Entries by Banji Alo

Know Your Panel

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe Some time ago, I was interviewing for a role. It was a job I loved, and I was excited once I got invited for an interview. While looking through the interview invitation, I noticed I was missing something. […]

Give It More Time

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best — St. Jerome   I recently spoke to a job seeker looking for a career opportunity. Let’s call him Chris for simplicity. Chris had been applying to jobs over a couple of months and had yet to land […]

Show Off To Show Up

I recently saw a post where someone mentioned that another user was “posting too much” about their work and accomplishments. Immediately after I saw this post, I took some minutes off to reflect on this statement. I wanted to get a sense of what I thought about the observation. After a couple of minutes, I […]

Why You Should Knock Again

Many years ago, I was job hunting for my first job. I was fresh out of college, and it was about time to start thinking about my next career move. As a 20+ years old, I could no longer form daddy’s boy and had to start thinking about my career and take responsibility for my next move. Knowing […]

Why You Should Know Your Limitations

“Success is about handling the setbacks, problems and mess, over and over.” ― Sharon Pearson A significant setback can limit your career success A friend of mine landed in Australia for his postgraduate degree as an international student. He was a medical professional in his home country and was doing well. He hoped to replicate the same success in […]

Are You Visible On LinkedIn?

A job seeker recently contacted me for help to land her dream role. She had been job hunting for a while and wasn’t getting the desired results. Despite her many years of experience, it seemed she was a fresh graduate with no experience. she had been looking for jobs by applying online and responding to job ads. She has […]

Three Reasons Why You Should Pay Employers A Courtesy Visit

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle While looking for jobs after my graduate degree, I often encountered a stumbling block when applying online. Everyone does the same thing. The implication? I don’t get the attention that I want. One day, I decided to try something different. I approached key persons in choice organisations […]

Quality Over Speed

“If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” — Chinese Proverb Quality is not the same as speed. I was chatting with a close friend a couple of years ago. Let’s call him John. It was one of those quiet evenings when there wasn’t much to do, so we had all the time to […]