- Posted inOpinion
- on18 Dec 2015
When it comes to hiring new staff, many recruiters or HR departments follow a standard set of rules and processes because that’s the way it has always been done.
Some of these rules include only hiring people with a university education; or those with certain grades, a specific number of years’ experience or a squeaky clean track record.
Due to the unwritten rules behind recruitment, a person’s background will often hold them back in their career. It could be that they’ve served time in prison, have been out of work for a while, or just don’t have the academic education you’d expect.
To help employers across the UK break these habits, employee engagement specialists Best Companies recently organised an event called ‘Discovering Potential’, in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions, aimed at encouraging businesses to look beyond a person’s background to see their hidden talents.
A number of high-profile companies were invited to speak at the event, including COOK, Timpson and Ernst & Young, with many more were in attendance. All of these companies strive to think outside the box when it comes to their recruitment policies, and encourage others to do the same.
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