How to Get Your Dream Job in Nigeria – A lot of people get frustrated after one or two trials at getting their dream jobs and so have even concluded that with the situation of things, they cannot land the job they desire and with the increasing rate of unemployed in the country your chances of getting your dream job might seem to be slimmer.
You would also agree that finding a job in Nigeria has become more of a job itself and many people believe that getting your dream job is more of the connection that is, knowing somebody. Well you are not far from the truth but do you know that some people got jibs in Nigeria even without knowing anyone? You can check it out. Now the question on your mind is “how did they do it? How did these people get their dream jobs?”
Well, if you have faced some rejections in the past pertaining getting a job or getting your dream job, then you saw this article right in time. We wrote this article just for you, yes you that is reading this article now. You have to brace yourself and let’s show you how you can actually get your dream job in Nigeria.
The employment situation in Nigeria presently can be discouraging and even after getting a job; the pay is not usually encouraging. This is Nigeria for you. But this shouldn’t determine you or the height you want to go in life. Trial and failure doesn’t mean you are not good, it means you will have to do a little more and push a little more too.
The labour market in Nigeria is really a competitive one with too many old unemployed graduates and the fresh ones leaving the university and joining in the labour market. You should be glad you saw this article so that you will be equipped with the knowledge we will be revealing to you to enable you leave the labour market and get your dream job in Nigeria.
In this article, we will be looking at two sections:
- Why you might not get your dream job in Nigeria
- How to get your dream job in Nigeria
So relax and enjoy the ride as we open you up to deep knowledge to help you get your dream job in Nigeria.
Why You Might Not Get Your Dream Job In Nigeria
With the present situation of the country, they are a lot of reason you might not get the job you applied for and some people might not know how to handle this rejection. Not getting your dream job doesn’t mean you are not good like we said earlier but there are some improvements you will have to put in place to get that job.
You must have heard that there are no jobs in Nigeria but thousands of people get employed every day, so without further ado, let’s look at some of the reasons you might not get your dream job in Nigeria.
- Lack of preparation
Many job applicants apply for jobs without being fully prepare for what it takes to get the job and this is one of the reasons a lot of people don’t get the job they apply for. You will have to be prepared in every way from yourself to your credentials. Everything you present must show that you are a fit for the job and why you should be chosen ahead of other applicants.
From applying for the job to going for the interview, you will have to be prepared as it has an influence on you getting the job.
- Lack of passion
The truth about the matter is that some people can be carefree when applying for jobs and this is not really a good character to exhibit if at all you want to stand a chance at getting your dream job in Nigeria. You will have to be passionate about the job you are applying for and even when you are chosen for an interview, you should show that you want the job and it is your passion.
You should show your passion for working in the company in your cover letter as this will boost your chances of getting the job.
- You are not a match for the job
The situation of the country might make you resort to applying for any job position but the truth is you might not get the job if you are not a good fit. No employer wants to hire someone that won’t fit in.
So from your CV to your cover letter, you will have to show that you are a good fit for the job. Take out any irrelevant information and tailor your job searching tools (CV and cover letter) to match the job.
Another thing is that you should also try applying for jobs in your career path as it will boost your chances of getting your dream job.
- Little or no experience
You will not get your dream job if you don’t have the stated experience needed for the job. Experience on the job is what most employers need and you stand a chance of getting the job if you have a lot of experience or reasonable years of experience on the job. Your experience shows that you have a lot to offer to the organization when you are hired.
So try to gather experience or skill on a job before applying as it will boost your chances of landing the job.
- Less enticing CV
You should know that your CV is your ticket to getting your dream job and if you don’t have a solid CV, you might not get your dream job in Nigeria. Many employer in Nigeria really scrutinized CV of applicants to see the best applicants that match the job.
Your CV should be equipped and should show that you fit the job you are applying for and be amazing and impressive too. It should show your skills and accomplishments and how you added value in your previous place of work.
- Not impressing the employer enough
For you to get your dream job, you will have to impress your potential employer as to why you should be chosen for the job position. Whenever there is a job opening, thousands of people apply for the job and the employer might just be looking to pick a candidate to fill that job opening and you are not impressive enough in your application and also your interview, you might not get your dream job.
- Knowing nothing about the company
Some employers in Nigeria expect you to know a little bit about the company and job position before applying for a job in the company and this is very important. You will have to know their culture as this will help you show why you should be chosen for a job in that organization.
If you don’t know anything about the company or organization, you might not be able to write a good cover letter and also prepare yourself for getting the job. So that is why it is advisable that you read an learn about the company or organization as it will give you an edge over other applicants who don’t know about the company; this goes a long way to impress the employer as they believe you have what it takes to work in the organization.
- Cover letter is too short
If your cover letter is too short, it is more like a red flag for you and employers will feel that you don’t have much to offer to the organization. Your cover is supposed to tell the employer why you want to work in the organization and how you will be adding value to the organization with your expertise.
