Ex Corp Members

This category is for those who are done serving and transitioning into life after service

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Application letters/ cover letters

Ideally, application letters should be no more than 1.5 page in length. When organizing your application letter, adjust marginal spacing on the top and bottom of the page so the margins will appear equal to one another when the letter is sent in the mail. For additional spacing adjustments, modify the lines between the date and name in the section containing the address of your potential employer.

Contact Information

Provide your street address. Create a new line beginning with the name of your city followed by a comma. State names can be written out fully or you can use abbreviations instead. Stay consistent with your choice throughout the entirety of the letter, do not switch back and forth from spelling out state names to using abbreviations. Provide your email address in a new line. In the following line give your phone number with the area code first. Double space and fill in the current date. Double space again and write the name of your recipient ideally beginning with "Ms." or "Mr." if you know the gender of the recipient followed by his or her first name, middle initial, and last name. Create a new line detailing the recipient's title. In the next line write the name of the company. Complete this section by formatting the address of the company how you formatted your address previously.

Opening

Enter a salutation to greet your recipient by writing "Dear Mr. or Ms." then fill in their last name followed by a colon. In a new line write what position the letter pertains to, providing the location of the position and the name of the company the position is with. In the opening paragraph explain your reasons for professional and personal interest in the position and the company. Include details of referrals to the position or describe where you found the position listed. Write about educational degrees held and your college graduation date or dates.

Main Body

In the midsection of the application letter explain your level of experience in the field. Give strong examples of your professional skills in action by describing demonstrative situations that required the application or utilization of your most desirable skills. Before you submit the letter, write out a list of these examples. Withhold some of the top examples for inclusion in follow up letters if applicable.

Closing

Choose a closing style that is reflective of your personality. Convey an active tone and show initiative by politely stating a date that you intend to follow up with the potential employer regarding your status in the application process. If you decide to select a passive tone instead, simply request that the potential employer contact you if he requires more details or information. Thank your reader for his time and consideration. Double space and complete the application letter by writing "Sincerely" followed by a comma. Double space again and type your name. Type the word "Enclosure" as a new line and sign your name in the blank space between the word "Sincerely" and your typed name.

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Fast and Ready posted Jul 15 '20 at 11:49 am

What is job-hopping and
How it can affect career success

Job-hopping is simply the practice of moving from job to job or in my words jumping around from one offer to another

It might look reasonable with a surface look but can you imagine going to different universities before graduating a course or better still having changing course of study every session.

You know it wouldn't be nice on the success, such also for early career man and women.
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CAREER EFFECT OF JOB-HOPPING

What is the effect of one on the other? How long is too long for staying in a company?
I must admit, the resumes that pass by my desk makes me conclude that job-hopping is far too common in many early career.

Job hoppers do it for various reasons. Not just better offer, sometime in rift and many other reasons. More often than not they may not know what they are getting into.
Often times it is because they do not know what they want and hence are not ready for the challenges that lay ahead of them. Job-hopping can have great effect on career success especially for in an early career stage, with not much previous track record and achievements.

Consider this, what signals are you sending to your potential employer if you job-hop TOO OFTEN?

THE TWO-YEAR RULE
I have a two-year rule that I tell my staff and potential employees. The two-year rule is this – you must be willing to commit mentally to spend at least two years in the company before you quit. The reason is this; you need to deal with the learning curve. If you job-hop too often, you learn nothing substantial.

For me, it takes you at least a year to know the ins and outs of the company. Then another year before you can eventually be truly productive in adding value to the company. To see the true results of your contribution to the company, for me it takes at least two years. So, if you are prone to job-hopping and career success is on your mind, then it is time to rethink.

TRAINING YOU
Many well-established companies have training programs. They are willing to invest in fresh graduates and newbies. However, in order for them to make that decision they need to look at past track records.
Ask yourself, if you are a manager – who are you more likely to invest training time and money on?
Someone who is job-hopper and shows tendency to job-hop or
someone who is stable?

Companies are more likely to invest in people who are stable. The reason is simple. They are able to contribute back into the company. Everybody wins. If you are constantly job-hopping, you send a signal that you are not ready to commit.

Companies like to invest in people who see their career goals align with their corporate goals. Job-hoppers usually cannot see their career path beyond the next year or better offer.

HOW TO REDUCE JOB-HOPPING
One of the best ways to quit job-hopping is to truly know what you want. Once you know that, you will have singular focus in the pursuit of your career goals. Of course, it is understandable that as a fresh graduate or newbie at work it is tough to know that. You may be interested in some other industries.

If there are other fields that you are interested in then make a plan to find out about them. Start with the Internet, and then ask friends who may know people in those fields. Speak to them; ask them about the expectations of the company and the role of the position you are interested in.

You may not have all the answers but at least you get some idea. That would decrease the chances of you job-hopping. That is how you can right position yourself not to come to a point of doing what you don't love.
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MAKE LEARNING A KEY OBJECTIVE NOT MONEY
If you are new in the work force and have been job-hopping quite a bit, my advice to you is this - truly find out what you want. Once you know that, find a company that is willing to train or how they are willing to commit to their employees’ career in the long term. If they have structured training programs, join them.

Make learning the relevant skills and knowledge in that industry your key objective. The skills and knowledge that you learn will contribute to your career success in the long term. It is something that you can bring with you the rest of your life. Once you see the benefits of committing to a company who is willing to train you for more than two years, hopefully you won’t be job-hopping often anymore.

As We Conclude Always Leave Your Employer On Good Terms and Save Yourself Headaches Despite The Stage of The Company A Startup or Large Organisation

In Summary:
Use an exit interview as a tool instead of a personal gripe session.

The exit interview is not a time to burn bridges with your old company. It has become a very common ritual and the idea behind it is to find out from departing staff members, when they no longer have to worry about protecting jobs, exactly what things the company can improve upon.

The interview is designed to be a tool for making a company more efficient and a better place to work. However, many employees who are leaving an organization use this as a time to vent frustrations they may have felt. They see it as a personal gripe session, and loose inhibitions, sometimes venting personal ad homonym attacks against co-workers, and especially against former supervisors and bosses. This is never a wise idea.

Dale Carnegie and other personal growth gurus have told business people for many years that it is never good to burn bridges and offend someone when you could just as easily avoid it. It comes down to the old saying, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Keep that saying in mind before the exit interview.

Remember that if you make personal attacks they will be seen as such by the people who read the interview report. If you have genuine suggestions for improvement, your case could be weakened by making personal attacks. You don’t really gain anything from attacking or bad mouthing the people you used to work with or work for anyway, and you may regret saying something in anger later on when you are thinking more clearly.

Use the interview as a constructive tool, with good intentions. The company you used to work for did, after all, provide you with a way of making a living for the time you spent with them. Granted, you provided services to them that they needed. And, they paid you a salary or wages. Hopefully it was a fair exchange. If you have honest concerns, then the interview can be constructive.

