Do experience and skills transfer across sectors?

Recruiters must overcome employer biases to find the best candidate
By James Parr
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/22/2005

Recruiters, both corporate and professional, are frequently approached by aspiring candidates who, on the surface, are not an ideal match with selection criteria.

Many of these candidates, when a narrow view is taken, are considered unsuitable because they do not have relevant industry experience. Recruiters refuse, or fail, to identify the elements of transferable skills and experience that could make them viable candidates. In the process, the best candidate for the job may be overlooked.

When considering candidates with experience in another sector, the question becomes, “Can they take their skills and experience and apply them successfully in another industry?”