Author: Blessing Abeng

One of the key things I decided to be more intentional about this year is negotiation. I am actually good at it but I decided to step it up a notch and help you step yours up too.I learned that with negotiation, it is about knowing what you want, going after it while respecting the other person/party in the process.With negotiation, you always win when you have the right mindset. How? You get a price cut, salary increase, or higher revenueYou get an extra gift or compensation (life and health insurance, travel perks, remote work days, new position title, something intangible but valuable

Do you find it difficult to introduce yourself or succinctly encapsulate who you are and what you do in a sentence? Do you take a big gulp when asked "Tell me about yourself?" Are you skilled at doing things but find yourself being short-priced or not paid at all? Are you considering charting new waters with regards to career change or a newfound passion? Are you at a point in your life where you have decided to scale up and need people to take you seriously? Do you feel like you are better than you let on but for some reason, you are not living

I was really glad when I was contacted to be the Keynote Speaker of this great event. When I got the mail, I was thrilled, even though I stressed the team a lot about the little things about picture choice, etc. I sweat the small stuff because it is the small stuff that makes the difference. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra and not many people are willing to take on that extra. The extraordinary is a product of a commitment to excellence and consistency. In the end, that is what truly makes the 21st-century entrepreneur

Dear You, The reason you’ve not been called for that job revolve around 3 things: Your application Pre-interview activities Your Interview(s) I discussed your application here. and pre-interview activities here. Your Interview(s) 14. You look unkept or unappealing. When you show up for an interview, your appearance is your first impression and you get judged by that before you even open your mouth. Look good. Don’t over do it. 15. You are uncomfortable. If the weather is hot and you are wearing 3 pcs suit or a tight shoe or heavy makeup, chances are you’ll be uncomfortable, probably sweaty and this will affect your concentration and body language. Try to

Dear You, The reason you’ve not been called for that job revolve around 3 things: Your application Pre-interview activities Your Interview(s) I discussed your application here. Pre-Interview Activities 10. Not picking or returning calls. Chances are you don’t have the number saved. Call back if you missed a call from a strange number or if you are having network failures. Send a text. Don’t unlook. When you pick, be polite, you don't know who is on the other end of the phone. 11. Unnecessary Lies and Excuses. If you missed the call, don’t craft a lie or start giving excuses, it shows incompetence. Nobody will kill you, just call

Dear You, I was going to tell you about my life and my career but I figured that would be too long, so I decided to cut the long story short and help you spot the leakages in your job application process based on my opinion after sieving through over 1000 applications. First, I know people say you must know somebody to get a job but I beg to differ. You don’t need to know anyone. Your personality just has to shine through your application and interview. So you need a job, you see an ad or posting calling for application with instructions

I know a number of people who have gotten jobs on LinkedIn, a number of recruiters who use LinkedIn as their major recruiting platform and more importantly I have been offered jobs and business opportunities on LinkedIn. It is a good platform if you can wield it. I’ll like to divide the “How” into 4 parts. 1. Your Profile 2. Your Content 3. Your Engagement 4. Your Network I discussed 1 and 2 here. YOUR ENGAGEMENT: Accept your requests wisely and purposefully. Send requests wisely too. Don’t just send requests, include messages. Be value-oriented and message smartly. Read about the person you are adding and let this spark

I know a number of people who have gotten jobs on LinkedIn, a number of recruiters who use LinkedIn as their major recruiting platform and more importantly I have been offered jobs and business opportunities on LinkedIn. It is a good platform if you can wield it. I’ll like to divide the “How” into 4 parts. 1. Your Profile 2. Your Content 3. Your Engagement 4. Your Network YOUR PROFILE: This is ultimately your CV. It contains parts that can answer all the intricate details every recruiter is looking for. This is why it is important to update your profile - 90-100%. Your profile starts with your