Individual Development

Today I share a piece from one of the World’s Management legend – Peter F. Drucker  on ‘Individual Development’.

Most times and naturally so we strive to have a rank in an organisation.  And there are indeed organisations that give the rank without the responsibility or job enrichment required for growth on the job. An example, you get a supervisory role, but your superior either deliberately or inadvertently still directly supervises your own team on almost all issues.  Most times Managers make attempts to justify this, but it ought not to be where the right structure is in place and effort is made at its implementation.

There are also moments where people wrongly assume that their career growth is dependent on how challenging the organisation or business owners make their job.  They fail to bring in the required push, creativity or extra-mile needed to stand out on the job.  

Here’s Peter F. Drucker’s piece so apt and relevant for today’s organisation.

“Individual Development

The person with the most responsibility for an individual’s development is the person himself – not the boss.  The first priority for one’s own development is to strive for excellence.  Workmanship counts, not just because it makes such a difference in the quality of the job done, but because it makes such a difference in the person doing the job.  Expect the job to provide stimulus only if you work on your own self-renewal, only if you create the excitement, the challenge, the transformation that makes an old job enriching over and over again.  The more effective road to self-renewal is to look for the unexpected success and run with it.

The critical factor for success is accountability – holding yourself accountable.  Everything else flows from that.  The important thing is not that you have rank, but that you have responsibility.  To be accountable, you must take the job seriously enough to recognize:  I have got to grow up the job.  By focusing on accountability, people take a bigger view of themselves.  Strive for excellence.” 

The piece ended with ‘Strive for Excellence’. Yes, strive for excellence.   Remember social media life has not taken away the genuine and good old need organisations have to serve their customers, earn revenue, keep the business afloat, beat competition and deal with varied environmental and political challenges. Make your membership of that organisation truly count. When you strive for excellence in building an organisation, you build yourself and the greatest beneficially will be you.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

My best wishes in your career journey.

Kind Regards,

Career Hangout

Hello There!

I know how it can be, getting consumed in constant search for a better job, and sometimes ignore the important aspect of building a career.


So I am super excited to fill this gap with ‘Career Hangout‘ to help professionals address career issues, challenges and questions.
It is heartwarming to share that my first Career Hangout comes up on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. You will get to know how to gradually build a successful career; can share your career story or learn from the career journey of others; plus much more that has been packaged.


It will be a virtual event, so you can participate from any part of the world. Secure your space now, Click: http://afomauchendu.com/program-registration/ for registration and details.

Career Hangout will be interactive and will focus on Career Success, Challenges and Questions. This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. So waste no further time, sign up now. And remember to click the share button to with friends and family.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Best Regards,

Recruitment Myths You Need To Know As You Search for Employment [Part 2]

In the first part of this article we looked at six (6) recruitment myths job seekers need to beware of in their search for employment. I understand the challenges job seekers face in trying to land that dream job and have shared this as part of my goal to make job search easier for people. In this edition, I discuss the concluding part of the article – six additional myths (Myths 8 – 12) below. So let’s go.

Myth 8: An Unsolicited Application Will Receive Attention:  

A single recruitment process consumes hours and can take several days or weeks.  As a result, attention and time is usually given to on-going recruitment and less if any to unsolicited job applications.  Some people do get lucky, but the chances are slim, especially with most organisations that have a policy against unsolicited applications. 

My suggestion, before you submit an unsolicited application, research to ensure that it is a position such an organisation advertises very often.   Example, an unsolicited job application to an organisation that frequently advertises for a software developer or a customer relationship officer has more chances than a position that is rarely advertised by such an organisation.  Trust me, I have erred in this severally as an applicant, and now we receive several unsolicited job applications for positions our clients are not seeking and we are unable to address every single one of them.

Myth 7: My Job Application Gets Noticed But Ignored:

Again from Myths 1 and 2 discussed in Part 1, we have seen how it is possible for job applications not to get noticed. Recruiters do not deliberately ignore applications. Remember organisations are run by humans and operate in environments, so things happen. When a candidate’s job application does not get noticed, it does not always mean that he/she is a bad fit, it was just not noticed and someone was chosen.  It is always best in such a circumstance, to move on fast to the next opportunity.

