We Don't Need Your Stinkin' Experience

As I am actively job hunting, I look at a lot of job leads, some that are forwarded to me by networking contacts. In this category, I sometimes get to see the unvarnished requirements of headhunters.

Yesterday I saw this interesting statement:

- The client does NOT want to see anyone with over 15 years in the field.

Is this thinly veiled ageism? What is the client company trying to avoid?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, 1/17/2006

Comments

Fish said…
Hi Terrey,
It isn't the company, it is the young manager trying to find someone who is not going to make him/her feel inadequate or threatened.
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Terrence said…
Hey Fish
Welcome to my blog.
I stopped by your blog on ageism. Seems like you are all too familiar with this topic.
Keep on blogging.
Regards,
Terry
Gautam Ghosh said…
I agree with fish. A friend of mine with 16 years OD and Leadership Development experience is trying to hunt for a job and mostly HR heads are younger than him and say "But, he's too senior for our needs!"
Terrence said…
Hey GG

Welcome back. How is the new job going?

Yes, Fish and your friend (and perhaps me as well) are up against a bias toward too much experience, i.e., ageism.

Seems strange, doesn't it? I posted this quesion to HRNET, a Yahoo Group, where an interesting discussion ensued. Check it out.

Regards,
Terry
Crazy Dan said…
Hi Terrence, I found your blog while doing some research on employee appraisal. I like your blog, thank you for sharing the information and keep up the good work!.
I'll be back to see if you have any posts about employee appraisal
Terrence said…
Hey Dan

Glad you found my blog.

Employee appraisal is one of my favorite topics. For example:

http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/2005/09/sock-it-to-me-as-corporate-year-begins.html

and

http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/2005/11/most-wonderful-time-of-year-this-is-my.html

Hope these entries stimulate your thinking.

Regards,
Terry
Don Blohowiak said…
Terry,

Eschewing 15+ years of experience likely isn't so much about age as it is about money.

The client who's imposing the parameter is saying that they value the job -- perhaps quite incorrectly -- at a level that is unlikely to be attractive to a senior practitioner. Why? Because such a highly qualified person is accustomed to drawing compensation commensurate with all that experience.

It could be that the company honestly knows that its approach to undervaluing OD is going to disappoint or frustrate an accomplished person such as yourself. Either at the interview stage or once on the payroll.

In a way, it's possible that the honesty reflected in the guidelines for the headhunter is doing everyone involved in the process a favor by not wasting their time -- either during the search, or once on the job.

Good luck landing a post with an enlightened employer!
Terrence said…
Hey Don
You may be right!
Welcome back to my blog.
Regards,
Terry
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