Show unemployed some love (Editor’s Notes)

Hiring managers’ bias against unemployed workers shrinks talent pool
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2012

Two years ago, I used this space to tell the story of a couple of employers in the United States that said — blatantly and openly in job postings — unemployed workers need not apply.

Sony Ericsson, hiring for a new facility in Georgia, and Latro Consulting, a South Carolina-based recruiter looking for grocery store managers, told unemployed workers — at a time when the ranks of the unemployed were swelling as the recession rocked the global economy — not to bother handing in resumés.

The language quickly disappeared from the postings when reporters started calling, which is good. It’s simply not a good business practice to arbitrarily shrink your candidate pool, regardless of the economy.