MRI: Out-of-Work Stigma Fades in Today’s Economy

Passive who? MRINetwork now alleges that “A-level candidates” can be found among active job seekers.

Most can agree that we have a (perhaps false) perception that the “hard-to-get” candidate who already has a job is more desirable, valuable, or competent.

But in the current job market, candidates who have learned to survive in a difficult environment may have much to offer your clients.

Tony McKinnon, president of MRINetwork, points out that the employment landscape has changed.

“A lot of candidates — good candidates – are available to fill open positions quickly,” he advises.

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McKinnon also notes that already employed passive candidates often cost more to attract, to recruit, and to retain. “If companies want to find good candidates less expensively and more quickly,” he says, “they should open their doors to active candidates. They will be grateful for the opportunity and anxious to show they can do the work.”

Unemployed candidates should avoid job searching in panic mode, he warns.

“They do themselves a disservice by indiscriminately broadcasting their resumes via job boards. It is now so easy to instantly search major job sites and press a single button to send a resume and cover letter in response to hundreds of jobs. The problem with this approach is that employers resent the waste of their time and increasingly delete responses within seconds of receiving them if they see anything out of sync with their posting.”

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.