The latest numbers are in and it’s not looking good for the long term unemployed and newly unemployed are also at risk. According to a study by – unemployment is linked to how long an individual is out of work. I’ve written about this extensively in my book Job Wars, Confessions of a Corporate Recruiter where I give the inside scoop of what goes on behind the scenes during recruiting, interviewing and hiring. For many companies weeding out anyone who is unemployed is automatic. For others – it comes down to individual hiring managers, recruiters and Human Resources.
On research paper suggests that the unemployed are automatically discriminated against regardless of how brief their unemployed status. Another links length of unemployment to persistent joblessness. In a recent Huffingtonpost article, Geoffrey C. Ho, a doctoral candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management who co-authored the article is quoted saying: “Although it has long been theorized that the simple fact of being unemployed carries a stigma, the idea has never really been tested outside some studies by economists who have focused on the duration issue… we found bias against the jobless, among human-resource professionals as well as among the broader public, virtually from the outset of unemployment.”
These recent studies bring me back to my book and some of the advice I have offered unemployed job applicants – the most important of which is “YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHOW THAT YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED.”
This is what I wrote in an article in January of this year: “People who are unemployed need to STOP telling employers they are unemployed. All the statistics show that age, race, and gender are still the overwhelming, primary reasons for discrimination. And, job applicants can’t disguise or change those attributes. However, when it comes to this growing phenomenon of discrimination against the unemployed simply for being unemployed, job applicants can change it. No one has to show they are unemployed. Create your own company giving yourself the job title that matches your skill set. It costs less than $50.00 to create a website. The key here is to make sure you don’t call yourself the boss or a consultant. Employers know and watch for that trick. It doesn’t matter whether you are a janitor, a sales person or an executive. You have the ability to show you are employed and eliminate one of the unfair hurdles that keep you on the unemployment line.”
Stop exposing yourself to discrimination. Stop being victimized. If you aren’t sure how to do it – you can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org for totally free advice and consultation.