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Friday, June 18, 2010

Nice Work If You Can Get It...

Have to thank my wife Terri for alerting me to this story... and to thank her for putting up with me for over half of her life, which in it of itself is grounds for canonization... but that's another story for another time...  


"8 a.m. I'm up and my feet beating on the sidewalk,
Down at the unemployment agency, all I get is talk,
I check the want ads but there just ain't nobody hiring,
What's a man supposed to do when he's down and he's out of work."
- Gary US Bonds

Being out of work sucks. Trust me. I've been there... on more than one occasion. I do not wish it on anyone, at least anyone who doesn't deserve it.

When you're out of a job, you feel terrible. Your self-esteem and self-confidence are non-existent. You want to find new gainful employment as soon as humanly possible.

The last thing you would ever expect to see in a job posting is something along the lines of  "unemployed candidates will not be considered" or "must be currently employed."

But that's precisely what some companies are including in their job posting ads.

So, it's not bad enough you're out of work. 

It's not bad enough we're in the worst recession in the last (insert number here) years. 

And it's not bad enough that you feel ashamed and embarrassed that you're unemployed.

No, ALL that's not bad enough.

NOW companies and their recruiters, in their idiotic wisdom, are going to make an assumption... an assumption that could cost them their next great employee.

From a CNNMoney.com story...

"Most executive recruiters won't look at a candidate unless they have a job, even if they don't like to admit to it," said Lisa Chenofsky Singer, a human resources consultant from Millburn, NJ, specializing in media and publishing jobs.

She said when she proposes candidates for openings, the first question she is often asked by a recruiter is if they currently have a job. If the answer is no, she's typically told the unemployed candidate won't be interviewed.

"They think (assume) you must have been laid off for performance issues," she said, adding that this is a "myth" in a time of high unemployment.

To call this shortsighted, idiotic and downright dumb would be... actually quite appropriate.

Til next time...


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