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Several years ago, I had a tricky
hiring decision to make as a man-
ager. I was filling a position on
my team that required specialized
Less than Perfect Match
My best candidate was a woman
who had some similar work experi-
ence, but her skill set was not a perfect
match. We discussed this in the inter-
view, and she was able to convince
me to hire her.
She shared examples about how she
learned certain unique skills very
quickly. She also talked about her
work ethic and team-attitude (which
was confirmed with her references).
Upon joining the team, she imme-
diately became a valuable asset on
our team. The lesson here:
Even if you re not "fully qualified,"
you can still get the job if you have
work experience you can leverage in
Overcoming Lack of Experience
For new college graduates, this is a
little tougher as they are new to the
The advantage of hiring them is low
impact to the corporate budget. The
disadvantage can be lack of experi-
• Internships and Co-ops
First choice is an internship or co-
op that gives you experience related
to what you want to do after you grad-
uate. This is why internships during
the summers or co-ops during the
school year can be essential in a bud-
Obviously, you re not going to get
the same "education" being a lifeguard
at the beach or working at a clothing
store, although if you can expand your
role by asking to assist in other areas
of the operation, you may find yourself
being promoted to roles that look
more impressive on your resume.
The value of having good jobs dur-
ing college is so important, I d suggest
you consider volunteering if you can.
It s often hard for an organization or
a company to pass up an offer of free
help. They do have to invest time in
training and managing you, so there
is a "cost." Therefore, you still have
to make a strong argument as to why
they should hire you and what value
you can bring to their organization.
Landing an Internship
Two of the keys I have found to
getting good internships are to start
the process early during your college
years and leverage your network:
During college, I was able to land
an internship at a large truck engine
manufacturer because I had a resume
that included being a draftsman at a
smaller consulting firm the previous
summer (and management positions
at a restaurant chain I started working
at in high school).
I landed the draftsman job by lever-
aging my network. Although a year
out of high school, my high school
drafting teacher helped me find that
opportunity. You just never know who
might be able to help you get a "good"
A Port of Spain based medical supplies and service company seeks suitably
qualified persons for the following:
The successful applicant will be required to direct and coordinate the operations of
the organization. The general manager is responsible for ensuring and improving
performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability through the provision of
effective methods and strategies.
Roles and responsibilities
• Improves processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Formulate
and implement organizational policies and procedures to maximize output.
Reviews financial statements and utilizes the data to improve profitability.
Prepares operational budgets and plans effective strategies for the financial
well being of the company.
Monitors logistics, ensuring optimization of inventory levels.
Plans and supports sales and marketing activities
Training as evidenced by possession of a recognized University Degree in
Project Management, Marketing or Business Administration, or a Post Graduate
Qualifications in a related field.
Minimum of five (5) years' experience in a related field with a minimum of
three (3) years' experience in a managerial/supervisory position.
Be proficient with Microsoft Office products. (Word and Excel)
Experience in the Health Sector would be an asset.
MEDICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Roles and responsibilities
Provide support to medical personnel in the operating theatre
Participate in key logistic department activities
Five (5) O'level or equivalent passes including English and Mathematics
Must have a reliable working vehicle
Interested persons should submit their curriculum vitae, relevant documents and
certification together with two written references via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be treated in strict confidence.
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Closing Date for applications: February 26th 2016
Benefits of Internships and
• Experience in the workplace
Not only are you getting expe-
rience (hopefully in your field),
but you are learning how com-
panies operate. Knowing what it
takes to get a project completed,
approved, or even off-the-
ground allows you to talk knowl-
edgably in future interviews.
• Audition for a permanent
You might be asked to join
full-time when you graduate. For
companies, these internships are
the best way to screen potential
employees of the future. They
invest three to six months in you
and can determine the likelihood
of you being a good fit long term.
And vice versa. It s a winning
situation for both sides.
In college, I had many buddies
co-op at Saturn before the first
car hit the assembly line. When
they graduated, most of them
where asked back. Several even
were asked to co-op more than
one semester. That s a strong
endorsement on a resume.
Nothing beats experience.
College education and knowl-
edge of the latest technologies
or marketing strategies is cer-
tainly nice. But applying those
skills in a real work environ-
ment is better. When it comes
time for you to interview, what
experiences will you leverage
to convey that you can meet
the requirements of the job,
even if you re not perfectly
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