I have been attending an online conference called The Career Summit 2010, which is about finding, seeking, or keeping a job. In the session titled “Job Search 2.0”, Anita Bruzzeze was discussing what employers were demanding in this new market; they expect huge amounts of flexibility from the job candidate, wanting them to perform multiple functions and across disciplines. She commented that “you would have to be Batman to fill some of these jobs.”
As someone who has been reading job postings for over two years, that comment really hit home. Consider this recent CareerBuilder.com job post for an HR Director at a community college in metro Detroit:
So to be an HR Director at a community college you need – or someone thinks you need – to be a lawyer (“preferred”) with significant experience in collective bargaining and considerable experience in HR planning and development, and at least 5 years of HR supervisory experience with all these things – at a community college. Don’t forget the benefits administration and ability to manage integrated software systems.
It’s particularly frustrating for job seekers to be confronted with these pie-in-the-sky requirements when CEOs of companies, such as Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, and Rick Snyder, feel that they can become state governors or senators without any specific qualifications and no elective position experience at all. They use the term “career politicians” to mock those that have dedicated their careers to elective positions, and claim that their business savvy somehow automatically qualifies them to step into a position that requires coalition building and consensus establishment. I would like them to submit a comprehensive statement – like the requirement in the job post above – of their experience with and approach to passing effective legislation that will solve the problems of our states and country.
What do you think? Are we asking too much of our potential employees and not enough of our elected officials?
(My thanks to Scott Bragg for inspiring this blog post.)