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WHAT IT TAKES: How to get a job as a Country Manager

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This week, we talked to Asha Mweru, the Kenya Country Manager of Sinapis about how to get a job as a country manager. For all the job seekers who say to themselves – “Ah, I can’t get a job as a country manager until I have 10+ years experience”…you need to read this story!

About the company: Sinapis is a Nairobi-based organization that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs in the developing world with innovative, scalable business ideas by providing them with a rigorous Christ-centered business education, world-class consulting, mentoring services, and access to seed capital.

TL;DR

  • You don’t need the experience to get the job as a country manager – you just need to show passion and zeal to learn on the job
  • Major skills you need to get the job as a country manager are project/program management, business development & partnership building and good collaborative skills
  • In order to get a job as a manager, it is important you can structure things – not just to execute, but to create a structure that will allow the project to continue and be monitored sustainably

So Asha, tell us about your career.

I was first an entrepreneur and I tried building a company for a year. Unfortunately, we worked on the wrong model – low margins, high volume, and it took too long to break even. But I did learn a lot about what it takes to build a company and is probably what made me into who I am.

Then I transitioned into a PR job at  Sinapis for 3 months. I hadn’t studied PR though I had some experience from my entrepreneur life and I was well connected with the entrepreneurship ecosystem. I then got the Sinapis partnerships lead role because I found that I’m naturally good at selling. I did a good job so a few months later I moved into role  to scale partnerships and validate the scaling model. I loved scaling using the partnership model. 8 months later country manager job came up at Sinapis and I was offered the opportunity which I jumped right on it but of course with a lot of doubt in myself but worked my way to enjoying the role.

Why do you think you got the job as Country Manager if you didn’t have experience in that field?

I think sometimes its just – are you willing to learn, can you figure out deliverables quickly and are you just going to do it.  I’m smart, I learn quickly, and I am  passionate about entrepreneurs. So even though I didn’t have the specific skill for the job, I had the determination to do it and the mentality – It’s gonna happen, it just has to happen. So I said, “Ok I don’t have an MBA, but let’s give it a try” …and here I am.

What would you say your major day to day activities are?

My job is divided into a couple of main aspects – there is a lot of partnership building and business development. It is also my job responsibility to identify trainers for our entrepreneurs and  a lot of program management as well. I make sure classes actually run smoothly,  are allocated a trainer, and that the entrepreneurs are learning.

As a manager you also can’t escape administrative work. Are people doing what they need to be doing, when do I file this report…So that’s my main day to day activities as a country manager: Program management, business development and a little bit of admin. I definitely enjoy the execution part of any strategy we come up with though.

What is the skill you need for this job that you can’t live without?

Honestly, I think I could not live on this job without being a good planner. We have to plan for classes way ahead of time and say “this might happen, and we need a plan B.”

The second thing to do a good job as country manager would just be being a great salesperson: Being able to present an idea very well, present the value, and follow up to make sure we close the deal and lastly you need to be good at collaboration with teams

Do you think this comes naturally to you or do you think it’s training?

First and foremost, I have a great boss. It’s easy to emulate her because she does things to a high standard that I know I need to meet. Also, if I don’t know what to do, she guides me. The way I think about it is if my boss can do it, I can too.

I did have to learn a lot of things on the job. When I came in, I had no idea how to do project management. I just assumed I’m smart enough to do it and I just need to figure out how to learn. So I learned, adjusted my views on what it takes to project manager, and began executing.

What are your biggest challenges with your job?

First, I needed to learn how to say no, and realize it does not make me a bad boss.

I had to learn to delegate and understand that training other people is important (even if I could do the task myself in 5 minutes).

The third thing would probably be something I noticed about myself – I realized that it takes me a while to make a decision, especially with hiring people for a job. I’m not sure if that is a challenge or not, but it is something I think about but gets better with time.

What skills did you have to learn when you took this job?

Half of the skills I gained came from learning on the job.

The first was learning how to pitch. I really needed to learn in a short time how to sell an idea, and show its value. I pitched a few times as an entrepreneur, but the corporate world is a bit different.

Also, my job is all about making sure our entrepreneurs get trained in business skills. I actually wound up being their trainer for many courses that I had never studied myself – HR, marketing, operations etc. But because of this, now I am able to train any class on pretty much any subject, and I understand these subjects pretty deeply both academically and practically. I can even build a curriculum. It has significantly built my business skills.

What tech tools do you use on this job?