For example, one reporter for a local weekly newspaper stressed that the computers being used were old and out of date, and that the firewall software used was ineffective. The system had suffered attacks of computer viruses in the past, and it was obvious to the reporter that the managing editor was not computer literate enough to understand how to fix the problem. The reporter knew that the publisher and the business manager would both read the exit interview report, so she carefully and diplomatically worded her comments, showing that buying new computers and new software would save the newspaper money in the long run.

By wording it carefully during her exit interview she got her ideas across to the appropriate people, and they took her comments seriously because she had nothing to gain and nothing to lose, and seemed to be reporting this situation for the good of the newspaper and staff. In this manner the exit interview benefited everyone involved.

Be careful about kicking the door, it might come back to hurt you.

I have seen employees leave their employers and got re-hired again after a while, so close the door well so that you might enter through it again if need be

Cc E Thanks.

If you are yet to join our community of people living life after NYSC

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Many farmland has been wasted and produce supply chain disrupted, Let us take a look while this skills is need in Agric business

1. People Are Searching For You Online
As a marketer myself, I check Google trends all the time. Google is not only Google anymore. It has become Dr. Google. There are so many queries about or around coronavirus. However, people are not only searching for coronavirus trivia. They are searching for entertainment sources, essential services, and even grocery shops online and even how to prepare food.

Of all the times, the current ones are not when it’s just fine to hide online. It’s time to make it easier for people to find your farm and agric business online, you can use dedicated platform like to sell online if you don't want to spend more time on this

Many businesses including Agriculture have been taken advantage of the guidelines that pop up on Google on the trending queries. They are also taking into consideration how people are now checking for you online which platform are your product and process listed.

For instance, we have got a farm who manages an Agric business. As soon as words like “contactless’, ‘safe’, 'immune boosting' and ‘hygiene’ became the new normal, we changed our SEO game. We redid the keywords and we changed the website copies to meet the demands of the current times.

Use this time to gain traffic. It may mean posting about things that are not directly related to your business. But this is the time to help. People will only praise you for contributing to society. You may be losing business but people will still place orders and need things at their home. Do not let anything stop registering and selling online

2. Social Media Or More Precisely Instagram and Video Is The Right Thing Of You
Have you noticed how Instagram lives have increased a lot lately? Instagram is not anymore a break from your work. It has become as much legit source of entertainment as Netflix is. Influencers are now more active than ever. It probably is because people are not designed to be isolated. Image and Video are now a necessity for your farm, if you can do this yourself you can reach out to those who will help to cover your farm.

Coronavirus has pushed millions of people inside. Whether the virus has infected us or not, we all are adapting to changes and trying to live the new normal. As trivial our current problems may sound, many of us are anxious. Guess what? This time is about being empathetic.

Start connecting with your current customers on social media. Show on Youtube, Facebook and other channel who you are and the brand you sell at. Promote your good deeds online. Do not be pushy about people buying your product and instead focus on creating a small and loyal community. It will only grow from thereon.

Instagram has started a whole campaign around supporting businesses in these trying times of coronavirus.

They have introduced a sticker called ‘Support small business’ and it helps businesses reach new customers. Not only that, but it also helps businesses stay connected to the people they serve. So when they’re mentioned in the sticker, they can repost it. It is like showing off your business’ testimonials, just with more audience.

3. Digital Presence Doesn’t Cost Much
Traditional marketing is on the backburner for a while now. Especially for farmer in which many of the offtakers have stop coming. If you even bring the produces out many people cannot have a look at them outside in these trying times. However, You might think that traditional marketing is an economic option. And what you are familiar with but it can become expensive in the longer term. You have to invest in it repetitively and it wears out with time and with dedicated Agric ecommerce platform like mention above DayDone LLC all this can be done for you free.

Traditional marketing can be part of your marketing strategy, but it cannot be the only marketing strategy you are relying on for business especially in a time like this.

Digital marketing is comparatively economical. And in these times, most probably, the most economical way to reach your potential clients and customers.

4. The Bonus Reason To Turn To Digital Marketing For Your Agric Business
At Ranking By SEO, we get a lot of queries. Some people give up on its idea before even reaping the fruits of digital marketing or are ill informed about it, it is simply ranking your brand, farm and product on Google.

I love those times. Don’t get me wrong. I love getting business. Let me explain why I love it when we get a client who makes it hard for us.

I love to give examples. The best way to understand how online presence gives you a brand voice is to look up to established brands. When you say that you are a farm or manager and you are not getting any orders online or from your drive-thru at this time, you are probably getting simply action wrong.

Recently, KFC took to Instagram and shared an infographic that promotes their drive-thru and free contactless delivery services. They also mentioned how they have ‘industry-leading sanitation and handwashing policies’.

Now you may say KFC is already an established brand. But they started from point zero too. All businesses at one point in time have realized that their online presence is important. It has to be conscious.

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Walmart have to partner with shopify to handle to surge in demand, so also your business and farm no matter how small it is can benefit from online platform to increase your presence handle doorstep delivery and much more. You don't need to do all this yourself but leverage on existing Agric eCommerce channel and platform

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Your Agric business can also be a beneficial of this growing ecommerce number

My final words here would be that I believe as long as an Agric business, small or big, turns to digital marketing strategies and platform consciously, there is no reason they will not get business and long-term value to our produces. The world will soon get back to normal and only the businessmen who are resilient will survive.

This Post was sponsored by https://daydone.com.ng an Agric eCommerce Platform

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Fast and Ready posted Jul 8 '20 at 9:21 am

I am not a fan of tell people this, before they can think. But they are fact and many are just full of complains.

If you have a job or your company is still operating, be very grateful

WHY?

  1. Victoria's Secret declared bankruptcy.
  2. Zara closed 1,200 stores.
  3. La Chapelle withdrew 4391 stores.
  4. Chanel is discontinued.
  5. Hermes is discontinued.
  6. Patek Philippe discontinued production.
  7. Rolex discontinued production.
  8. The world's luxury industry has crumpled.
  9. Nike has a total of $23 billion US dollars preparing for the second stage of layoffs.
  10. Gold's gym filed for bankruptcy
  11. The founder of AirBnb said that because of pandemic, 12 years of efforts were destroyed in 6 weeks.
  12. Even Starbucks also announced to permanently close their 400 stores.
  13. WeWork isn't in a great spot either

The list goes on & on

See the US economy landscape :

Nissan Motor Co. may close down in USA

  1. Biggest Car Rental company (Hertz) filed for bankruptcy - they also own Thrifty and Dollar
  2. Biggest Trucking company (Comcar) filed for bankruptcy - they have 4000 trucks
  3. Oldest retail company (JC Penny) filed for bankruptcy - to be acquired by Amazon for pennies
  4. Biggest investor in the world (Warren Buffet) lost $50B in the last 2 months
  5. Biggest investment company in the world (BlackRock) is signalling disaster in the world economy - they manage over $7 Trillion
  6. Biggest mall in America (Mall of America) stopped paying mortgage payments
  7. Most reputable airline in the world (Emirates) laying off 30% of its employees
  8. US Treasury printing trillions to try to keep the economy on life support
  9. Estimated no. of retail stores closing in 2020 - 12,000 to 15,000. The following are big retailers that have announced closing:

  10. J. Crew

  11. Gap
  12. Victoria's Secret
  13. Bath & Body Works
  14. Forever 21
  15. Sears
  16. Walgreens
  17. GameStop
  18. Pier 1 Imports
  19. Nordstrom
  20. Papyrus
  21. Chico's
  22. Destination Maternity
  23. Modell's
  24. A.C. Moore
  25. Macy's
  26. Bose
  27. Art Van Furniture
  28. Olympia Sports
  29. K Mart
  30. Specialty Cafe & Bakery and many many more

Unemployment claims reached an all-time high of 38+ million - unemployment is over 25% (out of 160 million of work force, close to 40 million are jobless). With no income, consumer demand is falling drastically and the economy will go into a free fall. This is just USA...

