DENVER (CBS4) – There are still millions of job seekers who send in their resumes and get no results. For job seekers it seems resumes end up in a black hole
“You never hear anything back, you don’t get feedback,” a job seeker said.
“I send it in and no response,” another said.
A new poll of 1,500 hiring managers and recruiters shows what they really think of someone’s credentials. The biggest problem — a history of job hopping.
“Employers view it very negatively, and the reason is that it’s very expensive to train a new employee,” Bullhorn CEO Art Papas said.
Bullhorn is the firm that conducted the survey.
Believe it or not 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, I think, has developed a reputation for job hopping,” Papas said.
Being unemployed actually makes it harder to get employed. Once a person has been out six months to a year, the odds get much tougher, according Papas.
“Employers will look at the resume of someone who has been out of work for a long time and say, ‘Why?’ “
In fact, the Bullhorn survey found recruiters say it’s easier to place a worker with a criminal record than someone who has been out of work a long time.
Joan Cirillo helps retrain older workers at Operation Able. She says today’s tough times need to be taken into consideration.
“For so many there was absolutely no fault on their part,” Cirillo said.
Getting a foot in the door is hard these days, but at least now there’s a reason.
Hopefully more Americans will be able to nail down jobs, including in Colorado. The unemployment rate dropped in 41 states in September.