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Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 9:38am On Mar 06, 2018
Isaac Newton who formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation once said, “If I have seen further than others, it is simply by standing on the shoulders of giants – those that have gone ahead of me.” As simple as this quote is, it buttresses to a very large extent the role and importance of gaining insights from experts who have gone ahead of us in career pursuit or authorities who know the exact thing you would need to do when job-searching.

In Collaboration with forty (40) Human Resource Professionals in Nigeria, we have been able to put together a collection of forty career advice, all in one article. The aim of this is simply to help you as a job-seeker or a career-person, to draw practical insights about the art of job-searching and to also know the practical attributes that are necessary and able to grant you speedy success in the pursuit of your career.

It is based on their wealth of experience and career influence in the recruitment industry and the career world at large, that makes these individuals the best fits to share these priceless insights.

For conciseness sake and uniformity, the HR professionals shared their insights about these two (2) questions. And they are as follow below;

“What is the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?”

“What would you say is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?”

In no particular order, the responses gotten from each of these HR Professionals are thus presented below. Each advice also carries the name, job position, company, LinkedIn Profile, and the image of the HR professional. They are as thus as follow;

1. Ezra Anajonu
Head, Resourcing and Workforce Planning
Lafarge Africa Plc


What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

Determine a discipline that you are passionate about, understand current national/regional/global trends and the implication for your particular discipline. Then acquire the necessary skills and experience around that discipline to gain competence and position yourself for opportunities.

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

From my experience, a key indicator of success is one’s ability to think through a problem, collaboratively design a solution, execute and build a process around the solution. This is a rare skill but one that can take an individual places, either as an intra-preneur or entrepreneur.

2. Rabi Adetoro
Senior Talent & Career Manager
MTN Nigeria

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

Stay positive and be prepared always. As Zig Ziglar rightly puts it: Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. Keep honing your skills around your area of interest and you will succeed.

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

Have a great attitude. With a great attitude you will be humble enough to learn, unlearn and relearn your way to the top. It is true that best in class organizations hire for attitude and train for skills.

See the full list at: https://www.myjobmag.com/blog/525/career-advice-from-40-top-hr-professionals-in-nigeria

Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by evansuhunoma: 10:25am On Mar 06, 2018
Wow...This is quite inspiring
Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 11:30am On Mar 07, 2018
grin
Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by dt4omoh(f): 12:11pm On Mar 07, 2018
Nice one,Maryanna
Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 12:38pm On Mar 08, 2018
dt4omoh:
Nice one,Maryanna

Thanks.
Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 12:09pm On Mar 12, 2018
3. Eyintayo Ogunmola
Country Director
Utiva

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

Get out there. Change your LinkedIn profile, change your Resume, Change your shirts and Volunteer or Intern

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

For me, the greatest factor is knowing what others do not know. Learning what others do not know and delivering rare values.

Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 1:50pm On Mar 13, 2018
4. Jessica Akano
Country Talent Acquisition Manager
Andela

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

Know what you want and get your CV right! Do not be that job seeker that seeks just about ‘any’ job. Identify your job or career of interest and then apply accordingly. You’d find that if you keep applying to any and every job, you’d tend to experience difficulty in getting a job or even getting interview opportunities. Additionally, once you have successfully identified your job(s) of interest, ensure you create a great CV/resume that gets the attention of recruiters.

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

The greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career is a ‘sense of direction and continuous self and professional development’. This simply means if you want to be an Accountant, be an Accountant. If you want to be an HR professional, be an HR Professional etc.

Do not hop roles. For example, if you have 7 years’ experience doing different things that are not particularly connected, you almost can’t grow or succeed in your career because you don’t have one! But if you have a steady work experience alongside evident consistent professional development, the sky is your starting point

Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 4:20pm On Mar 14, 2018
5. Emmanuel Michael
Head of Human Resources
Letshego MFB
100 Most Influential Global HR Leaders Award Winner

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

There is nothing called "any job". Be specific, know exactly what type of job you are searching for, be prepared for it, go for it and get it.

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

Never stop learning new things in your career, developing your skills, and updating your knowledge. Doing these three will guarantee success come rain, come shine. However, the day you stop, be rest assured that your career has just started a downward journey that will lead to its death.

Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 11:30am On Mar 15, 2018
6. Ibilola Pearce-Isiade
Recruitment Manager
African Management Services Company

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

As a Recruiter, I have over the years come across candidates with "drive" and those who don’t have it. Therefore I will advise a first-time job seeker to follow his or her passion and pursue it with organizations where he/she can get it. Because your first job will determine where you build your career and it also pays to start where you have passion in.

For experienced job seekers, don’t just look for "any job" to earn a living, build your capacity by making impact where you are coming from, and spend more time to develop yourself on roles you anticipate. A little knowledge will go a long way.

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

The greatest factor needed to be a career success is to become a "Problem Solver". Most organizations have specific challenges hence the need to hire strategically to solve the problem. If you have a good track record with solving major problems for your old employers, your reputation will proceed you as a quality hire.

Re: Career Advice From 40 Top HR Professionals In Nigeria by maryannasemota: 11:10am On Mar 16, 2018
7. Olawale Odunlami
Regional Recruitment Coordinator
Integrated Corporate Services Limited (ICSL)

What’s the number one advice you would give to a Job-Seeker any day, anytime?

Do your research, know what you want and be sure of it; no dilly-dallying!

What do you think is the greatest factor for success in the pursuit of one’s career?

Self-discovery and discipline!

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