I am sorry, we cant offer you this job…
These words form the last interview I went for just broke my heart into pieces…. I graduated with a “strong 2’1” from the university for heaven sake , why wont I get my dream job?
Haa, I prepared for this interview oo , read naira land trends, did all night preparation for the interview, but still I got rejected. What exactly was the interviewer looking for? They say ‘Work experience’ but as a fresh graduate, where do they expect me to get that from?
Getting home after the interview, I couldn’t help but cry. Lord this is not the agreement we had years ago. All I had to show for after school were the several bridesmaid and asoebi dresses in my wardrobe plus the empty wallet I carried about. I felt so depressed for weeks about my status, I wallowed in self pity, cried severally, but that wasn’t going to solve my problem. I needed to do something fast and quick. I finally decided to pick up my old journals and flip through all the employment training I attended back in school to see what I was missing. For days, I would read and read my jottings to fish out inspiring words and finally, I stumbled on the exact words I needed ….
“it’s only a mumu that will keep doing things the same way and expect to get a different result”
This was so true about me. I was only browsing for jobs and sending my CV. I hadn’t anything more save my 2’1 certificate.
My only work experience was selling ”Amala ‘at Mom’s ”bukha joint”. Is that what I want to present before the interviewer ? What more can I do than just selling at the Bukha…Yesssss, I could help re- brand the Joint and apply my accounting skills to promote the business, at least that is something.
I got more involved in running mom’s business, I assumed the duties of a manager. I started book keeping our daily food sales, amount spent on buying food items and balancing of accounts…….
I encouraged Mom to add other delicacies to her menu list and soon enough we started making more profit. Office workers started buying food from our joint, we got more customers, our business expanded, we hired more staffs, I was excited. So all along I had this ”branding thing ” lying fallow within me…. great discovery.
My brain worked day and night for several months,thinking, planning, strategizing with Mom on how to move her business forward. I was no longer the Job seeker submitting CV up and down with no work experience,i had work, real work to do. I got busy .
I got so busy running mom’s business that I contemplated whether or not to still apply for “white collar jobs ” again. But on a second thought, I remembered it has always been my dream to work in corporate organizations, wearing suit and tie, high heeled shoes, sitting in big offices and pressing computer.
So I applied for a job. When asked what my work experience was to fit into the position I applied for, I gladly told them of all the “brand managing skills” I deployed at mom’s Bukha and the outstanding results I achieved. When i finished using all the big big grammars, packaging the pivotal role I played in achieving this, the interviewer was wowwed. I got the Job with Jaw opening benefits alongside.
I learned from my experience, instead of sitting in my house sending CV up and down, I must first ask myself do I have the right skills needed for the Job?
”AM I EMPLOYABLE”?