You might remember that post back in April with interesting data about job-hoppers. Dan Enthoven argued that there is “zero correlation between the number of positions employees have had in the recent past and how long they’ll last on their next job. A candidate who’s had five jobs in five years is no more likely to quit than someone who’s had one job for five years.”
Apparently, employers aren’t yet convinced, says a new survey from Bullhorn.
The recruiting-software company’s survey of 1,500 hiring managers and recruiters (in-house but mainly agency recruiters) shows that 39 percent of recruiters say “the single biggest obstacle for an unemployed candidate in regaining employment is having a history of ‘hopping jobs,’ or leaving a company before one year of tenure.”
Fewer — 31 percent — say that being out of work for more than a year is the greatest challenge. Gaps in employment history came in third at 28 percent.
One variable is how long you’ve been unemployed.
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Recruiters and managers say that after about six months to a year, it becomes difficult for a recruiter to place someone. Under six months, it’s not as bad.
Interestingly, and sadly, Bullhorn finds that “that it’s easier for recruiters to place someone with a criminal record (non-felony) in a new job than it is to place someone who has been unemployed for two years.”