Having focused on recruitment for the past 5 ½ years and meeting a lot of job seekers – I didn’t figure there was much that a job seeker could say to me that would surprise me any longer – I thought I had pretty much heard it all. With all the goofy things people say, it get you to thinking – maybe there’s a reason they don’t have a job, how will they land a job, how do they function in every-day life, etc. You ponder this briefly and move on.
Six months ago, I was at a job fair recruiting for talent. This time around, what one job seeker said to me STILL has me thinking. I’m at the event, recruiting for a variety of positions – IT, engineering, administrative. As I am talking with a woman, she tells me that she has twelve years of IT experience, and is familiar with Oracle development and testing – I’m thinking great – we’re looking for that! Then, she tells me “but I don’t want to do IT”. Her reason? You have to keep learning, and subscribing to IT magazines and reading articles because the field changes.
I’m thinking to myself – huh? What?! Maybe you agree with my reaction, or maybe you don’t. Whichever may be the case, let me explain why six months later I remember this woman and her statement. Although we may not work in the same field – her in IT and me in HR – our jobs are similar. IT requires staying abreast in what’s new. Technology is always changing. So does HR – laws are always changing, and HR methods do as well. How could I as a recruiter effectively do my job if I was still only placing ads in the newspaper?
Don’t most careers require individuals to stay current in their field? What type of career field could one simply apply for a position and never learn another thing? How would you even keep your job over the years, much less move up the career ladder?
Six months later, I wonder if that woman found that job she was searching for. I’m not sure it truly exists. I wish her all the luck in the world finding a career field that is future-proof!