1. Job hopping. About 40% of those surveyed said a history of frequent job changes, including leaving any previous employer within a year of getting hired, is likely to disqualify an applicant. That's a big hurdle for Millennials, who are notorious for changing jobs, on average, every two years.
2. Outdated skills. Having "skills that are no longer in demand" puts employers off, according to about one in three (31%) of those surveyed, while 28% cited being "out of touch with modern workplace technology."
3. Getting fired. Most recruiters and hiring managers ranked having been sacked as "severely damaging" to candidates' chances of landing a new job, which isn't too surprising. But what came next on the list is more disconcerting: A chronic illness or disability, followed closely by having taken an extended maternity or paternity leave, which the study says "was deemed more harmful to career prospects than leaving the workforce to get an advanced degree or even being laid off."
4. Age. About 70% of poll respondents say candidates in their 30s are in bigger demand than any other age group. Interestingly, though, longer experience does count for something: Headhunters and hiring managers see "greater demand for candidates in their 40s than for those in their 20s."
5. Unemployment. A candidate who's been out of work for six months to a year is hard to place, according to 36% of those surveyed, and 28% said the same of someone with any gaps in his or her employment history.
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