Things to Consider Before You Quit Your Job

After graduating from the tertiary institution, the next thing on most graduates’ mind is getting a good job that will be worth all the stress one went through in the tertiary institution. The reality of the situation of the country comes up with the ever increasing statistics of the unemployment rate in the nation. This makes it quite difficult to get that dream job.

As a young graduate, you decide to pick up any job that comes your way to gain experience and start from somewhere rather than sit idle at home. After spending weeks on the job, you realize  you made a mistake in taking the job and the next thing on your mind is to start searching for another job.




However, you are tied down and you can’t go for a job interview, so you decide to resign. On the other hand, one may even be working in a good place with great pay but you feel you deserve better and you are not getting the needed experience for career growth, so you want to take the bold step by resigning.

Take some time out and wait, ponder on this words “there’s a time and a place for throwing in the towel, but that time might not be now, and that place might not be your current office”.

While there are many good reasons for quitting your job, there are also a number of reasons to consider hanging in there. Reasons are:

1. YOU DON’T HAVE ANY SAVINGS
Before taking the bold step of quitting your job, you should have enough savings that will cater for your needs until you get another job. This will help with the running around for the job interview in the pursuit of getting another employment.

2. YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN ENOUGH JOB EXPERIENCE

In today’s world, job experience goes a long way in securing an employment in Nigeria. This is the reason why most people stick to the job even with the small pay because they need to garner experience.

3. YOU DON’T HAVE A PLAN YET

You need to have a plan that will keep you busy when you resign or that will help you get the good job. There is need to weigh the plan well and also have the right attitude to getting it done to achieve your desired goal.

4. YOU ARE QUITTING BECAUSE SOMEONE ADVISED YOU TO

When it comes to quitting your job, it is only one advice that ultimately matters, your own!
If you are making the decision to quit your job because other people told you to, then it’s time to reconsider.

5. YOU ARE QUITTING FOR A BIGGER SALARY

You need to look far away from the salary the new job is offering to you. There are other factors like job security, career development, job fulfillment amongst others things to check before deciding to quit your current job.In conclusion, there is always time for everything in life. However, if you still feel it’s time to move on from your current job, go ahead! On the other hand, if you’re still sticking around, make a good one out of it that will enable you move ahead at the needed time.


Darlington Idusuyi is the creator and editor of career.com.ng, where he shares his passion and knowledge about job search, interview tips, personal and career development. He also provide free career tools and resources to help job seekers find a job.


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10 ways to cure boredom at work

Boredom is a silent companion for many and it would not occur until you are overwhelmed by it. If
you feel uninspired to get up and go to work in the morning, you are probably bored of your work.
Most of the times, boredom leads to negative effects and this will affect you at work. If you are stuck
at your workspace staring into the depths of your screen and feeling a loss of inspiration, then it’s
probably time for you to analyse what is going wrong.
Escaping from the clutches of boredom is not that easy when it comes to workplaces. The monotony
of the work gets to you and you feel trapped inside this circle. Here are some ways that you can cure
your boredom:



1. Make career goals that you want to achieve from this job

What do you want to accomplish in your life? Do you have any goals that you want to achieve

from the job that you are doing currently? These are the questions you should ask yourself the

next time you are feeling bored at the workplace. If you do not have any immediate plans in life,

you should try to make them. List some of the career or personal life plans that you want to

achieve. It will keep you motivated and inspired at work.


2. Seek new challenges and accept more responsibility

The best way to get rid of workplace boredom is to accept more responsibility. This will give you

new challenges to overcome and keep you occupied. There is one thing that you should keep in

mind, though, before accepting more responsibilities is that it should not affect your normal

responsibilities.


3. Clear up your cubicle if it is in a mess

A messy cubicle can also be an uninspiring sight. If the first thing you see in the morning every

day is a cluttered workspace, then it is no surprise that you are getting bored here. You need to

clear up the mess and improve the ambience of your desk. The ambience of the cubicle plays an

important role in controlling your daily mood level.


