The Top 30 Most Powerful Websites
for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa

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Author: systemdigits

You’re about to find out the top 30 websites for entrepreneurs and investors in
Africa. These are the best places on the internet to find interesting business
ideas, investment opportunities, breaking news, expert insights and advice about
doing business in Africa.

Africa is buzzing with creative talent, impressive business opportunities, and an
entrepreneurial revolution that is shaking up the continent like never before in its

The websites you’re about to discover are doing an amazing job of exploring
and exposing the hidden treasures in Africa’s vast business landscape.
If you’re an entrepreneur, investor or business enthusiast with a general or
specific interest in Africa, these are the websites you should bookmark and visit

Ranking Methodology

The websites on this list have been ranked from top to bottom, according to
their Global Traffic Rank on Alexia, as at 1 October 2015. is one of the world’s leading web analytics tools; now owned by

The Global Traffic Rank is a measure of how each website ranks relative to all
other sites on the internet over the past 3 months. The rank is calculated using
a proprietary methodology that combines a website’s estimated average of daily
unique visitors and its estimated number of pageviews over the past 3 months.
Although I have also included the size of each website’s social media
communities on Twitter and Facebook, this is only an indication of popularity
and reach, but not rank.

So, here we go! Let’s meet the top 30 most powerful websites for entrepreneurs
and investors in Africa.

1. CNN African Start-Up

One of the most popular international TV stations in Africa, CNN has used its
powerful platform to expose the positive achievements of African entrepreneurs
to the world. CNN African Start-Up shares remarkable business startup stories
from all corners of the continent and does a great job on the website.
Global Website Ranking: 76 | Social media: 264,000+ Twitter followers
@CNNAfrica | Website: CNN Africa-Startup

2. BBC Africa Business Report

The BBC is arguably the oldest international media service in Africa. Presented
by Lerato Mbele, The BBC Africa Business Report showcases the latest business
news, technology tales, and consumer trends from across the African continent.
The website is always updated with short and interesting video clips that focus
current and emerging business issues and developments around Africa.
Global Website Ranking: 84 | Social media: 15,000+ Twitter followers
@BBCLerato | Website: BBC Africa Business Report

3. YALI Africa

Founded in 2014, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) for Africa is a
signature effort of the American government to invest in the next generation of
African leaders. The platform provides virtual resources and vibrant physical
spaces to equip young African leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills and
connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.
Global Website Ranking: 1,042 | Social media: 33,000+ Twitter followers
@YALINetwork; 99,000+ Facebook fans | Website: YALI Africa

4. McKinsey Insights & Publications

On the website of one of the world’s most renowned business consulting firms,
McKinsey’s Insights and Publications section for the Middle East & Africa
publish shares research insights, expert advice, interviews and commentaries
that are best-suited for business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking for
facts on which to base business and policy decisions.
Global Website Ranking: 7,404 | Social media: 126,000+ Twitter followers
@McKinsey; 298,000+ Facebook fans | Website: McKinsey Insights (Middle East & Africa)

5. All Africa

This is definitely one of Africa’s most popular indigenous websites. Served in
both English and French, AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa. It
aggregates, produces and distributes business news daily from over 130 African
news organizations. In addition to its political and sports news, the ‘Business’
section of the website is always full of rich and current information.
Global Website Ranking: 13,596 | Social media: 222,000+ Twitter followers
@allafrica; 107,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AllAfrica

6. Venture Burn

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Venture Burn focuses on telling the stories
and news of startup and tech entrepreneurs from emerging market sectors,
covering everything from innovative new businesses and developments in
eCommerce to helpful tips for startup entrepreneurs.
Global Website Ranking: 40,940 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers
@Ventureburn; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VentureBurn

7. My Top Business Ideas

Best suited for aspiring and startup entrepreneurs, My Top Business Ideas
shares an impressive collection of small business ideas and market
opportunities that can be explored for profit in Africa. Founded by Ajaero Tony
Martins in 2013, this website is a useful resource for people looking for business
ideas to spark their imagination.
Global Website Ranking: 44,171 | Social media: 800+ Twitter followers
@MTBusinessideas, 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: My Top Business Ideas