Myth 9: Applicant’s Work Experience and Qualifications Makes Him or Her Fit:

Candidates are usually surprised when they receive a rejection email, especially if they have performed well at an interview with a line-up of work experience and qualifications also going for them.  

Great work experience and qualifications are not the only ticket that gets us a job offer (also see Myth 12 below).  There are several factors that organisations consider in a recruitment decision.  This means that a candidate may rate high in some criteria, but miss out in some key ones and therefore will not be chosen.  Again, such a situation does not make such a person unsuitable for all jobs; he/she has just not been found suitable as presented by the organisation’s current need, situation or circumstance. 

Myth 10: Recruitment Decision is Taken Speedily:

Things happen for individuals and organisations.  For instance, an organisation may interview with a contract or expansion, then hit roadblock internally or externally. There are also instances where circumstances put organisations in a state of indecisions after they have identified suitable candidates.  

Such and many other factors can cause a lack of or delay in communication especially where intricate confidential matters are involved.  Say, a key person leaves an organisation, company goes bankrupt, company is in debt, office politics or bureaucracy, change in organisational direction, sudden awareness of limited budget or delay in a particular project execution, environmental issues causing change in business priority.  

Delicate matters such as any of these could delay recruitment decisions much longer than even an organisation or a recruiter anticipates. These are partly reasons why some candidates get called for employment six months after they have forgotten about such a job opening or never get called even after they have reached the final rigorous interview stage.

Myth 11: Recruiters Should Settle for Something:

I see some job applicants apply for jobs where they are indirect fits. People call this, trying luck.   Truth is that a recruiter will focus his/her limited hours on candidates that are potentially fits.   

My advice to avoid this trap is to properly read the job announcement and apply for jobs where you meet the criteria as near as possible and where your skills and potentials give you better chances.  There are organisations in need of your skills, find them.  

Myth 12: Any Interview That Does Not End with a Job Offer Means Failure:

I have seen CEOs make recruitment decisions on the basis of ‘connection’ with a candidate; or a candidate’s likely fit into an existing team or culture. None of these has anything to do with a candidate’s competency, but an organisation’s peculiar need and circumstance.  When this happens, such a candidate was just found unfit in line with an organisation’s core need or issues, but could be a great fit somewhere else.

As mentioned above, things happen for people and organisations that completely disrupt organisational plans and impact recruitment processes and decisions.  

It is important not to allow interview outcomes to define who you are or affect your self-esteem.  Learn from any mistake you may have identified and improve your skills for future opportunities.

Therefore, for every interview that does not end with an offer, find the job and organisation where you will be a fit. Your opportunity awaits you.

In Conclusion, you can manage your emotions and expectations better when you remember that there are lots of human factors, environmental, socio-economic, political, governmental and natural situations that go on in organisations;  that could impact how your job application is handled.  If one door did not open, simply knock the next, and keep knocking till a door is open for you.  

Here you have them, 12 Recruitment Myths You Need To Know as You Search for Employment. This list is definitely not exhaustive, but has covered some important points of note.  This post is not written in defense of recruiters, but to give a preview of issues around recruitment that will help persons seeking employment better manage their expectations and more importantly their emotional well-being.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

My best wishes in your career journey.

Kind Regards,

Recruitment Myths You Need to Know As You Search for Employment [Part I]

In the course of my career, I have been both an applicant and a recruiter.  So I understand what it means to apply several times, wait at the other end in anticipation of a response that may never come.  Now as a recruiter, I see through the lenses – the high unemployment rate, the volume of applications, the search for talents to meet Clients’ needs, the time constraints and more. 

Like me, most of us have read several critiques about recruiters on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook with regards to responses to job applications.  Understandably, feedback is being sought by applicants at different stages of the recruitment process – application and the various interview stages.  Most times the perception of Recruiters by talent holders (job seekers) are seen more as “they against us” than as a partnership’.  

