A survey of recruiters from online recruiting software leader Bullhorn revealed it is less difficult to place a job candidate with a non-felony criminal record in a new position than a long term unemployed job candidate out of work for more than two years. The survey also found “job hopping” by younger candidates – defined as leaving a job within one year of being hired – damaged employment prospects more than unemployment or age.
According to the anonymous survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers conducted in August 2012:
- 44 percent of recruiters rated candidates unemployed for two years or more as ”very difficult” to place and 43 percent rated those candidates “difficult” to place.
- 31 percent of recruiters rated candidates with non-felony criminal records as “very difficult” to place and 32 percent rated those candidates “difficult” to place.
When asked how long candidates could be unemployed before it become difficult for recruiters to find them a job:
- 36 percent of recruiters said between six months and one year.
- 17 percent of recruiters said fewer than six months.
- 4 percent of recruiters said it was difficult to place unemployed candidates no matter how long they were unemployed.
Additional key findings of the survey include:
- 39 percent of recruiters said the single biggest obstacle for unemployed candidates in finding jobs was having a history of “job hopping.”
- 31 percent of recruiters considered being out of work for more than a year as the biggest challenge in finding a job.
- 28 percent of recruiters said having gaps in employment history also hindered regaining employment.
As for the easiest age group of candidates for recruiters to place in new jobs, the survey found 70 percent of recruiters said candidates in their 30s. However, the survey found a 55-year-old with a steady employment history was easier for recruiters to place than a 30-year-old “job hopper.” Recruiters also said that there was more demand for candidates in their 40s than in their 20s. Only one percent of recruiters said candidates in their 50s were the easiest to place while none said candidates in their 60s.
In addition, when asked about factors that make it hardest for recruiters to place unemployed candidates in jobs, 31 percent of recruiters said when a candidate’s skills were no longer in demand while 26 percent said if candidates were out of touch with the modern workplace and technology. Not surprisingly, 78 percent of recruiters said being fired was the most damaging to future employment for candidates but only 2 percent felt being laid off would be as detrimental in the current tough economic times.
For more information about the survey from Bullhorn, click here. For an infographic illustrating the findings, click here.