It is hard to know which demographic is having the most difficulty in this job market that is said to be picking up. Is it those just getting started who have little practical experience? Is it those who have experience but who are purportedly winding down on their careers? (There are other ways to slice and dice demographics – level of education, region in the country, etc. – but I’ll stick to age group because just that view is a big topic.)
My son made a great point the other day. He is in job search mode and also in the 18-24 year old demographic that still has some hefty unemployed percentages. He has varied experience: warehouse/receiving, food service, car care come to mind. His ‘research’ – attempts to get a permanent position – backs up all the articles online and elsewhere that keep saying companies are unwilling to train. He has found again and again that even entry level positions require 1 to 2 years of experience. Exact, specific experience not similar or mostly similar.
On the other end, I know plenty of people with plenty of experience who can commiserate with my son on how demoralizing the search can feel. They are on the other side of the experience sweet spot apparently.
All this focus is on experience because that is, on the surface, measurable. Time on the job, an equivalent job, is equal to experience. Purportedly. Experience means less training in a new position. Purportedly.
But I happen to know people who spent plenty of time on something without seeming to gain any experience. Nothing stuck, or very little. They asked the same questions, of different people, each time they had to perform a particular task.
Credibility – the quality of being believable or worthy of trust – is really what employers want. But how do you measure that? A person who is handy can be equally handy within many trades, with a chance to learn. A person who has developed critical thinking skills can apply them in plenty of professional situations, with a chance to learn the nuances of each situation.
How do you show your credibility?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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