Tuesday, May 6, 2014


By Achara 0gochukwu Larry

Writing a cover letter for your dream job, but
don’t know where to start? It’s a common
problem. Many people are so intimidated by
having to write a cover letter they skip it
completely — which can be a mistake: It’s
your first opportunity to make a stellar
impression with anything but your resume,
which can be dry.
Your cover letter has to be excellent to
make a good impression. If you include
these five elements in your letter, you’re
almost guaranteed job-hunting success. Try it
— play along as you read.
You need…
1. A compelling first
Too many cover letters start with “I am
pleased to submit my application for the
marketing assistant job posted on your
website,” which is a snooze-fest. Even “I’m
excited to apply for your marketing assistant
position” is about eight hundred times better
because you sound like a human being.
If you want to go beyond “I’m excited to
apply for…” you have a few options.
Consider starting by dropping a name or with
an anecdote

By the way, it’s helpful to include a name (as
long as it’s spelled correctly — quadruple
check this, please), but you don’t need one.
“Dear hiring manager” is fine and preferable
to “To whom it may concern” or “Dear sir or
madam,” no matter what MS Office’s Clippy
tells you.
2. A list (but not
actually) of all you
bring to the company
The meat of your cover letter should talk
about your skills and accomplishments,
but not in the same way as your resume. Your
resume is a bulleted list; your cover letter
should be written in sentences.
For example: “I thrive in fast-paced
environments and love tight deadlines. At my
previous position, I often filed reports finished
long before they were due.” Or: “I’m a
multitasker — I manage four social media
accounts and have grown followers an
average of 30 percent over each year I’ve had
this job.” Or “My marketing strategy at XYZ
company yielded purchase orders of over #2
Not “I have extensively researched your
company and can contribute to your bottom
line.” That’s meaningless.

3. A story: show it,
don’t tell it
Ever since the first cavemen huddled around
a fire and tried to explain the stars, human
beings have been storytelling creatures. You
can use your cover letter to tell the story of
why you want to work at company X, how
you became interested in field Y or why
there’s a big gap on your resume. Nobody
wants to hear your whole life story from birth
4. Some humility
“I know I am the perfect candidate for your
job.” No, you don’t. “You owe it to yourself to
invite me in for an interview.” Yikes. Don’t put
yourself down, but keep in mind that you’re
one candidate out of many, and you definitely
don’t know that you’re the best (even if you
feel that way and your mom agrees).
Besides, your cover letter is an
opportunity to line up your skills with
the company’s needs — not to talk about
how great the job would be for you.
Some experts recommend using twice as
many “you”s in your cover letter as “I”s.
That’s hard to do, but it’s a good goal to aim
for, since it keeps you focused on the
company’s needs. Consider the differences
between these two examples:
“I’m really excited about this opportunity
because working with children has been a
lifelong dream of mine, and your company
would give me the potential to grow. This is
definitely my dream job, and I know I’m the
perfect candidate for you.” (Six “I”s, “me”s or
“my”s, two “you”s.)
“Your ad mentions you’re looking for someone
who’s good with numbers. At my last job, I
was nicknamed ‘human calculator’ for my
skill with reports.” (Two “you”s, two “I”s —
much closer.)
5. A great closing line
Here’s what is not a great closing line: “I’ll call
you next week to set up an interview.” Maybe
that worked in your parents’ generation, but
these days, that’s far too pushy.
Instead, try:
“I’m excited to speak with you about the
opportunity to join the team!”
Or “I’m eager to help ABC Co. continue to set
itself apart from the competition.”
Or even just “My resume is attached, as
requested, and I look forward to speaking
with you further about this job.”
 Then just add a “Sincerely, your name”
and you’re done. Seriously, that’s it.
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By Achara Ogochukwu Larry

