Make no mistake about it, there are more unemployed youths than the labour market can cater for. Well-paying graduate jobs are practically non-existent. Even experienced practitioners are finding the terrain tough and challenging, so much that the opportunities for switching jobs are closer to zero.
Amazingly, in such a time when recruitment agencies have hundred times more customers than traditional businesses, there are still smart job seekers who have more than one appointment letters from major firms lying on their desks.
What is your ideal job? A managerial position at a communication company? An engineering role in an oil-servicing firm? A banking job in a new generational bank? A functional role in the Federal Civil Service? Whatever your favourite job entails, there are tens of companies who can still accommodate one more person – you!
Allow GoalDig show you ten little known job-finding techniques – most of which you can start utilizing right this minute – any of which can land you that plumb job in the next few days.
Okay, my hands are raised.
Usually, several job vacancies are posted daily listing simple requirements most of which are not particularly difficult to fulfill. You may be required to upload your CV and supply certain personal information that may help the employer determine that you are the perfect person for the job.
Do not hesitate to subscribe to these free job alerts and respond accordingly when your field of interest pops up. Only about 2 to 5 per cent of job seekers ever get employed via this medium, which means your chances are quite low and you should never rely solely on online job agencies.
Smart candidates use it to flesh up their thin CVs. You should too. And as long as it gives you a chance, it is worth a try.
You really have to first identify the major companies that interest you. NNPC, MTN, Dangote, Nigerian Breweries, etc may rank higher than Transerve Technologies, FirstBank and GoalDig.
Many of these firms have career pages on their websites where you can either apply directly for available jobs or upload your resumes unto their database for consideration during their recruitment season.
However, it is possible that your dream company does not have a functional website or such a page on their site. Find out their office address and mail your CV together with a cover letter to the company’s Head Office.
There is no limit to the number of firms you can approach, the bigger the better.
Pick employers at random.
Scan through national newspapers for the biggest fish in the ocean. They need not advertise vacancies.
They don’t know you exist. No one has told them you had good grades at school. And they may never know unless you tell them.
The good news here is one in every ten random mails you send generate a positive feedback. If I were you then, I’d send hundreds since all I need is a few envelopes and N50 stamps.
All the major Nigerian newspapers and magazines devote a section of their publications to display job vacancies regularly.
You don’t even have to buy the newspapers.
Scan through the pages, locate the job opening that best matches your qualification, skill, and experience.
Do not dillydally. Respond swiftly. Usually, these job vacancies carry a deadline that may not be more than three weeks.
So the faster you get your CV and cover letter to the post office, the better your chances of beating the deadline and getting picked for the job.
Never rule yourself out before you even apply. There may just be one basic skill you have or an experience you’ve had that may stand you out among other applicants.
About 10% of applicants get employed this way, so you just might be the next.
Many people prefer the prestige, the job security and the time benefits of working in the Federal and State civil service.
Politicians have characteristically hijacked the employment process yet it will do no one any harm if you pen a letter of job inquiry to the director of the government-owned department or establishment you wish to work in.
If your interests lie with the military forces like the Army, Police, Navy and the likes, you may have to be more patient. These arms of the Civil Service provide forms at pre-determined periods of the year. They often ask candidates to sit for entry exams.
Be on the alert and stay informed. Purchase and submit the form on time. And good luck with the exams.
The state and federal governments are constantly looking for new ways to create jobs and employment opportunities.
Nearly every new government policy opens up a space or two that only new recruits can fill up.
Interestingly, any new opening is communicated to the Employment Office. Set aside time to pay weekly visits to this office. They usually have a public notice board where any latest news and relevant information are displayed.
Many people who are searching for jobs do not use this medium probably because they do not know it’s a rich source of job leads.
Pull out of such less-informed crowd and position yourself for any opportunity that may from there arise.
Think of them as the offline version of Jobberman.
A few major companies and several middle-level businesses still employ the services of job agents and recruitment agencies to beef up their staff strength.
These job agents sometimes know people who know the people that matter.
If your network of friends can’t throw up the job leads you need, it’s smarter to leverage on somebody else’s.
For a small up front commission you can tap into it. These agencies can be found in major cities and you may be required to submit copies of your credentials and CV plus a passport photograph.
Boasting more than a 20% success rate, approaching at least five of such agencies will get you a job you can proudly call your own.
This is a very common job-finding technique and it is still quite effective.
At least one in every three persons who secured a new job today where assisted by someone they knew. It could be relatives, in-laws, friends, church members, politicians, even neighbours.
They are your immediate network, tap into it. Don’t be shy. Tell as many of them as possible that you are looking for a job.
Do not shut your mouth indefinitely. Don’t be proud. Pick up the phone and call that Uncle of yours in Abuja. Everyone has got a ‘long leg’, yours could be the friend of a friend of your friend.
Open your mouth and let them help you.
What if you were told that if you knock on two doors, one would open for you, would you not just try?
Did you know that there are employers, factories, firms, businesses who simply don’t erect boards outside their premises to attract applicants even when they are under-staffed? It’s often a matter of company policy.
Since you can never tell by staring at their stylish windows, you can always knock on their doors and ask politely for a job.
Ask questions and let them know what you want. Be creative in getting past their security post, if there’s any. Speak to the person who has the power to hire you on the spot.
Look for titles like the Director, the Manager, or the Head of Department.
I highly recommend this. It works every time like a master key.
If knocking on a potential employer’s door can get you the job 50% of the time, be assured that calling them on phone even increases the odds in your favour.
The difficulty is in getting the phone number of the person that matters the most. Get it from whoever and whichever way you can.
Use Yellow Pages. Consult the company brochures. Befriend the company gateman. Do anything to get that phone number.
Be composed, take your time and talk clearly. Ask if they are hiring. Studies have shown that at least three in every five will have something positive to say to you.
And if he turns you down, do not be offended or talk harshly. Ask him for his advice, recommendation or if he knows any of his associates currently recruiting.
If no one will hire you, hire yourself!
Nothing beats setting up your own enterprise. Build your own business. Work at your own pace. Set your own working hours. Produce something for sale. Sell something that adds value. Offer services of worth.
Watch your small company grow.
You will be surprised at how many people are willing to pay pretty for that skill-set that means so little to you. Can you write up exciting, creepy, funny, educating top ten articles? GoalDig will soon start paying you for those.
Are you good at copywriting, editing, social media marketing, business consulting, web developing, trading, fashion designing, knitting, braiding, weaving, teaching, etc?
Position your brand well enough and watch your income bag swell. You have 100% chance of getting hired and staying on the job.
Goodluck to you!