A Simple Guide to Securing a Top Job Without a Fancy Education
A simple step-by-step guide to securing your dream job.
Data from Yale University, in the United States, revealed the acceptance of 24 Kenyan students. This exceeds Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe, making it the country with the highest number of students to be accepted into one of the most prestigious universities in the world, in Africa. However, a Yale education is not the only way you can secure your future career prospects.
Here’s how a “regular Joe” can do it too:
- Search for career-specific job websites: Most of the time, people are not quite sure which company they want to work for, therefore a career-specific job website can be ideal. Instead of wading through a list of unappealing positions, you are able to browse specific jobs that interest you, ultimately narrowing down your choices – making it easier to find the most suitable job and company.
- Put together a compelling resume: A little creativity can set you apart from your competition in more ways than one. Even though a resume is normally skimmed through, rather than read, a resume that stands out can captivate an employer which can help to secure your spot for an interview.
- Find ways to make your most irrelevent experiences, apt: Think of it as a way to connect the dots. Find something in your previous experiences that might push you ahead of the competition. For example, if you worked as an elementary school English teacher and you’re applying for a job as a content writer, you could use the basic grammar you’ve been teaching to your advantage by stating how it’s improved your language skills and writing ability.
- Master the art of reading body language: Reading and understanding body language can be extremely advantageous in an interview. It’ll allow yourself to stop portraying negative body language and you will be able to notice negative body language coming from the interviewer – in which case you will be able to change the situation for the better and to your advantage.
- Do not burn any bridges at your current job: Leaving your current job in a professional manner can secure a good reference, which will score you some extra points at your next job, if they decide to check up on you. Furthermore, you never know when you might run into your “ex-employer” in the future, so you need to make sure that all your professional relationships are left untainted.
You do not have to be a top-scoring Yale University graduate in order to secure a top job. Good work ethics, skills and good work relationships can be just as beneficial in order to land the job of your dreams. Good luck!