Opportunity favours the prepare, before you gear up to go for that job interview keep this in mind, as it very handy.
My experience working for a recruitment agency has helped me to outline few reasons why recruiters don’t usually call job seekers.
There are several things to consider while applying for a employment
As a job seeker, you need to make sure that you meet the requirements for the employment you are applying for; Major requirements and qualifications include your certificate, years of experience etc.
Sometimes when they request for 10 years of experience, you don’t apply with 6 months experience hoping to be called when you do not meet the requirement. Do things rights, else you are not likely be called. That is just the bitter truth. Make sure you meet the requirements before you apply.
2. Your CV.
Your CV tells a lot about you. I would advise you have different templates for the job you are applying for. Don’t just copy other people’s CVs and change their names to yours.
Do not use the same CV you used to apply for HSE supervisor in applying for HSE officer. On your CV, outline your experiences, qualifications, and make it detailed.
Your location is very important when applying for a job. Recruiters considers it a lot, e.g. You stay in Aba and you are applying for 50,000 naira job in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Recruiters will rather considers people in Lagos first while sieving CV’s.
The upsurge of matarnity rate has made the Nigerian population the second in the world after India.
According to the report, labelled the 2018 World Population Data Sheet With focus on “Changing Age Structures”, Nigeria, currently the 7th most populous country will increase with a projected 214.7 million in population to 411 million by 2050.
The Nigerian population would overtake the population of the United States to become the 3rd most populous country.
The report also indicates global population is predicted to reach 9.9 billion by 2050, up 2.3 billion or 29 percent from an estimated 7.6 billion people currently, with Africa’s population accounting for 58 percent of the increase.
In other words, 2.3 billion more people will be living on earth by 2050. Reacting to the report, Lagos State Team Lead, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI 2, Dr. Edun Omasanjuwa said that any efforts put in place to grow Nigeria economy without adequate measures on population will be in futility. Omasnjuwa regretted that Nigeria has not learnt any lesson from countries that had controlled there population to develop their economy.
“No matter how we try to develop our economy, if population is growing at this rate we will never get to a point where we will have enough to take care of our population.
When China introduced one child policy, it wasn’t that they didn’t like children but because they realised that it will get to a stage there will be insufficiency and they won’t be able to feed their people.
“What other countries also do was to reduced fertility rate to a figure that is manageable in each household and community level to the extent that they have enough resources to meet their need.
“Unfortunately, Africa as a nation for some reasons has not bought into this idea, and I think in my own opinion it was due to African belief that everything promoted by Western world is one way or the other have negatively impacting on us.
“China is now the second largest economy in the world and in the next five to 10 years they will be the largest economy in the world.
In the same time frame Nigeria will be the third most populous country in world, surpass America. Ironically, Nigeria economy is just coming out of recession.
“What we are preaching is family planning not family limiting. We are not saying people should put a cap on the number of children they wish to have, rather, we are saying people should only have children they can take care of.
“We are not preaching population reduction, if you think you can take care of 10 children, go ahead and have 10 but let it be the number of children you can adequately take care of, and have them at the appropriate time you need them.
” Edun explained that the benefits of child spacing for the family and the nation are immeasurable.
“Family planning is key to unlocking sustainable development goals. It improves the nation’s health, social and economic indices.
“The benefits go beyond women and health because it has a long term benefit of breaking the cycle of poverty among families which transcends generations with a ripple effect across the new global development agenda.
“Family planning helps the father and mother to eliminate the fear of unintended pregnancy, reduces infant illness and death, and helps parents spend quality time with their children while planning for their future,” he explained.
Overall, the PRB’s World Population Data Sheet, WPDS, highlights showed that the population of 26 countries, nearly all in Africa, will at least double with Niger nearly tripling its population.
On changing age structures and their implications, the report showed that the world population will also continue to age, with variations by country.
By midcentury, 16 percent of the world population will be aged 65 and older, up from 9 percent now.
The report added that the trend poses challenges for countries in balancing the pension, health, and other benefits that older adults typically receive with investments in the well-being of younger generations.
It noted that in addition, some countries may choose to incentivize older adults to remain in the work force longer.
The age structure data and analysis show that by 2050, 82 countries are projected to have at least 20 percent of their population ages 65 and over, up from 13 countries today.
“The population ages 65 and older in Northern Africa is projected to nearly quadruple by 2050.”
On total fertility rate, (TFR) it noted that at 2.4; the global TFR has been declining for the past few decades but remains high enough to generate continued population growth.
The report listed three countries with the highest TFRs to include Niger (7.2), Chad (6.4), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (6.3), while the lowest TFRs are in South Korea (1.1), Singapore (1.2), and Taiwan (1.2).
