Although the jobless numbers are still high, employers continue to face difficulty in finding qualified job candidates, and this could stem from a prejudice some employers have against the unemployed, says Jason Carney, director of human resources at WorkSmart Systems Inc., a professional employer organization in Indianapolis. While the unemployed are not necessarily less productive or talented, a perception exists that performance could be an issue.

“I think there’s still a stigma in the business world that if you’re unemployed, you’re unemployed for a reason,” Carney says. “Right or wrong, employees who are working are seen as more desirable. There’s this feeling that you must be doing a pretty good job if you’re still employed, so many organizations believe they would rather find someone who is actively still working because they’re probably a top performer.”

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