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Glenford Smith | Job experience dilemma

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

QUESTION: I hope you can advise me on an issue I've been having. It seems that I have been caught in the cycle of 'no experience, no job but need a job for experience'. In 2012, I graduated with a B.Sc. in biology and since then, I have been unable to secure a stable and meaningful job. I recently completed my postgraduate studies in microbiology, and my major concern is that I will fall into the same rut as before. Your advice would be appreciated.

- T. S.

CAREERS: Thank you for your question. It had be condensed because of its length. You are referring to a catch-22 scenario, where you are told you need experience for the post, but you have no job to get the experience.

I have seen your rÈsumÈ and you would do yourself a disservice by letting yourself be limited by such a clichÈ. Don't allow yourself to be bound by that kind of thinking.

From as far back as the 1980s, job seekers have sought answers to the question of requiring experience before they are given the opportunity to gain such experience. We have always solved this problem. So don't be alarmed at this. The lack of experience does not have to prove insurmountable.

For a new graduate fresh in the job market, you are required to show yourself in the best possible light and communicate effectively. The completion of a bachelor of science degree in biology and your postgraduate degree in microbiology are what you have to show. Too many times, people will have valuable credentials and don't know it.

This is what you're in danger of have happening to you. Let me be very clear: you never have to fear that you will fall into the rut of being unable to find a stable and meaningful job. You have it all in your hands. it is up to you. Let's explore how you can proceed.

The first thing is to convince yourself that you are going to find a secure and stable job. You must start to bolster your self-worth and self-efficacy. This has to do with your deservedness and self-esteem. Your ability to convince the potential employer rests on your enthusiasm, passion, and conviction in conveying your suitability to them.


You will then need to persuade the employer. You will need to find a suitable employer to whom you will market yourself. Research this company, its principals, and everything you can find out about it. Try to understand what are its problems, its needs, and pains more than any other potential aspirant.

alternatively, you can become a candidate for the company by applying via the standard route. Then position yourself as the solution to the company's problems.

In the interview, your message should be focused on how you can solve the needs that the company has. Each of these must be specific.

This seems a bit unorthodox to the fist-time job seeker or the battle-weary job seeker. And very few people will go to these great lengths to get a job. But this is how you are going to have a stable and meaningful job.

n Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'.