A good colleague, Mike Lally, forwarded me the link to the WSJ article "Only the Employed Need Apply" to get my goat. What this article points out is that employers (in general terms) all have bias's. It is the filter they use to select the right candidate. Here are just some bias's that you should be aware of and have a solid strategy for overcoming or dismissing.
- New college graduate
- Long-term employment by one employer
- Over 50 years old
- Owned your own business
- Over qualified
- Under qualified
- Over educated
Dan Erwin wrote a post/commentary about it too.
It is unfortunate, but so often true.
But please, don't get mad. Don't be angry. Realize what you can and cannot change and move forward.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.