« on: August 28, 2012, 11:34:15 AM »
Now, I can't speak for every other employer out there, but if I have to choose between someone who worked at Burger King for the last year with a 3.2 gpa versus one with a 4.0 gpa and no work experience, I'm going to hire the BK kid. I'm looking for a strong work ethic and a desire to work. If you stayed at home depending on mommy and daddy for the last year without doing some type of work, it insinuates that either you won't do certain tasks required for your job or that you may not even want to work. Everyone has to pay their dues at some point. How can I possibly give someone a chance at an entry level job when I don't know if they can even hold down a job?
I don't know if you want to hire drones or even what your definition of drones is.
Work ethic and "dues paying" are important, but they can often be overcome with management and incentives. Many employers don't think they should have to manage or incentives. They want someone who works because that's what people should do. I had an employer who complained about how people were on facebook all the time. He managed to get it banned from the network but he didn't point out deficiencies in our work product, and we hadn't missed any deadlines. He addressed the symptoms, not the problem.
The new generation, particularly those smart kids with no work experience, probably won't work without an assignment and a reason. Drones work because they are there to work. They find things to do. They see a need, they fill a need. That said, Many managers are far to busy (lazy) to train, assign, evaluate, and give feedback. They feel this is "babysitting." Also, many managers don't want workers who say, "Why are we doing this>? This doesn't make sense. I'm not doing it." Most of the time that is because managers are either too busy (lazy) or they don't have a good answer.
Your statement implies that you either evaluate work ethic over talent, or you don't see a 4.0 as evidence of talent. If it's the latter, then fine. If it's the former, then you don't have enough confidence in your ability to manage.