How to Make Yourself Attractive to Employers Even Without a University Degree 29

How to Make Yourself Attractive to Employers Even Without a University Degree

The following article is a guest post.

Education prepares students and provides them with knowledge they need in getting a good job.

Unfortunately, with the rising cost of educational fees, not everybody can afford to study in Ivy League schools and be a degree holder.

There are also people who dropped out of school because they feel hindered by traditional learning. They would rather earn experience outside rather than earn course credits within the four walls of a classroom.

Since a number of companies list down having a college degree as part of their basic requirements, most candidates who haven’t earned their degrees feel anxious when applying for a job. They feel that HR personnel would pass up their resumes, just because they don’t have the necessary qualifications.

In this article we discuss how you can attract future employers even without a university degree.

1. Have Your Skills Certified.

Listing down your work history gives your future employers a glimpse into the kind of work you’ve been doing for the past ten years. But it doesn’t tell them the level of your skills competency.

Certification is a means for companies to assess and validate an applicant’s expertise. Having your skills certified through various Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) institutes helps show future employers that your skills are up to date.

It also affirms your work ethic and your efforts in pursuit of success. Having your skills recognized also saves money, time and effort as it can be done within weeks.

Ultimately, certification helps increases an applicant’s marketability and value to prospective employers.

2. Invest in Professional Development.

Learning is not confined within university campuses. Employers also take into consideration the efforts of applicant for self-growth.

An applicant’s resume should include activities for professional development.

Many high-end colleges now offer free online courses to anyone who wants to sign up. There are also a number of affordable trainings and workshops for skill-based jobs. Companies also offer apprenticeship programs that have a “hands-on” approach to teaching you what you need to know.

Even if you don’t have a college degree, future employers will appreciate your effort and resourcefulness in gaining knowledge and upgrading your skills in some other ways.

3. Build a Strong Network.

Boost your resume by building in a professional network. Find people who share the same line of work as you want to do, and ask them for advice.

Expand your network by joining online forums, outreach and team-building activities in order to meet more people in your line of work. Search for connections within the company and ask them insights about the business and people who run it.

Having a group of people that you can discuss problems with and connect with is important in career building.

You’re not just going to learn skills from them, you’ll also gain valuable knowledge as to what it takes to get the job.

4. Strengthen Online Presence.

Nowadays, most companies also take into consideration an applicant’s online portfolio.

With the ever-changing landscape of technology, employers need to know if you are updated and if you have the ability to stay connected with others.

When looking for a job, make sure to maintain a smart online profile. Joining industry blogs and forums can also help you get in touch with people in the industry. Make a good impression by being active in the conversation threads and contributing valuable comments.

A university degree is definitely an advantage, but not having one should not hinder anybody in trying out for their dream jobs.

Some companies place value on an applicant’s education, but they also give importance to the person’s work experience and character. More than your educational background, your employers need to know that you can do the job.

In the end, your skills are what matters most. The above suggestions will help in highlighting your work expertise, and will help add value to your application, even without a diploma.

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Everyone dreams about being successful. But what is success?

For you, it could be building a company, getting promoted at work, generating wealth, or more humble ambitions, such as being the best parent or partner. While success looks different to each person, we all have an innate desire to achieve.

No matter how you define success as an individual, here are some habits you can adopt to become more successful in everyday life.

1. Be Focused.

There are distractions all around us, from social media and smartphones to friends and family. While everyone needs some ‘me time,’ to be successful, you also need focus. As such, cut out distractions and set aside time to work towards your goal.

Remember: There is always something productive you can do.

2. Aim to Learn.

It can be easy to get hung up results but being successful is about more than the outcome. The key to being truly successful is about learning. This allows you to grow and adapt, changing your approach and leading to improvements. As such, make learning a goal. This will also help to keep you motivated, too.

3. Be Prepared.

Being prepared is essential to increase the chance of success. This can be applied to almost any situation. Whether you are expecting your first baby, have an upcoming exam or interview, or are considering CFD trading, all require research and preparation.

4. Stop the Excuses.

When something goes wrong, it can be easy to dig your head in the sand, but this is not a habit of a successful person. Instead, take responsibility. Stop your excuses, work on your weaknesses and make improvements. The onus is on you to be successful so step up, set challenges and drive yourself forward.

5. Be Happy.

You may be focussed on earning more money, or you may have a goal to buy a flash car. But if you’re working a job you cannot stand, putting in too many hours and sacrificing time with the ones you love, you could quickly start to feel miserable.

Increase your happiness and make it a marker of your success, even if it takes longer to achieve your goals.

6. Feel Grateful.

Success is often less about material possessions or goals than it is about changing our perceptions.

This is why it is important to start recognizing the good things around you. Recognise and feel grateful for what you already have and you will soon feel very successful indeed.

7. Start Failing.

This may seem counterintuitive, but failure is a big part of success. It helps to highlight the things we do not want and essentially provides clarity. A little failure never hurt anyone. After all, no one has ever become successful without first experiencing failure.