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Things You Should Know About Being An Employee’s Guarantor

This post is a product of my recent conversation with a family friend. Apparently, a lot of people agree to act as a guarantor without knowing the implications. There are so many instances that will require you to provide a guarantor. It could be for a loan, or tenancy, or…

How Do You Handle Competition At Work?

A few years ago, an extern was sent to my firm by the Nigerian Law School to complete the mandatory externship. This is a training programme designed by the law school as part of the candidate’s course of work. Before you are called to the Nigerian Bar (become…

How To Quit A Job Without Burning Bridges (Accidentally)

“It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. Your book is going to impress, but in the end it is people that are going to hire you.” Mike Davidson Let’s face it, people…

6 Effective Ways Of Dealing With Workplace Anger

Let me tell you a true story. My very good friend almost slapped her boss at work!! Impossible, you may think, but it actually happened. The way she tells it, you’d think an alien invaded her body. She claims it was an out of body experience,and she…

7 Brilliant Questions You Should Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

For those of us that have attended countless job interviews, you know that at the end of the interview, you will most likely be asked if you have questions to ask. Raise your hands if you are one of those people that never have any question. I’m quick…

10 Other Things You Could Negotiate Instead Of Salary

Things to negotiate instead of salary…hmm. This may sound shocking to some people, but yes, there are things as important as salary that you should be negotiating. When I got my letter of employment for my current job, I was ecstatic! The pay was way better than what…

5 Important Lessons We Can Learn From The Career Of Elon Musk

Who is Elon Musk, you ask? Does the name PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX ring a bell? If it does, Elon Musk is the man behind those names. First time I heard of Elon Musk was when I interviewed the founder of Smallstarter Africa, John-Paul Iwuoha, and he talked about…

5 Things To Consider When Asking For A Salary Increase

Asking for a salary increase is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it has got to be one of the most difficult experience for an employee. It is a stressful and often awkward experience and could also be a potentially harmful one for your career if you say…

6 Tips To Answer The Terrifying “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

In all my years of attending interviews (not a lot of years), the only question I dread answering, outside of “why should we employ you“, is “tell me about yourself“. The reason is, there is really no right answer to it. It’s frustrating trying…

When Is It Okay To Cry At Work? Here’s How To Deal With It

The question should be, is it ever okay to cry at work? I won’t lie, I’ve shed quite a few tears at work. There are days when you feel as if the odds are not in your favour; nasty emails from clients, harsh words from your…