The media is getting all hot and bothered about this story, Winz tells jobseeker to 'dumb down' CV but, as usual, they are getting stuck into the wrong people.
Work and Income staff told a woman with a university bachelor degree to "dumb down" her CV before applying for jobs.
Natalie Meehan hopes to join the Navy later this year but wanted to take on some short-term employment before the next in-take later in the year.
She went into her local WINZ office in Napier for help and was told to remove her Bachelor degree and any mention of her two administration jobs from her CV before approaching prospective employers at Pak'n Save and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Ms Meehan was outraged. She said having put herself through university, all she wanted to do was get some part-time employment to support herself before a career change.
"They said in order to get interviews I would have to dumb down my CV," Ms Meehan said.
She said she hoped to get some part-time temping work but the WINZ officer told her to apply for jobs that do not require qualifications including Pak'n Save and KFC.
"She said: Make it look like you're completely unqualified because otherwise employers in Napier will feel like they're less qualified than you," she said.
The problem here is that the WINZ staff told her the truth about her potential employers who, apparently, are too dumb to realise that intelligent, well educated people should be a boon to their businesses, that, used properly, they could be put to work making more money for the company than someone clueless and incapable of learning.
But when the boss doesn't understand that he or she is in the business of making money, and thinks that "being the boss" is what matters, they will employ people who are less qualified, less intelligent, less entrepreneurial than themselves.
And their businesses will stagnate or go slowly, but inevitably, down hill.
The WINZ staffer gave Ms Meehan a well-timed reality check, she, and the media need to stop beating up on WINZ and start demanding why our employers are so afraid of education and its benefits. We keep having campaigns dedicated to "the smart country", looks like a lot of that is just wasted hot air.