We understand that HR screening can sometimes be a difficult and under-appreciated chore, but what is completely illogical is screening out what would be otherwise qualified candidates simply because they are unemployed.
In a recent post on LinkedIn, Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder of Human Workplace, explains the process:
The worst recruiting horror story I’ve heard since the start of the latest recession is the policy adopted by certain employers that restricts their hiring pool to people who are currently working. When I heard about the idea, I thought it was an urban myth. I couldn’t believe that any organization could be so stupid or so cruel.
In a recession, people get laid off. That isn’t their fault. They haven’t done anything wrong. To make the blanket statement “If you’re not currently working, we won’t hire you” is beyond ignorant – it’s bad business, and the ultimate “Screw you” to people who have already taken some hard knocks.
Sadly the urban myth is true. I have talked with HR leaders whose organizations routinely screen out job applications and resumes from unemployed job-seekers.
The HR people don’t like it, but the practice stands. “It’s a fast way to screen people out,” they are told.
This is certainly not our policy. Our goal is to get people to work. We work hard at finding qualified candidates and matching them up with our client’s needs. Apply today and move your career ahead – regardless of your employment status.Share this Post