Employers Need to Rethink the Job Requirements
During your job search, you come across a job description that meets your qualifications. As you read the job posting, you think to yourself, I can do that job? But then, the requirements state you must have 10 year’s experience. You move on to the next job posting and wonder if you should apply for the job. Liz Ryan, who has over 2.4 million followers on LinkedIn, says the hiring process is broken. Employers are missing out on great talent by following a broken system.
Are employers short cited, narrow minded, or just plain ignorant? I would say, a combination of all three.
What is experience? Why do employers label each job with a number of years’ experience? If a person has 10 years of experience, does it mean they are qualified?
Let me ask you this question. Would you prefer to hire an experienced person or someone who has expertise?
Let’s go back to my first question. What is experience? In laymen’s term, it is the amount of time you put into a field observing, encountering, or working to gain knowledge. Over time, someone might consider you knowledgeable about your specific field of occupation. Based upon this definition, an employer would say, you meet one area of their qualifications. Awesome right! You get to check off one box.
But are you really experienced in your field of study? Do you know everything there is to know about your subject? Or, have you just put in the time to get your annual 3% pay raise to stay employed, only having a shallow level of knowledge?
Now lets discuss having “expertise” in a field with two years of experience. I know what you are thinking, “expertise with only 2 years experience”? Come on!
Lets define “expertise”. Expertise is being a subject matter expert. Having a thorough knowledge in a specific field. For example, lets say you are in sales and you want to become an expert in the subject. How would you become an expert? You would read as many books as possible.
Having an Expertise
You might pick up a few books on sales leadership, the selling process, selling principles, customer relationship management, account management, pipeline management, marketing, sales methodologies, the psychology of selling, and how to handle objections.
I recall an old boss of mine saying “you eat, sleep, and read until you learn everything there is to know. Immerse yourself in every topic related to your field and discipline. Only then, will you become an expert”. It was great advice. I learned and conquered.
In today’s world of information overload, anyone can become an expert in any subject matter in a short time. Educational courses are offered online FREE from companies like Coursera. Tops schools from around the world offer classes on various subjects.
Who do you hire?
Experience and Expertise are related, but they are not a synonymous. Employers have an obligation to hire the best qualified candidate for the requisition. However, just because you have been in a position for 10 years doesn’t mean you are an expert. Having 2 years of experience as a subject matter expert should be weighted with as much authority as a 10 year veteran.
Experience is meaningless if you cannot produce results. As an employer, would you rather hire someone who has expertise in a specific field that can produce results or hire someone with 10 years experience? My thought, you want a results oriented person.
What are your thoughts?