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Vacancy – Apply Within


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!



Vacancy Announcement: Assistant IELTS Administrator, Nigeria

British Council

BC Jobs
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: Project Officer, Education UK, Abuja

BC Jobs
Sub Saharan Africa







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


The Hidden job market

So what is this hidden job market?

Research has it that 7 out of 10 jobs are not advertised but arise and are filled through the hidden job market.

So how do you become visible in such an invisible world? Networks and Connections are the players in this game.

A lady connected with me on LinkedIn recently and told me she needed a job. I told her to send in her CV and I had a look. I did not have a job for her at the time but kept the CV. About a month afterwards, she sent me a reminder message which I acknowledged. Two weeks or more after that, I heard about a vacancy and immediately thought of her. I fished out her CV and forwarded on her behalf. She was called for an interview and got the job.

That seemed easy but I bet you it was not. She understood that to get a job, she could not rely on the existing job vacancies posted daily on job boards and newspapers. She had to access the hidden jobs. The point is, if you want to get called for job vacancies in the hidden job market, you have to do some or all of the following:

  • Contact and connect with experts in the field you are interested in.
  • Volunteer at organizations you are interested in working.
  • Keep up with news and information in the relevant sector.
  • Show that you are committed to your career by becoming a thought leader.
  • Post relevant articles and information about your field online.
  • Look out for the sector the government is investing in
  • Make contributions to peoples posts and articles that shows your interests.

Follow these easy tips and enter in the world of the hidden job market!



Please do not clog my inbox with CVs just because of what I wrote above. Remember that you do not want to get lost in a world of several emails/CVs. 😉