Unemployed Need Not Apply

It’s hard to believe how long this practice has been in the news. It is still very much a part of the employment landscape. Have you personally encountered this obstacle? If so, how did you know not being considered was related to being unemployed?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

The Help-Wanted Sign Comes with a Frustrating Asterisk

3 thoughts on “Unemployed Need Not Apply

  1. I did have this experience after applying for a position that I was qualified enough to warrant an interview. When I followed up about not getting an interview, I was told by the hiring manager, “we are looking for more current experience”. Wow, that response did really scare me. So, far I have not been able to overcome this obstacle. The article was truly right on. I agree that most employers will find other ways less overt ways to discount/dismiss the unemployed as very viable candidates.

  2. I’ve been “underemployed” for about 5 years now. In that time, I’ve gotten some work through temp agencies (but still well below my skill & education level), and some projects I’ve done on the side for friend’s businesses. On my resume, I’ve listed “Independent Consultant” as my current job, and the bullet points under that title come from any of the work I’ve done in that time. This way, at least something is listed as “present”, and the resume won’t get filtered out before anyone even sees it.

  3. Wow, so it’s come to this? After years of the corporate life, I saw layoff #2 as an opportunity to take a break from the politics that rule the world of employment. (There’s been a third since.) I’ve spent most of that time as an independent design consultant, and have been fortunate enough to not have to pay much attention to these kinds of employment trends. But I’ve always wondered, in the back of my mind, when does a perfectly suitable candidate get to the point of being ‘unemployable’? I think I may have just found out…

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