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
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...