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Ajaokuta Steel Company to Create 500,000 Jobs - FG
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The first phase of Ajaokuta Steel Company will provide 500,000 upstream and downstream jobs when operational, the Federal Government has said.

The company’s Sole Administrator, Mr. Isah Onobere, made this known during a media tour of the company, last week.

Onobere said the first phase of the plant would also provide direct employment for 10,000 technical staff.

He also said the first phase had been completed, adding that it was envisaged to produce 1.3 million tonnes of liquid steel yearly.

Onobere said it would cost $400 million to complete Ajaokuta Steel, which had reached 98 per cent completion.

According to him, $2 billion is needed for infrastructure rehabilitation and operational cost.

Onobere said the government had begun to commit resources toward the maintenance and preservation of the plant’s equipment and facilities. He, therefore, called for improved efforts.

According to him, the government is considering various options on the way forward for the project’s completion, which includes outright sale, concession and joint venture.

He, however, denied rumours that the company’s equipment were obsolete, adding that the company can stand the test of time as all its equipment are functioning appropriately.

Yakubu Binuyaminu December 1, 2017
Job: United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) Campus Ambassador Programme 2018
UBA Campus Ambassador Programme

United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) is one of Africa's leading financial institutions, with operations in 19 African countries and 3 global financial centres: London, Paris and New York. From a single country organisation founded in 1949 in Nigeria UBA has grown to become a pan-African provider of financial services with over 11 million customers, through close to 1000 business offices and touch points globally.

In 2005, UBA was born through one of the biggest mergers on the African continent. capital markets with the business combination with Standard Trust Bank (STB) Plc. From the merger UBA has emerged as a Pan-African provides a full range of solutions and services that span the full value chain from retail to corporate. UBA is also the acclaimed leader in electronic payments in the sub-region.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Position: UBA Campus Ambassador Programme

Location: Nigeria

The Programme

  • UBA Campus Ambassador programme offers a unique opportunity for students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria and across Africa to be part of a dynamic and forward thinking Pan-African bank by representing the brand on campus.
  • The initiative is part of the bank’s commitment in developing creativity and leadership abilities amongst young people in the continent of Africa.
  • The programme is designed to be a learning experience and a highly rewarding one for selected students while providing them a platform to build their leadership capabilities and showcase their diverse talents.
Responsibilities for the UBA Campus Ambassador Role
  • Represent the UBA brand on campus
  • Build relationships on campus with the school authorities, faculty and student groups
  • Identify trends and opportunities that UBA can leverage on within the campus community
  • Implement various UBA initiatives within the campus
  • Provide insights that will help UBA better understand campus requirements unique to each region
  • Learn about UBA products/ services and promote their adoption within the campus
  • Plan and host fun events on campus to amplify the UBA brand
What Qualifies an Ammbassador
  • Should possess experience in engaging stakeholders within the school community
  • Should have the ability to gather feedback and provide innovative insights
  • Should be able to dedicate 3-4 hours weekly
  • Must be highly professional in general conduct
  • Should have a UBA account
  • Must be a registered full-time undergraduate student of any tertiary institution in Nigeria and Africa countries where UBA operates
  • Must be actively involved with student groups and influential within the campus community
  • Must have established social media presence with demonstrable followership
What Does a Campus Ambassador Stand to Benefit
  • Career advisory, mentorship and interaction with managers in UBA
  • Free tickets to UBA events
  • Learn about UBA culture and career opportunities
  • Inclusion of UBA campus ambassador experience to your resume
  • Awards
  • Development of Intellectual, leadership and creative skills through periodic training
  • Monthly stipend
  • Gift pack with UBA branded collaterals
  • Network and collaborate with other ambassadors from campuses across Africa
Application Duration
Applications opens between September and Mid-December yearly.