For project management, I use Wrike.com. I love Excel for building out a schedule. Occasionally, I do use Trello to build out tasks and so I know I have specific projects. I am pretty old school though I couldn’t live without my pen and paper. I plan out my work in my Moleskine.

What experience (professional or academic) best prepared you for this job? Did it tie in at all?

I’m not sure – I studied IT and business. I certainly use the IT and business. But did I think I would end up here? No. I thought I would get a job in a tech company or build my own thing. So I don’t think my education translated to exact knowledge for my job – I use my training sometimes kind of broadly, but not on a regular basis.

How has this job improved your professional skill set?

The country manager job has taught me how to work with structures and how to create them. Now, I love structures and being able to say – OH, is this how we are going to be doing things? Great. Whenever I have chaos, I step back and say – Let’s decide how we are going to do this, build the structure and execute. I also think about how  I get feedback, update people on progress, & aggregate things sent to me. I structure that and then, I can move on.

What would be the next logical career step for you based on your experience in this job?

There are a few logical steps. One idea is doing the same job on a much bigger scale. At Sinapis, we’ve moved from 7 entrepreneurs to 300. So I know what it takes to scale a program and still retain try and retain quality. I am also interested in doing something internationally, working with different cultures, demographics, and business levels or challenges.

The other step could be advising policy and development around entrepreneurship. Because from this job, I understand the impact entrepreneurs can have and what type of ecosystem they need in order to thrive.

What advice do you have for job seekers about how to apply for a role in your field?

If you are in an early stage in your job hunt or career – you need to be able to learn and learn quickly. Also be forgiving to yourself. You will make so many mistakes and you just need to learn from them and say – “I’ve made this mistake, I will probably never do that again. I’ve learnt, now I can move on.”

If you are at the  later stage of your career, I would think about what can I give to the company and what can they give to me. You should also be open minded and able to say – “This may be a different way of doing things but I can learn and perhaps even get it better”

In general, to job seekers – I just get so upset when I have this person who just rushes through applying for something and the application is unprofessional. Or, not taking the time to research the company or do an application assignment.

If you want a tip to impress HR – do your research thoroughly. If you are writing a cover letter, show me your values. Don’t make me think – “Do I want to hire you?” Show me why you are a perfect fit even above the skills I am looking for.

Also remember that first impressions do matter, so be as professional as possible at all times.

Lastly, whenever I am looking to hire, I always look at potential in the person to grow with our organization. I think about where they move from here. I wouldn’t want someone where this is just another job to them. So I always ask myself, “Why does this person want to be here, is it a good fit, will the person stay and grow?”


Thanks, Asha, for the amazing interview!

Sinapis is actually hiring for another country manager right now. If you would like to apply, please send your CV + cover letter to apply@dumaworks.com with subject line “Country Manager 1734” (And don’t forget to research Sinapis beforehand for the cover letter!)

As always, if you are interested in receiving relevant job alerts on your phone, please visit our website and tell us a bit more about your professional qualifications.

If you would like to read more about how to approach writing a CV, I would recommend checking out our article “10 CV Fixes to Get Noticed by HR

That’s all for now, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below!

What It Takes to Be a Human Resource Manager

Photo credit: Zafarani Mansurali

Photo credit: Zafarani Mansurali

This week for Duma Works’ What It Takes blog series, we interview Beryl Opar, the HR Manager at Kopo Kopo.

This interview is particularly interesting because as HR, Beryl not only gives advice about pursuing a career in HR. She also has general advice for applying to jobs in general! #job #gatekeeper

TL;DR

  • Many HR professionals are actually formerly from/obtained their first degree in the customer relations, psychology, commerce, marketing or other related fields
  • HR admin tasks are becoming more automated – to position yourself, focus on becoming more strategic
  • Your work ethic and attitude can land you in a job even if you didn’t study the relevant course work
  • Network, network, network! It helps you stay ahead in your field and also get connections to job opportunities

Tell me about your career journey:

I studied and got a masters in Business Management at Warwick Business School in the UK.

HR wasn’t actually my first career choice. I thought I was going into finance/economics or development work!

While job seeking, I got a temp role at Macmillan Publishers in NYC. I was helping with CV mining and interviews. It was supposed to be a three month gig, but then a position opened up in HR – it was a department of 10 people, servicing approximately 3,000 employees and I was handling benefit coordination.

Why do you think MacMillan hired you for HR if that wasn’t your field?

Probably for my work ethic. I wasn’t the best hire if they were looking for an HR qualification. But when I was there, I worked hard, I had a good attitude (I’m told), I was eager to learn, and always delivered.

