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Tips For Young Job Seekers

Adesegun Damazio

I’d like to share a few tips with young job-seekers out there.

I know you’re doing your best to get a job somewhere, anywhere, and I do hope that you find a placement soon.

In the meantime, you might want to consider these few ideas just in case they’re new to you:

  • Open a LinkedIn account. I’ve seen people put up posts on Facebook and Twitter requesting for job opportunities but can tell you for a fact that you’re more than likely to get an offer or valuable referrals from LinkedIn than any other social media platform. There are statistics to back this up but I won’t bore you with that. Just Google it yourself and see.
  • Garnish your LinkedIn profile with professional English language construction and not shorthand or elementary English. See it as a marketing profile which anybody can be drawn to at first glance.
  • Send connection requests to people in your preferred field of work. And most importantly, target your requests at HR personnel – managers, directors and officers. These professionals have been shown to spend more time perusing LinkedIn than any other kind, though it’s advisable you send requests to other organizational top shots as well in other to boost your chances.
  • Once your request has been accepted by a good number of highly-positioned individuals, put up a post stating your job request and if possible, attach a PROFESSIONAL picture of yourself. It’s like adding salt to taste. In the post, enumerate your qualifications, skill sets and preferred field (FMCG, NGO, Retail etc.) It’s important you make a concise post, otherwise, your connections might just scroll away from the epistle. The more likes, comments and shares you get on the post, the wider the reach. It’s how LinkedIn woks.
  • At this point, people will start viewing your profile. Ensure you view the profile of people who have viewed yours. All of them. Note the highly-positioned individuals who are in your preferred field and send them punchy messages stating your willingness to work for them. No long messages, just appreciate the time they took to view your profile and tailor your short message along professional lines.
  • Watch what happens from there.
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I’m not saying this is the ice-breaker but trust me, it’s worked for a lot of people and I felt it won’t hurt to share this strategy with my friends.

Please, be mindful of what you post on LinkedIn too. It’s not a platform for subs, derogatory comments and slay mama/papa pictures. Keep it professional and build a good image for yourself.

On the side, continue to send your industry-specific CVs to the recruiters you come across on MyJobMag and HotNigerianJobs.

I hope you get lucky someway and somehow. But LinkedIn really works – in Nigeria. BIG TIME!

Cheers! 🙏🏽

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Money Talks Start Up Corner NG

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DATA?

Mabel Agbenyo

Yes you read that right, what are you doing with your data? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and Snapchat… What are you gaining from all these platforms? Better dress sense? How to handle your man? Latest celebrity gossip? Oh the regular Subs on Facebook? I ask against; WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DATA?

Couple of weeks back an aunt invited me to a program and it was one thought provoking seminar. There were two major speakers Mr Odun Emasealu MD Interior Woodwork Limited and Mr Ola Olabinjo a newly retired banker of all sorts. Now these two men told us their stories and I was amazed. They started from scratch, they started from the very bottom, the odds were against them yet they beat it and made it.

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Daily I read on Facebook and other platforms how young able bodied men and women sit to bash the government , saying as how they have failed us and I feel sad, sad because these people are not doing anything to help the economy still they bash the government. Have you thought of entrepreneurship? Have you thought of actually working with your hands? What talent do you have? What do you have passion for? What are you contributing to the country’s economy?

Do you know you can start a business for as low as 5k? Do you know you can ditch pride and actually do some jobs you assumed to be below your level? Many years ago my older brother said something jokingly but I caught it and held on to it. He said “Shit money no dey smell, na shit dey smell”.

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On this Social media I have found lots of entrepreneurs that are giving back to the society. I bet you haven’t heard of Purest Nathaniel Enyinnaya. This is a young man who left the banking world and went to learn fashion designing. Today he is going around the nation holding free tailoring classes, he goes from state to state and for 3 weeks he would teach men and women how to sew.

Do you know @Obi-Leather? Dang that man is a genius with leather, the awesome things he makes out of leather, he sources for these leathers himself and make bags and wallet and whatever you can think of. He holds classes for children in his neighbourhood in Lagos and guess what? People still suspect him, some say he can’t just be teaching children without getting money from some NGO’s. He is not a young man, he is old but guess what? He is not lazing around. He is contributing his quota to the society.

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I found these men and many money on social media because I go looking for them, the same social media we use in Subbing and Lynching each other. Ask yourself today what you do with your DATA, do you just pay for subscription weekly or monthly to catch up on the newest gossip? Before you buy your next subscription, ask yourself what you gained from the last one.

Happy new week people. 💋💋

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Businesses You Can Start With 200 Thousand Naira

If you are thinking of starting a (new) business, you should look at this document for ideas… Even if you have more than 200 thousand Naira.

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Money Management Tips

I made the payment for my daughter’s school fees today. I’m sure someone would ask “Kini big deal?”
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It’s a big deal to me because this time last year, we had to pay in 3 instalments. We were experiencing “cash flow challenges”, as one of my friends put it.

We had to make a lot of lifestyle changes and do away with frivolities. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we are not where we used to be. For that, I’m grateful.

I guess some are wondering how I managed to share the recharge cards and other “freebies” I was giving in the midst of the cash flow challenges. Hehehehe.

First of all, I made up my mind to resort to asking for help online if and only if I had truly tried everything I could and nothing worked. As we now know, some of the things I tried worked well enough to cover for those that did not.

Secondly, I said “cash flow challenges” because the truth is that the man/woman that is DILIGENT and SKILLFUL will stand before kings, not obscure men. If the skills you currently have cannot pay the bills for now, consider diversification.

Also, I talked about making lifestyle changes. We had to cut our cloth according to our material. We cut out unnecessary expenditure and found opportunities to reduce our spendings on the “essentials” (Eg, a power surge spoilt our DSTV decoder and we somehow got used to GOTv). There is nothing wrong with DSTV ooo, it’s just that the small savings we made by switching to GOTv made a difference… We found small small savings here and there.

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We found other streams of income that do not really interfere with our regular jobs. Sure, we need to cut down on our “social time” but I think the gains outweigh the pains.

Finally, God’s mercy is the prevailing factor in all of these things. There were strategies I received for the business streams in the place of prayer. I had and still have my pen and paper constantly with me because strategies keep coming from “above”.

I pray that I will be able to influence and support people currently experiencing “cash flow challenges” to maximize their resources to improve their financial conditions. That’s what drives the many pages, groups and profiles. I really want to help and support people as they maximize their online presence.

Welcome to my world!

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