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Scary prospects for the long-term unemployed

Posted by | April 22, 2013 | Recruitment

Long Term Unemployment ScaryThe Washington Post recently posted that “If you’ve been out of work for more than six months, you’re essentially unemployable. Many companies won’t even consider you for a job.” In an experiment carried out by Rand Ghayad of Northeastern University, he found that employers would rather call back someone with no relevant experience who’s only been out of work for a few months than someone with more relevant experience who’s been out of work for longer than six months. The graph illustrates the findings that, based on the experimental data from the US, the short-term unemployed are 5 times more likely to be called back than the long-term unemployed when applying for a role in their own industry.

Obviously there are  differences between the US and Hong Kong, but what are your perceptions? If your CV indicated you have been out of work for 6 months or more, have you noticed a declining level of employer interest? Does your CV even state that you are unemployed?

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