With unemployment in America affecting over 35 million people; as a country we need to stand up and do something about this. More and more job seekers are becoming hopeless and mental health issues are running rampant. This not only affects new grads, but all generations. Many older workers now can't retire due to financial reasons, as well as being active, healthy and wanting to continue to contribute to society. It is not the "government's" problem. It is all of our problem.
I have been participating in discussions which are unveiling that discrimination for "employees in transition" is running rampant in many companies in their hiring practices. So is requiring unrealistic experience, education, and skill sets or offering unrealistic salaries for the type of work required. More and more employers are being selective in their choice of "who to interview" because with 300+ candidates per job in some cases, they are overloaded with resumes. Job seekers are hearing the same tired excuses "underqualified," "over-qualified," "must have been let go for a reason," "not a cultural fit" and a million others (or 35 million). That is when they hear anything back at all.
As a Staffing professional, I am personally disturbed by this trend. Not only are companies missing out on some great talent, they are contributing to the further decline of our society. True sustainability to me means protecting our planet and communities and what is more important than protecting the livelihood of our fellow citizens. These employees in transition are not the "tired, poor and huddled masses" that we stereotype them to be. Many are highly educated and experienced and just need a chance to prove this to an organization.
Here are the reasons that companies should look at their recruitment and hiring practices and make sure they are not "turning down" an employee in transition, just because of common myths attached to them. This is assuming they meet the core requirements for the job:
I know that sifting through so many resumes can be time consuming. We do this in staffing every day (my company can't afford high end technology), but isn't it worth a shot to keep an open mind to talent coming in and try to match great candidates with opportunities as often as possible? Don't get so hung up on "screening out" that you take the human aspect out of hiring. This is truly the only way to ensure your company does remain sustainable in the future.
Companies that don't take a pro-active approach to solving for this unfortunate practice will lose great talent and when the economy eventually turns around I can guarantee that 35 million people will remember who took a chance on them and who did not.
Just my opinion.