Is There a Preference Toward Hiring the Employed?

Question: Is there a bias for people working over those unemployed?

The short answer is yes. Companies seem to always prefer those working. That doesn’t mean if you’re unemployed you won’t find a job. It simply means there is a preference towards those working. You should not be discouraged if unemployed. Bad things happen to good people. I find that when I present highly qualified candidates to my clients the issue of whether they are working or not goes away.

You must be able to demonstrate why you are the best qualified person for the position. What value do you bring to the company? How does your background align with what needs to be accomplished? How well do you interview? Do you present a positive and professional image? Just to name a few. There is a lot more to getting a job than whether you are working or not. If you can demonstrate you are the best candidate for the position, chances are you will be hired.

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I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Brad Remillard


About the Author

Brad Remillard is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Brad is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.

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