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Monday, December 7, 2015


When you are going for a job interview, just like I would always say , be prepared for any kind of question that would be thrown at you. Most times employers will want to give you questions that they feel you might not answer in order to know your weak points. Most of these questions might seem like a trap; but then, you cannot  run away from them, but you can use those questions to talk about your strengths and things you can do. Here are some questions that job-seekers are asked all the time;
1.   Why are you the best person for this job?
2.   What  makes you uniquely qualified for this role?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Cover letters are a great way to market your self to a prospective employer. This means that you must package your self in your Cover Letter and resume in such a manner that the employer will be willing to buy. Some job-seekers still ask if a cover letter is really important. The answer to that question is yes. This is because, the cover letter and resume are the document a prospective employer sees before meeting you in person. Your Cover letter should be customized and should be able to highlight how your skills will be relevant in the position you are applying for.

For a Cover Letter to be effective, it needs to have the following 5 ingredients:

1. It should be addressed properly. This means that you must find out the name of whom the letter needs to be addressed to. if it is to be addressed to say "Mr Chukwudi Ebube", address it that way and in so doing avoid using general salutations like "Dear Sir", or "To whom it may concern"etc.

2. Highlight your strengths. Let your employer be convinced that you are the best fit for the job. You don't have to exaggerate but make sure your relevant skills are well highlighted.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Just as in sports, the organizations that have sustained success in business aren't the ones with superstars all trying to further their individual legacies. Rather, they are the businesses with talented role players and managers who know how to get all of their personnel to work together. Here are five ways for startups to put together a winning team.
1. Build your team before actually building your team
For starters, the principals of a startup will need to identify their own roles and how they plan to delineate responsibilities when it comes to decision making, hiring and external communications.
There may be an impulse to hire smart people with great credentials and then sort out their responsibilities after. Don't do that. Identify very specific roles (and budget responsibilities and salaries for each of them) and seek out employees who are ideal for those tasks and have skills that can compliment each other.
2. Make sure each person understands how the entire company works
In a startup environment, which will likely have an initial staff of a dozen or fewer employees,  it's important that each staffer understands how the entire business functions. Each person should have a specific job responsibility, but it will ultimately help a marketing person if he’s familiar with supply chain management and vice versa.
3. Hire people who share your passion
Launching a startup is never going to be a 9-to-5, 40-hour per week job. That goes for both the founders and for any employees who join the initial launch team. Everyone involved has to be personally invested in the success of the company.
For a social enterprise, it’s critical that each hire not only feels passionately about making an impact, but they must also have a firm understanding of the problem the business is addressing and the solution it is working toward. 
4. Get input from the rest of the group when it comes to adding staff
In a small team setting, one bad hire can completely disrupt the chemistry of the rest of the organization. While the founders have the ultimate say over who they add to help grow the business, the entire group will have to work with the new hire in some capacity.
5. Don't stop after assembling them
Bringing a group together is just one element of building a successful team. Even with success, building chemistry is an ongoing process. The best organizations keep engaging their employees and are frequently assessing what's working and how they can improve the way they work together.
For further reading, (reference) Enterpreneur
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Monday, November 16, 2015


Just as in sports, the organizations that have sustained success in business aren't the ones with superstars all trying to further their individual legacies. Rather, they are the businesses with talented role players and managers who know how to get all of their personnel to work together. Here are five ways for startups to put together a winning team.
1. Build your team before actually building your team
For starters, the principals of a startup will need to identify their own roles and how they plan to delineate responsibilities when it comes to decision making, hiring and external communications.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Motivation has to do with reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. Motivation is a necessary tool for actualizing our objectives in an efficient and effective manner.
What are the steps one needs to take to be fully motivated and get desired results? Some of these are:
Know your goals!
To know your goal is to understand it, to love it and eventually live it. It is not good enough to merely set goals. The key (and here is the difficult bit) is to really understand your goal and to visualise it in all its glory. What does success look like? How will it make you feel when you achieve it?
One of the secrets of the ultra-successful, whether they are athletes or entrepreneurs is to visualise their success and the level of performance that it will take to get them there.
Work out who can help?
Every great individual stands on the shoulders of others and there is no reason why you should be any different. The people that surround us have a crucial part to play in keeping our spirits lifted. Knowing that you are not alone and that you have the support of others can be a vital step in remaining motivated.
Make a list of the people that can help you towards your goal.
Reward yourself along the way
The road to success can be a long and arduous journey with many a set-back along the way. Without littering the road with the odd reward it can feel like thankless task and before long your motivation will be gone with the wind.
Break your goal down and set markers where you can reward yourself for the hard work that you have done. For example if your goal is to change career or get into a new job, you could reward yourself once you have completed a particular training course or applied for a certain number of jobs.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015


