If you’ve had your job ad posted for what seems like forever, and you still have yet to receive candidates that you want to hire, it may be time to start considering recent graduates. Many companies don’t want to hire recent graduates because they don’t have the experience that the company wants. It’s understandable to what someone who doesn’t need to be taught how to do everything, but the truth is, recent graduates can actually be a lot more helpful than you may be expect them to be. Many times, they offer a few things that experienced candidates no longer have, or no longer want to do. Hiring recent graduates can also help you save money, which is a great advantage, especially if you are a company that is just starting out.
They Will Work for Less
Recent graduates can, will, and do work for less. Most recent graduates both expect and accept that they aren’t going to get paid the same salary as someone who has multiple years in the business. They know that the company is taking a risk hiring someone with little experience, so often times they’ll be happy with whatever salary you give them as long as it’s decent for an entry level candidate. However, you still need to use cautious when advertising the position, so that you make the candidates aware of any special circumstances that you have for recent graduates.
If you’re not willing to pay a recent graduate the same salary as you would someone who has three or four years in the business, make sure you announce it in your job advertisement. State that you will consider recent graduates, but mention that the salary will most likely not be the same. This way they won’t expect you to pay them whatever salary you advertised in the announcement. It will also help you weed out those recent graduates who expect to make lots of money fresh out of college.
They’re Willing to Learn
A great thing about recent graduates is that they’re willing to learn. Many of those candidates that are veterans in the business already feel like they know everything there is to know and aren’t willing to learn anything new. These people can end up being a great hassle when it’s time to adapt to things like new software, hardware, or new ways of thinking. Recent graduates often have the exact opposite personalities of these types of candidates.
Recent graduates are usually willing and eager to learn. They are new to the business, and they are looking to you as a guide. Many times, they can also bring forth new ideas, and can build on the ones that the company has already created. Because of their desire and willingness to learn, many recent graduates often ask a lot of questions. This has the potential to be slightly annoying, especially if everyone else already knows how to perform their duties with little to no supervision. To make things easier on both you, up with a schedule for them to ask their questions. Weekly meetings, or a weekly email that contains a list of all their questions can help save time. It can also keep you from getting annoyed, and the recent graduate from feeling like they’re bothering you.
They’ll Take On Multiple Duties
Because recent graduates are excited and eager to get to work, they’ll often take on multiple duties. While some experienced candidates may demand that they only perform the duties listed in their job description, recent graduates will often make an attempt to perform almost any duty. While you may feel that you are being unfair when you give them these duties, recent graduates will more than likely consider it as a learning experience. However, you do want to be careful of what duties you give them, and how often they are expected to perform them.
Recent graduates aren’t as much as liabilities as companies like to treat them as. The truth is that no matter how experienced someone is they will still need some form of training if they are new to the company. Though they may not be as experienced as other candidates, with the right mentor, recent graduates can still offer indispensible talent and skills to a company. Before you rule out hiring recent graduates, interview some of them to see if they have what you’re looking for. They can’t get experience if no one is willing to hire them.