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June 02, 2010


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Alyssa Gardina

One of my favorite oxymorons is that absolutism in all forms is always bad. But in this case, this firm is making far too many assumptions - and in this economy, that could really hurt their clients, their potential applicants and their business.

The sticking point I see is that it can't possibly be universally true that employed candidates have more current and relevant skill sets. I have plenty of friends who, during their time of employment, have actively searched out new educational opportunities and networking events.

Unemployment shouldn't be a factor in finding the most qualified employees. This whole situation is ridiculous.

Keith Privette

Wow what was the thinking here? Yes and currently employeed people just crossed that firm and potentially Sony Ericsson off their list. If you treat your potential candidates like this image if I am employed there? So with 68% of current employed people looking for new jobs, this is the last thing to be doing to dry up your candidate pool!

I think the day of reckoning are coming to a lot of companies and departments, but it will be too late and some really good company brands in the market place are going to suffer when the people that can leave do and believe me they are going to droves (pssst it is already starting to happen and companies are unaware because of the silos)

Jenn Z

My assumption of how it went down (based on years of experience talking hiring managers out of making assumptions):

Corporate hiring manager made a call to an agency and stated something they thought they wanted (no unemployed candidates) to a Recruiter that was not experienced nor thoughtful enough to coach the client effectively.

What a mess!

Steve Levy

As that great philosopher Forrest Gump once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Gaye Lindfors

What a sad situation - I'm hoping that it was a moment of bad judgement or recklessness, and not an intentional, well-thought-out strategy. We must continue looking for the best candidate when we recruit or hire. And employers, you can't hide behind your search firms.

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