In Hotel Recruitment, the job description is a guide, but there are many intangibles that come in to play when finding the perfect candidate. Conversely, a candidate can fall in love with a role within a company they have long aspired to work with during their career. They finally see a position become available that is within their skill set, but they don’t possess ALL the required experience.
As a boutique Hotel Recruitment firm, I love working with start-ups and lifestyle hospitality companies, as there are rarely hard, fast rules about the skills a candidate must possess. Working with my clients to understand their culture and seeing the profile of the successful candidates I have placed for them, I look for like-minded people when starting up a new search. My clients trust me and often agree to take the time to meet a candidate that may not be exactly what they are looking for in the role.
This is a good article for the candidate side in Mashable.com that assists candidates in interviewing for a role that is not necessarily an exact fit, but is available within a company they love.
“The requirements listed in job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. You don’t have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed. If your skills are transferable and you are in the ballpark with the number of years of experience the company’s looking for, apply. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.”