I’m a big believer in freedom of choice. This goes for businesses as well. It’s not up to me to tell anyone how to run the business they own or are responsible for. Having said this, I roll my eyes at some of those same people who complain about not finding qualified candidates, yet are responsible for their frustration by requesting outlandish qualifications.
I’ve addressed credential creep before, and also shared with you the stupidest qualification for an entry-level position, but I never took it up with the hiring company before. Well, not until this morning.
I came across the following job opening on Indeed (look at the embedded image. I’ve blotted out the company name because it’s not about starting a shame campaign), and maybe it was the cold weather getting me down or the amount of time I’ve been out of full-time work that prompted me to ask the company about the qualifications in an Email. I wasn’t rude in my Email, but I didn’t mince words either:
“I am writing to ask why do you feel it is necessary to have experience for a housecleaning job.
I mean, really: this is not rocket science. It does not take a lot of brains to clean windows, mop floors, scrub toilets, do laundry, vacuum carpets, dust furniture, disinfect kitchen sinks, polish chrome, etc.
It does not take a lot of time to train someone to houseclean. In fact, most people who were raised properly know how to houseclean. If you were asking for someone to own their own car or van, I’ll agree. But experience in housecleaning? Again, really?
If you must insist on experience, I lived alone in an apartment for 24 years before moving out. Not thrown out because I’m a dirty sloppy pig, but moved out of an apartment I kept clean, by myself, nearly every Sunday. There you go, I’m qualified.
Look, this is your business and you can run it any way you want. We live in a open democratic society, and I’m big on freedom of choice. What you are doing, however, is shutting out hardworking young people and new immigrants who want to get started but are having trouble finding a job. I think (company name).can play a leadership role by helping people like these. I’m disappointed that your business has chosen to do the opposite.
Not exactly career-coach recommended, but it’s my right to ask the question most job seekers always wanted to ask. You know, that freedom of choice thing I mentioned before.
If I get any replies, I’ll share them in this blog post.
Thanks for reading!