Nigeria is bedeviled with unemployment; in my opinion, for every one person that is working, there is someone of equal or better qualification that is languishing somewhere. It is our reality today. Unemployment can be depressing; waking up everyday with no sense of purpose, no sense of value or sense of belonging. In truth, luck sometimes is involved in employment, but most times, it is following basic rules and mastering certain skills. Let’s take a look at the three rules to help overcome unemployment.
RULE 1- Success Starts With You This is the foundation. Situations will hit you hard and straight in the face. Companies will tell you aren’t good enough, friends will talk about your being unemployed at your back, and your applications will be ignored. It is left to you to decide whether you want to be successful or not. There are several thousands of unemployed people and more thousands who want the same position you applied for. You decide if you want to be better than the rest or you are just contended to be waiting on the queue. Have these in mind; It is all good in the end: The Prophet (SAW) said “How amazing is the affair of the believer. There is good for him in everything and that is for no one but the believer. If good times come his way, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him, and if hardship comes his way, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” [Muslim]. Allah knows best.
There is a treasure out there and it is implicit that a truly valuable treasure requires effort to find. Your effort in this case would be your plan of finding a job. Turn your fear into an advantage: Fear is normal, but turn it to your advantage. Let it be your drive. Take a deep breath, focus and write/speak out everything that comes to mind. During interview, use that anxiety to propel you to the end. Be the best you can be, try to convince the interviewer that you are what they've been looking for. Success is yours in sha Allah. Give your best and leave the rest to Allah: Predicting the future? Yes, you can do that. Knowing the future and what’s best for you? That’s way beyond your capacity. However, take action, do istikharah and keep moving forward. It may take some time before the right job comes to you, just be patient and confident in turning to Allah. Do not lie about your experience on your resume. Always present your best self and stay truthful.
RULE 2 - Get Smart with Your Time This is essential. While you wait for a job to come, you can add further qualifications to the list in your resume. There are several very good short professional certificates which can really give your job application a huge boost. Most people complain of no funds, but there are free courses even on DealDey. Take advantage of free or cheap courses out there and you never know what will impress an employer. You can also volunteer and learn a few things while doing so, everything is not about making money. Volunteer at a corporate event, a charity event or a friend's wedding. We tend to discover ourselves during these activities and who knows, you could key into an area no one is exploring and make a business out of it.
RULE 3 - Communication Skill is Vital Networking tops it all. Get good work clothes, shine your shoes and go to all the companies in your area, make friends with everyone and ask questions, you never know. Offer your resume to the receptionist and leave your contacts and a good impression. Most people try to find jobs while lazing at home, browsing jobberman.com and all; it doesn't work like that all the time. You have to go out there and really go for it. The reality of job searching is - someone wants to hire, checks around internally with co-workers, interviews that person, then opens the position to meet HR requirement and then employ the person. So networking cannot be kicked under the carpet. Yes, it’s the 21st century, so network with everyone possible; trade phone numbers, emails and business cards both in person and on social media. When you network with people, do not wait for them to follow up on you. Rather, follow up by checking on them frequently.
Confidence and integrity is vital during interview; if you don’t prepare for an interview, you will be intimidated. When that happens, then it automatically becomes another broken dream. Make research on some of the most frequently asked questions such as ‘tell me more about yourself’, ‘tell me one weakness you have’, ‘what are your strength’, etc. The most confident interview you will deliver is one where you have no second thought about yourself. Appearance does the trick too: This may sound simple but it works magic. Iron your clothes, no holes, no stains, no faded or thread hangout; have clean, shiny shoes on and smell good. In short, just DRESS VERY WELL. Your appearance scores you half of the total mark. It arouses the interest in you and definitely commands respect. Believe me, there are people who have been employed majorly because of their appearances. Please note that these are just few of the rules. Do you have more tips to help? Please drop it in the comment box.
In all of these, make du'a; ask, cry to Allah of your needing the job and needing it immediately. Pray to Him to help you to move ahead in life and contribute your bit to humanity. Don't forget to ask Allah to make you the best at what you do and for Him to bring barakah in multitudes to you and those around you. Allah answers prayers.