Career Management Archives

Why you need a good CV

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Since we stopped discussion on job-search strategies and briefly mentioned types of curriculum vitae in our July 19, 2010 edition, job-seekers have been mounting pressure on me that I should discuss types of curriculum vitae in detail. Well, I do not have a choice but to yield to your requests now.

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How you can get your dream job

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Let me first apologise to our teeming readers, especially fresh and old job-seekers who said I concentrated on elaborate discussion of how to get promotion last week, without giving as much attention to their own need. I am prostrating. Can I get up now? Thank you. We are addressing your request and need now.

Some of you even suggested that we should organise a seminar on job search. A seminar will definitely be organised. In fact, it will be a multi-purpose one that will include those looking for their dream job(s), those aspiring to be self-employed and those seeking career growth/change. Read the rest of this entry

Filling a vacancy with an outsider

By Goke Ilesanmi

  

In hiring a manager, you will naturally be looking for a combination of characteristics in your prospective candidate. You will want him or her to be an experienced and mature person who is also very dynamic, energetic and able to do the job for you. Ideally, you will like to hire somebody very dedicated and honest. One very sensitive aspect of recruiting a manager is when you have to choose from outside even though there are some or many within that are expressing interest in a vacant position. But after you have interviewed them, for one reason or another, you could not find any of them suitable. This has made you to decide to go outside to find the knowledge, skills and abilities you need, that is, the most suitable person for the job.

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How to manage your off-site staff

By Goke Ilesanmi

To be able to achieve business goals, managers need to build effective teams. They also need to define success in terms of the overall team performance and allow people to be responsible for the work they do. They need to provide their team members with necessary information and effectively coordinate subordinates to achieve productivity and profitability.

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Making employees your greatest asset

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

  More than ever before, employees are getting de-motivated due to many factors. One of these is delay in or outright lack of payment of salaries occasioned by the global economic downturn. But beyond the issue of delay in or outright lack of payment of salaries is the failure to motivate or recognise employees. Findings show that most businesses are set up to treat machines better than people. In most organisations, machines are investments while people are costs, despite voicing the cliché “People are our greatest asset”. What a great deceit! Corporate organisations should endeavour to restore some humanity to the workplace so as to get employees motivated.

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Career and danger of hoarding knowledge

By Goke Ilesanmi

   Last week, it was reported in some national dailies that employees of some affected organisations in a sub-sector of the Nigerian financial services industry were jittery over the likely outcome of a particular action to be taken by the regulator. The long and short of this is that they were (and probably still are) worried about what the likely outcome would be on their jobs. Today, too much concern about job security has given birth to a lot of negative manifestations in the workplace, among which is knowledge-hoarding. Research shows that knowledge-hoarding even flourishes in non-profit organisations in spite of their social missions.

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Promoting yourself in your workplace

By Goke Ilesanmi

It was a sunny Friday afternoon at Financial Standard, my last place of work, where I left as Acting Editor. A man who had earlier called me on phone came in, sweating profusely and almost gasping for breath. His facial expression betrayed his mood.

He was seriously sad because he had graduated for about five years from one of the reputable universities in Nigeria but could not get a job, despite having a second upper grade in Accounting. He even told me that his elder brother working somewhere else had promotion challenges, despite graduating with a second class upper grade in Economics.

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