One of the problems faced by job-seekers in our country today is unemployment or inability to land a good job. The search for good jobs for some has become a burden too hard to bear. This is because the available number of jobs is far fewer than the number of available job-seekers. Every year, over a million graduates are released into the job market with no corresponding job opportunities. As a result of this, one has to go the extra mile of  acquiring certain skills to add to their education. Today, having a degree or a diploma is not a ticket to securing a job. One needs to have those skills that employers are really looking for in order to have an edge over other job-seekers.
So, what are these critical employability skills that employers demand of job-seekers?

Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written). By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively

Analytical/Research Skills. Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
Computer/Technical Literacy. Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities. Deals with your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.
Interpersonal Abilities. The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.
Leadership/Management Skills. While there is some debate about whether leadership is something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers.
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and job-seekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.
Planning/Organizing. Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.

Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity. Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.
Teamwork. Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
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For further reading (reference) QuintCareers

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


According to the free dictionary, Success is defined as "the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted. It is a feat that many would want to be identified with.

Napoleon Hill wrote a famous book “Keys to Success” reveals the 17 principles he found in the successful men he interviewed. Maybe these traits could help you too. When you look at the chapter headings you will see listed many of the requirements necessary to set up or improve a business successfully or in fact to live a successful life.
Develop Definiteness or Purpose
Basically to be successful in reaching your destination you need a “road map” or plan to show the direction you wish to go and where you want to arrive, whether it’s a journey to another town or a journey in life.
Establish a Mastermind Alliance
In the book his group is an imaginary group of famous successful men he admired. He visualizes them after studying their characters. He holds council with these men in his imagination. We may not choose to do that; we may consider how someone successful would tackle a problem however we all need the help of others to reach our true potential. We may get our help from studying books, the internet or meeting people.
Assemble an Attractive Personality
Ill mannered, bad tempered and irresponsible people that don’t consider others aren’t going to be very successful. Develop a pleasant demeanor; get along with people give that little bit extra in all you do.
Enforce Self-Discipline
Plan what you do and work your plan. If you plan to do something, do it don’t procrastinate. Don’t let others down. Be reliable, on-time and enthusiastic.
Learn from Adversity and Defeat
 “Every cloud has a silver lining”, learn from your mistakes, turn failure around stay positive and don’t give up.
 Cultivate Creative Vision
 Be creative visualize what you want to happen practice as the athletes do in their minds. Use mind power for an easier journey to success.
Budget your Time and Money
As in self-discipline don’t spend what you haven’t got, invest wisely both money and rime. Time is a finite resource don’t waste it.
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For further reading (reference) 17 Keys to success

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Before you go for any interview, you need to prepare yourself adequately. Research on the company and review the details of the position you applied for. Evaluate your expertise and strengths, and ways in which you can use your skill set to be an asset to the hiring organization. Anticipate how you will confidently answer questions asked.

First impressions are very important in the hiring process.

Here is how to answer two key interview questions:

“Tell Us about Yourself”
This is a common question. So, where do you even begin? Do you treat the question as if you are on a date and start talking about your interests, dislikes and whatnots? I will tell you this, the HR doesn’t want to know about where you grew up, or the kind of hardships you went through to get to the position you are in today.

When asked this question, you have to first focus on your academic background and professional experience. Give a brief overview of the two. For example: 

My name is Anastacia Kihoti, a communications graduate from Africa Nazarene University. I am currently a customer service manager with four years of experience working for SMEs and large organizations in the service industry in East Africa....

The next step is to talk about your career progression as well as what you have learnt or achieved through the years. Capture the HR’s attention by mentioning the accomplishments that you are most proud of. For example: 

As the customer service manager,  I managed a team of  fifty customer service representatives in introducing call center systems by developing customer interaction and voice response systems, and executing user acceptance test plans...

Finally, you should give a summary of what you want your next career step to be. Make sure this logically ties in to the responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for. For example:

I am looking to move away from customer service to coaching and developing team leaders and agents, managing the daily running of a call center and driving performance of the team leaders to meet the business KPIs...

What Are You Looking For in a New Position?

Start by mentioning that you are looking for a job which has the potential for advancement. Talk about the desire to work in an environment where you will be challenged and in which you can grow your skills while being mentored. Highlight the experience you expect to get from the position.

