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28Jul 2014

Welcome to Episode 1 of Career & Employability Talk with Segun Akiode. Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances. This podcast is all about wise career counsel for a better you! This is the very first episode of Career & Employability Talk. In this episode, the […]

27Jul 2014

Few weeks back, my iPunch article titled ‘Fresh Graduates: Unemployed or Unemployable’ was published and I got quite a few emails and shout-out on it. I decided to do a sequel to that article and here it goes.

In my line of work as a recruiter, when I interview candidates, a question I often ask is, “What is your level of computer proficiency?” To this seemingly simple question, various shocking answers come up and the most ridiculous among them is, ‘I am good at browsing and I can chat on BBM.’

Unbelievable, right? Take it from me, when you interview people, expect the worst of answers, but never take it personal.

Back to the discussion. Is browsing the Internet and BlackBerry Messenger chats the same as computer proficiency? After all, how can you browse without a computer connected to the Internet? Follow me please. I’m trying to build a case here.

In today’s 21st century job market, it would be almost impossible to believe that job seekers would exist without having computer proficiency and hope to secure an employment opportunity. With technology changing quickly and constantly, employers worldwide are looking for tech-savvy job candidates for even non-tech related positions. The implication of this trend is that job seekers are required to have relatively strong tech backgrounds and skill sets to stay competitive.

Given the rapid pace at which technology is advancing, a smart job seeker is expected to evolve along with changing technological trend; otherwise, your job search may be dead on arrival!

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16Jul 2014

The employment landscape has significantly changed by the advent of growing technology and in recent times by the advent of social media. Despite the fact that the social media is the rave of the moment, many individuals and businesses are actually struggling to identify a return on investment for using social media to job-hunt (as job seekers) or to support their recruiting efforts (as recruiters or employers).

According to a recent Harvard Business Review publication “People may go online to goof off but before long, they talk shop. Social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Quora, and even Pinterest can be valuable job-hunting tools.”What’s more, most job seekers still are not sure how to leverage social media in their job search.

For many job seekers, the Internet presents two very different worlds. One consists of hanging out with friends via social networking, and the other focuses on the seriousness of a job search.Having the worlds collide could result in the playful social media environment posing problems for a job search since there is a growing number of recruiters and employers that now conduct online research to determine a candidate’s eligibility.

Job seekers need to embrace the job hunting side of social media and learn how to harness them to their benefit. Shared below are a few useful job search tips to using social media to you advantage as a job seeker:

03Jul 2014

Mara Mentor is a platform that connects ambitious African entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders. I recently registered on the platform with the singular aim to share knowledge and add value. The except below is from a post I wrote and was published on Mara Mentor.

“Entrepreneurship is more celebrated, studied, and desirable than ever. Business school students flock to courses on entrepreneurship. Policymakers pin their hopes for job creation and economic growth on start-ups rather than on the once-preeminent corporate giants.” – Amar Bhide

You would agree with me that the above words are still very profound now even after over two decades old. We are in the age of the entrepreneur! And nothing else seems to matter, everyone just wants to be an entrepreneur. Every tom, dick and harry is starting a ‘start-up’ and one continues to wonder, is this really the best way out? Is this trend worth following? What must I do to be an entrepreneur?

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