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Why You Are Still Jobless Even After Trying For So Long – Otunfodunrin Damilola


“When I was in school I used to brag that I couldn't take any job that would pay me less than 200,000 for a start. But now, even if I see a job of 40,000 I would gladly take it,” these were the exact words of a friend expressing his pain about his endless search for jobs. His frustration got me thinking if it is really true that there are no jobs? 

Since then, I began to research on the matter and I came up with the conclusion that there have never been more jobs in Nigeria like there are now; the only difference is that there has been a shift in the way and manner people get jobs in the past which many are not aware of.

Once upon a time, our grandparents spoke about how companies went to schools to hunt for the best graduates. Our dear Prof Pat Utomi experienced this at the age of 29 when Volks Wagon Nigeria came head hunting him.

The first shift in the way jobs were gotten came with the popularity of newspapers. At this point, newspapers had become a very powerful tool for spreading information. So the companies rather than visit the schools began to place adverts in the Newspapers and no doubt your chances of getting a job was very high because the few literates who had access to newspapers knew where to find the vacancies. 

Another shift came in the late 90s as the tertiary institutions churned out more graduates. By then, the competition for the advert placed in the newspapers had become extremely high. Graduates had to carefully craft their CVs and make numerous copies which they went round submitting and hoping that they get called. Indeed many of our parents experienced this shift. 

However, the coming of social media to gave rise to the biggest shift that ever took place in the history of Nigeria’s Labor market. Unfortunately, many in our generation do not seem to have recognised this shift. Toady, you find graduates running around with packs of printed CVs, appliying here and there with no exact idea of what they want out of life. So you find promising engineers in the banks as cashiers , excellent writers as receptionists just because of the hype of working on the Island, skillful entrepreneurs struggling to earn a PhD that has no relation to running a business​.

Companies now than ever before have become very value conscious. They are interested in what you are currently doing even when you don’t have a job. Today no company is willing employ you just because you studied a particular course; a certificate in our time is not designed to get you a job, it only qualifies you to apply for a job. So if your CV is all about your educational achievements, I can bet that you might never get a meaningful job. This perhaps is why fresh graduates don’t get jobs and if at all they get one, it would be what I call an O&U job “Oversused and Uderpaid.

Social media is fast becoming the substitute for the conventional CV. Guys, I hope you are aware that the best jobs around are never advertised on any platform. They are like gold mines only to be discovered by those who have accepted the tech age as a necessity for life and not as a tool for entertainment. Companies assign experts who go online checking out for highly productive minds who are already doing something related to the needs in the company; who are not necessarily entrepreneurs. 

You have access to the world right there on your phone. Join global organisations relevant to your field of interest, read intensely about the gurus in your field, and contribute to global and local discussions that relate to where your passion lies. Let your social media platforms become your complementary card. Let your identity be synonymous to your field. Expose your mind to articles and interviews that would help boost you IQ. If you pray for a job from now till tomorrow without accepting this reality, I must confess that I am truly sorry for you.

Like Bishop Oyedepo would say, "You are absolutely responsible for the outcomes of your life" What becomes of you, is up to you. You decide.

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