Application Steps
  • Qualified students are expected to log on to and complete an online form with required personal data and a motivation letter highlighting why they should be selected.
Other steps include:
  • Follow @ubagroup on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and Youtube
  • Create a short video describing how your skills and experiences are relevant to the role
  • Upload the video on your social media page with the hash tag #UBACampusAmbassador
  • Ensure to tag or mention @UBAGroup in your post. Candidates with high engagement stand a chance to be fast tracked into the application process
Note: UBA reserves the right to disqualify applicants and /or rescind ambassadorship accorded to any student if deemed to have contravened the terms and conditions of the programme.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Take Advantage Of High Dollar, Why Blogging is the Best Job for Girls?
Blogging is Best for Girls Blogging is a big word with so much within. People have their own versions of the definition of this term. Everyone has his own understanding of the word ’blogging’. To a certain extent, all of them are connected somehow. Blogging is not only about sharing news and technologies; it is also about sharing your life’s events and experiences with the readers.

Blogging is good for all. People from any age group can opt for blogging as their full time career. For girls, blogging is the best job! Having a blog has no restrictions! It is totally different from running a website. Owning a blog and website are two completely different things.

1) Work from Home

Girls prefer to work from home and they are more comfortable with that so blogging is the best option for them. They can have their own working hours, their own schedule and feasible environment. These days, entrepreneurship is quite common so why should girls abate? Why shouldn’t the girls start up their own work? Going out to work is an old norm; you can start right away just from your very own living room and make as much money as you want!

2) Own Boss

Blogging is a self business and girls like to be their own boss! When they opt for blogging, they are not answerable to anyone. They can do everything their way and whenever they want. They can take their blog to any direction and make the best of it. They will be the only ones who will affected by their decisions. Owning a blog, makes you do things the way you want them to be!

3) Creative Blogging Ideas

Girls are comparatively more creative and classy. They have more girly ideas to attract the all ladies out there and make their blog more popular. They can write about buying jewelry online, selling clothing, offering home décor and loads of stuff in which girls are interested. There are so many blogs which offer tips and services to offer complete makeover for their homes and themselves.

4) Two Way Communication

Most of the girls love to talk! This is a fact and even girls can’t deny that. To make girls utilize their love to talk, blogging has done wonders in this regard. There are blogs which share daily lives, special events and failures of the people. In this way, people get to talk about themselves and end up making bigger social circles. Blogging helps people learn and move ahead. It offers great two way communication via comments and likes.

5) Immediate Work and Updates

Wait – is one the few words which girls don’t have in their dictionaries. Therefore, blogging is the best job for them. They can write any time, post it immediately and get ready for the great comments and likes. This immediate work is what makes life easier for them. Working and then waiting for approval or rejection actually kills! So it is better for things, which are faster and more productive.

Apart from these, there are various other reasons for blogging being the best job for girls. Well, this is all for now!

Stay Blessed!

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 3, 2016
How ‘I No Send’ Yunique Ozi Ori's song cost me my job. A Must Read.

I made it to the final stage of the recruitment process of one multinational. The interview was for 9am at their Island office.

I can boldly say they were looking for candidates who had the virtue of patience because the interview didn’t commence till 1pm.

Seated in the waiting room were 10 other candidates making us 11 altogether. They said it was 15 minutes for each candidate.

I noticed that each time a candidate came out of the interview room, the person had frustration written all over them. (The waiting room was a glass house so we could see those passing by)
I was curious on what sort of questions were being asked but interviewed candidates were not allowed back into the waiting room.

Candidate no5 was the worst hit. He was practically dragging his feet and nodding his head disappointedly as he walked past. I had to sneak out to meet him at the lobby. 
 “Please, how was it?” I asked.

He just looked at me and said, “Oniranu. Very yeye man! How can they ask me the effect of cashless policy on naira devaluation just because I had a 2.1 in banking?” 

He said it was a 2-man panel and I should be wary of the dark skinned man who was the devil incarnate. Then he gave me his file jacket to hold briefly that he needed to locate their toilet urgently. He was probably purging cos I see no reason he could not hold on till he got home .

While I waited for him, the man that ushered us in caught me by the lobby. He was mad that I left the waiting room before I was called and instructed me to go into the interview room immediately even though I insisted it wasn’t my turn yet.

I tucked no5 file jacket into my bag and went in, hoping that I would be out by the time he returns from the toilet.

I recognised the alleged devil as soon as I got in.

“Please sit.”, the light skinned man (LS) said while his devil colleague sized me up from feet to head. He didn’t even respond when I greeted him.

After the usual, “can we meet you?”, “what do you know about our company?” “Why did you apply for this job?” questions of which I answered to the best of my knowledge , the LS man asked me, “Tell us what is happening in NIGERIA.” All along I kept wishing the devil man will continue playing deaf and dumb till I was out.

