Comments are closed. This week’s lettersAgeism is alive and well in HR I feel compelled to write about the state of recruitment today. I want toshare with you how it feels to be over 40 years of age and looking for work andhow you are treated by HR departments and recruitment agencies. I strongly believe there is a real problem with ageism and poorcommunication within the HR profession. I lost my job as a manager of aninternet company six months ago. It ran out of money and suddenly went bust.However, I consider myself to have had a successful career working my way up tosenior management positions prior to that. It has been the most difficult six months of my life and it’s hard toexplain the stress of trying to find a job. But it isn’t the financialrestraints that are the worst problem – it’s the lack of communication byrecruitment agencies and HR departments. To date, I have applied for 439 jobs. I have had 182 replies, 13 interviewsand four shortlistings. Most have been through recruitment agencies but I couldonly recommend one at a push. I have been told on no less than eight occasions that I am too old to applyfor a position. I watched a member of staff in one well-known agency goingthrough a large pile of CVs doing nothing but circling ages. When I asked herwhat she was doing, she replied: “I have to pull out anyone over 40 as theclient will not consider them for the vacancy.” The worst thing is the lack of communication. If you apply for jobs directlywith companies, you never hear anything. Furthermore, in six cases I have hadto ring up a company after I have had an interview with them to find out whatis going on. Finally, in this e-enabled world, why is it that I have only ever had threereplies from 47 jobs applications via the web? At 46 years of age I have more enthusiasm and determination than everbefore, so why am I being ignored? Name and address withheld Career advice falls way too short Your panel of experts failed to give a recent enquiry ‘Can I change frommanager to HR?’ a decent response (Careerwise, 12 March). I would ask Peter Sell, joint managing director of DMS Consultancy, whatchance this person would have of getting on to the CIPD professional assessmentscheme with the sort of CV he is suggesting they prepare. I would ask Tony Clarke, senior consultant of Macmillan Davies Hodes, whathope this person would have in applying to a recruitment agency for a job inwhich they were not already a specialist. I would ask Peter Lewis,consultant at Chiumento, how he expected the personto handle the continued rejection they would inevitably face if they followedhis plan. None of the experts got anywhere near giving any real careers advice to thisperson. Come on Personnel Today, provide the readers with real red meat to gettheir teeth into rather than these milky ‘write a CV’ type of careers approach.Anybody who has really faced the difficulties of career change knows this isnot where to start. Les Simpson Operations director, JMPS Agencies lacking in basic courtesy I read with great interest the comment piece by Chris Matchan (Comment, 19March). I am a personnel manager with more than 20 years’ experience and have beenlooking for a new position for several months. I am realistic in my demands andam willing to keep my options open when looking for a new position. In view of this I have registered with several well-known recruitmentagencies for both permanent and interim assignments and have found theirattitude and treatment less than professional. It has been my experience that their staff ring you up and present an opportunityand then badger you constantly until they can arrange an interview. Once thishas been accomplished they fail to contact you at all and eventually you haveto ring them to find out what you already suspect – you have been unsuccessful.In some cases I am still waiting to hear whether or not I have been successfulfor jobs I applied for six months ago. The courtesy and professionalism required to tell you that you were notsuccessful does not seem to be part of their function. I always ensure jobapplicants are advised of the outcome as soon as possible as I appreciate howimportant it is for them to have an answer as soon as possible and move on. I would appreciate being treated in the same way and hope that any agencystaff who read this letter bear this in mind when dealing with their clients. Michelle Bailey Group personnel manager, Crown Group LettersOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. DTI reveals anti-ageism law plansOn 1 Jul 2003 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Today The Government has announced its intention to allow employers to keepmandatory retirement ages if they can justify them as necessary for thebusiness. It is also considering setting a default age of 70 after which employerscould ask employees to retire without having to justify their decision. The proposals are set out in the consultation paper Equality and Diversity:Age Matters, released earlier this month. Employers would have to justify their retirement age requirements byreference to “specific aims set out in legislation”, and will have toprovide supporting evidence if challenged, for instance, at an employmenttribunal. The consultation paper gives examples of the sort of specific aims that mayjustify treating people differently on the grounds of age. They are: – Health, welfare and safety – Facilitation of employment planning (for example, where a business has anumber of people approaching retirement age at the same time) – Particular training requirements of the post, for example air trafficcontrollers who need good health, fitness and concentration – Encouraging and rewarding loyalty – The need for a reasonable period of employment before retirement. Consultation closes on 20 October. The DTI intends to give employers twoyears to prepare for the legislation, which needs to be in place by the end of2006.
Las Vegas: Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during an appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas. The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn’t asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show. Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York.ALSO READ: Asia Cup: Rohit and his unique record to lead Kohli-less IndiaWilliams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined USD 17,000.The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days.Tennis icon Billie Jean King said she believes tennis applies a double standard to women compared with men, and that a similar outburst by a male player would have drawn no repercussions.A cartoon caricature of Williams appeared in an Australian newspaper drew comparisons to U.S. racial stereotypes of the past.ALSO READ: WATCH: Inzamam-ul-Haq attacks Indian fan for calling him ‘aloo’, ‘motu’In Croatia, U.S. Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier said he thought the gender issue had been polarized and in some ways politicized.“It’s been quite the week,” O’Hagan said before steering the conversation away from controversy.“It isn’t the first time you have had to deal with unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this amazing an ability to come back with such courage and grace,” she said.She drew applause praising Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the U.S. Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka’s victory.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: India vs Pakistan | Check out these rivalry stats“I feel it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Williams said, “especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That’s what it’s all about.”Williams also was asked about what O’Hagan termed “epic comebacks” during her 20-year tennis career, including having a baby a little more than a year ago.The tennis star, who has her own fashion line, advised business owners to “really figure out, ‘What can I do to revamp and bring it back to the top?’”“Really it’s just about having a great team … and rolling up your sleeves and hard work,” Williams said.“I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I’m working incredibly hard at being a mom.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.