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.