In my quest to help professionals in their unemployment and job search journey, I have put together recruitment myths that job seekers need to know or remember as they search. This I believe would help persons looking for employment to manage their application process, expectations and emotions better.  This edition covers Part 1 in this edition. 

Myth 1: Recruiters See Every Application:  

This can be a painful truth, but Recruiters do not see every application that hits their in-box. First, some organisations use software that utilizes keywords to select or screen out candidates.  In this case, a Recruiter would only review the applications of candidates identified or selected by the software and engage with the shortlist.

There is also – Spam or Junk Mail issue. I have seen quite a number of job applications in our Junk Mail Folder several months after we had concluded a recruitment process. So why some candidates are waiting for responses, the junk mail is sadly holding back their applications! 

Myth 2: Recruiters Read All Job Application: 

I know what it means to carefully craft your application, perfect your CV and apply for a job where you believe you are a top fit; then nothing but silence follows. 

Similar to number Myth (1) above, Recruiters do not read every application they receive. Here is why. Depending on the recruitment policy of an organisation: example, ‘applications are processed as they arrive’, ‘shortlisted at the end of the application deadline’, or reviewed on a first come basis.  

What any of these options means is that, if a Recruiter reviews the first 500 applications within the timeline allotted for the recruitment process, and finds the number of required candidates for interview, he/she would proceed to the interview stage, and if a suitable candidate is found, closes the recruitment process.  In such a case, chances that the 501 to about 2000 applications would be reviewed after selection become slim. 

My suggestion is, if you want your application to receive attention, submit it within the first few days of a job announcement, and not a few weeks after, and definitely not after the application deadline. 

Myth 3: Recruiters Are Against Job Applicants:  

In real sense, recruitment is a partnership or a search for it.  Recruiters are on assignment to deliver and seek candidates to achieve their set target; candidates are on a journey for opportunities to utilize their talents, and go through Recruiters to secure it.   

Recruitment is like any deal or transaction in the business world; and so it is done by following a process and a goal in mind.   

It is worth noting that every recruitment assignment comes with specific instructions or specifications to be followed. A quick look at the job advert will give you a hint as to the specifications a recruiter has been given; and whether you are a likely fit.

Where a candidate is not contacted, it is possible that the candidate did not particularly fit the specifications or that any of the circumstances described in this article is the case. 

However, it does not make such a candidate a bad fit for all jobs. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, learn to dust up quickly and look for the next available opportunity, till you find yours.  Recruiters are for and not against talent holders, both need each other to accomplish their objectives.  

Myth 4: Recruiters Ought to Respond to All Applications:

My experience shows that it is possible to respond to only so much (except through automated responses for incoming applications). During reviews, it is still possible to miss a candidate in the long list of emails.  

Also reference to Myths 1 and 2 above, we see why Recruiters are unlikely to respond to every application. 

To help manage your expectations and emotions, during job search, my suggestion is, if after six weeks of submitting a job application you do not get a call or mail, close your mind to that application, and focus your efforts on new job openings.  But make sure you do your part – see my article on how to handle job application process for some guide: http://afomauchendu.com/2021/02/23/how-to-handle-job-application-process-in-a-professional-way/

Myth 5: Recruitment is Indefinite: 

As we recruit for Clients, I have seen job applications for advertised roles hit our mail box several months after we completed recruitment.

My view is that applying for closed job opportunities is a waste of effort, diminishes resources and increases emotional roller coaster.

So before you apply for a job, check the job announcement date. Except for a reoccurring position or peculiar situations, recruiters are likely to close a recruitment process within six to ten weeks of a job advert.

Myth 6: Presentation Does Not Matter: 

This has been well emphasized by experts. My take is: see the job application process as a competition. Or imagine it to be a beauty pageant, would you not put your best and look your best? 

Presentation does matter. It is important to present your job application documents in as much a professional way as possible. Your CV, cover email or cover letter, all should be professionally written and properly presented.   

