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Talent Acquisition Expert Writes Book To Position Career Professionals For Opportunities In The Employment Market

This book educates the reader on how to strategically position themselves for opportunities in a market place where professionals are many and opportunities are few.

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Justina Asishana
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Justina Asishana is a Nigerian from Edo state. She is a data and investigative journalist who also fact-checks. She covers health, agriculture, education and governance

NIGERIA: Experienced recruitment and talent acquisition Expert, Jennifer Oyelade has published her book, “Careerectional Facility – Writing the wrongs of Professional Development” to encourage young career professionals towards the right path in their career journey.

The book which was published in January further debunks the ideology that career success can only be attained within a predetermined structure.

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The book which is 75 paged is meant for career professionals and the youths who are currently unemployed.

In the 11 chapters book of which the review copy was made available to Transcontinental Times, Oyelade said that the book is meant to rewrite the wrongs of professional identification and determine the career path of an individual at their terms and pace.

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The Author made the readers realise that there is a very thin line that exists between their mindset, perception, fears, hopes and dreams that fuels their career perceptions.

“It is okay to be different, don’t compromise your dreams to feel accepted. After all, a circle cannot fit into a square. A circle represents a rounded journey. You may even start and end in the same place. However, the line of a square changes direction as it achieves a milestone at each corner”, she quoted in the preamble.

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In the book, Oyelade said that the motive of writing the book is to correct the wrongs of professional identification.

“There are so many myths:  ‘Your CV shouldn’t be longer than two pages’, ‘You should always put your date of birth’ and the classic ‘I love to read as a hobby because it makes me look serious’. The book will help the career professional to determine their career path on their terms thereby creating a  masterpiece.”

Chapters in the Book

The chapters in the book include; identifying your purpose, dating and defining your career, believe in your brand, it starts with you, career leveraging, monetize what you actualize, the horizontal shift, letters after your name don’t define you, let your name precede you, be a growth contributor and create a recession-resistant profile.

In the chapter that speaks about branding, Oyelade pointed that the individual is his or her brand stating that, “You are your own PR manager, sales pitcher, business development  manager, communications specialist, and brand ambassador.”

The Career Specialist also had a chapter for the unemployed encouraging them to broaden their knowledge by utilizing the resources at their disposal and network by engaging with potential mentors who are skilled in the particular skill set they need.

She urged them to improve on their experience giving two types of experience which when applied can boost an individual’s capabilities.

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Tips for young Professionals

Oyelade spoke about the journey to self-actualisation and defining of purpose adding that the purpose of an individual should reflect all the unique components that make them distinctive. 

“If you do not define your purpose by regularly revisiting your blueprint and checking if the soil you’re building on is fertile, you will almost always come against frustrations in pursuit of career fulfilment.

“In a market where the talented professionals are many and the opportunities are few in comparison, you need to stand firm in your self-assurance.  You need to strongly believe that within that talent pool you are a niche,  a specialist that has something unique to offer any organisation”, the book read.

She encouraged the readers to look back at the success stories of many prominent professionals and learn from the moral of their stories which often shoes that they did not allow life’s setbacks to define them.

Giving tips about maintains a good reputation, Oyelade advised career professionals to uphold their names and protect their reputation in every circumstance urging them to be enablers and master the art of diplomacy.

“As a professional, your reputation will precede you and nine out of ten times you won’t be there to defend an opinion of your professionalism so regardless of who you are interacting with, ensure that they are experiencing a true reputation of your character”, she advised.

The book ends with career affirmations which will boost the professional in their career goals and dreams while urging them to diversify in other to stay relevant in the professional world.

Oyelade hopes that the book will help the reader turn many corners, one milestone at a time.

About Jennifer Oyelade

Jennifer Oyelade is an experienced recruitment and talent acquisition Specialist with an extensive career spanning across three continents.

She has worked for leading international recruitment consultancies and founded Transquisite Consulting whose core objective is to identify, develop and empower talent in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

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