Ten helpful tips while you wait for your dream job

 

 

 

Today, being a Monday, we are talking jobs.

Two days that tell you if you love your job are Mondays and Fridays. Am I correct?

 

Let’s be honest, there are jobs and there are jobs. 

There are jobs you love doing, and they are some you do because of the pay check, some you do because nothing better is coming and you have no choice, after all one must survive.

Nevertheless, a lot of us have that dream job we would love to get or that dream place or dream company we would absolutely love to work in.

While in University I viewed life with rose tinted glasses. I thought I would just graduate,  apply , and Gbam!  The job will just appear.lol.

Of course it didn’t happen that way.  Life, law school and Nysc happened, and I wasn’t even quite sure I wanted to practise law again set. Serving in the Ministry of Justice made me realize how routine and slow actual law practice can be.

In the course of applying for the limited jobs available, my eyes saw ” wehn”. It was not a funny something. I travelled up and down, writing tests, doing interviews etc. I didn’t limit myself to law vacancies, at a point Bank job oh, graduate trainee sef, I sha applied while still keeping my dream job in mind. 

After years of applying and not getting even one job, I used the time to get  my masters degree, then I got one job like that where my boss was always sending me to buy him food when he was hungry. Lol. I spent sometime there before I vamoosed, then I got the one I have now which suits me in every respect.

Here are some helpful tips while you are waiting and applying for your dream job.

1) Pray! Pray! Pray and pray some more.

Even though I had some dream jobs in mind, and I had good qualifications, I didn’t leave God out. I prayed and prayed till God answered.

2) Develop yourself while waiting.

imageDon’t just sit your behind down doing nothing. Apply for your masters, I eventually did mine in Unilag. And I tell you, if I hadn’t done it then, I would not had the time now.  If your discipline requires certifications, now is the time to write those exams and get yourself certified. Attend Seminars and workshops.

3) Don’t despise the days of little beginnings.

Get something doing, volunteer, learn a trade or skill.

That you have a dream job in mind doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find a job in the meantime. You get to earn some money to tide yourself over and learn something too.

4)Don’t get too comfortable. After you start the ” in between”  job or trade, don’t get so  comfortable and so relaxed that you forget your target.

Have your dream job in mind at every point. However, if you are happy where you are, or you realize you don’t need a regular nine to five, pls maintain your lane.

5) Apply! Apply! And Apply.

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Most jobs need you to apply and signify your interest in that position. You have to want it and be interested. The job isn’t going to come look for you. Sooner or later, a vacancy you really really like is going to be open. Go on and apply.

6) Do not be discouraged.

In case you have applied and applied and constantly get rejected, do not be discouraged. If you apply and meet tons of crowd at the tests or interviews ( thousands of people show up to some tests in Nigeria), do your best and leave the rest to God.

7) Do not underestimate yourself.

If you think you aren’t good enough for a job, then the interviewer will probably agree with you. Believe in yourself and they will too.

8)Also in the same vein, be realistic.

Don’t expect to work in Google if you can’t even put on a computer. Ask yourself if you would employ yourself if you owned your dream company. Research the standard minimum qualifications expected from anyone who wants to work in your field.

9) Be job ready. Keep your documents and credentials close by.

Make sure you have a scanned copy of your passport and credentials on your system, tablet or phone. You never know when you will need it urgently. Make sure your CV is on point.Check them for errors and mistakes. Be conversant with general knowledge and general interview questions, Google them if you like. Make sure you have that suit or interview outfit ready, and close by.

10) Finally, you don’t need to know anybody.

It may be hard to believe, but people still get good jobs without a godfather and without knowing anyone. I know lots of people who got their dream jobs plus amazing pay in this our same Nigeria, without knowing one single person in the place they now work.

Pls let me know if you find this tips useful. You know this is a new blog right…..I need feedback oh so Pls let me know if this actually helps someone.

Dont forget to follow me on Twitter. @ sisterbisi.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Brenda
    November 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t despise the days of little beginnings…. During my nysc some few years ago, i ‘d thought I would get a good job ”instanta instanta”, ( let me use the normal naija slags)… But it took me almost 3 years to get that.

