Friday, 19 August 2011

Snobbery in Recruitment

I've been applying for a lot of jobs lately.

Mostly very similar posts, involving similar tasks and needing similar attributes.
Mostly very similar to jobs I've done before.

Whats interesting, given how similar are the jobs, is how different the person specifications can be.

Here's one I just applied for. The job involves giving legal advice to univeristy students

These Attributes are "Essential":

  • Ambitious
  • Graduate
  • Must present a professional image
These attributes are only "Desirable":

  • Knowledge of the principles of advice, information or advocacy work
  • Knowledge of Student Funding System
  • Knowledge of Welfare Benefit System
In other words, this employer thinks it is more important to recruit someone middle class than someone who can do the job.

Incredible isnt it?

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