Summarily, in the Part 1 of this article, we have looked at 6 Recruitment Myths. These are the realities of some recruitment environments. As every Recruiter faces different task scenarios; some similar and some more peculiar, it is not possible to cover all. However, remember that in every job, there are human and technological factors; and that it is the same with recruitment.  Watch this space for part 2 of the Recruitment Myths as we look at more scenarios.  

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

Interested in Online Jobs? Here Are Things To Do

Recently, I checked my website data analytics for my esteemed readers’ search interest, and discovered that quite a number of people are looking for online job opportunities.  So I thought to share a bit of these to help someone out there.

The high rate of interest in online jobs (also referred to as remote or work from home – WFB jobs) is understandable: technology has made it easy for people to seek for skills to support their businesses from any part of the world.  Secondly, the outcome of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic brought increased need for a remote work culture and high unemployment rate (with lots of businesses closed and on-site job opportunities limited). People with prior freelancing and remote work experience were quick to adapt and earn.  Findings show that a lot of remote working freelancers in some niches had their income doubled in 2020 while the world was at a standstill!

Online Job Options:

I will share some online job options I have found very useful and for some, I will include my referral link.

Appen Job Platform: Appen has been operating for about 20 years and accepts contributors from around the globe. So irrespective of your country, you can work and earn with Appen. Appen offers a variety of projects, from few minutes videos with a smartphone or computer webcam, to transcription, surveys or mystery shopping. There is always something to earn from in Appen. Click link here https://connect.appen.com/qrp/public/jobs?uref=b501dc5780934542d05af9fb50c7a1d0 to sign up and start earning with Appen.

Surveys: I have found answering online surveys quite useful.  Most surveys are regionalized (participants register by  country, and answer surveys for research focused majorly on their countries or for people that live in their countries or certain locations within their country.

However, some survey platforms do not accept international participants or panelists; it is majorly for people within a particular country or region.

To be successful in receiving surveys, it is important to ensure your profile is completed and up-to-date; survey responses are usually segmented within a particular demography, depending on the research subject.

Having tried quite a handful, I find these two survey platforms helpful as they accept more international audience (people from different countries); provides consistent surveys and pays promptly. If interested in earning through surveys, click my affiliate links  (for Mobrog and Ysense) below to get started.

Mobrog: https://www.mobrog.com/en/paid-online-surveys/sign-up-england.html?membership_promotion=0&i_invite=8289390-60046dc

Ysense: https://www.ysense.com/?rb=60286209

Caution: Survey platforms may not earn you a huge income, but it does bring in  bits and bits you can build on; and a few dollars that can come handy when you need it.

Remote/Online Job Platforms:

For US, Canada and European residents, you will find FlexJobs quite useful for online jobs; another useful platform is Remote.co . Remote.co has job openings for international audience and therefore helpful if you are outside the US, Canada or Europe. Both platforms share job vacancies (for several roles and and industries) from businesses in the countries and regions I mentioned above; and some of their top job advertisers are fortune 500 companies. As you know there are several online job platforms such as Upwork. But I have selected these two for the category of online jobs they cover which includes – full time, part-time and freelancing online jobs.

Another useful platform is ‘Make a Living Writing’ but this is for writers only. Anchored by the founder Carol Tice, Make a Living Writing helps freelance writers earn better through various training, advocacy and exposure. They also offer a membership only writing jobs for members.

Recommended Actions: 

If you are interested in online jobs, here are some tips:

  • Start your search within your region/country.
  • Explore feasible opportunities outside your country (where it is specified that the client or the company) is open to work with people from any part of the world.
  • Beware of scam sites – that lures job seekers with too good to be true earning options.
  • Have a good Resume as you would for a physical job.
  • Get your Resume ready before you begin your online application.
  • Be patient and do thorough research, including online reviews before you sign-up with any online job platform.
  • Apply for jobs where you have most skills and ensure that your resume is adapted to suit the jobs you apply.
  • Find the platform and job that works for your situation and circumstance.

