Only Apply If You Are Employed?

There was an interesting article in the WSJ, Only the Employed Need Apply, by Dana Mattioli. In this article Dana writes that some companies are bypassing unemployed workers and trying to hire only employed workers. “If they’re employed in today’s economy, they have to be first string” says Ryan Ross, a partner with Kaye/Bassman International Corp., an executive recruiting firm in Dallas

These are unusual times. The unemployment rate is at 9.4% and ticking up every month. Firms are still cutting staff. It is unfair for firms to think that just because a person is unemployed, they are not as good as those who are employed. The fact of the matter is there are good and bad people who are unemployed. In today’s economy there are probably a higher percentage of good out-of-work people who got laid off. I know several people (me being one) who got laid off through no fault of our own. These people were former traders, salespeople, recruiters, COOs, and IT executives who were good in their jobs. Their departments or divisions were eliminated. Being unemployed does not make them or me bad people. It just makes us available to take on new challenges and bring our experience and expertise to a company that understands our value.

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5 thoughts on “Only Apply If You Are Employed?

    • Hi Paige,
      It is tough out there. I just peeked at your blog. Very nice. I look forward to reading your trials and tribulations in your job search. Any help or advice I can provide feel free to ask.
      Good luck…

  1. It is unfortunate (and seems more than just a little incredulous) that companies believe that only the employed are worthy of employment. Then again, it’s perhaps the good old demand/supply dynamic at work.

    Great blog, and good luck with the search.

    • Hi Krishna,
      I agree with your comment. We are in very tough times. Let’s hope things get better soon.

      I just took a look at your blog. Very interesting. I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. That’s just horrible! I always had “exceeds expectations” performance reviews but I was laid off while underachievers on performance probabtion were strung along. It all came down to cost, no surprise.

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