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By Damilola Faustino

It is normal to get stressed and desperate when searching for a job. Hence, you have to devote time and go the extra mile to package yourself and your CV. However, there are certain mistakes you must avoid at all costs and certain tips you must look out for if you want to stand a chance in the highly competitive Nigerian job employment market. Having these tips at your fingertips will help you in your job search. Good luck!

Formal greeting

The way you address your letter is important. If you can get the name of whoever is the HR head, then address it that way. And if you cannot, simply use Dear Sir/Ma. Never use Hello!

Unique Curriculum Vitae

You must think outside of the box when it comes to your preparing your CV. A clean, professional format is appropriate. But ensure that you do not use flashy fonts and over-the-top formatting.

Spectacular alma mater

Some employers specifically list the schools of candidates they want. And when it is not stated, candidates from those schools are usually given priority when the invitation for interviews are sent out.

High GPA

There are certain jobs in Nigeria you need a minimum of second class upper to apply for. So, you have to strive to graduate with a minimum of second class upper or else, you may be unable to apply for certain jobs.

Your extensive work history

You have an edge if you’ve worked a lot of jobs over the course of your career. It means your CV will be lengthy especially if it’s relevant to the position for which you are applying. Employers love 5 years of experience for entry level jobs (unreal but true).

Insignificant interview mistakes

If you make insignificant interview mistakes, you should just forget about the job. This is because they have thousands of candidates applying for jobs and of course, they usually make the decision on whoever they want to invite for the next stage on the spot. Your mistake will definitely knock you out. So, try to prepare to avoid these mistakes.

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