How I got my dream job - the power of persistence; Alex Onsongoh

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Take any challenge that comes your way, it might not be what you are looking for but surely once you get the experience you will get there.

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Nothing will make you feel good as getting invited for job interviews for almost half of the applications you make. But shouldn’t you be worried when you don’t get any job offer despite getting past the screening stage? It implies your interview tactics need polishing.

Alex Onsongoh can relate to this very well. His is a story of resilience - having been invited for up to 8 job interviews with no job offer in sight, he kept on looking for opportunities. I didn’t take long before he landed his dream job as a Branch Manager at Platinum Credit.

Here’s how he found a job that he’s passionate about.

Hats off to you! You recently got a job through Fuzu. Which company is this and how is the going so far?

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Well, am currently working with Platinum Credit Limited, a middle – level microfinance bank. The Company having been in service for 15 years, I must agree it’s a great opportunity to be among a team of professionals who are working thoroughly towards realization of the organization goals and mission.

Walk us through a day in the life of a Branch Manager.

Well, that’s a great question. A branch manager in Platinum is actually a servant, a leader and a support system of the branch. I believe, we all have dreams, at the end we want to do what we love most as opposed to working. Basically, as a manager I am responsible for the administration of the branch, training and mentoring of the sales team, hiring and sometimes firing. My day is always interesting.  My day starts at 4 A.m. I check and respond to my emails. Go through my diary and finally go through business daily to know what is trending in the business world. I normally take my breakfast at 6.00 AM as I jet off to the office. My day at the office starts an early morning session specifically focusing on training and mentoring, done daily at 7.00 AM.  This is my initiative at the branch, it has been embraced now in the coastal region in a span of 3 months, I am confident the whole organization is going to embrace this too. It has really bore fruits; I believe motivation is like bathing, that’s why it is recommended daily. After am done with the appointments, my day ends at 1700hrs. I check out and go to the gym before going out to Mnarani Club where I am a member, for a social drink as I network to trigger more businesses and professional relationships.

What do you think made you stand out of all other applicants that job seekers can put in play as well?

Being steadfast, consistent, confident, a go- getter and prayerful. ‘God before anything’. The market has changed, and employers are looking for key distinct features in candidates. Looking for a job opportunity in this era of thousands of unemployed graduates calls for patience, consistency in job application and research in opportunities. Being ready to take any challenge that comes your way, can really catapult you to a whole range of opportunities. My advice to the young graduate Job seekers is:

  • Don’t look for a job opportunity because of a salary, look for an opportunity in what you love doing i.e. Let your hobby/what you love doing pay you as you are enjoying doing it.
  • Take any challenge that comes your way, it might not be what you are looking for but surely once you get the experience you will get there.
  • Don’t complain whatsoever Proverbs 18:21 I quote “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” If you get an opportunity be thankful and avoid complaining about work load, salary or colleagues just mind your own business pray and work.

How did you come across this gem called Fuzu and what was your first impression?

Well having taken a break and had a meeting with myself on what I really want, I decided to pursue opportunities in Sales and Marketing being what I enjoy most. A friend of mine told me about Fuzu and I must admit this is a great organization. I got my dream job because of you guys.

How has Fuzu been instrumental in helping you achieve your career goals?

Fuzu has helped in preparing my resume, career lessons and courses online has streamlined my skills to the market wants thus gearing me up to the opportunities matching my expertise and skills; this is how I landed in Platinum Credit.

What motivated you to keep applying for jobs even after not securing a job after going for up to 8 job interviews?

Having achieved versed experience from Barclays Bank Limited as an Area Retail and business sales manager, gave me the confidence of applying for jobs and holding my head high, knowing that every dog has its day. I lost two of the opportunities because the employers confessed they couldn’t afford me and the other three because my experience didn’t match what the employer was looking for i.e. possessing over 6 years’ experience in banking and insurance industry while the employers were looking for an expertise in the FMGDS. Secondly am a go –getter I wouldn’t stop at anything until I achieve what I want.

You got several job offers from the previous job interviews that you thought were unsuccessful. How did you arrive at the decision to go for the job that you now have?

Well I got a call from the two employers who had initially confessed they couldn’t afford me. They wanted us to discuss about the salary, but by then I had landed myself the position of a Branch Manager, come on, who would forfeit this kind of opportunity?

