Why Are The Unemployed Being Asked Not to Apply For Jobs?

August 5, 2011  |  

With unemployment rates for African Americans coming in at a whopping 15.9 percent as recently reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s clear that folks need jobs. So why are the good mid-level jobs, and even some gigs deemed entry-level out there that the unemployed are applying for, being given to people who already have jobs?

According to our friends over at theGrio, more and more employers are becoming hesitant to offer jobs to the unemployed. Why? According to writer David A. Love, because they’re assuming the worst of those candidates. There’s a perception floating around that if you were laid off, chances are you were given the boot because of your inadequacies and laziness, since of course, employers always keep their “top tier” workers. On top of that, others making the hiring decisions don’t want to pay for extra training for those who have been out work for an extended period of time. But most of all, cutting out unemployed individuals who haven’t gained experience for a while helps make the hiring process go a faster. Less candidates, less time spent reading over resumes. Crazy, right?

Can’t tell you how jacked up this is on so many levels. You’re either too qualified for some jobs on one end, or you’ve been unemployed so long you’re all of a sudden not fit to work on the other. You can’t win for trying these days! But what are your thoughts?

To read the entire thought-provoking article and hear from the head of the National Employment Law Project, click over to theGrio.

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