Over the past couple months my team at work has been exploring performance-based hiring, which is apparently the ~future~ of recruiting and hiring.
As recruiters, we are constantly feeling the pressure from our hiring managers to produce more.
Show us more candidates. Schedule us more interviews. Find us people with more skills.
But if Instagram models have taught us anything, it’s that you can get famous from selling tea less is more.
And in the case of performance-based hiring, this means we need to stop looking for more, and start looking for quality.
We should stop comparing candidates to candidates and start comparing candidates to the ideal employee that you would want in the role. Instead of compiling a list of skills and qualifications that a candidate must have to be considered, we should be evaluating candidates based on their performance in their previous roles (regardless of title) and their performance potential in the role you are hiring for.
Now I won’t elaborate on this concept further, as the majority of people reading this are probably not recruiters nor hiring managers.
However, as a Millennial myself I know how difficult it is for our generation to find meaningful employment post-grad without like 67 years of experience and 4 degrees.
So if the ~future~ of recruiting and hiring is focused on a candidate’s potential as opposed to their previous experience, then this truly is miraculous AF for our generation and we’ve got to get ahead of the curve on this (you know, before all the older generations read about this in like the newspaper or a hand-written letter or something and learn all these tricks).
3 Ways To Get Hired with No Experience
1. Use Social Media
The best way to show employers your potential beyond a resume? Social media!
We are the only generation in the workforce who can truly call themselves experts in this area. Instead of hiding your social media profiles and praying employers don’t find your 2012 spring break pics, use your accounts to showcase skills and interests that you have the potential to succeed at with the proper training and coaching.
For example, if you want a job in writing but didn’t do a journalism degree, start a blog (or write for TSL!).
This will give employers a glimpse into your potential in different areas and will show them how committed you are to your personal and professional growth.
2. Focus on Projects and Outcomes
Instead of listing off your skills or competencies in bullet form at the top of your resume (because ya, “time management” is really original), use that extra space to talk about projects you’ve worked on and what the outcomes were.
I would suggest summarizing one or two important projects you worked on under each job on your resume. While Millennials may not have experience with the same type of projects that someone who’s been in the business world for years would, putting down anything extra that you’ve done shows your initiative and potential will help you stand out.
The biggest mistake you can make as a job seeker is not showcasing your accomplishments, no matter how small you think they are.
3. Frame the Conversation to be Performance-Based
Once you’ve done #1 & 2 and have snagged an interview, frame the conversation to show your potential, rather than your skills.
For example, instead of saying “I graduated with an accounting degree and did 3 co-op terms” say “I used my accounting degree to [successfully accomplish these projects] throughout 3 separate co-op terms.”
Chances are all candidates being interviewed will have an accounting degree and co-op terms, so it’s important to show an employer that you have more to offer than just your education or skill set.
Framing your answers like this will also show an employer that you can think about the bigger picture because you are able to explain to them that your skills may not match the job description exactly, but you have a lot of transferable experience with concrete examples to back it up.