For business leaders looking to onboard employees, stating a preference for a worker with previous experience is often part of the recruitment process, with job seekers who have more experience in a similar role often given precedence when it comes to landing an interview.
Still, while work experience is certainly a plus, it is not necessarily what makes a great employee, and indeed, the right employee for you.
Emanuel Zammit, Business Development Manager at professional corporate services provider GCS Malta shares this sentiment in a recent social media post, reacting to quote by entrepreneur and growth guru Gary Travis.
“Throughout my recruitment career, I’ve met thousands of people and I can surely agree with Gary Travis,” he writes, referencing a sentiment by Mr Travis that ‘Work experience doesn’t make a great employee. Their work ethic does.’
Drawing from his own experience, Mr Zammit writes, “I’ve met people with 10-15years experience that don’t have the necessary soft skills to supervise/lead a team. On the other hand, I met people with 2-3 years’ experience with insane (in a positive way) soft skills and work ethic.”
Calling for HR leaders and recruiters to give those with less experience a chance, he continues, “Don’t get too impressed with tons of years of experience as they might not result into having the perfect employee.”
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