The stigma of unemployment has reduced

The global pandemic is helping to break the stigma of unemployment, according to new research from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. While 82% of recruiters believe there was stigma surrounding unemployment before COVID-19, nearly half say it has reduced since the pandemic.

A recent study highlights how COVID-19 has been a catalyst for changing perceptions of unemployed candidates. While some unemployment stigma still exists, there are advantages to hiring people who are out of work. Unemployed candidates are often more committed to the role resilient and proactive. The top factors that determine whether companies hire candidates include trustworthiness, positivity and transferable soft skills.

Nearly 7 in 10 people who have been made redundant, either before or during COVID-19, believe there is less stigma attached to being unemployed since the pandemic. Nearly a quarter say they now feel more comfortable telling people that they have been made redundant.

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