Women are 16 percent more likely to be hired on LinkedIn compared to their male counterparts, despite their profiles getting less clicks, according to a report by the social networking site.
The LinkedIn report gathered data from two-thirds of members on the platform. This includes user behavior, global recruiting trends from 2017 and 2018, and research data from two surveys that polled 6,000 members from over 20 countries and a few hundred members from LinkedIn's Insight Community panel.
The report also found that women are 18 percent more likely to get hired in stretch roles, where a candidate does not meet every qualification.
"I think [the study] goes to show that women are capable and qualified for the jobs that they apply for," said Amy Chong, a female USC student studying public policy and public administration.
Additionally, the report credits a Harvard Business Review article that included a statistic from a Hewlett Packard internal report. The statistic said LinkedIn found a trend similar to one reported by Hewlett Packard arguing that men apply to jobs when they feel they meet 60 percent of the qualifications, while women feel they need to meet all of them. Women are 16 percent less likely to apply for a job after viewing the qualifications. They also apply for less jobs than men by a fifth.
"The one that really stood out to me were the fact that women under apply for jobs compared to men for jobs they are under qualified for and men tend to be applying anyways — That's spot on," USC Annenberg professor Lisa Pecot-Hebert said.
Milind Gandhi, a male USC student studying business administration, thinks women's high success rate may be attributed to the high standards women set for themselves.
"Maybe women get hired more because they are more realistic to where they are applying to," Gandhi said. "Quality over quantity. Guys tend to apply to a bunch of jobs that they are qualified for and unqualified for."
Chong believes the report is a positive step toward creating gender equality in the workforce by showing women their capability.
"In general [the study] shows that no matter what position and no matter what role the job entails, all women should be able to execute and be able to apply for jobs because they are fully capable of doing so," Chong said.
The study should also serve as a call-to-action for recruiters to value men and women equally when seeking out potential hires, according to Pecot-Hebert.
"I'm hoping that recruiters will be a little more aggressive with seeking out gender equity and women that are absolutely qualified," Pecot-Hebert said. "I'm hoping that more women will be able to see this study and know that perhaps we are underselling ourselves."
Additional reporting by Sophia Hausch