    At first, I was pressurized by my sisters to go into recharge card business which I didn’t like at all.. You know normal ”efizzy” graduates form.

    One day i was at Deeper Life monthly program and Pastor Kumuyi preached on how not to despise your little beginnings and that whatever your hands find to do, do it. Few days after that, I got a very little job somewhere with the salary just ”enough” to take care of my transport alone and while I was contemplating on the salary, something told me to go work there, damn the salary.

    I went and stayed there for almost four years which to me where the greatest years of my self development. I learnt from the little job so much and when an opportunity presented itself for a better one, I just tried without putting much efforts, and boom, it came through.

    My boss was shocked at my expertise thinking I was an employee with no experience and was already thinking of putting me in line for training- to his greatest surprise i needed no training.. He watched me for close to a month and one day he told me that all employees in the company went through trainings when they got employed here and I am the only and first person who needed no training. The money meant for training was given to me and that was how I earned double my salary that first and second month.

    Despise not your small and humble beginnings – statement of facts.

    Saw your comment on my blog and traced you from there. You have won a new and regular visitor OK…

    Brendascouch.com

    • Reply
      Bisola
      November 14, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you Brenda. Not every graduate is privileged to be retained after NYSc, and that is when the wool starts to get cleared from our eyes. Too many people in the labour market chasing the few jobs that are available.
      It is unwise to despise little beginnings or just sit at home doing nothing.
      Pastor Kumuyi’s words were really wise. I have never attended any of his programs though. I hope to do so one day.
      Great Things can come from little beginnings. I know Someone who told me he once worked in Abuja as an accountant at a small firm collecting peanuts. He could barely feed his family, Now he is a big shot earning big money, at a place everyone wants to work.
      Some employers to be wouldn’t even like it if they asked you during an interview, what you were doing all this while and you say ” nothing”.
      I love that your boss. Some others would have pocketed the training money and not given it to you or forced you to go on the training even when you didn’t need it instead of giving it to you.
      Thank God for everything, thanks for coming over.

  • Reply
    nosa
    November 14, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Very true and insightful

    • Reply
      Bisola
      November 14, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you Nosa. Welcome.

  • Reply
    Precious
    November 15, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Be realistic! I love that point. Don’t expect to work in Google when you can’t find your way around the computer. Also volunteering is great because it builds your portfolio and opens doors for you. Never see stop believing in yourself because all things are possible to he who believes. Love the way you write, Bisi.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Yes oh! My sister. We have to dream big but we also have to be realistic.
      I agree about volunteering, although it’s more popular abroad than it is in Nigeria. Probably because of the economic situation, a lot of people would rather earn money no matter how little rather than volunteer their services for free.
      Yes! All things are possible if you just believe. I am yet to see anybody who achieved something big without first believing that it could happen. Other people may not believe In you, and it’s not necessary, but it is very necessary that one does in oneself.
      Awwww.thanks dear.i appreciate. Your comments warm my heart.

  • Reply
    FTJ
    November 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    nice piece; valid ponts. Well done. How does one go about point number 2 (develop yourself) without any source of income whatsoever?

    • Reply
      Bisola
      November 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Hiya FTJ,thanks for your comment and the question.its a valid one……..
      Self development does not necessarily have to do with income…..you can get cheap books, download them on the Internet,borrow from people who have them,borrow Gmat books and practice questions or find them online, you can attend seminars and lectures aimed at making you a better person or teaching you a vocation, job seminars, you can reach internally and self examine yourself……
      The goal is to learn something new, something different, no matter how small, and not to be stagnant for the period it takes to get your dream job….remember that this can take years.
      Even if it’s computer school….anything.

      Thank you for pointing out the fact that not everybody waiting for their dream job has the income or can afford to self develop……I should have emphasized this more in number two.

      As Precious said, you can also volunteer. You may not earn anything but you gain the experience.
      Can I send you a email? Or you do : bisola@sisterbisi.com

  • Reply
    Frances Okoro
    December 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    This is really helpful..
    despise not the days of little beginnings resounds deeply.
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Bisola
      December 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Frances. Nothing should be mocked or despised for being too small. What looks small to other people’s eyes may be God’s way of teaching us one or two things that will serve us well when the dream job comes. Look at Brenda’s example above.

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