Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Want a job? Make sure your friends are employed.

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Want to get a job?  Make friends with employed people.  Researchers in Germany have found that every employed close friend increases your chance of finding work by 4% and your likely salary by 6%*.  

How can this be?  I’ve never been asked at interview whether my friends are employed.  There are three reasons the researchers think this works.  

Firstly, if your friends are in work you’re more likely to hear about jobs that are coming up.  Secondly,  you’re more likely to feel a social pressure to find work.  Thirdly, your more likely to find that your social life revolves around being at work during the middle of the day.

The key lesson is if you care about employment, you should care about making the UK more socially mixed.  The last thing you want is for people who have been out of work for a long time to only have friends in the same boat. 


* Friends’ Networks and Job Finding Rates, Cappellari and Tatsiramos, 2010 (http://ftp.iza.org/dp5240.pdf)

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