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About Ann Ayinde

Ann Ayinde is a Human Resources Professional. She believes a lot in the strategic function of Human Resources and is a strong proponent of Human Capital Development and Intrapreneurship. She wants to see mindsets change regarding jobs, careers and people management. You can email her at: ann.ayinde@gmail.com This Blog is personal and in no way directly associated with any employer.

When they said ‘No’

You advertised a job?

I’m calling to apply.

Oh the position is filled,

Advert was a hitch!

 
And we were expecting someone else,

You see your name did not reflect,

With all due respect,

The applicant we referred!

 
My hands are tied,

You see there are rules,

And policies to follow

Or perhaps, try tomorrow?

 
We got your application,

But after the negotiations,

We decided it was best

To offer it to someone else!

 
We support and welcome all

But you see the face don’t fit

Or our customers will get in a brawl

If they knew you were here at all!

 
I’m sorry I can’t be of help,

Because if I’m seen to be in support,

I might be fighting for my job,

So wish you all the luck!

 
We will not be supporting you,

You see we have rules and routes,

Which have to be followed through,

And you did not fit criteria

In any area!

 
Did you have any other pictures

Taken on the night of our occasion?

Oh the camera malfunctioned…

That’s really clever you know,

That the camera seemed to be very selective

As to who it took when we were presenting!

 
The idea is good

More brilliant than any I’ve seen

But we will not be taking this

Any further, it seems.

 
The board is really happy

With the proposal you are bringing

But we are not interested

In pursuing tho’ impressed

With this Initiative at best…

But mind you,

We will be keeping your product!

 
The company did not like it

And its proved difficult to find

A way to get your product back

It can’t be returned

Until I make my turn

Of going up North

To retrieve it in its current form

 
We will not be returning

Your product to you

See it as payment

For the rounds I showed too

I suggest you forget about getting it back

Because it’s not something we can hack!

 
I’m feeling really threatened

By this project you are bringing

It’s not something that will fit in

With the programme we are running…

 
How much did you say

Your charges were again?

Did anyone ever pay

You that much before?

 
We were told it’s for free!

We’ll take it with glee

But I think I told your manager

Someone had to pay the fee!

 
The children thought the game

Was a novel idea for the frame

But you see the time has run

We can’t develop it this time on…

 
We didn’t expect you

To actually pull through

With a game idea

In so short a time!

 
Copyright ©Arinola Araba 2017

Arinola Araba FRSA MBBS MSc
Founder and Creative Director, bMoney Wize Ltd

Vacancy – Apply Within

vacancy

Growing up in Nigeria, that used to be the way employers advertised their vacancies….some still do this up until now.

They would place a banner or board in front of the office, detailing their vacancies, sit back and watch people pour in to apply for such vacancies.

Seeing this always brought hope to the job seeker who happened to be passing by and they ALWAYS carried their Resume about in the hopes that they would come across such as these.

Not all that walked in and applied were ready or prepared and it was those who were ready and prepared that got the job.

Their Resume was up-to-date

Their dressing was interview-ready

Their skills were relevant.

Those were happy times….

What we see these days are people with scanty resumes that do not fit the specified job role.

People who do not know how best to dress for an interview.

People whose skills set do not match those advertised.

People who have no idea what they want.

Really, you need to put in more effort in order to get the job of your dreams. It should be much easier than the road-side vacancies.

One thing the road-side vacancies did not give applicants was TIME. And you have a little more time than those applicants did. Use the time wisely.

Invest in a CV Editing service in order to get a top notch CV. Or get someone to help take a look.

Ensure you are the best person for the job and determine to get the job.

Prepare well for the interview – Dressing, Comportment, Timing, Research.

Be professional at all times.

All the best!

Cheers…

British Council – Various Vacancies

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Do you want to be part of a multicultural organization with dynamic teams spanning six continents? Then this might just be the place for you

We are on a mission to find a dynamic, creative, energetic, flexible & customer-centric individuals who will join our various teams in Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Lagos.

