Nothing makes me madder than discrimination.
The hiring field is no stranger to discrimination, as has been the case with race, and more recently, age. But have you heard of hiring decision makers discriminating based on whether you are already employed or not when applying for a job? Because it’s happening in want-ads all the time.
As I tell my Career Coaching clients, I don’t want to focus too much on the negative. It is what it is. You can read a very in depth article about the topic of this kind of discrimination here.
But you know what? You don’t want to work at a company that filters applicants this way, anyway. Frankly, the approach of answering an ad is still in and of itself not effective. I propose that job seekers focus on the hidden job market – those jobs that aren’t “advertised” because hiring decision makers already know the right person for the job. How do you become that person? Networking, networking, networking!
The greatest success comes from building relationships with decision makers that currently don’t have job openings. If you do this right, you will hear from your network when opportunities arise. When you have taken the time to prove yourself one-on-one with your growing network, they won’t care if you currently have a job or not when the time comes.
What about you? Have you seen this kind of discrimination – or others – in your career journey?