Job Site Finds Women 48 Percent More Likely To Get Hired Than Men

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A job site found Monday that women are 48 percent more likely to get hired than men.

TalentWorks, a site specializing in mentoring and matching applicants to jobs, reported the statistic after analyzing over 4,000 job applications. The site also laid out 10 tips, such as using buzzwords, applying on Mondays instead of Fridays, and not listing oneself as a “team player” to improve employment prospects.

“Resumes with obviously female names had a +48.3% higher chance of getting an interview,” said Kushal Chakrabarti, CEO of TalentWorks in the report. “Dozens of studies show that women often don’t get what they deserve (basically) because they don’t ask for it. This shows that, when women do ask for what they deserve, they’re often recognized for it. [Emphasis theirs]”

“In the past several months, women across the country have become more vocal about their rights, from standing up to sexual harassment to supporting each other in the workplace,” Chakrabarti continued. “Between the clear (data-proven) benefits of hiring women, that women are outperforming men in school, and the fact that most recruiters are women (who want to support other women), it makes 100% sense why women might be getting a boost when they apply for jobs.”

TalentWorks found that, after age 35, job applicants’ likelihood of getting hired decreases eight percent each year and that returning to school raises employment prospects by 21.9 percent.

“The most collaborative candidates get penalized by -50.8% by hiring managers,” noted Chakrabarti. “Many collaborative words also have passive, subordinate, weasel-word undertones.”

The site also determined that using personal pronouns in the employment section of one’s resume decreased the chance of obtaining an interview callback by 54.7 percent. Using varied action verbs to start sentences rendered applicants a 140 percent higher likelihood of getting more interviews.

Chakrabarti found that temporal factors held significant sway; applying to a job within the first four days of its announcement gave candidates a 65 percent advantage and applying between the hours of 6am and 10am yielded an 89 percent boost.


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