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Planning and Getting your Dream job without a School Degree.

Have you ever wondered if it is ever going to be possible for somebody without a degree to actually get a good job requiring one? And if you happen to be the one what would you do?

There could be many a times when some aspects in your CV will be less than the requirements of the job you are applying for, when you are a perfect fit for the job but you have no degree. So what would you do under such circumstance, Give it up? Absolutely not! 


Before we continue, bear in mind that there is absolutely no perfect man/woman for any job instead you could get 80%, 90% or more or even less of a fit to a job and this is the sole reason employers conduct interviews; just to get whom they think would fit better and not fit completely to the job.

Let us go through what you might do if you happen to be the job applicant without a degree. In this case, focus on what you do have. What do you have that can compensate for the lack of degree?


• Special personality traits: 

 In this case, you will definitely get preference over people who are more qualified and more experienced than you. Be sure you highlight your traits properly and that those that are highlighted exactly match the requirements of the job (otherwise it will dilute your case still further, labelling you as totally misfit for the job) Are you an artist by birth? Is acting a second nature to you? Are you a born leader? 

These all are personality traits that can stand you in good stead when you apply for those trait-specific jobs.

• Additional skills: 

Do you have any additional skills that pertain to the job? Have you undergone any special skills training program? Are your talents pertaining to the overall goal of the company? Then by all means write them down in the CV first before other things.


• Avoid the educational column altogether: 

A lot of people who are uncomfortable writing ‘undergraduate’ on their CVs, can simply omit the column of education altogether. However, this will not be questioned much in the CV when the other skills and traits draw the attention of the employer away from the need to know the qualifications.


• Additional skill/experience:

  Do you have a long and accentuated experience which has put you in the league of experts? Write the details and offer them references for the purpose. In many cases experience far supersedes qualifications; hence put your best foot forward and apply.
  It works.

There are a lot of other qualities that can overshadow the need of the degree. Be confident when you state your special qualifications and skills and learn to draw away the attention of the interviewer from the need to know about your qualifications.
To find the job you want you need to look at your skills and the type of job you want to do. You then need to plan how you will go about looking for it. 


What you have to offer

Start by asking yourself honestly what skills and experience you have. Think about the skills you have developed in the jobs you have had before, and in your life outside of work.


Employment skills and experience

Ask yourself the following questions to think about skills you have developed, including those built up in jobs you have had before:
* did you develop any skills that will be useful in the job you’re looking for?
* have you worked as part of a team?
* did you need to share information with others?
* did you follow or give instructions well?
* are you a good timekeeper?
* do you have IT skills?
* did you get any qualifications?
* were you praised for any part of your role?

 
Personal and social skills

Ask yourself the following questions about life outside work:

* do you get on well with people?

* are you on a local committee or a member of a community organization?

* are you part of a team, (for example, a sports or quiz team)?

* do you have skills from caring for your family, (for example, organizational skills)?

* have you done any voluntary work?

* have you been to any evening classes or training?

The checklist below should help you see if you are doing everything possible to find work.

Where to look for jobs ?

There are a number of ways you can search for jobs:
 
* through newspapers
* on the internet
* by registering with recruitment agencies
* in trade journals
* through friends and other people you know

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