Job Descriptions and the « Experience-Needed » Syndrome

By Tammy Jones, Senior Vice president of Manpower Group, published by Harvard Business Review in April 2012

 » Globally, one in three employers struggle to find employees with the skills and experience necessary to meet their needs, and almost one-third cite a lack of experience as a key barrier to filling their open jobs.

Despite the serious shortage of some skills, the disconnect between employers and job seekers is not surprising given how many job descriptions fall victim to the « experience-needed syndrome. » This ailment manifests itself in two ways. In one, job descriptions for entry-level positions ask for experience, which shuts out many young workers. In the other, seasoned workers find the « experience-needed syndrome » becomes the « exact experience needed syndrome. » »

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