Finding a job in Africa is not an easy task for graduates, let alone non-graduates. When you have left school before graduating, it can be very difficult to interest recruiters. However, as complex as it may seem to find a job for an unqualified person, all is not lost… The sectors that recruit unqualified people are numerous and the help provided is diverse.

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Here are some tips on how to find a job without a diploma. 

  • Addressing the dedicated services … 

When you are looking for a job as a non-graduate, you should consider using certain services that are specifically dedicated to non-graduates.   These services will help you find the right job for you. They may also be able to guide you towards vocational training. There are many different types of vocational training depending on the country concerned.

  • Aim for sectors that are recruiting…

Contrary to what you may think, not having a degree is not necessarily an obstacle to finding a job since many sectors do not require specific qualifications. This is the case, for example, for certain transport jobs, such as delivery drivers or cab drivers. This is also the case for the railway network, which also hires non-graduates. The restaurant, sales, retail and cleaning sectors are also on the list of sectors open to non-graduates. Finally, in the public sector, certain municipal services do not always require specific skills, as does the army.

  • Think about doing an internship…

In the absence of a diploma, an internship is an excellent option that can facilitate your integration. It will allow you to gain experience in the targeted field and enrich your CV. Don’t worry too much about having an internship that is not paid at all or is not paid very much. What is important is to do one in order to show recruiters your motivation which is a key factor in the job search. Note that any experience is good to take.

  • Put your skills forward 

As much as a diploma is a presumption of knowledge and competence, not having one does not mean that you are a person without skills. Are you good at meeting deadlines or do you excel in teamwork? Don’t hesitate to emphasize this in your CV and cover letter.  This could attract the attention of some recruiters, especially those who rely more on soft skills.

  • Rely on your network

To find a job without a diploma, you must multiply your search channels to increase your chances.   Your friends or your friends’ friends can also help you by word of mouth or via social networks. Put all the chances on your side by preparing a strong resume and a profile on LinkedIn for example.

  • Be patient 

Finally, it is important to know that the job search can be long and tedious even for those with a degree.   This is why you must remain patient and not get discouraged in the first few months of your search. Learn to work your way up the ladder, because it takes time.