Category: Excelling at Work

The No. 1 Reason Your CV Keeps Ending up in the Trash Bin

That you’ve secured an interview with that firm, courtesy of your curriculum vitae, means they’ve seen something in you. It means you’ve avoided that killer mistake affecting so many Nigerian job seekers like a plague. Even at that, you should still read this, because it shows you what concerns companies have (for picking some candidates, and dropping some), so you can properly grasp their bias for inviting you, and what interests they may have during the interviews. Or if you’re yet to secure your choice interview slot, I bet you’ve developed some butterflies in your stomach, while waiting endlessly...

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Nice Brain, Nice Suits: Do Not Leave Out Any (Pt 2)

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series. Click here to read the first part. What exactly is the demand of excellence? Firstly, excellence is a nature. It is intrinsic value and no one can really see it. However it has an external expression – in your dressing, your character, your level of consciousness and awareness, your repertoire of knowledge, your mannerisms and your communication. It would seem complex because there seem to be so many things you have to pay attention to at this point. However, it is not quite so, because the ability to...

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Nice Brain, Nice Suits; Don’t Leave Out Any (Part 1)

I sit on recruitment teams a lot. One interesting thing I find is that ever before hearing a candidate speak you already have an idea where your votes would swing, and you are waiting for them to either live up to it or be a complete disappointment. With this everyone seems to have a fair chance; the only trouble is that the initial idea you get about a candidate goes a long way in determining the little things you would overlook or amplify. Now mind you, at certain stages in an interview process, we interviewers are acutely aware that...

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Why You Should Invest In Career Development

Experiencing a career leap requires a conscious investment in career development. In the words of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007, “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether to the top of mount Everest or to the top of your career.” Investing in personal development, especially as far as your career is concerned, will yield tremendous benefits, some of which I have highlighted in this article. It increases your knowledge Investment in career development will increase your knowledge in the particular areas where you need...

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