If you strive to work in a place that you’re excited to go to every morning or where you’ll be mentally stimulated, be honest about it. Tell the recruiter that those are the crucial aspects you want in a new position.

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For more information (reference) She leads Africa

Monday, October 19, 2015


Your CV is the most important tool you have to sell yourself; so how can you make yours stand out?

Don’t sell yourself short

Many professionals think two pages is the maximum length for CVs – but it doesn’t have to be. 

Looks matter

Keep your CV neat and well presented – use readable fonts and logical formatting. 

Always proof read

Double check spelling, grammar and dates –

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Your personal details section is the first part of your CV, and it has the priority over all other sections. It is located at the top of the CV, and is the first thing your reader/ employer will see. You should therefore keep it as best, truthful and detailed as it should be; it holds the information that will be needed to contact you anytime.  
This information can be the header of your CV with your name heading it. However, you should know that your header should be written in the best way you like it: there is no such thing as the perfect CV; it’s your personal sales brochure, so you decide ultimately how you want to present yourself. But then, below are the things that are essential to include in the personal details section of your CV
· Name (in big, bold writing)
· Address
· Telephone number
· Email address

These ones below are things that are optional to Include in the Personal Details section

· Nationality
· Date of Birth
· Gender
· Marital Status
· Photograph
· Driving licence details
· Health status
Since your CV can only be two pages long, it will be a good idea if you keep this personal details section brief on your CV. Make sure to keep your CV and personal details professional!

Also ensure that you use an appropriate email address on your CV. It may not make your chances of getting an interview but it sure can destroy your chances if you get it wrong.


The new form of staffing your company suggests that you make use of a recruitment  committee to recruit and select staff. A recruitment committee is a group of individuals formed for the purpose of assisting the recruiter in recruiting and screening the application of a posted vacancy. It also ensures that applicants selected for the interview stage and final consideration are evaluated by more than one individual to minimize discrimination due to bias.

Recruitment  committee members should be selected either from the unit or units most affected by the search, or selected from diverse units within and sometimes outside the division. This choice should be related to the level of the vacant position. As the level of responsibilities of the vacant position increases, the search committee members should be more widely representative of the entire campus and outside community; the main thing is that they should have a thorough knowledge of what the job is all about.
Sometimes, the recruitment committees do not know what is expected of them, that is why it is necessary for you to clearly state their roles and duties in writing. Also, if they are selected from diverse units within and sometimes outside the division, it is vital that they are well trained regarding the necessary qualifications.



When mapping out a business plan, there are certain things you need to put into consideration because they will help you to clear a wonderful plan to keep you at the top of your game. One of the things you should consider creating is a competitive analysis. Competitive analysis will help you to  to keep a close eye on your competition, and also to investigate and research them periodically to know who they are and what they are offering. A competitor analysis is a great way to obtain information about important competitors and use that information to predict competitor behaviors whilst making better business decisions. However, to write a good competitive analysis, you must:
  • Be objective.
  • Conduct fearless and thorough research.
  • Write well.
Therefore, below are things you should take note of in order to make up a competitive analysis:

You have to start with a list of companies you feel that are a competition to you; that is, those companies that offer the same product as yours. You should include companies that you consider as the major competitors, as well as those indirectly compete with you.  You will also want to include information on companies that may be entering your market in the coming year. Once you have compiled the list, you can highlight those companies that will be the greatest challenge.

Analyze the products and services of your competitors; find out how they arrange their programs, and how they market them, and how students and parents see them. One easy way to find out how they do the above listed things is by making use of the Customer satisfaction surveys.

It's likewise important to include information on how competitors distribute and advertise their products. You will want to talk about product quality and, where possible, find out how they are staffed.

Check out the strengths and weaknesses of your competitor. Try to make their know what they do that makes their products so great, and know what is behind their rapid growth. You can find this information in a variety of ways;  the competitor's Web site is always a good start, make some phone calls, talk to the journalists and consultants who are active in the industry.

As you put together the list of competitor strengths and weaknesses, be objective. You'll do your company no good if you allow bias toward your own products and services to cloud your judgment.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Remember sometime ago when I gave you some of the reasons why most new businesses fail in an article sometime ago? Well I bring you the complete  edition of the article. Just as I said, it is always very difficult to start and maintain a new business because you are not sure of what you are going into thereby creating the least bit of security for yourself and money. Here are some other reasons why your business fails; read and try to avoid making such mistakes:

Running out of cash is another thing that kills new businesses even before your break even or breakout.  This often happens when you fail to invest money on capital expenditures for your business. By Capital Expenditures, I mean land/shop, equipment, raw materials, goods etc. Be aware that these expenditures earlier mentioned are the most important things you need to secure first for a lasting business. However, there'll be some recurrent expenses (workers' salaries, power, & transport bills) that you must cover aside from the capital expenditure which depends on the kind of business you want to establish.

