Career Tips

Are you truly satisfied at work? If you’re not – that’s okay! You’re not alone.

Like Steve Jobs said, to be truly satisfied at work, you have to believe in what you’re doing, and love what you do. Below, we’ve outline a few ways for you to find true happiness at work.

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If you are applying for college and need to write a personal statement essay, then you should read this article to learn how to write a perfect one yourself!

How to Compose a Great Personal Statement Essay Fast and Easy!

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Tony Elumelu Foundation Programme 2018 – The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Heirs Holdings, an African investment firm.

They are funded by an annual grant from Heirs Holdings and supported by the group’s investee companies. In turn, They also provide support to the philanthropic activities of the Heirs Holdings Group.

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It’s been months. You’ve applied to dozens of jobs — and maybe even gone on a few interviews — but you still haven’t received a job offer. What gives?

Even with the job market improving in recent years, this is likely a familiar scenario for many job seekers. And as easy as it may be to blame your lack of success on the economy or a particularly picky hiring manager, you are ultimately responsible for your job search success.

And as frustrating as not getting hired may be, there is a solution. And it starts with identifying the “why.”

Below are the top job search mistakes applicants make and how to fix them and land your dream job:

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11federal civil service (fcsc)

The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) has released the list of Applicants shortlisted for Interview from applications submitted during the 2016 Recruitment Exercise.

See instructions below:

All shortlisted Applicants are expected to check for their names under their State of Origin, below.
Thereafter, check the Timetable to see when your Ministry/cadre has been scheduled for Interview.
Candidates are expected to adhere strictly to the date/time as scheduled for their Ministries/Cadres.
Shortlisted Candidates should come along with their means of Identification (e.g. Driver’s License, National ID card, International Passport, etc) and two (2) passport size photographs.
Candidates are also expected to come along with Originals of their Credentials and two (2) photocopies of each duly endorsed by them.

See the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) List of Shortlisted Candidates for Interview 2017



  1. Abia State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  2. Adamawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  3. Anambra State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  4. Bauchi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  5. Bayelsa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  6. Benue State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  7. Borno State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  8. Cross River State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  9. Delta State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  10. Ebonyi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  11. Edo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  12. Ekiti State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  13. Enugu State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  14. FCT Abuja FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  15. Gombe State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  16. Imo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  17. Jigawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  18. Kaduna State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  19. Kaduna State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  20. Kano State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  21. Katsina State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  22. Katsina State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  23. Kebbi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  24. Kebbi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  25. Kogi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  26. Kwara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  27. Lagos State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  28. Nasarawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  29. Niger State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  30. Ogun State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  31. Ondo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  32. Osun State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  33. Oyo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  34. Plateau State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  35. Rivers State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  36. Sokoto State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  37. Taraba State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  38. Yobe State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  39. Zamfara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  40. Zamfara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II

Chevron Nigeria Limited, in collaboration with its Joint Venture partner, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is offering a number of University Scholarship Awards to suitably qualified Nigerian students.

Chevron Nigeria Limited JV Scholarship Awards 2017/2018

Requirements / Eligibility
E-applications are invited from full-time SECOND YEAR (200 LEVEL) degree students of the under-listed courses in Nigerian Universities:

Agricultural Engineering/Agricultural Science
Business Administration/Economics
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science/Computer Engineering/System Engineering
Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Environmental Studies/Surveying
Mass Communication/Journalism
Mechanical/Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
Human Medicine/Dentistry/Pharmacy
Petroleum Engineering
Application Closing Date
7th April, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should apply using the steps below:

1.) Before you start this application, ensure you have clear scanned copies of the following documents:

Passport photograph with white background not more than 3 months old (450px by 450px not more than 200kb)
School ID card
Admission letter
Birth certificate
O’ Level result
JAMB Result
Local Government Area Letter of Identification
2.) Ensure the documents are named according to what they represent to avoid mixing up documents during upload

3.) Ensure you attach the appropriate documents when asked to upload.

To apply, follow the steps below:
1.) Click on “Apply Now” tab.
2.) Click on “Register Now” to create an account.
3.) Proceed to your email box to activate your account
4.) Click on to return to Scholarship site.
5.) Enter your registered email and password to upload your information.
6.) Enter your personal information, National Identification Number (if available), educational information, other information and upload required scanned documents.
7.) Ensure the name used in applications matches the names on all documentation in same order. Upload a sworn affidavit or certificate if otherwise.
8.) Ensure you view all documents after uploading, to eliminate errors during uploading.
9.) When asked to upload photo, upload a pass-port photograph with a white background.
10.) Recheck application information to avoid errors.
11.) Click “Apply Now” to submit information
12.) You will receive an email and a sms that confirms your application was successful.
13.) Return to, enter your Email and Password to download your profile and proceed to have your Head of Department sign the document.
14.) Upload a scanned copy of the signed profile, this would be used for verification.
15.) If National Identification Number (NIN) number was not available in step 6, to obtain your National Identification Number (NIN).

Visit to register and learn more about the National Identity Number.
Click “Create Account” and fill in the required fields.
Login with Email and Password to complete the form.
After completion, schedule a date for photo and finger print capture.
Visit any of the 37 capture centres to complete the registration process and obtain your National Identity Number.
You can also do your total registration at the NIMC office.
16.) Return to and update application with National Identification Number (NIN) to ensure completion.


That we will accept applications through this web site address only. Hard copies of any document submitted will not be processed. All interested students are advised to click on “How to Apply” tab to proceed.
In line with our e-scholarship administration system, selected students will be invited for computer-administered qualifying tests in selected examination centers nationwide. Short-listed candidates for the qualifying test will be invited by email and SMS text messages. All applicants are therefore advised to ensure that valid GSM telephone numbers and personal email addresses are properly entered into the e-forms on the web site.
Applicants for the NNPC/CNL JV scholarship are ineligible to apply for any other scholarship program sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, its JV Partners, or any of its affiliates, including the Agbami scholarship program published simultaneously with this NNPC/CNL JV scholarship program
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
Applicants are required to enter valid personal bank account details
Multiple Application leads to automatic disqualification.

3 Interview Questions

When I was a recruiter, I was asked a lot of smart questions that made me say, “Wow, this candidate is on top of her game.” But I also heard a lot that made me wonder who the person had taken interview advice from—or if that person had ever sought out help at all.

The truth is that while hiring managers expect you to come with questions, there are plenty of topics you shouldn’t ever bring up. For starters, here are a few that might sound exciting to you, but won’t endear you to the interviewer.

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1 N-Power jobs

Following defense of the 2017 budget proposals before the National Assembly by Ministries and agencies, new details are emerging on the continuation of the Social Investment Programmes, (SIP) of the Buhari presidency, including a plan to hire 350,000 more unemployed graduates under the N-Power Volunteer Corps.

Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in a statement on Sunday noted that President Buhari had requested appropriation of N157.75B in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme.

“350,000 unemployed graduates more would be hired and trained, alongside 50,000 non-graduates youths to be engaged as artisans and in other creative ventures,” he said.

Under the N157.75B, a sum of N4.5B has been earmarked for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM program to support young Nigerians in building skills in those disciplines.

“While we were able to engage 200,000 unemployed graduates last year, we will do 350,000 more this year,” he assured, adding that some of the teething problems were giving way to lessons that would smoothen implementation under the 2017 budget.

Akande disclosed that about N75B had been allocated for the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which will provide one hot meal a day to 5 million primary school pupils.

He explained that this would be an improvement on how far the feeding programme had been implemented so far under the 2016 budget which has so far attained the feeding of about one million pupils.

Akande also stated that under the 2017 budget, a sum of N112.2B had been allocated for the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme aimed at providing interest-free loans to up to 1.2million market men and women, traders, artisans, youths and farmers.

Under the GEEP, he explained that beneficiaries will receive between N10,000 and N100,000 loans with a one-time 5% administrative fee. Already under the 2016 budget, over 20,000 Nigerians in about 14 states and counting, have been benefiting from GEEP.

Similarly, the Conditional Cash Transfer which has kicked off in 9 states would be further expanded under the 2016 budget and will reach more states and much more Nigerians.

“The plan in 2016 budget targets one million poorest and vulnerable Nigerians. And in the 2017 budget an additional N54.98B has been allocated for the continuation of the N5000 monthly social safety net payments to the poorest Nigerians”, he said.

Akande further clarified that while President Muhammadu Buhari has further approved another N500B this year for all the social intervention programmes, N100B out of it has been allocated for the Family Homes Fund as already announced by the Ministry of Finance.

“2017 implementation of the SIP is going to be far more impactful than what we were able to do under the 2016 budget, so Nigerians should expect more this year, the resolve of the Buhari presidency is firm that more lives must be touched positively under this programmes which Nigerians have come to appreciate,” Akande concluded.

1 N-Power jobs

The Federal Government N-Power programme is finaly out with selected applicants.

A total of 200,000 candidates were selected for the take-off stage set to kick-off December 1st.

The list of names and details of those who have been selected are now available on the NPower website.
In addition, successful applicants will get an SMS on Monday, November 21st, 2016.

To check if you were selected in the first phase of the NPower programme, click on your state below:

For a quicker confirmation, you can verify via

FUOYE jobs

Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State – Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pre-Degree Programme for the 2016/2017 Academic Session.

Available Subject’s Combinations

Agricultural Sciences

Agric. Economics and Extension

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/Mathematics or Physics or one Social Science subject


Soil Science

Subject Combination:
Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/Mathematics or Physics or one Social Science subject


Fisheries and Aquaculture

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/any other Science subject


Water Resources & Agrometerology

Subject Combination:



Crop Science and Horticulture

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/Mathematics or Physics or one Social Science subject


Animal Production and Health

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/Mathematics or Physics or one Social Science subject


Food Science and Technology

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/Biology or Agriculture/Mathematics or Physics or one Social Science subject



English and Literary Studies

Subject Combination:

Literature in English/ any two of Government or History, CRS, Economics, Geography


Theatre Art

Subject Combination:

Literature in English/ any two of Government or History, CRS, Economics, Geography



Agric. & Bio-Resources Engineering

Subject Combination:



Civil Engineering

Subject Combination:



Computer Engineering

Subject Combination:



Electrical/Elect. Engineering

Subject Combination:



Mechanical Engineering

Subject Combination:



Mechatronics Engineering

Subject Combination:



Material and Metallurgical Engineering

Subject Combination:


Social Sciences


Demography and Social Statistics

Subject Combination:

Mathematics/Economics/any one of Government, Geography, History, Literature, CRS, French.


