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 one part writer, and many parts assorted thinker, do-er, talker, eater, chef, explorer, yogi, kirtaneer and dog wrangler. She has worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multi-million dollar innovation grants programs, advised hundreds of start-ups on how to refine their business ideas and source funding, and championed causes from a variety of soapboxes, lecterns and stages. She is currently the Strategic Marketing Lead for Global Edtech Startup Prosper Education. Her new book, The Good Hustle, is coming out in February 2018