Hireology Blog - Insights for better hiring & HR


The Pros and Cons of Hiring Outside of Your Industry

Posted by Emily Woodward on June 16, 2014

A common sight in the requirements section of most job descriptions are the words "industry experience". The reasoning behind this is simple and understandable: businesses want to hire people who not only know what they're doing, but who have done it before. This might seem like a safe bet, but repeatedly turning to the same talent pool could be stunting your businesses' growth.11017397_l

To avoid this, consider hiring someone from outside of your specific industry. This unconventional way of hiring can be applied in several ways--you might hire an engineer for a business development position, or a candidate who worked in fashion when your company deals with sports. Either way, going this route could be just the innovative boost your business needs. To help you decide if expanding your horizons is right for your business, we've put together a list of the pros and cons of hiring outside of your industry. 

No matter if you're hiring from inside your industry or out, having an updated career site is essential. Check out our guide on improving your career site for more great hiring tips! 

New Call-to-Action

Fresh Perspectives New Ideas, Hiring