In a recent study, Rand Ghayad a Ph.D. can­di­date at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sent out 4,800 dummy résumés to job post­ings. Those résumés that were sup­pos­edly from recently unem­ployed appli­cants with no rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence were more likely to elicit a call for an inter­view than those sup­pos­edly from expe­ri­enced workers out of a job for more than six months. Indeed, the call­back rate for the long-​​term job­less ranged from just 1 to 3 per­cent, versus 9 to 16 per­cent for newly unem­ployed workers.

 

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