Unemployed Need Not Apply?
I recently read an article on Yahoo! Finance which relayed a growing trend: if you don’t have a job, you may not be considered for an open job.
Basically, the logic is that those who are not employed, having been laid off – for example – they’re not “A” players. If people are unemployed, they’re seen as being expendable. After all, if they were so great, why were they let go before? Clearly, they were replaceable or not necessary, so why should we hire them?
Now, I can understand the logic of this way of thinking. However, I think it’s foolish. These days, people get laid off jobs for all kinds of reasons. There are plenty of very talented people out there that have really good skills and the ability to excel at what they do. Sometimes things are circumstantial for people, and they’re caught up in bigger-picture economic conditions.
If someone is out there looking for work – and I mean ACTIVELY looking for work – they just well might be highly motivated. With bills to pay, and a family to support, people can be driven to do really good things.
I hope this “unemployment discrimination”, so to speak, can eventually be seen as being foolish. Personally, I think it’s great to give people a chance when they’re hungry for the opportunity and need it. There’s good business sense there.
There are just a few days left for the giveaway contest here at Squirrelers. I’m giving away 6 copies of H&R Block’s Premium Edition (Online)! Hurry, as the giveaway contest ends Monday, February 28.
Also, check out the fantastic giveaway at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, as Crystal celebrates her blog’s 1 year anniversary.
This week, Squirrelers was included in several carnivals:
- Squirreling Gone Wild #22: Drive-Thru Discount was included in the Festival of Frugality at Money Crashers, and was bestowed the host’s honor of being the Festival’s Valedictorian (always nice to get such cool feedback!)
- Time is Money: How Many Hours Did You Work to Buy That? was selected as an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance, at MoneySmartLife
- Squirreling Gone Wild #21: Caveat Emptor was included in the Carnival of Money Stories and at Invest It Wisely
- Who Pays on the First Date: A Financial Lesson Learned was included in the Totally Money Blog Carnival, at Fat Guy Skinny Wallet
- Snow Insurance? Be Sure to Manage Weather Risks was included in the Cavalcade of Risk at Free Money Finance
Here are some articles from the personal finance blogoshphere that caught my eye :
- Did You Beat the Market, Mr. Market? at Money Cone
- 9 Sectors, 9 Great Dividend Stock Picks for 2011, at The Dividend Guy
- Why I’m Getting Out of Debt, at Deliver Away Debt
- 10 Innovative Ways You Can Invest in Real Estate, at Invest It Wisely
- 101 Tax Deductions for Bloggers and Freelancers, at Wisebread
- The 5 Most Financially Dangerous Haters, at You Have More Than You Think
- Why You Must Start Saving Now!, at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
- Is Your Emergency Fund in Good Shape, at Not Made of Money
- 10 Things I Want My Kids to Learn About Money Before They’re Adults, at Frugal Dad
- I Grew Up Poor and Survived, at Yes I am Cheap