Workers may be hurting their future job chances by hopping from job to job. New research has found that 39 percent of recruiters said job hopping was the single biggest obstacle for unemployed workers as they search for new jobs.
Constantly changing jobs was a bigger challenge in finding a new job than being unemployed for more than one year and having long gaps in employment. Hiring managers also said they faced challenges finding jobs for workers with skills that were no longer in demand and workers who were out of touch with the modern workplace.
Getting fired was another significant strike against job seekers. Seventy-eight percent of recruiters and hiring managers said that getting fired was damaging to future job prospects. However, just 2 percent of respondents said that being laid off was a blow to job chances.
Job seekers also faced challenges in finding a job based on the length of their unemployment. Thirty-six percent of recruiters said that it was a challenge for them to find a job for a worker unemployed for between six months and a year, while 17 percent said that it was difficult to place someone if they had been unemployed for less than six months. Recruiters said that it was easier to get someone with a non-felony criminal record a job than it was to get a job for a person who had been unemployed for more than two years.
Recruiters said that candidates in their 30s were the easiest age group to place in a new job, while candidates in their 50s and 60s were the hardest to place. Respondents also said that there was a greater demand for workers in their 40s then there were for workers in their 20s.
"One of the most frustrating elements of a job search is the silence — not knowing whether you’re even being considered for an interview. We wanted to help shed some light on what goes on in the minds of recruiters," said Art Papas, founder and CEO of Bullhorn, a leader in recruiting software that conducted the research. "Being informed can help candidates avoid certain traps and increase their likelihood of getting a job. The bottom line is that recruiters understand what their clients value most and certain factors, whether controllable or not, will impact a person’s chances of landing a job."
The research was based on the responses of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers.