Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fodder for the Imperfect

This article isn't aimed at students hunting for jobs. Rather, it's aimed at those who hire. And it encourages employers to take a risk on "jagged resume" candidates--those who don't have 3.9 averages, or who have spotty work histories, or other assorted problems.

Now, I'm not saying you should start off telling your employer that you've had issues. But if you get asked, this discussion might provide the kind of mindset you need to overcome your personal (past) demons in an interview. No, don't quote it verbatim. Do be aware, however, that prospective employers are balanced between certainties and risk-taking. Hiring a "certainty" will lead to predictable performance; but a "risk-taking" hire could pay off handsomely with a motivated, innovative person who ultimately far surpasses the sure thing.

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