A reporter and columnist Fisayo Soyombo has expose the kind of people who are supporting President Buhari second bid.
Corruption is fighting back! That is the constant refrain from the people in government and their supporters to criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari or opposition to his re-election ambition. If, for example, you’re a journalist and you believe the President hasn’t done enough to earn a second term, it is because brown envelopes have been in short or no supply.
If you’re a politician and you feel this way, you stole while in office or you will if you get there. All of us who have opted not to say ‘Sai Baba’ ahead of 2019 have one thing in common: corruption.
Fortunately for Buhari’s supporters, they can’t all be shoehorned into one homogeneous group.
Who, who and who, or which classes of people, belong to this heterogeneous mix? And are they supporting their man in the country’s best interest?
The people in government: Around the time when former President Goodluck Jonathan was being told by some bigwigs in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he could not contest the 2015 presidential election because he had served out the remainder of the late Umaru Yar’Adua’s tenure (2010 to 2011) and was serving out a fresh term of his own (2011 to 2015), he met with Lagos-based print newspaper editors. When one of them asked him if he would re-contest or not, he neither said yes nor no. But he asked them to look into the mirror; the editorship of many of them predated his presidency yet they were still in office.
He wasn’t chastising them but making a valid point about how self-perpetuation in power is intricately human. It is no surprise that the people in Buhari’s government are desperate to have him back in 2019 despite the numerous and obvious red flags. Buhari is not the reason they support Buhari; their real interests are self-serving. To expect people in government to priotise the nation over self is a tall order very few people are capable of. The people in this group we must empathise with, not chastise.
The political jobbers: Buhari’s ascent to power is widely believed to have wrecked individuals and businesses that thrive on political jobbing, government patronage and official graft.
While this may or may not be true, there is no doubt that there are individuals all over the country whose financial stocks have risen either directly through Buhari’s coming to power or indirectly through the people working with him. No matter the scale of poverty, government ineptitude, insecurity and anti-corruption hypocrisy in the land, these people will give anything for another four Buhari years. The challenge with having people like this around is that you never know why they do what they do or say what they say about re-electing the President in 2019.
The face-savers: If, like me, you clamoured for Buhari in 2015 because you considered him the ‘lesser of two evils’ but he lost you along the way in his presidential reign, it’s not the end of the world — and few things are more honourable in life than admitting a mistake when one has been made. If Buhari let you down with his biased handling of security, sending soldiers to the South-East to finish off the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) without doing the same to terrorist herdsmen; or he slipped out of your good books with his bow-legged anti-corruption crusade, locking up corrupt opposition members with the speed of light but applying snail’s-pace treatment to similar elements in his cabinet, it’s not the end of the world and it’s not your fault.
The people in this category are desperate to avoid the I-told-you-so smirk of Goodluck Jonathan’s supporters should they publicly express their disillusionment with Buhari. In here are people who are either against Buhari in private but with him in public, or are with him both ways but are constantly in a struggle with themselves on whether their choice is indeed right.
The PR strategists: These are about the deadliest of Buhari’s supporters — not because they can kill but because they can be sat right next to you but you won’t know, and also because they’re, more often than not, brilliant. They speak fluent English, write flowery prose and present mesmerizing arguments. However, for them, supporting Buhari is not about personal conviction but about professionalism in garnering public support for their candidate. There are so many of them dotting the social-media space. These guys are only just doing their job; nothing more.
The religious fanatics: These are the opportunity-cost supporters. Some love Buhari because they love him, others simply because of the Yemi Osinbajo factor. They are a blend of the two leading faiths — Christians who would support Buhari or any other President for that matter so long his deputy is a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor; and Muslims who won’t stop chanting ‘Sai Baba’ even if pump price of petrol were to rise to N600/litre. To them, Buhari can be the opportunity cost of having Osinbajo in government, and they do not mind at all.
The ethnic jingoists: They want a Hausa-Fulani as President in 2019; simple. Not much needs to be said about this group, easily recognizable on social media by their names. We all have one or two of them on our timelines, don’t we?
The northern foot soldiers: These are a huge majority of the 12.7million people who voted for Buhari in 2003 or the 12.2million who did in 2011. In the last three years, nothing has changed about Buhari’s popularity in the North. As seen by the mammoth crowds that welcomed him during his recent visits to Bauchi, Jigawa and Kano, Buhari is still the most loved northerner alive. Pure, blind love. One of them trekked from Yola to Abuja to witness the presidential inauguration in 2015, but while he’s currently stuck at the Yola FMC due to a leg injury he sustained from the expedition, his “political role model” is re-energising himself in the UK. Still, whether or not Buhari extends his current 10-day vacation by 100 days, these people will vote him in 2019.
