I recently found an array of online job postings that greet seekers with these encouraging words: “MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, NO EXCEPTIONS.”

How lovely. In a country with 13.9 million unemployed residents, that’s akin to a restaurant requiring a hungry person to bring a sandwich in before they can buy a sandwich.

Still, these postings are on multiple job-search sites, coming from companies ranging from retail shops to law firms.

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