By Larry Hannappel
Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason. More Americans, however, who have been out of work for extended periods are hearing that employers won’t consider applicants who are unemployed for more than six months.
As high unemployment persists more than four years after the start of the Great Recession — and nearly three years after it was officially declared over — many who have struggled for years without work say they face a new kind of discrimination.
A growing number of states — though not Colorado or Kansas yet — are considering legislation to prohibit employers from discriminating against the unemployed in help-wanted ads or in direct hiring or in screenings by employment agencies.
Employers typically would face fines if found violating the law. The Oregon Legislature, for example, voted this year to fine employers $1,000 if they post a job ad telling unemployed workers to not apply.
Some personnel managers say evidence of discrimination is sketchy and that hiring decisions are based on a host of subjective reasons that defy remedies imposed by laws.
“There’s much more subliminal discrimination against the unemployed that’s hard to document,” said Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. “Hiring is an art, not a science. You rely on a gut reaction.”
So what can someone who has had little luck finding a fulltime job do?
Employers generally expect candidates to show they did some work such as volunteering or working temporary jobs.
Apprentice Personnel screens its candidates carefully but demand for our workers now is growing fast.
If you’re ready to get to work, we can help. And if you’re an employer, Apprentice Personnel can put your candidates to the test — helping you hire a full-time, permanent employee who has been tested and proven.
About the Author
Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.