A while back I implored the warm bodies involved in job posting and hiring to improve upon a few aspects of the process. After an attractive hyperlink led me down the wrong rabbit’s hole this morning I decided to expound further on one in particular: job descriptions.
The offender today was a listing for an Operations Coordinator. As a current job seeker who has frequently found himself in such facilitating roles, even without the title, I eagerly clicked the link to view the description. But they weren’t really looking for an Operations Coordinator at all– they wanted an administrative assistant for human resources.
Okay, by some stretch one could get there… using the same logic that promotes plumbers to Sanitation Engineers. But wouldn’t HR Administrative Assistant be more accurate for the job seeker?
It reminds me of an anecdote recently related to me by the recruiter who helped get me into my original job with Nokia a few years ago. He was supporting a client in finding a Packaging Engineer and was passed a resumé that just flat confounded him. The goal was to find someone with broad experience ranging from product conceptualizing to marketing. Instead he received an application from a big-thinking grocery sacker.
Anyway, this isn’t supposed to be an Easter egg hunt. Once again on behalf of job hunters everywhere I am beseeching those responsible: for our sake and yours, please think these job titles through carefully. The time you save may be your own. 😉