What are you worth? Do you know your worth? I have been attempting to schedule interviews for several positions and situations. Don’t worry, I am not hiring for anything that you want. After having close to 10 conversations this morning, only two people left me feeling somewhat pleased. And i don’t consider myself a hard to please person.
Some of the positions I was speaking with the people for are as follows – Housekeeper ( with and with no children), assistant baker, and the use of a certificate to register a business (and the person will be employed in the business as a regular staff, in addition to payment fr use f the certificate). I got all sorts of rabid requests and i started to wonder, half of these people are either not ready to work or really do not no their worth.
One of the housekeepers for the one without children asked for N40k for monthly salary. I asked her if she could read- no, write – no and she said she doesn’t wash clothes either. So i asked her why she should be paid that much when she is not caring for children and will be provided with food and accommodation and she went mute. If you are going to open your mouth to ask for something, better be able to defend it. I was thoroughly put off, because outside of cleaning for max 3 hours a day, she is of no use.
The next person who someone wanted to use their license asked for a million per year. I just had to shake my head. The particular license/ certificate in question goes for maybe N200,000; if that much for the year. The guy has been unemployed for several years. And has been pounding the concrete looking for work. I recommended him simply because a mutual party pushed his CV to me that he needed a job.
Nobody is God and maybe this is a mentality created by poverty. In Nigeria i have noticed the initial desire to do a mad grab for money without looking at the possibilities ahead. The guy lost out on a chance to make money and get a job, the housekeeper lost out on potential to be better. Who knows if the person she was to work with would have encouraged and supported her into doing something that would benefit her in her time off?
I am truly starting to think that people really do not know their worth or are just desperate and operating from a poverty mindset.
I moved back to Nigeria on 15% of my previous salary because i wanted to learn about a certain industry, and i coped and did it for 2.5 years straight. In fact the amount of brokenness i went through in that period, only God can describe it. Because i could barely afford much; now i run my own consultancy – that job is a big part of what helped me understand the Nigerian market. That combined with my prior 7 years of building actual analytical and managerial experience. I left the middle East as a deputy head of department and came into Nigeria as entry level. And people will tell you that you are lucky when in actuality they wouldn’t have settled for the stuff you did.
Please share your opinion on the two cases i have stated above. Do you believe a lot of people know their worth? Do you know your own worth? I am not talking sentiments – i am talking from a skill set standpoint and industry rates. Are you aware of the salary and benefits commiserate with your education and experience level? Or are you frustrating potential employers or career styled relationships without realizing it?