If you fail to provide for those capital expenditures before your business breaks even, you are likely to start accumulating debts which will cause a great run down of your business. Before you launch your business startup, after doing all your capital expenditure, you should set aside enough money to cover at least six months of recurrent expenditure.

When you start a new business and fail to assemble the right team that will help to make your business work, you are likely to have a failed business. At one point of your business, you will need help in making decisions, but most help is needed when the business is a large or medium scale businesses. This is because you will need  people to handle the core areas of product development, marketing, and management. The business is not likely to succeed if you don’t have experts handling any of the core areas.

Problem is that people tend to hire family, friends, and relations without checking to see if they will bring any tangible value to the table. The business is also likely to suffer if there is interpersonal conflict between the team members. Hence, it is important to hire people with the right skill set and to make sure that they don’t have differences that could lead to acrimony.

You should know that your business is your bond and that whatever you give to people is what they will know you for. That is why it is always advisable to give your customers good products that they will appreciate and come for more after their first experience with it.

Also remember that the business world is a world of stiff competition, and if your business has a competitor who has superior products, your business may be in danger.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Career guidance and counselling program just like I would always say is the best way to be in the sure path to your career success. It is the process of offering advice to students/individuals about their study method and how to discover their career. A career guidance and counseling program develops an individual's competencies in self-knowledge, educational and occupational exploration, and career planning.

It is therefore, very paramount that every individual undertakes a career guidance and counselling test; either privately or in all institutional programs, career resource centers, correctional facilities, human services agencies, community and business organizations, skill clinics, employment and placement services.
Being given an added advantage, career guidance and counselling is beneficial to  everybody; youth and adults, male and female, disabled, disadvantaged, minorities, limited English proficient, incarcerated, dropouts, single parents, displaced homemakers, teachers, administrators, parents and employers. Other benefits of career guidance and counselling therefore includes:
1.     Helping individuals to acquire and broaden the skills knowledge and experiences needed to identify options in order to succeed in the future.
2.     Teaching individuals about the changes that occur in the labor market and complexity of the workplace
3.     Increasing self-esteem and motivation
4.     Building interpersonal effectiveness
5.     Promotes effective job placement
6.     Maximizing career opportunities
7.     Improving employment marketability and opportunities
8.     Helps to improve the decision making skills of the people


If you really want people to not just know about your academic institution but would also love to be a part of the academic program, you should be able to carefully outline your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) which would is to make your institution stand out as the best among other institutions.

Whatever business plan you are drafting out for your institution must contain a USP,  this is because a USP can give a great deal of clarity to your business model, what your company does and why you do it. It can define your business and most important business goals in just a sentence.

A USP is one of the fundamental pieces of any solid marketing that makes your business unique and valuable to your target market and thus will help you to get the desired attention that you wish for. A successful USP can be used as your institution’s slogan. I am going to provide a step-by-step process you can use in creating a USP that will help you make the most of your marketing and business planning activities.

This should be the first thing you should do even when drafting out a marketing plan, because you cannot know what exactly you want to do without knowing your audience. Therefore when trying to define your target audience, you should be a specific as possible. Try to know what they like, how they like it and when they want it. You should also know what your competition is offering them and why they go to them.

From the knowledge of what your competition offers your target audience you should be able to state what problem you want to be able to solve for your audience. You should ask yourself this question,‘what is the individual need or challenge they face that your business can solve for them?’

List the important benefits that a client has benefited from you which they could not get from someone else. These benefits should explain why your services are important to them and why they would choose you over another provider.

A big part of a successful USP is making a pledge to your clients. While this can be implied instead of spelled out in your USP, write down this promise you make to your clients in this step.

