Job search is a job in itself in Nigeria – 2

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Have you heard recruiters say Nigerian graduates are not employable?

Is this statement really true? And to what extent?

Like my last question in the first chapter, who gets the blame for this cycle?


Did you miss the first chapter ? Read it up here


Educational Institutions or the Nigerian graduate? Or even the government?

From observation, a good number of Nigerian graduates are smart, purpose driven and have the basic skills to succeed in their chosen career. Yet, there are graduates who still don’t know how to go about their career, despite the volume of information available in this internet age.

In the first chapter, I wrote about reality checks, namely:

What the recruiter wants, What a graduate wants.
Recruiting is big business; it is expensive, time and energy consuming. Recruiters on their part, have to ensure they get the best brains for their organization. Failure to do this might put their jobs at stake.

Here is a summary of what a recruiter looks for when assessing a potential staff:

  • Skill set and experience on the role
  • Career goals (How you will fit into their organization)
  • Your value to the organization (What you have to offer)
  • Your attitude to work and other basic work ethics
  • Your passion for the role

Understand that the above-listed points are for experienced positions.


Read Also – 10 Things a Graduate should do While Waiting for a Job Offer


Let’s see what a recruiter looks at for entry level/ graduate trainee:

  • Aptitude
  • Age (23 -27 years)
  • Education
  • Soft skills
  • Use of English (If English is the organization’s official language)

Now, which category do you fall in?

Entry level or graduate with more than 2 years’ relevant experience or a graduate with more than 2 years general experience?
Understanding these differences will give you a better strategy on how to job search. But before we continue to explain the above in details lets address the following;

What do you as a graduate want?
What is the difference between career, profession, and job?