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|Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by apheyz(m): 11:06pm On Jun 03, 2016|
Good morning the ‘’good people’’ of nairaland, this thread is actually directed to everybody who is anybody out there; job seekers, potential employers, gainfully employed folks/professionals( regardless of your field) , current serving and potential corp members, entrepreneurs- list is endless, in fact every nairalander; registered or unregistered. I will advise you all to brace up, this is gonna be a very long and bumpy ride.
Like indicated in my moniker, my name is Hafiz, I am 23 years old. Am I brilliant? Well, it takes more than ‘’just’’ a second class upper degree in electrical engineering from a reputable Federal university to be considered so – as I have recently come to find out.
The period of job search can be the most challenging and trying times for a young ‘’man’’ notice the quote on the man? Too much is expected from this strong gender – too bad I am still in that period and worst still, I am man. I have went through countless threads on NL where jobseekers complains bitterly about sending out countless CV’s and not getting invites; my story is not so different from theirs, however, I am going to comprehensively explain my effort so far and by so doing; I hope to get some answers and some HELP!!!
With a 2:1 in electrical engineering, I prepared my CV immediately I got my statement of result before going for NYSC. My hope of securing a job before the end of NYSC was at its pinnacle, I was 100% confident. Fast forward to 7 months into my service year, I registered and subscribed for job alerts on all the job sites I could lay my hands on. I sent my CV to all the mail addresses that required applications that matches my profile (note: I am smarter than to send a generic resume for all the applications, I always tailor each application to match the job descriptions and requirement without forgetting to compliment it with a sweet cover letter as body of the mail); too bad I only got very few responses, even for entry level and GT positions. It was not at all encouraging. Even if I dey toast plenty babes at random, some go still gree for me na.
I noticed that the only two reasonable invites I got were for vacancies which its application were via a recruitment portal ; where you have to enter your details and upload your resumes and relevant documents on the job portal. Those were for access bank and KPMG, I easily aced the aptitude test/essay of KPMG and got a shocking regret mail after the online psychometric test, I almost could not believe it; I mean I wrote the test with adequate knowledge of their mission, vision and core values - maka why?? Access bank was the most painful, I got to the final stage with the head of HR( all thanks to very many tips, lessons and experiences from ’’rationalmind’’ and wonderful preparations of my own) only to get a regret mail 3 days later , I thought I had the Job, God knows best. Anyways I understand better than to give up at this juncture.
On the other hand, I don’t recollect ever getting invites for any of the entry-level applications I had to send through mail. I sent; StanbicIBTC bank, UBA, GTBank, diamond bank, Deloitte, amongst others that I couldn’t quite remember. I am 100% sure that other people sent their applications to the same mails and got invited for test in all of these organizations; I know these because I follow the threads here on nairaland, though some of the applicants admitted that they submitted their CV’s through insiders. Funny thing is I am always very hopeful after I send these email applications, my age and class of degree is always in sync with the requirements, most times I get an automated acknowledgement mail reply – but to get the test/interview invites na wahala. So much that I am always skeptical about sending my applications to e-mail addresses no matter how legit they seem. Could it be my village people? Could it be that my CV is not good enough? I would appreciate an appraisal from anybody who is willing to help; let’s join hands together and see what is wrong with my resume!! I possess most if not all of the graduate trainee requirements of any reputable organization in Nigeria, local or multinational. All I ever wanted was a suitable entry level/GT position with an organization where I can grow with. I am always ready to take on challenges.
At the moment I am sure both GTB and UBA are recruiting (those are the ones I know, am sure other top companies are doing so codedly too). IF only I had someone who can submit my CV and get me an invite. I have always known nairalanders as nice people, I am pretty sure behind those funny monikers are great personalities; top level executives, talent acquisition team managers, seasoned experienced professionals, Important top-shots. All I ask for is a fighting chance. If y’all cant help me, well maybe God can, because I don’t think I know anybody else.
I am very keen on adding value to myself, during and briefly after my bachelor’s degree, I have worked as an intern with an industrial engineering firm, where I learned a lot about technical maintenance. . I worked as a business development officer during my service year. I am also good with computers, I basically repair my computer system myself any it develops issues, be it software or hardware related, I also have basic knowledge of networking; data communication and networks was one course I fell in love with as an undergraduate. While I wait to get invites for entry level from banks, oil&gas firms (who no like better thing.. hehe ) and other corporate organizations (note: I do not despise the idea of humble beginnings) , I am thinking of the next step to take, what should I do? Get a master’s degree in electrical engineering (telecommunications option) Get trained and certified on CCNA, CCNP(Pursue a career in Networking)
I am actually thinking of registering with a reputable training school in Lagos and start with a CCNA . I will appreciate an internship opportunity with an I.T firm so I can gain real life practical hands-on experience while I am getting myself certified. I don’t mind doing it for free; I don’t have much to offer yet anyways!!!! That’s just by the way…….
