Are you a job seeker that has been unemployed for long periods of time? Well, sit down my friend because you are not alone. In fact, 40% of the unemployed have been out of work for more than six months. Searching for a job is tough these days, especially when you have been out of your niche for quite some time. It’s not the end though. Put that chin up because Resource is here to give you some tips on how to make yourself enticing to job seekers even when on long term unemployment.


Nothing is worse than letting yourself slip out of your field. I would not doubt that you are angry at it right now, but it is your area of expertise. Think of it as your spouse. You get in a fight and he/she ends up running out of the house in anger. Does that stop you from wondering where he/she is? No! Do everything in your power to strengthen that knowledge while on the sidelines. Read news articles, try freelance or volunteer work, and maybe even consult others in the field to stay informed. Do you know the old saying that if you don’t use it you lose it? Well use it because you will die if you don’t. That’s not literal, but you might hurt your chances at finding a career in your field.


Resumes with empty spaces do not paint a very good picture. It is advised that not all time be spent on applying for jobs. You are likely to wear yourself out and get more and more depressed if you overdo it. Getting in touch with a recruiter is often a great help. It takes off some of the leg work as they will come to you with jobs that interest you as well. If you can afford to do so, take classes relevant in your field to get some extra training. Gaining more skills is never a bad thing. Join a gym! Exercise relieves tension and job hunting is the mother of stress. It is also a nice confidence booster in a time of kickers.


If you are having trouble finding a job, you might want to look into every opportunity possible. Most careers these days pay less than what they did in the early 2000’s. Don’t spit on a job just because it pays less. No one said you have to stay in a position that you do not like, but you might find out that taking risks could turn into a world of opportunities. I’m not saying that if you were a lawyer that you should take a job as a fry cook, however. Try to keep your opportunities in your field so that you retain and learn still without spreading yourself too thin in other fields of expertise.

Finding a job is rough. It is a demeaning endeavor that has the ability to crush dreams, lower confidence, and shatter hope. In other words, it’s the cosmetic/fashion industry. Don’t let it do these things to you. It might take time, but perseverance goes a long way. Job openings are starting to pop up in higher amounts, and there comes a point when the elevator must rise again. 

Resource is a team of passionate professionals dedicated to helping individuals and organizations elevate and enhance performance levels in the workplace. For over 35 years we have helped companies of all types and sizes solve their most critical talent challenges through advisory and delivery of smart, integrated and tailored performance based programs and solutions. From staffing and recruiting to training and development, we are all about supporting workplace environments where employees thrive!

Our value proposition is simple: We help our clients increase employee retention and accelerate business performance.

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Comment by Brian Larson on February 17, 2011 at 12:55pm
Some good points and sounds advice.  As it pertains to staying current in your industry or field of specialty, I like to call it staying "plugged in".  Not only does it lead to more opportunities, but its one of the first things I look for in my candidates as well as my current management team/reports.


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