I recently saw this great LinkedIn update from Oleg Vishnepolsky about a recent hire he completed:
I HIRED someone recently who I have met through LinkedIn. This person is doing great.
He had no prior experience. Nobody wanted to give him a chance.
What attracted me first were his posts – full of honesty, energy, passion.
I am sure he will go far, and years from now will be in a corner office. And I am sure he will give others a chance to succeed, too.
Be active on LI – post, share, comment on other posts.
Let them see the real person behind your profile.
I often hear in healthcare that the thing they want most in an employee is healthcare experience. I understand why they desire healthcare experience. Healthcare is its own beast with very unique requirements and a culture that needs to be understood. However, what’s to say that someone can’t learn all of these things?
The reality is that at some point we were all new to healthcare and head to learn. I feel lucky that my first healthcare employer took a chance on me when I had no healthcare experience.
At the end of the day, there are things that are much more important than healthcare experience as is illustrated in the story above. Honesty, energy, and passion are a great place to start. If you have those 3 elements, then they’ll take you a long way in any industry.
How do you feel about hiring someone with no experience vs someone with a lot of experience?