Think before you post!
I have worked in the recruitment industry for more than 20 years now; and only 32 I hear you cry!
I love the world of recruitment and have seen many changes, since I first started as a Temps Consultant, many positive and some that, perhaps, needed a little more thought.
Partnering with clients to supply high calibre candidates is a proven successful way of providing people for positions. And part of that process is advertising jobs! But there are rules, the law and ethical recruiting. Consultants should be working with employers to educate them. Discrimination exists, sad, but it does, selecting employees on age constitutes discrimination and equality.
When vacancies are advertised think before you ask for things:
a minimum of two years’ experience required – IT’S AGEIST
must be dynamic and energetic – IT’S AGEIST
fresh out of college and with an NVQ certificate – IT’S AGEIST
ideal candidate will have at least 10 years’ experience in a similar role – IT’S AGEIST
Stop and think before you advertise any vacancy that has the potential to discriminate. We must change our attitude.
We should promote candidates on skills, competencies and knowledge. Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex (gender) and Sexual Orientation are covered by the equality legislation.
Discrimination can be Direct or Indirect for example
must be over 25 (Direct)
must have more than two years’ experience (Indirect)
Dynamic and energetic (Indirect)
As a trainer I often hear delegates tell me that they don’t like being treated badly and I work with them to help them understand the importance and value of their role. Professional consultants add value, they are passionate about what they do, they can offer advice and they educate clients and candidates.
If you select skills, competencies and knowledge you will not discriminate on age or any other area of equality.