Don’t Just Look for Experience in Your Next Hire—Look for Speed of Learning

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Not too long ago, jobs were more difficult to come by and hiring managers had the pick of the litter. Now, thanks to the continuing talent shortage, it’s a job hunter’s market, and businesses everywhere are struggling to fill vacancies with qualified candidates.


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The good news is that the number of job listings with unreasonable requirements is on the decline. Based on an analysis of 15 million online job postings by Burning Glass Technologies, the percentage of entry-level jobs that require 3 or more years of experience has declined from 29% in 2012 to 23% in 2018. However, what should remain mandatory in the eyes of hiring managers is the ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes.

Deloitte research indicates that hiring someone costs an average of $4,000, and the cost is even higher if the new employee turns out to be less adept than his or her résumé led you to believe. Candidates with extensive industry experience and a proven track record of success are difficult to find, but that doesn’t mean businesses should lower their standards.

Instead, hiring managers need to adjust their criteria to find qualified candidates, starting with these three steps:

1. Choose

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