“Unemployed Need Not Apply?” More Jobseekers Shut Out by Predatory Practices
More and more job ads carry this frightening stipulation: unemployed need not apply. With more than fourteen million Americans seeking work and students graduating with fresh degrees every semester, it might seem perverse that employers would toss up another barrier. But the trend has been reported on by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and others; and it has even attracted legal scrutiny from authorities in California, who are considering whether the unemployed can be protected from such practices on the basis of anti-discrimination law.
Bear in mind these policies have nothing to do with your experience, education, or motivation. They are focused on the unbelievable assumption that people in industries or areas that have lost tens of thousands of jobs should instantly “re-train” for theoretical jobs on the horizon. In effect, many employers have chosen to throw away the knowledge capital that millions of Americans have to offer, even when they still have open positions that would benefit from these skills.
Employers use different wording and have different expectations when they enact this bizarre policy. The two major divisions are “long-term unemployed need not apply” and “currently employed applicants only.” “Long-term” is frustratingly vague, and “currently employed” flies in the face of job search etiquette, potentially endangering one position for the sake of another. How can job-seekers take the initiative and work around these unrealistic expectations? More are turning to professional job search help, or creating consultancies so they can employ themselves.
Consultancy: Creating Your Own Employment Opportunities
It is astonishingly easy to create one’s own sole proprietorship, and it is virtually free of cost. A small corporation can also be created with the help of a tax or business advisor, although there are certain fees involved. In either case, these arrangements will give you the flexibility to seek out business and clients of your own, create a state of employment, and confer certain tax benefits for as long as you are actively practicing your trade.
It’s wise not to call yourself “Owner,” “Proprietor,” or “CEO” in these cases, although it may be true. Select a title that reflects your career goals and the kind of position that will inspire you to leave your small business behind. In the meantime, work actively to make connections within your industry that might allow you to bypass the kind of company that doesn’t wish to employ you in the first place. You may end up as a true entrepreneur!
Getting Guidance from a Career Professional
Executing a successful job search has developed into a craft that employs full-time professional writers and coaches. These businesspeople have been at the forefront of new strategies in research, document design, and writing, creating powerful new approaches to the resume. This is especially important at a time when many companies receive hundreds of inquiries about each open position: if your resume looks and reads like all the others, it won’t get a second glance.
For long-term unemployed people who want to overcome employer bias, career coaches can offer real, effective strategies. They can develop a resume that downplays your time spent unemployed and focuses on other areas of professional development, or advise you on opportunities that can serve as a stepping stone toward the job you want. The best career professionals design a complete strategy for you to get your career on track and find a position that will inspire your best performance.
The Unemployed Should Fire Back Against Employer Cruelty
Inquiries about the discriminatory nature of employment policies that target unemployed people are a welcome development and they have their place. But in America, the wheels of justice grind slow, especially when corporate interests are at stake. Until right prevails, job seekers should look for strategies that will allow them to pursue their goals without fear. Visit my Long-Term Unemployment Help page at Career Excellence Advisors for more information on what you can do to invigorate your job search.