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|My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Nnaeb(m): 9:51pm On Dec 16, 2015|
Christmas is here again. I can literally smell the buzz and the fun in the air. Christmas in Nigeria is usually characterized by a mass exodus of people from different locations to their home towns. I always look forward to the big family reunion. As a matter of fact, I always believed as a young person that the longest night every year is the eve to the day my whole family is supposed to travel to the village for the xmas celebration. I could hardly get some sleep that night.
I remember this particular day. It is dawn at last. My siblings and I are fully kitted up for the journey even before 5am. But no. Dad and Mum are not ready yet. Why on earth will my mum choose today of all day to do the last batch of the Christmas shopping? Up till today I have not gotten an answer to that question. I already woke up with no appetite for food. The only thing that mattered to me is hitting the road to my village. Can we just get it rolling? But no. my mum is not yet back from her last minute shopping. The time is now 2pm and you can practically be deafened by the sound of the heartbeat of me and my siblings just observing my Dad’s body language and hoping anxiously for my mum to get back home before it’s too late and for my Dad, 3pm is already too late for any kind of journey.
Finally mum is back. Our excitement knows no bound, but it was short-lived. It was really brief because the moment mum came back home, she goes into a close door session with the husband and after a heart to heart talk, they emerges from the bedroom with the bomb shell; “Children! We can no longer travel today. It’s now tomorrow”. Gush! You know the rest of the story. If you had walked into our house that moment, one would think we were bereaved. .
However, this piece is not about me and my family, but about the travails of the Nigerian job seeker during this season. One thing is certain, as the yuletide comes with excitement to many, it also sets some people up in a depression mode. Honestly, this is not a very good time to be broke.
For a particular job seeker, the yuletide arrived so fast. The memories of the 2014 yuletide is still very fresh in your mind like it was yesterday. You can still remember how you piped low and operated on a low key throughout the festivity. You still remember the words of encouragements and empty promises from extended relatives that gave you hope for 2015 and here you are, 2015 yuletide, still without a job. You are wondering, what’s the excitement all about?
I can also imagine the fresh graduate. You just passed out of NYSC, you still have some little ‘change’ to play around with. You are super excited about the prospect of rocking the villa for the first time as a ‘Graduate’. You are also motivated by the fact that you will be meeting with that uncle of yours that never sent you money while you were an undergraduate but promised you heaven on earth as soon as you graduate. You are familiar with the line “you don’t have to worry about anything at all. Just study hard. The moment you graduate I will get you a job. I know the MD of XYZ company, the HR of XYZ oil and gas, the Perm sec of XYZ parastatal. Talking to them is not a big deal, just get done with your studies”. Na today?
For another job seeker, it is that time of the year you have waited for impatiently. Finally you can now travel to the village and attend the town hall meeting with that Senator representing your senatorial district or that Rep member representing your constituency. It’s an opportunity for the unemployed youths of the community to meet and interact with them and ultimately drop their CVs with the hope of getting a job as promised during the campaign. One chance!
What is the way forward from here? I have always taught and will continue to teach that strong network is an indispensable tool every job seeker must strive to build. So many jobs are gotten based on referrals or what we call ‘connection’ in Naija and the yuletide affords you that opportunity of networking and you can take advantage of that to enhance your chances of ending your job search next year or making a career switch. However, you need to understand how to attract and manage superior relationships this season to enable you build sustainable ‘connections’ that you will ride on in 2016.
This is a little idea I want to share with us. As you celebrate the xmas, don’t depend on your uncle or a simple town hall meeting with a politician to do the magic for you. You must stand up and assume responsibility. You must do this for yourself because as much as people care, nobody needs that job like you do. As you travel for xmas to continue job hunting, I want you to put the following into consideration.
Get a gift for any Politician, Corporate Executive or Business mogul you desire to meet with in your town. That is the way to their heart. You see, this guys are used to people coming around to collect and collect from them in this season. So, you will be making a bold statement by coming with a gift for them. It is written in the bible “A man’s GIFT maketh a way for him.” Yes. Initially, I will be like, what can I possibly get for them that they don’t have? The idea is not to buy them what they don’t have or can’t afford. No. The idea is to make an impression, that will enable them give you serious attention. I can suggest a good wine, an art work, or a portrait. a bottle of cashew nuts can even do the magic. Trust me. You can’t imagine what this singular act will get you in return. Please don’t visit them with your CV. It was supposed to be a solidarity visit. The question of what you do for a living will surely arise, then you can subtly make your case.
One question you should be ever ready to answer is “what can you do?” Most job seekers don’t have an answer to this question and that is why they are finding it a bit difficult to get a job. What can you do is a different question from what did you study. Before you even embark on this my little mission, ensure that you have any requisite skill that can help a business produce. Make sure you are thinking along the line of contribution and not just an avenue to keep body and soul together. Usurp that moment to sell yourself to your host and secure an appointment. However, bear it in mind that the essence of this mission is to establish a relationship and not necessarily to get a job offer.
