Plan “B” – Tips on How to Get a Job without a College Degree

As the cost of a college degree soars, you might need a “Plan B” to find a good job. Your options depend on how much experience you gain and how hard you’re willing to work.

You will need:

-An employment counselor

- A targeted resume

- Interviewing skills

- Personal contacts

- An apprenticeship
certification

-
Networking skills (optional)

Step 1: Find an employment counselor. 

Determine your goals and learn about the market.  Tip: Be willing to start at the bottom.

Step 2: Research professions. 

Research job openings and focus on advertised requirements. Create a resume listing your accomplishments and qualities that match what employers want.

Tip:  If you have no real work experience, create a “skills” only resume.

Step 3: Request informational interviews. 

Request informational interviews to get known and learn what is expected to be successful in their field.  Ask your friends for contacts they might have.
 Tip:  Networking is a great way to get a job.

Step 4: Apprentice yourself. 

Apprentice yourself to a tradesman, working for low wages or for free to learn skills in a field, and earn the trust that leads to referrals when opportunity knocks.

Tip: Attitude is critical. Have a strong work ethic.

Step 5: Work your way up. 

Choose industries that will allow you to work your way into management,  manufacturing, sales, construction, veteranarian, health and transportation.

Tip:  Health and Transportation are two of the leading job areas for the future.

Step 6: Get certified. 

Take certification courses to be licensed in a field where you can later rise into management based on work performance and experience.

 Tip:  In many cases, you can work while you get your certification.

 

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