I have one thing to say to what follows (numerous times)... WTF
And a disclaimer: this ad we will talk about was posted on the search firm’s website, not Sony Ericsson who is the client.
OK, lets get into this.
It shows how the Florida based executive search firm The People Place (I am intentionally not linking to them) had a job description that included text:
“NO UNEMPLOYED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED AT ALL”
UPDATED: Here is a screen shot of the ad:
As noted in the story the description was later changed to “No Unemployed Candidates Will Be Considered”.
Like editing out “At All” makes it any better.
The posting has been removed from the The People Factor career page. Not shocked by that.
Click the story above to see their video and a screen shot of the job posting.
Why would you put that in the ad? My guess was that they are getting a number of unqualified candidates and they wanted to weed them out.
But no, it appears this is not the case at least according to this quote from the search firm:
“Looking to hire only currently employed applicants is a ‘growing trend’.”
So they did intentionally say it. Not because of lack of experience and not because of the number of inquiries but they want already employed candidates.
This is a trend? Really? Who are their clients?
I have been writing and speaking about how I fear that as the economy slowly moves forward and new jobs are posted that there might be a bias towards the already employed. Mainly that their skill set is still current.
But I have not heard in any of the circles that I travel an idea of only those employed being considered.
This is a glaring example of why companies need to keep track of how their search firms are representing them. We are an extension of the company at least in a marketing and PR sense. My guess is Sony Ericsson is not pleased to have been brought into this situation whether they actually said they wanted only employed candidates or not.
My hope is that the search firm (and speaking as a search firm guy) feels pressure to find the best candidates and in order to justify the fee those they are referring must already be employed.
While I get that line of thinking it is so short sighted it makes my head hurt.
This is another example of how Recruiters and HR staff (corporate and search firms) are poorly treating job seekers and as jobs are created those treating people poorly will find themselves not able to fill their positions.
Reputation is everything.
It may not be today or tomorrow but the day of reckoning is coming.