Under the weight of the new crown pandemic, many giants are facing the crisis of failure. 5 months of pandemic created a LOT of debt, and tens of thousands of companies went bankrupt. If you have a business & your company is still standing (even if on one leg), and there's pay cuts or minimal layoffs, please BE GRATEFUL and treat your company & customers well.

What Humanity is dealing with at this time is "an Existential threat that cannot be controlled". Spain celebrated their success with Covid-19, but they're back to local lockdown at Galicia. That's scary. The second half of 2020, is the challenge of corporate strength & relationship

2020 is about survival. Take care of yourself, your loved ones and your place of work. Be happy with what you have!

Be glad you have what you do, and look for ways to be more with that. You can be part of the community of other ex Corp members

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Today we want to talk about the right way to follow up on a job interview let us start by answering these questions:

Can I follow up on a job interview?

This looks simple, like a yes or no question but it is more than that, because it actually depends on the circumstances.

Let us start like this;

You finish NYSC and you applied, you are called for interview but remember you might not be the only one called. Let go on with the positive story which we expect the circumstances to be

So you’ve finished the job interview for your dream job (or, at least a great job) and as far as you’re concerned, you nailed the job interview! It’s only a matter of time before they call you with an offer, right?

But after a couple of weeks pass without a peep, you start to get that sinking feeling… perhaps the job interview wasn’t the slam-dunk you hoped for. At this point, you may feel that the best decision is to cut your losses and move on. But before you put that job interview in the past, be sure to follow-up with the employer.

The job interview is only the beginning of the conversation. While you certainly don’t want to come off as annoying, you want to stay on the employer’s radar.

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How to go about this followup?

Let us see 3 (three) way you can go about this. Here is the right way to follow-up on a job interview, without being a pest

1. Write a Thank You Note

After your job interview, the first follow-up should be a thank you note; preferably a handwritten letter sent through the mail, which is more likely to be read, but an email on time is better than nothing. You should always send a note to every person you interviewed with, no later than 24 hours after the interview. Keep these things in mind in your note:

Be brief, friendly, and conversational. You’ve already had the job interview, so let your gratitude and personality show a little bit.

NOTE: Restate your interest in the job and any relevant details on why you’re qualified.

Thank the potential employer for their time as job interviews can require employers to set aside a lot of time, often forcing them to push off work.

The thank you note is also an excellent opportunity to add any significant information you may have forgotten to say in the interview.

Example of this thank you note:

Hi [Interviewer Name],

Thank you so much for meeting with me today. After learning more about the position, I’m very excited for the opportunity to join your team and help [create world-class marketing campaigns, inspire prospective clients, increase revenue, etc.] for [Company Name].

I know my years of experience of working on [web development, copywriting, sales, etc.] would greatly benefit your company.

Please keep me posted on the status of the hiring process. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Warm regards,

Your Name]

Also note that

If you’re really ambitious and are feeling good about the job interview, you might even try to impress the employer and include an idea that could add value to their company in your follow-up.

For example, you could add a suggestion that looks like this in your follow-up and thank you email:

“Our discussion about [A, B, and C] gave me an idea. Has your team considered trying [X, Y, and Z]? I found it to be an effective process in my last job.”

Make it easy on them by reminding them why you deserve the job.

2. Check-In

Sending a thank you note after an interview is the easy part of following up. Making contact again after a few weeks of silence can feel more difficult. You might worry that checking in will make you seem annoying, or worse, desperate. But not to worry! This follow-up is a regular and professional part of the process. If you approach your follow-up carefully, you can come off as a diligent and interested.

NOTE: Here are some tips to keep in mind when you follow up:

  • Don’t jump to the conclusion that you didn’t get the job. Sometimes the hiring process can take a while to settle, especially if the decision-makers have a lot on their plate.

  • Wait for the established timeframe and deadlines to pass. If you ended your job interview by asking about the next steps of the hiring process and when you should expect to hear back, then stick to that timeline. If that date has passed, then feel free to send a follow-up note by email to the employer.

Example of a check-in note

When sending a note after the discussed timeframe has passed, here is sample language of a post-interview check-in note:

“Hi Jane, I hope all’s well! You mentioned that you would be finalizing your decision for the IT position by this week. I’m eager to hear when you have an update. Please let me know if there’s anything I can provide to assist you in your decision-making process.”

3. Stay in Touch

Even if you don’t get the job, it might be useful to have this employer in your network. This can take some finesse. Rather than seeing your relationship with the employer as a failed job interview and lost opportunity, treat them as a valuable new colleague and contact.

Build a relationship. This means keeping the conversation going by periodically sending articles or information that might be relevant to them, congratulating them on recent accomplishments, and thanking them for their replies.

Do the research, and if appropriate, add the recruiter or employees you spoke with on LinkedIn.

Also, be sure to follow up and update your LinkedIn interests and be sure to follow their company page on LinkedIn.

But remember, don’t overdo it! Be cognizant of whether you’re being helpful or a nuisance and always be genuine.

The key is to remain professional, proactive, and useful, not pushy or over-eager.

If you find this valuable you can join our community of life after NYSC members on Telegram

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Fast and Ready posted Jun 13 '20 at 1:10 pm

This is the list of questions that every ex corp member must be able to have answer to before any interview.

Ask yourself and have the answers in you;

Remember he who fails to plan, plans to fail.

Do your homework/research of the people and organization before going for the meeting;

LinkedIn and Google is your friend for this

HERE ARE LIKELY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
  3. Why should we hire you?
  4. What experience do you have in this field?
  5. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
  6. What is your greatest strength?
  7. Tell me about your dream job.
  8. Describe your work ethic.
  9. What is your philosophy towards work?
  10. What are you looking for in a job?
  11. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
  12. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
  13. Why do you want to work for this organization?
  14. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  15. How would you know you were successful on this job?
  16. Do you consider yourself successful?
  17. What do you know about this organization?
  18. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
  19. Why do you want to leave your current job?
  20. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
  21. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
  22. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
  23. What do co-workers say about you?
  24. What irritates you about co-workers?
  25. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
  26. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
  27. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
  28. What has disappointed you about a job?
  29. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  30. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
  31. Are you a team player?
  32. Are you willing to work overtime?
  33. Are you applying for other jobs?
  34. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
  35. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
  36. Describe your management style.
  37. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
  38. What kind of salary do you need?
  39. Do you have any blind spots?
  40. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
  41. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
  42. Do you know anyone who works for us?
  43. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
  44. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
  45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
  46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
  47. Have you ever had to fire anyone?
  48. How did you feel about that?
  49. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
  50. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.

