In a go-go employment market, it might be reasonable to assume that an unemployed job applicant did something wrong to become unemployed.  In other words, most people look for a new job before ditching the old, so when someone is out of work it may well be for job performance.  Refusing to consider unemployed applicants can be an effective, albeit imprecise, initial screening process.

But in the current economy with ten percent unemployment, that assumption is nuts.  Many outstanding employees are without work through no fault of their own.  Nonetheless, many employers are holding onto their policies that "the unemployed need not apply."  And they are not being at all shy about advertising the fact, literally.

Some job postings specifically state that applicants must be currently employed, or even that "unemployed candidates will not be considered".  Sony Ericsson advertised that the unemployed need not apply for jobs at the company's new Georgia facility, and a South Carolina recruiter imposed the same restriction for grocery store managers.

If you have not yet embraced my preference for working for yourself in order to control your own fate, perhaps this news will motivate you to meet me half way.  Even if you work for someone else, you can work for your own company at the same time.  In this way, there will never be a gap in your employment, and you will never be applying for a job as someone who is unemployed.

The story was reported by CNNMoney.com and can be found here.