We meet many people here at Johnson Underwood and all have tales to tell. We talk through their career history, the whys and wherefores, the ups and downs and learn exactly what they are looking for in their next role.
We never take a current role and then persuade the candidate to take it, if it is not what they are looking for; it’s pointless. However, we do meet lots of candidates where their work history is not a simple A-Z route; it has changed to meet the demands of family, location or their partner’s role. These people are lost gems because they have so much to offer, but if their CVs read that supposedly their experience is not up to date, they do not get a look in.
Many of my clients trust my judgment and they do give them a chance at interview, which pays dividends for everyone, however, there are folk that just use job boards or pseudo job boards where they CV sift; a real shame as they are not using our expertise, but their choice of course.
Only today we have met a Computer Coder and tester who is an advanced excel user, with amazing skills to offer; really clever, very personable, worked worldwide, but had a career break; since temped but more in a senior admin role, yet no one will give them an interview for a role in analytics, testing reporting, because of this break. Yes technologies have moved on but this terrific person has kept abreast of changes and being who they are have read everything going on with these changes.
Give them a chance to update on the job, rather than just the theory and wow you have a real gem in your team. This is just one case of a hidden gem, there are many….in reality, they will work for less (they should not have to), be exceptionally loyal as you have given them a chance to return to their field of expertise and will undoubtedly improve your bottom line….is it time to think again.