Welcome to our HR Expert Interview session where we discuss issues with top HR experts in the industry.
Today, we featuring Nimi Oruye, Group Head, Human Resources at AIM Group. He also runs the website HRwise and host the radio show talkcareer.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a passion to help people gain perspective on life, particularly as it relates to their relationships and career. I started hrwise.com.ng and TalkCareer Radio show to satisfy this urge. Generally, I’m a student of human behavior and how to improve career satisfaction and interpersonal relationships.
As a HR professional, what do you think is your secret to being a successful HR?
First and foremost, my personality; My interest in seeing people happy and satisfied especially when I contributed to that; My problem solving abilities; My ability to keep my eye on the big picture when difficult decisions need to be taken.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is when I have to attend to individual staff needs especially when it requires some measurement of counseling.
What is your least favorite part of your job?
My least favorite part of the job is when I have to enforce a company policy, my values do not agree with as being best practice, but it is my job to do so.
What advice would you give to others looking to get in to similar roles?
Have a service mind-set. Be ready to sacrifice yourself for the service of the management on one hand and the staff on the other, but do not desire recognition for your efforts.
There is a general conception that the present crop of new graduates is unemployable. Do you also share this view and who do you think is to blame?
Yes, I agree that with this conception. People are no longer looking to build careers or make an impact in their society; rather they want high paying jobs, if possible without interviews. The focus has moved to survival. The society at large is at fault. The government, for paying lip service to the educational sector; The lecturers for watering down the quality of lectures giving to students for; parents for enabling their children, buying university admissions, influencing career choices instead of pushing them to work hard to earn whatever they achieve; The individuals for not taking control of their lives when the come of age.
What is your top advice for any job seekers looking for employment?
1.Discover who your really are – talents, interests and motivations;
2. Consider what career will best suit you and seek out an appropriate mentor;
3. Apply to jobs your education level and skills set match rather than random applications
4. Keep preparing yourself for the career path you want to ply until you get it.
5. Do not let someone else determine what you should do, i.e. take responsibility for your future.
What are some of the mistake you see job seekers make when preparing a resume or CV?
1. Not doing a spell check on their CV
2. Using Curriculum Vitae or Resume in bold prints rather than their names
3. Using names that are not easy to remember or pronounce
4. Putting unnecessary information such as (Village, Next of Kin, Nuclear family details)
5. Failing to tailor their CVs to specific roles being applied for.
Effective job hunting and employer recruiting is shifting dramatically, no thanks to the introduction of technology and the Internet. These days you hear of social recruiting, psychometric assessment test and the rest? What advice would you give to young graduates on the effective use of social media?
Decide what career you want to grow in, research what industries they are relevant to, and then find out where they recruit (search for talents) and build a profile show casing your relevant talents, interests, education and other activities. Be honest.
The art of sending a thank you note is long forgotten. Should job seekers send a handwritten thank you note in this age of information technology and when? Should it be immediately after the interview?
Considering the fact that most interviewers will not divulge personal contact information to a candidate, it is difficult to send back thank you notes or texts or even email. However, assuming there is a means of communicating, after the interview would be an appropriate time.
Whoa! Thank you for agreeing to this interview and for sharing your insights with us. We look forward to more contributions from you in future.
Now over to you esteemed readers, what do you think is the great mistakes job seekers make when job hunting?