Lack of Training

Dear Anita,

I’m in HR and just have to vent. I get so many résumés for open positions from people who don’t qualify even remotely. Can you please tell job seekers without the required experience not to waste my time?

Infographic-1-Lack-of-Experience-LGDear, Not Impressed,

A recent American Staffing Association (ASA) survey found that unemployed adults looking for work say that lack of experience is the main obstacle that prevents them from finding a job. (Really, we needed a survey to figure that out?) But the workforce survey goes further: 82% of unemployed job seekers think training would increase their chances of receiving job offers. And nearly nine out of 10 aspirants would be willing to try a new field if training were offered.

So, employers, do you have a training program for those hard-to-fill positions? Or perhaps you have high turnover in a particular role. This may be an indication that the instruction provided for that job title is not up to snuff. It’s not enough for the HR department to fill chairs with warm bodies; you want those bodies to flourish in the role, both for their own personal growth and for the company’s betterment.

If your business has perpetually open positions with no qualified applicants, consider cultivating “home-grown” employees. Convince your local community college to provide classes that your company would find helpful for future applicants.

Now, let me scold job seekers a bit. If you come across as a lackluster candidate to hiring managers, it’s in your power to improve your image. Don’t wait for future employers to train you. Proactively seek out professional development opportunities, whether it’s online or at your local chamber of commerce, free or paid out of your own pocket. You’ll be able to beef up your résumé’s “Advanced Training” or “Continuing Education” section, and show that you have a drive to succeed.

Readers: Let’s dream a little. If you could change careers with full training provided, what field would you enter?

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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leonard Walker
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 15:34:00

    I am a now 51 year old man who has not worked in 5 years I am thinking why have no one given me a job, I have no background problems nor do I have any judgement against me how can I change this/in need of a job badly I have over 20 years of experience as a welder and not one company in my home town seems to acknowledge my trade and length of tenure in this field of work.


    • anitaclew
      Feb 02, 2016 @ 15:56:15

      Leonard, It doesn’t sound like lack of experience or training is your problem! Read my post for tips on finding a job when you’re in midlife or later.


    • Moonstone Mary
      Feb 03, 2016 @ 06:18:13

      Leonard, if you’re a welder, maybe it’s time to think outside the box. Just thinking through the things I could do welding – brass instrument repair, jewelry making, yard art, artful metal gates and security doors, custom garden benches…


      • Leonard Walker
        Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:39:08

        Thanks to everyone on the comments I will give thoughts to the suggestions and look forward to making these things happen for me.


    • Oscar Rodriguez
      Feb 03, 2016 @ 14:10:49

      Dear Leonard, not being originally from the US, the opportunities in my originally country are far and apart. So When I came to the US, I notice that the opportunities were, are and will always be every where, IF you are looking with the proper mental attitude.
      If there are no job openings for your skills, then create the job yourself. Find a name for your company, have business cards made and start distributing them to potential clients. I guarantee you that you will get all the work you want because all services is just a numbers game as long as you provide quality service and do what you said you are going to do.
      I do not wish you good luck, I want you to get proactive and create your own luck.


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