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.
Don’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.
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.
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