And you moved back to Kenya…

Yes, I missed home and could see opportunity here – I could see more development and infrastructure in Nairobi, and wanted to take advantage of being young and able to relocate easily.

So I moved back in February of 2012 and that’s when my job hunt began. It’s not fun, I know how it feels. It seems to take forever. I did consultancy jobs here and there. I worked with Kimberly Ryan in Upper Hill. I also did a consulting gig for an insurance company and a solar company – helping them become compliant with their policies and handbooks.

So what does your day to day at Kopo Kopo look like?

I would call myself a generalist at Kopo Kopo. I am responsible for a lot of things.

At the moment, I’m doing a lot of recruiting – from looking at CVs to making a job offer and everything in between. Also, we are expanding into a few other countries which means project managers often need help with work permits/visas and health insurance etc. in other countries.

What are your biggest challenges with CVs?

The inability for people to translate their achievements onto paper. They don’t know how to stand out, to highlight relatable and transferable skills – especially candidates right from school.

What do you look for when hiring other HR people?

For an HR person applying for a job – I would focus on their unique skills, their ability to learn and their attitude. You can easily get your diploma in HR – it only takes about a year. For me, it’s more about professional skills e.g. are you innovative, a team player, a problem solver and someone who takes initiative.

What is a skill you can’t live without?

If I had to pick one, I’d pick people skills – I am dealing with people all the time.

In HR all employees are basically your clients – from entry level employees to board of directors to C level management. If you have good people skills – it works.

What skills have you learned on the job?

I have had to learn employee relations and negotiations. For example, I look at benefit plans and negotiate with vendors to get the best “bang for the buck”.

How have you learned all these skills?

I have an amazing mentor – she is a Director of HR with 15+ years of experience. I am always calling to ask what to do and how to do it. I am also constantly reading up on trends/ best practice and I am in the process of obtaining my HR certification by September 2015.

What tech tools do you use at work?

We use all the Google apps and Google Drive. LinkedIn for recruiting. We also use Trello, Survey Monkey, and Excel (specifically pivot tables) among others.

What experience best prepared you for this role?

All my previous work experience – including that one Summer I took a job as a Starbucks Barista in New York City.

My Masters in Business Management also helped me understand basic financials, measuring corporate performance, strategy analysis and dealing with people in organizations. This has enabled me to think strategically, as an owner of the business.

At the moment I am studying for my HRMP examination, which is administered by HRCI, and I’m learning a lot.

How did the role improve your skill set?

The role definitely made me step outside my comfort zone. I do things like work on HR policy documents, performance management, budgeting, and create training plans – The best way to learn is by doing!

What is your next career step?

I would like to continue doing more strategy and ‘big data’ in an HR capacity. I try to see where the HR industry is heading and position myself in a way that I am a global and regional business leader in my field. I always try to think 5-10 years ahead for my career.

I see HR changing a lot – HR professionals are moving away from administrative tasks – in fact, admin work is being taken over by computer applications and software. I want to focus more on HR strategy, so I can have an opinion in the board room.

What is your advice to job seekers?

Network, network, network! It’s a hard market and unemployment is so high. There are only a few really good roles. Go to meetups, seminars, and conferences to find out what opportunities are available.

Actually, the way I found out about my current job was by telling everyone in my network that I was looking for a job in HR. Finally, one of my friends connected me to Kopo Kopo.

You should also set yourself up as the best qualified candidate. So if you can, get all the relevant qualifications you can afford.

Lastly, you should definitely tailor your CV. At least based on what I’ve seen – people aren’t researching the job well and just sending blanket resumes everywhere. It’s not always the best strategy.

I know it’s hard – I job hunted for a while. But do targeted research and target the top jobs you want. If possible, get to know what pain point the companies have and see how you can fill it with your experience, skills, certifications, etc. That way, in an interview, you know how to really stand out and how to contribute to the company.

Thanks so much for all your insight, Beryl! I hope this is helpful for both people trying to get into the HR field, and those trying to go from HR executive to manager. Remember, if you are looking for an HR role, make sure to create your professional profile on Duma Works so we can alert you with any job openings.

Stay tuned for next week’s publication of What It Takes, and as always, leave your comments in the comments section below if you have any questions or comments.

You can also check out last week’s edition of What It Takes, where we interviewed Mugethi from the iHub, and she told us all about her career and what it takes to be a Community Manager.

