Facts Relevant to Graduates Today



Please ensure to te your time while going through the content as you may have to make reference to certain sections from time to time.

✔ FACT 1

Waiting to finish with NYSC before you begin to seriously apply for a job is one of the greatest mistakes you ever want to make.

This is one mistake many of us make or are about to make. You may nearly slap yourself if you wait till then. In fact before you finish NYSC you should have applied for at least 20 jobs and attended at least 2 interviews, that’s the mindset of a serious job seeker. Except you have a job waiting for you somewhere.

✔ FACT 2

If you made a 2:2 or third class, you are in a more competitive market and so you may need a super strategy to standout.

This is because the job market is saturated and one way many employers try to streamline the number of applicants is by stating that they need 2:1 or first class only.

This should not be a source of worry but should be a reason why you have to up your game. You need to go for additional training that are relevant (mark the word _relevant_), add some more skill, make your CV on point and all your applications superb! You can’t have a 2:2 and you are applying with first class and 2:1 holders and you won’t do something different!! You just have to stand out to improve your chances.

Also you should apply in more places to increase your chances.

I will tell you two real life stories. Are you following?

Have you heard of this man called Tony Elumelu? I heard a story about him.

Tony Elumelu graduated with a 2:2. His first banking job. The requirement was a first class or 2:1. But he still applied. Tony Elumelu applied but added a cover note, explaining why he felt he was still qualified despite graduating with a 2:2. Guess what? He was hired!

I tell you another story of a friend of mine. The person is with a top multinational company right now. She made a 2:2, but contacted me before applying for the job. I gave her some advice, helped her with a “wow” CV and prepared her for the interview. The day she went for the interview, all the interviewers kept commending her CV that they forgot to look at her grade. She was moved to the next stage of the interview. By this time, they had dropped some candidates. She was called again for a second interview, this time around with the top managers. She was scared. Again, they started praising her CV. Asking her questions and commending her. It was at the tail end, that one of them saw her grade!!!

They were like, you mean you finished with a 2:2? She said yes. Then she explained why. Because she was honest and had already won their hearts, guess what! Weeks later, she was called to resume work!This again is a fact many graduates and job seekers don’t know!

_You can get that job by putting extra efforts it’s not always about your grade_


You don’t always need to know anyone to enter a company

I don’t know where most young people got this mindset from. They just conclude that all jobs can only be gotten by connection. I want to ask you a question. If you owned a company and you want that company to really grow. As in, you really want it to move forward. Say the truth would you like to hire all your employee based on connection? Wouldn’t you want to use common sense to ensure that you have 1..2..3..4 who are really really qualified? Because if all workers were by connection it means the company will crumble. It means they are not looking for skill. And you know what that means.. the company will fall!!!

So because they know this, they can’t keep giving all the jobs by connection. There is a place for skill, for those who are truly qualified. So the big question is.. *Are you among the few qualified?*


Getting into a company or organization is one thing, how you _get in_ is another thing.

This point is very crucial, please follow carefully!

The route via which you enter a company goes a long way to determine your salary, your future prospects in that company, your promotion or even the benefits you will be entitled to.

Its one thing to be working in shell or Mobil or Total, but the big question is *how did you enter? You entered as what?*

Have you heard of any of the following terms: _Graduate Management Trainee, Technical Trainee, Contract Staff, Intern, Outsourcing?_

Let me explain further taking the routes I mentioned above one after the other.

Do you know that the best way to enter a multinational company (MNC) as a young graduate is either as *an intern or a graduate trainee*.

Let me explain. An intern is not yet employed. He/she will be paid, but is being trained to work. If they find you competent they can now fully recruit you to become a trainee.

Now if you must enter a company and you want to enjoy the highest benefits, try your best to enter the Management Trainee programme.

Those who eventually become MDs and Head of Departments are those who enter as Graduate Trainees.

They are the ones the company likes to send abroad to do one course or the other. They are the ones with the fatter salary. They are the big boys and girls. This is why they are usually few!

The truth is not every one can enter as a graduate trainee, but aspire to do so, there is no harm in aiming big!

A *technical trainee* is usually for all the technical work. They usually like to take HND and OND for these roles. They believe they have the technical knowledge

The only thing is that, they are not paid as much as the Graduate Management Trainee

Then for *contract staff*, that one your salary is smaller. You are on contract and so your contract can end anytime, and you end up jobless again

*Outsourcing* – The company hires another company to do something for them. so for example you are working with company A, Shell hired company A on contract. so Shell will pay your Company, then your company will pay you.

So you see, _i am in shell, i am in shell…_ The right question is how did you enter shell? And whats your role in shell?


When applying for a job in which you were given an email address to forward your CV, there are seven points you need to note.

*I. Your CV should be in pdf format- it should not be in word because it can scatter when opened on the other end. Except you were specifically told to send it that way.

*II. You should ALWAYS apply with a cover letter. Listen to me they may not say it but it’s a secret why they screen candidates out (it should be in pdf too)

*III. You must have a subject and the subject should state the position you are applying for.

*IV. Your email must not be empty! _It’s a sin,_ many make that mistake. Your email should have a catchy and stimulating body which is similar but more straight forward

*V. Your application must have a complementary close (and optionally a picture which you insert through your email complementary close setting)

*Vi You must do a proper search of that company and the role you are applying for.

*VII. Try to use a computer not a phone. The greatest error you want to make is having the employer see things like “sent from my blackberry Z10” or “sent from my tecnoc8”. That shows how lazy you are and how you can’t make the extra effort of applying with professionalism

I have seen a lot of graduates in this regard. They keep saying they have applied everywhere but they never get called. It is because your application was shabby and not pleasant to your employer.

To be contd…….


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