take care of an ill parent, to move across country to be closer to family, etc.).
To not consider candidates who are currently not working only lengthens high unemployment rates across the country. I know several people with great work ethics, but cannot find a job for the life of them. Have you ever heard of the 99ers? If not, you should read this article: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2010/08/theyre_known_as_the_99ers_and.html
Even though companies lay off their "B" and "C" people, why does it make them "B" and "C" candidates? There are varying factors that can affect someone's production and "worth" at their current/most recent position.
1) Do they enjoy what they do?
2) Do they have management that will help them develop, or is their management unprofessional? (I speak with candidates on a regular basis who tell me that they left their most recent position due to a lack of professionalism in the workplace, and management that condones the behavior.)
3) Are they motivated? (The less motivated someone is, the less they will produce...)
4) Do they feel appreciated?
"Bs" and "Cs" can become "As" working in an environment that suits them with proper training and development.
If someone has the initiative and willingness to learn and succeed, why not give them a shot? They might surprise you...…