What it Takes to Become a Community Manager

Mugethi at her workplace, in the iHub. Photo credit: Abu Okari

Mugethi at her workplace, in the iHub. Photo credit: Abu Okari

Mugethi Gitau is the Community Manager of the iHub. I had a chat with Mugethi this week to get a better picture of what it means to be a Community Manager. Hopefully this will help you decide if it’s the right job for you, and if you would be a good fit. If this article perfectly describes you, maybe you should be applying to Community Manager job openings…

Mugethi admitted to me at the beginning that even she didn’t know what that role meant when she applied. It just goes to show that everyone starts from square one.

This blog post is part of a series on the Duma Works blog called “What It Takes,” where we are talking to experts in different fields about themselves & their day-to-day activities to help job seekers understand what employers are really looking for when they post a job description. 

IN SUMMARY

I. The most important skill set:

  1. You get energy by being around people
  2. You are a good communicator with all types of people
  3. Really experienced with social media and blogging
  4. Good at event planning & logistics

II. The next potential career move:

  1. Manage a bigger community
  2. Online community manager

III. What employers are looking for:

  1. People who have done their own independent projects ie. Planning events and starting a blog
  2. Clear, well expressed email communication
  3. Great people skills and strong social media presence

So Mugethi, to get started, maybe you can tell me a little bit about your career and how you got to become the Community Manager at the iHub.

It was a long journey. When I started University, computers and the internet was just coming up so I specialized in IT (with only 5 other women. The rest were men, imagine!)

I lectured in colleges a year. Then taught ICT and business for 4 years. After 4 years I couldn’t grade another paper (I found it fun at first)

In between lecturing, I also had some other businesses where I would design business cards, and design people’s websites. I’ve continued this ever since.

Later, I got into some non-profit work, supporting orphans and other vulnerable populations with business coaching, mentorship, and access to microfinance.

My debut into social media was during the elections – I would engage people online through community debates about politics. I’d been on social media for a while but this is when I first started to use it on a serious level to brand individuals and push public agenda.

I even ran a nightclub at one point!

What would you say your day to day activities are as Community Manager of the iHub?

Meeting people all the time! I help tech tourists understand who we are and what we do at the iHub. It’s all different types of people coming in – investors, NGOs, researchers, entrepreneurs…

I talk to members of the community in our community space about what they are doing and I make connections for people all the time since I’m always meeting so many people.

I handle event requests and make sure they are valuable to our community. And, I update our social media and blog!

What is the skill you need for this job that you can’t live without?

An outgoing personality to be able to communicate well with all types of people.

And passion – I have a passion to work with entrepreneurs.

How has this job improved your professional skill set?

It made me better at communicating with different people, like “geeks.” The job has helped me learn how to bring people together and express myself on the online in-line with the iHub brand through Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.

Mugethi presenting at a community event

Mugethi presenting at a community event

What tech tools do you use on this job?

Google Calendar, Google docs, Evernote, (Evernote business card camera), Twitter for Mac, Basecamp, Slack, and Skype.

What would be the next logical career step for you based on your experience in this position?

Ideal next position would be managing a larger online community eg. Developer community on Facebook. So I would scale up from managing 100 resident members to 100,000+ globally.

What advice do you have for job seekers about how to apply for a role in your field?

If I were hiring, I would look for someone who is a good communicator, can write blog posts, can engage in social media, and someone who can compose emails and express themselves well.

Tech knowledge is very important – to be familiar with Google Docs etc. And it’s important that someone has done projects in their free time to show they can plan logistics.

I don’t always look at CVs, but if someone sends me an email like they are sending an SMS – with no punctuation and sheng, that is a huge red flag.

To end on a funny note, I asked Mugethi what she wanted to be when she grew up – her answer?

I was so sure I wanted to be a pilot! SO sure. I even had a boyfriend in an aviation high school and we were planning our lives around how to be pilots. But then he became a lawyer and I went into tech…But I’m so sure our dreams are still valid! 🙂


We hope this was helpful to understand what it means to be a Community Manager.

Remember, if you have the experience and skills to become a community manager (and can put them to the test!) make sure to update your Duma Works profile here with the skill “Community Manager.” 

If you are looking for any other career advice, make sure to check out some other posts on the Duma Works blog, like this one about how to pitch yourself to an employer in under 1 minute.

Be sure to let me know in the comment section below what other types of jobs you are interested in learning about!

– Arielle

How to Pitch Yourself in 1 Minute

How to pitch yourself in one minute

To all the new job seekers out there who don’t know how to respond when an employers asks you at an interview: “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” This blog post is for you.