WISHING YOU SUCCESS!

You can join our community of our Life After NYSC on telegram

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Have you been unemployed for a while? Do you continue to send your CVs to various companies without getting called up for interviews?

Well, I present to you today, the basic things every recruiter looks forward to seeing in your CV.

Stay with me as I walk you through it all, as I know a thing or two from working with an HR firm early in my career!

1. Soft Skills

Beyond all your professional degrees, which obviously everyone applying for the position you are applying for will possess (some may even be more degree qualified than you), what else do you bringing to the table?

Are you internet savvy? How good are you Excel, and by extension, Microsoft skills? Are you a great communicator? Can you help analyse complex data?

What is that special something that you have in you, or, that comes easy to you, that can give you an edge and set you apart?

Then, list it/them conspicuously in your CV. Every recruiter wants to know!

2. Email Structure

You’re not a serious fellow if the email address used in sending your CV to recruiters is childish.

How do you expect a recruiter to take you serious when you send your CV via a kike4luv@yahoomail.com or a donteezy626@gmail.com?

No one cares if that’s the email you have been using since 2005; get yourself a professional looking email. It won’t cost you anything.

A mixture of your name, surname and or middle name would do. Be smart.

3. Professional Certifications

Asides your university degree, every recruiter wants to see a conscious effort you take in bettering yourself with professional degrees in your chosen area of interest!

If like me, you’re in the digital sector, there are thousand and one online certifications in digital marketing by Hubspot Academy and Google you can bag and use in “fattening” your CV.

4. LinkedIn Profile

Permit me to say this: you are not serious if you don’t take time out t take care of your LinkedIn profile. Rightly tagged the Facebook for Professionals, LinkedIn is a platform you should seriously pay attention to.

After reading through your CV and email, very serious multinationals take time out to check you out on LinkedIn. Ensure it is properly optimized!

5. Online Footprint

For a candidate that catches their eye, every of the candidate they have an eye for.

The saying that the internet never forgets holds true. Even though what you do on your personal page is your personal business, but what serious company wants to employ someone who is fond of dragging companies on his/her TL or posting his/her nudes or known for putting hate and racist posts?

No one wants to deal with an unnecessary extra baggage.

6. CV Document Name and File type

Except otherwise stated by the recruiter, always save your CV with your full name e.g. Taye Paul Olubayo, Agbeniga Aderonke Esther and not Taye’s CV or Ronke’s CV new.

You must be intentional.

Also ensure that you convert your CV from whatever file format it was created into a pdf document.

It prevents it from being distorted when viewed (as you don’t know what version of operating system the recruiter uses in viewing CVs) and edited by an overzealous evil person from your village.

7. Achievements in Your Previous Place of Employment

For those who have been previously employed, it is important to state briefly your role(s) in your previous place of employment and your achievements.

In conclusion

If you use email signature it is unnecessary “sent from an iPhone” or any sort of annoying email signatures before you hit the send button.

Nobody gives a damn about the type of device you use in sending your emails.

For a recruiter, all these takes between 25 – 30seconds to take in, in some cases, shorter considering the volume of applications that they would be coming in. So, remember to keep it short and simple by sticking to only the important information, especially as it pertains text content on your CV.

Finally it is important to be part of a community if you are just finishing from NYSC or you been done for a while I recommend you stay up-to-date on this Telegram community Life after NYSC by

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10 basic tips to consider when invited/preparing for an online interview:

1. Get to know the online technology that the interviewer(s) will use. Is it a phone call, WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom interview? If not clear, ask.

2. Familiarize yourself with the online tools that you’ll be using. Understand how Zoom/Skype works and test it well in advance. Test the sound and video quality.

3. Ensure that your internet connection is stable. If using mobile data, make sure it’s adequate to sustain the call to the end.

4. Ensure the lighting and the background is good. Remove background clutter. Isolate yourself in a place where you’ll not have any noise distractions.

5. For Zoom/Skype calls, use your desktop or laptop instead of your phone. They’re more stable especially for video calls.

6. Mute all notifications on your computer/phone to avoid unnecessary distractions.

7. Ensure that your posture is right. Just because it’s a remote interview does not mean you slouch on your couch. Maintain an upright posture.

8. Prepare on the other job specifics just like you would for a face-to-face interview

9. Dress up like you would for a face-to-face interview.

10. Be all set at least 10 minutes to the start of interview.

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corper ade posted Mar 29 '20 at 5:55 am

It been a long time of posting here, huh let us talk today, typical life after NYSC, 30 secs video to describe this below


NYSC will soon finish for any batch.
NYSC go soon end even if you started yesterday.
All finally NYSC will soon become history.


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. That bliss of eventually dumping khaki for good. Your total freedom given to you on a piece of paper. CDS becomes a thing of the past. You can travel for more than two weeks without pass or the fear of your LGI serving you with query once you return. No fear of the proprietor, principal or boss at your PPA breathing down your neck because you didn’t return to work after CDS meeting. None of that at all. You are finally a free human. You have successfully crossed over to adulthood.


Oya gbera!
After a month or two. The bliss that came with your eventual freedom starts to fade. It starts with;


BOREDOM: You are always bored because you have nothing tangible to do aside pressing your phone, watching t.v. and hanging out with your friends who are equally bored. Later, you start feeling empty. What can you use to fill that emptiness you feel? You don’t know because you are too scared to even know. You want to be responsible but you are also scared of being responsible.


This continues in a monotone until your parents or a nosy neighbour or relative starts asking what is next after your service year?


‘Ade so what is next now?’
‘My daughter is currently running a professional course. What about you?’


FRUSTRATION: Your frustration starts when suddenly all your acquaintances start winning. Getting engaged, getting married, enrolling for a masters degree, securing a job in an oil firm, traveling overseas on scholarship, becoming a celebrity while you are there with your phone in hand following up on everything on their social media pages.


THE BLAME GAME: You start reconsidering your life choices. You blame your destiny. You blame the grade you graduated with. You blame your skin tone. You blame the colour of your teeth. You blame AIRTEL. You blame yourself. You blame the shoe maker. You blame Stormi Webster. You blame everything for your woes.


NAGGING FROM PARENTS: Then your parents start their own, by getting pissed at every little thing you do.


‘Es, please the way you are drinking that juice is disturbing my ear.’


‘How will you know Saraki is contesting for president when you don’t go out to work?’


‘The price of tomato paste has increased but you can’t know that. Since you are not buying it.’


‘You will just be there sleeping and eating. You don’t have shame?’


Chai
DISAPPOINTMENTS: You decided to call your mum’s brother after much insults. He always drummed it in your ears that he can find something for you after school. You called him and told him. He told you to come see him. You go and he told you to wait. You waited for hours then he told you to go home and come back. You returned the next day and waited for hours. He told you to go home and come back the next day. You returned the next day… After an endless circle of excuses and bush beating. You realize your uncle never had anything for you. You cursed your luck and returned home dejected. You tried applying for jobs by yourself but you have no long legs or connection.


