For as long as I can remember (probably as long as they've been in existence) one way I've kept tabs on the job market and trends in general is through active job alerts from various job boards.
I know, #NerdAlert right?
Whether I'm looking or not, I periodically look at posted jobs that come through to see what's up, who's hiring, and of course wonder about the companies posting the same opening every few weeks or month after month.
I clicked on a posting earlier today for a technical recruiter. It was a rather short ad for a short-term contract role. The main thing that stood out was this:
"Candidates without a college education will not be considered for this role regardless of years of experience."
While it is not uncommon for employers to prefer degreed applicants, I always find it interesting that there's almost never any explanation about how having a degree pertains to the actual job itself.
It's especially puzzling when a specific major is not mentioned or a list of several "different" majors is shown.
Usually the education bullet looks like this:
Huh? Similar to what? And, what do any of those have to do with each other or anything else shown on the posting?
Essentially these employers are saying they care that person studied something, but not so much on the caring what it was that they studied.
If having a degree IS necessary, then shouldn't the subject-matter specialty matter? And, shouldn't the person considering whether to apply be able to understand exactly how a degree of any kind would matter?
I appreciate education, professional development and continuous learning as much as the next person, but I've never found any evidence that those with degrees are in any way better at their jobs than those without degrees.
Let's say I (or someone else with a degree) was interested in applying, but decided: you know, I'm not sure I want to work somewhere with a bunch of elitist snobs advertising that they use arbitrary criteria to automatically rule out a huge segment of the potential applicant pool.
Not only are they intentionally eliminating one group, they are quite possibly inadvertently turning off anyone else that doesn't believe education eradicates ignorance. In fact, they are proving that it doesn't and simultaneously creating a less than intelligent employer branding message.
What do you think?