First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who visited Friday's post, "Unemployed Will Not Be Considered" Boycott!, and helped to spread the message. But in order for this boycott to be effective, we need to keep re-posting, emailing and publicizing this message. I realize that it will take some time to highlight these companies that use the atrocious practice of not hiring the unemployed. So remember to post any employment ads you find with this 'requirement' in the comments below, along with the link.
In the meantime, I am going to try to get more traction on the boycott by contacting a local radio station to get the message out. Please keep your fingers crossed. If you want to do the same thing, by all means, please do! Make sure to direct them to Friday's post as a starting point.
Remember, our message must be heard: Any company that insists on not hiring the unemployed will not see a penny from us!
With that said, let us now focus our attention on companies who have shown unacceptable corporate citizenship by not hiring unemployed workers.
In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason."
In a nearly identical job posting for the same position on the Benchmark Electronics website, the red print is missing. But a human resources representative for the company confirmed to HuffPost that the The People Place ad accurately reflects the company's recruitment policies.
Interestingly enough, Benchmark Electronics' own Code of Conduct seems to refute the above HR representative's statement.
The success of Benchmark’s business is dependent on the trust and confidence it earns from its employees, customers and shareholders. Benchmark gains credibility by adhering to its commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching company goals solely through honorable conduct. It is easy to say what the company must do, but the proof is in the actions.
This Policy applies to employees, officers and directors of Benchmark and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Management has the added responsibility for demonstrating, through their actions, the importance of this Policy. In any business, ethical behavior does not simply happen; it is the product of clear and direct communication of behavioral expectations, modeled from the top and demonstrated by example. To make this Policy work, managers must be responsible for promptly addressing ethical questions or concerns raised by employees and for taking the appropriate steps to deal with such issues.
Further down in their Code of Conduct, it states:
Several key questions can help identify situations that may be unethical, inappropriate or illegal. Employees can ask themselves the following questions:
Does what I am doing comply with Benchmark’s guiding principles, this Policy and other company policies?
Have I been asked to misrepresent information or deviate from normal procedure?
Would I feel comfortable describing my decision at a staff meeting?
How would it look if it made the headlines?
Am I being loyal to my family, my company and myself?
What would I tell my child to do?
Is this the right thing to do?
It looks like Benchmark Electronics earned the first and top spot on our boycott list.
I'm (just a little) reluctant to put Sony Ericsson on the list for one reason only: When asked about the ad, a spokeswoman said, "This was a mistake, and once it was noticed it was removed."
However, they're going on the list anyway. Why? Because this wording found it's way into their employment ad. NO UNEMPLOYED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED AT ALL. NO EXCEPTIONS.
This statement was made in bold and CAPS on the ad. How was this a mistake? It's not like a typo that goes unnoticed. Whoever wrote the ad was adamant about that requirement. Sure they tried to walk it back by removing it, but it reminds me of a former (dick) boss of mine that was fond of using the phrase, "It's all about Plausible Deniability." Sure, they can remove the requirement from any employment ads, but it doesn't mean they won't adhere to it.
So... Sony Ericsson, you made the list. And it's really sad. Four of the Seven cell phones I've owned have been Sony Ericsson phones. No more.
An anonymous commenter on the previous post listed a recruiting firm using a slight variation of the practice. Patrice and Associates listed the following requirement on CareerBuilder for Restaurant Management positions:
Currently employed, or recently unemployed (3-6 months)
I can hear their reasoning now. We only want the cream of the crop, and those who have been unemployed longer than six months simply don't fit that bill. No, that is not a statement from them; just what I imagine their response would be.
Amazingly, their website doesn't list that particular requirement.
I attempted to contact the recruiter listed in the ad, PJ Andrews, to no avail. I left a voicemail; but I doubt I will get a return call. Perhaps I will contact their office tomorrow.
What's funny about their job posting is this little tidbit: URGENT!!!!! Setting up for interviews NOW!!!
Note: I made sure to list the available jobs for those of you in OH in case you're interested.
Now, PJ... if it's so very urgent (with five exclamation points!), I would think you would open up your pool of candidates to those who have been unemployed longer than six months. Or is it that you are just in need of an URGENT!!!!! commission?
Yes, I'm being snarky, but I can't help it.
