Have you seen a job posting that declared, along with a need to have a degree and experience doing x, y, and z, that candidates must be employed? According to the New York Times, this is becoming more and more prevalent as more and more people look for work.
Why would companies do that? As someone who has been involved in the layoff of literally thousands of people, I can say with authority that many of those people were high performers who would be an asset to any company they work for. We terminated them because their job function was going away, or the site they worked at was closing, or they were terminated as part of a Last-In-First-Out strategy. Sure, some were chosen because they were awful employees. Duh. But most? Hardly.
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