Saturday, October 09, 2010

A Sign Of The Times

This is a sad commentary on the current state of unemployment. We have an opening for a non-paid volunteer position; we had eight highly qualified people apply for the position. Many of them worked for non-profits whose grants or their contract to state agencies were cut. All most all of them have a BA in sociology or psychology with years of experience and that are looking for something to do while they are unemployed.

Then I read this from the Huffington Post
A surprising number of Craigslist job ads are automatically disqualifying the long-term jobless by including the stipulations, "Must be currently employed," "No unemployed candidates will be considered," or "must have been employed within the last 6 months." Other job postings specify that if an applicant is recently unemployed, he or she should include a "good reason" for his or her layoff along with a résumé.
"Some companies think that the best people are already working," he told HuffPost. "Maybe the ones looking for jobs for some reason had a problem, or were let go for a reason, or quit for a reason, but the people companies want are the type that already have a job."
Do you believe these people? There are millions who are unemployed and these people won’t hire them because of the stigma of being unemployed! This is so wrong! Don’t they realize that they are hurting their own company by not hiring some one who is unemployed. There are so many people who have great talent and were laid-off for no reason other than the company that they worked for went to hard times.

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