Finding a Job After Long-Term Unemployment

In addition to being hard on a person’s self-confidence, big gaps in work history or long-term joblessness may make a candidate seem like “damaged goods”. All of these things can make getting back to work even more challenging.

Rather than throwing in the towel, professionals who have experienced a long bout of unemployment should embrace a positive mental attitude, start networking and re-examine their strategy.

Keeping positive

The more time you’re away from work, the more anxious or discouraged you may be: These attitudes can significantly damage your prospects of landing a job. Attitude is a vital element of the job search, and the fact is, it’s easy to get stuck in a negative cycle.

If you feel like depression could be an issue, don’t be afraid to seek counseling in the same way you might go to your physician if you feel particularly ill. If counseling isn’t an option, taking the proper meditation has shown to be a highly effective way to combat stress and depression. Also, connect with supportive friends and share your concerns if you’re feeling isolated in your current situation.

It’s crucial to clear your mind, so you’ll know the proper moves to take and be capable of seizing opportunities that come up.


While job boards and social media can be helpful in finding a job, they are often not the most effective ways to land the job you want. Furthermore, relegating yourself to the internet can perpetuate any depression or isolation you might be feeling.

You have get out, remind people you’re still working on your career and let them know you’re on the lookout for a new job. You’re also probably a little bit rusty when it comes to networking, so it’s crucial to get out regularly for face-to-face meetings or networking events.

Re-examine your approach

It might be a cliché to say “searching for a job is a full-time job,” but it’s true. You should be spending 30 hours a week job searching: connecting with other job seekers, staying active in your profession where possible, following up on leads.

If you’re still doing all those things and not getting results, you should think about making your job search more targeted, which includes aiming for lower level jobs and focusing on jobs that are in high demand with employers.

Re-examining your approach includes tweaking your resume where ethically possible. A resume must be a background of things you’ve achieved, not always a chronology of job you’ve been paid to do. Look into your past for ways to fill any gaps in your work history with the things you did while unemployed. For instance, if you were raising small children, you could point out to potential employers in a cover letter or in the interview that you were exercising skills like budgeting, effective communication and conflict resolution.

At Labor Temps, we have years of experience in helping professionals who have gone through a long period of unemployment. Reach out to our team of experts today and find out how we can help you.