Click on the links below to view vacancies:

Nigeria Schools Examinations Operations Manager

Head of Customer Service – Nigeria

Exams Manager – Abuja

Examinations Officer – Port Harcourt

Examinations Officer – Lagos

Thank you!

Vacancy Announcement: Finance Officer, Abuja

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Region
Sub Saharan Africa

 

Country

Nigeria

Location
Abuja
Department
Finance

 

Job Category
Finance

 

Pay Band
Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Post is Pay band 4/Indefinite contract )/open to internal and external candidates/post is in Abuja/Applicants must have the right to work and live in Nigeria.
British Council is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic finance professional to support the delivery of its financial and business processes and systems in line with corporate standards. The post holder based in Abuja, will undertake specific work within Finance to contribute to the development of British Council Nigeria as an innovative and high performing country operation, modelling the values and principles of a collaborative, integrated and mutually supportive team.

Applicants must have:

– Financial Management and Analytical Skills (with high levels of personal effectiveness and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines).

– A good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Advanced MS Excel knowledge.

– Experience in an accounting environment with proven and demonstrable technical accounting skills, including understanding and interpretation of financial data.

See the role profile for more information on role accountabilities.

Vacancy announced: 4th July 2016

Announcement ends: 23:59 UK time 13th July 2016

Please click on this link to apply.

Vacancy Announcement – Project Manager Higher Education

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British Council is recruiting a Project Manager Higher Education.

The post holder is expected to work with the Director Higher Education, Enterprise and Skills and other members of the Education and Skills team in Nigeria, the SSA Region and HQ to manage project delivery of the British Councils international education portfolio. This role will manage the British Council’s Services for International Education Marketing (SIEM) programme to effectively position the UK as a study destination of choice for Nigerian students interested in studying internationally.

Relevant skills needed to be successful in the role includes:

Managing Projects
Communication skills
Planning and organising
Managing finance and resources
Marketing and Communications

A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement.

Vacancy Start Date: 1st July 2016
End Date: 23:59UK time 15th July 2016.

To apply: Click on this link

Vacancy Announcement: Nigeria Exams Operations Manager – Port Harcourt

 

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Region
Sub Saharan Africa
Country
Nigeria
Location
Port Harcourt
Department
English & Exams
Job Category
Exams
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Role is Pay Band 6 (Junior Management)/indefinite term contract/open to internal and external applicants/Applicants must have the right to work and live in Nigeria/Post is in Port Harcourt.

British Council is recruiting an Operations Manager to be based in Port Harcourt.  The post holder will be responsible for the operational management of examination delivery in Port Harcourt. To lead a team of up to 6 staff to deliver examinations security and giving a branded British Council customer experience to our clients.

See the role profile for the role accountabilities and responsibilities.

Applicants must have experience

Managing a Team
Monitoring service to quality standards and implementing improvements.
Dealing with customers and enquiries in a service environment.
Setting objectives and delivering results towards targets.

Relevant skills needed to be successful in the role includes

Analysing data and formulating marketing plans from these data.
Presentation skills.
Customer Service Focus.
Strong Organisation Skills
Team Work.
Change Management.

Vacancy Announcement Date: 16th May, 2016
Closing date:23:59 UK time 22nd May, 2016

Please click here to apply.

Vacancy Announcement: Assistant IELTS Administrator, Nigeria

British Council

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Region: Sub Saharan Africa
Country: Nigeria
Location: Lagos
Department: English & Exams
Job Category: Exams
Pay Band: Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Role is Pay Band 6 (Junior Management)/indefinite term contract/open to internal and external applicants/Applicants must have the right to work and live in Nigeria/Post is in Lagos
British Council is recruiting an Assistant IELTS Administrator .This post is responsible for the operational management of IELTS tests (International English Language Testing System) in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The post holder will manage 1) the expansion the IELTS business in Southern Nigeria and 2) manage  the IELTS team and venue staff based in Lagos 3) monitor and improve the security of delivery of the tests 4) manage the delivery of IELTS preparation courses in Lagos and associate centres, and 5) monitor and improve the customer experience of the test process

See the role profile for role accountabilities.

