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Employers should stop focusing on candidates' experience if they want to fill roles amid the labor shortage, recruitment boss says

Added 01-12-22 06:14:03am EST - “Employers should remove barriers that make it more difficult for people to apply, James Reed, the chairman of The Reed Group told Insider.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Employers should stop focusing on candidates' experience if they want to fill roles amid the labor shortage, recruitment boss says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Companies need to change their approach to hiring amid the current tight labor market, placing more emphasis on character and less on experience, the chairman of the UK's largest recruitment group said.

James Reed, the CEO of The Reed Group, told Insider that the current labor shortage means that it's harder for recruiters to find the "perfect candidate." Instead, more firms should be willing to take on the responsibility of training staff themselves, rather than holding out for those with an existing track record.

Job vacancies remain at record or near record highs on both sides of the Atlantic, at the same time as millions of workers continue to quit their jobs. The shortfall has exacerbated labor shortages in multiple industries. 

"Especially now, employers should do the right thing in terms of removing barriers that would either prevent people from applying or make it more difficult for people to apply," Reed said. 

One of those barriers has been the "habitual" insistence by hiring managers that applicants must have a requisite amount of experience within an industry in order to apply for a role. 

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