You may think your resume is already tip top, but
put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. They look at
hundreds of resumes every day. To them, most look
exactly like all the other nondescript resumes in their
pile. If you’re using the same tired phrases as
everyone else, you’re not as exciting — or as
hireable — as you thought you were.
A recruiter spends an average of six to 10 seconds
per resume. Do you really want to waste even one
of those precious milliseconds with a single word that
doesn’t add to your credibility?
It goes without saying that you want your resume to
stand out. You want a job, don’t you? It’s not hard to
steer clear of common clichés and be more original.
You just need to know which phrases to avoid.
Nix these seven clichés from your resume, and
you’ll be well on your way to grabbing the recruiter’s
attention — and staying out of the “no thanks” pile,
once and for all.
1. Avoid meaningless
Your resume will read like a work of fiction when you
use phrases like “seasoned manager” or “influential
leader” without an accompanying explanation.
Drop the qualitative description and add years
of experience, job-specific technical skills and
quantifiable achievements instead. Better yet,
add graphs and other visuals to show what you’ve
accomplished in previous jobs.
Not many applicants use visuals, but these graphics
do more than add aesthetic appeal to your resume
— visuals can add an air of credibility to your claims,
which helps the recruiter believe you.
2. Cut out “creative”
“Creative” might seem like the perfect word to
describe your unique personality. Unfortunately,
thousands of other applicants think the same thing.
Recruiters have seen this word so much they
will completely gloss over it.
Creative was the top buzzword for two years in
LinkedIn’s annual survey of clichés. Many LinkedIn
profiles use the word “creative” — even
professionals not involved in creative fields.
Instead of telling the recruiter you’re creative, show
them evidence of your creativity. (Click here to tweet
this thought.) Write a compelling cover letter or
create a video resume to narrate the highlights of
your career. Add interesting (nice-to-know, but not-
so-personal) tidbits about yourself, and you’ll have a
show-stopping resume cum cover letter in one neat
little package.
3. Remove “results oriented”
What exactly do you mean when you describe
yourself as results oriented? Do you aim to hit the
goals your employer sets out for you? That
should be a given. Every employer wants
employees who drive results.
So prove to the recruiter you’re that person with
details, and nix the empty and nondescript “results
oriented.” This description is subjective. Instead,
highlight your skills and accomplishments by using
the names of the projects or campaigns you worked
on, then include the results for said projects.
4. Take out “passionate”
So what’s wrong with saying you’re passionate? It
goes two ways: Recruiters might buy this (not likely)
and think you’re passionate about what you do, or
they might think you’re desperately looking for a job.
The verity of your enthusiasm can easily be checked
through your social media profiles. If you really love
what you do, your Facebook and Twitter accounts
would show work-related status updates, reflecting
how excited you are about what’s happening in your
Delete “passionate” and similar adjectives fit
for romantic novels. Replace them with solid
examples of how much you love what you do, such
as details about personal projects related to your
line of work. For instance, if you’re a programmer,
include info about apps you’re developing for your
own use or for fun.
5. Rid your resume of
“responsible for”
Upon seeing this phrase, a recruiter pictures a
mechanical employee doing what he’s paid to do —
no more, no less. Change this phrase to “managed
X,” “completed X tasks” or similar action verbs that
embody leadership and initiative.
6. Get rid of “guru”
“Guru” sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Calling
yourself a guru on your resume makes you
sound like somebody trying hard to look smart.
Stop proclaiming you’re a guru, ninja or expert. It’s
fine if other people describe you that way, but not to
describe yourself.
Replace these self-proclaimed titles. Demonstrate
your expertise instead by listing published books or
articles, interviews, past speaking engagements and
other accomplishments that could establish your
contribution in your field.
Remember, pretending to be someone you’re not
will backfire on you during the interview.
7. Axe “excellent oral and
written communication skills”
Although this is a must-have soft skill, recruiters
don’t need to see it on your resume.
Because hiring managers can judge your
communication skills in mere seconds! If your
resume and cover letter fail to communicate why
you should get an interview, then what’s the
point of putting “excellent communication
skills” on paper?
Proofread your resume for grammar slips instead.
Remove fillers and redundant phrases.
Your resume is your stepping stone to getting a job,
so invest an extra 30 minutes to make it attention-
grabbing. Review your resume, cover letter and
LinkedIn profile for these seven clichés and
buzzwords. Save a copy of the original files, then
apply the tips above to revamp your profile.
Compare before and after files and see the


Make Your MBA
Application Impossible to
Resist with the Best
Resume, Essay and

It is now very competitive to gain admmission for MBA programme and M.sc programme with the advent of aptitude test exam and interview you need to go through before qualifying to run the programme,
Let's go through some ways to enable you cross the hudles from my experience and that of others. As soon as you decided to apply to their MBA
program, the school had to have you. Your
resume earned universal admiration, your
essay made them swoon and the interview
was a formality. Welcome to the class of
Nothing could be further from the reality of
today’s competitive MBA application process.
No matter how decorated a student and
professional you are, the applicant pool
is full of equally qualified and
remarkably diverse individuals. What
does it take to impress and stand out from
the crowd?

