There is no way to sugar-coat it. Being unemployed will make it more difficult for you to find a job. There are no federal and very few state laws to protect against unemployment discrimination, and the bias worsens the longer an individual is out of work.
However, all is not lost. Lots of people overcome gaps in their resumes. Look at it as an additional challenge and use these tips to jump start your search.
Focus on What You Have Done
There are many reasons for an employment gap. Did you take time off to care for young children or a sick relative? Be honest and forthcoming on your application materials. The right employer should see family or personal leave as a necessary commitment. What if you were fired or downsized? This can be devastating, but as authors Martini and Reed advocate, “The trick is to move! Action creates more action.” Set up a daily schedule dedicated to improving your health and fast-tracking your job search. If you are having trouble staying motivated, keep reading for more ideas.
It is easy to become discouraged when you are looking work. But, although you may struggle to find paid openings, volunteer opportunities are readily available. The benefits of volunteering are exponential. This is a chance to help others, build your confidence, and in many cases learn new skills. Staying occupied during a period of unemployment indicates you are ambitious and resourceful. Plus, you never know. Your volunteer work may result in a valuable connection or a lucky break.
Try Something New
The downtime created by unemployment provides a great chance to invest in your skills. You may decide to take that photography class, master a second language or complete an online certification course that could further your career. As with volunteering, building skills can pay off in unexpected ways.
When you are struggling to find employment, it is important to enlist the support of everyone you know. A friend of a friend might just know of the perfect fit. It is estimated that between 70 to 85 percent of open positions are filled through networking. (PayScale, 2017) And remember, networking can take a variety of forms from conversations on social media to helping your college roommate move to his new house. Reach out to others and make the most of your connections.
Call a Staffing Agency
Perhaps you have never considered using an employment firm, but it can be a great option. Looking for work is tough, and you do not have to do it alone. Maybe your resume is not generating any leads, you cannot get past the first interview or you have no idea where to start. Recruiting experts can assess your skills, ask the right questions, provide advice and bring your search to a successful conclusion. That is their job!
Could you use some assistance with your employment hunt? Aventure Staffing is the Midwest leader in job placement. Contact us today to discover your next great opportunity!