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Question Wage vs. Experience? - June 21st 2012, 10:35 AM

If you were a manager or owner of a business and you were looking to hire someone, would you take on someone taking in the fact that they maybe young with no/limited experience in that industry while paying them the average wage for their age group, keeping in mind that they might want to grow with the company? Or would you take on someone who's a bit more older with more experience but paying them more if you were to hire someone younger or even a trainee?

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Re: Wage vs. Experience? - June 21st 2012, 12:11 PM

Well, I think it depends on the organization/business and how successful the organization/business is. You haven't really given enough details because in a lot of jobs (retail, food and hotel) experience is easy to learn) where as other industries (social work, trades, health) experience can be more important (but it's hard to get experience when people expect you to have experience before they'll give you experience haha).

First of all, I find that retail, food and the hotel industries tend to pay closer to minimum wage, even if you do have a bit of prior experience, and the likelihood of that increases when the place is a part of a chain. I think that also depends on your age, education level etc to SOME EXTENT (it probably won't matter if you hold a masters in psychology, working at the Keg is working at the Keg). Nextly I find that all the retail/hotel/food industries that are private and local as opposed to part of a chain tend to pay a bit hirer but that depends on the location, the business, their success, how many people they have to pay etc, this especially tends to be places such as fishing camps (what ever category that falls under), and then retail that sells higher end stuff (cars, boats, atvs, dirt bikes, etc) and then locally owned "normal" stuff like gift stores, art galleries, even clothes stores.

The level/type of the job is important. If you are just looking for some customer service typed work in a gift store or something, you can probably expect to make no more than $15 if the business is successful and privately owned/local, but if you are going to be doing the storefront end at somewhere like McDonalds you should expect to make minimum wage, because at places like that they barely pay the managers over minimum.

However, you have to keep in mind the average education level and such of employees for the industry you are looking at. For example, if you are looking to get into a social work related job, you should keep in mind that for seemingly lower end jobs often a minimum of a completed bachelors degree is required often masters are required, so even if you walked in with a 1/2 complete undergrad degree and someone else came in with a 1/2 complete masters (social work specific) they're more likely to get paid more than you/get hired because their education would be considered experience and also a sign of a more long term interest.

So yeah I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on here.

However, more directly to your question, as I have been saying, it depends on the business, if you are applying at a larger (or any type of) company that has time to train you, you shouldn't worry about how MUCH experience you have, you should always be trying to sell yourself up on your resume any how, and just cause someone else has more experience, that doesn't necessarily mean that the manager will think that the person is the best fit for their company. But again, it depends on how much time a company has to train someone and what the industry is
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