Women apply for fewer jobs than men (but get them more often)

LinkedIn analyzed interactions during of 2018, which generated billions of data points from the platform’s 610 million members across over 200 countries.

New data from a report from LinkedIn Business shows that women are more selective in applying for work on jobs boards but are more likely to get jobs when they do apply, among other things.

LinkedIn analyzed interactions on its platform during 2018, which generated billions of data points from the platform’s 610 million members across over 200 countries. Here are the findings.


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Women are more trepidacious

LinkedIn’s behavioral data found that women are 16% less likely than men to apply to a job after seeing it, and that overall, women apply to 20% fewer jobs than men.

This data could be interpreted a number of ways, however, the most obvious being that women are more selective. It is an overly literal interpretation of the data to say that women felt they had to meet every requirement listed, as the LinkedIn report suggests.

That said, women are likelier to get hired when they do apply. Women are 16% more likely than men to get hired after applying for a job. Even better, they’re 18% more likely than men to get hired after applying to a stretch role. One theory is that selectiveness is paying off – women are only applying for the jobs they feel the best fits for or the most excited about, and therefore the best candidates for.

What women want

When it came to grading the most interesting part of a job description, women overwhelmingly said salary and benefits (68%) over men (58%). A concentration on salary is consistent with another recent survey. Also on job descriptions, women were also more interested in knowing information about the day-to-day workings of the office (50%). Men were less interested in this subject (41%.)

Unfortunately, there’s still bias. Recruiters were found to be 13% less likely to click on a woman’s profile to begin with which is a bummer.


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.