The Myth of Experience

The Myth of Experience

August 10th, 2021 // 6:43 pm @

Many job adverts contain the phrase “Industry Experience Required”. In my experience unless one is in a very specialized industry this requirement is a mistake. This simple phrase probably cuts down your pool of potential hires by 95% plus.

Not only does it cut the pool of potential hires dramatically it may actually be the opposite you need, someone from outside the industry with the right skills and a new thought process when tackling issues rather than bringing historical answers to the problem.

As Steve Jobs said “A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have”
The problem comes from the difficulty in writing a job advert based on skill, it is just too easy to stick in “Industry Experience Required”.

Writing Job specifications and therefore job adverts is a real skill and most managers get to little experience doing it.

When one is writing a job specification for a role and from it an advert try and focus on skills that will make the person a success and think carefully about making Industry Experience a requirement.

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