Can't Find A Job Because You Lost A Job?

Jobless by duration of employment

hide captionWhere are the laid-off lawyers?

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Some of the scariest words I've read all day appeared in Above the Law. The blog writes that law firms looking to hire won't give laid-off associates a chance:

Some firms are willing to consider attorneys from firms that have announced layoffs due to economic reasons, but they refuse to look at resumes from firms that have conducted "stealth" layoffs. The theory is that even if the economy played a role in the decision to let people go, firms "don't want to hire somebody else's problem."

Are you folks out there experiencing this kind of thing? If people who've been laid off can't get new jobs because they've been laid off, then we are in for a world of pain, people. Already job searches are taking record amounts of time.



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