3/30 – #30LifeLessons: Learn how to earn more than a living.

Or being filthy rich (but why is it that the adjectives that describes being wealthy are negative like “filthy” or “stinking”, “madly”?). Money is not magical. It doesn’t simply fall to earth like drifting rain and land on those who are “lucky”. People who have money realize that money is a reward for providing goods and services to someone who needs them. The level of necessity for these items and the level of skill required for the service or item are what determine the price of your labour, so if you desire to up your price, up your expertise. If you are a fashion designer and it is approaching December deadline, you will be busy and make lots of money. If you are on the street selling expensive pencils that no one wants, you will starve.

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2/30 – #30LifeLessons Every situation presents an opportunity to learn something new.

20245783_1224521617656532_4556532286537780809_nOne of my biggest failure and financial lost until now was my fruitless scholarship at NIIT Obaakran and the tuition fee I paid there (the cost of a 6months training was about the amount of my university tuition for 4years), it went into the thin air without notice… I which I had clearly identified my strengths and path back then I would have registered for ICPD or something related. But then the urge to be IT Certified was uncontrollable. (I actually lost the fee because I couldn’t grab the jagons in the 6Months stipulated and it was cut off due to call for national youth service). It left me with two lesson. I should manage my stress level if I want to live long. It was then I realised I had volatile and irregular BP (that manifests whenever I want to take those online assessment, you can’t fully understand if you’ve not been through it) and I leant how to package training and events (NIIT dey try, from advertisement to training – all na icing). In all it was a not-too-good experience but I pulled few lessons from it. And the other lesson I learnt is “Parents will always be Parents”. I felt like a prodigal son, but my parents where a solid comfort. I can’t forget the words of my mum. And I hope to share my children on to greatness too! Read the rest of this entry »

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1/30 – #30LifeLessons: You can do whatever you want with life!!!

20245421_1224166991025328_7179828608810305239_nSometimes in JSS 3, I came across a book; a sort of compilation of short stories about outstanding Olympic performances and I realised this bigger-than-life performances were by mere men with firm resolve. I there and then concentrated my energy on sports – I played 9 for my secondary school football team (it still amazes me how I got that shirt ahead of some smart guys). In athletics, I realised I just couldn’t complete in 100m and 200m, I turn my attention to long distance, where I was about the second or third in the school. I dreamt of representing my University at NUGA and wearing Green-White-Green at Olympics but I was educated out of my dreams (I’ll talk about that in another post). Marathon anyways left me with a lot of lessons which forms the bedrock of life’s principles for me. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 Questions for Assessing Motivation

20 Behavioral Interview Questions to Test If Job Candidates Have High Motivation

What most managers don’t do is make the adjustment from typical interview questions like “Why should we hire you” to behavioral interview question that eliminate vagueness and get to the root of the answer they’re looking for. Let me explain.

The Premise of Behavioral Interviewing

Behavioral interviewing points to past performance as the best predictor of future performance. In essence, if you ask behavioral questions, you’re no longer asking questions that are hypothetical, but are asking questions that must be answered based upon fact.

The Difference: Instead of asking a candidate how he or she would behave in a particular situation, the hiring manager or interviewer will ask a job candidate to describe how he or she did behave as some point in the past.

Therefore, forexample, If a company values workers who have an entrepreneurial nature, take the initiative and have a can-do attitude, here are twenty behavioral interview questions you can expect at an interview and a well thought-out answer can get you on your way to landing a great job because the company will persieve you as a candidate with stellar motivation.

Here we go:

1. At times your work load may feel unmanageable. Describe a time when you recognized that you were unable to meet multiple deadlines. What did you do about it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Avoid these Myths

womanphone0510_228x318Avoid the myths because false assumptions concerning graduate employment can prevent you finding a job you could enjoy:

Myth 1: To be a graduate is to be a member of a small educated elite. This may have been true fifty years ago, when fewer than 5% of school-leavers went to university. However, the figure now stands at 40% of school-leavers; a marked difference.

Myth 2: Most graduate find employment with large employers, with-established graduate recruitment programmes. These are the sort of employers who still dominate the graduate careers directories, which are distributed for free from university careers centres. They include the Civil Service, the NHS, and the Armed forces, together with the major institutions of the financial, manufacturing and retailing sectors. In fact, these large employers of graduates now employ a small minority, less than 20% of the graduates universities produce each year. Read the rest of this entry »

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CV_image.jpgWriting the job-getting CV is often considered a difficult task (nothing good comes easy), but with the right guidelines, you can easily create a great resume that will boldly boast of your accomplishments in your absence.

One rule you should note, however, is that there is no ‘one best way’ to write a CV. You can be creative about yours (it’s a free world), but there are certain things that MUST be included. We have put together some suggestions that will help place your CV in the spotlight.

Generally, CVs are of two kinds – Education-based and Experience-based. The first is used when you have got no work experience (fresh graduate) or you are applying for a research role in an educational institution. The rule is that your educational/professional qualifications come first before other information. The other, experience-based, centres more on the skills you have garnered while working. Your experience should be listed from the most recent to the oldest, not forgetting to showcase your exploits. For both, put to mind that one CV may not work for all the industries, thus, you will have to adapt each CV for each industry.

Usually, a CV should contain the following information:
1.Your personal details – name, address, age (not be compulsory), phone number, email etc Put these information in a strategic location and in legible fonts, easily noticeable by the employer and make sure the data are current. (Some job seekers can fix in email addresses that are not theirs!)


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A Harvard psychologist says there’s one factor that defines success in a job interview

harvard-psychologistIn 2004, when Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy was a fifth-year doctoral student, she attended a conference where she’d have a chance to rub elbows with some of the most celebrated social psychologists in the world.

It was her chance to finally give her “elevator pitch” — a 90-second summary of her research program and goals that could help her land a job at a prestigious academic institution.

Sure enough, she soon found herself in an elevator with three prominent psychologists in her field, and one of them prompted her to give her pitch.

As Cuddy recalls in her new book, “Presence,” her delivery was disastrous. She started off wrong and couldn’t regain her footing, becoming more panicked by the second.

“That was the worst elevator pitch I have ever heard,” one of the professors told her.

What frustrated her in the days that followed wasn’t that she hadn’t immediately gotten hired at any of those professors’ schools. Instead, it was that she had failed to fully represent herself and all her hard work.

Eight years later, after giving a now famous TED Talk on power and self-confidence, Cuddy received multiple letters from people who had similar regrets.

Cuddy recently spoke on this topic to an audience at the 92Y in New York City, and Business Insider interviewed her beforehand. She told us that people often wrote to her about how frustrated they felt after job interviews. In most cases, they weren’t upset about not getting the job — rather, they were upset that “I didn’t show them who I am.”

“That’s what makes people feel bad,” Cuddy said.

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