Friday, January 10, 2014

Excuse me while I retake the test

...and go back to a four year college, study hard, and raise my GPA.

I'm always looking for new work. Especially after a mishap yesterday, leaving my hand looking like I got attacked by an angry clawed animal. It's not as bad as you think. It's just five shallow cuts on my fingers. Could have been worse; I could have cut my fingers right off.

But I didn't, and I'm still looking for a way out.

This morning, I get the recruitment emails - job links for sales execs, production managers, administrative assistants. One desk job caught my eye and I went to see what was needed. Yeah, let me apply when I become smarter. This particular company is looking for someone to not only be their office manager, they want someone who's toeing the Mensa line.

Job Requirement:
* MUST have a Bachelor degree (with minimum College GPA of 3.5 (or higher)
* MUST have at least a 600 out of 800 on SAT's

Seriously? This is a desk jockey position. Sure, you're on the front line; meeting and greeting people, ordering supplies, but it's not rocket science. Especially if "Finance experience is not required" and "Candidates from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply". Forget about racial discrimination (requiring one to be bilingual to apply / work for the company), this place of business is creating a profile for educational discrimination.

Playing devil's advocate, let's say a person in their 60's wants to apply. They may have gone to and finished college forty years ago, received a bachelor degree in something, but walked away with a GPA of 2.9. Not a complete dummy, but not as bright as this job wants them. What if they don't have a record or remember what they got on their standardized test? They can't apply? Surely forty years of experience can trump a poor SAT score...

Seems like we're becoming a culture where certain "must haves" are becoming the norm and any type of experience or knowledge is taking a back seat.