MICROSOFT OFFICE: Skills for workplace productivity

MICROSOFT OFFICE: Skills for workplace productivity

Being proficient in Microsoft Office as a job seeker could give you an edge over others who are not. Microsoft skills are very important must have skills in any organization. This is because tasks are easier carried out with these applications.
Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft. It is designed to make business much easier and faster. Some of its applications that are of utmost importance to an organization are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint.

Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word is a graphical word processor made by the Microsoft company which allow users type and save documents.Most people use it for C.V writing, letter writing, invitation cards, and a host of other things.

Some of its tools that helps make a document are:

    • Spelling & grammar checker, word count (this also counts letters and lines)
    • Speech recognition
    • Inserts pictures in documents
    • Special codes
    • Web pages, graphs, etc.
    • Tables
    • Displays synonyms of words and can read out the text
    • Prints in different ways.

Watch this tutorial video to help you further understand this skill:

Microsoft Excel:

Excel is an electronic spreadsheet Program.

An electronic spreadsheet is a computer software program used for storing, organizing and manipulating data.

To know how to use it, watch this video:

Microsoft PowerPoint:

Microsoft PowerPoint makes presentations through slideshows from the computer. It usually includes text, pictures, videos and sounds and is particularly useful for presentations to large groups.

Learn more about using PowerPoint by watching this video:

Virtually all organizations make use of Microsoft Office and if you want to be productive in the workplace, you need to have a good working knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office. Having a working knowledge of these programs will make you more valuable when you’re looking for a job. None of them are difficult to use, and will help you stand out if you’re vying for a promotion or seeking to switch jobs. but taking a class will really show you what you can do with these programs.



So you finally landed a job interview after several attempts at trying to get one. Congratulations! You don’t want to attend the interview naive and unprepared and risk chances of getting that job.

Here are few tips to successfully guide you through the interview process.

Dress the work:

It is important you dress properly to any job interview irrespective of the position you are applying for. You must dress the work so as to appear smart, ready and corporate.

Be polite:

Regardless of whoever you meet, it is very important that you are polite to even the security or the receptionist. Remember that you haven’t gotten the job and they still have a part to play in your chances of getting the job. What if you were rude to the security at the gate and he denies you entry into the venue?

Do your homework:

Your homework is to do a thorough research on the company you’re interviewing at. Ensure you find out from previous or present employees details about the company. And if you don’t have access to any of the employees, you can use the internet or ask around.

Be on time:

In an interview I attended some time ago, attendance was taken according to the time everyone arrived the venue. A man who was some minutes lost the interview. Though, he claimed it was traffic, he was denied access of being interviewed.

Be prepared:

A lot of people just attend interviews without adequately preparing and expect to thrill the employers. You must study likely questions to be asked during an interview and be prepared for them.

Be relaxed:

One way to be successful at an interview is to be relaxed even when interviewed. This does not only make you feel confident but also grants you the opportunity to think through a question before giving the answer.

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Professional Certificate In Media And Journalism

Professional Certificate In Media And Journalism

Media / Creative Design / Fashion

Advertising/ Communication







90 days




CIAPS 21 Adekunle Fajuyi Crescent, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos

Application Deadline:

03 November, 2017

Training Type:


Required Experience:


Start Date:

03 November, 2017


This Professional Certificate in Media and Journalism course is an intensive 3 months programme for those already in or who want to work in print and online journalism news production, public relations and media regulations. A lot of emphasis will be placed on magazines, newspapers and new media. Our ideal candidates will have plans and ambitions to work for newspapers, magazines and other online publications.

It is a hands-on, innovative and dynamic programme that focuses on the strategic elements of news and information production, their management and the rules guiding journalism. Graduates from this course will leave CIAPS with a clear understanding of the essential features of the media industry today. During this programme they will experience different areas of media production and work.

Date for Next Class: Next class starts 3rd November 2017


The Key Modules to be covered in the Professional Certificate in Journalism Programme include:

  • History and Development of Journalism
  • Newsroom in Theory and Practice
  • News Gathering, Editing and Reporting
  • Media Laws and Ethics
  • Communication Skills for Journalism
  • Projects, Practice and Partnership.


At CIAPS, we are proud of our high standards. We are conscious of the fact that much is demanded from our students during their time with us. To support our participants we have put in place a formidable team of academic advisers, experienced librarians and other learning support staff to help students get the best from their academic pursuits.

We are also very proud of our welfare and career services; these services are provided by a team of competent and passionate professionals available to assist students with career guidance, CV preparations and registrations with international professional bodies. We have built, and continue to build, strong connections with reputable organisations that look for high standards and work with high achievers.


