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Why do human resource managers in Singapore demand unnecessary paper qualifications from their candidates?
Are GCE O Levels required for ALL job openings?
Or, is it a case of herd instinct? Since everyone else asks for it, I better ask for it too.
Or, is it something more –
It is good that you voice this out, bring it out so that employers become aware or at least dare to attempt and take a different view.
There are many other factors that contributes to success and not just paper qualifications. Many self-made, self-taught businessmen have proven this, and some even expanded their business overseas. There are also other varied talents maybe designing, songwriters, chefs, etc., who are not academically inclined. When they become successful and the media interviews them, they reveal that they did not have very high qualifications. Their passion, belief, resilience added with street smarts, see them through. Why are majority still playing safe and following the standard format of minimum ‘O’ level, it’s hard to fathom.
Eric Alagan said:
All that you say rings true. But we have a cohort of HR managers who, for all that talk about “thinking outside the box”, remain fixated in doing things the old outdated way.
They take the cue from government – need I say more.
I so totally agreeable with your views, Eric.
Many job advertisements came with the standardized minimum requirement of academic qualifications which automatically disqualifies those without them, perhaps missing out on the candidates who could have contributed to the company. There is no options to consider those of past work achievements.
Many applicants also face the “age” issue as generally out of the pile of applications received, HR generally sieves out those above a certain age that they will not consider acceptable.
For me, the attributes matter more. If we are able to see beyond and discover this, we may find the right fit for our organization.
Eric Alagan said:
Speaking of Singapore – because I believe you are Singaporean – employers can continue to pick and choose young people and demand unnecessary paper qualifications and they will miss out big time!
I go for proven expertise and hired people with the right attitudes. For many jobs out there, paper qualifications are good to have but not imperatives.
All good wishes,