8. Ventures Africa

Undoubtedly one of the top favourite websites for news, analysis, opinions and
discussion about Africa’s business landscape. Ventures Africa remains a
champion in sharing business insights and stories that explore the opportunities
and complexity of our continent and the African Diaspora.
Global Website Ranking: 49,188 | Social media: 52,000+ Twitter followers
@VenturesAfrica; 19,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Ventures Africa

9. AFK Insider

If you’re looking for a website that covers African news from a business
perspective, AFKInsider is the one. It covers the current business developments
and economic forces that guide Africa’s markets. From agribusiness to
entrepreneurs, AFKInsider is a great resource for both seasoned investors
looking into Africa and general interest readers.
Global Website Ranking: 94,988 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers
@AFKInsider; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AFKInsider

10. How We Made it in Africa

Through its sterling reporting, How We Made it in Africa has become a hub for
aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, and foreign investors with a strong
interest in Africa. Its case studies, featured articles, and business advice give a
unique insight into the sometimes complicated aspects of investing in Africa and
trading with the continent.
Global Website Ranking: 102,098 | Social media: 47,000+ Twitter followers
@MadeItInAfrica; 43,000+ Facebook fans | Website: How We Made it in Africa

11. Disrupt Africa

Looking for up-to-date news, information and commentary about Africa’s tech
startup and investment ecosystem? Disrupt Africa has journalists roaming the
continent to find, meet, and interview the most innovative and disruptive tech
startups. That’s why this website is a true showcase of Africa’s most promising
businesses and business ideas.
Global Website Ranking: 113,333 | Social media: 4,000+ Twitter followers
@DisruptAfrica; 900+ Facebook fans | Website: Disrupt Africa


Founded in 2010 by Teresa Clarke, a former managing director of the
investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, provides ‘carefully
selected’ news on the latest happenings on the business landscape across
Africa. Beyond business and financial information, the website also provides
coverage on political and cultural news on the continent.
Global Website Ranking: 123,939 | Social media: 11,000+ Twitter followers
@Africa_com; 75,000+ Facebook fans | Website:

13. Innov8tiv

This dynamic web resource features the latest technology news and
entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the
Diaspora. Founded by Annie Akpe, Innov8tiv seeks to inform consumers and
companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies that exist in Africa and
among leaders of colour around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean,
Australia, and Asia.
Global Website Ranking: 130,824 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers
@innov8tivmag; 37,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Innov8tiv

14. VC4Africa

This is arguably the largest online community of venture capitalists, angels and
entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses in Africa. The platform, which
was founded in 2008, connects Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs with the
resources (knowledge, network and capital) they need to realize their potential.
Via the VC4Africa website, entrepreneurs have access to free online tools,
mentorship opportunities and private deal rooms.
Global Website Ranking: 132,833 | Social media: 53,000+ Twitter followers
@VC4Africa; 45,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VC4Africa

15. Celebrating Progress Africa

Labeled as ‘Africa’s Number one website for progressive news’ Celebrating
Progress Africa (more popularly known as ‘CPAfrica’) chronicles the progress
made by Africans, especially entrepreneurs, as they lead Africa to economic
prosperity. CPAfrica also has vibrant Technology and Culture categories.
Global Website Ranking: 153,625 | Social media: 13,000+ Twitter followers
@cpafrica; 54,000+ Facebook fans | Website: CPAfrica

16. Mara Mentor

This online platform enables ambitious entrepreneurs to connect with peers and
business leaders on the African continent. Mara Mentor encourages idea and
knowledge sharing among Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs,
inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara
Mentor is an initiative of Mara Foundation, the Mara Group’s social enterprise
established in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group.
Global Website Ranking: 256,395 | Social media: 111,000+ Facebook fans |
Website: Mara Mentor

