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Brenda Le Asks “Unemployed Will Not Be Considered” (Right or Wrong?)

Posted on June 15, 2010
Filed Under Economics, ERE EXPO, Jobs | 4 Comments

By Brenda Le
* First Published on ERE

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about an article in the Huffington Post, written by Laura Bassett – titled “The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered.”

The article is about companies who do not consider or hire anyone currently unemployed. Take that a bit further – I’ve heard a recruiter say his clients wont even consider anyone who has been unemployed at some point in their career through no fault of their own, even if they are currently employed. IMHO – It is a disgrace in this country, given the current economy that companies are practicing this kind of behavior – it can’t possibly be the norm. I know recruiters out there can not come forward for fear of losing their jobs and it’s understandable, and this very post might hurt my own chances of a good job in the future, BUT it makes my blood boil to know how many folks are still unemployed and how many companies are not willing to help them.

Does it affect me personally? You bet it does! It affects members of my family, my neighbors, friends, etc. Will it or could it effect you in the future? I think so. Sorry if this offends anyone, it’s not my intent to do that. I would love to see this story brought to the forefront and it would be nice to know “who” or which companies do this. For those who cannot disclose, it would be nice if you can make an effort in your own company to help curb this practice.

The article speaks of “disparate impact.” Disparate impact or not – it’s just plain wrong in most cases and does not work towards healing our massive unemployment numbers. Is there one circumstance out there that justifies a company possibly discriminating against the unemployed? If so, name it!

Karla Porter states, “that our integrity as employment professionals should demonstrate that we put the best candidates forward to hiring managers and that our rapport and trust built in those relationships dictate the process. Employment professionals should be outraged and refuse to allow these practices.” I agree with her.


4 Responses to “Brenda Le Asks “Unemployed Will Not Be Considered” (Right or Wrong?)”

  1. Jon Sarn on June 15th, 2010 12:52 pm

    You are correct in stating that in this day not hiring someone because they are either unemployed or have been unemployed in the past is ridiculous and loss for the company. What is more important to understand is why they lost their job, what they have taken away from the process and what they are doing with their time (depending on the length they are out on the market). With the amount of politics and favortism that exists within corporate america, the people that remain are not always the best and brightest – in fact many of those leave an organization when provided an opportunity to take an outplacement package.

    A company pays the recruiter to identify the perfect fit for their opening and an unwillingness to look at a candidate for this reason means their is no trust in the recuiters ability to source and vet the right candidates. Recruiters need to convince their clients that they are walking away from key talent and skills.

    We are getting very close to a point where a majority of those working will be laid-off either voluntarily or involuntarily at some point in their career and looking down on these people or treating them like second class citizens is not morally wrong and in many times against the very values that companies reportedly operate by.

  2. Robert Godden on June 15th, 2010 6:18 pm

    That would be 100% illegal here in Australia.
    It’s also another way that employers can ‘hide behind’ recruiters.
    We’ve all heard it – the client who says I’m looking for “someone male, about 35, born in this country” – instead of concentrating on the actual job at hand.
    I think it’s sad how often consultants will rationalise this to themselves (” well, I won’t submit candidate A because I would only be raising their hopes when my client won’t hire anyone who was made redundant in the GFC”) , even though I understand that it’s a lot to ask a consultant to risk their livelihood to prove a point.

  3. Steve on June 16th, 2010 12:34 pm

    My sense is that companies who choose to follow a policy that precludes hiring anyone who has ever been laid off, will be outmaneuvered by those that have a more realistic/empathetic attitude.

    At least that is my hope.

    As a Third party Recruiter, I tend to stay away from such elitist companies. By so doing, I find I am able to serve a wider scope of companies and talent.

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