The APC supporters: Had Buhari been the PDP candidate, these people wouldn’t support him. But their loyalty belongs to the party and, by extension, its candidate. In this class also are people whose uncles, aunts, second cousins, in-laws, bosom friends, brother of their sugar daddy’s nephew or father of their friend’s sister’s husband, is contesting for some office in 2019 under the APC ticket. How dare you seek the party’s ticket without backing the President?
The naivetés: It’s honestly hard to blame them. They genuinely lack the ability to analyse issues beyond the surface. In their minds, Buhari is truly fighting corruption, bolstering the economy, killing off Boko Haram, providing exemplary leadership and putting food on the poor man’s table. And, above all, corruption is fighting back! So, when next you run into someone who just doesn’t understand that Nigeria deserves better than Buhari in 2019, don’t get mad at them. Run through these nine groups and you will find one that best suits them, and you can therefore understand how their mind is working. And if you find some who fit into none of these nine groups, please feel free to create a tenth group for them.
About the Author: Fisayo Soyombo, former Editor of the TheCable and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), tweets @fisayosoyombo
It’s that time of the year in Nigeria where fresh graduates and old graduates get set for national service often called NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).
This initiative has been in operation for over a decade and though it has faced much criticism by Nigerians, it has been praised by some neighbouring African countries and the federal government of Nigeria has still not given up on the cause.
Due to recent changes by the federal government, there has been a reverting to the Batch A, B and C system it began with as opposed to the Batch A stream 1 and 2 as well as Batch B stream 1 and 2 it adopted over the past few years.
The Batch A PCMs are already serving and now it’s Batch B PCMs turn before the final Batch C commences registration in October/November 2018.
Since we are in Nigeria where the government really can’t offer you the very best of noble service, it is important to always take the initiative to do things in our own best interest rather than criticize the government’s failed policies.
We want you to have the best service year and that’s why you must go through the following as a guide to having the best service year even in the midst of a system of government with failed structures.
Official and Unofficial Requirements for your Orientation Camp.
Over 2,000 PCMs already registered for 2018 Batch B will be expecting their call-up letter from today, July 19th 2018 since registration officially closed on July 17th 2018.
A Clarion Call for Nation Builders
Photo Source: NYSC-CDS.COM
It is pertinent to note some basic things that every PCM should take along as officially stated by NYSC representatives as well unofficial essentials in preparation for the orientation camping.
The official requirements are very compulsory while the unofficial ones are good suggestions put together from the experiences of those who have gone through the NYSC duly, across the 36 states of the country including the FCT.
This has been put together for you to enjoy your camping, but do note again that the official things are very compulsory else you might just be sent home at the gate or be stressed during camp or have to spend a lot to get the basic things you should have carried along altogether.
It is always great to be ahead, only then can you really be relaxed. So every information here is to help set you ahead for a seamless camp orientation registration process, stay and service year at large.
Photo Credit: Sandra Ikegwu
Get all your documents intact cause’ you might just be sent home for not having just one document even if you had to travel for over 24 hours. So it’s safest, wisest and most convenient to get all documents required.
The documents you’ll need are:
Statement or Notification of Result/Certificate.
Printed (best when coloured) and Signed Green Card.
Printed (best when coloured) call-up letter.
Student ID Letter or ID Card (from school of graduation).
Medical clearance certificate.
Certificate of Licenses (for Medical and Health sciences graduates),
Recent Passport Photographs (white background and about 10 in number).
You would need to make about six (6) photocopies of the first six documents listed above just so you have no need for going through the hurdle of queuing at photocopying centers and also spending much on photocopying.
In the event you don’t take the required amount of passport, be ready to spend some good cash taking passport at the gate, cause’ you’ll have need for passport photographs.
You can keep all these documents safely and together in a “My Clear Bag” case, to prevent them from water, being torn, rough or stained.
You should also go with the following items for your own convenience. The items are categorized and listed as follows:
Clothing and Fashion Accessories:
2-3 Round-neck plain white T-shirts,
2-3 pairs of plain white shorts (sports short preferably),
6 pairs of white socks (with two green stripes if possible though not necessarily),
1 white rubber sneakers and/or leather sneakers (preferably both),
Underwears (including but not limited to singlets, boxers, pants, braziers etc.),
Handkerchiefsand face towels,
A native attire (for bonfire night – this is optional though),
1 – 2 pairs of casual wears (for Sundays or any other purpose after camp).
You won’t be allowed to cook so don’t bother taking food stuff along, just take provisions that don’t necessarily need cooking.
Photo Credit: Princess
Cosmetics and body care accessories:
Hair needs (relaxer, hair cream etc.),
Make-up kit (for the ladies).
Cutlery, Kitchen Utensils and Flasks:
Spoon (preferably plastic but stainless is allowed in some camps).
