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The fear of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 hurts the chances of being hired, reveals study


The feeling of invulnerability to catching Covid-19 helps applicants stay hopeful in their job search.

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A publication by Urbana-Champaign of the University of Illinois, notes that the perceived risk of job seekers of contracting and becoming seriously ill from Covid-19, it can seriously impact your job search behaviors and your success in getting it.

Yihao Liu, a professor of psychology in Illinois and co-author of the text, commented that the limitations in the search for work caused by the pandemic, were related to the anxiety about the search for work, as well as in the decrease of applications for new opportunities. of work, situation that is based on feelings of invulnerability to Covid-19.

“We found that feeling of invulnerability helps applicants stay hopeful when looking for a job and focus on honing their job search strategies, like analyzing interview skills and thinking about how best to present themselves to employers, when faced with job search constraints, ”Liu explained. “In the end, that hope and strategy increase the chances of applicants getting a job“.

Jaclyn Koopmann of Auburn University, a co-author of the study, wrote: “When job seekers feel less invulnerable or at higher risk of Covid-19, they are psychologically taxed and spend more of their energies or internal resources worrying about the risk. Therefore, they do not have the ability to overcome the challenges they face in the job search, while the most invulnerable can adapt. How invulnerable job seekers are perceived, therefore, plays an important role in your employment situation”.

For Koopmann, when job seekers feel more or less invulnerable to suffer from Covid-19, they are psychologically taxed and spend more of their energy worrying about risk. Therefore, they do not have the ability to overcome the challenges they face in the job search, while the most invulnerable can adapt.

The researchers note that to alleviate job search constraints during the pandemic, employers, employment agencies, and employment programs should take proactive steps, such as providing the option to virtual interviews and ensure that those interviewed personally go through health protocols masking and other local public health measures during recruitment interviews.

“It would be ideal if employers and legislators viewed the job seeker as vulnerable and made appropriate accommodations to help facilitate their search,” Liu said. “Employers also need to be transparent about the level of Covid-19 health risks that these potential employees may face at work, to ensure it is consistent with risk tolerance levels from both sides”.

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