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Have you ever been turned down for a work position for which you had direct experience and training? Were you turned down because you didn't have the right kind of Education? Were you turned down because you had too much Education?

Have you ever been turned down for a work position for which you had spent years at school learning? Were you turned down because you had no direct experience and/or training?

By the time you finish reading this page you'll have access to information dealing with such issues as:

Turning your informal Education into a real profession
Presenting your formal Education in the best light

Discover how your every experience is your education.

There are two basic kinds of Education. Formal and informal.

Formal Education includes any learning you've gained being taught in a school or through a correspondence course. Informal Education includes any learning you have gained from your day-to-day living, both in and out of the work world.

Some positions, especially those in specialized industries/fields, do require a solid background of formal Education, experience and training. As an employer, you have certain guidelines you need to follow and requirements you need to meet. In light of your company's corporate belief system, productivity quotas and safety measures, you can't afford to be lax in filling such a position.

Still … No doubt you're going to receive applications from people who don't have the "exact" Education, experience and/or training you're seeking. But it's more than likely they will have a certain amount of at least two out of the three. And it can be to your advantage to consider hiring them. Why?...

One reason is there are people who have spent years going to school to learn a profession. They can believe their Education alone is enough to qualify them for a top position with top pay, and they can find it hard to work with others "less educated".

Another reason is when a person has done the same kind of work before, they can be "set" in their ways and these ways will not be yours. They can also be bored with their work. This can cause them to lose interest and not pay attention to their work, which will not give you the best product/service.

Be sure you're not "overlooking the dollars while grabbing the pennies"!

Don't assume a person is pre-qualified for a position just because they have formal Education.

They can believe what they've learned in school is the only way to do things. Even with all of their formal Education, (and sometimes because of it), it's possible they will not be flexible and/or open to learning new/different ways of doing things. It's possible they will not be ready, able or willing, (or know how), to fit in or work with you and others already working with you.

Don't assume a person is not qualified for a position just because they don't have the formal Education.

It's possible they have just the kind of informal Education, experience, you and your company/business needs. They will be ready, able and willing, (and know how), to fit in and work with you and others already working with you.

Someone who is not so educated or "seasoned" will bring new, fresh and/or different attitudes and approaches to the position. They will be more eager to learn whatever you can teach them and they will be easier to train for your particular needs. You won't need to re-educate or "untrain" them.

Most of the people involved with creating the Workplace Moxie site and products did not have the "exact" Education, experience and/or training to create a website at the start, but they did have enough of at least two out of the three.

But more importantly, what they did have in enthusiasm and the willingness to learn more than made up for any "technical" skills they were lacking at the start.

All of these people were able to see the vision. The vision of how to make this site a success and along the way, become successful at whatever they desired to learn as individuals.

This is what creates and maintains the success of any business. Having people who can see and support the purpose of your business. People who, regardless of their Education, are ready, able and willing to learn how to make your business a success.

Make the most of your Education and experience!

Even if you're entering the workforce for the first time, it doesn't mean you don't have any past Education, formal and/or informal and it doesn't mean you don't have any experience and/or training.

The key to getting any position is to know how best to present yourself and your background education, experience and training.

Don't tell employers that you have "only" done "odd jobs" for your friends, neighbors and/or relatives. Take a good look at what you actually did for these people and present these jobs as real work positions.

For example: If you had a paper route, tell employers how you gave great customer service and maintained a regular delivery service. If you mowed lawns, tell employers how you gave great customer service and had a landscaping maintenance business. If you baby sat, tell employers how you gave great customer service and were responsible for the care of others.

Get the idea?

(You probably noticed how giving great customer service was included each time. This is a very important point to make with employers!)

See how any and/or all of your activities and responsibilities can be applied to any industry/field. Even if you doubt you can meet all the needs of a particular position, go ahead and apply!

It's just possible an employer is looking for the "fresh talent" you have to offer!

Professionals without papers ... In today's world of work, there is a new kind of professional whose ranks are growing. These are called "paraprofessionals". This is a great example of how you can apply your informal Education and experience towards creating a better position in the work world.

Paraprofessionals are people who have not received any doctorate or degree, etc. Instead, they have received informal Education, experience, and training in a work position that eventually leads to them being recognized as a "professional" in that industry/field.

Today it's becoming more common to meet people who worked as secretaries in law firms and become paraprofessional lawyers. People who have done volunteer work in child care centers being recognized as childcare paraprofessionals.

Think about how you can better your position in the world of work in this way. Today's employers are often eager to hire paraprofessionals. (They cost less than professionals;)

Bottom line ...

For those of you who do have a good deal of formal Education, make the most of it!

But - Don't let it be all that you have to offer an employer. Focus on your own informal education, experience, as well. And always be ready, able and willing to work with others and learn what any and every position has to offer and teach you.

For those of you who don't have a good deal of formal Education, it won't hurt you to think about getting some. Even if you have a good deal of experience and/or training in a particular industry/field, you can always improve your chances of getting a better position with some formal Education.




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