Have you ever been rejected for a role due to a lack of industry sector experience?
Posting date:20 Dec 2018
When it comes to accounting, popular belief has it that once you have grasped the basic principles – you can work in almost any industry. It’s thought to be qualification that offers a transferable skill set and a season ticket to career diversity but is the ability to move between sectors even a plausible reality for finance professionals?
This challenge kept presenting itself to my candidate network and involved the familiar phrase; relevant industry sector experience. A straight-forward prerequisite that has become a barrier to my top grade of candidate – professionals who despite possessing the competency, skill set, values, attitude and charisma, longed after by our clients - lack the sector experience needed to warrant their names on the shortlist.
I have been overwhelmed by the amount of highly intelligent people, side-tracked on their journey to career diversity, especially when cross-sector experience can provide huge benefits to any business willing to give it a go.
I would like to find out just how many of you have been faced with the same obstacles – please spare just 60 seconds to take this anonymous survey and please do get in touch if you would like to receive a copy of my paper where I unravel the reasons behind companies clinging onto sector experience and present the stories of three people who prove it’s a past.