Economics and Development Studies

Subject Combination:

Mathematics/Economics/any one of Government, Geography, History, Literature, CRS, French.



Subject Combination:

Any three subjects from Social Science or Arts



Subject Combination:

Any three subjects from Social Science or Arts



Animal and Environmental Biology

Subject Combination:

Biology/Chemistry/Physics or Mathematics


Computer Science

Subject Combination:

Biology/Chemistry/Physics or Mathematics


Plant Science and Biotechnology

Subject Combination:

Biology/Chemistry/Physics or Mathematics



Subject Combination:

Any three of Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Biology



Subject Combination:

Mathematics/Physics/any one of Chemistry, Biology, Agric., Economics, Geography



Subject Combination:

Biology/ Chemistry/Physics or Mathematics


Industrial Chemistry

Subject Combination:

Chemistry/two of Physics, Biology and Geography.



Subject Combination:

Mathematics/Physics/ Chemistry or Biology
Please note that the above listed subject combinations meet the requirements (as applicable) for admission into ALL

Degree Programmes in Federal University Oye-Ekiti. Credit passes in English Language and Mathematics are compulsory in O’Level with three (3) other relevant subjects.


Eligible Candidates must possess minimum of 5 Credits in SSCE/NECO at a maximum of two sittings including English Language (for ALL Courses), Mathematics (for Science-based and Social Science-based Courses) and Literature-in-English (Humanities).

However, students with deficiencies may apply, provided the deficiencies would have been rectified before the completion of the Pre-Degree Session.


The programme normally runs for two (2) contact periods both within nine (9) calendar months.

Registration Fee

Each candidate will be required to pay Ten Thousand Naira (N10, 000.00) only, excluding bank charges as


Application Closing Date
7th November, 2016.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Log on to:

Click on: Pay a Federal Government Agency.

On the Name of MDA field: Type/Select “Federal University Oye-Ekiti – 1000134”

Under Name of Services/Purpose select “PROJECT”.

In the description field, type in: 2016/2017 Pre-Degree.
Enter the amount to be paid which is N10,000.00
Enter the other information i.e Payer’s Email and Payer’s Phone
Proceed to Payment.
After 24hrs of payment, visit Federal University Oye-Ekiti website with your Remita Receiver Reference No. (RRR) to continue your registration.

Candidates are advised to ensure that their application forms are duly and carefully completed. You should provide a unique email address
Applicants are to note that the 2016/2017 Pre-Degree entrance examination will be computer-based.
The date for the Entrance Examination is 11th November, 2016 at Iyke Ifeanacho ICT Centre, behind UBA Bank, Oye-Ekiti by 8:00a.m. prompt. While Resumption Date is Monday, 21st November, 2016.
All candidates are required to register for 2017 UTME and score the minimum cut-off mark during the Programme.
All Candidates are required to use valid e-mail addresses and PERSONAL Telephone Numbers.
No downloaded or printed copies of forms will be accepted.
Candidates are advised to follow the Application Instructions very carefully and ensure they select the Correct SUBJECTS’ COMBINATION. Failure to do so may adversely affect the Candidate.
Registered candidates are requested to visit our website: for any other information.
All candidates should note that FUOYE HAS NOT AUTHORIZED any Person(s) or agent(s) to sell application forms on its behalf.

nddc jobs

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC was established in 2000 with the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.

Applications are invited from interested youths across the Niger Delta to be trained in the capacity below:

Job Title: Lottery Business Professional

Locations: Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Abia, Cross River, Edo, Ondo and Imo

Job Summary
The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in its bid to further enhance capacity building of youths and promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Niger Delta region is set to select eligible applicants for training in the Lottery Business.
The training will equip interested youths and enable them to set up and run their own lottery businesses in accordance with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission’s guidelines.
Interested applicants must:
Possess a minimum of a University Degree or its equivalent;
Be indigenes of the Niger Delta;
Be between the ages of 21 and 35 years;
Be computer literate;
Have a passion for the lottery business; and
Have a very good character.
An online examination on General Knowledge will be conducted for selected applicants. Only successful applicants will be invited for final selection.
Application Closing Date
31st October, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:

ge lagos garage

ge lagos garage GE created the Garages program in 2012 to reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing. In 2014, Garages went global with three weeks of workshops amidst a fully equipped fabrication lab in Lagos, Nigeria, at GE’s regional headquarters.
In late 2016, GE will expand on past successes by evolving the program into four weeks dedicated to accelerating the impact of Nigeria’s most promising entrepreneurs. Working with a variety of world-class instructors, investors, technical experts and partners, participants will build a culture of collaboration and innovation and bring their wildest ideas to life.

The program’s select participants will directly interact with the latest manufacturing technologies – including 3D printers and laser cutters – that enable innovation through rapid prototyping, which will transform Nigerian industries. The Garage also provides access to advanced hardware and Nigeria’s greatest mentorship network, supporting entrepreneurialism with an aim to drive growth across all sectors of industry.

APPLY NOW by submitting this application form. The deadline is midnight November 1, 2016. There is no fee for the application or the program.

November 14-Dec 9, 2016. Time: 6pm-9pm.

GE Nigeria Headquarters
Mansard Place – 3rd Floor, Plot 927/928, Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island

Rich Tanksley
Program Manager
[email protected]

To Apply Click Here

youth programme

youth programmeSterling Bank Plc “the one-customer bank” is a full service national commercial bank in Nigeria. At Sterling Bank, our customers are our number one priority and we value their feedback and ideas. We’ve made sure there are plenty of ways to stay in touch.
Applications are invited for:

Sterling Bank 2016 Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP)

Sterling Bank YIEDP Programme – YIEDP stands for Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme. The Programme is aimed at harnessing the latent entrepreneurial spirit among the teeming youths by providing timely and affordable loans to implement their business ideas.

Qualified Business Sectors
Food Processing / Preservation
Arts & Crafts
Manufacturing / Cottage Industry
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Construction Support
Power & Energy
Education & Financial Inclusion
Film & Photography
The following categories of youth (aged 18 – 35) are eligible under this scheme:
Serving youth corps members
Non-NYSC (not more than 5 years post NYSC)
The details below are relevant for all eligible youth:
Eligible youth can apply for the loan using his/her NYSC State Code.
Applications can be made as an Individual or as a group (of 3-5 applicants with similar business interest)
A single applicant can access up to a facility limit N3m while group project jointly owned by 3-5 qualified beneficiaries can access up to a facility limit of N10m.
Security: Graduate entrepreneurs will use their tertiary institution(s) certificate(s) and their NYSC discharge certificate. Serving Corp members will pledge their NYSC discharge certificate and their tertiary institution(s) certificates(s).
Also, legal ownership of assets financed by the Bank and 3rd party guarantors will be requested as additional collateral from all entrepreneurs.

Interested candidates should visit to apply

shell live wire career

shell live wire careerThe Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the NNPC/Shell/ Total/Agip Joint Venture (SPDC JV) announces the 2016 LiveWIRE Nigeria Programme for youths from Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States.

LiveWIRE is a youth enterprise development programme supported by the SPDC JV. The programme aims to inspire, encourage and support young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 to start their own businesses through the provision of training and start-up finance.

2016 LiveWIRE Nigeria Programme
The LiveWIRE programme objectives are to:
Enable youths to establish businesses by providing business planning and management skills through the ‘Become a Successful Business Owner Course’.
Provide business startup grants for candidates with the best business plans.
Link successful candidates to third parties like banks, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and allied financial institutions.
Provide a volunteer mentoring programme for successful candidates.

Programme Content#
Pre-startup:- Value and Organise Yourself (VOY)
Bright Ideas workshop
Business Planning & Management (Become a Successful Business Owner)
Value Chain Analysis workshop
Business Startup (How to access finance & technology)
Post startup (Mentoring, Incubation, Market linkages)

Applications Eligibility

Male and female applicants from Bayelsa Delta and Rivers States aged between 18-35;
Must possess a university degree or HND
Must possess the NYSC discharge certificate or certificate of exemption;
Must be resident in Delta, Bayelsa, or Rivers States;
Must have an innovative business idea; and
Must desire to own and manage a business.
Application Closing Date
25th October, 2016.

How to Apply
Applicants should:
Click here to apply online

Important Notes
SPDC does not demand payment from applicants. The application is entirely FREE of charge.
SPDC does not assign ‘Representatives’/‘Agents’ to assist in the application process.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email/sms.

great leaders

No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator.

Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 secrets they rely on to deliver a powerful message. Put these secrets to work in your communication and watch your influence soar.


1. They Know Their Audience
Great communicators don’t worry about sounding important, showing off their expertise, or boosting their own egos. Instead, they think about what people need to hear, and how they can deliver this message so that people will be able to hear it. This doesn’t mean that leaders tell people what they want to hear. Quite the opposite—they tell people what’s important for them to know, even if it’s bad news.

2. They Are Experts In Body Language
Great communicators are constantly tracking people’s reactions to their message. They are quick to pick up on cues like facial expressions and body language because they know this is the only feedback many people will give them. Great communicators use this expertise to tailor their message on the fly and adjust their communication style as needed.

3. They Are Honest
The best leaders know that for communication to be effective it has to be real. They can’t have people parsing every word trying to separate fact from spin. When great communicators can’t share certain information, they come right out and say it because makeshift, half-truth answers breed distrust and anxiety. In good times and bad, honesty builds trust.

4. They Are Authentic
Great communicators don’t try to be someone they’re not just because they’ve stepped behind a podium. There’s a reason Mark Zuckerberg presented Facebook to investors in a hoodie and jeans. Great leaders know that when they stay true to who they are, people gravitate to their message. They also know the opposite happens when leaders put on an act.

5. They Speak With Authority
Great communicators don’t try to cover their backs by being ambiguous, wishy-washy, or unassertive. Instead, they stick their necks out and speak very directly about how things are and how they need to be.

