There’s something I’m seeing in job ads that I’m curious about. With so many recruiters talking about how hard it is to find the right people, there’s an additional restriction I’ve been seeing in job ads that I’m wondering about. Since I’m usually looking for customers, not for a job, I don’t know when the practice started or what it’s about but it puzzles me.
The First Time I Saw It
When I first moved to Ann Arbor, a friend of mine saw a job here in Ann Arbor that they thought would be perfect for me. I wasn’t looking to find a job, here, because I had ongoing customers that I was working with. Out of curiosity, though, I read the job ad.
Shockingly, he was right – it was just about perfect for me! As I read more and more of the job ad, I almost felt as if someone had read my resume and written a job ad just for me! It was strange.
Until I got to the bottom of the job ad where it required me to be able to lift 75 pounds. Having been a scrawny weakling my entire life, I just stopped reading. I felt a bit skeptical where the customer said that the person should be required to carry things around their site, because the job was an office job working with software and such, but I figured there must be something special about what they were doing, there.
More of These
Since then, I’ve stumbled across yet more of these requirements in job ads. And the job ads I tend to sometimes look at are usually for LIMS or ELN people, where we wouldn’t need to lift anything except possibly a laptop. Since I really have not been looking seriously for these jops, just looking to see who has what LIMS or ELN system, actually, I haven’t thought much about this.
As I see this requirement, more and more, what is the reason behind it? Do any of you readers know? If so, please comment.
To the casual reader, my first thought is that this is meant to get around the Americans with Disabilities act and make sure that no-one with any type of real physical disability applies for these jobs. Or, that they’re trying to exclude anyone a bit weaker. Depending on the weight requirements, possibly that they don’t want women or older people to apply, for example,
But I really have no idea. I’m curious if anyone can tell the rest of us why there are these additional restrictions when so many recruiters complain about how hard it is to find qualified people.