New Survey Reveals Hiring Obstacles for Job Hoppers

Ever wonder if stints on your resume adding up to less than 12 months each look bad in the eyes of a recruiter? Wonder no more.

According to a new Bullhorn survey of 1,500 hiring managers and recruiters, 39 percent of recruiters indicate job hopping is indeed a problem to landing a new gig.

They say “the single biggest obstacle for an unemployed candidate in regaining employment is having a history of ‘hopping jobs,’ or leaving a company before one year of tenure.”

Approximately 31 percent of survey respondents say job hopping isn’t the biggest obstacle — being unemployed is even bigger. As for the third largest issue of regaining employment? Gaps in employment history at 28 percent.

And it’s not only the gap that’s important; it’s the length of unemployment as well. Hiring managers and recruiters who participated in the survey point out under six months isn’t that challenging to place a candidate in a new job. After about six months to a year, it becomes more difficult to land a new job.

As a footnote to the hiring process, the survey unfortunately points out candidates with criminal records may have an easier time than people who have been unemployed! The survey reveals that “it’s easier for recruiters to place someone with a criminal record (non-felony) in a new job than it is to place someone who has been unemployed for two years.”