There are times when you are not fully qualified for the roles you are aspiring to, either as a fresh graduate (with no experience) or as an experienced professional (with no relevant experience), especially if you want to change industries.

These are 4 skills that you MUST have that can save the day.

Problem Solving Skills –

I was listening to Chike on Sharing Life Issues with Chaz B yesterday, and they were talking about bouncing back from challenges. Problem solving skills was prominent in his advice for getting out of challenging situations.

In a 2014 Linkedin Survey, the no 1 soft skill employers are looking for in early professionals is Problem Solving (65% of employers mentioned this) – defined as the ability to see and create solutions when faced with challenges.

This isn’t just a work related skill, it is a life skill.

People Skills –

Good interpersonal skills can make you a prime candidate for a role you are not fully qualified for. People skills cut across a range of core disciplines, and roles such as Customer Service, Project Management,  Administration etc.

Being able to appropriately communicate with people may sound simple, but there are tips to go about it that makes it simple. Personal hygiene, appropriate dressing, a firm handshake, a lovely smile, ability to converse and maintain eye contact are basic strategies that gets others to warm up to you.

Leadership Skills

John Maxwell said everything rises and falls on leadership. Employers are looking for someone that can take initiative and ownership of tasks, responsibilities and get the work done (without supervision if required).

Taking ownership is the first solution to the ‘well-engineered lies’ we tell called excuses.

Oral & Written Communication Skills – 

The dynamics of digital communication blurred the line for good communication ethics among millennials and some experienced hires.

Many do not have the skills to adjust their speaking style to the right situations, and they come across as laid back with a nonchalant attitude, which is a turn off to employers.

Written communication is more affected with #tags, short words and digital abbreviations finding their way to professional written communication.  Incorrect grammar, spelling and language can make a bad impression.

The prospective employer will judge your written communication from your CV and your oral communication during your interview.

If you consciously develop these skills, you will be a step ahead to get an opportunity at the job opportunity you have identified.


Are you coming for the Microsoft Nigeria powered Career Fair happening on Saturday 9th May 2015 in Lagos?


Ayo Jaiyesimi – Group Head, Human Capital Development, First Bank of Nigeria

Jimi Tewe – Leading Career Coach & CEO Inspiro Consulting.

It is FREE. Click Here to Register or Text your Name, Phone number, Email Address and Gender to 0808 888 9889.


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PPS: We are sharing job search and career tips on Radio Continental 102.3 FM today. Tune in: 2pm – 4pm. orlisten online


Date: 9th May 2015

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Venue: House7, Plot 2/3 Kudirat Abiola Way, First Bank Bus Stop, Opposite Yard 158, Oregun, Ikeja.


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