Your cover letter shouldn’t be too short at least it should contain four –five paragraphs and the paragraphs should be about six to nine lines long and it should be targeted towards your dream job.
- Social media presence
If you have an unprofessional social media presence, you would definitely not land you dream job and this is because many employers in Nigeria now go through the social media platforms of applicants to see how they interact with the world.
No company or organization will want to associate with someone that has a bad social media presence. Many people lose job opportunities because of this mistake. You online image can harm your chances of getting your dream job.
- No accomplishments on your CV
Accomplishments are needed when you are applying for jobs in Nigeria and if you don’t have accomplishments, you might not get your dream job in Nigeria. Employers want to see what you have achieved as organizations what to be associated with people that have quality and potentials they could bring to the table. Remember you are definitely not the only one applying for the job so your accomplishments could do the trick for you.
- No professional certificate
Many youths are being advised to go for professional courses so that they could get professional certificates as many employers in Nigeria add this to the requirements needed for a job position in their organization.
If you don’t have a professional certificate, you might not get your dream job as having the certificate gives you an edge over other applicants as your employers believe you have something to offer aside your qualification.
- Inappropriate dressing
If you have been selected for an interview, you dressing could be a red flag and hinder you from getting your dream job. Remember that first impression matters and your dressing show who you are. If you have potentials, then you should dress like someone that has potentials. You dressing will make your employer want to listen to anything you have to say.
Many people have gotten their dream jobs because of the way they dressed and some have lost job opportunities because of their dressing. Dress the way you want to be addressed.
- Lack of enthusiasm
You cannot expect to get your dream job when you don’t show zest. Even you will not pick yourself if you were the employer. Your enthusiasm shows that you need and deserve the job and that you are willing to put in your best if given the chance to.
- No referral or connection
There is a popular saying that “for you to get a job in Nigeria, you need to know somebody”, well this is true to an extent. You also need to have the right connection at least to know that there is a job opening.
Many applicants are not hired because they don’t really have connections or referrals to show that they are reliable and ready to work.
How To Get Your Dream Job In Nigeria
Rejection might have made you give up on getting your dream job and the situation of the country presently is not helping matters either. Because you were rejected or you were not picked for an interview doesn’t mean you are not good for the job, you will have to look at the reasons we highlighted above and see wher4e you fall into so that you will know how to adjust and become better so that you can get your dream job.
Because you are used to the trend that there are no jobs in Nigeria doesn’t mean that you cannot actually land that job you want. Well, we will be giving you some tips on how you can actually get your dream job in Nigeria even in the prevailing situation. There might be many applicants for that job you are applying for but we will be revealing some secrets as to how you can get selected for that job.
Without further ado, let’s proceed…
- You have to be passionate about the job
Will you apply for a job you don’t have passion for? Will you hire someone that doesn’t exhibit passion for the job he or she wants to apply for if you were an employer? Your answer is NO!!!
For you to get your dream job, definitely you will have to be passionate about the job and put in effort into getting the job.
In writing your cover letter, you will have to show why you deserve the job ahead of other applicants. Your passion should even be the reason you are applying for the job and this will impress any employer as they believe you have something to offer to the organization if you are employed.
- Prepare yourself for the job
When we say prepare, we mean that you should prepare your mind towards getting the job and have a positive attitude towards the job. You will have to work on your CV and cover letter so as to impress your employer as to why you should be chosen to fill that job position.
- Gather skills and experience
If you have tried applying for jobs and have failed, now is not the time to give up but instead, you should try to figure out why you were not chosen and see how you can work on yourself.
It would be nice if you try gathering experience and skill on the job you are applying for. When employers see that you have the experience and technical skills or expertise, they will surely want to employ you even if you have no connection.
Every organization needs people that will bring and add value to the organization and if you have the right skill and experience, you stand a chance of getting your dream job in Nigeria.
Though it is not always easy getting a job in Nigeria but try working on yourself and gather experience or skill on your dream job; it could be through internship programs. This is a step in the right direction for you and it will bring you closer to getting your dream job.
- Show that you deserve the job
Well, this goes with passion for the job. You will have to show your employer that you are a good fit for the job. Your cover letter and CV should be written to meet the target job.
You must show how you are going to contribute to the growth of the company as most companies in Nigeria want to hire people that understand what the company needs.
So for you to stand a chance at getting your dream job in Nigeria presently, you will have to show that you deserve the job and also why you deserve the job.
- Have an amazing CV
Like we said earlier that your CV is your ticket to getting your dream job and if you have an amazing CV, you will definitely stand a chance at landing your dream job in Nigeria.
Your CV shows everything you have accomplished and the skills you possess. Your CV should show your skills and what you have accomplished as regards to the job you are applying for.
In writing your CV, the relevant information should be at the top as it will capture the attention of the employer. Your CV is your most important tool as a job seeker and if you have a good CV, you might be selected for an interview.