I talked about the situation  of the economy.

LS man was really jovial and I was pleased the interview was towing the way of a conversation with a friend. He told me he’s pro PDP and asked which political party I belonged to. I’m in support of neither but the goal is to please your interviewer so I said I’m an avid supporter of PDP too.

“See my person o.” He said excitedly. “You need to see what a PDP governor has done in my state.”
“Which state Sir?”

“Ekiti State.”

“Oh Governor Fayose. That man is awesome. He’s totally transformed Ado. Their stadium is a stunner!”
“Not just Ado, everywhere in the state.”

“I once bought a movie ticket for N100 at Silverbird Ado, are tickets still sold that price?” I asked.

“I don’t watch movies. So you’ve been to my town?”

I was trying to ensure our conversation does not cross our friendly threshold throughout the 15mins duration and by the time he realises I had tricked him into asking me frivolous questions, it will be too late to ask further questions except, “When can you resume?”

All along, the amala-faced man was staring at me like a wounded lion, patiently waiting for me to mess up. LoL.

 Suddenly, the sound of music filled the air.

“Raaaaaaaaaaah Navooooh Oh! Ozi Ori Ihinebi Rapper, Number1 Ozi An*p* An*gad* Aayah…”

Both of them looked puzzled and the smile on the LS man face faded. I was confused as to where the music was coming from.

“Young Man, are you looking for a job or you’re looking for Agada?” Devil finally spoke.
“Excuse me?” I asked.

The music began again.

“How dare you come into an interview room without switching off your phone!” He roared.

It then occurred to me that it was no5 phone ringing inside my bag. It had destabilised me and the atmosphere and I dug my right hand into my bag, searching  frantically for the power button of the phone.

“Just look at her Mr Eyibo! Look at her! All of them are the same!” Devil said as he slammed his hands on the table ferociously. Mr Eyibo was defenceless.

“I’m taking over from here!” Devil said authoritatively. “Young Man, what are you bringing into this company?”

“Ermmm…” I stuttered. Panic had made me dumb.

“Young Man, I say gauge your attributes and tell us your unique contributions to the growth and continued success of this company?”  He shook his head. “How will you demonstrate integrity and command respect in tough situations as a team member?”

I was just in my seat like, ‘Sir, you can vex oh. Instead of you to just tell me there’s no job.’
“Call the next person in.” He said dismissively. The LS man had sorry written over his face . . .

No5 was full of apologies when I told him everything but the damage had already been done.

Dude currently sends me links of every vacancy he finds online as if that is enough compensation. Good thing he got a regret mail too or we would have been wearing one leg of trousers. 

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Yakubu Binuyaminu August 14, 2016
Man Shares His Funny Experience, How He Almost Lost His Job Because Of Orijin Drink,
Orijin zero almost landed this young Man in trouble, Read what happened to him below:-
On Friday, My boss sent me on an errand and when I was done, I was very tired.
Going back to office I decide to branch into a super market to get myself soft drink to refresh with because of the tiredness. My intention was to buy malt drink, I changed my mind when I saw this new Orijin zero non alcoholic drink because I hv tasted it before.
After some snacks, I washed it down wit the orijin, that’s when my Boss walked in and met me & other colleagues eating because it was break time.
Immediately, my Boss sent for me in his office, and queried me on why I was drinking alcohol on duty. It took me time to convinced him that the brand of Orijin I was drinking was not alcoholic.
After so many many talk talk to which I was able to convince him after showing him the can. na so I go buy six pack of d Orijin zero alcoholic drink for my Boss to cool down.
Lesson to all; There are some brand names that are tagged negative, you should not associate your self with it, if you happen to work in d co-operate world. Example; anybody who sees the brand name ORIJIN will think it’s an alcoholic drink not knowing this brand doesn’t contain alcohol.
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Yakubu Binuyaminu May 9, 2016
8 Things You Should Never Do at Work
Transitioning from the back of your lecture hall to your new cubicle isn’t easy! Now that you’re spending most of your day in the same work space, it can be tempting to make yourself comfortable and let some of your professional habits slide. Keep in mind, though, that everything you do is associated with your professional competency. Your new boss will hold you to standards you may not be used to, and adjusting to what’s appropriate could prove to be tricky. As you navigate your new workplace, keep in mind these eight things you should avoid doing at your desk so you can make a good impression! 

