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Going for an interview? These non verbal mistakes could cost you the job!


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10 Dumb Interview questions that you don’t ask



Going for an interview?


Here are some dumb questions not only leave a poor impression, but will probably jeopardize your chances of being hired.


Questions such as do employees get discounts, requesting for an office instead of working in a cubicle, inquiring about other jobs availabilities, asking if there are security cameras, perennial noise, looking for vacations, asking for a different kind of computer to be used show you in a bad light.




Job Search Tip Of the Day

Be Prepared.

Have a voice mail system in place and sign-up for a professional sounding email address. Consider getting a separate email account to use for your job search, so you can stay organized. Put your cell phone number on your resume so you can follow up in a timely manner.

Job Tip of the Day

At the end of the day, the resume does not matter. There is no substitute for a face-to-face interview.

Top job tips for 2013

( Looking for jobs in Africa? Employers worldwide including Africa, employ on the same criteria. While there are many vacancies in Africa in the booming computer industry, it’s not only technical and programming chops that prospective hires should be showcasing to grab that opportunity to build a career in Africa.

You need to show that you have the skills to apply mental logic and be detail oriented while working. Jobs in Africa need technologists in place who can devise bigger and better strategies, and execute.

If you want to be hired for a job in Africa and have that great career in Africa, you need to prove with specific examples how your skills contributed to the success of previous employers.


 10 most critical job skills for your job search for 2013. Africa recruitment firms will agree.


No. 1 Critical Thinking (found in 9 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


No. 2 Complex Problem Solving (found in 9 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


No. 3 Judgment and Decision-Making (found in 9 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate ones.


No. 4 Active Listening (found in 9 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate and not interrupting.


No. 5 Computers and Electronics (found in 8 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, electronic equipment and computer hardware including applications and programs.


No. 6 Mathematics (found in 6 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and their application.


No. 7 Operations and Systems Analysis (found in 5 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Determining how a system or operation should work and how changes in conditions, operations and environments will affect outcomes. Understanding the needs and product requirements of a particular design.


No. 8 Monitoring (found in 5 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Monitoring and assessing performance of yourself, other individuals or organizations to make improvement or take corrective action.


No. 9 Programming (found in 3 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Writing computer  programming for various purposes.


No. 10 Sales and Marketing (found in 2 out of the 10 most in-demand jobs)

Knowledge of  principles and methods for showing, promoting and selling products or services. Includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques and sales control systems.

Making a CV for a job in Africa?

(BBC) Are Africans too verbose when seeking a job?


Looking for a career in Africa? Africa recruitment agencies are now hiring candidates for challenging high paying vacancies in Africa.  The trick is to write the perfect CV or curriculum vitae or resumes.


When looking for a  job in Africa what are you really supposed to say about yourself that tells the truth and manages to present you in the best possible light?


A CV is a short written document that lists your education and previous jobs which you send to employers when you are looking for a job.


In a CV less is more


A gentleman who has a distinguished public life and is also a traditional leader has a 32 pages CV. He has listed every committee he has served on in his CV. Another person who has led what could certainly be described as an even more distinguished life has just a one page CV.


Who gets the message across?


A good CV can increase your chance of getting a job in Africa. May companies now sell CV writing services to help make your profile more appealing to a prospective employer.


Flowery and elaborate


Your suitability for a vacancy in Africa or anywhere in the world comes with relevant information, experience, qualification and skill sets. A long CV is recommended only if you have extensive, related work experience.


True, there are excellent careers in Africa  with large players, but keep in mind such jobs in Africa come with specific requirements, so be on the mark.


Why use ten words when we can get away with two?


Does it really add something to our understanding of somebody who is applying for Finance Controller that we know which kindergarten he attended 50 years ago?


If you want to build you career in Africa, do not embellish your CV with degrees or accolades you have not received.


Any Africa Recruitment Consultant will agree that a perfect CV for a job in Africa covers a third of a page and takes a minute and a half or less to read, anything more makes an employer distinctly uneasy.


Tips to excel at work

Globalization is in. Professionals are finding their dream jobs in emerging markets like Africa. Jobs in Africa pay well, offer challenging assignments and an international multicultural environment.


Africa recruitment agencies get lot of interest from candidates looking for vacancies in Africa. Many skilled expatriates have found their dream jobs in Africa.


Getting a job is the first step. Keeping that job, becoming indispensable in the system and rising rapidly is the second step. What tips would an Africa recruitment firm or an entrepreneur give on keeping that dream job?


(By Olumide Adeleye)

1.   Be the best there is: 


2.   Never join office gossip: Avoid joining office gossip and unproductive discussions especially when it is about your boss or co-worker.  It is a total waste of time and energy.


3.    Do more than is required of you: Work like an owner not an employee. Always strive to handle more responsibilities and perform better than what is expected of you.


4.      Always get better:  Do not stagnate. If you want to continue staying ahead of peers, constantly update yourself with trainings, read books, research on new developments in your field.


5.   Cultivate people skills:  Be warm, pleasant and cordial with your colleagues. This will create good will for you.

Do you know how to Negotiate Your Salary?

(Yahoo! Finance) Negotiating a starting salary can be tricky. The employer does not want to pay an exorbitant amount and the potential employee does not want to be underpaid either.


Consider these tips to go through the negotiation effectively and successfully offend somebody.


1. Is There Room for Negotiation?


According to career experts, the first step is to see if there is really any reason to negotiate at all. Check the going rate for your position and experience. You need to know the industry you are going into, the company and their pay scales. Demanding more money and waiving another offer in their face typically doesn’t work,


2. Figure Out What You Want Ahead Of Time.


You need to set a rage for salary acceptable to you. This will help you negotiate from a position of strength, but you also won’t be tempted to take a lowball offer Pursue help wanted ads and Internet sites to find out what people in your field are getting paid. Many companies list a salary range in job postings to make candidates aware of what to expect.


3. Keep Your Arrogance in Check.


If the employer says you’re not the most qualified, but we think you will learn on the job, then it’s probably not smart to try to negotiate the highest salary for that position. But if they say you are the most qualified for the job, and then you know you’re worth more to the company than the other candidates. Negotiate not just the salary but stock options, the retirement program, medical benefits and vacation time.


All the same do not send the message that you are looking for a job which pays the highest. Arrogance can often lead to the employer selecting the next best candidate




My Weaknesses are…

(Harward Business Review) What is the most dreaded yet frequently asked, interview question? “What is your greatest weakness?” Unlikely place to talk about your faults?? How will you deal with this?


Prepare an answer. Make it brief, honest, trivial, and not a fault. If possible, use something out of your control.


Get input. Make sure your friends and colleagues have the same answer to make it sound reasonable.


Ask a question back. End your response with a question for the interviewer. Smart way to take attention away from the question.

I Am the Best Fit for This Job

(Harward Business Review) How will you sell yourself to a prospective employer?


  • Situation. Explain the problem or situation that you, your unit, or your company faced.


  • Tasks. Outline what your responsibility was in solving the problem.


  • Achievements. Make clear what you did to meet your responsibility.


  • Results. What happened as a result of your achievements? Did revenues increase? Did customer satisfaction improve? Use specific examples to pique your audience’s interest.