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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by 7thLemonLOVER(f): 9:13pm On Feb 28|
devlishGINGER:FRSC gave me too false hope. What state wS your screening?
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Firstorderwizard(m): 10:13pm On Feb 28|
It was a bright beautiful Tuesday morning in the green forest Eastern Nigeria; the previous night rainfall have sent chilly organic stench in my small village. The goats in the compound bleeting as they expect their early morning ration of palmfronds and leaves ,hens with their little ones chirping and roosting on insects trooping out from their holes to embrace the radiant warmth of the early morning sun.
At exactly 7am, I woke up to the realisation that the long awaited day have arrived.... the journey to answer the clarion call in the oil rich Delta state. The camp experience opened up a new chapter,a new breathe of fresh air after the boring 8months sojourn in the village after graduation. The soldiers ordering us around..the early morning drills,the camp activites.. mammy market and the two weeks relationship with Judith(not real name).Having read so many stories of camp life on nairaland, I was full of expectations, no doubt I got enough dose of it.
Service year was fun and full of lovecapades...
I fell in love with Aisha(full name withheld) she was a black beauty, down to earth and a woman every man would desire. I planned to marry her immediately I secure a job after service year even though she's from Taraba and my old man who never cease to tell stories of how he fought gallantly during the civil war as a Biafran army major will oppose it. After all its one Nigeria I muttered to myself.Aisha is mine a voice reassured me.
Immediately I got the NYSC discharge certificate, I joined the race, uncles and aunties were contacted and forward your CV was the usual reply.I polished my CV and paid a CV professional who claimed to have helped graduates secure jobs in multinational oil companies to review it.But why is he still jobless after helping people secure juicy jobs? I asked myself, well our destinies differs a voice inside replied... joblessness is not my portion I said to my self.
Fast forward to 8months later, had encounters with 3different scam recruitments,Did over 100 applications,got 3 interviews but the last word I heard from the panelists is "we'll get back to you" no feedback from aunties and uncles.... Friends started leaving... calls and chats started reducing... allawee no longer drops...no job,no friend..no family.
Mama became my friend, motivator,breadwinner and adviser.....
My retired soldier papa became my closest rival..life became bitter..The clock continued ticking.
To be continued please, low battery
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by sconp: 1:13am On Mar 01|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by boborneyor(m): 9:42am On Mar 01|
This is part of our hustles to earn something while still being jobless oh
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by choo: 10:22am On Mar 01|
2nd of June 2015 I got a call for an Interview in Lagos as a Sales Rep. I was happy about it and I left my base in one of the Eastern towns of the country.
I got to Lagos, stayed in my Sisters apartment and practiced all night. Fantasised so much about the job and how to talk so well during the interview.
Did I tell you I bought new shoes and a suit for this. Morning came I had my bath, said my prayers and bade mum and my sisters goodbye.
I got to the address in Ikeja. I was a bit confused because it didn't look like a company but like a residential area. I got into the building and asked a guy washing a car if this is "XYZ" company and he said yes. I stood waiting for the the staff to come around which they did around 9am. My interview time said 8:30am.
When the opened the door I went in with them, they gave me a seat and told me to hold on for the "Oga". I sat while watching the rehearsing in my head for the purported interview.
Around 10am a man walked in wearing a " Coat ", not even a suit. A " coat " the size of Dangote trailer on his extremely slim body. He beckoned I joined him I'm his office, then I learnt he was even sharing this tiny spaced office with three other "companies"... chai!!.
He began his questions and I was answering, then all of a sudden he told me he was recruiting for a very big company in Lagos. He told me they can pay any amount provided I always met my sales target. He said they are contactors to Coca Cola, NBPlc, etc.
When we were done, he now called the Supposed MD of the " big company " and the man told him he's around that I should start coming. When I was leaving he joined me and begged me for money for breakfast that he forgot his Wallet at home. I just had little money on me as I never envisaged that I'd have to go to another address for another round of interview.
The rain had already started, I don't know anywhere in Lagos as I'm not based there, but I squeezed out #500 and gave to him feeling happy this would even make him recommend me more for the job.
He advised I should go under the rain, Chai Chineke, with my new shoes and suit plus my credentials. The road was also flooded but I set in.
He told me the Company is at "xyz" road by Wewe Chemist. I never hear that name before "wewe Chemist". He told me to get to Oshodi bus stop and then find a bike to the place.
I trek o till I come reach where I go enter Oshodi bus for Ikeja. I was asking everyone how to get to that address but no one knew. When we got to Oshodi I luckily met an Igbo Mechanic who had an idea of the place. He called a bike man and the bike said #400 to the place.