Applicants for this course should have a first degree or equivalent (Bachelors, HND). Having a good grade is a major advantage. Applicants without such qualifications may apply, but their applications will be subject to a more complex process and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to successfully follow the programme. In all cases, applicants will be tested by CIAPS through written assessments and verbal interview. Applicants will be deemed successful only if they are judged to possess a good mix of:

  • Imagination and creative thinking
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Sense of responsibility and ability to work in a team
  • Resilience and stability
  • Integrity and respect for others
  • Clear passion for fact-finding and respect for readers

Applicants are highly advised to have access to a laptop or equivalent


Cost of the programme includes:
*Tuition Fees *Learning Material *Ancillary Facilities
Registration Fee: N35,000 Naira.

Programme Fees:The cost for the programme per delegate is 1000 USD (350,000 Naira).

Payment Plan Available
You can register now and pay your course fees later.


This course has been designed with the clear objective of training professionals who will be capable of covering central roles in the media and communications industries. Depending upon their experience and interests, graduates will leave the programme with the required competency and confidence to work in print, digital and PR related organisations as: Editors, Publishers, Journalists, Columnist, Writers, Communication consultants and strategists, Researchers, Copywriters, Regulators


This Professional Certificate Programme consists of six modules made up of twenty-five units. Participants in this course will be offered the opportunity to combine practice in real workplace situations with learning in our Centre.

It is a very interactive programme and each module can have both formative and summative assessment. These assessments can be written, verbal and based on observations.
There are two options for learning:

Classroom at the Centre
Distance Learning and Online

In both cases, final assessments will be marked in London.

To apply, click on this link:

Graduate Front Desk Officer at a Hospitality Firm

Graduate Front Desk Officer at a Hospitality Firm

Fadac Resources  is a Hospitality firm located in Lekki, Lagos State, they are in urgent need of a qualified candidate, to fill the position below:

Front Desk Officer

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Location: Lagos
  • Job Field: Administration / Secretarial/Customer Care

Job Description

  • The front desk officer will Undertake all receptionist and clerical duties at the desk of the main entrance.
  • The ideal candidate will have a friendly and easy going personality while also being very perceptive and disciplined.
  • You should be able to deal with complaints and give accurate information.
  • A customer-oriented approach is essential.
  • The goal is to make guests and visitors feel comfortable and valued while on our client’s premises.


  • Keep front desk tidy and presentable with all necessary material (pens, forms, paper etc.)
  • Answer questions and address complaints
  • Answer all incoming calls and redirect them or keep messages
  • Receive letters, packages etc. and distribute them
  • Check, sort and forward emails
  • Monitor office supplies and place orders when necessary
  • Keep updated records and files
  • Monitor office expenses and costs
  • Take up other duties as assigned (travel arrangements, schedules etc.)


  • At least a year experience
  • Minimum of HND/B.Sc.
  • Familiarity with office machines (e.g. fax, printer etc.)
  • Proficient in English (oral and written)
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel and Word)
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Customer service orientation

Method of Application

Applicants should send their CV’s to:

Field Service Support Officer at Lumos Nigeria (3 Positions)

Field Service Support Officer at Lumos Nigeria (3 Positions)


offers clean and affordable solar power to a market of 1.3 billion potential customers who live off the electricity grid.Lumos enables people to replace hazardous and expensive kerosene generators and lanterns with modern solar electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other small electronic devices (all at once, every day). By offering Solar Power as a Service, Lumos offers homes and small businesses a simple and affordable way to pay for electricity in small installments using their mobile phones

Job Type

Job Type: Full Time

  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Location: Abuja, Enugu, Ondo
  • Job Field: Sales / Marketing / Business Development