Once you are through with the steps above, you should gather the information you got from them and combine it. While doing that, you would notice that there is a recurring idea that comes to mind: try to make a sentence out of that idea, and you have your USP simply stated and ready to be used.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Many employers these days look more on the side of online services for advertising job vacancies; that is good I must say, but do not forget that fact that while advertising your vacancies, you are looking for the best of them all, and you therefore need to be diverse in your search. That is why you need to also make use if the print form of advertising. The following reasons include:
Printed works are always plainly and elaborately stated, meaning that there is enough space to advertise your job vacancy and also to give detailed information about the job description and what it entails. A research showed that job seekers actually prefer it when the employer gives them a full reality of what the job is like and not sugar-coating it, in order to know what they are going in for.  
The print advert also has an advantage of reaching out to  candidates and other people who might influence job seekers; that is, to catch those people we might not usually catch through job boards or social media. The emotive nature of the advert can also attracted a number of editorial articles, boosting it’s impact and reach.
People tend to look at the print media form of advert as an outdated form of advertising, but you are forgetting that everyday old things are being recycled to be even better. The printed adverts tend to be most effective in sectors where there are larger volumes of candidates who have been slow adopters of IT, and who would rather apply for roles by phone or post.
There are a number of new technologies that can be used, but most print adverts will direct people to a website to apply for a role.
Some candidates like to double read. So they’ll see quick job updates online and then flick through a newspaper during their leisure time, in order for them to have an absolute knowledge of what the job is about.
Print has this permanence that makes the job seekers always look up to them whenever they are confused about the job, and also help them to think longer about its content and whether they will want to go for the job or not, unlike the online adverts where people tend to scroll past online ads or transfer their interest quickly elsewhere. A creative print advert also helps to create a hugely positive impact on tarnished reputations.
Finally, diversity is key, and recruiting across a range of media ensures that a campaign is reaching both passive and active candidates, as well as (often older) audiences that spend less time online.
A powerful message can be reinforced, a concept sold through a strong print campaign – candidates will probably choose to apply for a role online, but a print ad might just help them get there.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Starting a new business is one of the hardest things to do in this life because you are not sure of what you are going into thereby creating the least bit of security for yourself and money. That is why many new businesses fail in the first year of its establishment, especially in our part of the world where we have significant problems like limited fund, corruption, etc.

Below therefore are some of the things that cause the collapse of a new business, and that you as a new business owner should avoid.

No market need
The first thing that can cause the collapse of a business is when the owner offers services that does not meet any market need. All successful businesses offer products and services that meet a particular need in the market. Once you do not have what your customers are looking for, you will not be patronized and that will cause the liquidation of the business. 

In order to avoid this, try to conduct market research to know if the need you want to meet really exists. Also be sure if your customers will be willing to pay you to offer them such needs.

Poor Marketing
No matter how good and quality a product is, people will not know about it except you tell them about it. The only way people will know about your business and try to patronize you is when you market that business in the right way and to the right people. Many businesses today ignore the essence of marketing because they are busy with other things, waiting til they feel they have enough product before they start advertising.

The best way to succeed in this area is to create awareness and buzz around your product before it arrives. The buzz will help you generate great sales when you launch and having great sales on launch will boost the morale of your team.

Ignoring Customers
There is an adage that says customers are always right. This means you should always treat your customers right in order for them to always patronize you. Many businesses are busy chasing money and other things that they forget the needs of the customers.

Ignoring your customers mean leaving them to the mercy of a competition that cares a lot about them, and when this happens  your products will be isolated. Pay attention to your customers and they'll be loyal to your brand. Paying attention to your customers will also provide you with valuable feedback for improving your product and services. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Just like I will always say, employers are always looking for uniqueness in every interviewee. They always go for the skills not just in your CV, but also from what you say during the interview. “Soft skills” such as integrity, accountability, common sense, motivation, energy, enthusiasm for the work, humility, intellectual curiosity, are the emotional intelligence factors that will weigh equally in helping you get noticed in today’s workplace. 

The following are the things you should do during an interview to make you get that job you have always wanted.

Show your impact in your former work place by describing briefly how you were able to impact positively into the company by tackling difficult challenges. You can also give examples of hoe you could achieve these things. 

You have to demonstrate that you have done that other people could not do. Demonstrate that you have taken responsibility for your career and for helping others achieve their potential. This would help to show how responsible you are.
Always remember to make thorough research of the company that will interview you. It will help you to have knowledge about what they do and their areas of interest. By doing this, you get to be considered by your interviewers for employment. competition.
During your interview, show that you are someone who is motivated to do something great for the industry. Tell them how you will like to improve the industry; either through ideas or technology.  

Stand out as an all-star by identifying an acute pain point your prospective employer is struggling with and share some research that could help provide them with a solution to fix that problem. Reinforce your capability to be a problem solver by sharing a specific incident where you successfully tackled an employer’s tough challenge and achieved great outcomes for them.


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