"It's not you. It's note me. Its just not meant to be" is the title of the featured post on Recruiting Blogs.com by Jose Ruiz, a Principal at Heidrick & Struggles' Monterrey, California office. Jose offers insight into corporate hiring trends resulting from the realities of today’s marketplace. In the past companies defined job qualifications and considered candidates on a broad spectrum. Well, that is changing as companies will consider candidates on a much narrow spectrum. The bottom line is they will search for talent that has been there and done that.

What implications does this trend have on the job seeker and the employer? Will it result in more frustration for the job seeker, what about the employer?

For the job seeker, it may mean more or less frustration depending where you fall on the scale. It may mean fewer opportunities, take longer to land a position and require relocation, etc. However, I don’t believe this trend will last.

If it does, an employer will lose the war for talent. Why, because identifying and attracting qualified candidates has always been challenging and this trend will only add to the challenge. How, the pool of talent was never full and this will dry it up even more. As a result, positions will remain vacant longer putting more pressure on the short-term. Assuming a qualified candidate is identified; attracting them will be more difficult. Who wants a position where they have been there and done that?

I think this trend is doomed and employers will learn quickly that “It’s them and it’s not meant to be.” Agree? Disagree?

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