January 13, 2015

Use Your Inexperience as an Asset: Turning Weakness Into Strength

Arm WrestleIt is common knowledge that workplaces seek out experienced workers. Instead of spending money and time on training an inexperienced worker, companies often interview and hire candidates who already know how to perform the tasks of a job. This is why young employees often suffer from high unemployment rates: they haven’t yet gathered enough experience in their industry.

Because of this situation, inexperienced workers may feel that they will not be able to land a job because they lack the proper credentials and work experience.

However, it may be in a company’s best interest to actually maintain a balanced workforce of both experienced and inexperienced personnel. Inexperienced workers can actually bring a lot of benefit to their employers.

For inexperienced workers who are looking to demonstrate their value, here are are five ways your lack of experience can actually be good for employers:

1. Lower Wages

Because you have less experience than other candidates, you are not going to demand a higher-than-normal market wage. This means that you are a bargain to employers.

2. Outside Thinking = Innovation

When you work in an industry for a long time, it is easy to accept the status quo and rely on what worked in the past to move ahead. On the other hand, an inexperienced individual who hasn’t been in the field for too long can more easily come up with fresh ideas that can translate into innovation and better business results. .

3. Hard Work

As an inexperienced professional, you understand that you are fortunate to land a position. Use this understanding to motivate you to work harder than anyone else in order to prove your worth. Show management they made the right decision by being an eager and productive member of the workforce.

4. Morale Booster

After years of performing the exact same tasks, workers may become fatigued and uninterested in their projects. As a new and inexperienced person, you may feel the opposite, because these projects and tasks are still fresh to you. Use your excitement and engagement to give the office a blast of energy and boost your coworkers’ morale.

5. Easily Trainable

Every business has its own processes, procedures, and expectations. Experienced professionals may bring processes, procedures, and expectations from their previous employers into their new workplace, clashing with the values and methods of the company. You, as an inexperienced person, don’t have this baggage: you can be molded, trained, and adapted to become exactly the kind of worker a company wants and needs, which is a definite plus.

Being inexperienced does not have to be a handicap to your personal career success. As long as you showcase yourself in a positive light during the interview and highlight your strengths, you could pave your way to professional success. You can prove to employers that your inexperience is actually an asset.

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Joshua Bjerke, from Savannah, Georgia, focuses on articles involving the labor force, economy, and HR topics including new technology and workplace news. Joshua has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Security.