Online jobs remain viable employment options. But to land them require lots of efforts, professionalism, time, patience and commitment as would the search for physical jobs.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

Interview Takeout 002

Interview Take-Out 002: Protect Your Brand

Hello Friends,

Let us look at the subject of integrity for this month’s interview takeout. My experience shows that as job seekers, we sometimes are uncertain about how much information we should share on our resume or during an interview process; what we should share or keep completely to ourselves. We want our best foot forward and do not want anything that will put us in a disadvantage.  There is a price for getting on the wrong side.   

 I see integrity as part of an individual’s character brand. It should be protected as much as we protect our fashion, clothing or general appearance.  

  • Sometime ago, during an interview, we had a candidate that mentioned a figure as his salary from his previous employment.
  • Yes, I know that there is a controversy regarding whether people should be asked about their remuneration.  I am of the opinion that a business owner or recruiter should know.  It does not necessarily mean that the individual would be boxed into his/her current or previous rate.  As you know in most cases, the employer either has a budget or a salary scale.  So information about a candidate’s salary provides both parties (recruiter and candidate) a basis for discussion. 
  • Back to my subject. In the course of our interaction, this candidate was inconsistent with the facts he presented regarding his previous job, that it became clear he had given untruthful information regarding his last pay. What do you think was our Client’s reaction? You guess.
  • Personally, I have had an experience where something I did not include in my CV (and had mistakenly taken out a qualifying clause) was taken as an integrity issue.  If you are a person of integrity, you really do not want to be in a situation where your integrity is questionable.  I felt bad with that experience, and thereafter, I found a way to craft and insert the information on my CV and relevant social media profile.

Takeout:

  • Your character brand is part of your personality and professional brand, protect it very well. You lose nothing by coming plain, simple and truthful. Some organisations would request references from a candidate’s previous employers, especially if the candidate is being considered for employment. It is important to present truthful facts about yourself and your employment history on your resume and during a recruitment process.   As a matter of policy, some CEOs or organisations would not touch or deal with persons that appear to lack integrity, because what that means is such a person cannot be trusted or his/her word cannot be relied upon. The result being that work will be affected if such a person is brought into the organisation.
  • It is also best to indicate that you would rather not disclose certain experience regarding a previous employment (rather than present untruthful fact). Recruiters will understand your preference for confidentiality.

Has this ‘takeout’ helped? Watch out for more.   If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

Best wishes in your career journey.

Kind Regards.

What Does Refreshing Mean To You?

Today, I will not be sharing my usual job search or career nuggets, but want us to look into a habit that can still contribute to our job search or career success. I am excited about the topic because it is something I have found very useful, and I believe others have.  

You might have guessed this from the blog topic. Yes, we will be discussing what refreshing means to each and every one of us, outline actions some people have taken or do take to refresh and end with the benefits of refreshing. 

Truth is, in this every busy and fast moving world, we all need time to refresh. Social, family, business and work life has become more demanding than it was two decades ago; it is advisable now more than ever to find time to refresh. 

A quick Google search gives more meaning of the word – refreshing ‘refill, replenish, recharge, and top up’; ‘reinvigorate, revitalize, revive, restore, brace, fortify and strengthen…’  Who wouldn’t need this?

So what does refreshing mean to you?:

For me sometimes, it could mean putting off my data to stay away from WhatsApp and the Internet for a few hours. It could be going to my library to pick one of my favourite books to read some pages or lines that reminds me of useful information that I read in the past. Or simply connect with a dear friend for a healthy conversation that brings smiles and laughter, or a few kilometers of running during my morning exercise.

To some it means a trip to faraway places beholding nature or historic sites, to others, it is a weekend getaway to an exotic place or food and drink shared and taken in the company of loved ones. 

