Top job hunting tips for those without Matric
Whether you dropped out before finishing matric or failed your last year, there are jobs without matric that can help you get a foot in the door. Today we want to highlight some job hunting tips for job seekers who do not have matric. With these tips, we hope to help you find a job online on Job Mail.
It might seem impossible to find a job if you have no matric certificate, but with a couple of tips and a professional CV, you can start a successful job search in no time.
How to apply for a job without matric
The very first step in how to apply for a job when you do not have a matric qualification, is to craft your CV.
Your CV is what tells your potential employer what you have done so far and what you might be capable of doing. When submitting a job application and CV, keep the following in mind:
- Professional – Make sure that your CV is professional. There are tons of examples out there that you can check out as a guide. Registering your CV on Job Mail gives you the opportunity to craft a professional CV that highlights all the relevant information an employer might be interested in.
- Grammatically correct – It is vitally important that you make no spelling mistakes. Let someone else read through your CV before you submit your job application. Making use of proper language and grammar will aid a potential employer in seeing that you have written communication down and that, even though you do not have matric, your schooling is not lacking in this department.
- Highlight your skills – When knee deep in a job search, it is important that you highlight your skills. If you have a flair for writing or excelled in certain subjects at school (like mathematics or computer studies), this is worth mentioning. The way you highlight these skills on your CV also matters. DO NOT say ‘I got 70% for maths’ but rather word it as ‘a good understanding of mathematics and mathematical principles’. The same goes for languages. Computer skills will also help you. If you are proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, also mention this under your skills.
- Work Experience – Any work experience is a plus on your CV when applying for jobs without matric. Holiday jobs should not be overlooked. If you helped out with filing, answering telephones, worked as a waitress or even lent a hand at a non-profit, this should be added to your CV. Work experience shows a potential employer that you are able to take on responsibility and deal with these responsibilities as well.
- Honesty – When looking for a job, never lie on your CV. This will always come back to bite you. Be honest about your skills, but also make sure that the potential employer knows that you are willing to work hard and learn. When you are adding references to your CV, only add names and numbers of the people you have worked with who will highlight your skills and abilities.
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Starting the job search
Now that your CV is perfect, you can start the job search. There is no one size fits all rule when looking for employment and these job hunting tips are only to serve as a starter to help you get on the road to finding employment.
When looking for a job, remember to look for vacancies that play to your strengths and, if it is required, ask for the type of work experience that you already have.
Jobs that offer in-service or on-the-job training is a great option when it comes to jobs without matric. These types of vacancies allow you not only to be employed, but have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge as well as work experience.
Remember to approach every job with an open mind as it is an opportunity to learn new and useful job skills, gain valuable work experience and, should you excel, an opportunity to take a job and turn it into a successful career.
If you can’t find a vacancy right away, remember to create your FREE Job Mail Job Alerts to get informed of vacancies that require your unique set of skills.
Grade 10 Required
There are a number of jobs on Job Mail that only requires a Grade 10 qualification. This is a great place to start looking for a job. With these types of jobs, keep in mind that certain subjects up until Grade 10 as well as some job experience might also be a requirement. Note that this is not the case with every vacancy.
What is great about these types of employment opportunities is that it holds jobs for people interested in everything from working as a cashier and a merchandiser, to working in a bank and in sales positions.
The types of jobs you can find here include, but are not limited to:
Sales and sales agent jobs.
- Receptionist jobs.
- Administrative assistants.
- Junior cashiers in various industries.
- Hairstyle apprentices.
- Waiter and Waitress jobs.
No Experience jobs
Your next option is to look for jobs that require no experience. These types of jobs mostly offer in-job training and is a great for gaining work experience and some job skills.
While some of these jobs might require a matric certificate, there are vacancies among these that do not require matric.
From sales repetitive jobs to call centre and customer service jobs, you can find a wide range of employment opportunities if you have no experience.
No Matric Jobs
Another way to start looking for a job online is to search for ‘no matric’ jobs. These jobs are the type of vacancies that do not require applicants to have a matric certificate. Again, while some of the employers advertising the vacancy might require some prior work experience, there are vacancies that do not.
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Going to a job interview
With a number of job applications off, you might just land the interview. This is another vitally important part of finding a job.
To help you ace that job interview, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind:
- Be prepared for your interview. Do some research about the company as well as what might be expected of applicants.
- Eye contact and a strong handshake is also important things to keep in mind during an interview.
- Dress appropriately and always put your best foot forward. First impressions play an important role so it is important that you both look and act professional.
- Never be late for an interview. This looks really bad and can damage the interviewer’s first impression of you.
- Be confident, but not arrogant. Being confident in your skills, your abilities and what you know you can achieve through hard work, is a good quality. Do remember that, if you overdo it, there is a chance that the interviewer might think that you are arrogant. This is not something you want.
- On the other hand, try not to come across as desperate either. Have enthusiasm for the vacancy and show that you are genuinely interested in the job, but keep that line between desperation and excitement.
- Always be honest in your interview.
For some more great tips to ace your interview, read our “Top interview tips to help you land the job” post on the blog.