Duma Works was invited to the iHub 5th year anniversary party the other week to give a brief presentation about how to pitch yourself to an employer. It was interesting, because that topic gave us the opportunity to think about how pitching a startup idea to a customer/user/investor could be applied to pitching yourself as a job seeker.

I can’t tell you how many people I have interviewed that when asked about themselves have responded:

My name is _____, I am from _______ county, I went to school at _______, where I studied ________. I am a good team player and can do a very good job at my assignments.

All this is well and good, but doesn’t answer the question the employer has – how will you add value to my company?

Pitch yourself to an employer

When you think about it, pitching a startup is the same – the customer/user/investor just wants to know – how you will add value to my company/fund/life?

So to break it down, if you are a job seeker and are asked this question, here is how you should think about your response:

1- Why is the employer looking to hire someone for this position? What gap exists in the company now?

–> This is helpful because you can then think about why you are the best suited person to fill this gap

2- What type of person would the employer want to hire?

–> This is helpful because you can understand the type of formality, dress code, body language, and language you should be using.

And lastly, remember that all employers want to hire someone that is truly passionate about what they are doing. This could mean that you are passionate about the specific tasks you will be doing and your role at the company, and/or the vision and mission of the company.

If you can stand out as the type of person who is so interested in their field, excited to learn, and grow this department at the company, you are golden.

how to pitch yourself in one minute to an employer

I’ll give you an example for a “tell me more about yourself” pitch for a sales representative:

“I’m Angela, and I heard about the amazing things you are doing at your company, Duma Works, with matching job seekers to opportunities in Kenya. I heard that you are hiring for a sales representative and I was so excited. Selling is just my thing. Even in college, I was working with a club to sell our services to other students. When I got my first job as a sales representative at another startup company, I was able to work with a team to exceed our quotas by 50% every month. I am really quick at fitting in to new teams and know I can start adding value to your sales team immediately. I even know a few potential clients I want to talk to already.”

See why a prospective employer would like this?

This shows them that you are interested in their company and not just sending your CV everywhere. It shows them that you not only love sales but are good at it. It also shows initiative from your side that you have already thought about potential clients.

I can guarantee you that this approach will work better than the classic mini-autobiography that most people stick to.

Try it out and tell us what happens!

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6 Sure Ways To Land A Great Job

By Angela Wairimu

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Imagine that you had to choose between buying a Toyota and a BMW. Which would give you the best service ultimately?

…A BMW of course.

Your resume should be the same, it should say something like ‘Hiring me is like buying a BMW on a discount.’

So how do you make it say that? Here are some ideas:

1. Get the latest and best content that centers on your career focus.

Learn more to earn more. Whatever your interest or passion is, there are lots of articles and resources online that provide you with more up to date information. Join them, follow them and subscribe to them. Volunteer in your interests, join professional associations in your area and participate in forums. This keeps your knowledge up to date and puts you out there. It may also land you a job. Keeping up to date is also a simple way to prepare for an interview.

2. Join DUMA Works and LinkedIn

DumaWorks.com offers you a chance to be matched to jobs that fit your skills but more importantly, build a great professional network in Kenya. Linkedin offers a world view of your industry and allows you to view what professionals in your field are doing elsewhere.

3. Comment, update, share and promote.

Looking for the perfect job is like searching for the perfect partner. You have to be out there, so go out there. Get online. Begin creating, interacting and reaching out to your target audience. This could be industry mates, students, even employers. This helps you build your brand identity, makes you findable and it is a great way for others to know you.

4. Work on your attitude

Attitude is everything. Have a “can do” attitude. Employers these days are looking for people a positive impact on the company. People who can find new ways of doing things that are better, smarter and more natural. Can do people people are able to describe obstacles that they have faced in life and how they overcame them. Attitude is that one thing that makes one person be hired because of ‘something about them’ that an employer cannot quite pin-point.

While job hunting, surround yourself with positive people who provide encouragement and feedback.

5. Have clear relevant goals

Understand your marketable skills, know the job you want and understand what you have to offer. To do that, you have to access your likes/dislikes, your marketable skills, your personality and the kind of working conditions you value the most. It may take quite some time to understand yourself and getting a career coach may help. Alternatively, start where you are by taking internships at different types of companies and seeing what appeals to you best.

6. Stay focused and resilient.

Seeing is believing. Have a job status tracker, on your bedroom wall! This helps you fill your opportunity funnel the same way a sales person does. Resiliency is the ability to spring back from disappointment and keep moving forward. Track and record all your efforts. This gives you extra incentive to keep at it.

