references to verify your personality!


3. If you aren't on linkedin, join instantly! www.linkedin.com its that simple

4. When u visit a site and see a job, PLEASE FOR GOD SAKE READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION!!!!!!!! don't just hit the apply button! human beings are on the other side of that A.I suffering to screen and sort the many irrelevant applications you send it. its not a machine process! you only succeed in wasting your own time, giving yourself false high hopes and wasting the recruiter's time!

5. When sending a CV, please tailor your CV to suit the job opening u are applying for. you cant be applying for a marketing job and your CV is showing your medical related or I.C.T experience!

6. IF YOU DON'T HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THE SECTOR THE JOB OPENING BELONGS TO, PLEASE DON'T APPLY! EXCEPT YOU SEE THE WORDS ''entry level'' OR ''graduate trainee'' OR "trainee'' OR "intern"

7. All jobs are not for everyone and trust me miracles don't happen much, you can't be a fresh graduate and apply for a job requiring 3,4 or 5 years experience! my dear, you are risking a lot. some recruiters can be frustrated by the large bulk of nonsense CVs and choose to start ''unqualifying'' CVs! if a CV is ''unqualified'', you will never be able to apply for a job with that email address again! once the A.T.S sees that email even in 6months time anywhere, it automatically deletes the CV attached! be advised! 

8. Plan your career before you start your career! jumping career ships doesn't give you experience it only wastes your time. just because you did a year in a laboratory, 2 years in a bank then u moved to an airline for 1year DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE 4 YEARS EXPERIENCE!!. it only means u have 1 year XP in medical sciences, 2 years XP in banking and finance and 1 year XP in aviation!!! so if a job which requires 4 years minimal XP comes up, you still won't qualify!!  

9. When constructing a CV, don't be too quick to summarise your work experience! in the end, they matter greatest over everything else on that CV. tell your story, no matter how little, hype it! if you sold shoe at your mum's kiosk, call yourself a retail sales representative! if you handled a shop before, call yourself a store manager! don't just give bullet points, write a detailed working experience .

10. Please don't put too much effort into beautifying the appearance of your CV especially if you are applying online....they can become a hindrance! your CV most times would pass through an A.I designed to filter and if and just if u are a tad unlucky, d bulky formatting n tushing up of your CV may cause the characters in them to be distorted when passing through the filter! the end result? by the time it gets to the human factor behind the A.I and that's if your CV gets through the A.I miraculously, it would appear totally scattered and hence would end up in the recycle bin inevitably!!

GOOD LUCK AND PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! HELP SOMEONE GET IT RIGHT!

Azode Chisom Charles
Recruitment Researcher
eRecruiter Nigeria
c.azode@erecnigeria.com
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