Instruction: your pathway to success

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Recently, a friend reached out to me for a recommendation for employment. Unlike the former times that I got people through informal methods, I decided to outsource the job to careerwise.ng for shortlisting. The advert was constructed and vetted before posting. The instruction was for applicants with relevant experience to send in a page application letter. Subsequently, the post was posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

However, for the Facebook post, a button tagged “apply” appeared below the post. In few days, over 50 applicants submitted their CV on the Facebook page without regards for the instruction. Not a single one of them sent in the letter as requested. It was a big surprise to me that a person seeking the position of a supervisor will disregard basic instructions.

At the review meeting with the Careerwise team, I expressed my disappointment. Some team members made excuses for them. We promptly set up a committee to review the applications. Three people were shortlisted from the CVs submitted. They were contacted to submit a page application letter but there was no response for another two days. Eventually, we put a call across to them and one of them sent in a poorly handwritten application. Finally, we got one that typed the application and stated his qualifications, experience and willingness to consider the offer.

From the exercise, it was clear to us that many graduates are not prepared for the marketplace. Instruction is the first point of contact between you and your prospective employer. It will do you well to read, understand and follow it diligently. Your ability to follow instruction is a reflection of your dispositions, preparedness and Understanding of process. Your response to instruction tells more about you than you can imagine.

In life, from employment, job descriptions, to mentoring, marriage or leadership, one common thread you will find is instruction. Your ability to comprehend and diligently follow through instruction will lead you to greatness. When you want to succeed, find those who are successful, get instructions and follow through. That is the path to success.

© Olusola John.


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