Photo from Friday's White House Summit on the Long-Term Unemployed

If you watched, listened to or read last week’s State of the Union address, you know that the White House has identified long-term unemployment as one of the greatest challenges to our nation’s economic recovery. On Friday, I attended a White House Summit with other top CEOs from corporations like AT&T, Procter & Gamble and Xerox, to kick off a new White House initiative to address this issue.

HR professionals are neither the cause of nor the cure for long-term unemployment, but we can be part of the solution. To help, SHRM has released how-to” guides — one for HR professionals on inclusive hiring practices for the long-term unemployed and another for job seekers who are among the long-term unemployed. As HR professionals, we must learn to recognize the human capital potential in the ranks of the long-term unemployed and use effective practices for recruiting and hiring qualified long-term unemployed job seekers.

For more information on the long-term unemployment issue, read my latest column in HR Magazine. I am interested in hearing your thoughts as well.