Hiring Managers Prefer Ex-Criminals to Unemployed?

A new survey of hiring managers has bad news for the long-term unemployed: After two years, they’d rather hire a small-time thief.


Just how bad is it to go without work? After six months it gets rough, a new survey says. And after two years, hiring managers would pick someone with a (non-felony) criminal record over you.

The survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers was conducted by Bullhorn, a company that makes HR software. Here are the worst knocks on job candidates, based on the percent of hiring managers who said it was the top challenge…

  • Job hopping – less than one year at a company (39 percent)
  • Unemployed for a year or more (31 percent)
  • Gaps in employment (28 percent)

The length of unemployment matters. Thirty-six percent said job placement becomes “difficult” after six months. Seventeen percent said less than six months, and 4 percent said you might be in trouble no matter what the duration.

The company released the infographic below summarizing the survey results. Designed to look like a board game, it might come across as kind of tone-deaf to the unemployed…

Stacy Johnson

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