17. The Africa Report

With Africa becoming an investment destination of choice, The Africa Report
responds to the growing business need for solid analysis of the political
situation and assessment of the risks. For over 50 years, The Africa report
continues to provide expert analysis of the African business environment, and
remains one of the top references for African business affairs.
Global Website Ranking: 272,551 | Social media: 82,000+ Twitter followers
@theafricarepot; 260,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Africa Report

18. Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African-based, African-funded philanthropic
organisation. Through its $100 million flagship program, the Tony Elumelu
Entrepreneurship Program seeks to identify and grow 10,000 African
entrepreneurs, create 1 million jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenue to
Africa’s economy over the course of the next decade.
Global Website Ranking: 273,254 | Social media: 96,000+ Twitter followers
@TonyElumeluFDN; 146,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Tony Elumelu Foundation

19. Smallstarter

Unique for its in-depth analysis of business ideas and market opportunities in
Africa, Smallstarter is leading the charge to teach, inform and inspire the new
generation of small business entrepreneurs across Africa. Its impressive
collection of well-researched business ideas, inspiring success stories and
practical business advice continues to attract both aspiring and experienced
entrepreneurs and investors from within and outside Africa.
Global Website Ranking: 275,594 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers
@smallstarters; 12,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Smallstarter

20. She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa serves as a platform to invest in Africa’s most talented and
promising female entrepreneurs. Founded by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei,
this impressive online resource provides knowledge and support to female
entrepreneurs, and has launched a pitch competition aimed at startups
operating on the continent and diaspora.
Global Website Ranking: 354,437 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers
@SheLeadsAfrica; 9,000+ Facebook fans | Website: She Leads Africa

21. Africa Business Pages

Although not an information website in itself, Africa Business Pages is an online
directory of businesses involved in intra- and inter-African trade. It focuses on
promoting trade from and to Africa and boosting partnerships among traders
and African distributors.
Global Website Ranking: 372,433 | Social media: 33,000+ Facebook fans |
Website: Africa Business Pages

22. Lionesses of Africa

Dedicated to transforming the profile of women entrepreneurs on the continent,
Lionesses of Africa is an online community of ‘lionesses’ sharing their stories,
knowledge and experiences, and inspiring one another, and connecting for
accelerated success. The ‘Startup Stories’ and ‘100 Lionesses’ sections of the
website are full of inspiration and remarkable business ideas.
Global Website Ranking: 417,989 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers
@lionessesa; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Lionesses of Africa

23. The African Business Magazine

This is one platform that offers a unique insight into African affairs, from an
African perspective. The African Business Magazine holds the title of bestselling
pan-African business magazine. Its special reports profile a wide range of
sectors and industries including transport, energy, mining, construction, aviation
and agriculture.
Global Website Ranking: 494,419 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers
@AfricanBizMag; 4,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Magazine

24. This Is Africa

Published by the Financial Times, This is Africa equips senior decision makers
with the knowledge to understand the evolution of African economies; to find
partners and investments that match their criteria for return or for development
and to position their brands to take advantage of the rise of the African
consumer. It regularly features updates on foreign policy, perspectives from
leading thinkers on Africa, interviews with global leaders, and analysis of major
events and transitions on the continent.
Global Website Ranking: 561,127 | Social media: 29,000+ Twitter followers
@thisisafrica | Website: This Is Africa

25. The Anzisha Prize

Every year, The Anzisha Prize profiles and rewards young entrepreneurs who
have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or
started successful businesses within their communities. The ‘Entrepreneur
Stories’ section of this website is a very rich source of business ideas and
inspiration for thousands of Africans who closely follow the annual selection
Global Website Ranking: 808,022 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers
@anzishaprize; 13,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Anzisha Prize

26. African Business Review

Africa Business Review is a leading source of news and content for C-level
executives focused on business and industry-specific news from across the
African continent. Through its website, daily news and weekly e-newsletter,
African Business Review helps executives stay up-to-date with the most
fundamental operational issues in demanding and ever more competitive
business sectors across Africa.
Global Website Ranking: 934,976 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers
@AfricaBizReview; 3,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Review

