If you have been out of the workforce for a long time, it can be really difficult to get hired. Employers may be wary your skills have stagnated or may be concerned there is a reason why you’ve been unemployed for so long.
You need to overcome these objections so you can land a great opportunity and get back into the workforce. A few key tips for getting hired after long-term unemployment include the following:
- Focus on jobs you’re actually interested in. When you’ve been out of work for a long time, you may feel desperate enough to apply for any job you see. This is a mistake. Not only is it a waste of time, but it doesn’t do you any good to get an interview for a job you aren’t interested in taking. You should use your time productively to look for jobs you really want and to enhance your skills, rather than wasting time applying for dead-end jobs.
- Spend as much time as possible networking and building contacts. Many people end up getting hired because of who they know. Coming in with a personal recommendation can be even more important if you’ve been out of work for a long time. When you have a contact at the organization who can vouch for you, hiring managers will be less concerned about the period of time you were out of work.
- Reach out to the last employer you had before becoming unemployed. Many companies that laid off workers during the recession are hiring now as the economy is improving. Your past employer may be willing to bring you back on.
- Use your time wisely to volunteer or work on a project. One of the reasons employers are concerned about hiring people after a period of long-term unemployment is fear their skills have stagnated. Show you are still a talented contributor by doing a project or volunteer work you can talk about at an interview and list on your resume.
IES Custom Staffing can also help you to find work after long-term unemployment. Our staffing service has connections with a vast network of companies hiring people with your skill set, and we can help you get your foot in the door with companies who will be eager to hire you – even if you have been out of the workforce for a while. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can help you find work, contact us today.