Wd u rite a resume like this?

Nice read here.


It was bound to happen, now that millions of us are merrily texting and tweeting away. Job interviewers have become more tolerant of spelling mistakes and other errors on resumes than they used to be.

Consider: Only about 17% of hiring managers say they would toss a resume in the circular file if it had a single snafu in it, according to a new poll from staffing firm Accountemps. That’s a sharp drop from 40% who said they would five years ago, and 47% who said so in 2006. Some managers really don’t care whether you can spell or not. More than a quarter (27%) said they’d overlook three mistakes, up from just 7% five years ago.

Even so, it’s smart to proofread your CV carefully, or have a friend who’s a stickler for spelling take a look at it. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the hiring managers polled said they’d look askance at a…

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Tips Needed on Lecturing Job Interview

Dear Jarus,

I want to commend you for the good work you and your team are doing. My prayer for you is that God will keep you all.

I write to seek for an information fom you. I will like if you did not post my identity with this mail on your blog.

I write to ask for likely questions, the salary scale and other neccessary information in the interview for one of the old privately owned universities in Ogun State.

I look forward to reading your fans counsel and comment.


Dear Brother,

I have never attended an interview for a lecturing job, neither do I have close friends who have. But the general rules of interview should still work, in addition to mastery of the subject/course/department you are interviewing for.

Do we have any reader here that has more precise tips based on experience? Please volunteer the info. Over to you guys, help a brother.

FEMI TAIWO ON MONDAY: Introduction to Enhancing Serendipity Series

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Michael Oluwafemi Taiwo, Ph.D

I argued over the course of three articles that those who succeed at anything and don’t mention luck as a contributing factor are only kidding themselves. My main aim in espousing that thought is to introduce some reasonableness in assessing results. People or ideas that worked were not necessarily better than those that didn’t; external factors that cannot be controlled – luck – play into the dynamics of outcomes. My hope is that we will neither deify winners nor vilify losers but place their performance within the dual context of what hand was dealt to them and how they played it.

An unintended albeit positive consequence of the Luck Series as I called it was that it raised an interesting question. Online and offline, people have asked a variant of a question that goes thus: “If luck is an essential part of the success equation, how can I have more luck?” On the surface, the question seems an impossible one. Luck is serendipity. How can you enhance serendipity? Is serendipity serendipitous or ubiquitous? I defined luck as a quality you have no control over. If you have no control over it, how then can you increase it? Luck is chance, a random event. How can you multiply chance or randomness? Are people destined to succeed or fated to fail? Are we all just pawns in a cosmic chess game?

The way you see luck will determine whether you think it can be increased or not. If you think of luck as a commodity like a table or chair that can be produced by summing its constituent parts then luck cannot be increased. This is because luck is not causal in nature. If you want more tables and chairs, all you need is more wood, screws and paint. Luck is not like that. You cannot deconstruct or decompose it. This is why it doesn’t lend itself to control.

But if you see luck as a chance event or as a psychological response to chance then we can begin to investigate ways by which the odds can be tipped in your favor. We cannot “make” our own luck in the sense of a carpenter making a table or a chair but we can create a world within and without us that is favorable to fortuitous happenings. In this sense, yes, luck can be increased; serendipity can be enhanced.

So yes, you can increase your luck factor. Although you cannot control luck in theory; in practice, there are still steps you can take to increase luck in your life. You will enjoy this series if there is a need in your personal or professional life. You may be looking for a spouse or seeking better health. You may have a financial need or in search of a (new) job. Whatever it is, if you feel you can use some good break, this series is for you. I call it “Enhancing Serendipity: Increasing Your Luck in Life” because if you take my word for it and use the tips I will be giving along the way, I have no doubt in my mind that you will achieve what you desire.

Over the next two weeks try and meet four new people. They may be people you see every day but are not familiar with or they may be people you haven’t met before. I want you to actually get to know these people as much as possible; your goal is to be able to reasonably call them a friend in two weeks. I would prefer you meet people face to face and initiate conversations with them. Friendships initiated online won’t task your social skills much. It turns out that stretching yourself to go out there and meet people is the first lesson in Luck School. I hope you will ace this homework!

Investment Column Debuts on Jarushub

As part of my resolve to contribute to the raising of financial literacy and investment consciousness of Nigerians, I have brought on board Mr. Emmanuel Ewumi as a columnist on Jarushub.

Mr. Ewumi is an experienced capital market investor. He has been active in Nigeria’s capital market for more than 20 years. He has literally seen it all and I believe you will benefit as he shares his experience and insights on investment and related matters.

