|Credit: The New York Times, screengrabs from Craigslist|
The unemployed need not apply.
That is the message being broadcast by many of the nation’s employers, making it even more difficult for 14 million jobless Americans to get back to work. A recent review of job vacancy postings on popular sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Craigslist revealed hundreds that said employers would consider (or at least “strongly prefer”) only people currently employed or just recently laid off. [snip]
Some are for small businesses, and others for giants, including the commercial University of Phoenix (which, like some other companies, removed the ads after an inquiry by The New York Times) or the fast-food chain Pollo Tropical. They cover jobs at all skill levels, including hotel concierges, restaurant managers, teachers, I.T. specialists, business analysts, sales directors, account executives, orthopedics device salesmen, auditors and air-conditioning technicians.While I might be able to understand the general thought process of the employers (human capital destruction, etc.), this is just terrible news for the unemployed. What's worse, the article doesn't really offer any solutions for the problem and suggests that incentives won't work ("An experiment from the 1980s found that telling companies that the unemployed were eligible for generous wage subsidies actually made employers less likely to hire such workers.")
Chemistry employers, please don't do this. Pick the best person for the job, regardless of employment status. And for those out there looking for a position in chemistry, if you see this in the job ads, I'd really appreciate it if you let me know if you see this.
*Private to the New York Times: if you want to help an unemployed person out, don't take a picture of her with a distracting dog in the foreground. Whiskey Tango Hotel, over.