This month I come back to a subject I have written about before.
A café-turned-arts venue has just come under fire after posting a job advertisement for an office administrator slating millennials’ attitudes to work.
After struggling to fill an administrative vacancy, the Tea House Theatre in London published an advert insulting the attitudes of previous candidates. It asked: “Are you just not taught anything about existing in the real world, where every penny counts. Did no one teach you that the end of your studies is the beginning of your education?”
The posting on the Arts Council’s website, which has since been deleted, added that the company is seeking a “grafter, who can commit”, and possesses “the absolute dogs in office skills”. The advert said it had “not been impressed [with the applications] so far”.
Mmm. So here we are. Unemployment rate at a 40-year low and 500,000 vacancies across the country. I know it sounds common sense but everyone wants the best people and the best candidates are likely to have more than one option. So, employers need to treat the whole recruitment process, including job adverts as a PR exercise, marketing the company to the best available talent.
So, the next time you are recruiting staff, bring out what is good about working for you and ensure it is reinforced in the experience of all candidates. These days it is definitely a 2-way street.
David Cawthorne, Cedar Human Resources