CareerNaija’s Employability Skills training held in Lagos on the 17th of February, 2018 at the ICS (Integrated Corporate Service) Learning Centre. The aim of the training is to bridge the gap between job seekers and a prospective employer through knowledge on the 21st century top employers’ skills requirement.
This year, our guest speaker was Mrs. Shola Odeyinde, who currently serves as the Head of Learning and Development Strategic Business Unit for ICS limited. She has over 10 years’ experience aligning HR strategy to business goals across various industries.
Pre-employment Topics, viz ; Career Path Finding, Secrets to passing interviews, CV Reviews and Salary Negotiations
Her session was on critical pre-employment topics, viz ; Career Path Finding, Secrets to passing interviews, CV Reviews and Salary Negotiations.
Some extract from her presentation are outlined below:
- You must do a background check on yourself before you launch into the job market, this check is "Career Path Finding
- Building a winning CV, is a journey. Your CV must constantly change to remain relevant. You must develop yourself
- Build your career, by building a wining CV. Don't present the same CV year in year out.
- You have to know all kinds of pre-employment test. Research before going for the test. You must be prepared. The essence of life is to be prepared
- Stop sending your CV the wrong way, seek knowledge, and seek Employability Skills. Remember your CV is your no.1 branding CV.
- Have a professional email address, stop forwarding your email with the wrong impression
- Don't blow it yet, when your CV has landed you that interview, you must act and look the part. Dress the way you want to be address. Know your CV more than your hiring manager
- Career Pathfinding. You have to discover your purpose. Course of study, Passion, Mentoring and seek your maker
- You must build a winning CV. Software will not build you a winning CV. A winning CV is beyond writing a good CV. It's about building yourself into your CV. Your CV must evolve.
- Job search technique. You have to be actively searching, search for jobs the right way, put yourself out there in front of your recruiters. Become a search engine expert.
- Pre-employment test. Research on the company. Know which test they serve. Forget school grade. Be actively involved in GMAT, SHL and all
- In an interview, you are an actor and you must speak, act and look the part. You must be interested, ready to deliver and take them on. Confidence level must be high up there.
- Career Personal Development. You have to keep improving. You don't have to remain on that job, on that role
- Miracles happens when opportunity meets preparedness
- Remove emotions, clear out sentiment and find your place.
- Details of a winning CV include: Personal details, contact information, career objectives, profile summary, professional qualifications, work experience, job experience, membership, relevant trainings, community service, hobbies and interest.
- Best ways to submit or present your CV. Save as a PDF file, Send as an attachment, email address should carry full name. Send as required by the recruiter. Don't copy and paste in the body of the mail.
- Your cover letter format: Date/Address, Heading-Position Applied for, Introduce yourself and where and how got the job you are applying for. Give a summary of your qualifications, achievements and work experience. Request an action and close
- Start today Begin with a decision to make a difference and success is guaranteed!!!!
- Keep learning, improve yourself and remember the God factor. Success!!!
A question was asked about what a winning CV is? How do you write a winning CV? How do you search and put your branded CV out there? Mrs. Shola Odeyinde gave a brilliant response. She said keep your CV formatting at font “12”, no color, no images, be consistent, use active words. Be involve! Make it easy to look at and easy to read. Avoid use of slangs - keep it professional.
The rest of the Career Naija team were also present and they did not fail to dish out ideas, shared their opinions/employment story and gave out advice. They also encouraged the students to believe in themselves as a prospective employee (Job Seekers).
Networking, pictures and refreshments rounded off the activities for the day.
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