Unemployment is a canker-worm that has eaten deep into the fabric of our nation Nigeria. It is one of the major issues affecting the economy and society. We anticipate the reduction of unemployment in Nigeria but it gets tougher by the day. More reason the job market is highly competitive.
Unemployment is not a natural phenomenon, there are certain factors behind it.
· POPULATION GROWTH
This is one of the major factors responsible for the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria. There are many unplanned births that lead to increase in labour force together with the inadequate supply of jobs.
· POOR LEADERSHIP
Gone are the days when Nigerian graduates have surplus job opportunities. Our weak and corrupt political system is a major concern. We have excess unused lands- this could be used for industrial purposes to combat the issue of unemployment.
· LACK OF QUALITY EDUCATION
The issue of school dropouts and low standard of education is a cause of unemployment in Nigeria. Some youths do not meet up with the criteria for recruitment because they lack quality education.
From this, it has been made clear that the high rate of unemployment is the reason for competition in the job market in Nigeria.
Graduates hustle to get jobs and they suffer at times as a result of rejection and the heat in the job market.
You can succeed despite the competition, these few ways will help you out:
· A POSITIVE MINDSET
Whatever you think will be, do not fill your mind with negative information about the job market. Remain positive.
· VOLUNTARY WORK
Engaging in voluntary work will increase your chances of employment and also develop your skills in your field of study.
· ADD VALUE TO YOURSELF
Try not to remain stagnant. Acquire more skills in line with your discipline and gain some experience.
· SELL YOURSELF
When you begin a conversation, people should be able to pick out your skills and abilities. Some call it pride but you know what you want.
· ENSURE A GOOD AND RELIABLE NETWORK
Attend seminars, join job related groups and meet new people in line with the job that you seek.
· MAKE YOUR RESEARCH.
Ensure you get enough information about the different organizations culture, about your niche, latest happenings, relevant skills, latest opportunities and all.
· PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW.
No matter the high rate of unemployment and competition in the Nigerian job market, a determined and positive individual will succeed.