Requirements are being used against excellent candidates
So, the more I job hunt the more it is obvious that employers are using candidate requirements as a way to completely eliminate swaths of highly qualified and experienced candidates for those who have 0 experience but the correct degree (underpayment strategy?).
Example: You do NOT need an MBA is be a business analyst. I was a research analyst (which functioned as a BA) and I have the experience/knowledge to be successful in a BA position. Now all these newly posted positions are being labeled "analyst" and requiring MBAs, a business/accounting/HR degrees. The new hot title for positions is 'analyst' while excluding those who have done these tasks in prior positions. Also, I have extensive experience in HR, will never be hired in HR since I don't have that "degree.". I have experience in auditing/compliance for reporting, healthcare/insurance, IT, etc., but was passed over for a job because after 3 months they found a person with a JD, even though I was the ONLY candidate with Medicare/Medicaid experience and was uniquely qualified for the position, which was based on interpreting new compliance changes/policy to ensure adherence (which isn't LEGAL on its face, whatsoever). the "legal experience" was not even listed as a preferred qualification.
What gives? So no experience with the right letters after my higher ed degrees is more desirable than someone who has a proven record of learning, adapting, and finding their professional niche via actually doing the job?
Why are we all tolerating this kind of lazy hiring standard that seems to be pervasive in our job markets even prior to COVID? Are we that lacking in understanding professional competencies that just seeing a box ticked is now the norm for 'qualifying' a candidate rather than examining their resume, skills, and history? The excuse about needing this process because of a high volume of resumes is just that, an excuse. Let's have a hard conversation about why!!!