IDEAL CANDIDATES vs REALITY CANDIDATES
There are many reasons that finance CV’s get rejected from jobs – and mostly these reasons fall under the category of not fitting the “ideal” or “desirable” template.
It could be they’re deemed to have too much experience, too many gaps, not having a degree, too contract heavy or possibly someone being qualified by experience.
But I have placed all of the above types of people into accounting roles over the years.
And most of the time a more open minded approach to hiring can bring amazing people into a business.
?SOMEONE HAS TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE:
Ideal – Client wants a newly qualified accountant.
Reality: Could someone who qualified 3-5 years ago also be great in this role?
?SOMEONE HAS GAPS ON THEIR CV
Ideal – Client wants someone with no gaps in employment.
Reality – If someone took time out to have a child or went on sabbatical could they be amazing in this role?
?SOMEONE HAS NO DEGREE
Ideal – Client wants someone with a 1st or 2:1 degree.
Reality – Could a qualified accountant (who felt that a degree wasn’t right for them) and went straight into work, also be brilliant in in this role?
?EXPERIENCE IS TOO CONTRACT HEAVY
Ideal – client will only consider perm CV’s.
Reality – Could someone with relevant experience who happens to have had contract roles recently also be great in this role?
?NOT QUALIFIED YET / QUALIFIED BY EXPERIENCE
Ideal – Client wants someone qualified
Reality – how essential really is someone qualified for this role?
Could a finalist or someone qualified by experience actually do the job superbly?
In many situations (not all), the answer is yes!
Often I will come across someone great based on their experience and their attitude, who might not fit the ideal profile perfectly.
And regardless of one of the above reasons, I’m perfectly willing to put my neck on the line and recommend one of my clients meet with them.
It’s SO IMPORTANT to think less rigidly when it comes to hiring these days because firms can exclude themselves from whole pools of candidates who are both rich in talent and hungry.