Mr. Ewumi writes on Fridays on investment matters. Readers can also ask him questions on investment tips.

Nuhu Ribadu Speaks to Jarushub

Anti-corruption czar and former presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, is my next guest on Jarushub, Nigeria’s numero uno career, mentorship and political-economic blog.

He discusses his life, personality and career. Stay close.

You may also read my past interviews with:
Pius Adesanmi – Ace columnist and Professor of English and African Studies, Carleton University, Canada.

Niyi Yusuf – Chief Executive Officer, Accenture Nigeria.

Olusegun Adeniyi – Former Special Adviser to late President Umaru Yar’adua on Media and Communication and currently editorial Board Chairman, Thisday newspaper.

Farooq Kperogi – respected grammar columnist and university don

Opeyemi Agbaje – leading financial expert and former Executive Director, Metropolitan Bank

JARUS ON SUNDAY: On Wole Soyinka’s Mythical ‘Third Class’ Degree

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The Guardian newspaper of Monday, 15 July 2013 carried a story that should ordinarily not be news. Titled, ‘I didn’t make a third class, says  Soyinka’, the newspaper quoted Nobel Laureate and Literature emeritus professor, Wole Soyinka, as saying he never made a third class degree from the university as widely believed by Nigerians. The Ogun state born international scholar cum critic said he had kept silent over the years on the matter but decided to open up for the sake of the children as a mark of respect for them. An obviously curious pupil must have asked the prof that question.

WS - I didn't make a Third Class

WS – I didn’t make a Third Class

Wole Soyinka is not the only one with such mythical ‘third class’. The late radical activist, Gani Fawehinmi, was another common example Nigerians throw around in similar arguments. Tony Elumelu, former CEO of UBA, has also been inducted into the club as his name is also surfacing in Nigerians’ list of ‘academic failure turned professional success’. I also grew up hearing that the late MKO Abiola was barely literate, just as some people –and they are supposedly educated – will swear that Bola Tinubu never went to school, when both of them are actually chartered accountants. The list goes on, although the Soyinka line is the most popular.

From my observation, there are two sets of Nigerians that peddle these hoaxes: one, those that want to discount the efforts of academic high flyers; two, those that do so to encourage or console those who didn’t do well at the end of their academic pursuit. I have little problem with the latter class, for I also believe we need to encourage our friends who came out with lower classes at the end of their degree programmes, especially those affected by variables that were not within their control (like poverty). Yet, I believe there are better ways to console or encourage ourselves or our academically deficient ones  than resorting to tales by moonlight which the Soyinka ‘third class’ story is.


Worse by far are those that pull down the academic high flyers with the Soyinka line. These people belong to the former category. It is common when discussing with such people to hear things like, “My friend, Wole Soyinka had a third class, Bill Gates dropped out from school, degree certificates are just papers bla bla bla”. While no one is disagreeing with the fact the class of degree doesn’t always have positive and direct relationship with what one goes on to achieve in the future, this is most times an exception to the rule rather than being the rule itself. It is therefore very wrong to wield that line of argument as is common among Nigerian youths these days.

Tony Elemelu - another 'third-classer'

Tony Elemelu – another ‘third-classer’

While Soyinka himself has come out to tell us that this generational attribution to him is indeed a myth, it is actually true that Bill Gates dropped out from school.  But what Nigeria’s self-appointed motivators don’t know is that, Gates did not drop out because he couldn’t cope or because he was a dull student. He did so because he found a shorter route to achieving his ambition or actualizing his ideas. Same thing for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. In any case you can’t be a dull student and gain admission into Harvard. These are the parts we ignore in Nigeria here, just as we also easily forget the socio-economic differences.

It is not that many Nigerians have not succeeded without going to school. Many Nigerian drop-outs have indeed gone ahead to be successful in the capitalist sense of the word, but for every one of such, there are a thousand that rue their not going to school or making good grades today. Herein lies my problem with our folks that brandish the Soyinka tale.




The Soyinka third class line is simply an encouragement of laziness and a dangerous excuse for failure. Lest I am misunderstood, I have not said third class graduates are inferior or automatic failure.  I have seen many of them that are very sound and smart. But this still doesn’t make anyone want to pursue what is less than excellence. This is where we need to draw the line between encouragement/consolation and justification of mediocrity.

Now that Kongi himself has come out to tell us the third class tale about him is nothing but a myth, I hope our friends will find a better motivational line or brickbat, depending on intention.

Dundee+ACCA or Birmingham+CIMA?