Finally to manage this relationship and ride on it to achieve expected results, you must understand Gratitude, Patience and Loyalty. You must learn to be Time conscious and finally, guard yourself with etiquettes that guides superior relationships. For instance, if your host gave you his number and demand that you call him at a stipulated time and you did but he didn’t pick up, that won’t justify you giving him ‘3 missed calls’. Don’t inundate people with calls or else you will be jeopardizing the relationship. Enough said. I promise to share more extensively on how to manage superior relationships on this platform at a later date. Meanwhile, get a gift for someone today and make the most of the season. Remember, a man’s gift makes a way for him.
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by ambassadorgozie(m): 10:00pm On Dec 16, 2015|
Wonderful write up.
I aint traveling to xmas nd I no even get uncles dat r ready to listen to me..
E gona be well
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Prodigee: 10:59pm On Dec 16, 2015|
Wow... what an insightful and enlightening piece. Thanks OP for this awesome write up
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by spicyuzo(m): 11:23pm On Dec 16, 2015|
I was contemplating on gift items to present my highlighted targets this yuletide, but this piece has put my thoughts in the right direction.....
Sincere Thanks to you O.P
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by odimbannamdi(m): 12:10am On Dec 17, 2015|
Epic write up
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by palladin: 2:11am On Dec 17, 2015|
True words from the op.
Dragnet, SHL, Workforce PQ & Answers are available on this thread
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by sexaddict08(m): 5:29am On Dec 17, 2015|
I can't believe I read everything... nice one
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Limibanti(m): 6:58am On Dec 17, 2015|
Beautiful write up, it is so cool
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Nlevel(m): 7:33am On Dec 17, 2015|
thumb up to u man! Very insightful.Really a man's Gift maketh way for him.
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by amicable09(f): 8:56am On Dec 17, 2015|
Spot on OP!
Now you are in the spirit, by this time next week I will be with all those 'promise and fail' politicians and their aides, I really look forward to walking with a placard, boldly written on it 'DAUGHTER OF THE SOIL- UNEMPLOYED' ...Lol
Thanks for the tips though but these people can promise for Africa, as an undergraduate they said just graduate! After graduation, it became just finish service first! Now service is over, I wonder what we will hear next... As for me, I'm going to enjoy myself jare, my life's fun and happiness is not tied to a job. I'm not allowing anything steal my fantasies for the festive season.
I go sha buy the cashew nuts ...
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by ambassadorgozie(m): 9:01am On Dec 17, 2015|
Its well even inside d well
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by amicable09(f): 9:05am On Dec 17, 2015|
ambassadorgozie:Lol Yes o
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Djboosting: 10:41am On Dec 17, 2015|
Yes, that's the absolute truth, no one wants liability. Nothing is little.
The truth is, no cares about how big the gift you buy is, but only the emotional impression you give to them.
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|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by karleone(m): 11:27am On Dec 17, 2015|
OP, you do well jor!! Believe me, I witnessed those long nights as a growing child. They were so long that you could wake like 5 times and it's still 1am. That joy of reuniting with my relatives was so high but now, it's totally gone. I can't even remember the last time I longed to see my Villa. What is it gonna bring to me? The fun is long gone. They native compounds are always empty. The youths hardly return.. *grinnnnn****... It's all good sha. We'll rock Imo this year..
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by afanide: 1:05pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Opinedecandid(m): 2:32pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Atmmachine(m): 2:32pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Please, can someone summarize it for me.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Pavore9: 2:34pm On Dec 17, 2015|
It is well.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Nobody: 2:34pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by millionboi(m): 2:34pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Gud.......bt until God recomends u no one wil recogniz u.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Neduzze5(m): 2:35pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Your mates are giving others hundreds of thousands of dollars and you are here telling me bullshit!! Take ya time ooh
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by allansie(m): 2:36pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by ricsman(m): 2:36pm On Dec 17, 2015|
good write up I can say.
but what happens if 50 unemployed youths from the same constituency follow this advice, wouldn't the man get tired? Lol Lol Lol
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by favistar(m): 2:37pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Nobody: 2:39pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Insightful and Cool. Nice one Op.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Daslim180(m): 2:43pm On Dec 17, 2015|
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Nobody: 2:44pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Summary: don't only think of what you'll GET; learn to GIVE first. And don't narrow that gift to MONEY.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by onotiemoria(m): 2:47pm On Dec 17, 2015|
brilliant one @ OP
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Parkac(m): 2:48pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Thumbs up @op
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by czaratwork: 2:49pm On Dec 17, 2015|
A nice piece. eagerly waiting for the part 2.
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by shozillo(m): 2:52pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Op,u r on point!
The Gift of a Man/Woman Maketh Way For him/her
|Re: My Yuletide Message To Job Seekers by Lastanza: 3:23pm On Dec 17, 2015|
Just as d saying goes 'an apple a day keeps d sickness away. A message and inspiration like dis everyday keeps depression away. Those with insights of dis kind should not hesitate to share. It goes a long way in ameliorating d hard nock life some pipl find dem selves in.
Thanx 4 sharing. Jst learnt somtin.
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