A man definitely cannot live by bread alone, but in the quest for other things wey man fit chop, a source of income has to be in place. The average Nigerian in the process of job hunting has had some general experience of which, at least one, has made it to this list. Welcome to the life of an average job seeker.
If you’ve had to search for a job in this country, tell us in the comments which category you fall into.
1. Constant Self Introductions
After sending a well-detailed resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and referees, the first thing they hear at the interview is, “can we meet you?” Why not meat me? This ridiculous, exhausting and frustrating practice is not it at all. Why can’t these interviewers cut to the chase and focus on the real thing? Will I be getting the job? Just give them a yes or no.
Unrealistic years of experience
Accountants needed with 10 years of experience. When is this going to end? This is probably a coy way to chase job-seekers away. Because what more explanation can one give to this? To be under 26 y/o with 10 years of experience means I have to count all the years I spent helping my mum go to the market as a child, right?
Talk about applying for an accountant role only to realize it’s a glorified clerk position. This experience isn’t strange to any job seeker out there. The stories our ears have even savoured lately are solid testaments. Over qualification is definitely something the average job-seeker around here can relate to.
What’s job-seeking without a sprinkle of connection? An aunt here; an uncle there; one big church member around the corner, this currency comes in different dominations. Searching for jobs lets you know how long your people’s legs can be. After all, there’s never a single way to the market; it’s a matter of which one gets you there first.
Jobsites and Vacancy handles become your best friend
In this day and age, that’s the opportunity place for every job seeker. Once your phone pings, your hurry to see if it’s because of the latest job postings from ANH. # VacancyTwitter now become a frequent abode. Even LinkedIn gets its own fair share of attention. When we talk about the state of an average modern job seeker, this experience is one that isn’t out of the picture.
A stronger prayer life
Job seekers have to be some of the most committed members in a prayer place. Their prayer points are usually something like this: “Hei God, eh, no make I fall o. If you do this one for me, my tithes and offerings, I shall never fail to give.” What’s a prayer place without a job seeker? Your guess is as good as mine if they eventually keep up with their end of the deal.