employers are reluctant to hire long-term unemployed

Labor Research Uncovers the Why Behind Employers’ Reluctance to Hire Long-Term Unemployed

The latest (July 2017) research by The I Z A Institute of Labor Economics reaffirms something we’ve known for some time now – from past labor and employment research and (possibly) experience: the longer you’re unemployed, the harder it is to find a job. But, it also goes one step further, providing insight into the thought patterns of those in hiring positions.

The lab experiment study, conducted by Eva Van Belle, Doctoral Researcher at Ghent University and other researchers from Ghent University (Professor Stijn Baert), KU Leuven (Professor Ralf Caers), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Lecturer Marijke De Couck), and the University of Oxford (Postdoctoral Researcher Valentina Di Stasio), evaluated the length of unemployment – using fictitious job candidates (differing in gender, educational attainment, work experience, and social activities) and participating HR professionals – on one’s chances of being hired. The participants, for the experiment, not only made hiring decisions, but also rated these qualified candidates based on their perceived characteristics: general signaling theory (lower motivation, intellectual and social capabilities), skill loss (or depreciation), queuing theory (lower trainability), and rational herding (based on the belief: if unemployed job applicants were productive, they would’ve been hired).

Continue reading “Labor Research Uncovers the Why Behind Employers’ Reluctance to Hire Long-Term Unemployed”

Advertisements
the trauma of unemployment; pain of being unemployed

Living with the Trauma of Unemployment

Three weeks ago, a relative suffered a traumatic injury from a bad accident. It didn’t look good, when he was first transported to the hospital. He suffered greatly from pain. But, through it all, I’ve been observing him fight back and endure with a strength no human gives.

Through my observations of his experience, I couldn’t help but reflect on the trauma of unemployment.

Continue reading “Living with the Trauma of Unemployment”

unemployed can't find a job. Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig Economy

Scarce Traditional Jobs or Plentiful Independent Work?

The job market has changed severely since the Great Recession (though massive layoffs occurred before). The United States’ unemployment rate still hovers at 5.0% (4.9% in the UK). What also hasn’t changed much, as recently reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the number of ‘unemployed persons’: 7.9 million.

Without question, this is a significant number of people dealing with unemployment. And the number of ‘long-term unemployed persons’ (those without jobs for 27 weeks or more) is worth noting: 2.0 million people.

Continue reading “Scarce Traditional Jobs or Plentiful Independent Work?”

Survey: Job Candidates Lose Interest in Slow Hiring Processes

Robert Half recently released the results of its (Canadian) ‘Time to Hire’ survey in a post entitled, Are You Taking Too Long To Hire? Intrigued by the headline, I clicked the article to read more.

As someone with direct experience in this job market, I wondered:

Will the results surprise me? Sadly, they didn’t.

Continue reading “Survey: Job Candidates Lose Interest in Slow Hiring Processes”

The Percentage of Americans Experiencing Unemployment In Their Prime Working Years Is Alarming.

Earlier this week, Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog, published a piece entitled, 23 Percent of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed.

This percentage includes “those that are looking for a job and those that are not looking for a job” – and adds up to 28.9 million people.

Americans-In-Their-Prime-Working-Years-Not-Working
The Percentage of Americans Experiencing Unemployment In Their Prime Working Years Is Alarming. Photo Courtesy of The Economic Collapse.

Continue reading “The Percentage of Americans Experiencing Unemployment In Their Prime Working Years Is Alarming.”

Kevin MeyerLong-Term Unemployment Roundtable Discussion

U. S. Labor Public Affairs Specialist Shares His Long-Term Unemployment Story to Help Others

Kevin Meyer, Public Affairs Specialist at the U. S. Department of Labor, shared his long-term unemployment story in a piece on the Department of Labor’s blog. The piece is entitled, Long-Term Unemployment, A Problem That Hits Home.

Meyer published this piece after attending the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development’s roundtable discussion in New Jersey. Several older, long-term unemployed professionals in New Jersey discussed their circumstances and searches for employment with the US Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, his staff, and other officials during this discussion.

Continue reading “U. S. Labor Public Affairs Specialist Shares His Long-Term Unemployment Story to Help Others”