HR Incompetence Insults My Intelligence

25Aug09 ~ Grammar Assignment

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I’ve been seeking employment for a long time and I’ve grown weary of HR departments.  Job applicants are supposed to submit an impeccably proofread cover letter and resume whenever we apply for jobs.  This is reasonable.  However, I regularly see job advertisements that list “mastery of spelling and grammer” [sic] as a qualification requirement.

Take a moment to let the irony sink in.

Take a second moment to pray it’s not your kid’s school that’s hiring people like this.  Or your employer, for that matter.  Remember, HR still handles many critical details for you and their incompetence can be even more challenging for current employees.

I especially love job ads for teachers that mandate a “mastery of spelling and grammer” right after extolling the school’s high academic standards.  Something’s high at those schools and it isn’t the standards.

So, if the folks in HR get things wrong, how are they supposed to know which applicants are getting things right?  Are applicants supposed to predict what mistakes HR will think are correct and replicate them?

Stupidity pays dividends if you’re stupid in the right way.

4 thoughts on “HR Incompetence Insults My Intelligence

  1. Until last year I was a high school English teacher. I would regularly receive a letter from my Subject Advisor (we don’t call them School Inspectors any more over here) so riddled with spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors that it wouldn’t have received sixty percent had it been turned in by one of my students. And this is the person who has to evaluate whether I’m teaching and assessing according to the curriculum.

    • At most U.S. schools, you can’t become an English teacher without a college degree in English or English education. Bear in mind that these degrees don’t guarantee that the holder is competent in English. (See: grade inflation.)

      Meanwhile, there are plenty of unemployed folk with superior English/literary skills who can’t get hired to such a position because they lack the official credential. You can switch out English for almost any other subject and you’ll see the same thing.

      On a completely different subject, how’s your vacation going?

      • Same thing happens here. In some jobs the papers count more than actual ability. Yet I became not only a teacher, but a principal with no teaching qualification (private school, not government). I tell myself the school’s owner recognises competence when he sees it. I believe it some of the time. ;-)

        Vacation’s great, thanks. Sunrise over the ocean each morning. Combined sea and mountain views. One could get used to this. The water’s just incredibly cold, so I won’t be doing any swimming.

        Today I’ll try and unblock that writing thing that had been bothering me.

      • Well, I’m not even sure the teaching qualification (if you mean certification) is critical. Plenty of life experiences will equip a person with the skills necessary for successful teaching.

        Sea and mountain? That sounds really good. Maybe I should vacation down there sometime (when I have money).

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