6. They Speak To Groups As Individuals
Leaders rarely have the luxury of speaking to one person at a time. Whether it’s a huddle around a conference table or an overflowing auditorium, great leaders know how to work the room and make every single person feel as if he or she is being spoken to directly.

7. They Have Ears (And They Use Them)
Great leaders know that communication is a two-way street and what they hear is often more important than what they say. When someone else is speaking, great communicators aren’t thinking ahead and planning what they’ll say next. Instead, they’re actively listening, fully focused on understanding the other person’s perspective.

8. They Use Phrases Like ‘It’s My Fault,’ ‘I Was Wrong,’ and ‘I’m Sorry’
When great leaders make a mistake, they admit it right away. They don’t wait for someone else to find and point out their blunder. They model accountability for their words and actions, even when they could have easily “gotten away” with the mistake. And they do it matter-of-factly, without drama or false humility.

9. They Solicit Feedback
The best communicators never assume that the message people heard is the exact same one they intended to deliver. They check in to verify that their message was understood correctly, and, if it was not, they don’t blame the audience. Instead, they change things up and try again.

10. They’re Proactive
Leaders with the best communication skills don’t waste time playing catch-up. They’re quick to head off the rumor mill by sharing bad news in a timely manner. They also give clear, concise goals and directions so people don’t waste their time heading in the wrong direction.

Bringing It All Together
Great communicators stand out from the crowd. They’re honest. They’re authentic. They listen. They excel in communication because they value it, and that’s the critical first step to becoming a great leader.

Whether you’re on the verge of graduating from college or have a few more credits to go, getting an internship is one of the smartest moves you can make as an undergrad. If you go about it the right way (and if the timing is right), your internship may lead to a full-time job offer down the line.

If you’re hoping to secure a full-time position with the company where you are interning, then think of your internship as an extended job interview – a chance to prove you are ready, willing and eager to take on whatever comes your way. Follow these 10 steps to help you go from college intern to full-fledged employee.

1.Learn the unwritten rules of the office. A lot of companies have “unwritten rules” regarding how to dress and behave. For instance, some companies are cool with employees rolling in a little later than typical office hours, so long as they finish their work, while other companies might not be so lax. Pay attention to how your manager and co-workers dress, behave and interact at the office to get a feel for the office “culture.” Not only will it help you adapt quickly to the environment, but it will also help you assess whether or not the company is the right fit for you long term.
2.Be the ultimate professional. This means dressing appropriately (sorry, pajama pants and flip flops are NOT considered “business casual”), arriving on time and staying late if needed, staying off social media (unless it’s part of your job) and using it responsibly when you’re on. If you take the job seriously, the more likely your boss is to take you seriously as a prospective future employee.
3.Own up to your mistakes. Even the most seasoned employees make mistakes at work, so as someone brand new to the workforce, it’s inevitable that you will make a few missteps yourself. What separates bad employees from good employees, however, is not the mistakes themselves, but how they recover from those mistakes. If you make a mistake on the job, show your boss that you have the maturity to own up to it and the sense to learn from it.
4.Make use of your downtime. A lot of times, there isn’t much formal organization around internships – which means there may be days when you don’t have much to do. Instead of wasting your time on Facebook, make yourself useful. Ask around to see if there’s anything you can help with. Better yet, suggest your own projects. Your manager will notice, appreciate and remember the way you took initiative and showed enthusiasm for your job.
5.Under promise and over deliver. Always do more than what is expected of you for every assignment. Do extra research, double-check your work and, if presenting something, provide more than one option. If a challenge comes up, think about how you can solve it on your own before going to your boss. Just be careful not to take on so much so fast that the quality of your work suffers or you can’t complete a project.
6.Get to know your co-workers. From asking a co-worker to lunch to volunteering to help with a company event, take every opportunity to get to know your co-workers better. While this entails venturing outside your comfort zone, by doing so, you will build a network of people you can go to for help, guidance and insight both during your internship and beyond.
7.Be direct about what you want. Before you leave, let your manager know you’re interested in staying on full time and ask if there are any openings. interns knowing you already have an interest in the company.
8.Ask for feedback. If it’s not already scheduled, ask your boss for a performance review, which will give you an idea of what you did right and where you have areas you can improve. This will also show your manager your devotion to doing a good job and developing your skills.
9.Say “thank you.” When your internship ends, write handwritten notes to your manager and anyone else in the company you may have worked with. Thank them for the learning experience and the time they spent with you. The thought and effort that went into an “old school” thank-you note will not go unnoticed and will definitely be remembered.
10.Stay in touch. Don’t let your relationships end when your internship does. Connect with your manager – as well as anyone else you interacted with at the company – on LinkedIn. Not only will staying in touch ensure you stay top of mind with these people should they hear of anything that might fit your skills and interests, they can also act as mentors or offer advice and guidance as you navigate your next steps.Whether you’re on the verge of graduating from college or have a few more credits to go, getting an internship is one of the smartest moves you can make as an undergrad. If you go about it the right way (and if the timing is right), your internship may lead to a full-time job offer down the line.

If you’re hoping to secure a full-time position with the company where you are interning, then think of your internship as an extended job interview – a chance to prove you are ready, willing and eager to take on whatever comes your way. Follow these 10 steps to help you go from college intern to full-fledged employee.

1.Learn the unwritten rules of the office. A lot of companies have “unwritten rules” regarding how to dress and behave. For instance, some companies are cool with employees rolling in a little later than typical office hours, so long as they finish their work, while other companies might not be so lax. Pay attention to how your manager and co-workers dress, behave and interact at the office to get a feel for the office “culture.” Not only will it help you adapt quickly to the environment, but it will also help you assess whether or not the company is the right fit for you long term.
2.Be the ultimate professional. This means dressing appropriately (sorry, pajama pants and flip flops are NOT considered “business casual”), arriving on time and staying late if needed, staying off social media (unless it’s part of your job) and using it responsibly when you’re on. If you take the job seriously, the more likely your boss is to take you seriously as a prospective future employee.
3.Own up to your mistakes. Even the most seasoned employees make mistakes at work, so as someone brand new to the workforce, it’s inevitable that you will make a few missteps yourself. What separates bad employees from good employees, however, is not the mistakes themselves, but how they recover from those mistakes. If you make a mistake on the job, show your boss that you have the maturity to own up to it and the sense to learn from it.
4.Make use of your downtime. A lot of times, there isn’t much formal organization around internships – which means there may be days when you don’t have much to do. Instead of wasting your time on Facebook, make yourself useful. Ask around to see if there’s anything you can help with. Better yet, suggest your own projects. Your manager will notice, appreciate and remember the way you took initiative and showed enthusiasm for your job.
5.Under promise and over deliver. Always do more than what is expected of you for every assignment. Do extra research, double-check your work and, if presenting something, provide more than one option. If a challenge comes up, think about how you can solve it on your own before going to your boss. Just be careful not to take on so much so fast that the quality of your work suffers or you can’t complete a project.
6.Get to know your co-workers. From asking a co-worker to lunch to volunteering to help with a company event, take every opportunity to get to know your co-workers better. While this entails venturing outside your comfort zone, by doing so, you will build a network of people you can go to for help, guidance and insight both during your internship and beyond.
7.Be direct about what you want. Before you leave, let your manager know you’re interested in staying on full time and ask if there are any openings. Even if there isn’t an immediate opening for you, you never know what will open up down the line. When that happens, your manager will be more likely to consider you first, knowing you already have an interest in the company.
8.Ask for feedback. If it’s not already scheduled, ask your boss for a performance review, which will give you an idea of what you did right and where you have areas you can improve. This will also show your manager your devotion to doing a good job and developing your skills.
9.Say “thank you.” When your internship ends, write handwritten notes to your manager and anyone else in the company you may have worked with. Thank them for the learning experience and the time they spent with you. The thought and effort that went into an “old school” thank-you note will not go unnoticed and will definitely be remembered.
10.Stay in touch. Don’t let your relationships end when your internship does. Connect with your manager – as well as anyone else you interacted with at the company – on LinkedIn. Not only will staying in touch ensure you stay top of mind with these people should they hear of anything that might fit your skills and interests, they can also act as mentors or offer advice and guidance as you navigate your next steps.

Sabotage Your Success

Your thoughts are powerful. It may sound farfetched to say that what you believe will come true and what you think about will come to you.

But it’s not really such a stretch. Your thoughts are directly connected to your actions and therefore to your outcomes. That means they play a significant role in your success or failure.

Good thoughts give you confidence and empower you to act; negative thoughts can keep you quiet and hold you back.

Even successful people find the wrong thoughts can lead to derailed plans and stalled momentum, and they learn to steer clear of toxic zones. As you direct your own path away from unsupportive, harmful thinking toward positivity, here are six areas you definitely want to avoid:

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career tipsDepression, for me, looks and feels like an incredibly intensified bout of laziness at times.

I know that the way I feel when I am depressed is not laziness. I know that the numbness, the lack of motivation, and the general lack of movement is a biological and cognitive predicament, not a character flaw. However, depression does inhibit me, causing resistance in even the smallest to-do list items.


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The Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Board invite applications from suitably qualified candidate for Two Million Naira Scholarships programme for all Nigerian Students in Tertiary Institutions:


The award is for Twenty (20) students each of whom will receive One hundred Thousand Naira, (100,000.00) making a total sum of Two Million Naira (2,000,000.00).

Criteria for Awards
Applicants must be poor and indigent.
Applicants must be registered Students of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria. i.e Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
Applicants must have good academic performance.
Application Closing Date
24th August, 2016.

Interview Date

Thursday, 25th August, 2016
ASUU Secretariat,
University of Calabar
Cross River State
Time: 10.00 am.

Thursday, 8th September, 2016
ASUU Secretariat,
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,
Bauchi State
Time: 10:00am

Tuesday, 20th September, 2016.
Nigerian Law Publications House,
Otunba Jobi Fele Way,
C.B.D Alausa,
Lagos State
Time: 10.00 am.

Award Ceremony Date
Successful candidates will be awarded the Scholarships on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at Nigerian Law Publications House, Otuaba Jobi Fele-Way, C.B.D, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos at 12.00 Noon.

