Current Jobs in Nigeria – I lost my job 6 months ago and ‘over-qualification’ has been an issue, what should I do?

The first problem here is that the job seeker needs to stop ‘feeling over-qualified’ if your search for current jobs in Nigeria has taken you a long time without success. You need to be ready to accept and market yourself for that ‘lower-level’ or ‘pay-cut’ new job with excitement. You have to try your best to convince the employer that you are willing to humble yourself and accept the job with utmost gladness. Current jobs in Nigeria have become a lot more competitive. Employers already know who is over-qualified and many times they want to by-pass you. And you make it worse if you don’t make deliberate attempt to downplay your ‘over-qualification’.

First, try to tweak or downplay the big titles and experience on your CV. If you were a General Manager before seeking a manager job in similar size company, change your previous designation to something lower than General Manager so you don’t scare the new employer away. If you were handling multi-billion-naira projects in previous position and new role will only deal with multi-million-naira projects, reduce the project figures on your CV. But if you were a General Manager at a smaller company and you are seeking a Manager position at a bigger company, you really don’t need to tweak the designation. Current jobs in Nigeria are posted regularly on www.delon.ng, and you should set up an email alert for broad range of jobs to enhance your chances

If you have friends at the new company you are pursuing, let them know ahead that you will gladly accept that smaller job. Show a lot of excitement about it and don’t let people think you just want to manage or endure it. Of course, you shouldn’t stop looking for another job after getting the smaller position, but you must first humble yourself a great deal as you search current jobs in Nigeria. Please email your questions to cv@delon.ng and we will be glad to provide helpful answers

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Ayeni Ademuyiwa
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Every small job has a bigger ending success when diligence and tenacity are attached to it. 👌