Odiegwu, the only money I had was #300. Do I find my way back to my sisters place or do I find a way to this" big company " as I believed Satan was doing all he can to deny me this job.
The Igbo guy saw the look on my face as the bike man said #400 for the fare. He asked me what I was going to do there, I told him I was going for an interview. By then my shoes and Suit don soak water finish.
He pitied me and paid the bike man, wished me luck and we set out. On getting to that road, the kind of Old dilapidated houses I was seeing was a turn off, but my mind kept on telling me " o boy chill the company go stand out for this area".
As we got to the address the bike man rode past as me self nor believe na the 'big company ". We got to the end of the road and there was no company at all, I told him to turn make we begin search again.
We got to that same Number again, I now saw the supposed 'big company" name written clearly on the wall of this one- room apartment. The building self don tire and the next rain would surely sweep off the building. There were little grasses on the compound.
The bike man looked at me and looked at the building. He asked "Oga dem look you finish come say make you work here"?( He heard when I was conversing with the Igbo Mechanic I was coming there for interview).
Me self look my suit, my new shoe as rain don design every every. I didn't even come down from the bike, I just told him I'm going to Bode Thomas " please take me to where I can find my way back biko'.
He took me to Oshodi-Apapa Express way and gave me details on how to get back to my place at Bode Thomas.
When I got home I couldn't talk for more than 30mins as mum and my sisters were even eager to gist them how I landed the job.
When I started and concluded my ordeal, dem laugh tire even as that first man collected #500 from me.
Till today I still have that shoe and suit with me, they always remind me of my funny movement that day in June 2015.
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oluwaseun239(m): 10:58am On Mar 01|
My work is quite demanding with an annoying pay. What you would get from a typical Nigerian private company – they pay for “trial version” but demand “premium service”. So as expected, I kept applying for new roles in my spare times. It was then I learnt that applying for jobs in Nigeria (or maybe anywhere in the world) is a fulltime job on its own. Company research, cover letter wahala, CV optimization for the role to mention a few. All these things are real hardwork.
Well, a lady whose contact I happened to have due to a reason that’s too long for this paragraph to handle posted on her whatsapp status that she needed a guest to serve as a resource person on a TV show. So I replied with “I am interested but I hope it will be on Saturday because of my job”. And that was how our conversation started. It turned out that the show was on a weekday, so there was no way I could make it. But somehow, she asked about my qualifications and work experience and I told her. I studied mass communication and I had interned back then in school at my school radio station where I co-hosted three shows. These were all I told her and the next I saw was “If you will like to work with us, send your CV to this mail (her email address)”. If you still don’t get it, she works with a TV station (name withheld).
So I sent my CV and she replied that same day, telling me how impressive my CV was and that I should get an interview invite soon. True to her words, I was invited almost a week later – it was a day before my birthday. I got my first post-nysc job on a day like that a year ago so it was a good omen. In my heart I was like “God, another birthday gift from you?”
The D-day is finally here, how do I excuse myself from the office with all these tasks on my desk? I believe we all have our accomplices at work whenever we need to go out for “shady” things. So I collaborated with mine. The plan was for her to tell anyone who asked of me that I had gone to collect my PVC. Yeah, it was like a perfect plan. Election was around the corner and INEC had issued a deadline. So it made sense to say I had gone to collect my PVC as a good citizen. Of course, INEC wouldn’t give me the card so I would come back to the office “frustrated”. So I set out.
I had not even gotten there when a message came in – “they are looking for you and it seems to be urgent”. I’m sure you know who sent that. That disorganized me instantly.
I eventually got to the place about 15 minutes late. I was asked to wait in the reception where I met another guy waiting. “are we here to struggle for the same role?’, I thought. I said hi and he replied with hello, his smile brighter than mine. He folded his legs, chuckling intermittently while he stared at his phone. I could relate, I do that often too. I guess we all do – social media turning us all to walking mad men and women. We went on to talk about him, myself, Nigeria and why we both were there at that time. I later found out I had been talking to one of the most prominent names on radio (name withheld). And apparently, we were not there for the same role. I collected his contact of course.
Meanwhile, I still continued to get messages from office that my attention was needed. I had been out for almost two hours now, very unlike me. And to think that we’ve not even started the interview and I am second on the queue. “Jesus, when will I leave this place today? Shey this people will not catch me like this?”, I thought, ‘this people’ being reference to my colleagues and superiors at work.
