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Can I Use Two O'level Results for Jobs? How?

Are Companies Accepting Two Sittings For Jobs
When it comes to seeking jobs, prospective applicants may be confused about one thing. Is it possible to combine two SSCE results for jobs? Does the use of two results affect my chance to be given jobs?

These are a few related questions when it comes to using a combination of results to apply for any kind of job - government or private. And of course, there are most related questions such as:

  1. I sat for another exam after admission or after school, can I combine the two for jobs?
  2. Can WAEC, NECO, and/or NABTEB be combined for a job application?
  3. How can I present my two sittings in my CV for jobs?
  4. How do I present WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB GCE in my CV since it's a paper without permanent candidates' records?

Let's get to work.

Are Companies Accepting Two Sittings For Jobs?

Just like schools, O'level results are combinable for company jobs. You can put in for either government and private positions with a combination of results. It can be WAEC plus WAEC, NECO plus NECO, NABTEB plus NABTEB, or a combination of two different exams.

There is no law and clear organizational policies limiting you from using two sittings to apply for any job of interest - except otherwise stated in the job adverts. 

What matters is the possession of at least 5 credit passes in subjects relevant to your academics. If you're an Accounting graduate, you should have been admitted, in the first place, with English, Mathematics, Economics, Account, Commerce, or Government. A Science graduate should proudly possess English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Feel free to apply for any vacancy with your two results at the maximum. This shouldn't influence a company's decision in employing you.

Sitting For Another Exam After Graduation or While in School

We've got cases of graduates who got results after they'd graduated from school. Some didn't make their complete results until the 300-level or so. What is the fate of these people when applying for jobs?

Let me make a clear picture of this.

When you gained admission, you had 4 of 5 compulsory subjects but your school admitted you anyway. Then, while in school, you put in for another SSCE where you eventually made the last paper. Or you used combined results while gaining admission, but later, during the course or after you graduated, you wrote another SSCE to make it one sitting. Which you eventually made!

These conditions shouldn't affect your job application or influence the decision of a prospective employer. Of course, your employer may be inquisitive to know what happened. He may want an explanation for the mix-up. You should be ready to explain as vividly and concisely as possible if asked during interviews.

Employers are aware of these and related scenarios. They'd been meeting applicants and coming up with various explanations. Hence, yours won't be number one. But, you'd better get a convincing explanation which I know you have.

If you belong to the latter case, you'd better attend an interview with your earlier results because they may want to take a look.

How to Present Combined O'level Results in CVs

I'd said that you can sit for exams at different stages of your studies and careers. The question is, how do you blend results of different years in a CV to minimize confusion for prospective employers?

First, your qualifications have to be arranged in chronological order. By this. it means the most recent qualifications first, followed by the previous qualifications, and to the primary level - not the other way round.

For example, you got your first SSCE result in 2015 and you gained admission the same year. Then, you wrote another SSCE in 2017 which you want to combine for the job application now. You finished your degree in 2019.  Your CV will appear as follows:

Name of the University (the higher institution) 
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting 2019
Ayegbami Comprehensive College, Ifake (later secondary school)
Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC) 2017
Omoolomo Grammar School, Idomi (the first secondary school)
Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC) 2015

  1. If the second result is GCE, NECO or NABTEB, indicate that. Just be sure the name of the school and the year are well shown.
  2. For those who want to use completely new results, different from the ones they used for higher admission, kindly indicate the results you used for the admission plus the one you wrote, let's say in 2020. But when presenting the result, present the 2020 result. You may need to have the testimonial of your secondary school as a backing that you'd completed a good six-year secondary school study. What matters in the long run, is your result - not the year or whether it's during school or after school. Just be sure you can explain if asked.

Presenting WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or GCE Together in a CV

I've made a quick reference to this above.

If you're combining two results from different exam bodies, it's not going to affect your job chase. No organization will deny you an offer because you combine NECO and WAEC or NABTEB and WAEC. That decision was for your university, polytechnic, or college of education. However, you may be confused about how to present it in the CV. 

Following the layout above, you can combine your results. NECO can be above WAEC or NABTEB above NECO. What matters is to make sure the results are available among your credentials and let them follow, chronologically, on the CV.

Meanwhile, for GCE results and certain CV layouts, you may be confused as to how to enter the name of the school and year. Let's see the example below.

Name of the University (higher institution) 2015 - 2019
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting 
Ayegbami Comprehensive College, Ifake (later secondary school) 2017*
Senior Secondary School Certificate (NECO GCE) 
Omoolomo Grammar School, Idome (first secondary school) 2009 - 2015
Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC)

*NOTE: Where your CV style shows the starting and ending year, GCE should only carry the year of the exam. Also, if you didn't make your complete result from your regular secondary school but made everything in a GCE and you decide to be using the GCE for admission and jobs, you will need to still include your secondary school name and use its testimonial as a backup. GCE's center can't be your school, of course. Using its result only for admission and jobs is acceptable. Yet, you may need to show them evidence of your 6-year secondary school education by including the name of your real secondary school. Hence, get the result (even though bad) from that school ready or its testimonial.

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