A study in the U.K. led by Philipp D. Koelllinger of Erasmus University in the Netherlands found that employers and recruiting agencies sent 63% fewer positive replies to fictitious candidates whose CVs showed that they had owned and managed small HR consulting companies.
So what's going on here? Are we pre-judging the candidate who, in addition to keeping a job search going, puts up their shingle and takes in some projects ... either because they've always hankered to try being in business for themselves or because they simply have to get bills paid? Do those of us in corporate roles believe that those of us doing contract/consulting work have inferior experience?
At a time when HR could use a little shaking up, are we turning away practitioners who have a little exposure to the "jungle" outside and may bring a different perspective to bear as a result?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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