27. LIONS Africa

Launched at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa, LIONS Africa is
mobilizing the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private
institutions to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and to
spur entrepreneurship on the continent. LIONS Africa is a partnership of several
organisations including the US State Department, Microsoft, Nokia, the African
Development Bank and several others.
Global Website Ranking: 1,000,361 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers
@lionsafrica | Website: LIONS Africa

28. Africa Business Jumpstart

This impressive website helps aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners to
get started in Africa’s new emerging markets through its rare market tips,
expert guidance, and actionable tools. Its founder, Dr. Harnet Bokrezion, is a
seasoned and experienced business coach, and co-author of 101 Ways To Make
Money in Africa, a new and refreshing perspective to business opportunities on
the continent.
Global Website Ranking: 1,621,146 | Social media: 700+ Twitter followers
@africajumpstart; 2,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa Business Jumpstart

29. FarmBiz Africa

This impressive website is focused on exploring the amazing business
opportunities and success stories in Africa’s agribusiness space. FarmBiz Africa
provides some of the most current news, releases and insights that help to
meet the information needs of Africa’s agripreneurs. For its visionary work, it’s
no surprise it has won several awards from the FAO, UNEP, NEPAD and others.
Global Website Ranking: 2,634,794 | Social media: 9,000+ Twitter followers
@farmbizafrica; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: FarmBiz Africa

30. Afrinnovator

Selected as one of CNN’s Top 10 African Tech Voices To Follow, Afrinnovator
tells the stories of African startups, African innovation, African made technology,
African tech entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. It specializes in observing,
researching and analyzing the trends in technology innovation &
entrepreneurship in Africa.
Global Website Ranking: 2,969,126 | Social media: 67,000+ Twitter followers
@Afrinnovator; | Website: Afrinnovator

Now you know the Top 30 Websites for
Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa…

Do you know any more websites like these that are doing a great job of putting
Africa’s impressive business potentials on the world map?
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Author: Systemdigits

Are your job applications saying the wrong thing about you?

by Linda Onuekwa ·

4f34b5ad8536e67ae5f9a522b57a73a5 Resumes, like many other marketing materials, have an expiration date. As technology changes and the job-search process becomes more mobile, it’s important to reevaluate and edit your resume periodically. Your resume is a reflection of you – and you don’t want recruiters thinking you’re outdated because your document is. Here’s how to know if your resume needs an update.

It’s become too long

An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Maximize your exposure by limiting your resume to one page if you’re new to the workforce or two pages if you’re a seasoned professional. Remember, your resume should always highlight the skills, experience, and accomplishments that are most relevant to your job goals.

You want employers to call home

In this mobile age, it’s more important than ever to be accessible whenever a recruiter wants to contact you. As a result, I recommend that you list your cell phone number, rather than your home phone number, on your resume. Not only will you be able maintain contact during your (and the recruiter’s) workday, but you’ll also have control over the voicemail, who picks up the phone and when.

You haven’t included the URL to your professional profile

According to a Jobvite survey, 93 percent of recruiters are likely to look at a job candidate’s social profile. Include the URLs to your online professional profiles so recruiters don’t have to guess or mistake you for someone else. Make sure your online profiles and resume tell the same story so you don’t send mixed messages to the recruiter.

Your resume has an objective instead of a professional summary

Objective statements describe your needs, rather than how you’ll meet the needs of an employer. Use the space to sell your job candidacy by giving the reader your elevator pitch. In three to five sentences, explain what you’re best at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer. In a resume, this is called your professional summary.

Your resume is weighed down by too many bullets or dense blocks of text (or both)

If you have six seconds to catch a recruiters’ eye, you need to make them count. Avoid dense blocks of text or long bulleted lists. The key is to format the information in a way that makes it easy to scan quickly to recognize your job goals and relevant qualifications and achievements.

You’ve included too much of the past

Employers are especially interested in your most recent experience and how that ties back to their open position’s requirements. If you’re an entry-level professional, it’s time to take out any references to your high school career. Instead, focus on highlighting your education, relevant internships and the leadership skills you’ve developed during college. If you’re further along in your career, limit your resume to include the most recent 15 years of experience in reverse-chronological order and remove the dates from any degrees, certifications or awards that fall outside that 15-year window.

