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Clients - it's time to get out of your comfort zone & hire differently!

By Will Gardner

We keep hearing about the “war for talent” and believe me it’s true….even if the phrase grates somewhat.

I’ve been in the recruitment market for a long time and the current state of play is exciting, if not a little challenging. We specialise in the commercial disciplines of Sales, Marketing, Digital and eComm and everyone is looking for those game-changing people that will make a real difference to their businesses.

Companies are growing and, in some areas, unprecedentedly so. But the candidate market is still a little nervous. Either scarred from their experiences through the pandemic or grateful that they remain unaffected, there are just not the volumes of talented people looking to move jobs to meet the current market demand.

So, my question to employers is - why are you doing what you have always done?

We take briefs from customers all the time. The type that states “must have had X amount of experience in a similar role” or “from one of our competitors” or other, similarly restrictive requests.

You see what I mean?

But do candidates really have to have such prescriptive experience?

 Over the years, some of the best businesses I have worked with are genuinely open to the industries that their new and future employees have come from. They look for genuine transferable skills where they can bring a fresh, new approach to their business.

So, if your business is creaking under the workload as you just can’t find the right people, why don’t you step outside your comfort zone and hire differently.

There are some brilliant people out there and if your minds are open, I think you’ll be amazed by the difference they can make.

Innovation and adaptability Hiring candidates from outside of your industry opens the door to innovation. Someone who isn’t experienced in your sector won’t have industry fatigue and may be able to bring new and fresh ideas into the workplace. Although it might feel safer to hire someone who knows your sector, taking a chance can add more value in the long run; it could lead to innovative changes that help your company to grow.

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