Tailor your resume
Everybody looks great in clothes tailored to
them, since no two bodies are identical. Your
resume works the same way. If you send the
exact same resume to every MBA program,
don’t expect enthusiastic responses.
Showcase yourself in a light that appeals to
individual schools.
For each school, shape the resume based on
what you know about their unique elements,
from teaching styles to location. With that in
mind, maybe a skill featured first on your
resume for one school is further down the list
for another, or one particular aspect of a past
job is explained in detail for one program but
omitted for the rest.
Ask what this school emphasizes: case study,
internships, group projects? Use your resume
to show real-world experience matching the
program’s specific brand.

Write panoramic
The biggest mistake MBA applicants make
when writing essays is not looking at the
group as a whole. Each essay should
complement — not overlap — others, like
pieces of a puzzle coming together to create a
Do two of your essays focus on leadership?
Change one to talk more about your
cooperative abilities. Does every essay end in
triumph? Share an unfortunate error or failed
endeavor and what it taught you. MBA
admissions officers want to read about a well-
rounded skill set in diverse situations.
Overall, your essays should paint a picture of
your most important personal and
professional traits without getting too focused
on a couple particular themes. In addition,
make sure your essays don’t repeat
information found elsewhere in the
application, particularly your resume.
Nailing the interview
The interview is probably the most nerve-
racking aspect of the MBA application
process. With preparation, though, you’ll
come in confident and ready to impress.

1. Reach out to your network
You probably selected each target school
based at least partially on knowing an
alumnus or having met one or two during an
information session or visit. Get in touch and
ask what they remember about their
How many people were present? Was it formal
or conversational? Did interviewers ask new
questions or request elaboration on topics
from your essays?
Of course, no two interviews are identical. But
you can build a basic idea of the atmosphere,
expectations and common questions from
those who have been there before.

2. Prepare potential content in
Yes, this can seem daunting, but the payoff is
substantial. Time spent pondering
interviewers’ questions is time lost. Plus,
sitting in silence can come across as awkward
or unprofessional to MBA selection
Create a base of useable responses that come
quickly to mind and cover many topics, from
employment and education to visions and
values. Make sure they don’t sound overly
rehearsed, though. You shouldn’t memorize
word-for-word, but rather build confidence
with talking points so they flow naturally in
the right situation, even under pressure.
While preparing, also think about how you
might be able to impress the interviewer with
unconventional — but appropriate —
responses. A great option is featuring relevant
anecdotes from volunteer service, travels or
daily life in addition to those from work and
school. You don’t want to sound like someone
focused on nothing but your job and studies.
3. Record a sample interview
or two

Thanks to today’s technology, there’s no
excuse for not knowing what you look and
sound like in an interview setting. Use a
computer or phone to record mock interviews
and watch them. You’ll be stunned how often
you say “um,” “like,” or other verbal tics,
which should be minimized.
Also, pay attention to your body language.
Does your attempt at eye contact make you
look borderline psychotic? Are you too stiff?
Do you fidget? Recognizing those behaviors is
the first step to correcting them and adopting
a professional yet comfortable interview
Though nothing in admissions is ever
guaranteed, a well-tailored resume, diverse
set of compelling essays and preparation for
anything an interviewer can throw your way
will make you a triple threat coveted by any
MBA program. Good luck!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Unless you’re a seasoned professional, keeping
your resume to concise is crucial. One page is a
good rule of thumb because it keeps things swift
and easy-to-scan for your future employer.
“Focus on communicating how what you possess
meets my needs instead of focusing on how
pretty your resume is or whether you have two
bullet points or a dozen,”
Things to watch out for in preparing your CV

