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Two Reasons Why Job Seekers Don’t Get Hired

By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a frustration shared by millions of job seekers. They think they’re a good match for a position, send in a resume, and then – nothing.

It seems like resumes often end up in a black hole.

A blind survey of 1,500 hiring managers by the software firm Bullhorn sheds new light on why some people get called back, and why others don’t.

The biggest problem is a history of job hopping. Bullhorn CEO Art Papas said, “Employers view it very negatively, and the reason is that it’s very expensive to train a new employee.”

Believe it or not, the survey found a 55-year-old with a good employment history is easier to place than a 30-year-old who has bounced around.

“Employers value people who are loyal, who are going to stick around, and Gen Y has developed a reputation for job hopping,” added Papas.

Being unemployed actually makes it harder to get employed. The survey found once a person has been out of work 6-12 months, the odds get much tougher.

“Employers will look at the resume of someone who has been out of work for a long time and say, ‘Why?’” said Papas.

Recruiters even said it was easier for them to place a worker with a criminal record than someone who has been out of work a long time.

Joan Cirillo of Operation ABLE, an organization which helps older workers find jobs, believes that is unacceptable given today’s circumstances. “For many, there was absolutely no fault on their part.”

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