I moved to Nigeria in June of 2010 (My husband has been here for about seven year now, so I moved to be with him) and I stated looking for a job in December 2010. I was looking through websites online in general and I came across Jobberman. I was new to Nigeria and didn’t know too many people and so everything was whatever I could find online and the site (Jobberman.com) looked legitimate. Although I didn’t have great expectations, I signed up immediately.
Given my niched background (investment banking and private equity), I wasnt sure I was going to get what I wanted. But Jobberman.com had lots of vacancies in banking/finance as well as in private equity which was fantastic; it was probably the first jobs website that I came across that had a proper classification system and actually had job openings in that space (investment banking), because it’s not general corporate banking which is mass banking.
I received a phone call to interview within 3 hours of applying, I did the interview on January 7th because I got a reply the same day and I started work on January 10th. It was pretty amazing.
My husband works for Olam and they have a over hundred expatriate families so I know between fifteen and sixteen other women who have moved to Nigeria because of their husbands who are MBAs or engineers so I always refer people to Jobberman because that’s where I got my job from and I know at least two or three other people who have got interview calls and jobs through Jobberman as well.
My advice to jobseekers that haven't been succesful in getting a job on Jobberman yet is - How do you structure your CV? If you are saying that you are fit for a role, then you need to present your skills in the best possible manner. Secondly, are you sure that you aren't applying for a Job that is above your qualification? Chances are you won’t get a call back but if you are fit for that role, it’s not difficult to get an interview call back. I believe jobs are out there especially in Nigeria.
Jobberman's activities are legitimate and it’s not a website with too much fluff or too much decorations; it’s straight to the point and gets things done. My employers still continue to use Jobberman and we even hired our present Head of Finance through Jobberman.
I have used other jobs sites but all the other websites are very generic; it looks like the same jobs goes on all other websites but the jobs on Jobberman are more exclusive. You can see that the people at Jobberman have the right connections
Kanchan Bajaj Pradeep
Company Name: Kaizen Venture Partners