A person is so much more interesting if we look beyond what is visible to the naked eye – there is so much more to see. So why are we still placing so much emphasis on what is in black and white – the CV – when there is such a chronic skills shortage? I genuinely believe that our natural instinct is to assume there must be something wrong if a CV does not tick all the boxes. But the trick is to challenge this feeling. It’s very easy to filter and judge, but I believe every one has a story to tell. A lot of people, particularly at a junior level, are rejected out of hand for the wrong reasons.
I have recruited for the agency and in-house sectors for the best part of 20 years. I’ve witnessed many changes and behavioural patterns in how companies recruit and people seek new careers. As a business, we have always had some inkling as to how the jobs market will pan out: whether it will be a candidate’s or client’s market, or whether certain sectors will prosper or find it tough to attract talented individuals. What will happen in 2016?
It’s been a strange old year with more roles being registered in the agency and in-house sectors since July 2013, but the lack of skilled candidates has been at its highest since 2010, which is clearly having a detrimental impact on many company’s ambitions to grow and prosper.
The news that graduate recruitment is on the rise and more graduates are being taken into roles is absolutely fantastic. One of the main reasons for the shortage of qualified, experienced candidates at the moment has to be attributed to the lack of candidates recruited at graduate level over the last three years.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the lack of candidates in the creative sectors, in particular digital and PR, is having a detrimental impact on many companies’ aspirations to grow. This is particularly apparent in the agency sector. Although in-house roles, which normally have more success in sourcing relevant candidates, are now beginning to experience the feeling of being unable to plug gaps in their workforce. So what’s happening with candidate interviews?