Many companies want to hire young, recent graduates, but often times, they don’t have the skill sets and experience that the company is asking for.
But why do they still want to hire them? It’s because they believe that they have the potential to learn and grow into the role they’re hiring them for.
Read on to find out how to make your recruiters take a leap of faith and hire you.
Write down your story – and rehearse it before going into an interview
- Recruiters understand that many young graduates don’t have much ideas on what they want to do and what they are good at. But to prove them you have the potential to be the best fit for the position, you have to tell them your side of story of how you got where you are right now, why you want to join the company, and what efforts you will make to grow into the role you are applying for.
Demonstrate a passion for learning
- Showing them different learning experiences you had will give them an impression that you have passion for learning. Even if it’s just a part-time job experience at a restaurant working as a server, or evening courses in business you took at a community college, a certificate in marketing you earned during the months of in-between jobs.
Treat every interaction as a mini-test
- Every contact you make with your recruiter is a mini-test to show them your communication skills, judgment, and ability to stay organized and focused. So don’t kill your chances by being too casual in cover letter or email exchanges.
Don’t inflate your skill-set
- It’s good to be confident about your strengths, but don’t overdo it to impress your recruiters. They can quickly see whether your skills and experiences are exaggerated or not. Also, you don’t want to land a position based on your “inflated skills”, because you will be the one to get stressed out and you will be found out later on anyway.
Don’t over-negotiate your package
- Negotiating positions and packages that are beyond your experience and the company’s pay scale for the role can be risky.
Keep personal details out of the negotiation
- Asking for higher starting pay so you can get out of your parents’ house, or asking to be located in a certain branch to be close to your partner are personal details that are not the basis for negotiating a job offer.
This article originally appeared on LinkedIn
JobKoreaUSA | Irene Na