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Status Of Women's Job Hunting Contacts? It's Complicated

As the old saying goes, it's not what you know it's who you know when finding a new job, and the "who you know" part seems to be paying off much better for men.

A new NC State study concludes that men are more likely to gain new employment through their workplace social contacts than women. In fact, the study finds men with years of specialized work experience are finding new jobs without actually having to go out and look them. It's the casual "Hey, we need a [insert name of job position], you wanna come work for us?" approach in action, and the researchers say men are roughly 12% more likely than women to be finding good jobs this way.

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So why aren't workplace social networks working as well for women? The researchers aren't really sure yet:
This gender disparity is especially problematic for women who are vying for high-wage, managerial jobs -- because these positions are often filled through the informal recruiting process that appears to favor men. "As a result," McDonald says, "the more that can be done to institute formal hiring practices, the closer we will be to an equitable job market.

"We need to learn more about exactly why women don't get the same benefits from their social connections that men do," McDonald says. "But right now, we just don't have the long-term data we need on these social networks to fully understand this phenomenon."

In the meantime, maybe the Mancession isn't as bad as we thought?

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