Applicants must have experience

Managing people
Monitoring service to quality standards and implementing improvements.
Dealing with customers and enquiries in a service environment.
Training and managing a team to deliver to quality standards.

Relevant skills needed to be successful in the role includes

English Language proficiency to IELTS band 7.0 in all areas (or equivalent).
Good presentation skills.
Strong Attention to Detail.
Customer Service Focus.
Strong Organisation Skills.
Teamwork and ability to deal with conflict.
Working to tight deadlines.

Vacancy Announcement Date: 27th April, 2016
Closing date:23:59 UK time 3rd May, 2016

Please click here to apply.

Vacancy Announcement: Nigeria Exams Officer, Abuja

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British Council: Nigeria Exams Officer, Abuja

Region: Sub Saharan Africa
Country: Nigeria
Location: Abuja
Department: English & Exams
Job Category: Exams
Pay Band: Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Post is Pay band 4/Indefinite term contract/open to internal and external candidates/post is based in Abuja/applicants must have the right to work and live in Nigeria.
Details
British Council is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic professional to support Examination Services in Nigeria in delivering exams and tests and to maintain them at the highest professional standards as set out in the British Council’s EQCA (Examination Quality & Compliance Standards), examinations boards and partner standards.

See the role profile for more information on role accountabilities.

Applicants must have experience

– Providing and monitoring service within quality standards.

– Working quickly and accurately to tight deadlines.

– Experience of handling and reporting on payments from customers.

-Training and managing a team to deliver to quality standards.

-Convening meetings with stakeholders.

Vacancy announced: 26th April 2016

Announcement ends: 23:59 UK time 30th April 2016

Click here to apply.

Vacancy Announcement: Project Officer, Education UK, Abuja

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Region
Sub Saharan Africa

 

Country

Nigeria

 

Location
Abuja

 

Department
Education & Society

 

Job Category
Project Management

 

Pay Band
Pay Band 4

 

Vacancy Description
Post is pay band 4 (Administrative Support)/indefinite contract/Open to internal & external applicants/applicants must have right to work and live in Nigeria/post is based in Abuja.
The post holder will work with the SIEM Project Manager supporting the delivery of British Council’s Service for International Education Marketing and Education UK brand of products and services.

The post holder will  also support the delivery of Education UK Exhibitions, marketing and communication services and other project support and delivery functions as required. Core functions include

1. Project & Contract Delivery
2. Marketing & Customer Service
3. Financial Planning & Management
4. Scorecard Management
5. Contacts Database Management

Refer to the role profile for more information on role responsibilities

Vacancy announced: 23rd April, 2016
Closing date: 23:59UK time 7th May, 2016

 

Vacancy Announcement: Examinations Officer – Schools (Maternity Cover)

British Council is recruiting an Examinations Officer – Schools (Maternity Cover) to support Examination Services in Nigeria in delivering exams and tests and to maintain them at the highest professional standards as set out in the British Council’s EQCA (Examination Quality & Compliance Standards), examinations boards and partner standards.

See the role profile for the role accountabilities and responsibilities.

Applicants must have experience

Providing and monitoring service within quality standards.
Working quickly and accurately to tight deadlines.
Handling and reporting on payments from customers.
Training and managing a team to deliver to quality standards.

Relevant skills needed to be successful in the role includes:

English Language proficiency to IELTS band 7.0, CEF C2 in all areas (or equivalent).
Strong Attention to Detail.
Customer Service Focus.
Strong Organisation Skills.
Teamwork & ability to deal with conflict.

Vacancy Announcement Date: 15th April, 2016
Closing date:23:59 UK time 22nd April, 2016

To apply, please visit:https://jobs.britishcouncil.org