Why Employers Are Loosening Job Requirements and Gaining Better Employees

As you’re well aware, the U.S. is currently in a labor shortage. Consequently, many companies have had trouble hiring, so they’ve loosened job requirements in an attempt to fill open positions.

You’ve considered this approach, but understandably, you’re a bit nervous about it. Lowering your hiring standards probably sounds like settling for subpar candidates, but it can actually be the opposite.

Here’s why this approach can allow you to gain the best employees you’ve ever had.

Eliminate Unnecessary Hiring Barriers

Hiring criteria were put in place for each job at your company for a reason — but that doesn’t mean it still makes sense. Taking the time to review requirements for open positions will allow you to reconsider must-haves that really aren’t important. Every unnecessary requirement you eliminate will allow more potential candidates to be eligible for the position. This will increase your chances of finding someone who is truly right for the job.

Find Workers Who Truly Want to Be There

You’ve probably already learned that the best person for the job isn’t always the obvious fit on paper. Loosening job requirements allows you to connect with candidates who weren’t previously eligible for the position, but consider it their dream job. When you take a chance on someone, they don’t forget it.

These people know they don’t necessarily meet all of your desired hiring criteria, so they work extra hard to prove their value. You’ll quickly see that someone who is passionate about the job and truly grateful for the opportunity is a more valuable asset to the team than an employee with all the right education and experience, but a lack of interest in the position.

Train Employees Your Way

In a perfect world, experienced candidates would be trained to do their jobs exactly in the manner you prefer. However, it doesn’t usually work like that. Every company has its own way of doing things, so that means you have to both break seasoned workers’ bad habits and train them to work your way.

Therefore, hiring candidates with less experience can actually be easier. Since there are no old habits to undo, you can get started immediately by training them to follow your company’s practices.


If you’re having trouble finding the right person for the job, PrideStaff Dallas is here to help. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your team!


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