Mode of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit an Application letter, not more than two (2) pages, the letter must include the name of the candidate, course and year of study, state of origin and why the candidate believes that he or she should be given the award.
The application letter must be accompanied by Application letter are the following:
A photocopy of the candidate’s current Identity card,
A letter from the candidate’s current Head of Department, including correct information on the candidates CGPA for the last academic session.
A letter from the Registrar certifying that the candidate is a student of the institution
A copy of the candidate’s registration form for the current semester and
Two (2) current passport photographs.
The application letter, with all the supporting documents, should be forwarded (by hand or postal delivery) to:

Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Board,
Nigerian Law Publications House,
Otunba Jobi Fele – Way, C.B.D
Alausa Ikeja,
P.O. Box 80279,
Lagos State.


Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Board,
C/o ASUU Secretariat,
University of Calabar,
Cross River.


Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Board,
C/o ASUU Secretariat,
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,
Bauchi State.

Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) , nigeria job bucket

Bank of Industry – The Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) programme is an ambitious programme by the Bank of Industry (BOI) aimed at addressing youth unemployment in Nigeria which is currently over 50%. According to a 2013 survey by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), most of the capacity building programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment, have concentrated more on training without any tie-in to the provision of small business loans, which is a critical success factor to the establishment of small businesses. In addition, they hardly take care of the entire training value chain in terms of Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Technical Skills.

Components of the YES Programme
The YES-Programme comprises the following:
Eight (8) weeks extensive online Entrepreneurship and Business Management training which has the ability to test participants’ understanding and track their progress.

Five (5) days in-class Entrepreneurship and Business Management training (5 modules).

Technical skills training in partnership with the various technical training and vocational institutes in the country.

Financing the businesses by BOI under its SME Cluster initiative in consonance with the United Nations Economic

Commission for Africa’s Commodity-based Industrialisation Strategy.

Successful Applicants will be trained in the following areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Management
  • Technical Skills
  • Programme Objectives

The YES-Programme has the following broad objectives:

  • To create an interactive learning platform to train young aspiring entrepreneurs in Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Technical Skills that will ultimately translate into improved efficiency and productivity.
  • To kindle the entrepreneurial spirit of the youths.
  • To act as an incubation center where business ideas are nurtured to their full potential as well as entrenching global best practices by inculcating a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurship and ethics in the programme participants.
  • Promotion of self-employment among graduates of institutions of higher learning, thereby changing their job-seeking mindset.
  • To deepen financial inclusion by de-risking the young aspiring entrepreneurs and making them eligible for small business loans to be provided by BOI.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the Competition you must satisfy the following criteria:
The applicant must be a Nigerian.
Must have a viable business idea within the 40 identified clusters that is operated, or will operate in Nigeria.
Must be within the age limits of 18 and 35. (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required).
Must possess a minimum educational qualification of Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
Applicant must be able to carry out the application process online.

Application Closing Date
17th July, 2016.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click Here to Start Application

Procedures to Complete Application
Step 1 – Check Your Eligibility
Check that you are qualified to apply. See the section “Who can apply?” above.

Step 2 – Register
Click the link above to register if you have not already done so
You will receive a confirmation email from YES Programme with all the details you will need to log in.

Step 3 – Complete Application
Once you have successfully registered, log in and click the “Start Application” button on the Start Application Tab on this page. To return to your application, click the “save and continue” button and come back to it at any time. Once you are done with your application, click on the “Submit” button at the end of the form to send it to us. You can submit only ONE application per “application cycle” (typically 3-4 months).

Step 4 – Keep Informed
After the closing date you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the competition. Constantly check the YES Programme homepage for regular updates.

Note: Applicants who applied for the first round but were not successful are encouraged to improve on their submissions and re-apply.

Candidates Jamb

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released its guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process.

The exam body said it has adopted what it termed the point system option after an extensive one-week meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators in the country.

While explaining how the admission process would work for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates and direct entry students, the organisation stated that universities were going to charge fees for screening of candidates at the end of the process for admission.

According to JAMB, “the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission to candidates.”

“Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now,” JAMB said.

The statement said, “JAMB’s provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O’ Level and JAMB results to provide a level-playing field for all.

“In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage but only just.”

The organisation added that the “next point grades fell into the O’ Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates’ grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission this year.

“The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points,” JAMB explained.

Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each category would contain five JAMB results per point added.

For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points.

JAMB added that the point system for direct entry would be released soon.

JAMB stated that fees would still be charged for screening which would replace the Post UTME test.

JAMB also emphasised that catchment and educationally less-developed state would still be used for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

JAMB said, “Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. Cut off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points and not marks.

“If a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself.”

There’s no recipe for success. What works for your career might not work for your neighbor’s, and vice versa. But, there are a few things that most successful people do, regardless of their industry or goals, that help them achieve their dreams.

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Dressing good in itself, is a good business, it doesn’t matter you area of specialization — health, engineering, media, education, design, etc. You boss take notes of various things about you, because her job is to keep an eye on you. Here are the things she’s observing regularly.

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The weakness question can get you mum in an interview, “What is your greatest weakness?”, at this moment queries like should I go honest/play around the question weighs your mind. Well, don’t be troubled, you can remove some of the awkwardness by prepping for the question and following these rules.

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University of Lagos, UNILAG postgraduate admission form for the year 2016/2017 academic session is now on sale.

Authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), School of Postgraduate Studies, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates from recognized institutions for admission into the various Postgraduate programmes offered by the institution for the 2016/2017 academic session on full-time and Part-Time basis.

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we got this from buz feed and we tght to share, fourteen pictures that actually tells how challenging finding a job can be, finding the right answers, meeting the employers expectations and so much more.. Have a feel now and you ‘re free to smile…

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Twitter Ceo, Jack Dorsey, talks on the most important question he asked from a potential employee, he says that running a successfulm buiness is ” all about the people”.

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nigeria job bucket career advice

Knowing more about the company you ‘re having the next interview with is so essential. You should take a good measure of time to analyze the company and gets some quick fact. Here are five things you should look out for before you arrive at the interview site.

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Lagos State University – Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the Lagos State University 2016/2017 Admission Screening Exercise, for candidates seeking admission via UTME (100 level). The screening exercise is a mandatory requirement for entry into Lagos State University. There shall be two [2] rounds of Admission Screening Exercise.

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The emergence of technology has reduced the use of pencils and pens for writing, jotting or penning down ideas. The Common Core standards dominating education these days only call for teaching legible handwriting, and only in kindergarten. After that, students spend their time learning to use keyboards.
That might seem like a good thing.

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N-Power is a job creation and empowerment initiative of the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria. N-Power is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets. Through N-Power, young Nigerians will be empowered with the necessary tools to go on and create, develop, build, fix and work on exceptional ideas, projects and enterprises that will change our communities, our economy and our nation. The N-Power programme is for all eligible Nigerians looking to work gainfully. However, the initial programmes have been designed for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.

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Ethiopia-Airline-copyIf your dream is to travel and see the world, then this article is for you. To see the world in Nigeria sometimes seems impossible but the right career path, skill sets ‘ll definitely put you  in the air and  help you visit different sites as part of your job requirements.

1. Archaeologist

Archaeologists travel the world to recover and preserve artifacts from past human cultures. Careers in archaeology allow you to take extended trips for digs and research projects, often in remote regions of the Earth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you’ll need a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in archaeology or anthropology, along with fieldwork experience.

2. Athletic recruiter

Athletic recruiters are typically employed by colleges and professional sports organizations, and travel to schools and sporting events across the country to scout up-and-coming talent. You’ll need to know the game inside and out, as well as the specific skills an athlete would need for certain positions on the team, but if you’re an avid sports fan, this part of the job will be easy for you.

3. Au pair

Do you work well with children and know a second language? If so, becoming an au pair might be a good option for you. Au pairs live with a host family in a foreign country and provide child care services, such as babysitting and assistance with schoolwork. You’ll receive a small salary on top of your room and board, but you also get to fully immerse yourself in another culture as an extended member of a family. To learn more about becoming an au pair, visit InterExchange.

4. Auditor

Auditors make their living examining the financial records and tax information of businesses around the country. Sure, you may not always get to see the most exotic locations, but auditors often spend a few weeks or more at each stop, making it one of the few careers where you have time to explore the new places you visit. The BLS says that auditor jobs will grow by 11 percent by 2024, making it a good opportunity for anyone with an accounting degree.

5. Construction manager
Construction managers not only make good money, but also do lots of traveling. Often, they will relocate to different locations and stay for several months to oversee a project. Even if you don’t have the qualifications to be a project manager, construction companies are worth checking out — many need to hire support staff to relocate as well.

6. Consultant

Companies hire consultants from a wide variety of fields to fix specific problems. Because their knowledge is so specialized, a consultant’s client base is often spread all over the country, or even around the world. Maintaining a positive relationship with clients requires regular on-site visits, making it a perfect job for people who love frequent travel.

7. Cruise line worker

Working on a cruise ship is a travel lover’s dream gig. You make a living traveling the world, all while receiving free food and accommodations. Whether you’re a restaurant server, a shop clerk or a performer in the cruise’s entertainment lineup, there are opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to work on one of these floating resorts.

8. Destination wedding photographer

Every wedding needs someone to capture the newlyweds’ big day. For couples who choose to host a destination wedding, the photographer they hire must be willing to travel to their location of choice. With a high-quality camera and a great eye for photography, you can get paid to spend a few days on a beautiful, sunny island (or wherever the wedding is), documenting the most special day of a couple’s life together.

9. Event coordinator/Planner

Event coordinators might work on local events like parties and weddings, but orchestrating large-scale events like festivals and trade shows could be a golden opportunity for travel lovers. Meet with potential vendors from across the country; then travel to the event location to help oversee everything from setup to breakdown. A search for “trade show coordinator” on CareerBuilder returns more than 200 jobs in a variety of cities.

10. Field service engineer

Field service engineers are essentially traveling customer service representatives. When a customer needs help with the installation or repair of a product, field service engineers are dispatched to help. If the company has clients worldwide, this career can require extensive travel to interesting places.