LOITERING: Then you start spending your days at the barbershop or the stall down the street. You go there to sit around 10am in the morning. Return home around 3pm. Stroll out around 5pm. Return finally around 8pm. You do anything. Anything not to be in your parents faces.


How you peep to confirm your parents are not around before sneaking inside the house.
Frustration made you contemplate Yahoo, engaging in online scam, being a runs babe. But home training keeps holding you back.


DEPRESSION: Months of being utterly jobless took it toll on you, you feel useless. Having to beg your siblings or friends for petty cash, made you feel worthless. The side eyes your parents give you anytime you go out, eat, change the television or press phone made you feel unwanted. Come to think of it even your bae has been acting up because you just don’t have an answer whenever bae asks ‘what’s the plan now?’
You feel hopeless.


When you came to the realization that you just can’t get a job no matter what. You decide to go and learn tailoring/graphics/automobile work just to keep yourself busy. You, a graduate of History and International relations. Who was hoping to find a job at the Nigerian embassy. With your big big dreams.


You thought everything will be easy after NYSC. Alas! It wasn’t.


PS – Dear corp members, have a plan. Any plan before the passing out parade. Do not think things will fall into place after service year. Post NYSC depression is real but you can always avoid being a victim. By having a plan!


Your time starts now.
Let's help ourselves
The only antidotes to depression is Purpose
Have a clear vision


Join community of Ex-Corp Members and stay connected.
Information is power and needed for that than ever


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This is to show case fake news declaimer of NYSC

"
The attention of the Management of the National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a fraudulent advertorial, purportedly issued by the Scheme, calling on unsuspecting Nigerians to apply for recruitment.

Management wishes to state that the Scheme did not place the advert, and shall duly observe laid down rules for recruitment into the Public Service when the need arises.
Members of the public, particularly 2019 Batch "A" Corps Members that recently passed out from the Service are therefore admonished to disregard the phantom advert.

Thank you.

MANAGEMENT
"

Let be careful and stay connect in necessary community if you are not yet on our telegram community i advise you do by

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This is the conclusion on our series on things you should note and know after NYSC or and as you begin another journey away from clearance and PPA.

If you are yet to follow the series you cna check the last series

Batch 2 COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR GRADUATES

Batch 1 is in the link above,

1. Tell us about yourself? The interviewer is not interested in hearing stories; they simply expect to know your academic and professional achievements, your name and the institution you currently work for. Take a minutes to introduce yourself, and state your recent academic qualification and your relevant experience (if any).

2. Why do you think you are the best candidate? The recruiter expects you to tell them about your professional achievements and the unique skills you possess that will add value to the organization. If you are a Customer Care graduate then you should tell them that you are a good listener and patient; these are the qualities the employer is looking for.

3. What are your weaknesses? The question is not simple as it looks; most candidates go blank when they face this kind of question. Take your time in explaining why you can’t leave the office before you complete a task. You can also inform them how you are quick to trust a person, which in most cases makes you a victim.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years? The employer wants to know whether you are ambitious or you’re the kind of a person who secures a job and then you forget about yourself. Answer the question by stating how you intend to further your studies and grow professionally as you strive to meet your employer’s goals. (It is important to tie your goals to your employer's goals because no employer would be willing to hire and invest in a rookie who will leave their organization in a year or less after they have invested in training the individual)

5. How do friends describe you? The question is testing your personal attributes, when answering it ensure that you don’t over exaggerate. Take the shortest time possible to state the best attribute you possess that you believe will add value to the institution.

6. What do you know about this company? Before you enter the interview room, ensure that you go through the company website to read latest news, company profile, goals, management team, objectives, vision and mission; they will help you answer this question.(where the company is unknown, do your research and be familiar with the business/industry you desire to build your career) The question expects you to briefly describe what you read on their website and not what you imagine of the company.

7. Do you have any question to ask the panel? This is usually the last question that the interview panel asks interviewees; if you fail to ask them questions, you will lose some marks, always have a question to ask no matter what. Ask them whether they have plans to expand their business, whether they support employees to further their studies and how they motivate employees. You can pull a surprise by asking when you can start, it shows confidence.

8. What is your salary expectation? The question is tricky because as a fresh graduate you don’t have a clue what to be paid; simply ask them what they pay others of your level, if they fail to give a satisfactory answer then give them a reasonable range. Ensure you do your research before you go for interview room because you must be asked this question.

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Good evening to everyone, let us continue on our cover letters introduction.

In case you don't have the introduction check it

We will continue from there but before that let us have a quick reminder of what we say cover letter is

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job.

Therefore in continuation to the list last time.
Cold calling cover letter

  1. Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  2. Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  3. Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

Ok. I will like to address some interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. MAY WE MEET YOU?

You are not expected to tell them your life history of how you are the last born and related to your village head. All they want to know are your name, educational background and career background. e.g My name is Michael Jacob, a graduate of Mechanical Engineer from University of Lagos and also a career engineer.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. Tell them about your qualification, experience (if you have) and skills.

I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interview for.

  1. ARE YOU MOBILE?

If you like tell them 'Yes, I have a car' or 'Of course! who doesn't have a phone?'. You are on your own.

What they are simply asking is are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?'. If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.

  1. CAN YOU TELL A LIE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THIS FIRM IF EMPLOYED?
    This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
    If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
    Simply Tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you w

  2. HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS DO YOU HAVE?

This is a tricky one. Don't go self destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter. In case, Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.

Thanks, don't forget you can also create your topics and ask your questions Here. If you are not part of our Life After NYSC Telegram community you can join Now

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Good evening to everyone, let us continue on our cover letters introduction.

In case you don't have the introduction check it

We will continue from there but before that let us have a quick reminder of what we say cover letter is

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job.

Therefore in continuation to the list last time.

  • Cold calling cover letter

  • Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  • Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  • Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

Ok. I will like to address some interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. MAY WE MEET YOU?

You are not expected to tell them your life history of how you are the last born and related to your village head. All they want to know are your name, educational background and career background. e.g My name is Michael Jacob, a graduate of Mechanical Engineer from University of Lagos and also a career engineer.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. Tell them about your qualification, experience (if you have) and skills.

I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interview for.

  1. ARE YOU MOBILE?

If you like tell them 'Yes, I have a car' or 'Of course! who doesn't have a phone?'. You are on your own.

What they are simply asking is are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?'. If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.

  1. CAN YOU TELL A LIE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THIS FIRM IF EMPLOYED?
    This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
    If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
    Simply Tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you w

  2. HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS DO YOU HAVE?

This is a tricky one. Don't go self destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter. In case, Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.

Thanks, don't forget you can also create your topics and ask your questions Here. If you are not part of our Life After NYSC Telegram community you can join Now

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Good evening to everyone, let us continue on our cover letters introduction.

In case you don't have the introduction check it

We will continue from there but before that let us have a quick reminder of what we say cover letter is

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job.

