Career Management Archives

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Employability skills are variedly defined. One of the definitions is that they are general, transferable, soft or personal skills that most employers are looking in prospective and existing employees in addition to job-specific skills. Read the rest of this entry

By Goke Ilesanmi

Beyond packaging a great curriculum vitae (CV), you also need the reinforcement of a persuasive cover or application letter to boost your chances of being invited for a job interview. A cover letter, variedly called letter of application, letter of introduction, transmittal letter and broadcast letter is a letter that no wise job-seeker should send his or her CV without. A cover letter is an important job search tool. Its purpose is to attract attention to you and prove your suitability for a job. Read the rest of this entry

By Goke Ilesanmi

Some days ago, I thought extensively about the current nosedive of our macro-economic fortunes occasioned by the crash in the prices of oil at the international market. When I remembered that our over-reliance on one source of revenue (that is, oil) like a specialist accounts for the current economic turbulence, the thought of whether or not it is better to be a career or business specialist flashed through my mind. Let me ask you this question, is it better to be an exceptional specialist or an effective generalist? Read the rest of this entry

Empowering yourself with interpersonal skills

By Goke Ilesanmi

I was held up in traffic jam one day, and as I was thinking about how I could wriggle my way out, a hawker came close to me and rudely knocked on my window glass. I thought he wanted to draw my attention to something on my car, so I wound down. To my amazement, he said he had been signalling to me for some minutes to buy something from him but I did not look at him. That was why he had to knock on my glass like that. I looked at him angrily and then told him to leave. Read the rest of this entry

By Goke Ilesanmi

Planning is very critical to business success. So also is strategy. In short, these two words are believed to be interchangeable or at least go together like Siamese twins. Little wonder that we have the phrase “strategic planning”. What is a business plan? A business plan is a formal document that articulates the direction of a business in a bid to accomplish its most important goal, that is, profitability. Profit does not come by accident. Read the rest of this entry

Coping effectively with lay-off trauma

By Goke Ilesanmi

LOLet me first say Happy New Year to you all. The year will be that of divine fortune, exceptional breakthrough, enduring peace and sound health for all of us. I want us to discuss this concept this week because it is a fact that being the beginning of the year, many people must have changed jobs now while many others must have also lost theirs.

   It is common for individuals to make career change about two or more times during their lifetime. At times, career change is not planned for and caused by downsizing, re-structuring, an illness, the economy, etc. At other times, it is due to a planned event such as one’s passion to engage in something that is (more) mentally interesting.           Read the rest of this entry

Making your team committed through listening

By Goke Ilesanmi

Have you ever taken time to find out the level of commitment of your team as a manager or leader? If you have, what is the result of your findings – low or high? If the result shows their commitment level is low, this may be due to many reasons. One of them may be your failure to listen to your team. Superior leadership involves listening to your subordinates to get their valuable input, and it is rewarded with their trust in you and their commitment to the job. Read the rest of this entry

By Goke Ilesanmi

Are you really satisfied with the salary you earn? If you are afraid to answer me, move away from where your boss is and answer me in your privacy. It is a fact of life that we all want to be paid what we believe or know we are worth. In short, Andrew Griffiths says in his book “101 Survival Tips for Your Business” that you should not be afraid to charge what you are worth. To get paid for your worth, you need to radiate unique skills. Read the rest of this entry

Defects of over-celebrating degrees and job titles

By Goke Ilesanmi
Development has continued to elude us in Nigeria because we place too much emphasis on certificates not knowledge; on previous job titles or fruitless experience not skills and achievements. It is not surprising that we despise polytechnic certificates and place so much emphasis on university degrees. Read the rest of this entry

Managing your boss effectively

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

    Most people get stuck on the ladder of career advancement just because they lack the skills of effectively managing their boss. If you are one of those experiencing retardation in your career despite having the skills required to succeed, you need to review your relationship with your boss. If you know it is not cordial, you need to urgently do something about it. Maintaining cordial relationship with your boss in the workplace is very crucial to your career success. The quality of management may be rapidly declining in today’s corporate world, but the junior workers can do a lot to salvage the situation and enhance their job satisfaction in the process. Your boss holds your future prospects in the workplace in his or her hands. Expect little or no assistance from a boss that does not like you. Read the rest of this entry

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