What Do Student Jobs on Graduate Cvs Signal to Employers?

39 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019

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Eva Van Belle

Ghent University - Department of Social Economics

Ralf Caers

KU Leuven

Laure Cuypers

Ghent University

Marijke De Couck

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Brecht Neyt

Ghent University

Hannah Van Borm

Ghent University

Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

Due to the prevalence and important consequences of student work, the topic has seen an increased interest in the literature. However, to date the focus has been solely on measuring the effect of student employment on later labour market outcomes, relying on signalling theory to explain the observed effects. In the current study, we go beyond measuring the effect of student work and we examine for the first time what exactly is being signalled by student employment. We do this by means of a vignette experiment in which we ask 242 human resource professionals to evaluate a set of five fictitious profiles. Whereas all types of student work signal a better work attitude, a larger social network, a greater sense of responsibility, an increased motivation, and more maturity, only student employment in line with a job candidate's field of study is a signal of increased human capital and increased trainability.

Keywords: student employment, signalling, hiring chances, vignette study

JEL Classification: C91, I21, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Van Belle, Eva and Caers, Ralf and Cuypers, Laure and De Couck, Marijke and Neyt, Brecht and Van Borm, Hannah and Baert, Stijn, What Do Student Jobs on Graduate Cvs Signal to Employers?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12431. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415777

Eva Van Belle (Contact Author)

Ghent University - Department of Social Economics ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Ralf Caers

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Laure Cuypers

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Marijke De Couck

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Brecht Neyt

Ghent University ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Hannah Van Borm

Ghent University ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Stijn Baert

Ghent University ( email )

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

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Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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