Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Battle For Jobs: College Grads Vs. Experienced Candidates

Jobs up for grabs. Go get'em, grads.


Youth is a double-edged sword, right? On the one hand employers love it because it means you have energy, charisma, and the fact that you might be the future leader of the company if they groom you just right. On the other hand…why pick a college graduate when there’s a more experience professional willing to do the job for just a teeny bit more pay?

Is this topic really that black and white? Are there just two sides to this coin and that is the reality we have to accept?

Not really. In fact, it’s more like a pie cut into three slices (mmm…pie).

The truth is, there are three groups of employers out there; the first being those who are only aiming to recruit more experienced folk (more bang for their buck) for entry-level jobs. This group usually thinks more about what’s on paper than what’s sitting in the chair in front of them.

The second group of employers is the one who is looking to hire some “new blood” if you will – a young, innovative mind, topped off with undeniable passion and an electric go-getter attitude.  Youth simply tickles their fancy and that’s that. Inexperience will not throw your candidacy away here.

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