1. Sending unprofessional emails


Just as you would take the time to proofread a resume before sending it in, make sure your emails are spell-checked and free of any emojis or text abbreviations. Fix any grammar mistakes before hitting send!
Tamara Peters, a career development specialist at Rutgers University Career Services, emphasizes paying attention to your office’s culture and how the employees communicate.
“Watch how other staff members are addressing each other, signing off, and when they usually send emails to each other,” Peters says. “If they’re getting up from their desks and calling or talking to their colleagues, do the same.”
In terms of email structure, keep in mind that being concise is key. You don’t want your boss reading through a long introduction before getting to your real question! The subject line of the email should be as specific as possible so that your boss knows what the issue is as she scrolls through her messages. Include “Urgent:” or “Important:” in the subject if there’s an emergency you need your supervisor to address, but make sure to use it sparingly!

2. Accidentally copying and pasting something embarrassing    

Multitasking online can be difficult! One wrong click can lead to embarrassing mistakes like putting personal information into a work document or clicking send before you’ve finished writing an email. Emily Miethner, founder of FindSpark, a career community for college students and grads, suggests creating different dashboards on Google Chrome. This will allow you to separate bookmarks, tabs and login information between work and personal accounts. If you have a Google account, it’s simple: Sign into Chrome, go to “Settings” on the toolbar and underneath “Users,” click “Add new user.”
“That way, there's less of a chance that you'll even go on a site that you shouldn't be on or log onto a personal profile,” Miethner says. “And seeing the different icons and bookmarks reminds you that you're at work.”
Preventing these problems is also as simple as not multitasking as much, which will result in better quality and proofreading.

3. Not keeping private information confidential   

You’re usually expected to keep company projects confidential, so be careful of whom you share information with, especially online! Keep work emails separate from personal emails and organize them in folders so you always have written word to back you up in case there’s a miscommunication. While it’s unlikely that you’ll run into any serious trouble, you’ll still look professional and show that you take your job seriously.
Miethner recommends bringing up questions about confidentiality when you first get your job contract so you know exactly what is and isn’t appropriate to share with others.
“A lot of interns will have paperwork that includes an NDA, or non-disclosure agreement, but usually they’ll be very broad,” she says. “It’s good to have a conversation early on about exactly what’s confidential and what’s not.” Even if bringing up such a serious topic seems intimidating, Miethner says your boss will likely be impressed that you’re smart and responsible enough to be careful.
If information does get leaked, Miethner suggests going to your boss immediately and being completely honest about everything that was leaked, even if it’s a difficult mistake to admit. That way, those with the power to fix the situation can take the necessary steps as soon as possible so there’s less trouble for you down the road.

4. Being too casual with your boss

Having an easygoing boss is definitely better than dealing with a horrible one, but you can run the same risk of making a bad impression.
“Halfway through my internship, I was on a friendly basis with the editors I reported to and developed a relationship where we joked a lot,” says Lindsey, a formal editorial intern. “However, because I had fallen into that habit, when I later reported to a new editor for an assignment, I accidentally acted buddy-buddy with her before judging her communication style. She reported to my supervisor that I had been unprofessional, and I was so embarrassed that I had acted disrespectful.”
Never forget that you're at work, so make sure you address your boss by her preferred title. Pay special attention if she asks you to call her by her first name since it will show that you’re aware and good at adapting to what’s appropriate. If your boss likes to ask about your weekend, always have an interesting but appropriate story prepared so that you’re not caught off-guard. Miethner says everyone wants to connect, and finding good topics to talk about is a matter of being an active listener.
“It’s important to do more listening than talking at the beginning,” Miethner says. “Take a step back and listen to other people’s conversations to get an idea of what’s appropriate.”