11. Flight attendant

t may be the most obvious travel-related job, but it’s also one of the most accessible: You don’t need a specialized degree to become a flight attendant, and most major airlines only require prior customer service experience and a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The hours are frequently erratic, and the work isn’t always easy, but you’ll get a glimpse of hundreds of cities across the globe during your career. A bonus perk? Free or discounted flights for you and your family. Nigeria Job Bucket has thousand of related jobs.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is and isn’t acceptable behavior in a job interview. Other times it should be glaringly obvious that a certain behavior or action is off limits. Yet that hasn’t stopped some job seekers from making these out-there mistakes anyway.

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An innovative Renewable Energy company, working to become a key contributor to the transformation of the power sector in Nigeria wants a highly focused and energetic individual to fill the position of:





As part of its contribution towards resolving the current energy crisis in Nigeria, GENNEX SOLAR ACADEMY, a subsidiary of GENNEX TECHNOLOGIES Limited is offering opportunities for training and developing individuals especially fresh graduates in skills relating to solar power systems design, installation and maintenance. Trainees will be exclusively Corp-members with backgrounds in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or related discipline. They will be interviewed and screened in order to get the best trainees


  • To develop human capacity that will bridge the low technical know-how on renewable energy solutions in the country. I.e. solar, wind etc.
  • To train entrepreneurs who can choose to become distributors for “GENNEX” system packages (Hybrid inverters, solar panels and deep-cycle batteries) in every part of the country as their own personal business.
  • Trainees would gain skill in developing power system designs ,installation and maintenance
  • At the end of the training, trainees could become sub-contractors to global GENNEX Limited at their various locations in the country.
  • Graduates of this training could also be recruited and absorbed as FULL-TIME GENNEX staff.




QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS                       

  • Sc. or B.Eng. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or related discipline.
  • Must be a serving youth corper
  • A minimum of second class upper ( 2:1)


Interested candidates should forward their CV to the following contact: [email protected]


………………Training holds on Saturdays only…………………………….

Shell Ideas360 is more than a global competition that connects students to develop ideas to tackle the pressures on the world’s Food, Water and Energy resources. It’s an exciting journey of learning and discovery. Collaborate with like-minded innovators, Shell experts and mentors to expand your horizons.

Shell Ideas360 Recruitment Competition 2016

“Enter this global ideas competition and win the exciting opportunity to explore the world on a National Geographic Adventure”.
Even the simplest of ideas have the power to transform lives and positively impact society. At Shell, we believe human ingenuity holds the key to unlocking innovative thinking across our society, now and for the future.
Shell Ideas360 is our way of fostering innovation to turn your ideas into reality. So here’s your chance to work with Shell mentors, be part of an international community of like-minded innovators and own your idea that could change the world.
About the Competition (The Stages)

Stage 1: Formulate
Register online – Explorer the online community – Introductory Google Hangouts
Learn and be inspired:
Register and set up your personal profile. You can enter as an individual or as part of a team of up to three people.
You can submit your idea, access Google Hangouts and explore online communities to shape your idea before submission.
Stage 2: Develop
Selected ideas will have access to:
A designated mentor
Expert Google Hangouts – support to further develop your idea, Leadership & business skills training to enhance your career
Connect with experts:
Connect with your Shell mentor and experts to access business skills Google Hangouts
Stage 3: Pitch
Finalist teams receive:
A trip to the UK
3 days intensive coaching
Opportunity to pitch ideas to senior Shell Executives, Innovators and Industry Leaders
Refine your skills:
Make your idea pitch perfect with coaching , insight and support from senior Shell experts and gain exclusive access to Shell Eco Marathon and Powering Progress Together forum in United Kingdom.
Prizes and Benefits

Prizes and Incentives
Stage 1:
Each member of a team that submits and idea receives a 3-month subscription to WIRED’s interactive digital edition (accessible on iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire) and certificate of participation.
Stage 2:
Each member of a team that submits and idea receives a subscription to National Geographic Magazine and certificate of participation.
Stage 3:
Each member of the five finalist teams will receive a trip to the UK, a personalized medal and certificate of completion.
Winners: Each team member will receive a National Geographic Adventure of their choice and a trophy.
Great for your Resume/CV:
Shell is an internationally known and respected organisation and taking part will be a great addition to any student’s résumé/CV.
Work with Professionals:
Every team in Stage 2 will be assigned a Shell Mentor to help them develop their idea. In addition they will have access to some of Shell’s renowned Subject Matter Experts.
Networking Opportunities:
Interact with fellow students from around the world via our online community. Meet industry leaders, business innovators and other students from around the world at the final event in Rotterdam.
Learn and discover at every stage:
Access coaching and Google Hangouts to develop your idea that could change the world; be part of a global community of like-minded innovators and refine your skills to help prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career.
Develop your ideas:
This is your chance to develop that idea that you’ve been thinking about for ages with industry support, or to apply your studies to a practical, real-world problem.
All ideas submitted to Shell Ideas360 have the chance to be considered by GameChanger, our innovation incubator.
And with the connections made through the journey, ideas in the competition have received interest from external industry backers too.
Judging Criteria
Our review process:
Our team of Shell reviewers read and review every idea. They need to be able to assess the strength of each idea and consider how well the submission answers the following questions. To help you, we’ve included some guidance of what you will need to consider.
Novel: How novel or original is the idea?
Your answer should include: What existing idea could you be compared to and why is your idea different? Why is your idea innovative?
Doable: How easy is it to achieve the idea?
Think about How do-able, achieveable or feasible is this idea? What are the obstacles; be realistic and what would you need to deliver this.
Value: What benefits (business/social/etc.) would the idea deliver? What is the potential value of this idea?
Consider the wider value whether its financial, political, social or technology etc. And don’t try and sell this to Shell. This isn’t about Shell, this is about the idea.
Relevance: How relevant is the idea to the Food/Energy/Water topic?
Many of the ideas touch more than one of the topics, so please consider this in your answer. The greater the relevance, the greater the impact.
A picture can tell a thousand words, so this year, our reviewers have asked for the image to ‘represent’ your idea. You can be creative as you like, but remember, this could make or break your entry. A diagram or drawing of your idea, well illustrated, may be a lot easier to understand than trying to explain your idea in a few hundred words.
Key Dates

Stage 1 (Open)
1st Jan. 2015:
Register, set up your profile, explore the online student community, access introductory Google Hangouts and submit your idea.
22nd Jan. 2016 (Submission deadline):
New deadline: All ideas should be submitted online by January 22, 16 noon GMT.

29th Feb. 2016 (Results):
Successful teams will be announced w/c February 29 to progress to Stage 2.
Stage 2

29th Feb. 2016 (Open):
Teams connect with their Shell Mentor, access expert Google Hangouts and support to further develop their idea further.
1st May, 2016 (Submission deadline):
All ideas should be submitted online by May 1, noon GMT.
23rd May, 2016 (Results):
Five successful teams will be announced on May 23 to progress to Stage 3.
Stage 3

23rd May, 2016 (Open):
Teams prepare to pitch to the panel of judges in the United Kingdom.
27th June, 2016 (The Pitch):
All finalists come together to receive final preparation coaching, research and innovation tours and pitch their idea.
Take a look behind the scenes of Shell Ideas360 2014/2015
30th June, 2016 (Results):
Shell Ideas 2015/2016 winning idea will be announced at Shell Eco-marathon, London.
Application Closing Date
22nd January, 2016.

How To Apply

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A Brand New Year = A Brand New Job or a Brand New You?

It seems to come round more quickly each year, doesn’t it? That symbolic date which begins with the numbers 01/01. In other words, the date on which we must kick-start those New Year’s Resolutions which we made after one-too-many glasses of egg nog on Christmas Eve.

We’re all familiar with the traditional list of Resolutions. Start eating more healthily (once the Christmas chocolates have all gone, of course). Stop drinking alcohol (for the first week of January). Start exercising more regularly (or just start getting up off the couch, period). Stop smoking (for a day or two maybe).

And finally: take the plunge and start looking for that brand new dream job.

But wait! Is your dissatisfaction with your current employment solely down to the job itself? Or could it be that your attitude is causing much of your heartache and discontent? Read on to find out.

The Three Types of Worker: Which One is You?

Amy Wrzesniewski, a researcher at Yale University, has suggested that the difference between employees who are satisfied with their job and those who are not is that, more often than not, due to the fact that they each view their work in very different ways. She has divided people’s attitudes to their employment into three categories, or “orientations”.

Worker Type 1: Job Oriented.

The first group she sees as having “job orientation”. These employees think of their job mainly in terms of its tangible benefits. Their primary motivation for getting up and going to work each day is their pay check, followed by other benefits their job brings them, such as health insurance or 401k. This group always looks forward to the end of each working day, never its beginning. Leisure time is what they live for: although they are prepared to work hard, it’s for the monetary incentives, not for their own satisfaction or enjoyment. The job is simply a means to a financial end.

Worker Type 2: Career Oriented.

The second group of worker are “career orientated”. If you’re a part of this group, you enjoy some aspects of your job and, like those who are job-orientated, look forward to your leisure and vacation times. You see your work mostly as a stepping stone to something better: it’s not only a means of making money, but also a way of gaining social status and earning respect from others. For the career-oriented, the primary motivation is the prospect of advancement; impressing other people, especially their managers, is what often spurs them to take the initiative and to work hard. A bigger office or a better parking space is more of an incentive than job satisfaction. Enjoyment is secondary to status – and, of course, the increase in salary which comes with climbing the career ladder.

Worker Type 3: Career Oriented.

Then finally there is the third group, who Wrzesniewski sees as having “calling orientation”. These people usually love their job. They believe in it as an end in itself: they are passionate about what they do and are excited by their day-to-day tasks and challenges. They believe they are making a genuine contribution to the world, or at least to the industry in which they work. Their primary motivation is to do the absolute best job they can, irrespective of how much they are paid or what others may think of them. These are the type of people who may well declare that they would do their job even if they were not paid for it.

Wrzesniewski points out that having a ‘Calling’ orientation is not solely reserved for people at the top of their profession. Callings can be found in all walks of life, from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, to hospital janitors, from heart surgeons to trash collectors. These people don’t need supervisors to tell them how to do their work; they will often go way beyond the call of duty purely for the love of the job, and take pride in knowing that they are doing it to the best of their ability. They may well enjoy their leisure hours and vacations, as the rest of us do, but they also look forward to returning to work. Job satisfaction is a reward in itself.


