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"What If We Really Love All Humanity?"
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Keep the Boycott Going! "The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered"

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 the HuffingtonPost article, Laura Bassett reported:

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.

Be a better human.



Re-posted in my blog, and shared on FB. Thank you for this.


Thanks, TBB! Welcome to EH.


Good for you!

We need to hold ALL companies accountable. It's about time.


Good work! Keep the boycott going. I agree that Sony-Ericsson deserves to be on the list. The "mistake" that they talked about was the "mistake in putting the policy on the ads". It wasn't a mistake to having such policy. I'll say boycott to start with Sony.

Unfortunately, however, for every such ads/company that we see, there might be 100 companies with such policy but not publish it openly. I would suggest anyone working in those company to send in tips anonymously.


another thing to keep a eye out for is the following discrimination laden type of ads:

"spanish/bilingual speaking a plus/required!"

craigslist is laden with these, the commission one is neck and neck with the bilingual speaking one also...

usually they won't pay even minimum wage, demanding you slave over a phone or push over priced clothes for hours. if you don't sell anything, then you go home broke. who's to say if you do sell anything you still get paid, or sell too much that harms their bottom line and get terminated (without pay) anyway?


Reposted on my own blog:

Thanks so much! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's outraged enough to make as big a deal out of it as I can.


Great blog and GREAT IDEA! I will also be spreading the word and will forward relevant info here.
I also just "applied" to both of those companies and not only told them what I thought of them, but told them that they will get what they deserve--that one HP article had over 3,000 comments by angry people, with many planning to boycott.
We have to remember, WE, THE CONSUMERS are the ones with the power!


Another one to Boycott would be Avon. They made plenty of profits but are still moving from Cincinnati Ohio to Mexico and China. Here's their most recent Balance Sheet.

Stela James

beautiful, you are such an amazing writer

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Patrice Rice, President Patrice & Associates

Regarding your post about Patrice & Associates. Your assumption in your post is correct in that we have certain parameters and employment requirements imposed by our clients. The clients pay us a fee for finding them canedidates that meet their criteria and in order to earn money we have to meet those standards. It has always bothered me that we are about "helping people" when in truth about 90% of the resumes we receive do not meet the guidelines of our clients. Because of the ever increasing need for unemployed people to get help, I designed a FREE website so I can now say that "we truly can help everyone". is free and provides a live person critique of your resume, 100 free resume cards, you can search 1,000 job boards from my site, there are articles on interviewing, programs for resume writing, schools for retraining and live weekly webinars on different topics of looking for a job. We are the only agency that can now say we truly can help everyone.

Patrice Rice, President
Patrice & Associates


SAIC is another - shortsightedness and obviously does not look for nor considers all options, I suspect in any decision. Automatically disqualifies very talented and experienced individuals. I have never and will continue to never consider "must be currently employed" in any of my hiring decisions. Should not be a requirement now and should have never been, even as an "unwritten rule" before.

Let these companies keep on with this asinine thought and it will be yet another invitation for the government to impose new laws or requirements on companies and invite additional lawsuits. Hiring managers and HR departments that have been adopting and following this practice should be fired themselves for not putting the companies best interest at the forefront and possibly putting the company at risk.

Executive - Fortune 300 companies.

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