Big Companies Join Obama in Initiative to Help Long-Term Unemployed
The New York Times - 01/31/2014
Studies have shown that, deliberately or not, companies tend to look askance at applicants who have been without a job for many months. Researchers at Northeastern University sent out 4,800 fictitious, computer-generated résumés and found that those from people out of work for six months or longer rarely got responses.
Similarly, scholars from the University of Toronto, Yale University and the University of Chicago sent 12,000 invented résumés to more than 3,000 job openings found online. Of those reporting that they had been out of work for a month, 7 percent were offered interviews; of those who were said to be out of work for eight months, just 4 percent were called for interviews.