What a Young Person Brings to the Job

ID-100356960Being new to the job market can be extremely intimidating.  You look at your competitors with much more experience and you begin to wonder why anyone would ever choose you.  However, you do have advantages that you may not even be aware of.  Here are some of the benefits of being young when you are trying to find a job:

Understanding of technology.  Just by virtue of you being young, many employers will make the assumption that you are adept with technology such as smart phones, apps, web tools and text messaging.  In today’s increasingly online and even mobile world, the ability to use this technology is a clear advantage as a job seeker.  Make the most of it by keeping yourself up to date.

Enthusiasm.  Young people often bring a high level of enthusiasm to the job.  From the employer’s perspective, it is nice to see employees who are genuinely happy to be there.  Let the employer see your excitement about the position and your desire to learn.  An interviewer may be willing to select you over a more experienced candidate if you seem a lot more enthusiastic about the job.

Fresh ideas.  Since younger employees have not been in the industry for very long, they have the ability to see old problems with new eyes.  This opens up the possibility of identifying new and better ways of doing things.  Many employers value the ideas of their younger employees because they view it as an opportunity to innovate.  Tell the employer about some of the great ideas that you would bring to their company and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Up-to-date on current trends.  Being fresh out of school has the advantage of being on top of current trends.  Since you have recently completed your education, you are more aware of what is happening in your industry than a seasoned professional who hasn’t kept up.  Maintain this advantage by regularly reading industry publications and attending industry events.

Flexibility.   Depending on your situation, you may be able to be a little more flexible than your older counterparts.  The ability to be flexible with your  work hours, location, or even the type of work you are doing can make you an extremely attractive candidate to potential employers.

We all bring strengths and weaknesses into our job search.  While you may be wishing that you had a little more experience, one of your competitors may be envying your youthful appearance and ability to text at 200 words per minute.  They key is to be aware of your strengths and to use them to show the employer that you are the best candidate for the job.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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