While it is true that employers are looking for candidates who have the experience to fulfill the tasks of a job, they are also looking for people who are motivated. Because of this, individuals with a willingness to learn are desirable both as potential job candidates and valued long-term employees.
If you are looking for work and are worried because you don’t have a lot of experience, know there are many other skills managers are looking for, including a willingness to learn. Talk to an employment expert at Staffing Network about what positions are available and how to demonstrate your discipline and drive within your employment materials and during in-person interviews.
Volunteering, Certifications, and Classes
Hiring managers are often open to connecting individuals without a lot of real world experience with paid opportunities. Particularly if the candidate signals a willingness to learn and master a new skill set.
For instance, if you are interested in a specific field that you are not trained in, earning certifications on your own time can be a key indicator of your motivation to excel. There are a wide array of online opportunities for certifications while you are looking for work. For individuals who are interested in search engine optimization or data collection, there are analytics courses offered online for free. Then, you can add completion of the course on your resume.
And in addition to classes and certifications you complete on your own, you can volunteer at an organization and work in a group. Together, these experiences show an employer you want to learn more to boost your own hireability and you know how to be a productive member of a larger team.
Research the Organization and Ask Questions
Once you land an interview, connecting with a manager is a chance to illustrate you are willing to grow your career. Before you interview, research the history and achievements of the organization. This will allow you to ask thought-out questions and will indicate to the interviewer that you are interested in the work the company does.
If you are unsure how to research a company, start with their website. There is typically a lot of information on a company’s website about their mission and history. And there will often be links to the organization’s social media accounts, which can provide you with current updates, such as announcements of recent hires or images of a project recently completed.
With information about the company’s past and present, you will be able to have a discussion at the interview that shows your willingness to learn and motivation to join the team.
Are you a job seeker who wants to grow your skill set while earning an income? Willingness to learn is an asset many managers are looking for, an employment professional can connect you with organizations that are hiring. Staffing Network is a full-service staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in light/skilled industrial, engineering, and operations professionals. Connect with Staffing Network today.