How Do Potential New Employers Evaluate Workers in Part-Time Jobs, “Temp” Jobs, or Jobs Beneath Their Skill Level?
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Working in part-time positions, through temporary help agencies, and at jobs below one’s skill level have become common experiences for U.S. workers navigating an economy in which external candidates are often hired to fill vacancies. This study examines the consequences of having a history of part-time work, “temp” agency employment, or a job beneath one’s skill level when applying for a new position. The research analyzes the callback rates received by fictitious job applications that were randomly assigned different employment histories as well as a gender, signaled by the name of the fictitious applicant. The article also suggests possible explanations for employers’ treatment of applicants with different employment experiences.