I completely mirror the below article.
Within building products & construction more and more I am educating clients to look outside typical target companies / sectors (see case studies). I am spreading further into food, pharmaceutical and the like when looking for high-caliber directors & managers. This is especially rife within manufacturing and marketing roles I have researched of late. This not only leads to a more enriched interviewing process for the client (and me) but often offers a completely new approach to solving skill shortages as well.
Clients often only look for people from competitors or from only in their sector. We have seen great success working with clients who have looked outside their sector. This is highlighted in a recent blog article, Food vs. Non-Food, and the skills and ways of working that each sector can adopt from one another. The food sector is known for its fast pace, strong range planning and NPD. In manufacturing, would someone from outside the sector ‘think outside the box’ and bring in methods often unheard of in your sector, resulting in improved efficiencies and reduction in wastage. We are currently working with a manufacturer who is only interested in bringing managers from the food sector, rather than competitors. They are seeing the benefits with increased output and the team becoming re-energised with new methods and ways of working.