Therefore in continuation to the list last time.

  • Cold calling cover letter

  • Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  • Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  • Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

Ok. I will like to address some interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. MAY WE MEET YOU?

You are not expected to tell them your life history of how you are the last born and related to your village head. All they want to know are your name, educational background and career background. e.g My name is Michael Jacob, a graduate of Mechanical Engineer from University of Lagos and also a career engineer.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. Tell them about your qualification, experience (if you have) and skills.

I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interview for.

  1. ARE YOU MOBILE?

If you like tell them 'Yes, I have a car' or 'Of course! who doesn't have a phone?'. You are on your own.

What they are simply asking is are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?'. If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.

  1. CAN YOU TELL A LIE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THIS FIRM IF EMPLOYED?
    This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
    If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
    Simply Tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you w

  2. HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS DO YOU HAVE?

This is a tricky one. Don't go self destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter. In case, Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.

Thanks, don't forget you can also create your topics and ask your questions Here. If you are not part of our Life After NYSC Telegram community you can join Now

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Good evening to everyone, let us continue on our cover letters introduction.

In case you don't have the introduction check it

We will continue from there but before that let us have a quick reminder of what we say cover letter is

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job.

Therefore in continuation to the list last time.

  • Cold calling cover letter

  • Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  • Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  • Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

Ok. I will like to address some interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. MAY WE MEET YOU?

You are not expected to tell them your life history of how you are the last born and related to your village head. All they want to know are your name, educational background and career background. e.g My name is Michael Jacob, a graduate of Mechanical Engineer from University of Lagos and also a career engineer.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. Tell them about your qualification, experience (if you have) and skills.

I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interview for.

  1. ARE YOU MOBILE?

If you like tell them 'Yes, I have a car' or 'Of course! who doesn't have a phone?'. You are on your own.

What they are simply asking is are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?'. If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.

  1. CAN YOU TELL A LIE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THIS FIRM IF EMPLOYED?
    This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
    If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
    Simply Tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you w

  2. HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS DO YOU HAVE?

This is a tricky one. Don't go self destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter. In case, Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.

Thanks, don't forget you can also create your topics and ask your questions Here. If you are not part of our Life After NYSC Telegram community you can join Now

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Good evening to everyone, let us continue on our cover letters introduction.

In case you don't have the introduction check it

We will continue from there but before that let us have a quick reminder of what we say cover letter is

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job.

Therefore in continuation to the list last time.

  • Cold calling cover letter

  • Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  • Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  • Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

Ok. I will like to address some interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. MAY WE MEET YOU?

You are not expected to tell them your life history of how you are the last born and related to your village head. All they want to know are your name, educational background and career background. e.g My name is Michael Jacob, a graduate of Mechanical Engineer from University of Lagos and also a career engineer.

  1. WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

This gives you an opportunity to sell yourself. Tell them about your qualification, experience (if you have) and skills.

I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interview for.

  1. ARE YOU MOBILE?

If you like tell them 'Yes, I have a car' or 'Of course! who doesn't have a phone?'. You are on your own.

What they are simply asking is are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?'. If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.

  1. CAN YOU TELL A LIE TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THIS FIRM IF EMPLOYED?
    This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
    If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
    Simply Tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you w

  2. HOW MANY BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS DO YOU HAVE?

This is a tricky one. Don't go self destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter. In case, Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.

Thanks, don't forget you can also create your topics and ask your questions Here. If you are not part of our Life After NYSC Telegram community you can join Now

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22 of the Biggest Resume Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Job hunting is a lot like online dating, which makes your resume like your dating profile. You apply for a role in the hopes that you get an interview, which is almost like asking someone on a date. After a few interviews, you see if you’d like to make things more official. You start the role. There’s usually some sort of trial period, commonly three months, where both employer and employee are seeing if there’s a good fit. After that, you become a full employee. With that in mind, your resume is how you make a first impression – so you need to do it well. That’s why we’ve compiled the top resume mistakes to avoid at all costs in this article. Keep reading for tips and insights on the key things to make sure you never do on your resume.

  • Letting typos slip through

Even in the world of spellcheck, this is a relatively easy issue. One study by CareerBuilder found that 58 percent of resumes have spelling errors in them – that’s way too high. Understand this for what it is: the HR people do not have some type of vendetta against spelling errors in and of themselves. Rather, what they see when they come across as a spelling error is a lack of conscientiousness.

When you have typos in your resume, recruiters see someone who apparently did not even take their application seriously enough to proofread it before clicking the “Send” button or mailing it in. This isn’t the impression you want to give off, so be sure to eliminate all spelling errors before submitting your resume.

  • You didn’t have someone proofread

Nothing screams “Unprofessional!” like grammatical mistakes and sentences that make no sense in a document meant to impress a potential employer. Even with all the tools available to you, another pair of eyes can be the crucial last step.

Have at least one friend, mentor, or teacher (two is even better) with a good grasp of spelling and grammar look over your resume before you submit it. You’ll be glad you did, if they find something “quiet” embarrassing.

  • Inappropriate email address

In most applications, an email address is a requirement – gone are the daily of snail mail correspondence or solely phone calls. Nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, many applicants make the mistake of leaving personal or inappropriate email addresses rather than professional ones.

Put yourself into the recruiter’s shoes. You are looking at two very impressive applications, but one of them lists their email as “ismokeweedeveryday@gmail.com” while the other lists theirs as “John.Smith@gmail.com.” Which person are you more likely to invite for an interview? Which are you most likely to dump in the proverbial garbage? If you don’t already have a professional-sounding email address, sign up for one. Side note here: Gmail tends to be best, as yahoo and hotmail can end up in spam filters.

  • Inaccurate or missing contact information

If you’re successful in your application, the company needs a way to contact you to book an interview. The vast majority of the time, that’s done through email. In some rare cases, you’ll get a call. However, if you don’t provide accurate contact information (or don’t provide any contact information at all), there is no way for recruiters to reach out to you.

Thankfully, this problem is largely solved through technology. When you apply to a job online, the company’s applicant tracking system (ATS) will require an email, phone number, or both. Just make sure you provide the right information.

  • Listing irrelevant, non-job-related information

Too many applicants try to get stand out in applications by highlighting irrelevant things. A 6 month trip to Thailand may be an amazing experience for some jobs and provide depth about you as a person, but a long weekend vacation in Mexico or the fact that you love your dog likely is not.

It’s understandable to want to “liven up” your application, but remember this: the recruiter or hiring manager who will eventually read your resume reads thousands of applications each year. A study by TheLadder found that the average hiring manager spends about 6 seconds looking at a resume. Don’t give them a reason to toss it in the trash by highlighting irrelevant things in an attempt to be relatable – focus on connecting your experiences and previous work to the job you’re applying for.

  • Poor formatting

A well laid-out resume will help you in three major ways:

It will make your resume more easily read by computers.
It will help the recruiter or hiring manager find relevant details more quickly.
It shows that you know how to clearly communicate in writing, a necessary skill in nearly every job.
It can be tempting to fiddle with the formatting of your resume so it has a new look, with a unique layout or fancy font. Bottom line, resist the temptation.