Here is an idea on the columns you may choose to have

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Do the above and you’re sure to land a great job!

“Soft Skills?” More Like Strong Skills

How to Impress Employers with your Soft Skills on Your CV
By Angela Wairimu

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Employers these days seem to value so called “soft skills” above all else. I’ve looked at a lot of CVs in the last few years, and it’s always a challenge to understand a job seeker’s soft skills based on a piece of paper. These are the elements I look for and effective ways I’ve seen that job seekers communicate these strengths.

1. Leadership Skills. A person with leadership skills shows responsibility, independence & critical thinking. A self-confessed team player without any leadership is often looked at as a “follower” or “hanger-on” by managers because he/she may lack initiative.

Quick Fix – Emphasize leadership roles in courses, volunteer activities, community service, and make sure you include the positive outcome of your leadership.

2. Project Management Skills. A person with project management skills means that they understand how to delegate, keep an eye on the big picture, and manage a team. Someone without these skills might blindly follow orders without understanding why and fail to make improvements when needed.

Quick Fix – Emphasize your experience managing a project (even on campus!) and the positive outcomes. If you don’t have experience, show courses you have taken in project management.

3. People Skills. People like other people with people skills! People lacking people skills have trouble communicating clearly with others, networking, and generally being liked.

Quick Fix – Emphasize how you relate to people through various activities, conferences and relevant events that you have been part of. For customer-interaction-focused jobs show how you have pulled teams together, managed customers, & managed vendors.

4. Communication Skills. Writing and public speaking are critical skills whether one is representing a company, talking to an authority, or managing conflicts. People who can’t communicate in a clear manner are easily misunderstood leading them to blame others for miscommunications.

Quick Fix – Understand your communication skills are reflected by how you write the email in which you send your CV, write & format your resume/CV, talk on the phone, & interview. The employer will look at all these factors.

5. Sales Skills. People with sales skills bring business to the company. These days, many employers expect basic sales skills from all employees. New business is the lifeblood of every business.

Quick Fix – Understand that “sales skills can be conveyed by how effectively you sell yourself to the job – by really demonstrating an interest and expertise, and also your past sales accomplishments ie. “Overperformed sales targets by 20% consecutively a Company X.”

Looking for other ways to make your CV stand out? Check out our post on “10 Quick CV Fixes” here.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at info@dumaworks.com or visit www.dumaworks.com to build your professional job network and learn more about our career building opportunities. Also feel free to subscribe to this blog to get relevant career advice delivered to you. Good luck! 🙂

10 Things Not To Do; When You Get To Work after the #MatatuStrike

Its a huge productivity drain when you have to get to work late after being stuck in traffic for a long time or when you have had to walk to work after the Matatu strike. Here however is a list of 10 things that YOU SHOULD NOT do at work after such an unfavourable morning.

  1. Don’t complain about the #matatustrike endlessly to everyone including your boss/interviewer. While everyone may be understanding and sympathetic at first, everyone has been through it too and there is nothing unique about your experience therefore ranting over and over is unacceptable.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.12 PM
  2. Don’t forget to wipe your dusty shoes. It is not a badge of honour to walk into offices in dirty shoes.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.04 PM
  3. Don’t stamp your dusty shoes endlessly like a rabid elephant. Its rude.images (1)
  4. If you work at city council, don’t tell people you were late to work because of traffic…it was your sick grandma. This is about loyalty.images
  5. Don’t ask for a raise because you spent all your cash on a piki piki (bike) to get to work.1-R-rwVR048NVFow0HAKhyyg
  6. Don’t yawn with your arms stretched out, especially if anyone is in smelling distance of your armpits. The sweat patches are unsightly enough, do not make it worse.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 6.16.39 PM
  7. If you are cursing Kidero on Twitter, make sure he is not your boss, especially if you voted for him. Also, dont tweet about how bad your boss is or how you hope they are also in traffic.6bf45ee8ea95b1be529930399707af83231176690435478a59488e74836afec9
  8. Don’t use the office sink as your shower or hand drying as your blow-dryer. Its weird and disturbing.Valentine in the Bathroom Sink
  9. Don’t forget to check in the mirror to ensure your make up is still intact. Yes women! You dont want to go into meetings looking like the joker.The-Joker-the-joker-30677826-1533-805
  10. Don’t tell the interviewer/client that it is sweat stains on your CV/brown envelope…If anyone asks, it’s coffee. Yes, the struggle is real.Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 5.25.32 PM