By Claire West
Over-reliance on web job boards as the key route into employment could be leading many experienced
people to miss out on job opportunities - and many companies to miss out on much-needed talent -
despite the severe skills shortage in London, warns Poolia.
This is especially true for people who have
taken long career breaks to travel, have children or pursue other interests, and who may be
automatically eliminated by a mechanical recruitment process, even though the candidate may have the
ideal skills for a position.
Andrew Bath, General Manager for the Poolia Banking & Financial Services team, comments, “Online
recruitment has brought many advantages but has also raised some issues, because itʼs hard for a piece
of software to tell a personʼs real ability from an online CV. Itʼs become more of a check-box exercise,
and unfortunately, it will be particularly hard on people who have long breaks in their career. The truth is
demand for good people is high especially for those with skills in banking, finance, accounting and HR.
But if youʼve taken a career break, make sure you get to speak to a recruitment consultant or the
recruiter in-house so you make those abilities visible.”
Poolia recently approached a candidate who was looking to return to Banking after a six year maternity
break. She posted her CV on an online job board but Poolia was the only recruitment company to approach her, most likely due to the gap in employment on her CV. Her expectations were modest and she expected a salary far lower than what she had earned six years previously.
By looking deeper into her CV, past the gap in her employment to her experience in product control, a
sector of banking where there are severe shortages, Poolia was able to place her at a salary of £57,000
per year — 60% more than she had anticipated.
Andrew Bath concluded, “Recruiting the right people takes time and whilst technology has an important
role to play it cannot replace the skills of an experienced recruiter. This is a people business, and
technology needs to support rather than replace the human elements.”