Several Factors That Can Work in Favour of the Less-Experienced Job Candidate
In an ideal world, everyone entering the workforce would be able to find their dream job with only one resume submitted to their employer of choice; this job would also have the salary, benefits package, and hours of operation desired by the candidate too. And why not – remember, this job search effort is just a dream.
Of course, real life will tend to throw a job seeker a few curves, to use a sports analogy. The job market is significantly more competitive, as employers will frequently have many candidates applying for a single job opening, and the respective hiring manager will need to sort through numerous resumes just to decide who will be granted an interview; their job becomes further complicated if the range of applicants spans from new graduates to those with viable experience but who may actually be over-qualified for the position.
With all of this in the mix, so to speak, the goal of finding a full-time job could be rather challenging, let alone securing the job that a candidate would deem as their ideal choice. However, instead of being discouraged by this reality, job seekers may in actuality find it to their benefit, particularly those with less/limited experience in their target job market.
Why? Because employers might just prefer hiring inexperienced candidates versus over-qualified people, and not just on the basis of salary range as one might expect. Some of the factors that might influence employers to have a screen-and-hire process geared to finding less-experienced people would include:
- Factors Favouring a Less-Experienced Job Seeker
- Tend to be more open-minded
- Eager to learn skills, gain experience
- Open to accepting growth opportunities
- Greater potential to contribute long-term
- Less potential for burn-out in the short-term
- Display higher amounts of energy, motivation
- Higher probability of retention and advancement
- Can bring fresh ideas and an ‘outside’ perspective
- Potential Deterrents to Hiring Over-Qualified People
- Tendency to be less enthusiastic
- Often focus more on the negative
- A lesser willingness to learn or adapt
- Effort influenced by pre-conceived ideas
- Higher potential to be recruited and/or leave
- More inclined to find fault with new approaches
When seeking to hire any full-time employee, a hiring manager must take several factors into consideration, including some of the intangible qualities that are likely not apparent just from reading a cover letter and accompanying resume. However, before making the determination of who will/will not be given an interview, they might not want to lean too heavily on the element of experience as a means of differentiation.
An Employment Agency Can Help with Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter
It will be important to keep in mind that earning a forklift certification is not a guarantee of employment. It is a minimum requirement for candidates to be granted employment interviews; what occurs during those interviews, and their subsequent outcomes, rests in the hands of the candidates.
It is a generally-accepted fact that a well-written cover letter and resume can attract the attention of a potential employer, especially as their hiring manager will routinely receive and review numerous applications for a single job opening. And because the cover letter and resume are often the first communication, and the first impression, between the job candidate and the person who may hire them and/or be their manager, these documents must stand above the crowd, in a manner of speaking.
This is where the insight and guidance of an experienced employment agency could be of value and benefit to the job seeker. Collaborating with a recruiting professional, such as a knowledgeable consultant from Winters Technical Staffing, can assist a job applicant in preparing a convincing and impressive cover letter and resume that will make a hiring manager take notice, especially if/when the candidate has limited experience.
A Winters Technical Staffing specialist can ensure that these highly important documents contain and/or reflect the following in representing a job seeker to a potential employer:
- Future potential
- Organizational fit
- Willingness to learn
- Skills and experience
Contact Winters Today
A placement specialist from a reputable employment agency can provide valuable advice and support on cover letter and resume preparation for any job seeker, especially those who may be less-experienced in a specific job market. Call the placement professionals from Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to request your complimentary consultation with one of our knowledgeable consultants.