It can be exciting when you get a top job using an unconventional approach. Find out this secret: The problem-solving skills approach
This happened to two of my acquaintances recently; one got a lecturing job in Nigeria, the other a credit analyst role in London.
They were tired of searching for jobs. And to make matters more depressing, one of them had a master’s degree four years ago, yet was unable to find a job.
Their breakthrough came when they followed my simple but perhaps more effective advice:
1. They located a key challenge in the sector they were aspiring to get a job in.
2. And researched the problem. Proffered some useful solutions they got from the literature search. The professionals presented the solutions as a short commercial research paper.
3. These persons sent the paper with their job application.
After two interviews, they both got jobs.
Now, I’ll explain what the new lecturer did. She exemplified problem-solving skills. Also, I’ll highlight the response she got from the dean of the faculty who interviewed her.
1. I worked (remotely) with the lady.
She found a problem in the way lecturers taught their courses and then used that to write her “research paper” and sent it with her job application. The lady said that during her undergrad days, she had noticed 90% of lecturers didn’t complete their course outlines.
She argued that this was perhaps one of the consequences of making some people think Nigerian university graduates might be half-baked compared to others in top universities. Previously, I had compared teaching in Nigerian & UK universities.
Imagine for a moment that you registered for an engineering course and 90% per cent of your lecturers only completed 50% or less of their course outlines; it follows that you would have failed to know 50% of your prescribed course contents.
Therefore, even if all other things were equal (?), then you would have ended up being “half-engineering graduate” because of this singular act by your different lecturers.
2. So, she then suggested a solution in her written paper and sent it with her job application.
It was a simple solution; something post-primary school teachers already do (and use) in their “lesson notes”.
Break down the course contents into weekly lessons (showing start & end dates for each topic) and to put conscientious efforts at following/teaching her weekly planned lessons. This, she said, will keep her accountable and on her toes.
With this, she had shown how she’ll complete 100% of her lecture course outlines if she was employed by the university; that she’ll also encourage all the lecturers in her department to follow suit.
The dean and other professors on the interview panel were so impressed that the dean promised to persuade all the lecturers in the faculty to follow this new lecturer’s solution to teaching the entire course contents.
She suggested an outline like the one below:
What you can do:
So, you want to launch into your next job breakthrough? What are you waiting for, put on your thinking cap ─
1. Research a problem
2. Seek good advice, and
3. Offer solutions that can help
Every effort is worth trying in landing your next job!
Do You Agree with the Lady’s Approach to Getting a Job was Effective? Show problem-solving skills!