You’re still putting “references upon request”

Employers are well aware that you’ll provide them with references, should they ask for them during the interview process. There’s no reason to waste this valuable space on your resume by stating the obvious. Remember, you only have two pages’ worth of resume real estate to work with – save it for the information that is most compelling.

Source: Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders.

6 Ways to get a response from a recruiter

by Linda Onuekwa ·

4f34b5ad8536e67ae5f9a522b57a73a5 I have found myself on both sides of job search, both as a job seeker looking for a job and as a recruitment consultant helping candidates find the right job. Most of us have sent a recruiter an email via LinkedIn informing them of our job search needs, applied to job vacancies advertised by a recruiter or sent CV’s for a perfect job that matches our experience and skills, but were never contacted.

Unless you have an inside connection to the company to which you applied, you’ll probably never find out why you weren’t contacted. Those of us who work as recruiters see patterns in applicant behavior. Some of them can be frustrating, especially the ones that can be easily fixed.

Here are ways to ensure you hear back from Recruiters, HR or Hiring managers:


When writing or updating your resume/email, proofread before you click send. If you know that detail-orientation is one of your weak points, get at least one other person to proofread it as well. No recruiter or employer wants to place responsibility into the hands of an employee who can’t even write an email or CV about themselves without mistakes, much less uses it as their introduction.


Make sure when sending emails you address the recipient with the right title. I receive emails from candidates addressing me with Dear Sir, Hi. Most recruiters will ignore emails from candidates if they are not addressed by their proper Gender or Name.

Here is the best way to address a recipient:

Dear Sir (Male Gender)/(Or their Name) Dear John

Dear Madam, Ma (Female Gender)/(Or their name) Dear Anna

FOLLOW UP BY InMail via LinkedIn

Some Recruiters will respond (I’m one of them, so long as the email is well composed).


Try to figure out the recruiters work email address or visit the company website. Ask to speak with the recruiter, get their phone number or the correct email address and email your follow-up directly to them. If you find the Recruiter’s personal email address, do not use it. Do not invade their private life with job inquiries.


Become friends with your recruiter via social network, follow them on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Recruiters want to have the time to touch base with candidates from time to time so that you don’t forget about their company or their list of job vacancies.


Many candidates think that a recruiter’s job is to find them employment. In reality, recruiters work to fill client positions. They usually deal with many clients at once, each with multiple positions needing to be filled, each position with dozens of prospective candidates. Calling and e-mailing a recruiter incessantly who you have not heard back from will not make them think of you as eager and ambitious, but will more likely label you a pain in the neck who they don’t want to deal with.


kingsley Udofa
Head of operations at Kaizo Media & Associates
How To Get A Job… Especially In Nigeria.
November 5,2015

To get a job in Nigeria, you must be ready to deploy a combination of conventional and out-of-the box strategies.

The current unemployment situation in Nigeria is very bleak, yet people are landing jobs everyday. Not just any job, but choice jobs. What makes them special? More importantly what did they do right , that you didn’t?

If you take time to check you will find out to your surprise that they employed a combination of methods which are listed below.

1. Prayer and Fasting. – Prayer is the master key. Fasting makes our prayers more effective. Prayer and Fasting breaks the yoke.and is the very key to breakthroughs. You should be ready to pray even more fervently and fast more diligently than the biblical Daniel. It is not easy, but it is the only way break those “visible and invisible barriers’ you hear people speak about.

You can work out your own prayer and fasting schedule. You can use the biblical verses for finding a job such as Luke 11:19, Luke 18:1,John 14:13, Mark 11:24 and Psalms 90:17 to mention a few.

2. Socializing – You must develop or increase your social networking abilities. You must be a people person who is able to discuss and converse averagely intelligently.

