- Twitter user, Ojie asks his followers for help finding a job
- Ojie is determined not to enter the new year unemployed
- Twitter responds with job adverts, advice and support
With unemployment across the continent at an unprecedented high, job-seekers have had to start using creative tactics to find employment opportunities. Even university graduates are struggling to find employment in highly competitive markets.
Just this week and with just a few days left to spare of 2018, Victor 'Ojie' Ebhojie (@iTweetNG) took his plight to Twitter, desperate to avoid entering the new year jobless, broke and depressed. The Nigerian Information Technology graduate hoped his Twitter following would increase his chances of finding a job.
While not a conventional means of finding a job, Twitter enables users to connect with thousands of potential employers in a single country as well as other professionals who may offer helpful advice.
Being able to relate to his plight, Twitter users responded with overwhelming support. The post was retweeted over 7 000 times and has over 90 replies.
Some users suggested that Ojie do freelance work in his while looking for full-time employment while others offered to review his CV, cover letters and LinkedIn in profile to be more appealing to prospective employers. Job adverts for positions in his field where also posted in the replies.
@ThaArchitect asserted that unemployment is a time for innovation, and suggested Ojie should follow his lead and start a business.
Responses were not limited to practical solutions and opportunities, but also offered emotional support and encouragement, a much needed boost over this daunting period.
As well as a degree, Ojie has one year experience working in his field in a support role and required skills. Ojie pinned the tweet to his profile and encouraged his followers to share and retweet.
Ebhojie also commented a link to his LinkedIn account, a more conventional platform for job-seeking.
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