The key: look for someone with no experience.
I began to think of this idea as I read Larry Stybel's blog post on Harvard Business Publishing, How to Get a Job Without Experience. His counsel is pretty much what you would expect: find a company with a great idea and no money, offer your services for free but be specific about what you want in return (a title, perhaps), and have an end date in mind.
All great advice. But I wondered, if there are talented job seekers out there who are looking for opportunities such as Larry outlines, shouldn't companies be actively looking for these people?
If we turn Larry's reasoning around a bit, here's what you do.
- Advertise your "no experience required" position, but be specific about what kinds of skills are required.
- Be up front about what you pay: nothing. But let applicants know you can reward them with other things, such as introductions to business associates or promise of a job when you are ready to hire.
- Emphasize the limited time requirement. Maybe its one or two days a week, 15 hours a month, whatever. Applicants must still have time to look for full-time work even as they earn the experience they want at your shop.
Is this a crazy idea? Have you ever hired a no experience candidate? How'd that work out for you?