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How to Improve Your Chance of Getting a Job as a Nigerian Graduate

by Emmanuel Aimuan

posted in Business : Recruitment

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As you may well have experienced, getting a job in Nigeria is becoming harder by the day. A number of factors contribute to this situation. The fact that we produce over 300,000 graduates annually is certainly not helping matter. The fact remains that there is no room for employment been created. The few available jobs are up for grabs from so many others like you.


Going for job interviews these days is becoming a warfront. Since many companies are not recruiting, the few ones doing so are besieged by thousands of Nigeria applicants looking for jobs just like you. How are the qualified prospects drawn? If you remove zoning (which is a menace) and Abuja connection, I believe organizations would hire you based on perceive value; what you can offer to the company.

That is while you must know your core worth. Some people are not worth more than N50 an hour, others with same qualification may be worth N10, 000 the same time frame.


Tips on getting a job in Nigeria.


Become visible- What I mean by this is learning how to deliberately ‘throw' yourself at the company you want to work for. It means if they are online you join them there, if their HR has a LinkedIn profile you make friend with them. If they have a social media presence you join them and make valid suggestions. Make them see you. Once your record goes online, it has a way of staying there. Be careful with your online profile. Make sure you do not dent your reputation; bad news has a way of traveling fast. Open a Blog and start making ‘positive' posts about the company you want to work for. When you have made enough posts and generate traffic, you can send them the link. There are experts that can take a look at your CV/Resume and give you tips on how to improve it to catch the attention of the people you want to work for. Never ever sound desperate. They may see you as a person who just wants a job. Make them beg by packaging your CV as a proposal. After all that is what it is, the fact that you can help them get better. Do a random research on their competitor and see how they can over the challenge. This will become your unique selling proposition.

No matter the millions that are jostling for the same job, by working a little harder and smarter, you can land that dream job soon.


About the Author:

Emmanuel Aimuan teaches unemployed Nigeria graduates on ways to get jobs in any organization of their choice by working smart. Visit to get more information.

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