Good Day Jarus team,
Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing, may Allah bless you all. My name is Yusuf, a graduate of accounting from ATBU Bauchi with 2.1 and many scholarships and awards like BGS, NLNG, Total, Petrobras, FGN, etc. I am presently doing my NYSC with the hope of getting a job at my alma mater as Graduate Assistant and an opportunity to go for my Msc, but my problem is the way my friends who are lecturers complain about the job. I’m thinking of starting the lecturing job before something big comes.

Please I need your professional advice on whether to go for MSc Accountancy at University Of Dundee, UK with 9 exemptions (F1-F9) in ACCA or Msc Accounting and Finance at Birmingham City University with exemption in management and strategic level of CIMA. I know ICAN will come to your mind, I was not able to write ICAN because I’m somehow busy. I have family and age is not by my side. I already registered and paid my exemption but as things stand I don’t think I can pass ICAN in Nigeria.




Dear Yusuf,


What I can see is that you are concerned about the University, probably with the accompanying exemptions. If that is the case, I suggest you check world Universities ranking over a period of 3 years and decide which is better. Concerning your resolve to lecture in the University, I advise that you pursue that vigorously and don’t ever be discouraged by comments credited to your friends. You should pursue it and remain focused on that. I can assure you that you won’t regret taking that route. It may be difficult at the beginning which is common to most jobs across the industries. All you need is dedication and being focused. If you are unable to write ICAN because you know you can’t pass because of other commitments, why not set it aside for now and pursue the MSc. which is a major requirement for lecturing. However, the reasons of marrige and being a father do not make it impossible for you to pass ICAN, its only your dedication and readiness that you need after financial readiness. I wish you the best of luck.

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Although I am more inclined to you picking up a job in the private sector or a good public sector entity (e.g CBN, NNPC), I reason with Najeem that all of us cannot be in this 9-5 private sectors jobs. We need good hands in our universities as well. I therefore agree with him that you should ignore the seeming short run inadequate reward and pursue your lecturing passion, moreso as that appears readily available to you.

On the Dundee vs Birmingham part, since you are coming back to Nigeria, I think ACCA sells more in NIgeria, so Dundee/ACCA combination takes the nod for me. With exemption in 9 subjects, you have just 4 to write to qualify as an ACCA accountant.

All the best.

CV Review – JCO

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To work with existing staff and facilities, contributing the best of my ability and quota, so as to improve organizational objectives and achieve managerial goals and targets.

EDUCATION: University of Benin
B.Sc (Second class upper) Computer Science 2004-2008

Saka Tinubu Memorial High School, Agege, Lagos
Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSCE) 1994-2000

EXPERIENCE: DN ++++++ AND +++++ PLC.
Information Technology Centre
Systems Support Officer 2011- Till date

• Active Directory management
• Monitoring systems performance such as disk usage, memory usage
• Managing the DNS server, ensuring proper name resolution
• Troubleshooting the network/solving network related problems. Such as network printing and file sharing
• Managing and maintaining the internet and e-Mail server
• Desktop and laptop repair and maintenance
• Liaising with software vendors on the company’s ICT need
• Ensuring up to date data backup and system state backup
• Procurement of IT consumables such toner and ink cartridge

• Reduction in the number of calls made to consultant, which result in reduction in IT expenses, saving up to =N= 500,000 per annum
• Drastic reduction in the number of cases of system failure due to efficient system support and maintenance.
• Reduction in server down time to zero percent
• Introducing new backup procedure

National Youth Service Corp (NYSC)
Computer teacher June 2010 – June 2011

• Introduced inter-class quiz competition
• Introduced practical session for computer programming
• Won the inter-house competition as one of the game masters


• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Efficient user of computer.
• Ready to take up responsibilities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Integrity and honesty
• Self motivated and target oriented
• Good interpersonal skills


DATE OF BIRTH: 28th July, 1982
SEX: Male

HOBBIES: Reading, listening to music and football analysis

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The most important thing in your CV is that you had a 2.1 from a good school (Uniben). You are also working in a relatively good company, a publicly quoted company which I expect to have good structure, and a plus to your CV. Your accomplishments, especially in your current company, are also good for your CV. I can see you are an IT guy – good for you, IT is still a hot specialization. You have two years experience in a reputable organization, that’s another plus. The only missing thing in your CV is professional qualification. Why not try your hands on IT exams like CCNA or whatever it is called or any other relevant IT exams. That would boost your chance.

You’ve got a good CV, even though some of us have consciously pursued and acquired awards and honours in our CVs and always opening doors for us. Yours is still nonetheless a decent CV. Try to brush it up with professional qualifications and you may begin to throw it around if you want to make a bigger move.