Reference letters ‘catapult job seekers to front of the queue’

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Reference letters ‘catapult job seekers to front of the queue’

They also boost a firm’s ability to select better candidates – except when they seem too good to be true

Cape Town bureau chief

Include reference letters with your job applications and improve your chance of success by more than half.

That’s the finding of a new study by researchers including economics professors at the universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

The finding, reported in the journal of the American Economic Association (https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/app.20180666), was especially true for women, who had a much higher probability of finding work three months after being provided with a reference letter from a previous employer...

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