Whistle While You Work

It is said that if you feel a change of scene is all it would take to make you happy – whether it be through a house move, or simply a change in the type of employment you currently hold – you have forgotten one thing: that wherever you go, you take yourself with you. The dissatisfied contractor who works at your current job is the same person as the unhappy employee who works at your next job.

So if you believe that changing where you work is all you need to do to live happily ever after, think again.

Naturally, some jobs are less enjoyable and fulfilling than others, especially as job satisfaction depends on so many different elements – anything from whether you get on with your colleagues and boss, right down to whether the air conditioning is set too cold for your liking, and right up the scale to whether you are actually in a job which best suits your talents.

But there’s no doubt that a large part of whether or not you enjoy your job is rooted deeply in the attitude that you have to it.

If your attitude to work is that a job is a hardship and an imposition which must be endured, then that is the way it will feel day to day. If, on the other hand, you decide that even though it may not be the perfect job for you, it is still an opportunity to develop your talents, to work with and get to know others, even to improve the world – or at least, your little corner of it – the job you do is more likely to become more enjoyable and you will feel happier doing it.

So if you want to love your job, try to adopt the attitude of someone with a calling. Decide to do the very best job that you can do at all times: go above and beyond the minimum requirements, if you can, and take pleasure in helping your colleagues and in pleasing your boss.

Try to think positively: if something isn’t going well, don’t just complain about it at the water cooler – think how you can either improve it yourself or put forward a constructive suggestion to management. A change in attitude could mean that you might even end up genuinely enjoying your job.

What if I Don’t Feel Like Whistling?

But what if you’ve tried to see your job in a more positive light but simply can’t make the mental shift? Before rushing to apply for anything and everything which will get you out of your present situation, you need to sit down and consider just what it is that makes you dread going in to work every morning.

Forget minor irritations like the tedium of the daily commute – most jobs involve some kind of traveling, unless you telecommute of you’re lucky enough to live within walking distance (which means you get wet when it rains, so is not ideal either).

Ed Diener, J.R. Smiley Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, says that the main thing to ask yourself about your current working environment is whether in a specific period – the last year, say – you have had a chance to shine, to use your specific strengths and abilities, and if so whether this was recognized and appreciated. Appreciation for your individual talents goes a long way towards engendering a feeling of job satisfaction.

Also consider whether or not you’ve had opportunities to learn and to grow, both in your career and as a person. Were there any exciting new challenges, or did you pick up a useful new skill? The happiest workers are those who are given plenty of opportunities to use their special strengths and also to develop new ones.

Receiving positive feedback and appreciation enables you to see your work as meaningful; being given opportunities to add to your range of skills enables you to take on increasingly challenging tasks as your skills grow, so boredom can be kept at bay.

Don’t End up Back Where You Started!

If your current job has provided you with neither an outlet for your unique strengths, nor any chance to develop fresh ones, a New Job for the New Year would seem to be the way to go. But take your time before applying for what sounds like the perfect job, to do some thorough research into both the new position and the new company. This will help ensure that you don’t end up with exactly the same frustrations and resentments which are making you want to quit your current post.

Salary is important; so are opportunities for advancement. If, however, you want to avoid being slotted into one of Ms. Wrzesniewski’s first two categories of “job-orientated” or “career-orientated”, and instead dream of being “calling-orientated” (imagine going to work each day filled with passion and excitement!), the two main questions to ask when researching your next career move should be these:

• Will your new job will fully utilize your existing skills, strengths and talents?

• Will it provide you with new ways in which to learn, grow and develop?

If the answer to both these questions is “Yes!” then go for it.

As Professor Diener explains, when the challenge of a task and a person’s skills are matched to each other, it is possible to become completely engrossed in one’s work, to lose track of time and feel fully engaged. This is, ultimately, how we should all hope our job will make us feel – maybe not all the time, but for a considerable part of it.

To quote Steve Jobs: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

We’re always talking about finding your passion or doing what you’re good at, and it always limits us to this idea of having a “calling”—the concept that you were meant to do something on this Earth.

But it’s so much more complicating than that—no career move is two-dimensional, and no job is perfect.

These five experts will explain the challenges in finding your “life’s purpose,” and how you can start heading in the right direction today—even if it’s not the one you expected.

1. Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

If you’re someone who still gets freaked out by the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” you’re probably a multipotentialite. Career coach Emilie Wapnick coined the term for people with many interests and skill sets, and her talk will show you that it’s actually a good thing—even a “super power,” as she’d say—to have many ambitions.

2. Why Knowing What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work Matters

If you’re continually assigned low-effort projects with minimal steps, you’ll be happier at your job, right? Well, what Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, noticed is that it can actually work the opposite way. People like to put in more effort than they have to sometimes because it gives them a sense of purpose. In his talk, he’ll explain the series of studies he did on giving your daily tasks “meaning.”

3. Why the Way We Think About Work Is Broken

Psychologist Barry Schwartz discusses why we care about our careers in the first place. By using the Industrial Revolution as an example, he explains how humans define their own nature, and how we can play a role in shaping and creating rewarding work for ourselves

4. Why the Best Person for the Job Might Not Have the Perfect Resume

Regina Hartley, a human resources manager at UPS, will prove to you that struggling in life can end up being your best resume boost. Through her discussion, she talks about how overcoming obstacles and embracing trauma better prepares an individual for success later on.

5. Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work

At the end of the day, your purpose is no more important than another person’s—and sometimes, you just can’t do it alone. Margaret Heffernan, the former CEO of five businesses, talks about how without collaboration and social support, nothing is possible. She believes that work has more momentum—and is more meaningful—when employees collaborate to solve problems.


Alyse Kalish

writing-skillsEvery educated person can write, can communicate in writing, but there are certain writing so compelling, so attractive, of such beauty that pulls you out of this world, those word jump out of the letter at you and you never forget them, some change your life forever, do you have something to share, have you been trying to write without success? This article will help you to strike success.
1. What to write about
Writing is about content, the subject matter you are writing about, it could be any of entertainment, sport, fashion, food, drug, poverty, wealth, love, war, peace etc. After this decide on the purpose for writing, whether to educate, promote, document, or to entertain. Whatever reason you have for writing, you must have a passion for doing it, then you must have a depth about the subject matter, it is not necessary you have been poor to write about poverty, but you must research and be able to live in the heart of the very poor to be able to get your readers belief the story you are telling, be it fiction, non-fiction or memoir.

2. A captivating writing
Get your audience so interested that they will want to know how your writing ends, not to skip to the end, but following through line by line. After you have chosen a subject to write about, the next thing to do is to get people interested in your writing, this is an aspect of writing those creative writers takes very seriously, they want you to pick up a book and never be able to put it down until the last page. How do you do this? I will put it this way, assumed you are a news reporter for a print media, and you get a hint about a breaking news late, everyone else is aware of this news already, but you have to write about it and still get people to read, you must find a way to tell your own story, such a way that will get people interested. That is the way to get people to read your content, get the attention of your audience by all means.
3. Patronize your audience
Think about your audience as people who are not under any obligations to read what you write, since there is no financial benefit attach, your duty is to give them something they can take away with them, it must be something they can apply in any area of their life, if you are writing about love, your audience must be able to apply it in their love life, if you are writing about poverty the audience must begin to see the poor boy next door in a different way, that is if you cannot move them to render a helping hand.
4. A shouting headline
Your title must work like a street vendors, imagine the less advance countries where the retailer display their wares in the open, ringing bells and shouting at the costumer just to get them to notice the product, that is how you should decide on your title, that it will grab the attention of your audience, this combine with great content will sell the writing and get the audience to come again and bring people to your blog, or to by your book. reveals that your topics have to force people to be inquisitive about your content.

5.Avoid content theft
You have no business writing if you are not creative enough to create your own content, but occasionally, writers thought they struck on a fresh idea whereas it may be something they read somewhere before, then do background check on every new thing you write, using an online tool call check for plagiarism to check if anyone else has done the subject before.

227858710_Habits-of-mentally-strong-people_HA_Intro_‘Nobody can make you inferior without your consent.’ An old adage says, many times we feel inadequate when trying to impress our boss, parent, successful friend whose opinion we rate very high, in the process we lose our confidence, we lose focus of the fact that they are only

human, and they might feel just the same way if we swap places with them. Nothing really humiliate a man worst than failing to meet the expectation people have for them, but you don’t have to kill yourself, especially if you fail after doing your best. Jen Sincero however said, ‘youare dead if you only see yourself in the light of what other said about you, rather get over the bad impression the world is pushing to you and discover you inner self.’

A survey by leadership and management institute in the UK reveals that, fifty percent of the women and thirty percent of their male counterpart are not bold about their work. Just like stage fright, you can overcome inferiority complex by regular practice, boosting your self confidence by always assuring yourself about who you truly are. Some tips about how bold people carry themselves.

1. Not retreating

Bold people don’t run away from failure, their approach is no retreat no surrender, they don’t call pity party and sit down crying over failure, or making excuse for failing, instead they put extra effort to succeed. Jen Sincero, argued that, ‘confident people don’t transfer their failure on the society for not giving them fair chance or equal opportunity as the successful people, instead they push their way forward until they succeed.

2. They don’t live by the label of the world

Bold people don’t give their approval to the bad label the world gave them, they don’t allow the impression of the other to dictate their lives, Jen claimed, ‘Confident people don’t take what the people call them too serious unless if they confirm it after thorough self examination, even at that, they give themselves to new idea to overcome the situation.

3. They take calculated risk

Confident people are go-getters, they take calculated risk, going after solution to problems, or pursuing business idea with all they have without the fear of failure though there may be a small chance that they might fail. This was best captured by, Shipman and Kay, ‘confident people go all out after their dream while the insecure people procrastinate and play with their idea.’

4. Innovative

Bold people are not afraid of people stealing their ideas, and they cannot be discourage about negative comment about their idea, they have uncommon ability to dream again and again, they attend seminars, conference and they are the first to ask for help, and they are the first person to try out the new trend in the business.

