Haven’t finished your degree? Apply anyway
Don’t let the lack of a degree hold you back from applying for a job. Use these tips to open the door to your next opportunity.
Apply through your network. First, while you should apply online, note that answering the “highest level of education” question can sometimes result in your application being rejected without being reviewed. This means that it's important to focus heavily on getting referrals through your network. By having a company insider share your resume, you have a greater chance of being interviewed.
Reach out to friends, neighbors and former coworkers who work at the companies that you are targeting. If you aren’t sure where they are working, start by doing research through LinkedIn. You can then look up their employer to see if there are any opportunities that you may be interested in. Once you have done your research, ask your connection if they can pass on your resume to the HR team or hiring manager.
Don’t know anyone who works at the company? Contact the recruiter directly. Recruiter contact information can be found on company websites or through social media. Contact recruiters to let them know you are interested in working for a company and ask if there is any way that you can touch base on potential opportunities. While many times these requests will get ignored, some recruiters use this as a tool to get people on the bench for future openings.
Reach out to headhunters and recruiting agencies. Outside recruiters often have strong relationships with companies in their sector. They are constantly looking for people who could be a good fit for roles that become available. If you can build trust with a few recruiters, you can create a pipeline of opportunities. Also, don’t discount temp. and contract work they may send your way. If you make a good impression as a temp. at the right company, it could turn into a full-time position.
Network with local Associations. Regularly participating in industry events is a great way to build long term relationships with people who can connect you to opportunities. Make sure to ask about volunteer opportunities, which can help you build relationships with professionals in your field.
Don’t let a lack of degree hold you back from applying from an opportunity. Use your network to connect to your next role.