Having successfully gotten a job through Fuzu, in what ways do you think other users can optimally use Fuzu?

Well, I would advise other users to constantly use Fuzu, become premium users and take advantage of the online courses. They should invest in themselves and at least have a Fuzu life coach. Updating constantly their Resumes would do them good too.

You’ve listed Italian as an additional language. How has learning a foreign language benefited your career?

'Grazie mille fuzu famiglia per avermi dato questa possibilità’

Translation  “Thank you Fuzu  family for giving me this chance.” I spoke ealier about the key distinct features in every candidate in an interview, working in the south coast region, most of the cream dela creame customers are Italians. Being eloquent in Italian has really made it easier for me to interact and make businesses from the relationships i have made.

You seem to be an ambitious person. What are your career goals and what are doing to get there?

Thank you for the complement. Well, among my career visions, stewardship tops, I believe in leaving things better than I found them. I know happiness and satisfaction is contiguous thus I believe I am a servant to both customers and colleagues as opposed to the “boss” perspective most managers possess. Working in this corporate world, calls for integrity, that’s my bread and butter. Am focusing on my career growth currently I am student at Kenyatta University, advancing my studies and soon with masters’ degree in Marketing and sales am confident I will be a country sales director in Company ‘X’

Most managers are bosses and bosses tend to bring people down, very few managers are leaders and servants of their subjects, these are the ones who catapult their subjects to another level.

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    Zahira | August 30, 2020 12:19

    Wow, now I believe, I am at the right platform with such inspiring people around me. The newest member of FUZU family and hoping to land in my dream job soon. A big up for Alex! Loved your inspiring story mate.

    MULEDHU | August 14, 2020 12:58

    so wonderful and touching story.

    Janet | March 16, 2020 05:29

    Very encouraging.Than you Alex for sharing I believe one time I will be here to tell my story too.

    Anne | March 12, 2020 10:23

    You are an inspiration Alex. Thank you Fuzu for offering such a platform where one can grow their career to the next level. I hope to come here and tell my story soon

    ALEX | March 06, 2020 03:46

    A motivating story indeed thanks name

    KUBO | February 28, 2020 05:49

    It's an interesting bit! Thanks Alex for sharing with the FUZU Community about this. It's really encouraging and a mind booster

    Catherine | December 17, 2019 08:36

    Alex thanks for the inspiring message and thanks to Fuzu team for the great work they are doing of connecting job hunters to the employers and for the on line training. I am also on the waiting, i have already had one interview on my first application and i will not rest until i get a job. Big up to Fuzu team

    Kibet | December 01, 2019 07:24

    I believe too everything z possible. Cong's

    JACKLINE | October 21, 2019 05:54

    Well said, inspiring story Alex

    JAMES | October 19, 2019 10:16

    Am Motivated

    Rosemary | October 14, 2019 05:55

    Thanks Alex for the insightful story. Many lessons to pick and have no excuse not to apply. Thanks Fuzu for the platform

    Caroline | September 30, 2019 10:01

    servant leadership is very rare in our times and that is why you stand out. God bless you as you mentor others.

    Dirious | September 19, 2019 04:47

    This is so interesting

    Steven kipkemoi | September 04, 2019 06:24

    Great encouragement

    Kevin | August 29, 2019 14:05

    Thanks to Alex and the Fuzu fraternity for the eye opener. This is the best platform so far concerning career progression and I strongly believe to narrate my success story too some day. However, it was worth noting a few things for my "to do list" - becoming a premium user, having a Fuzu life coach and constantly updating resume. Besides, also to put God first and exercise consistency and practicing patience according to Alex. That was really inspiring. God bless Alex-God bless Fuzu

    David | August 27, 2019 03:54

    Quite encouraging and to the point

    DALTON | August 15, 2019 08:44

    Way good advice

    Guloba | July 23, 2019 16:58

    Good of you...

    NAHABWE | June 22, 2019 05:41

    Encouraging and inspiring. Thanks brother for sharing.

