Just Sow A Seed

Today I share s story of one of my exciting milestones.

When in 2019 I hosted Workplace Readiness Workshop (WRW), I was first encouraged by the smiles on the faces of our participants most of whom walked in gloomy, but left with confidence and hope, the passion with which our faculty members shared their knowledge and experience. We held three success-story-backed workshop series in 2019 and later included one-on-one monthly career counseling sessions with the support of our volunteer counsellors.

As if the demands on these were not enough, we created an  internship program, primarily to support fresh graduates with job search guide, while we expose them to workplace skills and get them involved in projects that would improve their skills and confidence. We couldn’t afford it, but we did it.

It was nothing but seeds that I and the team of volunteer faculties and counsellors sowed in the lives of these young professionals. Sometimes, what people need is our seeds to get it right.

I have been humbled by how, when I check on them through their LinkedIn profiles, I see what they have made of that little seed. A lot of them have moved on to interesting jobs, others have been able to define their career paths.

Recently, I got a text from one of these great young professionals. “Hi Afoma, I have been trying to reach you, I just got a job with a top international organisation”. lt was one of the best news ever. I called her Budding Star, when I recruited and coached her for trainee HR role for a client and she later joined our WRW program. In the course of this journey, God does send more people their way, but I remain grateful to have been a part of it.

So you sow the seeds, they or someone water it, and God will do the rest. Never miss an opportunity to sow positive seed in the lives of others in actions, words, deeds and helpful guidance.

This reminds me of my great boss, who God planted in my life, Kehinde Aina, Founder and Managing Partner, Aina. Blankson, Lp . It wasn’t bed of roses, when I worked with him; the drill was too much😄😄. But I look back and will not wish anything else.

So today, I celebrate all the young professionals who gave me a chance to be a part of their career success stories.
I thank our volunteer faculties and counsellors for the selfless support they gave me at the time.

And to my friends, bosses, colleagues, mentors, thank you for all your support through this journey.

Though I have had to close these programs, I am ever grateful to have tried and for the opportunity to support lives. #gratitude #careercoaching #careercounseling #impact #freshgraduate #youthemployment  #youthunemployment #employment Fola Adeloye, LLM, TEPK. Chuks Okoye, Opemipo Oyekanmi, Amina Lawal, Adeniyi Charles Ajayi,  Olayinka Sangotoye, Ozi Okoli, Kunle Ajagbe, Nnamdi Azike, Henry Ofurune, Obioma Ajaonu LL.B,MBA, FCIS, FCG, MIoD.

Hope you find this useful. And I hope this helps someone to remember that all your little efforts add up some day.

Esteem Regards,

How to Handle Job Application Process in a Professional Way

Many Job Applicants stay longer in their job search journey, not because they are unqualified or have no relevant skills for the jobs they apply, but most times, because of the way they handle their job application process. In this post I share some tips, you will find useful.

Avoid Typos:  Before you click the send button, proofread your CV, Cover Letter and Cover Email carefully to be sure there is no typing error.  Error-free document is a sign of having attention to details, an important skill for any job.

Communicate: Along with your CV, your application should contain a cover email. Do not send only your CV without a word on the body of your email.  It is not courteous and shows poor skills.

Cover All Sections: Your application should contain a subject, cover email, (a cover letter where requested), and your cover email should include a closing section and your name.   Do not just say, ‘please find attached’.

Example of Closing Section:

“I look forward to your consideration.

Kind Regards,

Clara Michael”

Be Vigilant: Check your inbox including your junk mail folder more frequently and respond to interview invitations promptly.

Do Not Ignore Interview Invitations. When you receive an invitation for an interview, it is important to respond, whether you want to accept, decline or reschedule the interview. This puts you in a good state for any future encounter with the Recruiter.  It is a small world!

Take Your Job Application as a Business: Apply for jobs that you are sure to see through. Do not apply for jobs for the sake of trying your luck, for the fun of it, or apply for tons of jobs you cannot track, and then ignore an invitation for an interview. 

Listen to the Audio, click here Online Interview Guides to Help Boost Your Performance  www.afomauchendu.com https://open.spotify.com/episode/4kt3bfubjUH3jLsaS2gx5P

Keep Track.  If you apply for so many jobs at a time, create a tracking system, write down all your job applications, such as the company or the recruiter, the positions and the dates you applied.  Check your list each time you get an invitation or search your ‘Sent Items’ folder. It is unprofessional to tell a Recruiter that you do remember applying for a job.

Commit to Interviews: If you accept an invitation to attend an interview, make efforts to attend.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, inform the Recruiter ahead.

Be Courteous: Remain courteous throughout the recruitment process, no matter how upset you may feel with the way a recruiter has handled your application. Stay respectful and courteous. Remember we are all humans and do err; more so, interpersonal skill is one of the sought after skills in labour market, so arm yourself with it during your application process. In a nutshell, stay professional in your approach and interaction.

If you have found this helpful, there are more tips on the Resources – Career section of my website, http://www.afomauchendu.com. Remember to help someone else – click the share button to share this; or comment, like or ask questions. You can also subscribe at http://www.afomauchendu.com so that each new post lands on your email box.

Best wishes in your career journey.

Kind Regards.

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