1.Remove Generic Self-Descriptors
First of all, delete these 10 filler words. They’re
unnecessary and fill up space. Regular readers
of Resume Tip Tuesday have already done this
and are one step ahead.
Then, look for any generic words that you use to
describe yourself. A super popular one: Detail-
“If you to communicate want you're detail-
oriented, then make sure your resume is error-
free! Don't write detail-oriented in your objective
or summary statement,” says Joseph Terach of
Resume Deli. “ Everyone says that about
Listing it does nothing for your case…proving it

2. Delete Irrelevant Experience
Each resume should be tailored to your desired
position. Ask yourself: “Does your reader need
to know about the four-month job you held in
2003?” .
Clear out any irrelevant experience you have in
your resume. “Or at least minimize them

3. Remove Simple, Common Skills
“If it’s obvious that you use MS Office software
in your job (e.g. your experience section already
mentions use of spreadsheets; scheduling
meetings; designing slides), there’s no reason to
list the basic Word, Excel, etc. in your skills
Only include vital skills that you know managers
might be searching for.

4. Smart Formatting
Choose smaller fonts that read well. Calibri and Arial read well in just
a 9.5 font size, taking up less space.
“You can also get away with smaller top-bottom
margins than left-right margins (your page keeps
better perspectives,”
Beware: “If you shrink your margins too small
and MS Word will force your reader to resize
them before printing. Not cool. You don't want to
give your reader a work assignment just to be
able to print and share your document.”
Test it before sending it off.
5. Consider Two Key Bullet Points
You can make a big punch per position with just
two key bullet points. Artie Lynnworth, author of
life-lessons from his 40-year career in corporate
leadership, calls them “couplets.”
“A couplet is simply a combination of a key skill
with a key result,” he says.
“For example, creative marketing strategy
[the skill] enabled a 15% growth of product
sales in the first year, and a 10% per year
growth during the next three years [the
Longer work periods call for a few more
couplets, he says. But this is a great guideline to
follow to keep things concise and powerful.
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Think Like a Manager When Applying
for Jobs
By Larry Achara
When creating any document, a writer must consider
the audience’s needs and wants. Why should it be
any different with job applications? As you work
through a job application form, update your résumé
and write a cover letter, think about what the hiring
manager wants to know about you and how your
knowledge, skills and abilities align with the job
The more you anticipate and meet the reader’s
needs, the more likely your application will make it
from the mountain the employer receives to the
small stack the employer finds intriguing. Make
yourself stand out from the crowd by showing
yourself to be who the hiring manager wants to find.
Follow the tips below to make your application
something a hiring manager will actually want to
Be succinct.
Keep your writing to the point. Flowery language and
big words frustrate more than they impress.
Applications should be dense with facts, not with
buzzwords and strings of adjectives.
The faster you can say something about yourself,
the easier it will be understood and the more you
can say in a reasonable amount of space.
Application forms have defined field lengths and text
box sizes. Think long and hard before exceeding
these limitations.
Cover the bases.
All requirements outlined in the job posting must be
followed to the letter. If the posting requires
applicants to submit college transcripts, you must
include them. Failing to include required documents
shows lack of attention to detail and gives the hiring
manager a perfectly justifiable reason to throw your
application away without looking at it. Double and
triple check your application packet to ensure that
you include all the necessary materials.
Talk about fit.
Contrary to what many people believe, hiring
managers are not primarily concerned with finding
the person with the highest qualifications. After all,
rocket scientists don’t deliver pizzas for a living (not
that there is anything wrong with delivering pizzas).
Managers want competent new hires, but they are
willing to take the second or third most talented
person if they will be a better fit than the most
qualified person.
Managers are concerned with how a new hire will fit
in with the manager’s team, division and
organization. Even if you’re applying for a job that is
mostly a solitary effort, being a team player is never
a bad thing.
Good fit trumping talent is shown most clearly in
professional sports. While few organizations are
more talent-focused than a sports franchise, a
supremely talented player that gets labeled as a
“locker room cancer” will only be tolerated for so
long. A team cannot thrive with someone disruptive
to the team’s goals.
Explain the benefits to the organization.
You should say you are excited about the job and
that it will offer you opportunities to grow, but do not
dwell on it. The more important thing to discuss is
how you will benefit the organization. Take your
personality and experience and apply them to what
the ideal candidate for the job looks like.
Be on time.
Your application must arrive at the correct place by
the deadline. Even if you see the job posting for the
first time the night before the application packet is
due, there is no excuse for turning in a late or
incomplete application. Your punctuality should
continue throughout the hiring process.