It’s showtime, the interview is set to start. I discussed with my guy (yeah, he is my guy now) to let me go in first since I have to hurry back to the office. He graciously allowed me and I went in. The interviewers were two – a man and woman, both in their 50’s. We went through the traditional “tell us about yourself” thing and I think I smashed it. Almost every applicant in Nigeria knows that’s like the first question in every interview so I was ready for it. Then the Jamb question came – “what role are you applying for”? Shit, I have no idea. In my head, I thought that must have been sorted between them and the person who told me to send my CV in the first place (second paragraph). I know I can write well (this article should be a proof) I just need more practice, but I have always wanted to be a presenter. To answer the question, I said “role of a presenter sir”. Unfortunately for me, what they were hoping to recruit me for is a content writing role. Shit, I just shot myself in the leg. How do I say “I can write too o? They won’t take me serious”, I thought. So I sticked to the script.
I’m sure you can guess how the story ended. They told me “we will get back to you” but even I knew they won’t. But I learnt a few lessons that day and I met an amazing personality who is still a friend till date. Who knows, I may still get a call from them. I’m still kinda optimistic.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 12:03pm On Mar 01|
Thank you ladies and gents but any other story posted after now is not valid and will be only for our reading pleasure
Thank you for participating
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 12:10pm On Mar 01|
Participating and Valid entries are :
Please watch this thread morrow and Sunday.
The best 3 essays will get 10K each.
The next 6 will get 5K each
The last 6 will get 3K each.
If you have a GT or Access bank accounts, better for me plus You'd get your winning on Sunday.
Thank You all for participating and make God provide us all with our heart desires. Amen.
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nobody: 12:32pm On Mar 01|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nobody: 12:34pm On Mar 01|
As you intend to put smile of our faces, abundant blessings shall be your portion. Amen!
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by devlishGINGER(m): 12:57pm On Mar 01|
Sandralina:thanks for the mention. It would have been much fun if Op made it 300 words
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nobody: 1:02pm On Mar 01|
Nah! 400 is ok
Ability to express yourself and how you felt.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by devlishGINGER(m): 1:17pm On Mar 01|
7thLemonLOVER:oh good morning. Mine was kwara state and I got to the final stage but wasn't invited to camp
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nelsizzy(m): 1:18pm On Mar 01|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by devlishGINGER(m): 1:20pm On Mar 01|
ifyalways:amen and you too
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Adva45: 1:26pm On Mar 01|
ifyalways:I must commend your humanitarian gesture. May the oil to keep your source of light forever on never stop flowing. Cheers.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Blazing12345: 2:06pm On Mar 01|
God's speed sis. Amen
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by choo: 2:36pm On Mar 01|
May God bless you real good @ifyalways!
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Nelsizzy(m): 2:49pm On Mar 01|
I woke up at 5:30am this morning, like I do every other morning. I did some pushups, brushed my teeth and took my bath, quickly ate a light breakfast and was off to work. All of these was achieved in forty minutes. I live on the Mainland but work on the Island.
I am an Accounts intern at Zeynet Limited. I have been working here for six months. I was lucky to have landed this job immediately after my graduation from the University of Benin, through my dad's friend. And I have come to cherish it very much.
I work as part of a team which comprises Shade, Evans and Faith. Faith and I clicked immediately we met and over time, she has become a bosom friend.
As an intern, my job involves a lot of activities and as an enthusiast, I love the extra activities.
Today, shady and I are scheduled to deliver some paperwork to one of our major clients who stays in Maryland. I love running this particular errand because of the extra benefits that come with it as a result of taking danfo as against Uber which has been prescribed by management. Shade is always my eager accomplice.
We left the office at 11am, because the paperworks were to be delivered by 2pm. The journey to Maryland was uneventful and we delivered the document right on time. Phew! I was already calculating my share from the "benefits" since we took the other route.
Decided to board a bus that will take us back to the office. We stood at the bus stop and shortly afterwards a bus pulled up. The conductor was saying something like #500! #500! #500! I thought he was joking so I decided to ask how much and he confirmed what I heard initially. At that moment, my head became hot and I pulled Shade off the bus because she already had one leg in. I couldn't imagine how a conductor was planing on cheating us of our "hard earned" money. Maryland to VI was #300 last week na. I was still arguing with the conductor when I notice Shade looking across the road but I was too engrossed in the fare-reduction debate to notice.
We boarded the bus after the conductor had agreed to reduce the fare by #100 for each of us. Shade sat close to window while I was sandwiched between She and a woman nursing a baby. The journey from Maryland to VI was going on smoothly till the baby with the woman started crying. She told me the baby was crying because she was hungry but I too busy to care since I was engrossed with my phone; I should have cared.
