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5 Ways to Do What You Love for a Living

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As exceptional women, we enjoy doing what suits us best, not what any other person dictates to us, that is why at every point, you must always reevaluate yourself and ensure that you are not falling short of what the real you want.

The key to long term satisfaction at any chosen career is doing what you love for a living. So the question is how do you follow your heart and find a job or start a business that you really enjoy.

Here are 5 Ways to Find What You Love

Search Your Soul

Somewhere in there lies the answer to your question. You have to figure out what brings you joy and happiness. Take one, two, three or four steps back to review what you enjoy doing, be as detailed as possible. Don’t hold anything back, once you make up a list, figure out the careers that will fit in voila.

Don’t Ditch Reality

Be realistic about the current circumstances you thrive in. Never assume that the job you love doing will be a utopia.

Treat it as a job and work twice as hard as you ever had. Bear in mind the current reality of your life, don’t ditch a job and wallow in poverty, ensure that you know the full dynamics of whatever passion you are pursuing before you delve into it.

Hang Out with Supportive People

As the saying goes, show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. Your friends can make you feel stronger and braver. They will encourage you, support you and guide you all the way. Hang out with the right kind of people and be rest assured that your chances of success have automatically increased by 100%.

Find Mentors

When you’re trying to pursue a career that you love, make sure you network and find peers and mentors to help you in the process. A professional social network like LinkedIn is a good place to find the right people who are currently doing something similar to the career you love.

People are always naturally generous with their time especially when you ask them to talk about themselves and how they became successful. That is the more reason why you should leverage that generosity.

Take action

Don’t wait around for fortune to fall on you, find fortune and do what you will with her. Figure out what you need to excel at that thing you love doing and get it. If you have to take online courses, consider it as an investment to test your skills and endurance. These days, your experience is what matters, nothing else will show how good you are.

5 Factors to Consider When Searching for the Right Employee in Nigeria

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Successful entrepreneurs started out on their own but as their business expanded, they realized that they needed to hire more hands to up the overwhelming responsibility.

You might be thinking, naaa, not me, I am superwoman, dear, there is nothing like super woman anywhere, even if it’s just one employee, at some point, you will definitely need an extra pair of hands.

Hiring the right employee is a huge step because businesses have failed as a result of bad hiring choice. The cost of finding, interviewing, engaging and training new employees is high but it is a sacrifice that must be made.

I am going to list 5 Factors to Consider When Hiring New Employees.

  1. Competence: Ensure that your new hire is competent. Does the potential employee possess the right skills, experiences and education to help you progress your business? Will the person be able to deliver with creativity and effectiveness? Does the person have potential for growth? There are the core questions you should ask yourself when hiring a new employee.
  2. Commitment: Commitment is a huge one. As an entrepreneur, you are not looking for someone who is only interested in using your business as a tool to the next big thing. You are not interested in hiring someone who is not going to be fully committed to your work. Hiring a committed employee is a money back guarantee because commitment is the driver of success.
  3. Character: Does the person have a good character, is he or she a team player, is he or she honest. Do they tell the truth and keep promises? Character determines how your employee will treat customers, so observe, ensure the new guy or gal possess good characters.
  4. Culture: Every business has a culture, the way people behave and interact with each other. For example, the way Fashion Designers relate with their customers is different from the way teachers relate with their students. Culture is the values, expectations, policies and procedures that influence the behavior of a leader and employees. Workers who don’t reflect the culture can be disruptive.
  5. Compensation: This is the most factor because employees who feel underpaid will surely not deliver. Ensure that your remuneration is respectable. When I say respectable, I mean respectable. Don’t offer a graduate N10,000 for a job an SSCE Holder can handle just because there are no jobs in the country. Remember that your employee will perform well only if they feel appreciated, so show some appreciation.

 

3 Fashion Items Every Job Seeker Must Possess

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Sunglasses

Sunglasses are very vital because with all the climate change going around, the Sun can be brutal these days and you don’t want the whole job seekers rat race to change your skin colour. It has been recommended that sunglasses should be worn to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several serious eye problems.

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Wrist Watch

You can land a job by wearing a wrist watch. Today, only few people own a functional wrist watch because you can always pull out your phone to check the time. What sets you apart during the interview is your ability to glance at your wrist watch and keep track of the time. Constantly using your phone as timepieces is a dangerous pattern because interviewers might think you are a ‘phone addict’ if you keep pulling out your phone every five minutes.

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 Flats

Flats, oh yes, in some buildings without elevators, you have to climb the stairs all the way to the third floor and heels won’t help you. Having flats in your bag will come in handy anytime because by the time you jump through all the different flight of stairs in heels, you are already exhausted and disheveled for the interview. With flats, you won’t be so tired and you can simply readjust yourself.

 

How to Make Your Next Best Career Move

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Finding the right career can be a bit difficult in this country, with the influx of new graduates every year, the job market is getting more and more competitive as the day goes by. That is why you have to hone your skills and make the right decisions when choosing a career.

