Finally – some Hope is starting to raise its head! We now have talks and meetings underway at the White House concerning the issue of the “long term unemployed”. While I am overrun with glee at the mere mention of this subject in a serious atmosphere, I am also dismayed that the age group most hard hit by the subject (the over age 40 workers) was not specifically identified. However, that may just be an oversight in definition or as obvious as the need to breath air. The below referenced articles contain snippets from the articles, but for those truly interested in their entirety, you can click on the links at the end to read the full story.
I have been a concerned advocate for the Unemployed and most recently blogged about what to do concerning the veterans and all people over the age of 50. Having spent the majority of my life in the sales arena, I learned a long time ago that you cannot receive until you ask. The amazing thing to me is that 2 days later, I find 2 articles in the mainstream media with a topic of importance, which very well may lead to some form of relief. All I need to say is check it out and continue to pray that the topics receive the needed legislation to deliver millions of Americans back to some form of normality in their lives.
Also, I’d like to give a sincere shout out to President Barack Obama for his efforts on behalf of so many people. (I’ve never said that before and it feels good)
Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term unemployed
That includes doing away with candidate-screening methods that disqualify applicants based on their current employment status. It also means ensuring that jobs ads don’t discourage unemployed workers from applying.
Companies are less likely to hire people who haven’t used their skills in months or wonder why another employer hasn’t already snatched them up.
How are they going to know the answer if they screen them out and never interview these people? Some people have very legitimate answers to these gaps but suffer the consequences of this type of screening and discrimination.
In the past, Obama has supported legislation in Congress that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on one’s employment status or history.
“In terms of legislation. Let’s face it: That’s not going to happen,” Sperling said. http://fxn.ws/1ih3RRN
Big Companies Join Obama in Initiative to Help Long-Term Unemployed
“Folks who’ve been unemployed the longest often have the toughest time getting back to work,” Mr. Obama said at the White House event. “It’s a cruel catch-22 – the longer you’re unemployed, the more unemployable you may seem. Now this is an illusion, but it’s one that, unfortunately, we know statistically is happening out there.”
Those out of work for longer stretches, he said, are just as educated and experienced as newly unemployed.
“Just because you’ve been out of work for a while does not mean that you are not a hard worker,” Mr. Obama said. “Just means you had bad luck or you were in the wrong industry or you lived in a region of the country that’s catching up a little slower than others in the recovery.”
He added, “They just need employers to realize it doesn’t reflect at all on their abilities or their values. It just means they’ve been dealing with the aftermath of this really tough job market and all they need is a fair shot.”
Studies have shown that, deliberately or not, companies tend to look askance at applicants who have been without a job for many months. Researchers at Northeastern University sent out 4,800 fictitious, computer-generated résumés and found that those from people out of work for six months or longer rarely got responses.
Similarly, scholars from the University of Toronto, Yale University and the University of Chicago sent 12,000 invented résumés to more than 3,000 job openings found online. Of those reporting that they had been out of work for a month, 7 percent were offered interviews; of those who were said to be out of work for eight months, just 4 percent were called for interviews.
Executives were invited to the White House in May (2013) to discuss the matter, and over the summer, the administration began drafting a set of “best practices” to change employers’ screening processes.
“Many C.E.O.’s had just not thought about the issue,” Mr. Sperling said.
In addition to hosting some of the participating executives on Friday, Mr. Obama signed an executive memorandum instructing the federal government to abide by the same practices. And he announced that the Labor Department would direct another $150 million to partnerships that help workers develop needed skills.