An anonymous survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers found it was less difficult to place a job candidate with a non-felony criminal record in a new job than a long term unemployed candidate out of work for more than two years. The survey also revealed “job hopping” by younger candidates – defined as leaving a job within one year of being hired – damaged employment prospects more than unemployment or age. For more information, visit: For an infographic illustrating the findings, please visit: According to the survey from online recruiting software leader Bullhorn,  44 percent of recruiters rated candidates unemployed for two years or more as “very difficult” to place and 43 percent rated those candidates “difficult” to place, while just 31 percent rated candidates with non-felony criminal records as “very difficult” to place and 32 percent rated them “difficult” to place. When asked how long candidates could be unemployed before it become difficult for recruiters to find them a job:

  • 36 percent of recruiters said between six months and one year.
  • 17 percent of recruiters said fewer than six months.
  • 4 percent of recruiters said it was difficult to place unemployed candidates no matter how long they were unemployed.
Key findings of the survey conducted between August 23 and August 28, 2012 include:
  • 39 percent of recruiters said the single biggest obstacle for unemployed candidates in finding jobs was having a history of “job hopping.”
  • 31 percent of recruiters considered being out of work for more than a year as the biggest challenge in finding a job.
  • 28 percent of recruiters said having gaps in employment history also hindered regaining employment.
As for the easiest age group of candidates for recruiters to place in new jobs, the survey found 70 percent of recruiters said candidates in their 30s. However, the survey found a 55-year-old with a steady employment history was easier for recruiters to place than a 30-year-old “job hopper.” Recruiters also said that there was more demand for candidates in their 40s than in their 20s. Only one percent of recruiters said candidates in their 50s were the easiest to place while none said candidates in their 60s. In addition, when asked about factors that make it hardest for recruiters to place unemployed candidates in jobs, 31 percent of recruiters said when a candidate’s skills were no longer in demand while 26 percent said if candidates were out of touch with the modern workplace and technology. Lastly, 78 percent of recruiters said being fired was the most damaging to future employment for candidates but only 2 percent felt being laid off would be as detrimental in the current tough economic times. For information about pre-employment background checks for a Safe Hiring Program, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and a nationwide background screening firm accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. Sources: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more, visit, call 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].]]>

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