Abeg, Nairalanders, help me ooo .. I need this job invites o, now more than ever.. I am confused, I am pretty sure my CV is well structured, but then again what do I Know. I am sure an appraisal will come in handy. Abeg I no wan carry placard enter streets o … I am a graduate for Christ sakes!! But then again who graduate don epp… I am scared of outgrowing the age of entry-level opportunities, because that will push me into a whole new league. It’s now or never!!!
I have now adopted looking for a job as a full time job.
Biko, I can be contacted through a PM, I will be sure to reply with my phone number and email address. I am going to go ahead and quote a few people who I av actually at one point or the other gained from either their threads or their posts .
Anticent, lero15, nmreports, naijainfogalery, AjanleKoko, eipreel, rationalmind, MacMaster01, ednut1, Highmey, mikedimeji, MarshallMathers, therealadonye, adeaks, Valentinooo, Tbliz, taiwolusol, nitrogen, MissIndependent, adeaks, ksstroud, ajasa4link, Davide470, kunzo, nunogomez, Debbie, occ5050, amongst others
Let the meaningful and useful professional advises, roll in.
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|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Cutehector(m): 11:14pm On Jun 03, 2016|
Look if u havnt applied for the ICT for change, u better act fast now!
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 8:16am On Jun 04, 2016|
i feel like you spoke my mind.
am also a 2.1 engineering graduate who just finished nysc.
ive looked for job tirelessly but to no avail, my colleagues that have gotten even started telling me that no company wants a female engineer nd i better start looking for secretary or customer care jobs......i refuse to give up
I think the mistake you made which ive been making is goin for interviews without being adequately prepared forgetting that most of dis company wont let you apply again until after 2years.
So take your time to adequately prepare for you test especially online test.
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|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by tolasashi(m): 10:13pm On Jun 07, 2016|
God help us all...if you are still below 24yrs and your folks hold small bar, i suggest you go do MSC or MBA...na wetin dey get work now be that. Coys can be so biased these days...truth is everyone who gets appropriate training upon employment can get the work done...they know this so they rather employ pple with plenty qualification for reasons best known to them.
Dont waste your time writing stories that touch...add more trophies to your CV as soon as possible (who BSC epp??) or go for fasting and prayer.
Was sitting in a bar with this dull guy then my friend told be he works in Nestle and am like "really?? this dull guy??" Then my friend replied "he has MBA in the UK and an ACCA CERT" i was like "oh!" Mind you I applied at Nestle a zillion times, not one single call but this dull guy......
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|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by apheyz(m): 10:59pm On Jun 07, 2016|
lol. thank you for heads up bro; twaz really helpful, I am actually on UI's PGD portal at the moment, thinking of hustling myself an M.eng!!!
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by agrovick(m): 11:40pm On Jun 07, 2016|
So I'm not alone, that's encouraging
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Ganjafama(m): 4:31am On Jun 08, 2016|
Must everyone be employed by those so called big firms? Why not try starting a small business and grow it overtime. Or better still go into agriculture. The era of carrying files all about is over.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 3:09pm On Jun 10, 2016|
graduate of FUTO,right
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by apheyz(m): 3:50pm On Jun 10, 2016|
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 7:27pm On Jun 10, 2016|
I should totally finish my article on "My experience applying for jobs in Nigeria". I'm convinced a lot of peeps will learn from it.
Dear OP, I'm right about the same age as you and funny enough I also read engineering. Our stories may be similar, but one of the difference is that unlike you, I picked up my first "full-time" job some 2 years ago.
I was so ahead of myself that I started applying for jobs right from school.
I finished my final B.Tech exams May 2014 and I have right from then started my Hustle towards professional bliss. As I fact, my first professional engagement didn't let me finish my final year project.
What am I trying to say? As a graduate you need to have what is "working for you". In your case, its not your age. Or grade. I'm sorry . The average graduating age of our private universities is what? Thousands of first class gradates are out there, still looking.
You need an edge! In your case I'll advice you go for your CCNA, not with some mushroom training centre. If you want to pursue a certification, do it the professional way!
Add some job experience too. Send out request to volunteer to the country's top firm. Pay them a visit with you hard cover CV if you have to.
Take up some of these writing jobs online, they look good on your CV. Google top Technology blogs (who says they save to be Nigerian) and request to write for them for free.
Looking for a Job is like smiling for the camera. You want to do everything that makes your CV come out good. Better than the other candidate.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by hushshinani(m): 7:07am On Jun 11, 2016|
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Firefire(m): 7:07am On Jun 11, 2016|
Guys, think outside the box, create a job for yourself while pursuing white collar job.
I wish you all, best of luck at the appointed time.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by VocalWalls: 7:07am On Jun 11, 2016|
Only violence works here.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by ShaqFu: 7:16am On Jun 11, 2016|
Simple, you're not getting the invites because you're not desperate, carrying placards is an act of desperation, and a desperate man, is a dangerous man. That's why our FG always respond to people who are desperate, just to prevent any cause of harm and danger.
