As you await graduation, are you employable?

Job-Interview

The 2 month internship is done and as you await graduation, you are probably calling as many people as possible to get you a job. Remember, you don’t have the experience or the papers to look for a job.

Is it possible to get a job without your university/college certificate?

Yes it is; most fresh graduates get jobs through recommendations by family, friends or lecturers. These employers know you don’t have your papers but hope you have the knowledge you claim. So given the opportunity, you must prove yourself.

So how do you get and keep a job without papers?

The answer lies in the skills you have acquired over the course of your life. Employers don’t just hire graduates, they hire skills. So ask yourself, “What can I do, what skills have I acquired in school or inborn abilities?” then go out looking for a job.

In 2015, Forbes made a list of 10 most needed skills in organizations. Do you have them and can you prove it?

  1. Ability to work in a team structure

Teamwork skills are a must have for all employees because you will belong in a department and together you all work towards achieving the goals of the company. This is where your internship experience or responsibility in school comes in. Don’t leave out any detail, however small, provided it can show your interviewer that you have worked in a team before.

2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems

This is where your school/church/community leadership roles come in. A company owner wants to know that in their absence, you can make mature and well thought out decisions. Tell them which situations you have been in and how you solved them.

3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

Communication skills are a must have and you cannot use the, “I am reserved by nature or I studied sciences,” excuse for failure to explain to a client how a product works

4. Ability to sell and influence others

Companies and enterprises are set up to make profit, meaning that anyone who works there is more valuable of they bring in clients. If you have sold an idea or product in your community, this will come in handy. Don’t forget to mention any mobilization activities you have engaged in.

5. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

As a leader in school or employee with a relative, you should be able to explain how you organized your work. But even without past leadership, you should prepare to explain to your interviewer how organized you are as a person.

6. Ability to obtain and process information

Do you have research skills probably from campus? Have you finished your research project? This could be a basis; explain how you collected that information and categorized it. Don’t forget to talk about what you learnt during the exercise.

7. Ability to analyze quantitative data

Do you have an inborn ability or are you trained to understand numbers and explain complex information? Mention this to your employer to give you a chance to prove yourself.

8. Technical knowledge related to the job

If you are getting hired in a field you are well conversant with, let the interviewer know what you can do.

9. Knowledge of computer software programs.

There is no excuse for being computer illiterate in 2016 and you should be able to prove what you can do. Computer literacy does not stop at word, ability to play music or a video on a computer. Can you prepare information in excel document, power point, publisher, Adobe? If not, go learn immediately.

10. Ability to create and/or edit written reports

This is a very important skill given that most beginners are tested with paper work to learn more about the company before they can meet clients. Ability to write reports will be an added advantage for you.

So as you look for a job, take the necessaries steps to make yourself employable.

Prossy Nyafono

Youth coach

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