Thursday, 22 June 2017

7 Things You Can Do To Sell Yourself despite Graduating With A 2.2


Job, Marketing, Self development
Job Interview Situation



This post is directed at the school teenagers who spend their time doing things that don’t matter. Many Nigerian students see the freedom which has been given to them as an opportunity to unleash whatever has been holding them down. Most have been caged for so long by their parents and see this as an opportunity to do what they have been visualizing.

When I was in school I heard a lot of things such as finishing with a good grade and all. I was excited and was filled with a lot of aspirations and dreams to finish with a first class or a 2.1, these were known as good grades and was going to give an edge in the market. Anything short of this was considered absolute failure and waste of time.


However, this doesn’t mean that graduates with a 2.2, third class or a pass won’t get jobs, but it is what they do after school that will determine how fast you can get a job. This are not laid down rules but pointers that can be followed to secure a dream job.


Check out the following things you can do to improve your chances to get that job.


Discover what you can do

This is not rocket science but a simple thought process. Take time to ask yourself what you can do, most times talent doesn’t happen unless it is put to test. Examination is not a true test of knowledge so don’t be discouraged. Look for other attributes and skills that you possess and put it into good use. Only then can you evaluate the response you get when applying for jobs. Most jobs nowadays don’t even look at grade they look at your soft skills, what you can bring to the table. Explore this and come up with a compelling CV.


Change your mindset

Your mindset is everything, if you feel you are a failure then indeed you are a failure. Never back down if you finish with something less than expected because there are people who even didn’t attend school but are doing well outside. You are who you think you are. When I was in school, I know some of my mates that didn’t show up for their convocation ceremony because they felt like failures. If your mindset is down then you can’t achieve anything. Dust your cv and start doing something.


Professional Certification are important

This cannot be overemphasized, education is evolving and so is the recruitment market. Most Hr experts do not joke with this aspect of recruitment. There are a lot of professional certifications out there. Look for the body that’s related to your course of study, register and become certified. The funny thing is that these courses are not expensive to do. This makes you become a member and increases your chances of been recognized since you will meet people who are already experts in the field.


Communication and interpersonal skills a must

Communication is a must if you want to sell yourself. 2.2 or less is not the end of life it is only a motivating tool to do better than people with a first class. You must be fluent in communication and your relations with others should not be rigid but flexible. Soft skills will go a long way to improve your ability to get that contact to your dream job. When it comes to situation when the interviewer is what stands between you and your dream job, it’s your communication skill that will bail you out in such situation. Interaction with others is a plus in this situation. Even if you the shy type try socializing with people and boost your confidence it will go a long way.


Network 

Just like my earlier point on socializing this comes next. After building the contacts via communication channels then have a networking attitude. This is an ongoing process that can come up when you are in a meeting with professionals in your field of studies or other avenues. Social media is Great Avenue to carry this out such as Facebook and LinkedIn which is for professionals. Have a good profile and attractive bio displaying your qualifications and experience.

This is not immediate but a gradual process. Most recruiters go to this medium to check for qualified and sound candidates to fill up necessary positions. Instead of wasting your time in dating sites and other irrelevant sites. Sign up today and start selling yourself.


Experience is the best teacher

There’s is a saying that you cannot give what you don’t have. What you know and can do cannot be taken from you. Experience gives you an edge over other candidates looking for the same position. Most companies don’t want to spend money training and the rest, they prefer candidates that they can employ immediately and they hit the ground running immediately. In as much as its difficult getting a co-up or internship in the multi-national companies, there are other places that you can volunteer to learn and be an expert. These advice goes especially to the youths and teenagers in higher institution in Nigeria, if you are doing your IT, try and learn all you can at that given time and try to maintain good relationship with the management of where you worked.


Drop your CV everywhere

Lastly, ensure you drop your CV everywhere you go. Print hard copies and share especially job recruitment websites. Opportunity can come anytime, be prepared for any job pending when you get to a stage when you can select the jobs that you want. Give your CV to friends to share to different employees and tailor your CV to the company you are applying too. Do not forget to pray for grace not withstanding as there are graduates that have gotten six figure jobs in places where they do not know anyone or even qualified.


I drop my pen at this junction, feel free to add yours


Friday, 27 January 2017

How Your Mentality Plays a Big Role in How You Are Perceived




Winning Mentality of a Team/ mentality playing a big role
Barclays Premier League Winner - Manchester United


Being an ardent football fan for one of the biggest football clubs in Europe. I sat down one afternoon watching my favourite team playing and could not erase a thought from my mind. I kept thinking of one word “Mentality”. I kept observing the spectators and I could see the joy and pride amongst the supporters. Even the commentator was making a remark about the winning mentality of the team and yes the word struck to my brain like glue. It was only normal for me to pick up my laptop to start writing. Now what is this mentality I am talking about?

