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Submitted by sepeake on


Full disclosure, I find behavioural research fascinating, though I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea (with a cup of tea not being everyone's cup of choice).

This research from the Behavioural Insights Team on a small tweak people can make to how they represent their experience certainly got my interest.  Run as a properly randomised control trial to more than 9000 real-world job vacancies comparing four equivalent CVs and cover letters, with the following alterations:

Currently employed: No gap.

Explained gap: 2.5-year gap since last job explained for childcare

Unexplained gap: 2.5-year gap since last job left unexplained

No dates: Dates of employment history replaced with the number of years’ experience

 A 2% call back difference for CVs with and without gaps was not statistically significant but a 14.6% positive increase in call backs where experience was expressed in years was really noteworthy. 

Research available here: