“At Hero Corp, we believe that experience is different for all individuals. Each individual brings something different to the table because of what their background is. Many jobs and positions require unrealistic experience of students,” mentions Boyd Parker, managing director of Hero Corp. For example, they mention that an entry-level role requires numerous years of experience. However, in our case, entry-level means beginners trying to find their way in the world and based off how they present themselves, they earn their place at that job. According to The Harvard Business Review’s article “How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience,” by writers Andy Molinsky & Jake Newfield, they write “There’s a meme on the internet, which speaks the truth about a dilemma for young people entering the hypercompetitive workforce. The photo is of two seasoned, older interviewers glaring critically across the table at a young interview candidate with the following words: “We’re looking for someone age 22-26… with 30 years of experience. This credibility paradox is indeed a core dilemma many young people face as they enter the workforce. To be successful, young workers — or anyone starting a new job or career with little previous experience in a given field — need to be seen as credible before they have had the opportunity to build expertise from the ground up. It puts a new spin on the idea of “hitting the ground running.”
We do believe credibility is important. But how is it possible to launch outstanding jobs with less experience and more credibility? “Credibility means an individual’s reliability, trustworthiness, and perhaps integrity. How can a new position hiring manager see that from you and understand that you will do well in their place? One way to reach this is by using volunteer experience to showcase what you can do there,” says Boyd Parker of Hero Corp. Molinsky and Newfield write, “Don’t underestimate the power of grit, determination, and the willingness to take on unenviable assignments. If at the end of a group meeting, your department head requests more feedback from sales reps on a product line your team has been discussing, volunteer to track down the information. If your senior colleagues ask if anyone would be willing to scrape a big data set for trends that could support your team’s case, take on the project — assuming, of course, you have the skill set to deliver. Opportunities abound to prove yourself. Take advantage of them to make a quick impression as a reliable and hard worker.”
Another really great way to prove your credibility is by building a network. “Building a network is essential for reaching that high point in grasping a good position. By knowing people, they can recommend you for a position. All you have to do is show up by attending networking events, communicating and being an all-around friendly individual,” says Boyd Parker of Hero Corp. We place an importance on networking and volunteering. It’s important to understand that the simple but impactful actions you take will result in you becoming more credible without having to worry about a load of presenting yourself with experience at a position or interview. By establishing yourself by showcasing some common, but essential skills, you can still portray that you are very credible and worthy of a particular position.