5. Checking your social media accounts 

Diana Martinez, a career coach in the tri-state area, says you should never be signed into a personal social media account when you’re on the job. While some marketing, media and entertainment companies are more lenient with their rules, Martinez recommends sticking by a personal rule to simply put away your phone and log out of your social media accounts unless there’s an emergency.
“It is important not to abuse these liberties,” Martinez says. “Focus on the task that is given to you, and if it includes social media, make sure that you are using departmental accounts, not your own.”
Martinez points out that if you’re focusing on work and looking for new opportunities to shine at your job, you shouldn’t have much time for leisure anyways. In this case, creating separate Google Chrome dashboards, as Miethner suggested, can go a long way in reducing the temptation to give yourself access to any social media accounts, since they won’t be in your tabs or bookmarks.

6. Leaving your documents disorganized

While digital technology has made it much easier to store information, the downside is that interns don’t always take the time to organize their Word documents as they would paper files. Heather R. Huhman, an experienced hiring manager and founder of Come Recommended, a public relations agency for job-seekers, suggests using Google Drive.
“Try to use different folders for your projects, meeting documents and information your boss gives you,” Huhman says. “It’s also a good idea to make sure you keep your documents organized on your desktop in folders that can be easily accessed by you or your supervisor.”
Google Drive is unique because its documents can be shared with other users who can all edit them at the same time. After logging in with your Google account, start by creating a folder labeled “Internship” to keep all your work documents in one place and separate from personal files. For subfolders, it’s best to experiment as you go. Try putting all your projects in one folder at first and then creating separate folders for the ones that require more tasks. If you work closely with other interns, it’s a good idea to start a document where everyone contributes notes about what they’re learning on the job to give one another tips. Huhman says it’s also crucial to keep in mind that you’re organizing for your boss, so use simple and specific labels that everyone can understand.

7. Sitting with bad posture  

It might seem like a minute detail, but slouching in your chair can give the impression that you came to work tired, unfocused and careless. Miethner suggests being more conscious of particular body language signals, such as putting your elbows on your desk or cupping your chin with your hand when you’re talking to someone, since doing so might suggest that you’re not interested in what the other person is saying. Using your hands more when you talk can help you get out of these habits of leaning on your hands and will also make you appear more animated and energetic.
“Changing your body language will help you bring positive energy to work, and it will also make you feel better,” Miethner says. Improving your self-awareness at work in general can also help reduce the number of filler words such as “like” and “um” in your work conversations, which Miethner says will make you seem more mature and professional.

8. Always sticking to your desk  

If you’ve followed all these rules about good behavior at your desk, then the last tip to keep in mind is that it’s also important to not be sitting at your desk the entire time! While your boss will certainly appreciate your quality work, Huhman says an intern should be aware of the opportunities that a company provides.
“If you’re given the opportunity to take a class or attend a company event as an intern, it’s absolutely necessary you take advantage of this chance,” she says.
Seek opportunities for growth whenever possible. For example, when Mary Garis, a freelance writer at, took a break to get a cupcake at a Cupcake ATM, she asked her boss if she could write about it. Mary’s article got published on, and she impressed her boss in the process.
Getting up from your desk and interacting with your boss and coworkers can be as simple as bringing up an idea or offering to do someone a favor, like getting coffee, because your enthusiasm will be remembered and rewarded down the road.
Many of these tips aren’t obvious to interns at first, so if you’ve made any of these mistakes, remember that it’s not the end of the world! Employers understand that you’re still learning, so it’s best to just own up to your actions and improve next time. Explain why you made the mistake without apologizing excessively, and show how you plan to fix the problem. If you take the right steps, you can turn every bad situation into a learning opportunity.

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Yakubu Binuyaminu March 9, 2016
How to Speak Up at Work in Any Situation

Communication is key, especially in the workplace. When you’re having an issue, want to voice your concerns about something or simply want to talk to your boss, it’s an obvious choice to speak up. We live in a world where, as long as you’re respectable about it, you can usually say what is on your mind without repercussion. In the workplace, it’s a little scarier to speak up than say on your Twitter or Facebook, partially because you’re speaking to authority figures.

Instead of being scared or shy about speaking up at work, you should feel confident in yourself and your ability to talk to someone about any topic if you ever have to. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to speaking up at work that will answer all your questions. So the next time you feel the need to speak up, you will feel comfortable throughout the situation.

Why should I speak up at work?

