Look at job openings as locked doors. A closed door needs a key, right? Now, think of the many things you can use to open the door? Some of the things popping into your head would include work experience, your skill set, your CV, your network as well as the many other things Nigerians often refer to as the backdoor.
Studies have shown that Nigeria's unemployment rate isn’t slowing down; sitting at 14.2% in 2017. What does this mean? which explains why you haven't landed that next job.
Be honest enough to tell yourself the truth. Others are being hired over you. They are doing things right, which you maybe doing wrong.
Jobberman, Nigeria’s leading job website, has found the 7 most common lies jobseekers tell themselves and what you can do to take your next career step.
There Are No Jobs in Nigeria
This is a common line in Nigeria. The truth? Many top employer are hiring all year round across Nigeria. You need to know where to find the latest authentic jobs and apply fast. Jobberman alone currently offers over 1,300 jobs in Nigeria.
Many applicants are securing jobs by applying online with Jobberman. "I subscribed to Jobberman since I was 19. I'm a banker now. For over half a decade, the site has not failed me…," a comment from a Nigerian jobseeker named Kevin.
My CV is World Class
You know a broken key cannot open a good door. If your CV is not well written, getting an interview might be as realistic as fetching water from a stream with a typical basket. How do you know when your CV is good enough? One sure way to do this is to engage industry professionals to help you rewrite your CV. It makes a world of difference.
I Need To Apply For Many Jobs
The truth is, a good application takes time. The more jobs you apply for, the less personalised you can make your cover letters. Employers read thousands of applications, they know who is passionate about working for their company in that role and who is just trying to land a job.
Find a job your will be truly happy in, which matches your qualifications, and spend time to specifically address every requirement in the job ad. That will get you the interview.
My University Degree Entitles me to a Job
Princewill Akuma, the brand manager, noted "People don't prepare themselves. We still find a lot of graduates who think that because they have a certificate, they should have a job. It does not work this way."
Your degree may get you to the door, but not through it. You are up against candidates who likely have job experience. To stand out and get an interview, upgrade your skills set with relevant courses in your desired industry or apply for graduate roles to gain experience.
I Don't Know Influential People
Networking is a skill that is developed over time. Don’t think that because you don't have a rich uncle or a father who is a politician, you can't get a good job.
To get a jump start, find a mentor to guide you towards career growth. Nigerian history is rich with mentoring relationships you can learn from.
Online Jobs Are Not Real
Some people still hold the notion that jobs on the internet are not real jobs. The irony of this is that Beyond.com reported that 77% of job seekers use mobile job search apps. Don't live in the past. The world has gone digital.
I Know The Latest Jobs
Many jobseekers are set out with the thought to manually searching all the jobs websites each day. Problem is, keeping the streak is time consuming. The better way to to subscribe to job alerts via email (free on Jobberman) or SMS.
Be sure to also create an account with the best Nigerian jobs website and fill in your jobseeker profile with as many details as possible. If you are already registered, update your profile. Why? Because websites such as Jobberman will match your profile to potential employers and connect you to new opportunities.
The fact that you are a graduate does not guarantee you a job. Be sure that you are using the right tools, looking in the right places and most importantly, stop telling yourself lies. Only you can hold your career back..