    Hannington | June 12, 2019 06:13

    Good sharing. Colleagues, other things regarding what to put in play will not always work as he shared! But what surpass are "research in opportunities and God first in anything"

    Zachary | June 11, 2019 13:33

    Very inspiring and motivating. Thank you brother. Positive attitude

    Kennedy | June 09, 2019 14:49

    Really inspiring

    Nakanwagi | June 09, 2019 11:16

    Great piece of advice. Thanks for allowing to share

    Justin | June 09, 2019 02:35

    It's indeed true patience fruits are sweet

    BABIRYE | June 05, 2019 20:13

    A story I can really relate to persistence is key.

    David | June 03, 2019 04:11

    Inspiring

    Winnie Njore | May 15, 2019 11:00

    Servant Leadership, way to go. I wish they were many such people in Kenya, thanks to Fuzu for giving you the opportunity to share your story and inspire and encourage many. Thank you

    Uthman | May 09, 2019 11:48

    Intelligent!

    MUTAI | May 02, 2019 06:22

    Very encouraging, captivating and motivating especially the part that say 'every dog has its day'.

    Lucy | April 30, 2019 02:23

    Thanks fuzu. U keeps inspiring me day by day

    PATRICIA | April 29, 2019 07:11

    thank you your inspiring talk

    JOSEPH | April 29, 2019 06:59

    Press it hard man the sky is not the limit.......

    KENNEDY | April 27, 2019 06:04

    Simply ,good mentorship I must say.

    Julius | April 23, 2019 05:45

    Very inspiring and encouraging bro

    PENINAH | April 07, 2019 18:25

    Your comments Now I have stopped the worry, I will take any challenge that comes on my way. Great encouragement.

    Evelyn | April 04, 2019 08:03

    That positive attitude, perseverance and energy is inspiring. Thanks.

    NICHOLAS LOISHORUA | April 04, 2019 02:07

    Woow nice one

    CHRISTOPHER | April 02, 2019 14:15

    quite inspiring bro

    GUMISIIRIZA | April 01, 2019 16:00

    Outstanding

    samson | March 23, 2019 07:56

    actuary fuzu has made me to open up my mind and move foward let youth rise up check fuzu for better life

    ALLAN | March 20, 2019 08:00

    Amen.very inspiring indeed

    Koech | March 18, 2019 08:35

    Wonderful

    PAUL | March 15, 2019 05:22

    That's great Onsongoh

    hellen | March 08, 2019 08:20

    so inspiring.

    Obbo | March 07, 2019 08:23

    Great inspiration

    ASIIMWE | March 05, 2019 13:18

    Thank you for sharing your experience for looking for the job and what you are doing at the job. Its quite encouraging

    ANN | February 21, 2019 10:51

    Happy for you Alex

    Kithuka | February 21, 2019 09:04

    great read there

    Denis | February 20, 2019 19:50

    Very inspiring story

    STEPHEN | February 14, 2019 06:45

    COOL ENCOURAGING

    MICHAEL | February 14, 2019 04:49

    Very motivating

    For | February 13, 2019 07:18

    Good inspiration

    ALICE NDUNGE | February 11, 2019 15:01

    Thank you for the encouragement...

    Joan | February 09, 2019 14:39

    Great inspiration indeed

    muteteri | February 06, 2019 14:17

    wao great inspiration

    BIYINZIKA | February 05, 2019 11:18

    great

    Leonard | January 31, 2019 04:22

    Your encouraging brother

    VINCENT | January 28, 2019 14:45

    wonderful insights there!

    masereka | January 28, 2019 07:25

    So inspiring

    Vincent Ameda | January 26, 2019 07:14

    Inspiring!. I am ecouraged

    Lukwago | January 18, 2019 04:58

    very awesome ,that unveils a person's focus ,

    Beenie | January 17, 2019 17:57

    So inspiration

    JAEL | January 14, 2019 07:50

    That is great and inspiring.

    Leah | January 09, 2019 13:10

    Encouraging

    Gift | January 05, 2019 04:12

    Powerful

    AMANYARUHANGA | January 03, 2019 05:08

    I am really humbled. Failure and success are both ones choices. One may choose to be Passing On ones Opportunities or Embracing them

    JANE | January 01, 2019 06:12

    Very encouraging message. we will keep on going

    Abima | December 24, 2018 18:05

    This is encouraging. I'm sure this Will drive graduates forward without hesitation, otherwise its hard to get called for a job interview in your first,second and probably third applications,,so don't get discouraged.

