Linkedin Is The Destination For Debate In Ageist Recruitment
Linkedin is the destination for debate in Ageist recruitment. The last 20 years have been a battle for employment equality; from equal pay to equal opportunities, awareness of race & gender to religion. One career focused Linkedin Group is providing an outlet for the concerns and arguments of those feeling that discrimination is still rife today.
- (1888PressRelease) April 14, 2011 - It is obvious that the job market is now hyper-competitive in comparison to how it was pre-2008/recession. We have more graduates coming out of the conveyor belt that is higher education, a pool of talented employees who were made redundant during the crashes of the late "noughties", and a band of professionals who now have to work longer to receive their pension. For a candidate, the pressing issue at the forefront of their minds is:
Why would you choose someone with more experience, who would cost more when you can get a sparky new grad who you can do the job for half the price?
After the eye opening exposť into the world of recruitment on BBC's Panorama last week, the UK marketplace has been flooded with questions, accusations and in-depth commentary of personal treatment. Social media platforms have been rife with tales and debate, no less than one Linkedin group where a particular group of individuals have found a home to voice their opinions. Job Search Live has been active in voicing concerns and highlighting the pitfalls of ageist recruitment.
When this was shown to a selection of recruiters the answers were more than enlightening. Jonathan Fieldhouse, Client Relationship Director at Online Resourcing - specialist online recruiters - claims that it the recruitment world are faced with a small minority of employers who are within this mind-set.
"Education is the only way forward for these employers! In my opinion, ageist recruiters are few and far between these days - this feeling of discrimination felt by candidates is an understandable sensitivity from backlash of the recession.
"If you are worried, look for roles that require you to fill in application forms instead. Generally speaking, these application forms do not have dates or other personal information on them. If they do, this information is purely for HR use."
It appears that the empathy of the recruitment agency does reflect the candidate and that times are, indeed, changing for the better.
Mr Fieldhouse continued:
"I was recently with a client in the North East and their HR team wouldn't dream of forwarding any personal information to the relevant department. It wouldn't matter if the person was 101 or 18 years old, they purely work on the skill set of each candidate and whether it matches what the line manager is looking for.
Within the next few years these issues of minority of discrimination are going to be settled and this will set the standard for the equal employment landscape. Equality and diversification is going to be a major influence in 2011+ and will assist everyone in the job market".
Author: Samantha McGawley
For more information please contact Samantha McGawley @ sem ( @ ) onlineresourcing dot co dot uk
Online Resourcing is an online recruiter specialising in job advertising across jobs boards/social media. With a combined experience of 16 years in the recruitment industry, Online Resourcing harnesses the power and flexibility of the Internet by selecting the optimum locations to advertise jobs.
Recruiting online offers businesses a highly attractive alternative to the traditional recruitment methods of recruitment agencies and printed press advertising as it is a fast and highly cost effective direct method.