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first_img 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 Articlelast_img read more