“You should be ready to meet, greet and tell people that you are seeking for a job with style and finesse”. Social networking opportunities abound in many places such as:

a. Worship Centers – Any big church (Pentecostal and orthodox) and the Islamic NASFAT are where job openings are regularly announced to the congregations. Leverage them.

b. Bars,parties, or any other social or business events. – Nigerians love to attend parties and other social or business events. People from all high and low walks of life will always be there for you to discuss you needs.

c. Public places and Mass Transit Transports – From the shopping malls, open markets, beaches, fast food joints, airports, banks, motor parks , BRTs , air planes you will always find people to discuss your job needs.

d. Social networking sites – Leverage Linked in,Facebook, Twitter other social networking sites. They help a lot. Chat your way into a job with those guys and ladies you meet on Facebook.

Any thing can happen. If you are on Linked in, make your profile very interesting by regularly writing posts about the latest trends and developments in your area of expertise or industry. It also helps.

3. Know High Net worth Individuals – You must know a ‘big man’ or ‘big woman’. They are always looking for someone to hire, but not through the conventional channels like newspaper vacancies. It is called having the right ‘CONNECTIONS.’ If you don’t know any high net worth individuals, then find somebody who does. I know it is easier said than done. But if you look very closely and ask your array of in-laws, relatives, neighbors, church members, friends they will link you up with somebody who knows somebody who is willing and ready to hire you.

4. Have a good CV or resume. – What you say in your CV will be used against you in an interview room.Your CV should be ‘alive’. Not only should it be neatly laid out and have a good recent copy of your photograph(passport) at the top , its contents should be defendable. Don’t lie. You should find a way to say how what did in your last job helped the company. Your resume should ‘quantify ‘ the outcomes of your job description, rather than merely stating that you were ‘writing proposals and attending meetings’. Google up how this is done and update your CV at once.

5. Be ‘desperately optimistic’ – I don’t know how else to say this, but at all times you should go about with a bright face of hope and enthusiasm even when you have only N 100 left in your pocket and you have a job interview to attend first thing tomorrow morning. It is hard, but it you can do it or else your face of woe and anxiety will send bad signals and put your prospective employer off, thereby, killing your chances of getting the next available job.

6. Dress well- You don’t have to be flamboyant, just look good. Neat, fitting clothes, polished shoes,clean shave, good hair cut and hairdo (for the ladies) will help your chances.Ladies please remember to rub a little powder, it goes a long way to boost your chances. Appearance really matters.

I read somewhere, some time ago, that over one third of our working population in Nigeria are currently unemployed and that figure is steadily rising. This means that those who are currently employed are feeding two other household besides theirs., on the average. At the end of every month you get a call or an SMS message from a jobless friend or relative asking for a loan or a cash gift. This is a bleak situation.

People are still getting new jobs or moving in and out of jobs. There are vacancies, but not all are advertised . People who get new jobs or change jobs are always announced and congratulated on Linked in. People give testimonies in churches almost every Sunday . How did they do it? What did they do to land new jobs? It must be one or all of these factors enumerated above.

When I lost my job some time in the past, I got another one within 6 months of applying every thing enumerated above. But I know that the prayer, fasting and social networking principles worked wonders for me. At every opportunity I told people that I needed a job and before long, I got one.

I am a living testimony.

Nigeria is a tough county that does not always conform to text book rules and theories. It is a country where desperate problems require desperate or even crazy solutions. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have the answers.

So, besides fervent prayers and diligent fasting, never be ashamed to tell people that you are looking for a job. If you are ashamed to tell people that you are a job seeker, believe me ,you will die… from misery and hunger.
Written by
kingsley Udofa
Head of operations at Kaizo Media & Associates

Linda OnuekwaLinda Onuekwa
Lead Recruitment Consultant – Europe, Africa, USA & Middle East Region at FirsTalent

Why you don’t have a job yet – and what to do about it!
October 30, 2015

Many candidates looking for a new job usually don’t understand why they’ve been out of work for so long. One of the obvious scape goat is the economy and the other is the thousands of job seekers competing. If you aren’t clear on the specific opportunity, company, or industry you’re targeting, then you’re setting yourself up for disaster. A job search without purpose and passion is one that will only lead you on a wild goose hunt.