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10 Mistakes That Will Get Your Job
Application Thrown Away
By Larry Achara

When hiring managers post jobs, many times they
get many more applications than they care to go
through. They want to find that needle in the
haystack that is the perfect person for the job, but it
can be incredibly tedious to go through a pile of

Friday, May 2, 2014


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This is the current school fees payment for various Nigerian Institution.

 Different Nigerian Universities have their respective school fees.

Below are the Lists of Nigerian Institution and their various school fees *KWARAPOLY=INDEGENE-#28,000, NON INDEGENE- #44,000

 *LAUTECH=INDEGENE-65,000, NON INDEGENE- #72,500 (STAYLITE-300L UPWARD= #40,000 TO #50,000)




*FUTO=#48,300 TO #49,000


 *AAU =#40,000

*KSU=FRESHERS-#37,500 (200L-#26,600, 300L- #15,500)


 *FEDPOLY ILORA=#59,530 *NSUK=#29,000

*MAPOLY=INDEGENE-#57,000, NON- INDEGENE- #62,000 (It Varies With Dept. Some students pay 75,000)

 *UNN=#50,000 freshers 60050



*PLASU=INDEGENE-#50,000, NON-INDEGENE- #100, 000

 *OAU=#60,000 (faculty- 12,000, it depends on faculty, but the highest is not more than 15,000)

*FUTA=FRESHERS-#49,000, (RETURNING-#14,150)

*UNIZIK=FRESHERS-#55,920, (RETURNING-#21,000 accretitation 10000

 *OSUN POLY=#25,500


 *OOU=FRESHERS-#110,000 TO #250,000 (STAYLITE- #42,000 UPWARD)



*ABU ZARIA=#23,000, DIPLOMA-#41,000 *ANSU=100L-#139,000, 200L-#129,000, 300L- #106,000, 400L AND 500L-#76,000


*FUNAAB=FRESHERS- #24,000+, (STAYLITE-#14,000)

 *FED POLY NEKEDE=ND1-#31,000, ND2-#24,000





 *I.M.T ENUGU=#49,300

 *UNI ABUJA=#32,500


*IMSU=INDIGENE- #120,000, NON-INDEGENE- #150,000

*POLY IBADAN= #75,000

 *UNIOSUN =#95000

 *LASU= IS BTW #195,000 AND #310,000.



*UNILORIN=FRESHER-#34,000 TO 37,000, (400L- #14900, 300L- #15400, 200L,- #16000).

 *ABSU= #150,000.

* ESUT=INDEGENE AND NON-INDEGENE, 100L, 200L - #122,250 (300L-#102,000,
 400L-#67,000 respectively)

 *RSUST=INDEGENE- #20,200, NON-INDEGENE- #70,200

 *UNIPORT = 120000 freshers




 *IMO POLY=ND-#30,000, HND-#40,000

If you have any other school please do well to add it to this list.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014


