Study Finds Accepting a Job Below Your Skill Level Can Affect Future Career Prospects

Posted by | March 30, 2016 | Job Market & Employment Rates, Job Seeking Tips, Job Training & Educatation

A recent study titled “Penalized or Protected? Gender and the Consequences of Nonstandard and Mismatched Employment Histories” conducted by UT Austin sociologist David Pedulla found that about 5 percent of men and women working below their skill level received an employer “callback,” or positive employer response. This response rate was half the callback rate for workers in full-time jobs at their skill level.

“The study offers compelling evidence that taking a job below one’s skill level is quite penalizing, regardless of one’s gender. Additionally, part-time work severely hurts the job prospects of men,” Pedulla said. “These findings raise important additional questions about why employers are less likely to hire workers with these employment histories.”

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