Being Incompetent – what does it mean? Identifying incompetence is not always a clear-cut process as this characteristic can present itself in different forms. Incompetence must not be confused with “bad leadership”. The two are close cousins but dissimilar in their nature. For example, a manager can be competent technically but bad at leadership, which […]
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A competency-based CV, also referred to as a “Skills” or “Functional” CV, focuses on highlighting your experience and knowledge by organising them into similar categories or groups. This is opposed to a “Traditional CV” that focuses on the chronological order of your work history where you list your skills and tasks under each respective employer. […]
It is weeks into your internship and your name has become synonymous with making photocopies and doing coffee runs. You feel highly undervalued, surely there is more to office life for an intern than being everyone’s errand guy? You begin to wonder if you are the only one in the internship universe going through this […]
Often, as the interview draws towards a conclusion, candidates are provided with a chance to ask the interviewers some questions. Many people wonder if it is compulsory to use this opportunity and what kind of questions one should have for the potential employer. As a rule, candidates should always have two or three questions at […]
You have just received an interview invite – congratulations! After the excitement settles, you start wondering what you need to be doing between now and the big day. I have been getting several requests for interview advice from people who are completely new to the world of work and attending their very first interviews. I […]
I was honoured to work with Future Africa Forum, an organization that exists to increase the voice and participation of young African people in policy making, dialogue and implementation. They are a non-partisan convening of young African leaders who dialogue and come up with policies and agenda’s that advance the African continent. I wrote an […]
Understanding First-Generation Students and Career Readiness in Higher Education When I moved to the United States to pursue my undergraduate studies at a liberal arts college in Connecticut, I left knowing that I am black, a man and poor. I was aware of these overlapping identities because they impact my place in the world, exposing […]
I am yet to come across information that convinces me of the value of having your photo on a CV. My short video on the topic of photos on a CV.
In my last blog, I addressed applying for jobs when you are under-qualified for the role. In this article, I address the inverse — being overqualified for a position you want to be considered for. Certain life situations, like relocation or a bad economy, may warrant you to consider jobs that are below your experience […]
Have you ever come across an advert for your dream job and had cold water poured on your excitement because you fell short of the role requirements? It can be very frustrating to encounter a vacancy that you would be great at, but do not meet 100% of the job description. Most candidates do not […]