There are a variety of situations in which you can and should speak up in the workplace. Let us be clear here: speaking up is not calling someone out. When you’re calling someone out, you are specifically targeting a person or an issue and trying to get negative attention on them. Speaking up, on the other hand, is when you are informing the appropriate figure in the work place of an issue or idea you feel needs to be addressed. Speaking up doesn’t have to be a negative thing; you could also be sharing your ideas for a current project or even talking during a staff meeting.

According to Ginger Clark, an associate professor at the University of Southern California, when you speak up at work, you are helping your workplace become better each and every day.

“A workplace functions better when everyone has a voice in its functioning. This is not to say everyone gets their way all the time, but they at least need to be heard,” Clark says. “Be realistic about the possibility of change, and try to present plans that allow for incremental change when sweeping change is unlikely. Be the solution person, not the complaining person.​”

So whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing you’re speaking up about, by contributing to the workplace you’re helping make it a better environment, one idea at a time.

What are the things I should speak up about?

Now that you know the reasoning behind speaking up, you may be wondering what situations deem it appropriate to do so. There are several situations in which voicing your thoughts could be necessary, including:
  • When policy is not being followed and management is not aware/handling it properly
  • When you have a great idea for a new project your colleagues are working on
  • When you feel there is discriminatory or harassing behavior in the workplace
  • When you don’t understand the task you are assigned and need clarification
  • When you don’t feel you are getting treated fairly for the work you are doing
  • When your colleagues need help on a task and you believe you can help
  • When there is a possible issue you believe you have a solution to
  • During a staff meeting in which you believe your ideas can be a positive contribution
This list definitely doesn’t cover everything that you can speak up about at work. There are so many other situations in which you may find yourself wanting to or needing to speak up; if that’s the case and you have a "feeling" you need to say something, do so! Trust your instincts. Usually they aren't wrong. If they are, and the situation doesn’t turn out how you expected it to, take it as a learning experience so you know what to change for next time.

How do I speak up at work?

While going up to your boss and saying, “Hey, this isn’t working” may seem simple, it can be a lot harder to actually do. If you’re having troubles working up the courage to talk to them, there are two things you can do.
Clark advises to speak to any trusted coworkers or mentors to get their advice on the situation or even role-play how to have the conversation. It’s a lot easier to approach your boss when you feel you have someone behind you who understands the ideas or issues you have. Role-playing is also an easy way to prepare yourself because you’ll have a general idea of what you want to say and how to say it.
When you’re in conversation with your boss, if you’re still a little shy or scared about speaking up, Clark says to just own your fear. Tell your boss that you’ve been scared or nervous to bring it up or you simply don’t know how they’re going to react. This way it shows that you’re doing this from a good place.

What if I’m scared of the consequences?

​Speaking up often comes with consequences. It’s a scary thought, but unfortunately that’s life. Clark says that the immediate consequences of speaking up are usually less important than the long term ones if you never speak up at all. Your best bet at avoiding major consequences, or at least not angering your boss, is to speak up in a respectable way.

“I think as long as the employee stays even and professional, offering solutions, and being grateful for the time and any adjustments made, it is difficult to retaliate—though certainly it happens,” Clark says.
So make sure to stay positive, use “I” statements and be respectable while bringing up whatever you want to say, and it probably will be a smoother conversation than just piling on.

Can something good come from speaking up?

The short answer: of course! While you may be worried about the negatives, there are also positives that can come from speaking up. Sometimes, what you are saying is not as important as how you are saying it.
“As long as you are solution focused, and an advocate for yourself and others, people tend to see you as a leader. They know you can be called on to do things that are hard to do (e.g., negotiate contracts, deal with difficult clients, etc.),” Clark says. “There is a way to be assertive, but still a great coworker who cares about her colleagues, her boss and her company.​”

By speaking up in a positive and constructive manner, you will come across as someone who wants to help make an impact on the company instead of just looking out for herself.

It may seem easy to list off all these reasons why and how you should speak up at work, but the thought of actually doing so might seem a lot harder. There really is no way to become a pro, other than practicing! Take all the above information into consideration and start small. You’ll eventually feel way more comfortable speaking up and will gladly use these situations to get ahead in your career.