4. Exhaustion can be a cause – Ensure a healthy lifestyle

Do you have a bad lifestyle? Do you sleep late at night? Do not leave the snooze buttons till late

in the morning. Go to sleep early and get up on time. It will help you to maintain a good and

healthy lifestyle. If you do not have a healthy lifestyle, you will end up feeling exhausted at the

workplace. When you are exhausted, you will boredom creeping up on you like an incubus.


5. Do not attend mindless meetings

Attend those meeting which you feel are really important as most of the meetings are

meaningless and waste time. Above all, they tend to be boring at times. If you feel like you are

attending a number of meaningless meetings, talk to your manager and let him/her know that

how it can affect the productivity. Suggest the manager how you can improve this situation.


6. Go for water cooler breaks

Sometimes small talks can help to shake away that feeling of boredom. Take a short break with

your colleagues and enjoy the moment with talks unrelated to your work. This will help you to

lighten your mood.


7. Learn new skills

Are you getting bored doing the same thing at work? Try learning some new skills whenever you

have free time. This will solve your problem of boredom and also help you in your future. A new

skill will help you get that promotion. Some companies support such activities and allow

employees to go for such programmes. You can also learn a new language that might help you if

you go for offshore meetings with clients or projects.


8. Do some online browsing

Nothing beats boredom like some light browsing. If your company allows for browsing social

media websites and other such sites, then you can spend some entertaining moments. Watch

that funny cat video or an interesting DYI video or chat with a friend. It will lift your spirits from

the pit of boredom.


9. Try writing a blog

Do you like writing? You can spend those free times, when you feel engulfed with boredom, by

writing an article for your blog.


10. Make a career or job change

If the work that you are doing is not interesting for you and you feel it is extremely boring, then

it means that you are stuck in the wrong job. If it is boredom that you have to deal with daily, it

is time for you to switch on the job alerts on job portals. Find a job that you will love before

boredom crushes you.

Getting bored at work is a common problem and if you know how to be safe from it, you can take

your work life to a better level. Knowing how to deal with this problem can also help you in your

career.

Author Bio

 Hasib is a professional writer working with one of prominent job portals in India –naukri.com. As a career coach, he helps professionals in making decisions related to career and job opportunities. He is an avid reader and lives for two things – football and food. If he is not involved in any of those, you can find him contemplating existential issues. Follow him @ twitter, Google+, LinkedIn

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6 Steps to Getting a Promotion


After you've  landed that dream job using your well written resume , its time to add value to your employer and in-turn your career growth by following these 6 steps listed below


"It's a great, great experience to finally get the reception you know you rightfully deserve"  . Kendrik Lamar 

Discover the gaps. A good employee fulfills employment objectives while a great employee doesn't just fulfill employment duties, a great employee adds value to the employer and in-turn gets recognized and in most cases promoted. How do you stand out from the rest? Discover the gaps..how can you help? what can i do to make my bosses life easier?Having the mindset of a helper is key to adding lasting value not only to your employer but also to your career.


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Fill the gaps.  Look at where you have gaps and demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn and grow. For example, volunteer to go on company training programmes or seek out external training programmes that will boost your skills. Or you can ask to take on work that involves new skills for you – for example, if you haven’t done much budget management and know it might be seen as weak spot for you then ask to take on some financial responsibility.

Highlight achievements. As well as gathering the evidence above, the other obvious place to look is at what you’ve achieved for your organisation. Think about tangible achievements such as having saved the company money or the outcomes of a project you’ve worked on. Look at your objectives in your job description and think about what you’ve done to deliver on these.

Set yourself apart . Establish yourself as someone who takes responsibility and can be trusted to deliver. Being a trusted deliverer in your current role means you’ll be thought of as ready to start operating at the next level. If managers still think they have to micromanage you because they aren’t sure you’re going to meet deadlines or you’re going to miss doing something important, they won’t be seeing you as someone who’s all that effective at your current role, so the next level will be some way off.

