Don't Let a Jobless Spell Dampen Your Spirits

October 10, 2014 | Elle

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I can't remember the last time I set out the lawn sprinkler - it's been raining almost every other day! On the other hand, my lawn and garden looks amazingly green! Similarly, try to look on the bright side of things if you have not been working for a year or more and you're worried that the long drought of unemployment will reflect poorly in an employer's eyes - don't despair!

Forbes magazine published an article about the results of a survey conducted by, More than 40% of job-seekers have been out of work for 6 months or more. Prospective employers were by and large sympathetic to those who had large gaps in their employment history. They understand that good people are downsized and may be out of work for an extended period due to circumstances beyond their control.

What can you do in the meantime?

  • Try to improve your employment value. Keep your skills sharp and even improve them. Learn something new; but still along the lines of your field.
  • Join a work-related association, attend an industry conference, take career-related courses/workshops, read trade journals and keep networking.
  • Consider consulting work or volunteer positions.

Put a positive spin on the time you spent away from full-time work. Be confident in the interview and talk about the positive. Employers not only want to be reassured that you've been doing everything possible to get a job; but, that you're maintaining your professional value.

And when you do get asked that inevitable question - "Why do you have this gap in your employment history and what have you been doing during this time?" you'll be prepared!

Have a look at the following:

Unlock The Hidden Job Market   Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0   It's Your Move   This Is How To Get Your Next Job

(Stay tuned for a future post on how to stay motivated while job-hunting!)