On October 8th, the Huffington Post reported on what appears to be an ongoing and unfortunate trend of employers placing job ads specifying that applicants must currently be employed to be considered for open positions. This trend seems incredibly unfair to the millions of people who lost their jobs in the economic downturn, usually through no fault of their own. On the other hand, the trend is understandable for employers that are only now beginning to consider adding to their workforces after making do with additional overtime, temporary hires and various outsourcing solutions. The old adage that it is easier to look for a job while still employed definitely applies here — as does the real estate analogy that makes us wonder what is wrong with the house that has been on the market for a long time. Hopefully, the economy continues its tentative turnaround and soon makes the conditions right for reversing this trend.