Build healthy relationships. It’s good to be known by people at the next level and beyond who’ll talk positively to your manager and others about what you’ve done. In an ideal world your skills and what you’ve delivered would speak for themselves but you have to get noticed too. When your boss hears positive comments about you from others that all helps with placing you in their mind as 'promotable'.

Get a career mentor. Having someone who’s successful at what you want to do and who can guide you on how to be noticed can be invaluable. If your organisation is too small for you to have one, do some networking and find one outside the company.

Awareness is very key to discovering where and how to best apply our skills to add value to our employers and in-turn our careers. Planning on changing jobs? read  5 SIMPLE WAYS TO CREATE A UNIQUE RESUME to get some resume inspiration and visit our search engine by clicking hereAre there any tips we missed or you'd like to share? Lets know in the comments below!

7 ways to manage unemployment phobia

         Unemployment carries a lot of emotional and financial baggage for most of us with fear being a major part. We fear the financial fallout of no longer receiving regular wages. We fear the impact of our lack of productivity on relationships: our marriage, our family, our friends, and our social and community activities. We fear losing the respect of our children when we can no longer give them what they need. We fear approaching acquaintances for help in identifying potential positions. We fear the humiliation of the job hunt and the personal rejection we expect to encounter. And finally we fear the most basic concept we hold within: that we're just not good enough, that we can't cut the mustard, that we're an incurable loser.



                 "Cut your coat according to your size cloth" Anonymous

1. Save  your money. 
Since you never know when you are going to be unemployed, you should always have at least 3-6 months worth of living expenses in the savings.

2. Live some place that you can afford
Living within your means is very important especially when you are just starting out , at this point you might still be under probation, you wouldn't want to incur dept. 

3. Avoid financing your lifestyle
Until you have been a contractor/employee for long enough to have a sizable amount saved-up, don't finance a vehicle or buy a home. Buy a good used vehicle and rent.

4. Upgrade your skills regularly
Use this opportunity to upgrade your skills. The more you can do, the more job placements you fit. Think: matching  job to skill, seek out job positions you desire and acquire skills needed for such a position or positions.


5. Constantly look around
 Keep your eyes open.. look around for something else. Regardless of how much you "love your job", it will never love you. Unless you are at an industry leader or your company is doing well financially, always be prepared to "bail out." And even if they are doing well financially this can change quickly; you should always "cover yourself."

6. Attend Job fairs and Networking events
 This is a great way to meet potential employers and get your name out there, in 2014 it was revealed that over 87% of on-the-spot hires happen during job fairs!

7. Practice 1-5 regularly


Stuck in the unemployment phobia train? What steps have you taken to keep your career under your control? Share it in the comments below!

6 ways to stay productive in Lagos Traffic

We all know traffic in Lagos is nothing short of horrible. A typical 20 minute commute home elsewhere can sometimes take four hours or more in Lagos. While there’s not a lot we can do about the traffic situation except hope to get home before dawn there are those that use this "opportunity" to get more productive.
 "The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you"                                  . Tony Robbins
Instead of thinking of it as a waste of time, you can choose to use this time getting other things done. Since you’re already stuck there in your car, molue`(did i spell this right?) or even the BRT, you might as well be productive and use this time doing things you have always wanted to do but could never find the time to accomplish. Take control of this time and make it work for you!


How we are using Lagos Traffic to boost productivity

1. Read a book/magazine or listen to an audio book

Raise your hand if you have an ever growing reading list of unread or unfinished books because you’re always “too busy”. Lagos traffic may be a huge drag but instead of just being idle, you can use this time to read a book or two. It will make the time go by much faster and you may just emerge from another day of awful traffic more well-read than ever!
But if lugging around a book seems a little too cumbersome, you can also download eBooks on your smartphone ( i use a galaxy note II , comment yay! if you are pro-android! ...cough..sorry...) or an eReader. This might be the cheaper option ultimately since there are many resources online that can provide thousands of free eBooks such as Project Gutenberg ,Amazon and Nigeria's Okada Books. If reading in your car isn’t your thing, you can also listen to an audio book version of your reading list instead. 

