A friend in her twenties contacted me last night. She wanted advice on getting a job in admin, as she was sick of being underemployed and wanted more challenge and a stable full time job. She specifically wanted advice on what she needed to do in terms of qualifications to be able to get one of these jobs, as she didn't meet selection criteria.
So this is my eye roll and teeth grit. She didn't need any more qualifications. She was already more than enough, on every level. If you want to employ someone, the best way to rule out a potentially amazing prospect is to load up the selection criteria with things like mandatory university degrees, loads of experience, lots of blah blah.
Many employers I speak to bemoan the lack of work ready entrants from uni, and rightly so, a university degree, no matter how interesting and knowledge driven, doesn't make you good at actually DOING a job. And yet here is a gal who has been to uni but decided it wasn't right for her, right now. She has a reliable and hard working history in customer service related industries like retail and hospitality and is very computer and digital media savvy. Herein lies the rub. If you MET her, you would love her, as she is sweet, polite, and a total empath. If you only looked at a CV, and looked for what qualifications or job experience she didn't have, you would never know what a great asset you were missing.
I'd like to see job ads that spoke to values, and asked the questions as to what you wanted to achieve in the world, what made you burn, where your passions were, and how that would fit with the company. Learning a low level admin skill is pretty easy with a brain and aptitude, maybe a little more management support at the front end, for a longer loyalty once staff are trained. The gain from having better retention and getting people on board who are aligned to more than a selection criteria is, in my opinion, priceless and worth the investment in time.
My advice was simple and direct: you are enough. Stop applying to unwinable So if anyone in the Launceston area wants to employ a smart, keen and willing gal with aptitude to burn who loves people, I know just the person...
Dr Polly McGee is an author, entrepreneur educator, digital strategist and urban yogi. Her writing and teaching is informed by a life of diverse experience: she has worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multimillion dollar innovation grants programs, worked with hundreds of start-ups to refine their business ideas and source funding.
A trusted communicator on digital strategy and small business, Polly has contributed to a range of business and digital publications for private enterprise and Government clients including Start-up Smart, presented ABC Northern Tasmania’s Drive Program, and created a suite of digital, audio and video content. As co-founder of Start-up Tasmania, she was voted one of the most influential people in Australian Start-ups. Polly is currently the Strategic Marketing Lead for global edtech company Prosper Education, and President of social enterprise Produce to the People. Her first novel, Dogs of India came out in 2015. Her second book The Good Hustle will be in bookshops and online Feb 2018