An employer who is wading through a stack of resumes doesn’t have time to decipher an oddly formatted page. Recruiters need to be able to quickly scan your resume to find out if you’re qualified, and likely won’t be impressed if they have to stop and decipher your layout.

Stick to easy-to-read fonts, don’t create tiny margins, and don’t cram your resume with dense blocks of text — use plenty of white space so it’s easier to scan.

  • Use of personal pronouns

This rule is hotly debated, with good arguments on both sides. Avoiding personal pronouns like “I” and “Me” in resumes is considered the traditional way of doing things, while using them in a new-age belief that a resume is a personal branding document. Since you did the things in your resume, it would make sense that you could say you did.

  • We advise against using personal pronouns for two reasons:

While using pronouns is increasing in popularity, not using them is still the accepted standard across the board and will help ensure you don’t get disqualified because the employer doesn’t like them.
Resumes need as much white space as possible while at the same time you have to explain how you’re qualified for a role. Pronouns take up characters and space on the page, so not using them gives you more room to work with.

  • Trying to sound too “well-rounded”

Some applicants believe they will look better to employers if they seem well-rounded. In general, this is true. But don’t take it too far. If your entire resume focuses on breadth, talking about how many committees you’ve served on or the wide variety of job titles you’ve held, then you risk coming off as too shallow in your work experience.

Looking well-rounded has a decreasing marginal return the more senior the role is that you’re looking for. When a business is hiring for more senior people, the leadership wants to know you have deep domain expertise and “climbed the ranks.” Focusing on appearing too well-rounded will backfire and make you look inexperienced.

  • Self-deprecation

Too many resumes have self-deprecating remarks and phrases. While it’s understandable to not want to be seen as bragging on your application, you still want to look good. It is for this reason that statements like “graduated in the top 66% of my class” and “self-employment: what a disaster that was” will not make you look good. Rather, they will make you seem like a potential issue for the organization, someone who probably shouldn’t be trusted with much power or autonomy.

  • Bragging

Of course, the other side of the resume blunder coin are applicants who excessively brag about themselves or their achievements.

Again – you do want your resume to make you look like a strong candidate. What you do not want is obnoxious arrogance, as seen in statements like “you will never find a better candidate than me”, or “my job performance is unsurpassed”, or “if you don’t hire me, you’ll regret it”. Such statements make you seem cocky and indicate a potential lack of team spirit (or even narcissism). Even if you meant it as a joke, keep it off the resume. Let the interview be the time you show your sense of humor.

  • You focused on duties, not achievements

Listing the duties you performed at previous jobs is fine, but your main focus should be on what you actually accomplished there. Did you score a big new contract for your previous employer? That’s a far more compelling statement than just saying you dealt with outside sales.

Make sure you include any awards or accolades you received as part of your previous jobs, and solid benefits you brought to your employers. For best results, be as specific as you can: “I landed an account that brought X dollars of new business” is better than “I sold our widget to a new customer.”

  • Burying your strengths

Some otherwise good resumes handicap themselves by listing important skills at the bottom While you may not want to brag (good on you), you still have to show that you’re a good candidate for the role.

As a rule of thumb, make sure you demonstrate your skills starting with the skills most relevant to the job. Find a creative way to ensure those are right at the top, included in your first professional experience. Read over your resume a few times and put yourself in the position of a busy recruiter. Would your job-specific skills jump out to them? If not, rearrange your resume so that they will.

  • Lack of bullet points

With the rise of computerized resume scanning (and even AI for resume reading), ensuring your resume can be read easily by scanner is essential. One easy way to do this is to use of bullet points.

Do not make the mistake (which many applicants do) of writing everything in as a “wall” of text, hoping that whoever reads your resume will painstakingly read your every word to extract the important parts. They will not. Instead, use bullet points to clearly show different experiences within the same job, explain the details of your role, and explain the results you accomplished.

  • Adding references directly on the resume

While some employers may ask for a reference, this is usually one of the final steps in the interview and hiring process. Since the goal of a resume is to get you the interview, it needs to be short and sweet – no more than one page. Adding references at the end will add unnecessary bulk to your resume. Adding references on your one page will take up valuable space that you should be using to explain your accomplishments in previous roles.

You should have references at the ready, but don’t provide them until asked. When in doubt, leave the references out.

  • The “more is better” mentality

Put simply: employers do not have the time (or desire) to read lengthy resumes. If your resume is more than one page, you risk a recruiter thinking some negative things about you:

That you don’t know how to follow established custom (resumes are nearly always supposed to be one page, unless the job posting explicitly asks for longer).
That you are unable to prioritize and focus to show your experiences as they apply to this specific job, not your whole professional history.

  • That you brag and need to share everything.

None of these are good things. They may not even be true about you, but an overly long resume sends the wrong message. Stick to one page unless the job description asks for more.

  • Sending an ugly attachment

We’ve all been there: you send something out as an email attachment, only to have it look different (sometimes drastically) on your recipient’s computer than it does on yours. This can be disastrous if the random factor and chaos of the Internet messes up your resume’s formatting or bullets. Luckily, this need not become an obstacle.

Before sending your resume via email, simply “test” send it to a few of your friends (or your own email on a different device) and verify how it looks. If it looks as it does on your computer, send it to the employer. If not, find out why and fix it. To avoid this problem entirely, save documents as PDF files, which appear the same on all types of computers.

  • Bashing previous employers

Not every job applicant has the benefit of writing a resume with a sparkling job history. Some have been fired numerous times or been involved in conflicts with bosses at one or more jobs. There is a strong tendency among such people to demonize their ex-bosses in the resume, blaming them for their own failures. But while you might think this makes you look better, it rarely has this effect. Rather, most employers will read something like “I only got fired because my boss was an unrealistic jerk” and imagine themselves being in that boss’ shoes someday.

If you approach your previous issues with malice or anger in your resume, you will be seen as a “problem-person” and probably ignored. The far more effective and mature approach is to simply acknowledge any past difficulties you may have had and exude an honest, sincere willingness to put those things behind you.

  • You lied

Just to clear up any confusion: lying on your resume is a quick way to not get hired. And if you make it through the interview process and get hired, employers finding out you lied is a quick way to get fired.

Desperation can make it very tempting to pad your resume with an embellishment here or an outright lie there, but it’s likely to hurt you eventually. Your resume is your first chance to impress an employer. Take the time to make it shine, and you’ll boost your chances of standing out from the crowd. If you’ve faced a lot of hardships and don’t have “traditional” requirements like a university degree, focus on the practical skills you’ve learned instead – that could very well put you ahead of Ivy League graduates who have fancy degrees but no practical skills.

  • Not showing your qualifications

Many jobs have specific requirements such as a certification or specific degree. If you have that certification or degree and don’t make that clear on your resume, you’re likely costing yourself the job without meaning to. Be sure to look at the job description for specific criteria such as qualifications to teach or professional certifications. Make sure to highlight the skills they are looking for with a bulleted list of your related qualifications at the top of the document.