If you have been changing job, you shouldn’t really show much of it in your CV as your employers will be eager to know why you were leaving the jobs and also if there is an unemployment gap in your CV, you should either reduce or remove it.
- Write a long cover letter
Your cover letter is another important tool as a job seeker and should be targeted towards the job you are applying for. Your cover letter should be long with about four to five paragraphs and each paragraph should be about six to nine lines long.
The cover letter should be able to capture your potential employer’s attention and show him or her why you are a good fit for the job. Your cover letter should not be too brief so that your employer will not feel that you don’t have enough passion or zest for the job.
Your cover letter should be targeted at the requirements for the job you are applying for and it should talk about your skills and experience as all these will do well to impress your potential employer.
- Learn about the company
If you really want to get your dream job in Nigeria, try to learn about the company you are applying for. Read about them to see how you will fit into the company. Learning about the company will help you to know how to write your cover letter to meet the need of the company as you understand what the company needs and know how you can fit in.
You can read about the history, vision and mission statement and also the achievements of the company; it will help you to know a lot about the company and prepare yourself for the job.
- Have the right connections
It is no news that for you to get a decent job in Nigeria today, you need the right connections. The connections might not necessarily come from your family, friends or relatives; what if you don’t have any family member with the connections? Well, you can actually get the right connection by building network anywhere you find yourself.
While you are still moving around hunting for jobs, you can meet with people and get acquainted; this will help you in getting some connections that could help you land your dream job in Nigeria.
Treat people politely and with respect, you never can tell who is going to pick up the phone to inform you of a job opening or even stand for you as a guarantor or referee.
- Work on self-development
If at all you have been rejected in one or two of your application for a job in Nigeria, you will definitely believe that there is no job for you in Nigeria but you can also us the period of job hunting to work on yourself and develop character that will help you get your dream job.
Self-development is about working on yourself to build character or attitude, learning skills and becoming better than you were and this will help you in anything you do. Self-development is very important for every body and many employers are looking to hire people that have value and are ready to add value to the organization.
So don’t get frustrated over rejection; instead try to work on yourself and see how you can be better at getting the job or something even better.
- Get professional certificates
You might have tried applying for a job and you see “professional certificates are an added advantage”. Having a professional certificate will give you an edge over other applicants as it shows that you have a skill or experience that you could contribute for the growth of the organization.
Many companies in Nigeria need applicants with computer skills like graphics designing, website designing, excel and many others and have professional certificates in this skills give you an advantage over other applicants.
- Be flexible and ready to learn
If you want to grow and become a better person, you will have to be open-minded and ready to learn. Learning is a continues process and if you show your employers that you are good but also open to learning to become better, you mighty stand a chance of getting the job you desire.
People that are flexible and open to learning are always informed and for you to get your dream job in Nigeria today, you have to key into the trends and follow what the organization needs.
- Visit online job sites
You will also have to visit job sites to see the latest job opening as regards to your career job. On Joblisto, we give you the latest information on job openings in your career so that you can land your dream job and key start your future.
- Dress properly
If you have been selected to come for an interview, you are not expected to dress shabbily if you really want to get the job. You will have to dress to impress but don’t overdo it.
You are not expected to dress flashy but dress smart and neat. You will be addressed the way you dress and the first impression always matters and so if you dress well to the interview, you have already gotten a pass mark that will bring your closer to getting your dream job in Nigeria.
Your dressing matters as it has a way of boosting your confidence and the way you speak.
- Show confidence and enthusiasm for the job
Employers are looking to see passion and enthusiasm you put in to get your dream job. For you to even stand a chance of getting the job, you will have to show zest for the job and why you deserve to be given a chance. You will have to impress your potential employer from the way you have written you CV and cover letter to how you dress and speak too.
Your confidence really matters and many applicants have been rejected because of lack of confidence and some others because of over confidence. Show that you have what it takes to get the job and act with confidence.
- Don’t be too expensive but show quality
If your potential employer sees that they cannot afford you, they might not give you the job and so even when you try not to be too expensive, you will have to show that you have quality that you will be contributing to the organization.
- Have a professional social media presence
Getting a job in Nigeria today, your internet presence matters a lot. You have to be professional with your social media platforms and try to adjust your privacy settings so as not to reveal much information and activities.
Employers in Nigeria now go through the social media platforms of applicants to know how they behave on the internet and see if the applicants are people they can work with. An unprofessional social media presence can mar your opportunity of getting your dream job in Nigeria.
Like we have said at the beginning of this article, getting your dream job in Nigeria is not as difficult as it seems, you will just have to get yourself prepared and if you have been rejected once or twice then you will have to work on yourself and develop professional skills if you don’t have any; it will be an added advantage for you as employers in Nigeria accept candidates with additional professional skills aside qualifications.
We wish you all the best in your job application and hope you get your dream job.