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What You Should Know About Recruiting Today.

A number of reasons but most likely nothing that has to do with perceived supernatural forces or your résumé, though that matters too. But  several reports released in recent times have thrown the spotlight on some strong yet frequently overlooked reasons many individuals are still unemployed, asides having low grades in school or a bad résumé. Even very good intelligent people are wandering the streets looking for jobs.

“23million Nigerians are unemployable”… that was 3 years ago.

This year, a report showed that recruiters were facing challenges hiring  university graduates. Might sound strange, especially with the number of unemployed men and women you can recall.

You are probably screaming I’m here! Hire me!  but recruitment to employers is what job seeking is to jobseekers. Employers bend over backwards to be sure they hire the best candidate into their team, because they are aware the wrong candidate might cost them more than what they might lose not having one extra person on board.

Just as much, you want a convenient job that gives you the opportunity to advance in your career with adorable bosses supervising you plus a six-digit salary added to the package. Who wouldn’t want such a life?

These are the major reasons you don’t have a job yet.

The skills are missing: Either in your résumé or your experience, employers most likely don’t see reasons to hire you because you lack the skills that match roles they want to hire for. For example, you can be an Electrician but without listing it in your CV, that would be hard to know. Asides hard skills ( core skills for professional roles like engineering, accounting etc), there are other skills- known as soft skills- employers look out for and it’s discouraging to know most job seekers lack them. Skills such as effective communication, attention to details (analytical skill), interpersonal skill, quality time management, self confidence, flexibility or simply, listening skill are more like a chase in the wind for most employers. You don’t need to be a genius, at least not all the time, to be noticed for something significant. Do a google search for soft skills and create a checklist for a large number of them, tick out the ones you have and know where you really stand on the EQ(Emotional Intelligence Quotient) ladder.  Humans get hired, not robots. Get yourself in a postion to show employers you are a potential good employee.


Your applications are poor: You are perhaps desperate to get a job and for this reason send out as many résumés for any job openings but what really matters in a job search is not the number of applications you’ve forwarded but the number of interviews/job offers you’ve gotten in the process. Firstly, you can’t get any job, an effective jobseeker has a clear idea of the field or – to a more specific level- Company  s/he’d like to work in and then prepares applications that fit into the category. Before you send any application for a job, be sure it is the best you can possibly do; otherwise rewrite the application with the help of a friend or an expert.


You aren’t networking right. Most employers would naturally hire more people from the web of their inner circle, with the belief that it is easier to work with  friends. It therefore goes without saying that you should have a laid out plan for the number of places you’d like to work in and get yourself in front of the right people. It’ll certainly require more of your time meeting people and doing volunteer work or tracking employers in job fairs, spending lots of money –sorrowfully- to get yourself across town to see a mentor or to attend networking events but the effort eventually pays off because you’ll be more enlightened and also learn to place yourself in the spotlight for potential employers to notice. Don’t network only when you are looking for a job, see every meeting or interaction as an opportunity to network, get recruiters to be your friends and it gets easier down the line.

– You want ‘the life’ to happen now: for many job seekers, they’ve turned down many job offers because they feel they deserve more but the hard truth remains that the road to a fulfilling career is  not as smooth as most people think, especially young people with very little experience.  You reach a fulfilling career by gathering as many experiences as you can; either by taking the low pay and doing extra work, or sometimes by doing the wrong job- even though you may have the right focus. None of your experiences come to waste because there’s a lesson learned in all of them. When you start small – from the bottom- you get to discover your talents, strengths and weaknesses; and can easily map out a way to thrive with them.

-Your social life is very ancient: We are in a fast-paced world no doubt, everything is moving so swiftly; in a snap of the fingers, technology throws us something new in the face; first it was the internet, then social media, smartphones followed and now we have driverless cars. All that has affected the way many things happen. Companies now consider most-if not all- of these factors for their products and means to reach their market; even how they recruit. Employers were formerly only interested in what your résumé says about you, now they do a google search to measure your relevance online. It would appear awkward for you to think it weird when a employer requests for your Facebook  details. Employers want to know who you are outside the interview room, they want to catch a glimpse of what your friends say about you or to be sure if you have any significance whatsoever on the webspace. Yes, permit me to say your personal life and work life are fitting into one big whole and that’s why you should strive to achieve a work-life balance.

There’s a mismatch between your skills and what employers want: This is one of the many “beyond your control” reasons employers won’t hire you and I’m mentioning this just so you don’t beat yourself up thinking it’s all your fault. Sometimes, many employers just hire from their workforce. An employer has a vacant position to fill and presto- he looks for an existing employee to fill that role. Other times, employers just offer trainings to build up the skills of existing employees to match the requirements for vacant positions because, by their calculations, it’ll cost them less. Arguably, employers control most of the recruiting process so it’s possible qualification may boil down to the interviewer’s personal opinion, sometimes biased. And the list goes on.


But this is no reason to shift the blames on employers. Look long and hard at yourself and get to the root cause for your unemployment, find out from people where you need improvement and gradually build yourself to offer value employers can’t resist. I strongly suggest you start from the bottom if you don’t have the skills required for a better position, there are some benefits involved and it helps you close skill gaps.


Quick question: Most employers are known to hop after fresh graduates with first class honors and second class upper honors, do you think these individuals are always the best fit for such jobs? Kindly drop a comment in the section below.


Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell