To go from Hourly to Salary there are a list of expectations and competencies your future position will have. You need:
- Minimum Experience
- Minimum Education
- Values that fit the organization’s culture
Without these we would be an undereducated, disliked, disengaged employee who is a poor fit. Does this sound like someone you would hire? Most likely not.
To learn about what experience is necessary to get the interview try googling it. Also find out more on .org sites related to the industry you would like to enter.
Minimum Experience (on Resume)
At entry level these tend to be soft skills that we have proved in our hourly jobs. A common one worth promoting would be “customer service” experience. This is experience that you already have. Whether you were flipping burgers or making endless marketing calls this experience is invaluable.
How should I express it?
You can express this by reframing the experience, also known as cognitive reframing. This is psychological technique that can shift negative connotations to positive ones.
Remember a trash man is a sanitation engineer not a trash man.”
How are you going to reframe your experience? If you are a telemarketer, don’t write down “telemarketer” on your resume. Most people hate getting calls on Sundays while eating dinner and will associate you with the negative memories.
You are a marketing professional not a telemarketer.”
Minimum Education (Hourly to Salary)
This that reframing will not help you with. You either have it or you don’t. Most jobs in the marketplace can be learned on the job without a degree, but a degree is the expectation.
The brain of an HR professional (and hiring manager)
When they bring some into an interview there reputation is on the line. When people’s reps are on the line they make very safe bets. This means if things don’t work out with the new hire they could use the excuse that they met the education requirements and they are not to blame or they came from an ivy league school.
Keep these key concepts in mind when transitioning your career from hourly to salary
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