What no one is telling you.

You know what’s annoying? Employees that want candidates with “at least two years experience”. 

wELl If yOU doN’t HiRe mE, hOw WiLL i GeT ThE eXPeriEnCe? 

I get it. But the truth is some of the requirements these employees make are a lot more realistic then we’d like to admit. 

The issue now rests on how much work we put in behind the scenes. Everything that happens (or doesn’t) from your first year in university is playing heavily on your potential for job opportunities. 

Let me convince and not confuse you with the following points of mine. 

  • My fellow undergrads, fresh graduates, the first matter is that we don’t know what we don’t know.

Asides complaining that the job market is tight, what else do we know about job requirements? About the kind of candidates, recruiters are searching for? It’s not by As and Bs dear. Those are always a great plus but what about having hard and soft skills that are necessary for any job? 

(the fact that you probably don’t know what hard and soft skills are is a case in point)

Four/five years in the university is a wonderful time span to not only research these but consciously develop skills and other requirements. 

Well what if I’m an FYB or a graduate and I no longer have that time?

On the contrary, you have more time than you think. 

You might need to reprioritise your plans and dedicate time to developing yourself and improving your chances of actually getting a job

On that note, I’ll stress the point of having relevant skills that you need in any workplace. Let me explain the two types of skills I mentioned earlier.

  1. Soft skills
  2. Hard skills

Soft skills: they are the ‘how’ of skill sets. Imagine doing group work with people that have poor time management skills, some that can’t suggest any reasonable solution to problems or an annoying group leader that only knows how to shout and ignore everybody’s opinion. 

Now magnify that and you have a workplace with people that have poor soft skills. 

In essence, soft skills deal with interactions with colleagues, problem solving and achieving goals. 

Take every opportunity to finesse your teamwork, leadership, organization, problem solving, written and oral communication skills.

Hard skills: refer to technical knowledge that is measurable and learned through training or education. We’re talking IT skills, data analysis, project management, marketing, graphic design, etc. 

If you can afford certificate courses, go for it. You can simply attach the certificate to your CV as proof. 

  • Here’s another reason why we never get hired: Entitlement. 

Four years in school and we’re only willing to collect salary of 200k and above or else the stress isn’t worth it. Let’s be real, is the value you bring worth 200k? 

Jazz up! Economy is tight now. Every employer is out to squeeze maximum efficiency from employees so they’re getting everything they’re paying for.  That doesn’t sound nice but it is what it is and there’s a reason why it’s called work.

It’s also because of entitlement that we sometimes miss out on some opportunities. 

But don’t go and go apply for a 20k job in Gwagwalada when you live in Mararaba oh. E no make sense. 

The point is, consider all factors and be honest with yourself.

  • Finally, it’s your bad CV that won’t let you get hired. 

First impressions matter and that’s why a CV is so important. It’s the first contact an employer will have with you so, it’s basically you on a piece of paper. 

Writing a CV isn’t cut and paste work or just aesthetics. Stats show that hiring managers spend an average of 6 seconds going over a CV. It’s not wickedness. These people know exactly what they’re looking for and that’s only what they’re out to see. To catch their attention in a pool of hundreds of other applicants, your CV has to hit the nail on the head. 

If your CV doesn’t cut it, you will be chopped. 

Take time to learn how to write a CV and make sure to tailor it to the job you’re applying for. Generic CV’s don’t stand out. 

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