Blinkered recruitment agencies and headhunters are holding back talent in business according to the CEO of Thomas Cook (as reported in The Times).
Harriet Green talking at a Fortune Event stated that headhunters and recruitment agencies were reluctant to consider candidates that did not “tick” all the boxes on the job specification. She said they place too much emphasis on industry experience rather than looking at the skills the individual brings to the role.
In Harriet’s case she had not worked in the travel sector but had completed numerous successful business transformations. Harriet’s answer was to cut out the middle men and send her CV directly to the Chairman; they had not met before. And the rest as they say is history, as she is now the CEO!
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