Here are reasons why you most likely haven’t found a suitable job yet:

You are waiting for the job to come to you

Instead of proactively looking for your dream job by going to the careers page on the websites of the kind of companies you would like to work with as well as subscribing to all the popular job sites and recruitment agencies, you spend time indoors waiting for a miracle. Get up and go!

You don’t believe in advertised jobs

Most reputable companies still recruit purely on merit, even where they are doing affirmative action recruitment for host communities and other special groups. So, go and compete!

When asked to send your CV, you send it as Jpeg or PDF

A good recruiter will call you or email you to ask you to resend your CV in MS Word Format. Believe me, no one has the time to print out and start filling your details into a database whereas sending an MS Word file makes life easier for the recruiter/HR that probably has hundreds of CVs of qualified candidates to summarize in a standardized format to the client/employer. And if you are one of those who prefer to put your resume in PDF format, you should realize that some companies now use software to screen CVs, and the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) may not be able to scan and read the content. So, you now know why you never heard from all those firms you have sent your CV to?

You Have a Poor Resume/Cover Letter

Everything about your CV and Cover Letter needs to be right. From what you have written on it, the language/style used to talk about yourself and what you have done, the font used and the layout of the document itself. When you ask individual recruiters directly, they report that they spend up to 5 minutes reviewing each individual resume. However, studies that included the direct observation of the actions of corporate recruiters demonstrated that the average recruiter spends a mere 6-10 seconds reviewing a resume. Do I need to tell you to get it right?

You have nothing to offer

Even for entry level positions, the prospective employer needs to see what value you will add to the organization. The salary as well as other costs (training etc.) that will be incurred as a result of hiring you must bring dividends else you are useless. It is not enough for your CV to say that you have BA English or French, or even B.Sc. Economics. Specify your skills; writing, editing, financial modelling, fault tracking and restoration, etc. Indicate the value you are bringing, both on your CV and during interviews.

You don’t check your email daily

Your mobile data gets eaten up by social media i.e. Facebook videos and Newsfeed, Instagram, you miss those links to job adverts sent to you via email by friends and family or even the invitation to tests/interviews.

You leave off applying until the last day

Discovering a job advert late or deciding to apply close to the deadline can’t help your chances, because the first resume is received within a few minutes after a position is posted. So given that some vacancies get thousands of applications, shouldn’t you be one of the first to get a toe in the door?

You are not at the right place

You are on popular social media platforms especially Facebook, but not on LinkedIn or industry groups. For those on LinkedIn, join as many groups as possible that employers you’re targeting belong. Reputable companies are all on LinkedIn and such professional platforms, and post vacancies there. (Create/update your LinkedIn profile today).

Get your CV into recruiters and companies databases

Ensure you’re on the databases of companies you want to work for and reputable recruiters who handle assignments in relevant industries, and locations you have job interest.

You don’t know what kind of job you want

All you say is; “I just need a job that will pay”. If you don’t know where you are headed, you won’t recognize it when you get there. So have a career map – where you want to be and the necessary tools to get you there – education, professional certifications, skills, relationships, etc.

You have difficulty focusing on things that matter

If you read this piece and found any part of it difficult to understand, you are probably unemployed and that status quo might remain so for a while – till you become more attentive.

Your Profile Picture

If you’re on LinkedIn, ensure you have a professional picture on your profile. Your profile picture can be one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn presence. It is important you always project yourself in the most positive and best possible way at every given opportunity. And the best part, it will cost you little or nothing to do this. Having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others.

Make yourself easily accessible

Display your contact information i.e. telephone number and email on your profile. When recruiters and hiring managers ferret through profiles while conducting searches through databases, search engines and websites, search result with contact details of a qualified candidate helps the recruiter contact you to discuss your current situation and new vacancies.