5. Strong bargaining power

There is nothing worse than bargaining from a defeated position, so the confidence people don’t wear their failure as a mask, instead they suppress it and showcase a powerful position, when they are defending a proposal they look the panel on the face, without betraying any emotion of doubt, Shipman and Kay suggest, ‘nodding, gesticulating and sitting upright while speaking is an advantage position, that way you are canvassing other to accept your point,’

6. Failure is never an option

Confidence people never consider failure as an option, and if they encounter failure they will look beyond it, with the view that it is not the end of the journey, rather they conclude that they need more work to do. Finally, the best candidate might not always win, but the one will a rare boldness, especially when the tide seems to be against them.

work earlyOne of the problems of modern cities is lateness to work, even where there is provision of transportation, this does not guarantee that the staff bus will not be hooked up in traffics sometimes. Coming late to work is a grave threat to job of many, but it is of great gain if you can get to work early, these are some of the benefits.

1) Make the early sale

Imagine a customer who has an urgent need to purchase a product from your company, may be the person just struck at the idea in the night and couldn’t wait to hit the grounds running in the early hour, or the persons wanted to get this items into his/her own work place and still arrive at work in time, getting to work in time will help you to make this sale, and you never can tell the customer might spread the word around that you are always on time for other people that may find themselves in the same shoe in the future. You may not be in the retail or sale business, but getting to office early will allows you to go over schedule meeting and the day’s activities before the arrivals of others, this is better than when you are in a rush, and you might overlooked some important issues.

2) Get rewarded

It may seems painful cutting on your sleep to get to work early, but this will make others notice you, the boss will take this as a sign of dedication and diligent to work, you will likely be the employee to be trusted with more responsibility such as heading a team, hosting early morning meeting, and getting essential data ready for early morning presentations, soon you will get rewarded with promotion or receiving award at the end of the year party,

3) Beat the rush hour

The painful thing about working in the city is the horrible hours spend in the traffic congestion when everybody is in the mad rush to get work in the morning, so many people end up getting to work late because of the traffic situation, in other to beat the rush hour, try getting ready for work a little bit earlier than usual, before the rest of the people going to work get on the road, that will make you get to work early and you can put the time you would have wasted at the traffic to good use. If you have children of school age, it is better to put them in a near bye school and get them a nanny who will get them to school for you.

4) Get a head start ahead of the rest of the workers

Getting to work earlier will give you some times to get ready for the day, you can put some finishing touches to work that is half way completed yesterday, organized your table and schedule for the new day, at this time the office is calm without the frequent interruption of the other workers, it is a time to have good and clear thought to put your work for the day in a better perspective.

There are lots of benefits in getting to work early, you can have sole asset to any equipment that is for the general use before the hustling and the bustling started, and everybody else is struggling to get their hand on it.

It is good when you don’t have to worry about being sacked because of getting late to work this is the greatest benefit of all.

Patrick Ngowi, Solar Power Millionaire (Tanzania)

Patrick Ngowi, Solar Power Millionaire (Tanzania)

The truth is that the successful people also makes mistake just like everyone else, but what made the difference is how they view their mistakes, they never allow it to cloud their sense of excellence, they have come to accept it as a necessary part of any worthwhile endeavor, they will move ahead without losing their calm. A lot of things go into the making of success, among which are great talents, outstanding skills, team player skill, networking, goal getting skills, but remaining in control in the presence of setback is the greatest of all. The president at TalentSmart, Travis Bradberry revealed in the Emotional intelligence 2.0. He also outlined some of the outstanding attributes of the successful people as follow.

1) They are Assertive
Successful people have the uncommon skill to decline and reject help that are not in line with their corporate goals, Bradberry advocated, ‘lots of people cannot turn down offers from people they respect, just to please them.’ If it will not suit your plan and purpose you have to turn it down no matter who is offering to help.

2) Everything is possible
Successful people have the mindset that if something can be conceived, it can be achieved, and they surround themselves with like minds, they don’t run from challenges, when they heard that something cannot be done, they simply concluded that the other person has not tried hard enough, for them, every problem present an opportunity to create a solution, and every supposed impossibility is a chance to set a record as the first to make it possible. Bradberry says, ‘You can’t afford to waste your time on people who complain all the time, and have excuse for why everything cannot be done. They can paint a hopeless picture but you go ahead to prove them wrong.’

3) Reach for the goal
The successful people always reach for the goal, they have the emotional backup not to consider the failure of the past, they don’t consider the number of times they have tried and failed, instead they see the past failures as use lessons about how not to go about the business in the future, Bradberry added that, ‘Successful people won’t be tied down to the past, they move on and press on toward the goal, forgetting the things of the past.’

4) Right moment
Successful people have the emotional intelligent not to wait for the perfect time, or the right movement to launch into the deep, they will not waste time on the weather or market forecast, when everybody is afraid to make attempt that is when they strike, but they don’t gamble, but they don’t wait for opportunity they create opportunities, they create the enabling environment, Bradberry advised, ‘Don’t wait till the coast is clear, stir the storm, so that you will not spend the rest of your time regretting the chance to make a fortune.
5) Not bitter

Emotional intelligence requires the ability not to hold anything against anybody no matter how it hurts, you can’t afford to be bitter about any situation, instead be enthusiastic, take your mind off every wrong or failure of the past and fire on towards your goal, bitterness used up a lot of creative energy, and you may soon burn out, that is why Bradberry said, ‘bitterness endangers your health, so let go and focus your mind on the glory that awaits the successful completion of your business.’

The job website or recruiting firm simply put are there to notify you about job opening, they can help you sharpened your CV, and leave you tips on how to go about our aptitude test, interview and the entire process to get a job, but you must remember that recruiting firm or job website are not post graduate school where all your shortcoming will be fine-tuned, advised Hazan Lynn the founder Chicago Lynn Hazan and associate. These are the things you should know about recruiting firm

1) They give notification of job opening

2) The help submit your CV to the appropriate firm if you upload your CV with them

3) They understand what the company that is recruiting want in candidate for the job

4) They don’t have to be paid, because there are other means they get paid, any of such company that ask for pay might be fraud.

The recruiting firm is to try to educate you on the right mindset and approach to get a job in the competitive job market. ‘Some job seekers are sacked every other year, and there are who kept their job, the bottom line is we tell the job seeker what they need to do to get a job and to keep, truancy, lateness, disobedient will not keep the job for you no matter what you grade you make out of school or who help you secure the job.’ Hazan cautioned.

‘This days the company that is hiring have a pool of unemployed candidate to choose from, many candidate are actually competing with a host of others that are willing to settle for less, it is our job to polish candidate’s CV to be the best and to advice them on how to handle such situation.’Advised Hazan.

Be diligent

Getting a job is tough, if it is simple there will not be so many people that are unemployed, so the candidate have to take multiple approach to job search, including talking to people you know in company of interest, using recruiting firm and website, and reading for aptitude test, be well prepared for interview, and keep track of every job you ever apply for, that will keep you ahead of others.

Businesswoman talking to man

Businesswoman talking to man

A Church member who feels you are such a good person hooks you up with a friend that work in a company where she thinks you stand a chance to get a job, You happen to have met the man in question before, he is a well known person to you, how does your past relationship affect this interview, should you relax as if you already get the job, or takes it as the most serious interview of your life? Experts advices that the environment for the interview is the key to how you should behave.

1) Meet me at the Office

If the man in question asked you to come to see him at the office, you have to follow the formal rule, take along your CV, do a background on the company, dress formally, set your mind on answering some basic interview question, Kelly Dingee HR to AIRS suggested, because you might just be taking to see the director of the company.

2) Meet me at the Club

Your approach should not be too formal, ‘in fact if the link you are meeting knew you are not employed, you don’t have to stress the limit, he is the person from whom you can do all the finding about the job.’ Kelly Dingee narrated. You can even push your luck by telling him how bad you need the job and when you should come to check if he has submitted your CV.

3) Interview with someone you know personally

Maybe you are actually asked to come for interview, prepare very well, update your CV, get basic information about the company, dress formal, ‘make an impression on the man, use the initial familiar talk to your advantage.’ Deborah Brown-Volkman said, the president of a career, life coaching company, if you see the graduating picture of the son of the man, and child graduate from the same school with you, make a remark about it, most people can relate with it when you share a common interest.

4) Display maturity

If you are being interviewed, ‘you have to watch your word, remember that the man interviewing you is going to soon become your boss, and you don’t want to abuse the privilege that you know him.’ Advised Dingee, don’t make a negative remark when talking about somebody known to both of you, show that you are grateful for the opportunity. This is are the better ways to handle the situation, it is usually about the man in question rather than you, take note of the body language, if you feel more relax you should be, but if it is

otherwise, you have to do what it takes to get the job.

The Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program is a program shed out to develop and fund doctoral domestic and international students.

The Program

The Fellowship Program is open to full-time PhD students (domestic and international) enrolled during the current academic year and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area. The Fellowship term extends for 2 academic years.

Each Facebook Fellowship includes several benefits:

Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year(s) 2016-2017 and 2017-2018
$37,000 yearly grant
Paid visit to Facebook HQ to present your research
Opportunity for paid internship

How To Apply

Research Summary
1-2 page research summary, which clearly identifies the area of focus and applicability of anticipated research to Facebook.
Resume or CV
Two letters of recommendation (Please provide addresses):
Professional reference (can be from academia or industry)

Applications open on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00am PST.
Completed applications are due by Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 12:00pm PST.
(Applications may be saved and edited up until application deadline)

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What you need to succeed

Posted by | September 20, 2015 | Career Tips

ONLINE-575x265What you need to succeed is not certificate, fund, connections, skill, or talent, though this things are pretty important, but the most important of all is determination to succeed.

1. You have failed without determination
You must have seen people with great talent that did not succeed, you must have heard of film with huge budget that didn’t sell up to the money put into them, you must have heard of relative of rich people that are poor, that is to show you that if you have everything without determination you may not succeed. It is like a hunger, which respond to nothing else except food. When you are determine you will never give up, you dont consider failure as an option you just have to keep trying until you succeed.

2. Determination defiles rejection
There is a widow who wanted justice from a wicked ruler. This ruler felt her case does not worth his time, but this widow continue to disturb him, the ruler gave his security order not to allow the woman into his office, the widow located his house, when she could not get passage into the house as well, she will wait on the road until the ruler is about to pass, and scream after his vehicle, out of frustration the ruler attended to her so that she will leave him alone. It was Jesus that told the original story. Have your proposal, applications, product been rejected? you have to keep trying. Find a way to improve on whatever you do and try to push again.