2. Work on career growth and personal development 

Instead of sulking in your vehicle, why not use this free time to develop your skills ? All you need is your smartphone or tablet to download some productivity apps that are geared toward personal and professional development. Some of our favourite apps are coursera , Udemy for learning new skills in a semi-academic setting and duolingo for learning new languages , more on duoling below. It has been found that 87% of workers don't get promoted and therefore earn less than they should because they don't make out time grow their careers and develop themselves. NB don't forget to add these new acquired skills to your resume !

RELATED:  5 SIMPLE WAYS TO CREATE A UNIQUE RESUME

Which productivity tools are you currently using? Let us know in the comments

3. Listen to a podcast

Tired of the usual radio stations playing the same music and talking about the same things? Why not try listening to a podcast? Podcasts let you choose what you listen to while waiting for traffic to subside. Think of it as being the DJ of your own AM radio. There are a countless number of podcasts of varying interests available online and you can simply pick the ones you want to listen to at your own pace.
It can be hard to figure out where to start so here are a few ideas to get you started:
Personal favourite: The Tim Ferriss Show. Hosted by world-famous author Tim Ferriss, this podcast features a look into the lives of the top-paid people in the world. Tim explores tools and tips these people used to get where they are today. It can give you some perspective on what you need to do to get your business off the ground.

RELATED:  25 BUSINESS PODCASTS YOU SHOULD START FOLLOWING

Got a favorite podcast? know a local podcaster?  Let us know in the comments

4. Relax and Meditate

Channeling your inner peace will probably be the last thing on your mind while you’re stuck in the midst of a traffic jam ( provided you aren't behind the wheel...smh). But the stress caused by the constant traffic is probably why you should give meditation a shot. Meditation is one of the best ways for you to leave such a frustrating situation with a positive frame of mind instead of piling on more stress after a long day at work.
A bit intimidated because you’re a beginner? There are a few free apps available that can guide you through your first foray into meditation.
Headspace gives you a free 10-day meditation guide (although you have to pay to unlock other special features) that will sufficiently guide you through just 10 minutes of meditation a day.
Offering more than just meditation, Omvana is a transformational audio app that offers 25 free tracks (pay to access hundreds more) to help you meditate, focus on your priorities, inspire your work, boost your creativity, and other goals to care for your mental well-being.
Calm is a free meditation app that lets you choose between 2, 5, 10, 15 or 20 minute guided meditation sessions and also has a free 7 day program to kick things off.

5. Get into a discussion with a stranger


Some people are more stimulated by face-to-face interaction , why limit yourself to technology when you can take it back to the 70's right?  I've personally found this to work well for me, i try to listen to the person.. a lot is learned when you sit back and listen  , from the unkempt young man that gives you a step by step breakdown of their well thought out start-up idea to the "beautiful prim and proper middle aged woman that uses her husband as a bad example at every turn and thinks her kids are out for her...beats being on instagram ( assuming its not a source of income or business ...and yes i know it's a source of entertainment and in lots of cases... news) 'Apples and Oranges' check for my comment below.

6. Learn a new language

“Learn a new language” is often on people’s bucket lists but we never really get around to actually doing it. Classes can be rather expensive and time-consuming. But thanks to some free language programs, you can learn a new language or two while waiting for traffic to get better.
Duolingo will teach you the basics of French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Swedish, and a few other languages by incorporating reading, speaking and listening to its modules. Its interface is fun and user-friendly so it’s not intimidating at all for first-timers.
If you prefer to talk to native speakers of a language, Busuu might be for you. It considers itself the largest social network for language learning, because aside from teaching you the basics of a range of languages, it also lets you talk to native speakers who will give you feedback on your work.

Looking for lots exercises to flex your newfound skills? Memrise is a flashcard-style learning system that lets you learn not only a new language but also about its history and culture. There are many courses to choose from since its users can create and contribute to the catalog.


Getting stuck in traffic is the worst but you can always make the best of it. While it can be a huge drain on your time, you can always use it to your advantage and turn it into an opportunity to explore new interests. How do you keep yourself busy when you’re stuck in traffic? Share it in the comments below!