Employers Won’t “Take a Chance” on You – So Do THIS Instead

Inside: How to flip the script on hoping a company “takes a chance on you” and show employers they are “getting the chance” to bring your skills to their team. Change up your job search strategy with this framework!

Have you ever said this during a job search? “I just need a company to take a chance on me!”

If so, you need this article in your life. Yes, NEED!

Why? Because the “take a chance” mentality is hurting your chances of landing that next job so we need to adjust your job search approach ASAP.

From “Taking a Chance” to “Getting the Chance”

Right to the point here: The best way to convince an employer to “take a chance” on you is to show them that they aren’t taking a chance at all. 🎲

Hiring is an inherently risky endeavor for companies, not to mention expensive, so “taking a chance” isn’t very appealing. If you’ve hired employees before, then you fully understand this! Making the wrong hire can delay projects, cause internal conflicts, lose clients, or leave you stuck with an employee who isn’t meeting expectations. It’s nerve-racking and employers understandably want to feel confident with their choice.

That’s why as a prospective employee, what we need to do is show employers that they are GETTING the chance instead of taking one. They are getting the chance to…

  • Bring your talents and skills to their team
  • Solve their problems with your help
  • Approach their business with a fresh perspective and valuable, transferable, experience.

How lucky are they!? 🤩

It’s not just a mindset shift on your part though. Going from “taking a chance” to “getting a chance” requires you to put in the work that helps employers connect the dots. Here’s how we’re going to do that.

How to Make the “Getting the Chance” Connection for Employers

1) Identify the gaps. 🔎

First, why do you think someone would need to “take a chance” on you? Does your experience not line up exactly with the job? Are you missing a specific skill or credential?

Okay. That is totally fine. Your job here is to name the gap instead of running from it. We need that information so that we can bridge and then close that gap!

2) Bridge the gap. 🌉

Next, we need to bridge the gap.

Let’s say you don’t have experience with a specific software and that’s your gap. To bridge the gap, show (don’t just tell) how your transferable skills apply.

For example, brainstorm stories about how you have learned other new technology quickly including what results you drove from learning that tech. Those stories (real ones – no fiction here!) can be used for your resume, LinkedIn profile, and in interviews to show why your transferable skills matter.

3) Close the gap. 🔒

Last, we are going to close the gap. Put another way, how can you take a perceived weakness and take the initiative to get stronger in that area?

Using our software example, you can close by gap by learning whatever you can (in many cases for free!) about that required software through free trials/YouTube, or other online resources. Then talk about the steps you’ve taken and what you’ve learned when you’re in an interview.

You can even include a “Self-Directed Study” section on your resume to highlight continued learning if it’s not a formal certificate program.

More “Getting the Chance” Examples for Your Job Search

We can use this same Identify, Bridge, Close process to help you get over the “no experience” gap in non-technical ways too. 💡

For example, you may identify a gap in your experience that is stopping you from getting interview callbacks for management-level roles. You haven’t *technically* managed a team before.

Here’s what we can do. Bridge the “lack of management experience” gap with clear examples of how you’ve led teams in other ways. If you’ve led a project, chaired an event, or mentored colleagues. You can also close the gap with a volunteer role where you coach a team or lead a committee.

Another example. You are looking to change industries into one you haven’t worked in before. You’ve identified the gap. Now bridge the “no experience in this industry” gap with clear examples of how you’ve partnered with businesses in this industry in your paid or unpaid work. Lastly, close the gap by diving deeply into industry research so you can showcase your knowledge in a cover letter, in networking conversations, and in interviews.

Identify, Bridge, Close

Remember, hiring is risky for the employer. They don’t want to “take a chance!” They want results.

So as the prospective employee, what you’re doing with the Identify, Bridge, Close framework is helping the employer feel more comfortable in their decision. You are helping them take a risk and turn it into an opportunity!

Now, the next time you find yourself saying “I need a company to take a chance on me” I know you’ll take a pause to identify, bridge, and close. And with that pause, you’ll accelerate your job search, boost your confidence, and build up a muscle that will help you in your career for years to come.

Go you!

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