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How To Survive In The Nigerian Job Market

With the constant changes in the Nigerian economy, the job market is affected. Every year, graduates are released into the market with no corresponding employment opportunities. Many are left to find their “bearings“. However, few lucky, smart and intelligent ones get the jobs. The fact is employers are reluctant to hire and want more productivity from fewer people. When the economy is crawling, the job market is crawling. The job market is not smiling :). As changes occur in the economy,many companies are forced to take a deep cut on their running/operating costs. There is little an employee can do than to follow the trends while adding value which would count later. As a jobseeker, you are left to fighting your way through the needle’s eye. You can read these :


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The fact that you got a job or that “connection” worked for you does not guarantee your job security.When someone draws you up your career ladder, you must have some qualities to stay on top. Would your father’s friend get a job for you and keep you on the job?  “The job of keeping your job is your job”. Largely, the issue of job security lies with you. Things change quickly. Mergers and mismanagement cause businesses to close every day. Other companies, due to economic downturns, are forced to reduce their number of employees either temporarily or possibly even permanently. Then your employer will be forced to decide who will go and who will stay.

Thus, it is important you improve your mental ability and increase your productivity. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. For you to succeed in your career journey, you need to understand what determines value in the job marketplace and how you can influence it. Have a career chart, put it up where you can see it every day (anywhere!) to constantly remind yourself of where you are and where you are going.  According to Segun Akiode, “your value in the marketplace is derived from two elements : the value of your potential  ‘potential value’ and the value of your experience  ‘experiential value’.Potential value is measured by your intellect while experiential value is measured by how much of your intellect has been put to work to produce results”.

The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action”-Herbert Spencer

Knowledge is a sword that can only destroy ignorance. Not everyone gets a job via connection

“It is not only about who you know, what you know is equally important”.

The job market is about survival of the fittest.

Are you fit?


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You can also read:

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How Your Age Affects Your Job Search

How To Be More Relevant In The Job Market

How To Create A Healthy Work Environment





Nathan Jeffery
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