    Johnson | December 21, 2018 08:02

    Wow!! what an encouragement.. Thanks Alex..

    Shem | December 19, 2018 15:18

    Thanks so much for encouraging n giving hope to the job seekers.All the best

    Justine | December 17, 2018 17:51

    So inspiring message thx Alex

    Martha | December 15, 2018 08:03

    Very encouraging. Positive attitude

    GIDEON | December 06, 2018 20:49

    Thank you brother Alex.

    purity | November 18, 2018 18:27

    Very encouraging,, for sure patience pays

    Philip | November 16, 2018 04:06

    Thats good...i have been really looking for a job 3 months now without success i hope this will keep people like me going

    Micheal | November 08, 2018 08:26

    Encouraging

    Joy Sharon | October 12, 2018 08:02

    So today I woke up feeling so down because I get to apply for so many jobs and never get a chance to be called for any, in just a minute I was about to shut down my PC and came across this and wow, I'm surely encouraged!

    BELINDAH | October 11, 2018 10:25

    So encouraging

    CHELANGAT | October 09, 2018 05:28

    It's the best advice, thank you, and to all fuzu admin

    WICKLIFE | September 27, 2018 09:39

    A great inspiration buddy... n I wont forget "God before anything"

    LEAH | September 26, 2018 09:59

    You are just one of a kind, I never thought that such kind of managers(leader) exist.Am really impressed with your character as a leader. Keep forging forward.

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    Alex | September 27, 2018 09:15

    Thanks Leah for your compliment, am humbled

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    Alex | September 27, 2018 09:23

    Thanks Leah for the compliment, am humbled

    Grace | September 13, 2018 09:21

    Soo encouraging ...

    Faith | September 11, 2018 14:09

    wonderful

    Robert | September 10, 2018 11:37

    Thanks a lot Man , the message here is so inspiring

    Ben | September 07, 2018 12:54

    Sounds good

    EMMANUEL | September 07, 2018 08:59

    Am really moved

    Raphael | September 07, 2018 05:28

    Great job

    Geoffrey | September 07, 2018 00:10

    More than inspiring

    AYEBAZIBWE | September 06, 2018 07:22

    So inspiring and motivating. Let's keep on

    ALEX | September 01, 2018 09:41

    Sounds great! and very inspiring to many including myself,''Never give up untill win it over guys!

    Thokozani | August 31, 2018 05:30

    I love this

    COLLINS | August 30, 2018 12:14

    Wow, persistent is the key. Very inspiring.

    Aliru | August 30, 2018 11:48

    Let me keep trying too

    Faith | August 28, 2018 20:50

    Inspiring

    Ruth | August 28, 2018 09:59

    Very inspiring

    Sylvester | August 27, 2018 15:20

    Simply awesome.

    mary | August 27, 2018 14:59

    Great,hope through fuzu many doors are opening.

    CLIVE | August 27, 2018 12:38

    Very good information.

    Caroline | August 27, 2018 10:56

    Very encouraging

    Jackson | August 27, 2018 10:46

    Very inspiring i hope it will work me can you edit my for me

    FAITH | August 26, 2018 04:56

    I hope that God, will open doors and I will also get a job through Fuzu

    ZACHARIA | August 24, 2018 09:11

    That is cool of u Bro Big it up

    Hmtvabbeu6rhihfmhhe5

    Alex | August 27, 2018 09:19

    Thanks Bro

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    joseph | September 11, 2018 13:22

    Thats great Alex..hop will land such opportunity soon

    David | August 21, 2018 14:28

    I also got my job at platinum through fuzu,,

    momanyi | August 21, 2018 08:59

    It has really encouranged me to continue striving and get success out of it.

    Wangechi | August 20, 2018 16:17

    Indeed very inspiring!

    Davis | August 20, 2018 10:45

    Can't wait to be featured in the next review!! Great

    Collins | August 19, 2018 14:55

    Very inspiring sir

    Remjius | August 17, 2018 12:40

    Destiny is not a chance but it is a choice and Never fail to try but fail that you have tried.Great my dear I love the passion.

    Kipruto | August 16, 2018 18:55

    Great inspiration

    ASSUMPTA | August 16, 2018 11:31

    Encouraging


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