Trying to find a job without much experience can be intimidating. You know that employers receive hundreds of applications for every position and more than half of them probably have more work experience than you do. How can you possibly compete? Here are some reasons that employers may consider an applicant with less experience:
Organizational fit. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, you may fit in well with the organizational culture. The employer might feel that they can teach an employee what they need to know, but if the employee isn’t a good fit, there isn’t much that they can do. Make an effort to understand the organizational culture and show the employer that you would fit in well.
Soft skills. Depending on the position, soft skills can be just as important as technical skills. Hard skills can be learned on the job and mastered through further training, but your ability to interact with people is largely what determines your success.
Enthusiasm. Employers want to hire somebody who is excited about the job. A candidate that demonstrates enthusiasm is more likely to work hard and be committed to the organization. Most hiring managers will select an enthusiastic candidate with less experience over an experienced candidate that looks bored.
Willingness to learn. Some employers actually seek out candidates with less experience because they find these candidates to be more open minded. If you haven’t worked for a lot different companies, you may be more willing to accept the company’s way of doing things. Expressing your eagerness to learn in your interview is another way that you can set yourself apart from the competition.
While it seems crazy that an employer may choose to hire a candidate with less experience, it does happen. Every job seeker brings strengths and weaknesses to the table; the trick is to show the employer that your strengths make you the perfect fit for the job.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)