Ways People Use to Refresh:

All over the world, people have found ways to refresh.  Different things work for different people and in different environments and cultures.  Here is a brief list of what people engage to refresh:

  • Sitting alone in a quite or solitary place to reflect
  • Walking around parks or gardens
  • Climbing Mountains
  • Travelling outside own country to observe other people’s way of living and culture
  • Reading an exciting, informative or motivational, or inspirational book (not reading for exams or certifications)
  • Reconnecting with old friends
  • Doing something good for someone-else that brings inner fulfillment and a smile
  • Engaging in a hobby
  • Physical exercise – jogging, running, long walk or swimming
  • A holiday outside of home – locally or internationally
  • Connecting with family
  • Being around elderly to observe their thoughts and wisdom
  • Sleeping
  • Being in Company of friends – way before Covid-19, you know
  • Avoiding toxic relationships and environment

Benefits of Finding Time to Refresh:

This lists can be endless, but here are some top benefits:

  • Opportutnity to reflect on what is going on in one’s life, career, family or business. 
  • Helps to assess what one needs to continue doing, adjust or de-clutter
  • Reenergizes for continued goal pursuit 
  • Enhances emotional well-being
  • Improves mental alertness  
  • Can contribute to physical fitness (for physical activities such as spots)
  • Provides the body the physical energy it needs to do more
  • Newness for the mind, body and soul (depending on the type and duration of activities)
  • Improves creative ability to

Concluding: We all need time to refresh and re-energize. It helps our emotional and physical well-being when we do. Whatever your way of refreshing is, do not do round the clock, month after month without refreshing to rebound, whether you are working or looking for a job.

If you have read this far, I would like to hear from you. Please share what refreshing means to you in the comment section below. My community and I will like to learn from your experiences.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

Steps You Can Take To Manage Your Emotions During a Period of Unemployment


 

Job search is not an easy venture. It can be stressful, frustrating and lonely. The highly competitive job market, limited opportunities, national economic realities where a person plays are also contributing factors to the rate of unemployment.

I have been there. I know what it means to be searching for a job; and while you search, bills pile up and you need to take care of yourself, family or elderly parents.

Some people are lucky to live in countries where some provisions are made for the unemployed and the elderly. Some are not so lucky.  Whatever your situation is, the taste of unemployment is not good. In this write-up, I will share some steps you can take to help you as you search and wait.

Apply for Jobs Where You Have Better Chances for Interview: I made this my number one point; because in my recruiting experience over the years, I see a lot of jobseekers fall into this misstep.

Your work experience and/or educational background are part of what a Recruiter will look at to determine your suitability or potential for a particular position.

Therefore, when job hunting, focus on your areas of strength – where your work experience or educational background can boost your chances. Rather than, apply for all and any job that arrives at your feeds.  The later method gets your hope raised and dashed, when you do not get an interview invitation. Even within these two criteria, it is important to follow the job requirements in the advert, and limit your applications to majorly where you are more likely a good fit.  I used the word majorly, because sometimes, recruitment circumstances can cause a Recruiter to make an exception to the rule.

Inform Your Network: In this social media age when the norm is to burst social platforms with successes and achievements, some people are not comfortable about disclosing their life’s setbacks to their friends or network; justifiably, for fear of being looked-down upon; and no one wants to be the odd one out.  So people basically hide their pain. My view?  Forget all that. It is their time, your time will come.

So if you are unemployed or simply searching for opportunities, find a close circle within your network, including previous colleagues from past employment that you can inform about your job hunting or unemployment situation. This spreads your stream of information as they are likely to share job opportunities your way or refer you.

Engage in your Hobby: In a period of unemployment, rather than get glued to your device job searching all day, find something you enjoy doing, do it once or twice a week or more. This is not to say that you spend less time in your job search, you need to give it quality time daily.  But your hobby can also provide you some emotional soothing or offer you opportunity for creative thinking.  I particularly find myself thinking through ideas while I am running or taking a long walk. Find yours.

Manage Your Social Media Exposure: My word for this is ‘breeze in’ and ‘breeze out’ of social media platforms. Use social media on need-basis for information and job search. Do not get stuck on social media platforms reading everyone’s success. It will have an impact on your emotions if you are unemployed. I have practiced this and it helps me stay focused on my goals.

Volunteer: Find ways to volunteer for a cause. This enables you to contribute to something that positively impacts others; and can be emotionally rewarding and fulfilling. You can volunteer within your community or online. United Nations Volunteer (UNV) now provides opportunity for people to volunteer from any part of the globe.  Certain volunteer opportunities can actually help boost your skills and resume.  Caution, some volunteer opportunities such as UNV require you to submit an application, so be prepared.