The woman brought out a plate of pap and was feeding the baby while I was lip syncing Chris brown don't wake me up. I didn't know my village people had something in store for me already. The baby did not stop crying and added kicking to his disturbance. The woman was still feeding him, when something very warm and sticky fell on my well ironed shirt. I looked up from my phone and saw a mass of pap on shirt. I wanted to cry, I swear I could feel the hot tears. How was I supposed to explain myself at the office? The woman tried her best to clean as much as possible but it seemed as if my village people powers were in full force today; the stain refuse to leave. The woman kept apologizing through out the trip but I was in another world; a world where lies are cooked and I am an awesome cook.
By the time we got to the office, I already had a confident look on my face, Shade was distant but I didn't notice. We headed to our Boss office to give her a report of how the errand went and I was surprised to notice some of my colleagues were already seated in her office. Boss noticed the stain on my shirt, she asked why and then I served the food I was cooking in the bus.
I told her how we ordered an Uber from the client office and it came almost immediately. But we were surprised to see that the driver had a baby in his arm, he told us that his wife left home early and he wanted to drop the baby at a day care in VI. We entered his car and the journey started. The baby started crying.
I decided to help the driver carry the baby since I loved kids. And that was how the baby peed on me. I ended my story with a smile and I was even shocked at my flawless delivery.
*I should have noticed the giggling among my coworkers and the stern look on my Boss face. But I was too carried away with my story telling to notice or care...
*Shade should have told me she saw Madam at Maryland when I was arguing with the conductor...
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by chubbyG(m): 3:21pm On Mar 01|
For some people it was a normal Monday morning with the hustle and bustle of the ever busy Lagos. I just left NYSC Lagos camp and I was posted to a firm that does everything except my field (I studied Building) quite hilarious isn't it?. Anyways, I started looking out for possible change of PPA, luckily I got an invite. The interview was scheduled for a Monday, I left the house early (I stay in ikorodu, firm is in Ikoyi)and the skies decided to cry...heavy rain all through but I was still able to pull through before 10:00 am. It was a construction firm, had nice office environment, good people, everything seemed cool until I saw a fellow corp member,..but the Corpers eyes was filled with sadness,I needed to know why so we got talking and Man was tired of the place, works all through the weekend, pay isn't directly proportional to the stress,sites are far from his location et al....immediately my body system died, I became weak instantly. Well, your guess is as good as mine even before the interview started I had lost interest....for a post as a construction manager (Corper) they were asking me current affairs of which I was able to answer all, they told me how much they were paying and how I was going to work Mon-Sat....at the end I got called but rejected the offer
The Devil you know is better than the Angel you don't know!!
I will be rounding up Service Mar 14, so just in case
I will be needing a Place (construction firm preferable) for Internship...Thaink You.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by myke92(m): 3:46pm On Mar 01|
Cool story.. But, what eventually happened at your main place of work when you returned ?
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by oluwaseun239(m): 4:40pm On Mar 01|
I stuck to the INEC story of course. You know, "the queue was soooooo long since it's the last week for PVC collection and after it finally got to my turn, I was told they could not find it". I think they believed me because they even joined me in bashing INEC. (May God forgive me)
By the way, I later 'truly' went to collect my PVC the following weekend.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Akalia(m): 6:39pm On Mar 01|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by catwalq(f): 7:14pm On Mar 01|
Thanks for this platform. Win or loose,we came to share and be inspired.
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifex370(m): 7:16pm On Mar 01|
So that's how you broke up with baba Julius
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Fecodear(f): 8:23pm On Mar 01|
God bless you, Ma
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Lynette2cute(f): 8:24pm On Mar 01|
You're one of the reasons we have hope in this country ma
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by Gosj01(m): 9:48pm On Mar 01|
Oh! i came late! would have narrated how i wasted my transport from Lagos to Ibadan on 02-01-2018
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by boborneyor(m): 10:44pm On Mar 01|
Thank you very much Ma .....May Almighty God continue to bless you
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by viettastitches: 8:00am On Mar 02|
|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 8:21am On Mar 02|
My top 3 essays are :
Thank you so much guys. I will send you all a PM . Please reply with your account details for your 10K winning. If you have GTB or Access bank account, You'd d get your money today or morrow, else on Monday.
May Gods Grace and favour shine brightly on you guys soon. Amen.
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|Re: Some Fun While Job Hunting by ifyalways(f): 8:22am On Mar 02|
Thanks guys. You all did well ! , and because i am the judge and jury, I have changed the rules yet again.
You all have won 5K each. I will send each of you a PM. Please reply with your account details. If you have GTB or Access bank account, You'd d get your money today or morrow, else on Monday.
May Gods Grace and favour shine brightly on you guys soon. Amen.
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