Should professionals mind the skills gap when applying for a position? In new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, HR managers in Canada said 45% of resumes they receive, on average, are from candidates who don’t meet job requirements. In a separate survey of Canadian workers, 76% admitted they would submit for a role when they don’t match all the qualifications.

 

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Solving the skills gap. (CNW Group/Robert Half Canada)

Luckily for applicants, 86% of HR managers reported their company is open to hiring an employee whose skills can be developed through training. In fact, 58% of employees have been offered a job when they didn’t match the exact qualifications.

Workers were asked, “Would you still apply to a job if you didn’t meet all of the qualifications on the job description?” Their responses:

Yes 76%

No 24%

HR managers were asked, “How open is your company to hiring and training an employee who doesn’t meet the skills requirements for a position?” Their responses:

Very open 18%

Somewhat open 68%

Not open at all 13%

“Companies that approach hiring requirements with some flexibility open themselves up to a broader pool of talented candidates who otherwise may have been overlooked,” said Greg Scileppi, president of International Staffing Operations at Robert Half. “While core competencies remain important, identify applicants who are agile learners eager to expand their skillset, and who take a proactive approach to professional improvement ― they will likely be more motivated to find new ways to adapt and innovate within the role, and provide greater value and commitment to the business in the long-term.”

About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 300 HR managers at Canadian companies with 20 or more employees and more than 500 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in Canada.

SOURCE Robert Half Canada

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