Many job seekers and career individuals submit CVs and resumes to numerous job applications and end up not being considered even for interviews. It is a recurring problem in the job market. Most of my friends do ask me what is so unique about your CV that makes 7 out of 10 companies you send your CV to tend to call you for test and am about to revel to you some of these funny or downright outlandish errors and omissions. Individuals whose CVs contain one or more of these errors will find that there numerous submission of CVs may be an exercise in futility.
In the cause of my NYSC and helping some friends I have seen some very funny and curious CV and Cover letter mistakes by job seekers. I will outline some of the best, most common mistakes and errors found in candidates’ CV.
Knowing about these errors and avoiding them will make your CV stand a better chance during filtering and short listing processes.
Now the best of the best CV errors;
How do you think an employer feels opening your message in his inbox and attempting to open your attached CV only to see an empty MS word document? I have seen several people make this mistake of sending an empty document for a job thinking they sent their CV.
This most always happens to someone who had another person write their CV and send to them via mail. In the process of downloading the CV and using for their applications they don’t realize they are only working with an empty document.
Be sure to check through the content of your CV and make sure it contains all the information you think it contains before attaching it to any email application you are making.
You get to see funny typographic errors in many CVs which shows evidence of very little or poor editing of CVs by some candidates. Nothing shows a recruiter that you are not meticulous as seeing numerous spelling errors in your CV or Cover Letter.
The simple remedy is to take the time to create your CV, review what you created and seek the help of a more experienced colleague or friend to vet what you created. That way you have a CV that will potentially impress recruiters and employers.
Many candidates mistake arrogance for personal hype and branding. Some cover letters read like something written by a braggard.
By all means you should write a CV and Cover Letter that portrays all your strengths and suitability for the job. However you should draw the line between solid persuasive facts and empty bragging words. If you start bullshitting in your CV or Cover letter many recruiters will see through that. Be sure you have the facts to support all claims of experience, achievements and accomplishments.
‘During my career, I was able to work as a team and head some teams…..’ Nothing as vague and non-definite as this will sway an employer in your favour yet we see so many individuals write CVs that pass little or no meaningful information about what they have achieved.
Better your achievements are brief, clear and definite than you list endless statements of ambiguity.
This is far mor common as most people would rather outline the duties handled in their previous places of work than take the time to outline definite achievements you made at those places. Outlining in definite and measurable terms what you have done and achieved in your previous places of work will catch the eye of your prospective employer more easily.
eg instead of writing something like, ‘Managed the sales and distribution of products’ use a more powerful eye-catching illustration of your achievements in that position. Something like, ‘Improved sales and distribution volume of ABC product by over 25% in 3 months’ or ‘Managed the sales of about N4 million worth of goods per quarter’
Stating achievements in a definite and measurable way paints the picture of your abilities to the employer and makes a stronger case for you than having you just merely list your job duties.

It is agreed that CVs should be ideally 1 or 2 pages and at most 3 pages to enable the prospective employers retain sufficient interest to go through your CV.
At times employers get confronted with what we call “term paper CVs” that are too long and probably too boring to the employer.
Job applicants who attend some career seminars learn only to input all sorts of over worn cliches.
Cliches such as ‘Excellent Communication skills’ and so on have been over-worn and over used by many job seekers that it has ceased having any impact whatsoever on any employer. Instead of using the same old phrases that every other person puts in their CVs you need to make your CV free of useless phrases that make no impact and instead concentrate on putting definite information that the prospective employer can work with.
Your CV might contain no spelling errors but if the design and layout of the CV is not straight-forward, easy to read and pleasing to the eye you could be missing from the employers’ consideration. One way to catch the recruiter/employers eye almost immediately is to have a CV that’s well arranged and with a pleasing layout. 
As an employer I have found myself a few times wanting to contact a prospective candidate only to see that the candidates’ phone numbers or email address is incorrect. There is no surer way to lose a job interview opportunity as the employer will have no choice but to throw your application aside. Always be sure to have your contact information cross-checked before submitting your application to make sure you can easily be reached if need arises.
Second to incorrect information is to have a wrong address or location to the one desired by the employer. Unless you are a candidate with a highly sought after qualification and skills the chances are that the employer will not come after you no matter your location.
Many employers when they advertise for candidates for a job in a specific location they state that only candidates who live in such locations or nearby should apply. They do this because they do not expect to pay anybody extra transportation and relocation costs. Be sure when you are applying for a job in a location different from your current one that the location and address will not be a blocking factor.



Much Love to my big mentor

I prepared this based on my personal experience,
experience of people I know, and experience of
juniors I mentored to making it.
1, NATURAL BRILLIANCE: There is a minimum
level of natural brilliance that is required before a
student can think of First Class or second class upper. I do not intend to
put limit to one’s capabilities, for I believe like most
people that impossible is nothing. However,
realistically speaking, that is an exception to the
rule. Most First Class students have a track record
from lower levels of education. That is the first

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