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Demystifying Job Assessment Centres | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

Jegede Johnson (JJ for short) was so excited he was called by a business consult just few hours after he submitted his CV on their online portal. But his excitement went down when the consultant informed him that he had been shortlisted for an “assessment centre.” In JJ’s mind, he asked, ‘What the heck is …

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Social Resume Strategies for Job Seekers | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch 

Every organisation is always in the business of recruitment. On the other hand, potential employees are on the lookout for employment opportunities from organisations that require their skills and competences. The traditional approach is the usual hardcopy job advert and hardcopy job application. Nowadays this trend can be said to be completely non-existent. Who needs …

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Social Media Mistakes Job Seekers Should Avoid | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch 

Social media platforms are fast becoming a meeting point for job seekers to gain access to recruiters and hiring managers alike. In order for job seekers to use social media to their advantage they have to make a conscious effort to build symbiotic and not parasitic relationships on the platform. Unfortunately many do the latter …

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Embracing Online and Social Learning | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

It is no longer news that the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web has fundamentally altered the practice of learning. You can learn virtually anything today with an Internet enabled Smartphone or electronic device – all you need to know, is a Google search away. Technology has even made learning better with …

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Basic Technology Skills Job Seekers Should Possess | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

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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Job Hunting on Social Media | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

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:

Big Data Adoption in Human Resources | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

‘Big data’ seems to be the technical jargon making waves in the technology space today. Big data supporters are continuously making a case on how it can transform the way businesses operate today. The belief is that it can help pitch better business performance in the end. The Big data concept promises to “revolutionise our everyday lives.”

Big data is going to change the way we do things in the future – how we gain insight, and make decisions. The change isn’t going to be a replacement, rather it is a synergy and extension.

Okay, do you know what ‘Big Data’ is? For the purpose of this piece, let us start with a few working definitions.

Fresh Graduates: Unemployed or Unemployable? | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

Hello everyone, I took my employability campaign a notch higher as my article titled “Fresh Graduates: Unemployed or Unemployable?” was featured in The Punch Newspaper of Thursday, May 15, 2014 in both print and online. Honestly, I was greatly impressed by the number of emails and social media feedbacks I received on it. It gladdens …

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Maintain Corporate Career Page on Your Website | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

Every company doing business in the 21st Century without an online presence (corporate website, social media, etc.) is almost non-existing in the digital world of business. From a human resources standpoint, your company website is often the first impression for candidates, most importantly, the career page section on your corporate website. Your company’s career page …

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Social Recruiting for Beginners | #iPunch Post via @MobilePunch

Companies count on many resources to make their businesses grow and thrive. While you may rely on cutting-edge technology or industry-standard practices and techniques, the most important component of your company’s success is the people you work with. The skills and talents that such employees bring to the table cannot be replaced easily and the …

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