A few days back, Twitter user called 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.