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|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Uchwilliam(m): 7:17am On Jun 11, 2016|
U are nt getting the job because u followed wrong approch.go in groups nd use placards with some threat of possible militant action nd job will come.Our leaders listen to threats nt reason.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by hustla(m): 7:18am On Jun 11, 2016|
What's that bro
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Cutehector(m): 7:20am On Jun 11, 2016|
Like really u havnt heard of it? Damn..
Just type ICT for change in the search board and apply fast, I think the deadline must have elapsed by now will soon reach
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by 12inchDickson: 7:20am On Jun 11, 2016|
Phoenix11:well said, try n have a masters degree and ur chances are boosted, running a MSc too tho I hv a Business
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by beethoven: 7:24am On Jun 11, 2016|
Op, I my situation is almost similar to yours some 9years ago. I graduated from one of the best universities in the country with a BSc in engineering. In fact shortly before I graduated, I told my self I wasn't going to work for any company that is not into oil and gas. LOL. And then, the wait started, and I started downgrading and lowering my standards , till eventually I finally got a job (after almost 2years), that if I was offered as at my graduation, I'd have turned down arrogantly. But while I was working with the company, I knew I ought not be there working for that organization, I knew my goal was to get paid big time doing what I loved. So, I saved money, wrote GRE and TOEFL; and enrolled for a graduate program in the US (with full tuition). Today, the rest they say is history.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by ednut1(m): 7:29am On Jun 11, 2016|
i just dey pity those serving currently. the economy no dey smile. keep trying. dont give up
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by 2kurupt(m): 7:29am On Jun 11, 2016|
I feel your pain but with perseverance you'll make it. Meanwhile, as you're tushing up your CV and hunting try to acquire as much practical skills as possible.
I've come to realize that most graduates aside their paper qualifications & degrees can't offer practical, on-the-job, hands-on skills. I know you read engineering and all but then you need to show you've actually been in the practical field & been busy.
How do I mean? Take up minor assignments (probably less paying) tasks just to add to your experience e.g. working on sites, family business, smaller firms (that may not be able to afford your services) etc.
By your age and write-up I can tell you probably still get catered for somehow, so therefore make gathering those experiences your priority. Because that's what most HR departments are looking out for.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by DrMeroThaEmperor(m): 7:34am On Jun 11, 2016|
tolasashi:got me cracked up... @Dull guy
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 7:37am On Jun 11, 2016|
I studied microbiology but if I list out my achievement ad work experience before nysc , if I talk about the volunteer awards I collect across Nigeria and Africa, if I mention say I fit design website, network, host am, programme and manage database, if I yarn say I fit speak two languages aside English, if i tell u say I be tailor too, and dey do small carpentry works. una go think say I dey brag. If I yarn say plenty Nigerian graduates can do way more than that, una go think say I dey raise fear. Bro no be by arranging cv and cover letter , the competition is tuff, if a 24yr MSc student show u him cv portfolio u go shock. So make I shut up . Go build skills, network and get achievements while u search.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by AnaCheks(m): 7:38am On Jun 11, 2016|
apheyz:apheyz u can do CCNA CCNP with Futminna, that's in ICT centre, it's cheap and very practical. Direct link to Cisco academy.
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Ezionye(f): 7:42am On Jun 11, 2016|
Ways the meaning of dull guy? well d dull guys gat the job
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Poseidon000: 7:45am On Jun 11, 2016|
Randy91:[size=13pt] Damn! Are you sick? Why quote the whole epistle to yap inutile crap. [/size]
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 7:45am On Jun 11, 2016|
Phoenix11:firstname.lastname@example.org RateNegotiable TypeContract LocationNigeriaRegionWest AfricaTownLagos Required Residency Lagos Posted By PFL Engineering Services Limited Date Posted 09 Jun 2016 Expiry Date 31 Jul 2016 Job Reference PFL - TMS - 0000145 Job Description
PFL is an independent indigenous company actively involved in the provision of Project Management Support Services to the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and Energy markets in Nigeria and the sub region. We provide Access Services, Inspection Services, Maintenance, Emergency Response Services, Technical Manpower Supply and Training.
We currently have over 150 Nigerians & 120 expatriate personnel supporting various projects in Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Total E & P, Chevron, General Electric oil & gas amongst others.
We hereby seek for candidates for the position of Trainee Marketing and Sales Representative (BEng)
Candidate must be a Female graduate with a degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
Applicants must be a Nigerian based in lagos.
Kindly send your CV and Cover Letter to <email address removed>
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|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by harsysky(m): 7:46am On Jun 11, 2016|
I no knw why I come like ur comment pass everybody own. Tell am abeg. Him dey think of masters. After the masters and no experience him go come write anoda epistle. FVck Masters and FVck schools in Naija!
|Re: Why Aren't We Getting The Invites??? Is Placard The Answer??? by Nobody: 7:52am On Jun 11, 2016|
You sound too cocky and overconfident.
That may be your undoing especially @oral interviews and maybe it reflects on ur CV, cover letter & mails.
And it may also be the reason you don't proofread your compositions.
I believe you good, but being ready / suitable is a different thing all together...
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