The last thing someone who is unemployed needs to be told is that they shouldn't even apply for the limited number of job openings that are available. But some companies and recruiters are doing just that.
Employment experts say they believe companies are increasingly interested only in applicants who already have a job.
"I think it is more prevalent than it used to be," said Rich Thompson, vice president of learning and performance for Adecco Group North America, the world's largest staffing firm. "I don't have hard numbers, but three out of the last four conversations I've had about openings, this requirement was brought up."(1)
A key thing to remember is that it is possible to work even while on unemployment, as long as one doesn't go above 15-20 hours a week. However, it is not possible to go back to school - the dole will be cut off in this case.
I do think some legislation on this problem will be necessary.
1'Out-of-work job applicants told unemployed need not apply' - CNN Money; Isidore