You read that headline right. According to a survey conducted by social media recruiting firm Bullhorn, people that have been unemployed for two years or more are more likely to have trouble getting hired than those with criminal records. The study which focused on identifying the most prevalent barriers to employment asked recruiters to rank the most impactful reason candidates have a hard time finding a job, revealed the following job obstacles:
- 39% felt that job hopping was most significant
- 31% felt that being unemployed was most significant
- 28% felt that gaps in employment were most significant
Employment background checks weren’t the main thrust of this study, but when he survey asked respondents to rate, on a scale of one to five, who would be most difficult to place, forty-four percent said someone who has been unemployed for more than two years would rate a 5, while only 31% said someone with a (non-felony) criminal record would be most difficult the place.
How soon until we see unemployment discrimination law suits?