Adora Neboh: How do I go about getting a good job?

Adora Neboh: How do I go about getting a good job?

Recently I have been receiving questions from the Linkedin “CareerAdvice” feature and a common question I get asked, mostly from young people is “how do I go about finding a very good job?” Therefore, I decided to make this post outlining my usual response to these young people except for slight variations tailored to the specific individual’s context.

As we all are aware, the ubiquity of technology is enabling all kinds of innovation and changes in the way we work, live and communicate. At the start of a person’s career journey (probably in making the choice of a first degree) there is no way to outline a clear path to the future any longer.

This means that competencies that will make the difference and make a person stand out in these ambiguous and complex times are competencies that integrate a person’s multi-dimensionalism and can engineer creativity.

In answering the question of how to get a desired job, I answer some sub-questions that will help give something of a coherent method:

“What competencies should you invest in developing today?”

My top 10 are the following

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Collaboration and Team Work
  3. Use of Digital Tools
  4. Creativity
  5. Communication
  6. Entrepreneurial mindset/ Business Acumen
  7. Strategic and Analytical Thinking
  8. Self-leadership
  9. Accountability
  10. Adaptability /Ability to work within ambiguity

How do you go about looking for this job?

  1. Be clear about what you are looking for. Do your research. Some guiding questions here include, What am I naturally good and happiest at? What am I passionate about? What problems do I want to solve?
  2. Use the internet find job openings on social media, linkedin, job sites etc. I don’t think you shouldn’t send unsolicited CVs but when you do send unsolicited CV don’t be random and hope your “seeds land on fertile ground”. Be deliberate, demonstrate how you may have something to offer to that organsation and why they should speak to you. If possible, rather than a totally cold call find a connection in your networks who can help you gain access or attend events held by the organization you admire. Always approach such situations from a mindset of what value you have to offer.
  3. When you do apply to available job openings, tailor your CV to highlight your relevant experience or how you have demonstrated important requirements for that job (even experience while in school counts e.g leadership of a school community or organization).
  4. Never tell a lie on your resume or an interview. Not even a “white” lie.
  5. Provide historical evidence. The anecdotal stories about organisations wanting candidates who possess 5 years’ experience at 24 years old may or may not have some truth to it but I find that some of the best things that helped in making me attractive to would be employers at the start of my career was volunteering and interning at real jobs while I was at school, as well as, having studied wider than my mandatory “school” books.

Finally, when the interviews start coming, be calm, make your decisions wisely. The choice of jobs you take early in your career are very crucial in determining your future career. Here are some questions you should ask your would be employers, and be comfortable with their answers before signing the dotted lines.

  1. What does this job entail and how do you think I should do it? (Could you show me the Job profile and task description for this job?)
  2. What does success look like/what is the model of success? (Is there a success or job competency profile? or can you describe a person who can be considered successful at this role?)
  3. How are you going to measure my success and performance? (What are the key performance indicators?)
  4. What should I expect in terms of reward and development? (What are the Salary, Benefits, Learning and development, Career Paths, Career mobility plans for this job)

I thought it would be helpful to share this with everyone since I get asked these questions pretty often. So, don’t be afraid to go for the job of your dreams. Develop yourself and be ready for the opportunities which indeed are available. Approach your search with optimism and a genuine desire and passion to contribute positively.

Written by: Adorah Neboh (Chief Talent Officer at Troyka Nigeria)

Photocredit: Pixabay

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is a Young and Dynamic HR Professional who is a passionate about employability of Young Graduates. She is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria (careerlife.com.ng) and the convener of The Employability Fitness Program, a program that helps young graduates overcome interview phobia through live interview mock sessions Her passion for impacting others and starting CareerLife Nigeria was borne out of her own personal struggle to get a job. As an engineering graduate who finished from a public university with no previous employability training, she struggled to find a job. She made up my mind to switch to HR with the desire to help young Nigerian graduates achieve measurable success in their career. Through CareerLife Nigeria's initiative, several graduates have become employable and gotten job several Job Offers. Recently she was recognized as one of the top 150 global HR Professionals and Top 50 Career Influencers by The Workbooth Yewande is changing the narrative for Young Nigerian Graduates You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: info@careerlife.com.ng and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

3 thoughts on “Adora Neboh: How do I go about getting a good job?

  1. This was well written.. “Approach your search with optimism and a genuine desire and passion to contribute positively” You spoke it all.

    Thanks for this!

  2. This quite insightful, especially competencies I should invest in developing today.

    But my question is on the first part of how to go about looking for this job. “…What am I naturally good and happiest at? What am I passionate about? What problems do I want to solve?”

    What if what you studied is not in any way related to what you are naturally good at, how do you reconcile this? Do you look for a job in the field you studied or do you go for what naturally interests you(which you may not even have a certification in?)

    I really need answers.

    1. HI Oyinye,

      You have a valid question. If you are no longer interested in pursuing what you studied, it’s not a bad decision. I would advice you pursue a career that you would be fulfilled at. You can build yourself over time. Start an internship in your desired path and start working on relevant training opportunities in your new line.

      I wish you the best

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