Join A Community: The period of unemployment is not the time for total isolation. Find a community where you can learn and network.  A good community will be emotionally and professionally rewarding.

Concluding, let me add that your emotion is critical to maintaining confidence, self-esteem and being able to pitch or compete at interviews. It therefore requires every guard and protection you can offer. A period of unemployment is just a phase that will pass.  It is important that you use it wisely by properly managing your emotions during the season.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, visit the ‘Resources- Career’ section of my website http://www.afomauchendu.com for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below.

Kind Regards.

Interview Takeout 001

Hello Friends,

Trust your day is turning out as planned.  Remember that hope is one of our precious gifts.  So please keep hope alive.

I am excited to post the first edition of my Interview Takeout. This will now be part of my monthly posts.  You are wondering, what is an ‘Interview Takeout’?  My view is that every experience and encounter in life, comes with a takeout or some take-outs: something we leave the conversation, interaction or meeting with – positive or negative.

So here, I will be sharing my takeout from my interactions with candidates’ at interviews, and express my opinions. These take-outs will provide useful insights that you can apply in your search for employment. Here to ….:

Interview Takeout 001:

Understanding the Job Role:

  • At a recent interview we conducted for a Client, we asked all the candidates if they read the job announcement; and got 99.9% ‘yes’.
  • Next, we requested each candidate to explain what the job is about. It was disappointing that nearly everyone could not give a convincing response. Only a handful got a few things with guess work and inference. 
  • If you do not understand what the job you are interviewing for is about, my view is that you are not likely to do a good work at selling yourself to the Recruiter; but rather, you will short-change yourself with the recruiter and leave your chances or opportunity in the hands of your competitors – the other candidates.
  • Takeout: Understand the job you are being interviewed for; the expected tasks or roles, other specifications such as skills or type of person the organisation is looking for. Rehearse the job announcement or job description as often as you can, before the interview. Not necessary to cram all the information, but to become familiar with the key requirements of the job.  See also my postHow to Handle Job Application Process in a Professional Way’ for more tips.

Has this takeout helped? Watch out for more. Remember to click the ‘follow button’, and help others – share this so we can reach and help more people in their career or job search journey.

Best Regards,

Online Interview Guide to Help Boost Your Performance

As part of the coronavirus pandemic adjustment, many organisations now adopt online interviews in their recruitment process especially for first and second stage interviews. Experts believe that online interview “is here to stay” and is found to be “effective and efficient” both for both organisations and candidates, [Stephanie Vozza on Fast Company (FC)] and Flexjobs.  

Yours truly floundered at an online interview (yes true confession☺). So here are my suggestions on boosting your performance at online interviews, stemming from my experience interviewing candidates, being interviewed and attending business meetings online.

Be Ready: Get yourself ready for the interview. Refresh by reading the job description shared on the job advert and research on the Company.

Environment: Be in a conducive and quiet environment.  Do not attend your interview walking or standing on a street corner.  If you must use your room at home, sit in a corner that will show a good background. I recall interviewing someone and he was in a street corner with car horns blowing.   

Your Appearance: Look as professional as possible.  If you are interviewing for a field known for casuals, put on smart casuals. Men, be well groomed; ladies, a good dressing and light make up will do. An employer felt displeased when a male candidate appeared at an online interview with an unkempt moustache. So always best to be on a safe side.

Posture: Appear confident, warm and friendly with occasional smiles. Maintain eye contact and a body language that shows interest on the job.

Be Punctual.  It is a sign of professionalism for the interviewer to tune in and find you online. It is advisable to login two – three minutes before the schedule.

Get the App: Download the app if you do not already have it on your device or used it before.  It is helpful to also check the key features. Popular Apps include, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Tea and Skype.

Connectivity & Settings: Check your internet connectivity, audio and video settings to make sure they are functioning.  

Logging In: My suggestion is log in with your video off.  This keeps you settled while you wait.  Once the interviewer comes online, you can turn on your video.

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Best wishes in your Career Journey.

Best Regards.

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