Job Purpose

Manages field service activities in the designated region of Nigeria with a goal to increase customer satisfaction & ARPU. Takes initiatives in customer satisfaction via process improvement plans and efficient reporting and flow of information. The role holder will be responsible for coordinating technicians within the assigned territory. Should be familiar with a variety of Field service concepts, practices & procedures and should have extensive knowledge of the assigned region in terms of navigation and customer service experience. These are key requirements for the accomplishment of goals. This is a support role, which requires leading and directing the work of off roll hands. A wide degree of creativity and latitude required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Pre-book appointments & Pre-plan dispatch routes for all technicians for proper SLA Management
  • Optimize service delivery (swaps/non-swaps resolution) within assigned territory to guarantee customer satisfaction within communicated SLAs
  • Provision of planning support to all technical support staff
  • Provide field reports on Solar Power System (SPS) activities in assigned territory to Line Managers
  • Ensure proper record keeping of replacement & faulty systems in client location
  • Effective use of the CRM to document all customer interactions
  • Provide data driven solutions, trend analysis and recommendations weekly for continuous improvement
  • Provide periodical (daily/weekly) progress reports on all technicians – On Roll & Off Roll
  • Performance appraisal of all reporting lines
  • Adhere to all laid down Service and Policy guidelines
  • Cross-functional involvements with different teams for periodic exercises e.g. Stock counts & Installation
  • Ensure stock assigned to team is properly utilized and cared for to avoid loss or damages
  • Other ad-hoc duties as the need arises
  • Educational Qualifications & Functional / Technical Skills
  • BSC, BA, HND – In a technical field will be an added advantage
  • Minimum of 6 months working experience in a coordination/planning capacity
  • Minimum of 1-year working experience with Solar Energy Systems / 6 months experience in renewable energy + Successful completion of Tier 2 training in 2017
  • Customer service or process management experience (no less than 1 year)
  • Understanding of the principles of CRM and Customer Management
  • Understanding of the principles of Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills

Relevant Experience

  • Understand Solar Systems, Renewable energy and Product Development principles
  • Proven record of achieving business success
  • Good oral and written communication skills; Report writing, Presentation
  • Experience in Delighting Customers / Clients
  • Other requirements (Behavioral etc.)
  • Result and service orientation
  • Ability to travel during work when required
  • People Management; good with people – calm mien, good at building relationships
  • Analytical minded
  • Ability to work under pressure

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Apply here

Lagos State Trainee Program Success Story

Lagos State Trainee Program Success Story

The Lagos State Trainee Program is a 3 month paid Internship Scheme. It is for graduates who have been unemployed for a minimum of 1 year after National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). It is under the ministry of wealth creation and employment which was established by the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode. It was established to address the issue of unemployment crisis in the state. The ministry, pursuing this mandate to create employment developed various initiatives and one of which is the “Graduate Internship Program”.

One of the beneficiaries of this Internship Program is Titilope Ope-Ogungbo. Titi, a graduate of Mass Communication from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, shared her success story with us.

Lagos State Trainee Program

After she completed her National Youth Service, it took her over a year to get her first job as an executive assistant. According to her, she was able to apply for the Lagos State Internship Program through a friend who sent her the link.

Titi received a call after some months and was informed she had been selected for the program. She was placed in a human resource firm, Mactay Consulting. And assumed duty in August 2017 as a content writer and sales marketing intern.

Lagos State Trainee Program

When asked what she had learnt so far from the company, she shared her experience with us. She said, “In my experience, I have learnt work itself. Collecting data, conducting research, giving presentations. Working with the company has helped me develop more on some of my aptitudes such as analytical solving, problem solving and communication skills. It has also helped me to reflect on my career path
and increased my network”.

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How to get a job with a third class degree according to Assisttohire readers

Graduates with a third class degree usually find it difficult to get a job after school. This is because most employers only seek to employ graduates with a first-class or second class degree. According to a report by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), employers claim that due to the competitiveness of the labor market, the perfect excuse to get rid of a reasonably sized number of applicants is by screening out graduates with a third class degree.

However, we have put together some of the ways assisttohire readers suggested a third class degree holder could get a job:

Change your mentality:

penedyus: That mentality should be changed because when you attend an interview, after a written test, you find out that majority that will score high are those with 2nd or 3rd class but due to the discrimination that has already been planted on the employers mind, they still look up for the 2:1

Don’t look down on yourself. The first or second class degree holders are not better than you.

Trust in God’s help:

annyugwunwa: Everything still falls back at God’s hand. When God decides to favour an individual, qualifications aren’t in His list,at the same time acquring skills and showcasing your God given talents, gifts is very much important.

As annyugwunwa rightly said, it is only God that can change a situation from bad to good. Believe in Him, trust Him to help you and never keep trying.

Acquire Skills:

obi_tweep: Getting a Job depends so much on Talent and Skill. If you have a 3rd class degree, get a skill set for the kind of job you’re searching for.

You will do yourself a favor by acquiring skills related to your course of study.

Get a professional certificate:

osibijessica: Enrol yourself in professional courses to give you an edge over them.

Enrol for professional courses that could help boost your results and give you an edge over others.

Get the experience:

tkayneering: Acquire the experience even if you are not been paid and grow in that regard; surely a determined person will get it right someday.

