Beyond Degree Certifications

Degree certifications have been taken by most young inexperienced graduates as a passport to get any job of their dreams. Your degree certification is just a means to an end and not an end in its self.

Most jobs requires work experience as no employer would want to accommodate a full time liability as an employee. What are you bringing to the table? How can your engagement increase the company’s clientele base and profit base? Can this individual represent the company well in his appearance and carriage? – These are questions every employer ask themselves before considering a candidate for a job over multitude of individuals that want the same job.

It will interest you to know that credentials and paper qualifications are only of great regards for a few industries mainly the Academics and say medicine or law before experience would be considered. It goes beyond this for most fields where job requirements are surprisingly negotiable.

A lot goes behind closed doors of many organizations in the selection of the right candidate as companies can sometimes get over a hundred applications for a single position, so they need to have some way of weeding people out to keep that number manageable. The best way of doing that is by saying “graduate degree required”, “5+ years of experience required”, etc., as there is a notion of someone with at least a 5+ years of experience would do a lot.

You may apply for jobs that require 3 to 5 years of experience even when you got just one year, you can apply for one that requires MBA or other second degrees even when you got just your first degree, all you need to do is to prove to them that you are up to the task and can offer what they want even more than those with the required qualifications.

Below are some tips that would help you get that dream job:

  • Do the Job before You get the Job: this entails you having to know more about the company you want to be part of, the position you are applying for and the job roles that are required of you. This is referred to by some authors as “Pre-interview project” i.e. doing a project in consonance with the required job roles or having a presentation ready in that light.

In doing the job before you get it, some steps are required, which are:

  • Narrow In On A Few Exiting Jobs: the aim is not you sending your resume randomly to a multitude of company with little or no interview invitation but having to select a few you see yourself working for through your passion, with those that you meet their criteria for selection or those you are almost meeting. Remember, the aim is to prove to them that you are capable. For a college graduate, you could apply for a job requesting for zero to five year work experience and ensuring that you are very convinced within you that you can do the job.
  • Outline What You Will Be Doing On The Job: this will help you to determine the perfect pre-interview project to present, this would be achievable if you got the job description so as to be wary of the day-to-day job requirements.
  • A Pre-interview Project Per Company: this is one of the stages that very important, ensure your project would give an in-depth understanding of how the problems would be solved. For instance, a product development role would require you running a quick usability tests on companies’ products, document the process, create some design suggestions and send it to the head of each design team.
  • Send Your Project In: sending in your project to the right person is very important else your effort might not yield result(s). This is usually easy for small and medium sized organizations where you can easy send your project to the MD/CEO or the Head of the team that need the project unlike large companies where people hardly know themselves. Whichever ways, getting the emails of the right person is somewhat easy for the SMEs while the larger firms might be trickier. Nevertheless, most people have a personal page online you can reach out through — if not, you can easily guess their work email (it’s usually firstname.lastname@company.com or something like that).
  • My Field Is Different, It Won’t Work: different fields with different job roles but in all, they exist to solve the problems of peculiar individuals or organizations. Therefore, this approach is applicable to any field but processes might be tweak for diverse fields. When all these approaches have been adopted properly and no response from the targeted company, kindly channel your efforts to other companies that would appreciate it and would be ready to call you up.
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