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If a person does not have any prior work experience, what do you look at to determine if you would like them to work for your company?

Let's say this person hasn't volunteered, hasn't worked, hasn't had an internship.. They are newly graduated college students with an under-grad degree. What makes you hire these people?(If you would hire them) #career #work #hire

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Jared’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

If a job applicant has a resume that literally shows only a degree, and nothing else, I'd be very unlikely to put their resume into the "invite for an interview" pile. Normally resumes have degrees, clubs, awards, any past jobs (even if they are not in relevant fields), past internships, volunteering, hobbies, interests, and other achievements. It's hard to imagine a candidate really not having any of those things but having a college degree. If you ever feel like you might not have anything riding for you other than your degree I'd say (1) you're probably selling yourself short by not recognizing how awesome your hobbies are^, and (2) there is always time to get started right now. You could be volunteering within days!


^ For example I've heard often that people who play video games often don't think that time is worthy of bragging about, but then you find out in an interview that they're actually super accomplished at this one video game and are a leader of a clan and have huge respect among their peers, and you wonder why they didn't mention that before!


Source: I have hired people, I often review applications from recent college graduates, and I speak with HR managers often.

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Mark’s Answer

Target the company you want to work for. Learn everything you can about them. What they do, what subsidiaries they spin off, their financial statement, the corporate prospectus, the CEOs name, the CEO's dog's name... everything you can dig up online or at the library or in corporate literature.


Now, think very hard how you can be of service to this company. What do you offer? What makes you stand out that is not on your slim resume?


Tell me in a cover letter about why you will be worth hiring. What do you bring to my company? What makes you qualified or able to perform the job? And you better spell everything correctly and use perfect grammar and punctuation... or don't expect an interview from me.


If you do get an interview be ready to back up anything you said in your cover letter... NO Blowing Smoke - it only takes a minute to see through a phony.


I ran an organization of 60 people and did all my own hiring.

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