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How To Make Your Job Search Easier

Editor’s note: We are privileged to have one of Nigeria’s top recruiters, Segun Akiode, contribute to our blog this week.  As an experienced Talent Acquisition Specialist, he gives expert advice to job seekers on how they can realise their career dreams. He is also a Blogger | Motivational Speaker | Aspiring Father … Connect with him | twitter: @segunakiode | FB Profile: Akiode Segun Oluwatosin | FB Page: Nuggets For Nobles |Blog: http://segunakiode.wordpress.com

In the study of science, physical laws are sets of theoretical principles that are generally accepted, proven scientifically and are universally acceptable. A good example is gravitational law; it is no respecter of geographical location or skin colour; it holds true anywhere on planet earth.

With this in mind, I want to make a statement of fact that so are the principles that govern job search world over; they don’t change from place to place, irrespective of economic peculiarity or political irregularity; though they are often modified, the general principles remain intact.

In the world today, there is an intense demand on the government for more job creation. The unemployment rate is increasing geometrically with population increase. But the availability of the jobs seems to be ‘decreasing’ by the day. Employers are hiring everyday but they complain that there is scarcity of quality talents in the labour market, that’s what we call ‘the War of Talent’ in human resources (’The War of Talents’ is a term coined by Steven Hankin of McKinsey Company in 1997).

While we are still waiting for a ‘job creation miracle’ in Nigeria, we must be ready to grab the few vacancies that show-up in The Guardian every week as well as credible online job sites like Jobberman.com.

From a recruiter’s point of view, any job seeker that has a mind to win in the talent war must take his/her job search seriously because job searching is a job in itself!  

I am very much passionate about increasing the rate of hires of job seekers in Nigeria. However, the dilemma of most recruiters (like myself) is that we get lots of job openings on a regular basis but find it difficult to find the right fit for the role. So many factors are responsible for these, I must add, a few of which are within the purview of every job seeker to correct and thereby make them employable by the employer.  Yes, indeed that is very possible if you follow a few tips as listed below:

  1. Don’t apply for jobs you are NOT qualified for: Recruiters are tired of seeing ‘unqualified’ CVs in the application pool of job opening. It is seen as a waste of time and lack of direction on the part of the job applicant. Also, it reduces your chances of been considered for the job. I know it is now a practice among most job seekers to shoot their CV for everywhere job opening they see but, please I beg you stop it! Do not waste your precious time further. Concentrate rather on those jobs that match your abilities.
  2. Don’t submit the SAME CV for all job opening: The habit of one CV fits all job openings must be stopped. Always submit a ‘job-specific’ CV for each job opening. That way your CV speaks for you before you are shortlisted for an interview.
  3. Don’t go for an interview unprepared: You must know that while your CV gets you the interview opportunity, it is your performance at the interview that would land you the job, so go prepared. Also, always have a mind of your own and don’t tell the interviewer ready-made answers from books you have read but speak from your heart. A good interviewer knows the difference.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If so, drop a note in the comments section and I give you my word that I would respond to them all as they come in.



Nathan Jeffery
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