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How to Deal With Criticism at Work

Every collegiette who’s ever had a job or internship knows the feeling—you make it through the first few weeks and you’re absolutely killing it. Your boss comments on what a great job you’re doing, you love your coworkers and your first job or internship is everything you thought it would be—so the first time you’re criticized on the job can totally feel like it’s coming out of left field.
Criticism, especially when it’s coming from your boss or a coworker you respect, can feel, in the words of Cher Horowitz, “Way harsh, Tai!” and it’s not uncommon to have some hurt feelings. So how should you deal with this situation? Read on.

Don’t take it personally

The first step in dealing with professional criticism is taking a step back and separating the professional from the personal. Cheryl Rogers, founder of the Mentor Me Career Network, says that especially if you’re new to the workplace, it’s important to remember that professional criticism isn’t necessarily personal criticism.
“The truth is, not every supervisor or colleague will always act with tact,” Rogers says. “There may be times when they think they're helping you and you feel wounded. Try not to take things personally! Be humble. You're new to the field and you probably will make mistakes.”
It can be easy to view your boss’s criticism as a personal attack, instead of feedback meant to help you improve professionally. Heading into the workplace with the mindset that feedback is about your work, and not you as a person, will help keep bad feelings at bay.

View it as an opportunity to grow

What may feel like criticism at first could actually be your boss trying to give you feedback on how to improve. Rania Anderson, founder of The Way Women Work, says that using criticism to understand how you can improve is the best way to turn any hurt feelings into something constructive.

“Consider the source,” Anderson says. “If you respect the person giving [the advice], reflect carefully on what they've said. Don't ever discount criticism off hand. Instead, consider if there is any part of the feedback that is valid. Figure out how you can improve in the future.”

While you may not exactly feel like reliving the embarrassment that this criticism made you feel, it’s a great idea to take note of any feedback or criticism your boss offers you. You can view it as a learning experience to improve in the future—and reduce the amount of criticism you’ll have to hear later!

Ask for details

It can be tough to find value in criticism that is vague and unspecific. If you’re unsure exactly what you should do better next time, don’t be afraid to ask! Anderson says that asking for specifics is the best way to ensure you use criticism as a way to grow professionally.

“If they have not provided specifics, ask the criticizer to be detailed and what they recommend you do next time,” Anderson says.

It doesn’t hurt to ask your boss for further details about what went wrong, or what you could do to improve next time. Questions like, “What would you suggest I do differently in the future?” will not only help you to clarify her criticism, but it shows you respect her opinion and are willing to grow and improve.

Don’t dwell on it

That feeling where you play an embarrassing moment over and over again in your head days and weeks after it happened? We hate to break it to you, but it’s easy to fall into the same trap when it comes to being criticized in the workplace. Rita Kreig, the SAT/ACT marketing manager at Magoosh, says it’s important to learn from criticism and then move on.

“As a woman (and a human), you are raised to avoid making mistakes at all costs and are often your own worst critic,” Kreig says. “When you're already tough on yourself, it's easy to take all criticism personally. I've laid awake many a night thinking about the one negative thing someone said to me five days ago, and that's not productive.”

In other words, don’t dwell on it. After you’ve used the criticism to improve, don’t let it become something you constantly play over and over again in your head—it’s not helping you. If you need to, keep a notebook where you write critiques offered by your boss. That way, you have a way to remember important critiques, without being forced to constantly think about them outside of work.

While criticism is a way to understand how you can get even better at your job or internship in the future, there’s a fine line between being mindful and focusing too much on the opinions of others.

Know when it’s time to move on

There are some cases where criticism simply isn’t constructive, and it’s important to be able to recognize them. Rogers says that when criticism becomes a personal insult or attack, it’s time to think about moving on.
“There are times when you may have to deal with a difficult, or even abusive, supervisor,” Rogers says. “If you find his or her efforts to ‘help’ you leave you feeling insulted and abused on a regular basis, despite your best efforts to improve and not take everything personally, it may be time to move on. Don't allow yourself to be scarred because someone else has issues.”
If you think this might be your situation, it’s important to ask yourself if you’re actually getting anything out of frequent or harsh criticism. If the answer is no, it might be a good idea to start thinking about heading elsewhere. A respectful boss will offer constructive, useful criticism, without turning it into an insult.
When you learn how to handle it the right way, it’s much easier to turn criticism into a way to keep improving and growing—so don’t let it get you down!

