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article imageEmployers don't want unemployed job seekers

By Stephanie Medeiros     Jun 16, 2010 in Business
Unemployed and looking for a job? Some companies say "don't even apply." Employers looking to hire new employees are beginning to use this legal tactic in the U.S., instead preferring to hire those already with a job.
Despite some recent and hopeful wishing that the economy in the United States might soon come out of this recession, unemployment numbers are still skyrocketing to near incomprehensible numbers. In Michigan alone, the percentage is at 14 percent so news that employers are overlooking applicants that are unemployed only makes the search to find a job to survive that more cut-throat and disheartening.
While there are no concrete numbers, recruiting agents are seeing an increase in the pursuit of finding would-be employees that already hold a current job. CNNMoney reports that, Rich Thompson, VP of learning and performance for the staffing firm Adecco Group North America, was cited saying: "I don't have hard numbers, but three out of the last four conversations I've had about openings, this requirement was brought up."
Interestingly enough, when CNNMoney or other economic news outlets pursued a comment on why employers are choosing to use this ploy, the requirement of being currently employed is mysteriously erased from the job listing and hiring managers pretend to know nothing or call it "a mistake" that the posting read as such. This brings up the question as to why exactly companies are placing this requirement on job boards in the first place, if they feel the need to cover it up or perhaps even feel embarrassed that someone took note of the peculiar prerequisite.
Judy Conti, lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, said about the trend: "Making that kind of automatic cut is senseless; you could be missing out on the best person of all..." and many would agree, including the unemployed.
Conti went on to explain, "There are millions of people who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer feels that the best qualified are the ones already working, they have no appreciation of the crisis we're in right now."
Though recruiting agents and human resources departments nationwide are inundated daily with resumes, the collective agreement is that this should be no way of cutting back on the constant intake. Companies that are looking for the best of the best in a time where top performance is key, only means that limiting their resources may spell doom for both the company and unemployed at hand.
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