3. Nothing is impossible with determination

There is no height too high, there is no valley too deep, there is nothing that cannot be done, Determined people are pacesetter, way maker and solution provider. They find solution to what other has abandon because it cannot be done.

4. Determination is creativity

If you are determine you will be creative, you will always see opportunity and beauty in every situaton, success will always help you get better and failure will lead you to a solution. In conclusion, if you have one of certicate, skill, talent and connections, or any combination of both and you have not succeeded, you have to look at the level of your determination, this is the fire you need to succeed. You don’t quit learning to ride a house if you fall. you climb right back untill you can ride, that is the kind of determination you need, if you fail keep trying, keep getting better until you reach your goal.

Job-SearchWorking for so many people is a means of livelihood, so if you are applying for a job that your whole life will depend on, you need to do  the following self assessment first.

1. Is this job made for me?  

At times people are desperate to get a job, as an escape from living with parent, need to get married, need to provide for family and because you are broke, but in most cases a few Months after getting the job a new reality sets in, people begin to complain about working condition, working environment, pay amid ethics.These are the first thing to run through your mind, and if you are not comfortable with any of this just move ahead you never can tell what better offer lies ahead of you. So be patient.


2. Have I adjusted my CV to suit the position?
All job vacancies comes with different requirements, on the surface they might all look the same but it is not, so you have to make a high selling CV and write an application hat will win the heart of the HR, and land you the job.


3. Can I apply?
You cannot apply for all kind of jobs, so you have to ask yourself whether you have the required qualifications, and work experience. It is only after you have answered this question that you should apply and if you don’t have the required qualification or skill you can either learn urgently or you must have a bargaining option to make up for this inadequacy.


4. Do I know anybody that works at the office?
You have to research into list of staff of the company, knowing somebody who can speak or influence things on your behalf is an added advantage, but in the event that you know nobody, you should ask yourself if you can establish a relationship with somebody even if it is the security guard, most likely, this member of staff knows who to speak to about you, and they can hint you about what to expect at the interview.

5. What should I expect at the interview 


Before you put in your application, you have to run a background check on the company, get familiar with the product or service, get to know the vision and activities of the company and from that you can guess or speculate about what to expect from your interview. If you are not good at guessing, a knowledge of the company will definitely come useful at the interview, as you are doimg this Google about likely interview questions from the company. You might just be lucky to hit a jackpot.

UNLISTED_JOBSTons of jobs are already taking before they are ever advertised, the privilege few that get this offer are save from the long search for job, the following tips will get you in that exclusive list to get a job soon.
1. Get the wind of the job opening from insider

The way most position are filled before they are even open is through the insiders. Take a typical office for instance, a staff is going to relocate for whatever reason, or someone is retiring it can even be because someone is about to be sacked for negligent. Other staff in the same office get a wind of this before even the HR, and they begin to use their connection to get their family member or relative the job before it become open. it work like magic when this person introduce a qualify individual for the job the Manager has been thinking how to get a replacement for, and that work perfectly because it saves the man in charge the cost of advertising as well the waiting time before applicatios started coming in.
2. Informal advertised job
This type of job opening occur and everybody in the company or ministry is aware, but in the process of getting through the HR to publicly advertise the job, the workers has hinted their relatives about the opportunity, some of the staff has a personal relationship with the boss, they use their influence to get the boss to listen to what their relative can offer the office,  sort of unofficial interview, that way the vacancy is fill and there wont be any need for advertisement anymore.
3. Problem with advertise job

Jobs that usually get to be advertised are still there because the constitution mandated some government department to do so in case their is vacancy or in a private company because the stake is so high that the workers in the company does not have enough people in their cycle to fill it. The rush here alone is enough to give the HR a headache for having to go through so many resumes. Then lots of people started to come around to lobby for one candidate or the others, this is such a rigour that you must avoid.
Focus on the kind of job you wanted and begin the process of connecting with one or two insider there. That way you will enter the league of those who get employed without stress.



Many left the workforce due to family or personal reasons. Resuming back after a long absense can be challenging; the competition now stiff, between you and well-qualified individuals who lost thier job. Here is how to get back your mojo and beat the existing competition:

1. Be a solution provider

Employers needs people that are result oriented, who can provide a quick fix to daily issues at work. Identify how to solve a problem for the company or offer an effective option to package product better. A good research on any company always shows that there is room for improvement or that they battle with certain issue, offering to be a solution will open doors to the organisation to a job seeker.
2. Look for job in familiar areas
There are certain job that you won’t need much reference to get, for instance, if you lose a banking, medical, military or paramilitary job. Your starting point should be with company offering similar service. A banker will easily be taken by a growing auditing firm, provided the job seeker is willing to get a lesser pay than his or her former job

3. Bargain with skill acquired after job loss

Show that you have not been idle since you lost your job, especially if you have taking a contract job, acquire an additional qualification, learn the use of new job related software which can contribute to the growth and development of the company.

4. Get use to latest trend
Employer’s greatest fears about those who has been out of job is whether they have not lost touch with the latest trend in the business. Since this era is noted for fast changing technology, employers has to be sure that you can handle the latest technoogy, and fast you to learn to use new ones. A big internet presence will boost your chance here, like having a blog and powerful Linkedln profile.
5. Be teachable
That you have been working else where before now is not an indication that you will fit in here, you need training, because every business has its unique mode of operation, displaying an attitude of readiness to learn and not just going to impose your past experience which might not be applicable in the new business will show that you are the man for the job.
6. Never make your own rule
In most business, a new intake have to be closely supervised, don’t insist that you don’t need to be supervise to do your job, let your productivity speak for you. No employer want to waste more personnel on a proven staff that can work on their own, let things takes it natural cause and you will soon be on your own, don’t try to cut on the working hours, if you are comming from a government job to a private business you should know that you will have to put in more hours. Don’t insist on working from home. As a result of IT, some percentage of staff of certain company work from home, but don’t push for this at the entry point, over time you will get the chance to request for it.
Commitment, productivity, consistence, courage and creativity are essential to a successful business, if you display these attributes you will soon get another job.

officr politicsIt is normal that you are going to confront superiority contest in your office, it is important to handle it carefully.
Think about boss plotting the fall of each other, junior officers caught in the middle, ganging ups, levels forming, caucuses engaging in popularity contest, rumour mongering, petty jealous, tribal loyalty, fraternity scheming to pull down the career of others, a certain clique that always produce the Manager and you must belong to get to the top, you are surprise that your office now look like a duplicate of your university, when you think you have finally arrived at the league of matured men, then you find yourself trying to keep a balance.
This kind of politics is not good for anybody that hope to climb the career ladder. The following will help you tackle this issues.

Don’t play an active role during worker’s union election, except if you are contesting in the election, many workers in big organisations get carried away at such time, making hate speeches, and at the end of the day creating enemy for themselves. At such time you have to think beyond what you stand to gain, and think of the possibility of your candidate loosing the election, many junior officers has suffered as  consequence of their involvement in politics, be careful even if your candidate will win, the term of office will end,

Avoid writing petition and do not sign one, no matter how bad the attitude of a boss or a co-worker is, don’t be the one to report them, the work ethics of some workers at times might make life unbearable for others, you have to tolerate them, and if you are interviewed during a promotion exercise about the behaviour of others, say what you know, if the person is of questionable character, don’t be the one to destroy their chance, at times the management will discover this by themselves. Take the case of Folorunso for instance, he discovered
that his immediate boss has been stealing office money, he wrote a petition but he never knew his boss had a link at the head office, the petition was hijacked and returned to his boss, just think of how Folorunso felt when he was accused for writing the petition, that is not all, some people are wicked, if you let them drag you into signing a petition, when trouble begins they might get themselves off the hook and leave you to sweat, also ask yourself if you want to be responsible for others loosing their job because that is the consequence of petition most time.


There are several camp such as ethnic, religious, old school, gender caucus at work, keep a safe distance from any of this camp, you don’t want to creates enemy for yourselves based on the group loyalty, back in the days in the Nigerian army, your ethnicity matters to how far you will go. There was an officer who was contacted to advanced his ethnic interest but he insisted on doing the right thing for the benefit of all. Later there was a need for a neutral officer to head the government and he was selected for his neutrality. So, before you get involved in any camp think about the consequence to your career.

You know how irritated it feels when you remember those child play, for instance if there is a lady you don’t get along with, ignoring her end up implicating matter for her in the presence of others who may also capitalize on that, winking or calling her names whenever she come along to wherever you are, soon she will notice and begin to counter that for her self defence, so you have to make room to accommodate everybody at the office, a hand shake and brief joke will remove every aura of hostility or arrogance that may make people keep their distance from you.

By all means avoid spreading rumour in the office, do not gossip either, these happen a lot, you must have heard something like: “did you hear that Samson got drunk at the party the
other day?” “Gbadebo is sleeping with Gloria” “Akeem is always doing as if he can do it all.” Imagine if the subject of this gossip walk in and find you talking about them, that will mark you as a gossiper. So if you must talk about people in the office do it far away beyond the earshot of people from the office.


If you are accused wrongly or blame for something that is not your fault, in this case you may tend to respond with an Email spitting fire and brimstone and copy people high up at work to clear your name, or paste it at the notice board, that way pitching co-worker at different camp against one other, or you choose a more subtle approach by transferring aggression to other, shifting the
blame on them for not doing their part and for negligent of duty, generating a long feud by your action, instead of that take a deep breath, take a walk, or better still postpone taking action till later, that way you will not take a rash decision.

If there is personal issues you have to iron out, you must be careful of the timing, approach and medium to use, when it is okay to talk over the matter do it, and if you must do it over the phone do it. This is better than causing World War 3 in your office, the point here is to avoid causing crisis.


There are gossip merchant at every office looking for quick recruit. If someone ask your opinion about a raging debate at the office, or report somebody in your team, or talking about sex life of others, you should yarn to fake tiredness and tell such fellow you have to finish some urgent task, or that you have to go somewhere, find any excuse that will get you off the hook.

Avoid getting into any of the situation painted above like a plague, and belief that everybody in the office are working for the same goal and that you all need one another to succeed, this mind set will help you get along without being dragged into mindless politics of work place.