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Yakubu Binuyaminu
20 Quotes From Steve Jobs To Help You Get What You Want At Work 

It is hard to deny the brilliance of Steve Jobs. Not only did he pioneer Apple to become a revolutionary company, but also to be the most valued brand of its time. Steve Jobs thrived on many different philosophies to make him as successful as he was. If we can tap into his mindset and explore these thoughts, the inspiration may trigger positive action towards becoming the best definition of ourselves in our careers. To help you get inspired, here are some of his quotes.

1. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

2. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

3. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

4. “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

5.“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

6. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

7. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

8. “Getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

9. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

10. “We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.”

11. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

12. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

13. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

14. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

15. “When you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.”

16. “I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over ten million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and… it wasn’t that important — because I never did it for the money.”

17. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

18. “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

19. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

20. “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”


Yakubu Binuyaminu August 31, 2015
10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make … And How to Avoid Them
Many people make significant job search mistakes and never even know about it. These blunders are easy to make, and they can cost you the job offer.

Below, I reveal 10 of the biggest mistakes, and explain how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Ignoring Online Job Postings:

Ignoring job postings is a huge mistake. Some of the best chances for jobs from ads are on job websites and web sites of the specific companies you wish to work for.

Mistake #2: Mailing Unsolicited Resumes:

Unsolicited resumes are considered garbage, scrap paper and wasted effort. Secretaries kill them, HR managers file them away, and hiring decision-makers pitch them. I advocate abandoning this job search tactic completely.

Mistake #3: Looking Only for Job Openings:

Searching only for companies with “openings” is an obsolete job hunting method. The best jobs are rarely listed “vacancies” or “openings.” Rather, many good positions are created for the candidate, often at the interview. The key is to shift your focus from “openings” to “opportunities” (which exist nearly everywhere). Remember: every company is hiring all the time, if you have what they need when they need it!

Mistake #4: Ineffective Networking:

Networking should be the primary focus of every job search – occupying about 90% of your time. However, I find that most people go about it the wrong way – by talking too much and by asking for jobs. The best networkers are big listeners rather than big talkers. They have a clear agenda, and are not shy about asking for feedback and guidance. Remember: networking is more about giving than it is about taking, so always come from an attitude of generosity.

Mistake #5:  Leaving Yourself Open to Too Many Kinds of Jobs:

Another key to a successful job search is to focus on finding the RIGHT job – not “just any job.” Critical factors to consider include satisfaction, growth potential, location, cultural fit, great co-workers, a pleasing environment and competitive compensation. When the job market is really tough, it’s imperative to be more focused than ever.

Mistake #6:  Being Unplanned in Your Search:

Most people spend more time planning a vacation than planning a job search. I suggest the following tips to conduct a proper job search: a well-thought out methodology, daily solitude and planning, space in the home dedicated to the search, a tracking tool to measure your progress, and a system for accountability.

Mistake #7:  Doing it Alone:

You pay a mechanic to change your oil; an attorney to create an estate plan. Why would you not invest in professional help with your job search? Career Coaches provide objective guidance, help you articulate your value, and provide a proven system for job search success. Many offer excellent advice on salary negotiations – often exceeding the job seeker’s expectations. If you can’t afford a Career Coach, take advantage of low-cost or free support from non-profit groups, universities, municipal programs, and so forth.

Mistake #8:  Letting Others Control Your Job Search:

I suggest working with a small selection of professional recruiters – they can serve an important role in your search. But you’ll need to maintain control over the whole process. Of course, it is best to conduct your own research and target the right companies yourself. Remember: only you can “sell yourself” effectively and land a job.

Mistake #9:  Not Preparing Well Enough for Job Interviews:

When you boil it down, all job interviews are comprised of five basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation, and following-through. Each of these items has to be practiced in advance, so you can “ace” the job interview. “Winging it” just won’t do! Also, be sure to do extensive research on the company and the interviewer ahead of time.

Mistake #10:  Not Knowing Your Market Value:

You must research and assess your value in the marketplace, so you’ll be able to negotiate effectively. Never disclose your salary requirements – always get the employer to name the salary or range first. The time to talk money is when the employer has made it clear that you are their top candidate, and after they make an offer.

It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!


Yakubu Binuyaminu August 24, 2015