Ceramic/glass plate, forks & knives are contraband.
Bleach (e.g hypo),
Bathing soaps and sponge,
A bathing case (to keep soap, sponge and pour water),
Toothbrush and toothpaste,
Toilet pad (for the ladies),
You can choose to buy bucket in the camp to avoid carrying excessive load.
Liz is a typical 50-something woman, fit, 70kg (154lbs 5oz), 30 per cent body fat. She goes to the gym every day, and runs for 35 minutes on the treadmill at 10km/h.
But, as she tells me rather often, she can’t lose weight. So what’s going on here: is it Liz, or is it the universe conspiring against her?
Here, in a piece for The Conversation, Tim Olds, professor of health sciences at the University of South Australia, explains all…
How do you actually ‘lose weight’
Let’s start by considering the body as a store of energy. The body can be divided into two components.
One is fat mass, and the rest of the body is called fat-free mass. It’s mostly water, but there’s also bone and muscle protein. Fat contains much more energy (and thus requires more energy to burn).
Like most of the adult population, Liz wants to lose weight. To do this, she has to go into energy deficit: energy out must be greater than energy in. The amount of weight she loses will depend on whether she is losing fat or fat-free mass.
It takes a much bigger energy deficit to lose a kilogram of fat than a kilogram of fat-free mass. We also need a bigger energy deficit per kilogram of weight loss if we are fatter to start with.
For most people, it takes an energy deficit of about 27-32 kJ to lose a gram of body weight.
If Liz runs for 35 minutes at 10km/h on the treadmill, she has a deficit of about 1500kJ, so she will have lost only 50g (1lb 1oz) in a session. If she does this five times a week for a year, however, she will lose over 12kg (26lbs 7oz).
Except, of course, she doesn’t. After a year she’s still stuck on 70kg (154lbs 5oz). Why?
Eating more to compensate for exercise?
The first possibility is that Liz is eating more to compensate for the extra exercise. Her 35 minutes of treadmill running will be entirely undone by a glass and a half of merlot that evening.
There is some evidence people use food to reward themselves for exercising.
A recent analysis suggested women may be particularly prone to fuel up after exercise. So Liz may be unconsciously munching or drinking away that energy deficit.
Being less active elsewhere?
A second possibility is that Liz compensates for going to the gym by being less physically active elsewhere.
She may flop down in front of the TV rather than busying herself with chores. She may even fidget less.
This theory is known as the ‘activitystat’ hypothesis: the idea that we have a setpoint for energy expenditure like the setpoint on a thermostat.
If we increase physical activity in one domain, then there is an automatic compensation in another.
So is Liz undoing all the good work at the gym by couch-potatoing her way through the rest of the day? We tested this rather depressing theory.
Readers will be pleased to know we found no evidence for the activitystat when sedentary adults started an exercise program. They just cranked up the exercise, drawing time from sleep and TV.
A reduction in your resting metabolic rate?
One of the unfortunate side effects of losing weight is resting metabolic rate — the rate at which you use energy when you’re sitting doing nothing — starts to fall (meaning you burn less energy).
A recent study of contestants on The Biggest Loser found their resting metabolic rate was depressed six years after having lost and regained most of the weight.
So Liz could, in principle, be exercising and not have changed her diet or her activity pattern, and yet still not be losing weight because of her lower resting metabolic rate.
However, when weight is lost by exercising (as opposed to diet), resting metabolic rate is generally maintained.
Maybe you’re gaining muscle
A sunnier prospect may be that while she has not lost weight, she has lost body fat, and that body fat has been replaced by fat-free mass.
A kilogram of fat occupies more space (about 1.1 litres) than a kilogram of fat-free mass (about 0.9 litres), so Liz would not only be leaner, but smaller.
We can calculate that if fat mass is entirely replaced by fat-free mass, after 12 weeks Liz will have lost 2.6kg (5lbs 11oz) of body fat, and gained 2.6kg (5lbs 11oz) of fat-free mass.
This sounds good, but does it really work like this? A reasonable rule of thumb is that about 75 per cent of the weight you lose will be fat, and the rest fat-free mass. But things may go better if weight training is involved.
One analysis of previous studies found strength training (using weights or your own body weight) increased fat-free mass by about 2kg (4lbs 6oz) in overweight men and about 1kg in women, even though weight remained unchanged.
A good test of whether you’re swapping fat mass for fat-free mass is just to measure your waist girth.
If it’s getting smaller while your weight is stable, then you’re probably losing fat and gaining fat-free mass.
So what’s happening with Liz?
Is it gluttony or sloth, or is she losing fat and replacing it with fat-free mass? Liz likes this last possibility, but I don’t know.
She certainly looks more toned, but the bottle of merlot is emptier than I thought.