FLYER_FRONT-722x1024God’s Children Great Talent™ (GCGT) is a faith based NGO with a social development initiative and a mission to provide a credible platform for the celebration of talents in children/ teen. Pioneered in 2011 by the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to discover, nurture and celebrate children/youths who have talents in various performing arts such as Singing, Dancing, Poetry, Rap, Comedy, Instrumentalist and Acting.

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Go to http://www.gcgt.org for more information.

images (1)You finally nailed that spot at a company of your dreams. The work is amazing, and the people are some of the best and brightest you’ve ever worked with. When you close your eyes, you can really see yourself growing there, moving up the rung of command, and having a strong influence on the company’s success.

Everything is perfect but there’s just one tiny problem. You were hired as a temporary employee. Your contract expires in say, three, four, or six months and no one has approached you about a full-time job, and you’re starting to worry that your dream will never see the light of day.

Well, serious as your concern may be, you need to push it aside, and remember how awesome you are. Of course, in addition to that pep talk you give yourself, you’ll need to take action as well.

  1. Be Indispensable

I know this might be stating the obvious, but you’d be amazed by how many short-term workers don’t put the‘being indispensible’ factor to work in other to increase their chances of being hired beyond the contract’s end date. I don’t mean to say that you need to work 15-hour days to get an offer, but if you ask me, this is absolutely the time to request extra work and offer to help a co-worker.

Endeavour to undertake every task (mundane or not) with unrestrained enthusiasm. Demonstrate your professional and strong skill set with everything that is expected of you. Keep an eye out for what tasks people hate doing, and then offer to do them.

Long story short: Do work that’ll make your supervisor and your team wonder how they ever functioned without you.

  1. Go Beyond the Job Description

As a temporary employee hoping to stay on longer in that establishment, learning the ropes and doing what’s expected of you is simply not enough.  Once you have gotten used to your day-to-day responsibilities, make it a point of duty to find some work that’s not necessarily in your job description, but that you’re comfortable tackling. This is not the stage to do the bare minimum; this is the perfect moment to over-perform. Step up your professional game and show this new job why it can’t afford to lose you.

If there’s no more work to do on your team, brainstorm innovative ways you can add to your own team’s projects. That might mean compiling data in a spreadsheet, organizing client files, or researching customer service approaches—really anything that your co-workers don’t have time to do.

  1. Communicate Your Desire to Join the Company Full-Time

This is another one that even though straightforward, hard to carry out. It is surprising how a large number of people forget to have this key conversation. So, you jumped at the short-term opportunity because it was a way to get your foot in the door, but you never actually expressed interest in being there in a more official and permanent capacity? That is all shades of wrong.  Now’s the time to speak up and sell yourself. Have a conversation with your manager and clearly state how much you’re enjoying your work, and that you would love to continue on a permanent basis. Take a step and ask about potential long-term positions, as well as what steps you’d need to take to get hired. Clearly stating your desire to continue working with the company is a move you shouldn’t take for granted.

It does not matter if your boss responds that there’s no budget to hire you now, take advantage of this one-on-one conversation by using it as an informal review. Ask for feedback on your performance so far, as well as what you could be doing better. Inquire as to whether there’s anything you can take off his or her plate. Because, to go back to tip number one, the more indispensable you make yourself, the more your manager will make an effort to find money in the budget.

Even if the company brought you in on short-term basis, the most important thing is—are you the right fit? Do you have the skills needed to succeed in the role? Never underestimate the power of the impression you’re making and who’s taking notes. Do everything you can to prove yourself in the short-term and you just might land a full-time gig.

Source:: ngcareers.com

download (1)The Graduate Institute strives to support talented scholars from around the world. Financial aid packages may include cost-of-living scholarships, tuition reduction and/or a paid position, in various proportions. Aid is awarded with consideration to both financial need and academic merit. More information on financial aid.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

For more information: http://graduateinstitute.ch/home/admissions/prospective-students/financial-aid—featured-need-ba.html

Picture1The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Tech-I is part of the GIST Initiative and an annual global pitch competition which seeks to identify and select, train, and encourage exciting young scientists, engineers, and great minds to build businesses around the world. This year citizens from 135 countries and emerging economies spanning Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America are eligible to apply with an innovative science and technology idea or startup in any sector.

Application deadline:  January 15, 2016

For more information: http://www.gistnetwork.org/resources/gist-tech-i-competition-applications-are-now-open

Picture3Our hope is that by providing the opportunity to further one’s education, the scholarship participants will not only be able to improve their own future, but also that of their own communities. The foundation believes in the power and importance of community service and, as a result, all scholarship participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours a year.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

For more information: http://www.wellsmountainfoundation.org/scholarships

logoThis event is organized for both existing and new business entrepreneurs venturing into cleaning business services. All participants will be given complete training on how to start, manage and grow their cleaning business.

Venue: 37 Osolo Way, Off International Airport Road, Ajao Estate, Lagos

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (WAT)

For more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-sme-training-and-funding-on-cleaning-businesses-tickets-16692350269?aff=ebrowse

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As the festive season kicks in, many job seekers swap their job hunting efforts to shop for Christmas goodies instead. While the conventional wisdom may say employers aren’t hiring during this time of year, the truth is the holiday season is a smart time to continue your job search.

Although business may have slowed down, employers will continue to hire when they need new employees. For some companies, a slower holiday season means more time to focus on getting people behind the desk come January.

So before you exhaust all your energy on shopping for Christmas gifts, here are a few reasons why you should use some of that energy to boost your job search. You might even be able to give yourself the perfect holiday gift: landing your dream job!

More job opportunities for you

There’s no denying that the competition for the best jobs is real. Every corporate company is flooded with job applications. And if you’re looking for that coveted position, especially in a saturated field like media and marketing, chances are that competition is tough.

However, if you continue with your job search during the holidays, you can get a jump on the competition, since many job seekers will have put a brake on their job search. So by sending in your job application now, you can easily stand out from the thinning crowd.

Recruiters pay more attention to you

Everybody loves a bit of attention from time to time. And if it’s coming from recruiters, then who’s complaining?

During the festive season, recruiters feel the decrease in numbers of job applicants and will be most keen to receive an application from an interesting candidate. So whether to work in Nigeria’s technology sector, the oil and gas industry or are looking for a job in human resources, now’s the time to put your best foot forward and get on recruiters’ must-interview lists.

Keep in mind though that the festive season will mean more time spent reviewing CVs and longer interviewing processes. But because you’re a qualified job seeker, you have nothing to worry about.

Christmas parties are networking opportunities

From big parties to festive dinners, the Christmas season is jam-packed with endless parti, which means more opportunities to rub shoulders with people who might help you on your job search.

So at your next dinner party, make sure to get talking and tell people about your career goals. You’ll never know when you’ll hit the jackpot. Once you’ve made connections with the right people, don’t be afraid to follow up and keep things going. But be sure not to come on too strong – it IS the holiday season after all, so keep some festive cheer.

Keep up the momentum

Although you may feel you need to use this time to recuperate, especially of you’ve been searching for a job for a while now, job searching during the holidays often means never losing momentum of finding your dream job.

No one says you can’t take a couple of days off to enjoy this time, but taking weeks or months off will make it harder to get back in the job hunting rhythm.

While job searching is hard work, especially during the festive season, this the best time to accelerate your job hunt as many job seekers decide to take it easy. If you’re serious about, now is the time to do so.

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