Follow tkayneering‘s advice. Work for free if you have to, it will only be for a while.

Other important methods to getting a job with a third class degree are:

Develop yourself:

You could develop yourself by reading. Reading books, articles, etc. You could also attend seminars that could enhance you intellectually.

Don’t be afraid to apply:

Even if the job vacancy says the minimum qualification is a second class or first class degree,  don’t be afraid to apply.

Don’t give up:

No matter how many times you get rejected, never give up.

Getting a job with a third class degree could be difficult. You could get rejected several times. But with determination and hard work, you will surely scale through. Keep pressing. Keep pushing. The only person that can stop you is YOU.

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A cover letter is (typically) a one-page document that explains to the hiring manager why you are an ideal candidate for the job. Writing a cover letter is a great opportunity to cover qualifications that are not fully explained in your resume. It tends to explain in detail how you can add value to the organization you are applying.

Here are some pointers to writing a good cover letter:

Add a letterhead at the top of the letter:

just like your resume, your cover letter should also have a letterhead consisting your full name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Include the employer’s contact information:

write the recipient’s name, address, and the date below the letterhead.

Address the recipient:

be sure to refer to the recipient by his or her proper title (Mrs., Mr., Dr., etc.) and name. However, If you’re not sure who the recipient is, write, “Dear Sir/Madam” or “Dear Hiring Manager”. Writing, “To whom it may concern” may seem irritating to the employer.

State your purpose:

tell the employer why you are writing to them in two or three sentences. State the for which you are applying, and make sure your qualifications match the job positions.

Sell yourself:

you don’t repeat your resume. You can (and should) literally include words and phrases from the job description in your cover letter. Describe how your previous job experiences, skills, and abilities will allow you to meet the company’s needs.


include a positive statement in the paragraph that will motivate the employer to contact you. Direct the employer to your enclosed resume and that you’re available for an interview at the employer’s convenience. Finish up by thanking the recruiter for his/her and consideration and time.

A beautifully written cover letter can help you stand out from the pack, and grant you access to an interview with the recruiter.

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It is easy to write any resume, but it is of utmost importance to write a resume that can get you the job you so desireA resume advertises you before an employer even before you are invited for the interview. It also provides a complete description about you.

A good resume, therefore, equals better chances of getting selected for a job. Below are some pointers you can include in your resume.

1. Contact Details:

most important, employers want to see your contact details. This should include your full names(preferably in CAPS), email address, house address and phone contact details.

2. Work Objective:

this is the second section of a resume and it is also called a career profile. The work objective is a short sentence summarizing your abilities, goals, and achievements. Click on this website to view examples of work objective statement:

3. Personal Data:

this includes your nationality, state of origin, date of birth, sex and marital status.

4. Skills/Technical Skills:

the next step is to add skills to your resume. This includes skills that are most specific to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a marketing job, some skills to include are creativity, communication, negotiation, stress management etc. For additional explanation, click on this link:

5. Educational Qualification:

list all educational qualification relevant to the job. It should include the name of the institution attended, the year obtained, and the certificate obtained.

6. Professional Experience:

otherwise known as employment history, this section consists of places you have previously worked. It can be both paid and unpaid work but relevant to the job position either full-time work, part-time jobs, self-employment, or internships.

7. Achievements:

including your past achievements in your resume could also improve your chances of getting selected especially if the awards or achievements won relates to the position you are applying for.

8. Hobbies:

include hobbies or interests that help show the employer why you are a good fit for the job. For example, if you are applying for a position as a web developer, some hobbies to include are, blogging on web development, solving complex coding issues, volunteering to help develop and maintaining a website for a non-profit group.

9. References:

finally, references are very important in a resume as they could also play a major role in your chances of getting the job. References are people you have worked with in the past or present. Your references are people who know you well and can vouch for you. A reference could be a former or current employer, lecturer, supervisor or coach. You are to include their names, position titles, phone contacts, and email addresses.

Good luck in your career pursuit!

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Digital Social Media Officer Needed

Digital Social Media Officer Needed ASAP

Our client a reputable telecommunication company is looking to fill the position of Digital/Social Media Officer.


Location: Lagos

Deadline:  July 12th, 2017

Job type: Full-time

Industry: Telecommunications


Other Requirements:

  1. Must have a relevant university degree
  2. Youtube certified individual
  3. Experience with using digital technologies in innovative ways
  4. Experience contributing to organizational social media accounts (very active accounts)
  5. Experience using social scrapping/sentimental tools
  6. Passion for digital communication and online engagement

Apply via this link if you qualify: