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Why are experienced candidates hired ?

'Recruiting' and 'Experienced Candidate' are like synonyms in today's world, especially in shipping. Be it commercial, cruise or yachting industry, every recruiter wants to hire an experienced sailor. The 'Experience' column is what catches the eye of the hiring manager rather than qualifications and skills. But we cannot blame them. If I would I have been a hiring manager, I would definitely be looking for an experienced candidate. But when it comes to junior positions like Deckhand or Stewardess, I would have chosen a fresher with good qualifications. A sailor and a hiring manager obviously have a different perspective. But what is shocking is that even Captains are expecting experienced hands on deck. My previous Captain used to tell me that...

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