Kelly Henderson is guest blogger number 10. Kelly has packed a lot into her just over ten year career to date. Recruitment, HR, media strategy, project management, account management and marketing. I first came into contact with Kelly at Haines Attract. In mid 2011, she jumped the ditch from Auckland and headed to Australia where she now describes her areas of expertise as recruitment, HR and marketing communications. Her post is short and sweet (the best type of blog!) and, with her varied career, it’s no wonder she’s picked this subject to write about.
Park your candidate shopping list
Are you a slave to your list of candidate requirements? Are you, like many of us, exhausted by a large quantity of seemingly well-matched applications and therefore don’t consider candidates with transferable skills? It’s so tempting and, well, unnecessary to do anything but. You interview the candidates who most closely list the generic selection criteria. Tick.
Has your career, like mine, been hindered by the cookie cutter approach which many recruiters take to candidate selection? Oh recruiter, why don’t you see me?
On paper I do not stand out to a cookie-cutter recruitment mindset. No degree? Oh the horror! I’m a bit creative and a bit HR. I may not be just like you but I deliver exceptional results and can offer many attractive, complimentary skills.
So as a Recruiter, what I have learnt from this experience? Open your mind to the skills, ideas, knowledge and experience that non-conventional candidates can bring to the HR party – and reap the rewards. Let me tell you my best HR hire yet had less than 6 months experience in the field. Her potential stuck out like a sore thumb….“pick me, pick me!” And I did with no regrets.
Here’s a thought – how about challenging the norm by phone-screening a few hungry, non-conventional candidates? Question the generic wish list – is a degree absolutely essential? Is industry experience critical for every position? Cut the cookie cutter approach. No doubt you are busy but your business has nothing to lose and everything to gain by exploring these possibilities.
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