Employers Looking to Hire: Take a Chance
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, the unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent in March of 2014. That number is down by 0.8 percent since March of 2013. When thinking of the number 6.7 percent, that does not seem like a very big number, but if you were to give an actual approximate number that would be over 100 million jobless people in the United States. There are about 183,000 new jobs per month created in the United States, but how many of those jobs tend to hire a person or what the person can offer with experience and education?
I ask such a question because the hiring process is much different today than it was 50 years ago. Today, a potential employee must first use a job search engine to find a job. Then they fill out long, pain staking applications and post resumes, receive an email that their application was received, and then wait for a phone call that may never come. Fifty years ago, you would find a job listing in the newspaper, go to that company and fill out an application, and had a face to face interaction with the potential employer. Employers who are hiring are now only looking at how a person “looks” on a piece of paper and if they do not like what they see, your resume is passed on to the trash can.
To get the point across, I will use my experiences as an example of what I mean by taking a chance. At the age of 28, I decided that I needed a career change, so I went back to school. I wanted a better paying career as opposed to just a paycheck-to-paycheck kind of job, so I decided to earn my Associate’s degree in Business. At this point, I have applied to over 68 jobs pertaining to my degree and have been turned down by all 68 jobs. Why? It is because I have the education to that “looks” good on my resume, but not the 1 to 2 years’ experience required to be hired. The email that I get most often (if I get one at all) is the one that states, “We appreciate your interest in our company, but we have decided to offer the position to a more qualified applicant. Please keep our company in mind and feel free to apply for future positions”.
Employers today want both experience and education to consider an applicant. It’s no wonder that the jobless rate is still fairly high. There are many applicants out there who have made a career change or are just starting out. How do you expect these people to prove their worth because they do not have potential employers willing to take a chance on them to gain experience so that they can become experienced? In other words, how do you get experience without being given the chance to experience? This scenario can also go the other way. What about those who are experienced, but lack the education or a high enough education? For example, an accountant of 25 years has just lost their job, but never went to school to get a degree (in most cases require a bachelor’s degree). So this accountant is repeatedly turned down because they lack the education even though they have plenty of experience. Sure, they could always go back to school to get an education, but now this person has to be out of work for months to years while earning an Accounting degree. These people are being turned down on a regular basis because employers do not want to take a chance. So, my question is, how many potential employees have been passed by that could have made a real difference in your company?
Employers looking to hire, please take a chance on applicants that have one or more qualities that your company seeks. Most company websites claim to have training programs for their employees, so let the unexperienced gain experience through your training programs. I also would like to add a point that has really bothered me with employers looking to hire and that is that not all companies run the same. If I were ever in the position to hire applicants, I would want to train my employees to run my company my way and not some other company’s way. For example, if I were presented with an applicant that worked at doctor’s office that referred to their patients by a number or a code and did not make much of an effort to know the patients at a personal level, I wouldn’t want them to act in the same manner in my office. I would educate them on the importance of learning each patients name and try to get to know them a little better. I would do this because I prefer that my patients feel welcome in my office. There is also the fact that there is so much software today, that not all companies run on the same software, therefore, the programs must be taught. Mold your employees in the same manner so that you can have a functional and unified office.
Taking a chance is not hard to do. I recommend meeting the applicant in an interview before turning them down. Knowledge comes from both experience and education, but not always both at the same time. It’s just a suggestion, but meet the applicants so you can get a better understanding of how much knowledge they have in the position. Don’t be so quick to judge an applicant by their resume because it may not fully define their potential. Take a chance and help decrease the jobless rate.