I’ve been told as long as I’ve been in radio that it’s easier to find a new job while you’re still working. Why don’t employers look to available talent when looking to fill a job? In response to my Blogs I’ve seen comments like “As a business owner it is very difficult to find good help or even decent applicants!” and “While there are some very talented Floridians out of work, there are many perpetually unemployed for good reasons.”
Others have argued that employers aren‘t “paying enough to attract them. Most that have done well in their career, have a safety net or are working freelance to find another job worthy of their skill level. He’s trying to find diamonds at the lime pit. That’s why he doesn’t find what he is looking for, I must get 5 awesome resumes a day.”
Whatever the individual reason, most of what I’ve seen is proactive job seekers willing to work and trying to land any type of paycheck to survive. As it stands now, companies that are rejecting candidates simply because they’ve been out of work for a year or more are not breaking the law. But with job ads touting that a candidate “must be currently employed” in order to be considered for a job the legality of banning the unemployed will be tested. The Miami Herald is reporting that there is a movement underway to ban discrimination against the jobless. In Florida, Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich has introduced a bill that would ban businesses from discriminating against the unemployed. Last April the state of New Jersey passed a similar ban on companies that were discriminating against the unemployed. President Obama wants to make discrimination against the long-term unemployed illegal on a Federal level. But for now, ignoring candidates simply because they’re unemployed is still happening. As of December there were still over 900,000 people in Florida out of work.
Our Governor, Rick Scott, ran on a campaign platform of “Let’s Get To Work” and he promised 700,000 jobs. In a January accounting of Scott’s campaign promise, The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact finds that he still has a lot of work to do. At first Scott promised a certain number of jobs would come from a few specific targets. Now, according to PolitiFact, Scott is looking to create jobs from any and all sources. So far each month he has added jobs for total of about 100,000 new jobs to the state.
I was out of work for exactly six months. I know how difficult it can be, day after day, sending out resumes and getting ZERO response. What I learned from the experience was that you can’t rely on anyone else. You have to create opportunity for yourself by networking and being open to whatever comes your way. I ended up in a place I didn’t target, exactly, but it turned out to be the best move for my career and an amazing opportunity. There is hope. There is a job out there for you but YOU have to get out there by whatever means possible and find it. Be open to opportunity and it may just find you.
Keep the Faith!
Movement to ban jobless discrimination gaining steam
PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott jobs promise strays from campaign rhetoric