Whether its finding a new job, getting a promotion or changing career directions, your next best career move is at your fingertips.

There are things you have to master as a professional in your field. People always imagine that getting a job is the last bus stop, heck no. Your career growth ladder extends beyond getting a new job. Aside from clinching the job, you have to ensure that it fits into your career goals and it will help you move to the next level.

The Next Level

Your next best career move is getting to the next level. It could be getting a promotion, acquiring more skills, getting that dream job, becoming more relevant at work, you are the author of your next best career move. We can only provide a few tips; the rest is left to you.

Tips For the Next Level

  1. Build Your Work Bucket List: Every job is temporary, you need to do research and keep a list of companies you will be interested in working. Put your job search in high gear, use LinkedIn actively, connect with people who work in these companies. Research has revealed that eighty per cent of job opportunities come by referral. Your network is your net worth in your career, ensure that you diligently build your network.
  2. Take an Online Course: These days, companies say they cannot find the talent they need. As a result, people are embracing online training. Now you can take an online class, pay a token to get certified and post it on your social media profile for recruiters to see. It has been predicted that in the future we will all be required to take online courses on a regular basis to keep skills current. Check out Coursera, Lynda.com, MIT Opencourses, now is the time for you to take that online course.
  3. Use LinkedIn: With more than 400 million users and growing daily by two people per second, LinkedIn is the largest and most respected professional network in the world. Every day, more and more recruiters are using LinkedIn to find suitable candidates for their job openings. That is why you have to carefully build your LinkedIn, make connections, get endorsements and establish yourself as an authority in your field of expertise so that you can be easily found.
  4. Read: We come across so many online articles daily, over time we just view the topics and skip the articles. it’s time to shake things up and find new reading sources. Look for fresh perspectives that will challenge your thinking and keep you engaged. They say diversity of thought is the key to creativity.
  5. Don’t quit: Everyone loves a good comeback story although we all make mistakes. You might have failed a job interview or flunked an aptitude test, it’s time to make the most of your failure. Use the Experience + Learning = Grow model to plan a way to leverage what you learned from the failure. One way or another, your failure will make you a better professional.

 

5 Steps to Choosing the Perfect Career

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Choosing your career path can be a daunting task, especially in Nigeria’s current situation. After graduating, you realise that of all the thousands of graduates that are churned out each year, only a few percentage will get a tangible job.

As at August 2015, Nigerian Bureau of Statistics recorded that Nigeria’s unemployment rate has risen to 8.2 per cent from the 7.5 per cent rate which was recorded in the preceding quarter.

In this rat race called getting a good job in Nigeria, you still have to choose the perfect career that you can grow and excel in.

Breaking down your job hunt into manageable chunks will improve your chances of successful career planning and this will also help you discover the jobs that suit you.

Choosing a good career ensures that you’ll enjoy work, stay motivated and fulfil your potential.

Here are tips to help you choose the perfect career

At the end of the day, any potential jobs must be compatible with your skills and qualities. Undertaking a personal audit will help you to identify your strongest attributes and develop the knowledge required for your chosen career.

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Step 1: Identify Jobs that Suit Your Career: Once you’ve assessed which areas of work suit your skills, values and interests, compile a shortlist of around five to ten jobs that suit your career, before considering the advantages and disadvantages of each in terms of:

  1. career development
  2. employment outlook
  3. entry requirements
  4. job description
  5. related jobs
  6. salary and conditions

Step 2: Get to Know the Job Market: You should also consider your ideal job sector, and identify key trends by researching the local, national and global jobs market. This will help you to discover more potential career paths, and understand which jobs are expanding or declining.

There are three types of job market, there is the private, public and Not for profit. Once you decide which fits your career, you must also consider which size of employer that best suits your personality and work ethic.

You can decide where your future lies with more confidence by undertaking part-time work or work experience and internships. You could also list the graduate employers that you’re interested in working for and check for job vacancies. Applying speculatively shows initiative and you might even get lucky.

Step 3: Choose A Career Direction: Now that you’re beginning to understand yourself and the job market, the next step is to match the two. However, bear in mind that you’re almost certainly suited to more than one career and that your professional direction will probably change at least once during your lifetime. When assessing your options, consider these questions:

  1.   Do you have the right skills?
  2.   Does the company fit with your values?
  3.     Is the job realistic in terms of salary?
  4.     Will you enjoy doing the job every day?
  5.     Would you consider doing the job for free?

Step 4: Create an Action Plan: Identify your current situation, in terms of employment, qualifications, strengths and weaknesses. Decide your long-term objectives, set yourself realistic and measureable short-term targets, and figure how you’ll meet them. Your short term goal can be improving your CV, getting Six months training etc.

Step 5: Identify Job Opportunities: There are several resources that can kick-start your job hunt, browse social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Use job websites, read national dailies and don’t ignore the power of online forums.

 

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