Mentality is a salient framework by which we are being are perceived by any one we come across. How your mentality plays a big role cannot be over emphasized. Mentality can be defined as a way of thinking or the ability to think and learn. Our mental capacity directs our ability to communicate and socialize with people around us. If you have a mentality of a child then you will be perceived as a child. Even if you are a full grown adult, if you think like a child then you will be treated as such. I have seen people been referred to as children, the funny thing is they take offense because they are definitely not children but it’s not their fault as they grew up that way.

Your mentality cuts across various aspects of life. If you have the mentality to be poor then definitely you will be poor. If you have the mentality to be rich then you will be rich. Your brain is like the software of the body, whatever command you give to it; it will act towards achieving that. Goals don’t just manifest themselves they are a product of our thinking. Your mentality drives your actions. Your mentality makes things happen. If you have a mentality to be successful, then opportunities will present themselves for you to achieve that. Have you seen a situation when you wish for something to happen positively and it just happens like that without prior notice? That is our mentality working for us. Make a decision today to have the right thoughts.

The word”mental,” which means of the mind, or how your mind works can be measured through various test such as IQ test or through schooling test. Our mentality can improve as a result of experience too. As we grow through life we learn lessons which affect our mentality whether for good or bad. The mentality of a company or a business venture will have a say if that company will grow or not. The mentality of the founder needs to be instilled on the workers so that they can play into the strengths of the company. The mentality of the company is seen in its ideology which will also play in the core values. If the mentality is nothing to write home about then in no time will that venture be a shadow of itself.

Keying into this will go a long way in ensuring you live a life of your dreams. Success doesn’t come easily, it needs to be acquired and only if the mentality is right for it. That feeling when a football team makes that last minute equalizer or even a winning goal against all odds, that’s an example of a winning mentality. The zeal to never give up despite all odds is what differentiates the men from the boys. Even in other kind of sports it’s only common to see successful teams at the top of their games because of the collective positive mentality of the team and staff. This plays a big role in all their games throughout the season. Having a winning mentality does not start in a day it is something gained overtime and with experience.

Your mentality defines you to a great deal. You are a product of what you think and do. Your decisions are influenced by your mentality. It is warped around it like the web of a spider.  Why do you want to be a loser when you can be an amazing person with the right personality and attitude? When your mentality is the backbone of your thoughts then you are heading in the right direction.

See Also: 7 Essential Positive Thinking Practices You Should Know (AnEveryday Guide)

Positive thinking and positive mentality goes together if you think positively every time then you will attract good opportunities to yourself. When you continue in positivism then your mentality generally will talk for you. People will view you as a happy person. If you want to start making money you need to have a rich mentality and work towards that. Most successful people do not have a mentality of failure instead their mind is programmed towards winning. If you don’t have a winning mentality today strive to gain some. Begin by erasing negative thoughts from your mind from there you can start filtering your thoughts one at a time. This cuts across all works of life the power is in your hands and the decision lies with you.




Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Life Chronicles Part 4



MMM and its global influence and emergence.



Hello readers, on this chapter of life chronicles, I decide to come back to my home country and talk about the trending topic of this year which is the emergence of MMM which has affected everyone as a whole. MMM is a community of people providing financial help on the principle of benevolence. They provide help to one another. It was created to fight the unfair financial system. I had to check their website and understand what they are about and the ideology struck me to the bone as there are no visible proofs that they are not genuine. Even if the system is on a temporary break for a month I will use this article to motivate the participants to be steadfast and not listen to any negative advice or utterance as this will only make them doubtful.




MMM started about last year and it has grown widely in the country little wonder did the number of registered participants tripled in a few months. Every decision you take whether right or wrong will either make or mar you. For the participant that donated with his or her spare cash I am proud of you because the people that are making jest of you today are like stagnant water they are not making a move to change their financial status but are just waiting to castigate and ridicule you. Do not listen but keep on striving to be free, to be the best and the sky will be your starting point. You are better than someone who did not try at all. Even if you do not succeed at first you will at second trail.


It is not over not until the head is off, I have been deliberating for sometime why people act the way they do. Why do people make fun of others? Why do people derive joy in judging and seeing the downfall of another man?  You are in this world to make a mark and impact others to the fullest. I have been observing what has been happening recently in my country Nigeria. How there are schemes that promote independence, and financial freedom. These schemes have been widely accepted as they have the sole purpose of eradicating the unfair and unjust financial system.


This scheme has been proven to make the average man smile even without undergoing the hard pressures of life. I see youths embracing these schemes and I see testimonies about the benefit of joining these businesses. So I decided to see what it is all about. The ideology of MMM is very sound and it’s proven to have good intentions for the lay man. The masses can all be paid if everyone understands how to go about it. With proper rules and fine tuning this scheme will be embraced by all. I weep for this country as there is already a lot of suffering for the people. Nigeria is currently on recession and you wouldn’t blame people for looking for alternative means of income. I for one will support that boy or girl who has the zeal and ambition to do something for themselves.


