Job Hoppers, the Unemployed, and Other Victims of Resume Myths

Sometimes we get so entrenched in the way we’ve been doing things for years that we don’t pause to consider whether our method even makes sense anymore.  But we should.

A recent Evolv Analytics study applies hard data behind a few long-accepted beliefs about who makes a good job candidate, and who doesn’t.

It isn’t that these beliefs evolved out of nowhere.  In fact, they used to be valid criteria for evaluating candidates.  But the nature of jobs has changed considerably over the years, and it’s only natural that resumes reflect those changes.

Here are two big myths, challenged:

1. A job candidate who didn’t stay with one company for many years is not a safe bet.

False, according to the Evolv Study.  Their results show zero correlation between the number of positions employees have had in the recent past and how long they’ll last on their next job.

2. Unemployed candidates are less likely to perform as an employed candidate.

False, according to the Evolv Study.  Their results show people who are unemployed when they apply for a job have the same expected tenure as any other candidate.

Why the change?

From our perspective, many employees simply don’t stay with one company for as long as they used to. Instead, they move from company to company taking on new challenges and gaining varied experience.  In fact, you could go so far as to wonder if in some cases the employee who stayed in the same cubicle for 5 years was as ambitious and motivated as the employee constantly sought new challenges.

And it goes without saying that these days, being “unemployed” isn’t automatically a sign that person doesn’t want to work.  It can mean he was taking time for a variety of personal projects, or that he was a victim of these difficult economic times.  Either way, it certainly doesn’t mean he won’t perform as well as someone who already has a job, and to discriminate on that basis is just…outdated.

You can access the full study here.

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