Hiring managers biased against jobless: Studies

But length of unemployment can provide ‘valuable information’ for employers
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2012

Hiring managers are exhibiting bias toward jobless applicants, even if they’ve only been out of work for one month, according to two studies.

“Even when the gap is the minimal possible gap, people are still discriminating and biased against the unemployed,” said Toronto native Geoffrey Ho, a doctoral candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles and co-author of The Psychological Stigma of Unemployment: When Joblessness Leads to Being Jobless released in August.

“Psychological stigma may decrease an unemployed individual’s chances of obtaining a job independent of their duration of unemployment, skills and qualifications,” he said.