It is worthy to note that not all network marketing schemes are safe as some are just there to exploit and take advantage of people. Fast forward a week ago and I heard that the system went for a break. Participants could not get help as the administrations wanted a balance in the system. But as you have it paid bloggers and media took advantage of this news and decided to make a whole lot of story from it. MMM has been helping lives and I have prove of that. Further investigation reveals that the system did not crash as propagated by the media. Instead the measures were taking to prevent any overload of the system during this festive season. Why castigate and laugh at the misfortunes of others.


Even the ordinary market woman will testify that this scheme has changed their life. I urge everyone to rally around and get people to register and be patient as nothing good comes easy. For you to become a man then you have to take risk and do things which you won’t normally find yourself doing. Learn to develop yourself more than you can think of. Read a book, learn a new language, travel and do something new every time.


Time waits for no one, the sooner you break the chain that holds you back the better the chances of breakthrough. I can vouch for fighters with an attitude never to give up. Life has a lot of things to teach us we just need to tap into it. There are several opportunities out there that present us with a chance to be financially free. It is left for you to take a chance or let the opportunity go begging. MMM took people by surprise but I strongly believe it will rise up once again. Do not lose hope as it is he who wears the shoe that knows where it pinches the most. I was talking to a man recently and he told me how he has tried so many networking schemes and none has worked for him, I advised him that there is a reason for everything but he started MMM and he benefited from the scheme. Even in the turn of events that has happened recently I was surprised that he is still confident about the whole situation.



However, keeping an open mind will help everyone. I am not in any way supporting people to engage in quick money making schemes but engage in business that have sound backing and a good ideology. If it works for you fine if it doesn’t strive for more. I urge you not to sit back and criticize people when they are down just to prove a point instead a little word of encouragement will do the magic. There are ups and downs in life.  


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How To Make The Best Out of Every Situation




how to make the best out of every situation

LIFE LIKE A GAME OF CHESS 



Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life has its ups and downs, twists and turns. It throws us into uncomfortable situations when we even doubt ourselves. Coming out on top is why I have written this article. Even if it’s a slight advantage, it is important we are at the preferable point. We all prefer when we are in our comfort zone, where there are no issues, we are relaxed and that’s when everything is termed fine. For instance, if we take a cue from the world chess championship ongoing presently in New York you notice how the players take time analyzing the situation on the board they think of their opponents next move, they make plans to outsmart their opponents. Such is life, plan against the next move.



“When you see a good move, look for a better one”—Emmanuel Lasker

The end justifies the means but the present is as important. Most successful people in the world make every situation count. They don’t see obstacles as setbacks rather they see them as challenges and they fight to overcome them.  Remember; accept there are things you can’t control and let go. See every situation as a way to boost your self confidence.



Take every action seriously, as there are repercussions for each.  Accept and love yourself and build your self confidence. Be venerable and connect deeper with everyone. Everyone is different and diverse and it imminent that you will come across people that will irritate you. Once you can get your emotions under control and in check, then you can overcome any temptation. If you carry grudges in your mind then it will be like a baggage in your head. But once you have a mentality that everything happens for a reason then you will find out that you are free.



Be sure that people also make life difficult but you have to make the best out of every situation, no matter how negative. No man is perfect except God and if we put this in mind, you will be able to tolerate others. Perfectionist always push themselves and have high expectations they see each situation as a competition with life being their rival. This is an advantage if you have this personality but there are disadvantages because they can easily be depressed if things don’t work out.



One of the things that can contribute in setting one up for disappointment is having high expectations. While having high expectations can be beneficial in many areas of life, it’s always good to make sure that these expectations are realistic. This is also a great discussion to have with kids so they can learn that making the best out of every situation will ultimately make them happy. Children are very sensitive and they pick up habits and if they’re wired to be less confident then it will be difficult for them to comport themselves when faced with similar situations later in life.


Half the time, a situation happens that directly influences us, hurts our feelings, makes us feel uncomfortable and lingers throughout our day, this is so because we let it happen. Let me use a typical work situation, the instance when your boss replies to you indifferently, be polite and professional, and let him know that you don’t appreciate being spoken to that way. Be bold but polite. Maintain your stance and principles. If your boss is someone of integrity and a great personality it will be easy for him to understand.


Calm responses go a long way to cool an already heated situation.  You can make the best out of every situation you find yourself by having a plan and a goal and means to achieve that goal. Even negative situations can end up being the take home lesson. We learn constantly through experience and practice so if a situation presents itself more than once we can take advantage of it since we already know the outcomes of certain decisions we take.