Interview with Toni Adewunmi founder of nigeriabestjobs.com
My name is Toni Adewunmi. I’m the Founder of www.nigeriabestjobs.com. I have a background in HR consulting and psychometric exam administration.In the past, I worked in customer service and tax administration at HMRC UK. I also worked at British Council and the Aviation Industry.
Jobisite: What inspired you to create your job website?
The idea of starting a jobsite came up when I was working in HR consulting. I became aware of the problems organizations had getting right candidates for their job openings.I was also aware of candidates having problems getting information about open job opportunities. In those days, organizations relied exclusively on newspaper advertisements while potential candidates relied on information from those papers and word of mouth information from friends and families. I couldn’t understand why many candidates complained about lack of job opportunities while potential employers complained about lack of availability of suitably qualified candidates.I decided that I can do something. That is how the idea of starting Nigeriabestjobs.com came about.
I was inspired by the desire to connect jobs with candidates. Since then, candidates have received job information from our website, mailing list, Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Jobisite: Are you working at the moment and do you blog full time?
Yes, I work at a Multinational Company whilst administering the blog side by side.
Jobisite: What advice would you give to job seekers?
I’ll advice jobseekers to have a positive mindset, be enthusiastic and to never miss an opportunity to learn and update their skills. The CV is the jobseekers’ shop-window;hence, it should be written in such a way that the job-seeker stands out from the competition. Professional certifications do help. They show that you are committed to your career and make you stand out from the competition.
EDX courses are available online, delivered by the best universities in the world and they are free and they issue certificates.
The foregoing might seem intuitive; however, while reviewing and short listing candidates for employers, it became apparent that very few people know how to write CVs and application letters. This, along with interview skills are things that I think should be taught in schools.