Is it time to re-imagine the work experience as we traditionally know it?

The WORK experience in its traditional and simplest form is the perfect opportunity to see if the employer and the job seeker are mutually suited.

While providing the candidate with an overview of their chosen career and the opportunity to enrich their CV, it also gives the employer the opportunity to professionally assess the skills and abilities of the job seeker.

But as recruitment specialist Judith Broughton explores, have the pandemic challenges of allowing people to enter the workplace forced a redesign when it comes to practical work experience?

Judith, who works for Peterborough-based Anne Corder Recruitment, said: “We all know the benefits of the work experience; offering skills and life lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom.

“While many job seekers have benefited from school, college or university internships with employers for many years, the pandemic has forced applicants, employers and recruiters to rethink their work experience and explore different ways. to measure and demonstrate the skills of all parties. ”

She added: “The lack of opportunities that job seekers have had in recent months to physically enter a workplace, or for employers to see their prospects ‘in action’ in the workplace has been and continues to be frustrating for those looking to find and recruit jobs now.

“However, there are many ways for job seekers to demonstrate their skills and show their personality to employers who also need to be prepared to adapt to new methods.”

Applicants can:

  • Update their CVs to demonstrate any lock additions to their skills.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile that adds personality to their credentials.
  • Show that they are a team player with proof of being part of a sports team, music group, community organization, etc.
  • Prove that they have the ability to take a brief and get the job done, for example through a volunteer internship.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation by learning a new skill or embarking on an external course.
  • Demonstrate self-confidence by having held a position of responsibility, perhaps as a student council member or club captain.

Judith added: “While employers may not have been able to share office space or working time with applicants, it is now possible to know them, consider their valuable ethics and have insight into their personality through measures such as role play. exercises, shadowing at work, reintroducing psychometric tests or even just asking them to answer the phone – personality and being the perfect fit can be just as important to the business as abilities and abilities . “

Maria D. Ervin