#womancrushwednesday for the Month

 

Our #womancrushwednesday for the month is the eccentric and focused Managing Director of 25th and Staffing, Emem Usen-Mudasiru.

I will tell you for a fact, she knows what she wants and goes the extra mile to get it done – you can term it visionary, goal- oriented, persistent, resilience but on the other hand she is a perfectionist and an analyzer.

She spoke to Uche Rita, Content Developer at Jobmag weeks ago and talked about her career experiences, her challenges, gender inequality and her advice to young Nigerian females trying to build a successful career.

Below is the excerpt from the article.

📌 What was the major challenge you encountered trying to build a successful career in Nigeria looking beyond gender?

Good question. The major challenge I had was being outspoken and having to curb my strength with “niceness.” What do I mean? A man can be outspoken and be strict and it would be quite alright, but for a woman, there’s a sense that you have to bring your femininity into the equation and balance it by being more subtle in your approach to business.

📌To what extent do you think gender inequality has affected career choices of females in Nigeria?

I would take my cue at the key positions women hold in Government and in the Private Sector as a telltale sign. Though, I would have to admit that it is slowing changing with women such as Mrs. Ngozi Okono-Iweala and women contending as presidential aspirants. Lastly, more women are starting and building their own companies so I believe that’s enough inspiration for young women.

📌What is your advice to young Nigerian females trying to build a successful career?

For young women trying to build a successful career – knowing your purpose (calling) and strengths is highly important (leads to excellence) and then capitalizing upon those strong attributes through continuous learning. Here is why, I find that once you know what you’re meant to BE and do – it kills majority of the noise that naivety and culture brings/detects. Finally, have or cultivate a great work ethic and a STRONG support system.

 

 

Employment Tips for Graduates and Job seekers

Wondering if you possess qualities identified as topnotch? What makes your qualities exceptional and inspiring?

What makes YOU different and the best candidate for the job?

Want to improve your employ-ability?

Watch the video above to find out some examples and tips you will need to become an extraordinary candidate.

How to tailor your resume to any job posting

Every day, hiring managers go through hundreds of applications to locate the best resume. With so many applications, they only have time to spend an average of 10 seconds scanning each resume for relevance.

What are they looking for? They are looking for your skills and Experience so make it easy for them to see.

Here’s how to tailor a resume to any job posting:

Mine the job posting for keywords

Start by including your identity and highlighting the skills and required experience you can find in the job posting to make your resume convincing.

Add numbers and details for a spotlight effect

Draw attention to the skills you find most important by adding numbers and details. By being specific, you can demonstrate how you’ve used these skills in the past and this helps make the numbers pop out on the page and are easy to find.

Don’t make the mistake of sending a generic cover letter

Send a cover letter and tailor it to match the job description as well, also make sure you add keywords to your cover letter, but try to avoid copying your resume. This is because your cover letter should complement and augment the content of your resume.

Tailoring your resume is important. If you can’t pass the keyword scan, there is no way a hiring manager will give your resume a second look. Take time out to tailor your resume and increase your chances of impressing the hiring manager.

 

 

Referral: Together everyone achieves more

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I once got a call from a #recruiter inviting me for a #job interview with a prestigious organization. I told her I was not interested in filling that role because the company was in a location far from me but I did recommend 2 people that were interested in the job.

This is because there were several people looking for jobs and I happened to know some people that fit the profile. That aside, referring can help

1. Build your #network
2. Contribute to a candidate’s success story
3. Build your engagement and endorsement

Lastly, life is not a competition, life is about helping and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential.

Do you agree?

 

Networking (Episode 2)

When it comes to networking with business minded people, LinkedIn is the way forward. This is because LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps to help manage your professional identity, build it and allow you engage with your professional network as well as access knowledge, insights and opportunities.

You may be on LinkedIn trying to build your follower-ship and network, however if you seem to not be making any headway, then you may be doing it all wrong.

In this article, we will give you 5 tips on how to network on LinkedIn and they are:

📌 Complete your profile: Building a connection starts with people seeing all you have to offer. Members with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through this medium.

📌You’re more experienced than you think: Think broadly about your experience like the summer jobs, contract jobs, volunteer work and community service. You never know what might catch someone’s eye.

📌 Use your inbox: Networking doesn’t necessarily mean cold calling strangers. Update your address book from your email account and connect to people you know and trust.

📌Join Groups: LinkedIn groups can help you form new connections. Start with your school groups, community group and reach out to connections. Also find volunteer and association groups to join.

📌 Lend a virtual hand: As you build connections, think about how you can support others. Like their post, share job opportunities, give feedback and reply a post you may or may not agree with and lend a hand when you can.

Book Review: Organized Mind by Daniel. J. Levitin

According to Jojen, a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies and that is why it is paramount we read daily at 25th and Staffing.

For the last 3 weeks, we read the best-selling science book authored by Daniel J. Levitin titled The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

Watch the video for the review of the book.

Word of the day: Training and Development

 

Training is an organized activity aimed at imparting information and/or instructions to improve the recipient’s performance or to help him or her attain a required level of knowledge or skill.

It also simply means the process of learning the skills that you need for a particular job or activity.

Development is the process by which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advance. This is simply put, the process of developing or being developed.

The similarity between training and development is; to be developed, you have to undergo some form of training while the difference between the two is that whereas training lasts for a short period of time and is usually to improve performance; development is a continuous process and is mostly career oriented.

Training and development can be initiated for a variety of reasons for an employee or group of employees but for the sake of this article we will streamline it to just 3 and they include:

📌When a performance appraisal indicates performance improvement is needed

📌As part of succession planning to help an employee be eligible for a planned change in role in the organization

📌To Increase efficiencies in processes

General Benefits from Employee Training and Development are numerous and suggest reasons for supervisors to conduct training among employees and these reasons include:

📌 Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees

📌 Increased employee motivation

📌 Increased innovation in strategies and products

Networking: Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.

Networking is a process that fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals or groups that share a common interest and may be for social or business purposes. – Investopedia

It also means finding mentors and advocates, identifying where there are potential opportunities for landing or creating a role, and connecting with people who have the influence to help you get where you want to go and this is why it is always advisable to build your network.

How do you build a strong professional network?

📌Through social media: The number of social media users worldwide as at 2018 was 3.196 billion out of 7.7 billion people and according to statistics, your customers or mentors could very well be on social media.

📌Volunteer: This is a great way to build your professional relationships while giving back to the community and it allows you use your skills as well as express your passion. Using this medium will enable you grow your network along with your sense of accomplishment.

📌Socialize: A great way to build and nurture your network is to go out and meet people, you can meet people in events and even in restaurants.

Everyone you meet knows something you don’t and networking is the No.1 unwritten rule of success in business, take advantage of it.