On the flip side, also take an honest look at your qualifications. If you don’t have the required designations, certifications, or degrees, you probably shouldn’t apply for the job unless the job description clearly states that there is professional development available. That said, you could also take the risk and email the recruiter to ask if the company will sponsor you to get the designation – you never know.

  • Copycat-ing the job description

If you’re simply tailoring your resume to fit into what the potential employer has outlined as job description in the advertisement, you’re missing the point of your resume. HR departments already know what the job is; your resume should highlight your accomplishments and how you are best suited for that position.

Be sure to show what you’ve really done by outlining the process, outcomes and results that are specific to your own work experience. Copying the key phrases on the job description (known as “job application SEO”) may help you get past the initial screen, but likely won’t make it past a human – or artificial intelligence – read of your resume.

  • Inaccurate or missing work dates

Employers need to know when you worked & where, in order to get a better understanding of your working history. They may also use the dates for background and reference checks. Missing dates, especially for long periods of time, could send up a red flag, and the resume may be discarded.

Include specific ranges in months and years for every position (you don’t need to go down to days). If you have gaps, explain them either in your cover letter or introduction, but not in your resume. It always helps to list any continuing education and training that you have taken and to list any volunteer/project-based work during a slow period or summer months. Listing these under education or volunteer work should explain some of the gaps
At the same time, you also want to highlight your strongest work experiences first, so there’s some leeway to switch things up. However, if the most relevant work experience you have for a job is from your work five companies (and many years) ago, it’s possible that the job is not right for you. Make sure you’re focusing on recent transferable skills, using older job experiences to show that you have depth and long-term experience to back up your recent skillsets.

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This is the second series of this topic if you have not check the first series you can do that

Cover Letters

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate same achievement in his firm if considered for the job. In fact, a cover letter allows you sell yourself to an employer, making him see what he stands to gain should he employ you. The major idea behind cover letters is to enable you seduce your would-be boss to see you as the best candidate. However, we have to be careful with our choice of words so we don't brag instead of selling our skills. We have three major types of cover letters and they all play different roles:

  1. Speculative or cold calling cover letters

  2. Cover letters in response to job adverts

  3. Cover letters with names dropping.

  4. Now, we send speculative or cold calling cover letters to firms we are not sure have vacancies but we want to work there. You send such cover letters and then send a follow-up letter three weeks later. The idea is to put yourself in the eyes of the employer.

  5. Cover letters response to job adverts have taken over application letters. It is written to woo an employer that you are the right candidate for the job. Here, you look at the skills they need the candidate to have and tell the employer you can do it. You also tell the employer problems you've solved in the past. It could be when you made your students do well in WAEC during your Youth Service year or when you made a good sales for your former/present firm. Even your social media skills can be brought in by telling your employer that you would use it to project the firm to people.

  6. Cover letters with name dropping is used when you are recommended by someone to a company. On the letter, you will need to state who recommended you and address the letter to the particular person you were told to write. It takes the form of speculative cover letter but only has names stated on it. So in a nutshell, cover letters are to make you sell your skills, so give the employer your best shot.

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I know, it is just like yesterday you are full of excitement of been a graduate. Going to camp.

And with memorable experience in camp not to talk of the lecture and parade. It is as if it should not end again.

This later transit to those wonderful PPA experiences, people calling you a corpers on the road and in the market. As if it is your first name.

But this will and for many has ended too, let start bumping up for the excitement of this post NYSC that brings the topic of what you should know and note after NYSC

What is a CV?

A CV is an official document that contains the profile, educational and career background of a person.

In our part of the world, CV and a résumé means the same thing but in other climes, they mean different things entirely. Some of us have been submitting CVs like forever and yet we don't get interview invites. The problem is that your CV is not passing what is known as The 30 seconds Test. The 30 seconds test simply means that an employer or interviewer will decide if he's going to employ you or not within 30 seconds of perusing your CV.

The Do's and Donts of CV

*packaging;

  1. Never start your CV with "Curriculum Vitae". Start with your name boldly written with a larger font.

  2. Ensure the address on your CV is the same with the location of the job. It will make interviewers consider you faster. e.g, if the job is in Lagos, apply with a Lagos address. If you don't stay in the same location, look for someone you know that use same location.

  3. Don't use childish email address. Use an email address with your name. Don't use email address such as sexybecky4u2luv@gmail.com. It says a lot about your maturity and professionalism. You can use michaeljacobs@gmail.com or michael.jacobs@gmail.com. If the name is already taken, add some numbers, e.g michaeljacobs236@gmail.com

  4. Under personal data or profile. Some entities like date of birth, state, local government and nationality are not compulsory. As a matter of fact, if the age they need doesn't favour you, just take off your date of birth. Keep the interviewer in doubt. Rather sell your skills.

  5. Under educational background and dates, simply write your school, your course of study and then the year you graduated. Take off the year you got admission. Some people started school in 2005 and graduated in 2012 for a 4-year course. It might not be their fault but employers wouldn't take it that way since you're not there to defend it. So I repeat, write out only graduation year.

    Also, there's no need for your grade (First class, 2.1, 2.2, etc). Just take it off.

  6. Professional Certification is another area that's making people lose out of job search in recent times. Under this section, most people don't have what to put and it pisses off most employers. It means you haven't done much to add value to yourself. If you are a Corp member here, try to do one or two professional course during your service year, else you will be submitting what we call a blank CV'. For those working, you can use your weekends to achieve same. It will help you in your next job search.

    Under your work experience, you are expected to state where you worked, your job designation and your responsibilities. If you are no longer working in the firm, write your responsibilities in past tense. The current place of work can be written in present tense.

However, all your work experiences need not go on your CV except the one relates to the job you're applying for. it makes your CV concise.

** Under you hobbies and interest, you need to be careful of your choices. I once saw a CV that has playing video games as the applicant's hobby. I quickly discarded the CV. Your hobbies should be within researching, meeting people, playing scrabble or chess, mentoring and travelling. But be sure you are into the hobbies as it could be placed before you one day.

  1. Under your referees or references, please you are expected to have your referees name, address, phone number and email address. You can also use your family member as your referee but ensure you don't use the same surname. Also, ensure your referees are aware you are using them as referees to avoid stories that touch.

  2. An ideal CV should be in black and white not coloured except on two occasions: if you are applying as a graphic designer and you want to wow your employer or when your CV has the logo of the company you've worked before under your job experience.

  3. Never forward a CV from your inbox to another employer. Open and compose a fresh mail then upload your CV and send

  4. When sending your CV, make sure the

    subject carries the job role you are applying for.

  5. Don't save your CV on your laptop or phone as 'My CV' or Edited CV'. Simple save it with your full name, e.g Adebayo Michael Samuel.

  6. When sending your CV, don't leave the email page blank. Copy your cover letter and post on the email page. Forget the usual 'Sir, kindly find attached herewith for your .

  7. You don't need to append your passport photo on your CV except the employer request for it which is quite rare.

We will continue with a cover letter later. If looks like another boring lecture to you. Maybe it is, but it is important.

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