A human resource expert and CEO of Talenbase, a Silicon Valley backed Startup, Chika Uwazie says there is a portion of youths in Nigeria that are not serious about employment.
Uwazie said this in a series of tweets on her official and verified twitter handle, stating that many are not prepared for employment
She said, “I am going to share my experience as a recruiter, hiring executive assistants for several clients. Some may not like what I have to say, but I can only speak my truth.”
I am going to share my experience as a recruiter, hiring executive assistants for several clients. Some may not like what I have to say, but I can only speak my truth.
— Chika Uwazie (@ChikaUwazie) August 8, 2019
“Do we have a major youth unemployment problem in Nigeria, yes we do. While there is a challenge of not enough positions aligned with educated youths, as a recruiter I have seen there is a portion of the youth that is not serious about employment. Almost a sense of entitlement.”
“Many Nigerian youths have access to data and social media. That is how people find me and apply to jobs. I would think during your idle time, you would take time and teach yourself new skills and level up. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many candidates I interview.”
“Let’s say I have 10 candidates that I want to interview. Only 5 of them will respond to my initial interview. The other 5 candidates never respond.”
“Out of the 5 candidates that respond to my email, only three of them will be able to demonstrate knowledge of excel and PowerPoint.”
“Once I meet them in person, two candidates will call me the day of the interview with one long story basically saying they can not come to the interview, and only one candidate will actually be ready to present to a candidate.”
“After going to this process over and over again, I have started to ask myself is it worth it? I want to help more Nigerians get jobs, but it’s clear to me overall we are not serious.”
“Out of over 400 resumes I have for EA positions, only 50 resumes have been presentable to clients.”
“Nigerian youths if there is not anything else you get out of my message, you need to level up. The Nigerian education system is not preparing you for the workforce. Start teaching yourself basic ettiqute of how to apply for a job and the interview process.”
“Stop sending emails with no subject title or body in the email. Then you attach your resume and expecting a positive response.”
“Stop embellishing your resume, only to find you are not anything close to what your resume presents.
Do not put a number on a resume that will be hard for a recruiter to reach you.”
“And finally, if you applied to a position you should be in your inbox more than social media. I can not tell you how many times I get an email from a candidate a week later saying they are just now seeing my email.”
“This is the cold hard truth. As much as I want to help Nigerian youths. Many of us are not prepared for employment.”