Keywords on LinkedIn profile

When writing/updating your LinkedIn profile, remember to use relevant keywords to target your job search i.e. keywords on your Industry, Job Title, Skills, LinkedIn headline. Every time a user goes on LinkedIn and search for these particular keywords, your profile page will come up on their search result.

All the same, best of luck!

I’ll like to end this post with this positive quote:

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Linda Onuekwa is an experienced recruiter and career coach. Source and place qualified professionals across Africa, Europe and Middle East regions to work with clients in the following verticals:

– Oil & Gas – Upstream, Midstream, Downstream

– EPC Contractors – Engineering, Procurement and Construction

Read more of her articles here

Contributor: Yemi Adeyemi (ACIPR, MCIM)

Yemi Adeyemi is a Head, Communication Research & Social Investment at Nigeria LNG Limited. Managed, monitored and evaluated various projects and events, facilitated training’s and coaching sessions, developed and implemented strategies to deliver short-term and long-term goals, and managed relationships with business contacts at various levels.
Written by
Linda Onuekwa
Lead Recruitment Consultant – Europe, Africa, USA & Middle East Region at FirsTalent

Cal Harrison, Marketing & Sales Consultant
Author, Speaker, RFP and QBS Expert, Helping Consultants and Their Clients Sell and Buy Professional Services

Is HR Smarter Than Procurement?
October 30, 2015

Hiring a consultant (of any kind) is a lot like hiring a staff person except on a temporary basis instead of permanently. So why do we require consultants to win the job on price when we so easily hire permanent staff without a low bid process? Read my thoughts in the recent ACEC BC special publication for Business in Vancouver.
If Human Resources Can Use QBS Why Can’t Procurement?
In the effort to get clients hiring consultants with a Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process instead of a low-bid request for proposal (RFP) process, the engineering consulting world has an unlikely ally – the human resources department.
Most clients that hire engineering firms are already unwittingly using the QBS process within their firm – just not in the procurement department. Instead we find the QBS process alive and well in HR where it’s being used to hire permanent staff.
For the record I have never seen an HR department use a low-bid process when hiring a permanent staff person. And in fact if I suggested this to any HR department in the world they would look at me quite strangely, I am sure. Instead of trying to find out who can fill the role for the least amount of money, HR wisely looks for the most qualified candidate within a predetermined budget and skill set.
They advertise their need for a certain type of expertise within a certain salary range and invite qualified candidates to submit resumes (read: proposals) bearing objective, defensible and credible evidence of their expertise by listing such things as education, previous work experience, unique training, publications or articles they have written, presentations they have given, research they have completed, awards they have received, etc.
An initial assessment of the resumés (read: proposals) against the objective criteria for evaluating expertise usually yields two to four candidates that are shortlisted for an interview – which is really just a chance for the hiring committee to explore and evaluate candidate claims of expertise with a more robust discussion. It’s an opportunity to further refine the initial scoring of the shortlisted candidate’s resumé (read: proposal) using dialogue and more specific inquiry.
At the end of the interviews usually one candidate has clearly bubbled to the top, and negotiations then begin with that candidate within the previously advertised salary and requirements of the job.
Should those negotiations not go well, the committee is free to cease, and move on to negotiating with the second most qualified.
In this manner the client is always guaranteed to hire the most qualified and available staff person for a mutually agreed upon fair price, unlike the low-bid RFP process where the minimally qualified and lowest price typically wins the day.
“But Cal,” the procurement departments often protest, “hiring one staff person is not the same as hiring a consulting firm for a million-dollar project!”
Hiring a $100,000 per year employee, with the expectation that he or she will be a long-term employee lasting 10 years or so, is not a $100,000 hiring decision; it is a $1 million-plus hiring decision.
It is a QBS-style hiring decision made without a low-bid requirement, using only a two- or three-page proposal (read: resumé), and accepted worldwide as the de facto standard for hiring professional, permanent staff.
So explain to me again why human resources can use QBS for million-dollar purchases but procurement can’t?
Written by
Cal Harrison, Marketing & Sales Consultant
Author, Speaker, RFP and QBS Expert, Helping Consultants and Their Clients Sell and Buy Professional Services