Top 10 Job Search Tips for Nigerian Graduates


Job hunting in Nigeria can be a difficult task. The unemployment rate is listed at 16% and it is growing.

Job seekers should try to make themselves as marketable as possible by developing soft skills, skills that are not taught in school but are essential for success in the workforce include critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Below we have put together some great tips for graduates looking for jobs in Nigeria.

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1. Make a Plan

A graduate needs a plan to be successful after graduation. And with many different types of jobs available, you can’t afford to be picky. But what kind of plan should you have?

A job search plan is a roadmap for your future career. It includes details about what type of work you want, how many hours you are willing to work, when your school’s career services office opens up in the fall, and which companies recruiters visit for interviews during the summer.

This section will discuss different ways for graduates to approach their job search process and how each one provides opportunities for success.

2. Upskill

Graduate students must learn the skills they need to acquire in order to succeed in their careers. This can include skills such as writing, marketing, design, and communication.

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What are some of the skills you should learn if you want to increase your chances of success?

Crafting a compelling piece of content is one of the most important components when it comes to copywriting. It can make or break your career – so it’s important that you’re able to do this well.

Communication is key when it comes to being successful in your career as a copywriter. So the skill for this would be listening and being an active listener instead of just waiting for someone else to speak before responding.

3. Know your Unique Qualification

The employer is looking for a particular kind of person. They need someone who will be able to put themselves in the position of their customer.

In order to be successful, the candidate needs to show that they can relate to different people and understand how their needs differ. The applicant should also be able to identify possible problems that could arise and provide solutions for those problems

A new generation of people is entering the workforce with AI skillsets, specifically writing and analytical skillsets. AI writers are helping companies create content at scale, without relying on human labor as much. However, these writers are not replacing humans; they are just providing assistance in specific areas where humans excel over computers.

4. Make Each day Count

The average American spends about twenty hours a week commuting. This means that one person spends about an hour and a half every day commuting.

This is where time management comes into play. One way to manage time efficiently is to create a calendar with tasks for each day of the week. It is important that you make sure that your schedule does not conflict with your work or other responsibilities, so having some flexibility in scheduling is key.

For example, if you have a morning commute and are expected to be at work by 8AM, then the morning blocks should be first on the calendar (if you have no later meetings during the day). Your lunch break should be between 12PM-1PM as this would give you enough time to get lunch and resume working afterward.

5. Be out There

The best way to get a job these days is not by pointing and clicking at your computer, but from meeting people in person.

You can’t showcase all of the skills that you have on paper so try connecting with employers face-to-face when possible because it’s more personal than just sending off an email or resume.

When attending networking events such as job fairs and campus interviews make sure you dress professionally (in attitude, appearance, behavior) while also allowing personality to shine through!

6. Build Network


Networking is a good way to find a job by meeting people and getting in touch with them. You can do this by visiting places like job fairs, career fairs, and work festivals.

Networking is most effective when it’s done with people who share the same interests you have. It’s important to keep in mind that networking doesn’t always mean asking for jobs in order to meet people and build new connections.

Networking also means having conversations with people about their thoughts on your field of work and what they’ve learned from their experiences as well as what you’ve learned from your experiences too.

By doing so, you’ll be able to learn what kind of skills are needed for the field you’re interested in and use that knowledge to help yourself advance your career further.

7. Expand your search geographically

Moving to a new country can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to figure out where you may find success, what the work climate will be like, and what resources are available. Establishing a life abroad is not easy; however, it is possible with the right mindset and preparation.

The first step in exploring your new home country is deciding if you want to move there or not. If you decide that moving abroad life sounds interesting and you want to take the plunge then make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row before getting started.

Many people don’t know how much they should save before moving abroad, but by figuring this out ahead of time it helps ensure that your transition into your new country goes smoothly because you’ll have money to spend on essentials such as housing, transportation, food, and healthcare.

8. Attend meetups and seminars

As the world of work changes, so does the way that we find and get jobs. In the digital age, people experience their careers differently than they used to.

This is because it is becoming more difficult for companies to find good employees with only formal education. Companies are increasingly turning to events such as meetups and seminars where they can potentially find talented individuals with unique skill or experiences.

In order to stay relevant in this job market, you should attend events such as these and learn about your industry trends so that you stand out from the crowd of other job seekers.

9. Talk to faculty members

Communication is key in any relationship. It is as important in your career as it is with friends, family, and significant others.

The importance of communication cannot be understated. It can make or break relationships and the workforce. You need to talk to faculty members about your career progress and potentially ask for mentoring for your career goals. You should also talk to alumni for advice about studying at this institution and finding job placement opportunities after graduation.

In order to establish a strong relationship with faculty members, you need to talk to them on a regular basis, whether it’s in person or setting up meetings online through phone calls or video chats just like these students have done here today.

10. Keep a Clean Online Profile

Social media platforms are the best place to get noticed and to build a professional brand. But at the same time, it’s easy to make a mistake and lose out on potential job opportunities.

It really sucks when you go through your whole life building a professional brand, only to have it all erased because of one bad move.

But no matter how much social media gives us these opportunities, we should always remember that this is still an online world. We shouldn’t be surprised when our privacy is invaded anytime someone wants to use our information for their own purposes.

More Tipping points:

1) One of the key tips to keep in mind is that your CV should be tailored for each job you apply.

2) Another important tip is, make sure to research the company before applying and learn about their culture first so as not to waste time on irrelevant applications.

3) After you send an application email, follow up with a thank-you note or phone call if they don’t respond within 24 hours.

4) Keep in touch with your network because often new opportunities will come from them.

5) Create different versions of cover letters ̶ one for specific industries and another resume template that follows more standard guidelines ̶ then tailor it accordingly when sending out resumes and cover letters

6) Be confident yet humble during Interviews.


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