How employers see the long-term unemployed

It has long been known that we should do all we can to avoid unexplained gaps on our resumes, but a recent study from researchers at Ghent University, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and University of Oxford attempts to shed some light on just why employers think the way they do about long spells of unemployment.

Central to this perception is the unseen (in terms of what we put on our resumes).

“Recruiters judging job candidates are confronted with very limited information. They use this information to predict other factors that drive productivity. In this respect, a main finding of our research is that recruiters perceive long-term unemployment as a signal of lower motivation. This turns out to be the most important explanation for the fact that long-term unemployed job candidates are immediately rejected,” the authors say.

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