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How to Get a Job When You Have Little or No Work Experience

You will have better chances of landing that great job if your CV shows that you have a good level of experience within the job category you are applying for. But how do you go about this, given that you are a fresh graduate with almost no work experience apart from your internship or NYSC experience?

You can push beyond this obstacle and still land that first job. Here is how:

  • First, use your education and skill set to your advantage.

How do you do this? Avoid listing your work experience at the top of your CV before your educational history. Dwell more on your educational qualifications (This should come immediately after your career objectives). If you have started a second degree in a relevant field and you’re on the verge of finishing you can include that but note in bracket ‘in view’ or the year that you will finish.

  • Secondly, develop important skill sets required in the 21st-century workplace. There are varieties of online courses you can undertake from the comfort of your room to boost your skills. This will increase your chances of getting hired even without relevant work experience. Ensure you list the skills related to the job that you’re applying for clearly using bullet points. Do not merge them into a sentence. These skills include Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Corel Draw), creative writing, communication skills, graphics/web designing, etc.
  • Lastly, don’t wait until you get a juicy offer, start with smaller offers with the aim of getting some on-the-job experience. This will help in your future search for better opportunities. You can also apply to volunteer in organizations. Who knows, you may even get paid some allowances or retained in due course. This is better than just folding your hands and lamenting about unemployment.
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