Yesterday, I received a heartfelt comment that was posted to the homeless and unemployed blog I wrote (“Unemployed and Homeless…in a new light”) on May 20, 2010. I suggest you read the latest comment. This subject has touched a nerve in a large number of people who are fighting to survive in this rough time. As many of us are trying to find a silver lining and a glimmer of good news, some businesses and companies are making it tougher to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
CNN Money reported yesterday that businesses who are looking for new employees are going as far as to tell unemployeds to don’t even bother applying for jobs. They want to only interview and hire those who still have jobs.
Personally, this is one more slap in the face to the growing number of elitist thinking by companies and the employed. Rich Thompson, vice president of learning and performance for Adecco Group North America said he thinks ruling out the unemployed is a bad idea.
But he said that part of the problem is that recruiters and human resource departments are being overwhelmed with applications for any job opening that is posted. So they’re looking for any short-cuts to get the list of applicants to consider down to a more manageable size.
So, if HR is overwhelmed, may I offer a suggestion? Why not hire someone with HR experience, who is unemployed and looking for a new job to get back on their feet? Using short-cuts to eliminate unemployed who might be the best qualified is a travesty.