But, dear reader, Patrice and Associates is NOT going on the boycott list. At this point, we are unsure if their requirement is a directive from their clients or their own policy. Although you can be sure I'll be looking to find out.
Finally, a few readers commented that instead of boycotting these companies, we should exact our revenge by bombarding them with bogus resumes. I must respectfully disagree. While it may make us feel better to think we're making their lives miserable, it does nothing to further our cause. Besides... I don't know about you, but I would rather spend my time legitimately looking for work than what would amount to no more than a prank. What will hurt these companies more will be to impact their bank accounts, and to continue to put the spotlight of negative press on them.
Coming up: I will be talking with recruiters/companies who DO hire the unemployed to find out their reactions.
Boycott List To Date:
When you find one of these vile employment ads, please remember to post them here. And thanks again for helping spread the message. It won't happen without you.
In multiple job ads, one criteria was listed as: the unemployed need not apply.
In a current job posting on The People Place, a job recruiting website for the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and engineering industries, an anonymous electronics company in Angleton, Texas, advertises for a "Quality Engineer." Qualifications for the job are the usual: computer skills, oral and written communication skills, light to moderate lifting. But red print at the bottom of the ad says, "Client will not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason." In a nearly identical job posting for the same position on the Benchmark Electronics website, the red print is missing. But a human resources representative for the company confirmed to HuffPost that the The People Place ad accurately reflects the company's recruitment policies. "It's our preference that they currently be employed," he said. "We typically go after people that are happy where they are and then tell them about the opportunities here. We do get a lot of applications blindly from people who are currently unemployed -- with the economy being what it is, we've had a lot of people contact us that don't have the skill sets we want, so we try to minimize the amount of time we spent on that and try to rifle-shoot the folks we're interested in." There are about 5.5 people looking for work for every job available, according to the latest data from the Labor Department. Sony Ericsson, a global phone manufacturer that recently announced that it would be bringing 180 new jobs to the Buckhead, Ga. area, also recently posted an ad for a marketing position on The People Place. The add specified: "NO UNEMPLOYED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED AT ALL." When asked about the ad, a spokeswoman said, "This was a mistake, and once it was noticed it was removed." Ads asking the unemployed not to apply are easy to find. A Craigslist ad for assistant restaurant managers in Edgewater, N.J. specifies, "Must be currently employed." Another job posting for a tax manager at an unnamed "top 25 CPA firm" in New York City contains the same line in all caps. A company's choice to ignore unemployed applicants and recycle the current workforce ignores the effect of the recession on millions of highly-qualified workers and could prolong the unemployment crisis, said Judy Conti, federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project. "In the current economy, where millions of people have lost their jobs through absolutely no fault of their own, I find it beyond unconscionable that any employer would not consider unemployed workers for current job openings," she said. "Not only are these employers short-sighted in their search for the best qualified workers, but they are clearly not good corporate citizens of the communities in which they work. Increasingly, politicians and policy makers are trying to blame the unemployed for their condition, and to see this shameful propaganda trickle down to hiring decisions is truly sad and despicable."
As one commenter, Downix, posted, "...if you cannot move someonefrom the unemployed column to the employed, there will be a reduced pool of potential customers for whatever your product or service. Moving a person from one employed column to another keeps the pool of unemployed larger for no reason, resulting in diminished long term profitability. While it is within their right, so is bundling up unstable financial product in to bonds and then pawning them off as good investments. It gives you a short term view for it."
This practice should not be tolerated - not in today's economy. If these companies want to employ these practices (pardon the pun), then these companies should "not be considered" when we open up our wallets, deciding where to spend our meager dollars.
I would say that anytime anyone comes across an employment ad that states that the unemployed will not be considered, the company name should be put on a boycott list. That is, if it's not a blind ad.
I am making a plea to all who discover any of these ads to post the company names in the comments below. Please be sure to provide a link to the offending ad. If at all possible, be sure to take a screen shot and email to me at the link on the sidebar. I will post all screenshots of any ads that require this disgusting (dis)qualification (provided that the company name is clearly visible in the screen shot).
This will not happen without YOU, dear reader. Please... spread this far and wide. Send to your friends. Repost on other websites. Let's refuse to "hire" these companies with our wallets.