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Friday, 13 January 2017

Master Of Excuses. (6 Things To Know, Dear Job Seekers...)

A few days back, Twitter user called David Ade revealed how he had responded to an ad seeking writers for a fan site on Twitter but the responses he got were rude and condescending so much so that the fansite editor called him a “moron” and a typical Nigerian for “making excuses, proving nothing”, adding that Nigeria is a “scum country” and that Nigerians are “a waste of oxygen and flesh”.

See the correspondence below. 

I am so happy to inform you that the ill-mannered MUFC staff has been fired, after these screenshots got online. 

But I couldn't help but feel agitated when I was reading through the chats. Ade is the poster child of "Things not to do when you're applying for a job!"  

So based on this chat I'm going to write a list of things that are noteworthy for applicants/job seekers. Please read below. 

1. Do not make excuses. Excuses make you come across as incompetent and effete. Ade has not even gotten the job and is already saying the time will not be enough. This already suggests that you lack a major quality employers look out for; a Can Do attitude. 

2. Take the initiative. Ade was given free rein to write on anything, and that could have been a moment for him to shine. Instead, he wanted to be spoon-fed and unfortunately at the workplace ain't nobody got time for that.  

3. Do not sell yourself short. In fact, hype yourself, if possible. From the moment Ade "opened his mouth to speak" I cringed. Do not apply for a job and then inform them that you are not a professional! Are you trying to convince them not to give you the job or what?

4. Do not haggle or banter with your prospective employer. Communication should be brief, direct and polite. You do not want to make yourself dislikable even before you've gone for the interview! I literally nearly cried when Ade said "but you were prepared to write those articles" and went ahead to spew even more gibberish. 

5. Do not for a second think that you're the only one applying for this job. Chances are that there are hundreds of others, at that very moment, some much more qualified than you, applying for that job. So  your A-game should be your only game at that point. 

6. Lastly, whether applying for a job or pitching for a new business; Do not say you cannot do something. If asked, say yes and go and learn immediately (or hire someone who can, in the case of business/contract)! Yes, lying is wrong but you lie anyways, but it makes more sense to lie about something that could move you to the next level in life. 
       Of course this is within reason; if the person you're applying to wants someone to start the job immediately, but fluent mandarin is a major requirement, OYO is your own if you say you can when you can't. 


Writing this made me nostalgic for the posts FNLP used to write for job seekers. I hope she starts writing for us again soon, I know by now she she has much more wealth of experience although other areas of interest would also be welcome. 

Share your thoughts guys, I'm sure we all agree that the MUFC guy is a major douchebag. But what do you think about Ade's approach? And what lessons have you learnt from being a job seeker, or an employer? We can all learn a thing or two from the comment section. 

Lets talk. 


  1. But Ade is a writer and whether professional or not, should have aready written articles handy in case of moments like this which to me, is even golden because you get to choose your topic. He should have even had professionally reviewed articles to "shine" with. Plus his tone of conversation though, very confrontational, sounded almost like a frustrated applicant. LOL!

    Job seekers don suffer sha! The pressure no be here aswear down! 101 Do's plus another 101 Don'ts. Wake at 2am and start preparing so you don't be late. Your outfit should be from bottom box. Polish your accent over night. Twist your weaknesses to become actual strenghs. Lie. Lie and keep lying! Be as confident as you can even when the tension is obviously sent from your village people. Trust me, it doesn't stop here.

    Don't even get me started on the MUFC guy. Glad dude got served!


    1. I raised 6 points, which do you disagree with? Let's hear your POV and talk about it, and most importantly, learn from you.

    2. I'd love to learn something to The contrary.

  3. But the MUFC person is Nigerian. I think he writes like a Nigerian. Whatever that means.

    In all, job seekers go through a lot sha. Do and don't is just too much. You don't even know which to follow. In all, follow your head.

    Good evening guys.

  4. Awww sweet. But work isn't everything. I have come to realise. But that's totally off point...

    Anyway back to the post, omg the Ade guy freaking pissed me off! He just kept talking and talking and talking and all I kept thinking was 'haba guy just shutup and write cuz time is going!!!!'.

    I agree with all your points T, I cant believe he even had the guts to haggle with the MUFC guy, what nonsense! Its even disrespectful. The way I see it, Ade obviously didn't really need the job, he was just messing around.

  5. Was he looking at applying for a job or looking at doing freelance? There's a difference in the two..

    Sometimes most HR personnel take the piss. Donno how they view applicants sometimes. Before they had the power to hire and fire,they forget they were once job applicants too. Now that the MUFC person has been fired,it's back to the same hustle market..

  6. The dude's confrontational approach was quite appalling. Free chance and you want to object to a certain way of your choice, really?

  7. That Nigerians part got to me I swear. I was just clapping my hands and shaking my head. Arifin.....shioor.

    I second your points T even though I didn't reliaze it as at when I first read the chats. It will us good to keep the points in mind. And to add to the lying part, please please and please if you are going to lie about anything with regards to a job, kindly ensure you can defend it. To avoid stories that touch.



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