Are You Tapping the Most Underappreciated Talent Pool?

By ATR International |   Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 08:45 AM

As you are probably aware, the rate of unemployment for the “long-term” unemployed is at an all-time high; 40% of those currently unemployed have been out of work for six months or longer according to DOL statistics.  In his column Hiring is Broken, HR professional Steve Gifford has an interesting take on why we need to reconsider the bias against the unemployed in general and this subset in particular.  I’ve written on this topic before (Discrimination Against the Unemployed), so I was interested to see what he had to say.

A Boston Federal Reserve study reports that hiring managers are much less likely to interview people who have been out of work for six months or longer.  Steve gives three reasons why people think this way:

  1. The longer you’re out of work, the more atrophied your skills are.  You’re not current on technologies, and would have too much of a learning curve.  Let’s just hire someone with current skills.
  2. Herd mentality.  No other employer has picked this candidate up, so there must be something wrong with them!
  3. Unemployed people are just giving up and being lazy about applying.
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Say "Thank You" by Hiring Veterans

By ATR International |   Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 08:42 AM

The Memorial Day weekend serves as a time to honor our country’s veterans as well as marking the unofficial start of summer for everyone. Therefore, I want to thank all the men and women serving in the military currently as well as those who are veterans: your service, hard work and sacrifice is noted and appreciated so very much. In communities across the U.S. our veterans and military families will be honored with ceremonies and parades, and celebrated with BBQs and picnics. This is as it should be.

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Discrimination Against the Unemployed

By Jeff Monaghan, Director of Marketing |   Fri, Feb 17, 2012 @ 07:46 AM

Discrimination against the unemployed is a topic that has been garnering headlines and political attention for the past year, significantly more so since the September 2011 American Jobs Act called for “prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring.”  Others have weighed in on the issue and I’m adding my voice here. 

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