Stop the presses: It’s easier to get a job when you’re already working.

Stop the presses: It’s easier to get a job when you’re already working.

There’s an old adage that says it’s easier to get a job when you already have one. Well, science has actually proven that saying correct. Economists from Columbia University and the Federal Reserve banks of Chicago and New York studied the job-seeking activities of 2,900 people aged 18 to 64 (excluding self-employed people) and found that you’re four times more likely to be contacted by a potential employer if you are already employed versus being unemployed. Employed candidates get twice as many interviews and three times as many job offers than their unemployed peers. The study had a surprising find: while 99.5% of unemployed people were actively looking for work, so were 23.3% of folks who already had jobs (1 in 5 of which was looking for a second job).

Turns out that while the unemployed filled out 40% of all job applications in this study, they only received 16% of job offers. Employed people who weren’t even looking for work received 26% of job offers, to put that in perspective.

The moral of the story: opportunity begets opportunity. You don’t have to stop looking for a higher rung on the ladder when you get a not-so-perfect job. Stick with it, keep your value high and apply for stuff you want in the process. If you want access to hundreds of job openings and dozens of top recruiters, consider looking into what JobFinders Employment Services can do for you.