Published On: Sat, Jan 4th, 2020

Finding a New Job after a Long Absence from Work

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There are a lot of reasons why someone might be unemployed for an extended period of time: personal illness, raising a family, even losing a job in a difficult economy can result in a long period without work. The reason isn’t as important as how the job seeker deals with the situation.

For anyone who has been without a job for an extended period of time, know that while it may require a lot of elbow grease, it is not impossible to find the right employment opportunity.

Zero in On the Right Career

Before job seekers can even begin the job search process, they need to pinpoint the type of job they want. Sometimes a knee-jerk reaction is to run out and take just any old thing that comes along.

While desperate times may mean the need to take desperate measures, job seekers need to remember that taking a job for the wrong reasons may result in an unhappy work environment, lackluster performance and ultimately a return to the unemployment line. Only now it may mean having to add job hopping to the list of red flags.

Instead, job seekers should think carefully about what they want to do. If income is an issue, consider finding odd jobs with friends, taking temporary employment opportunities or consulting for local businesses to keep a flow of income. In the meantime, take the time to identify personal strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes in order to hone in on the career opportunities that are a good fit.

Develop the Necessary Skills

Anyone who has been out of the job market for a while might find that her skills are rusty or even non-existent. That means it will be necessary to go through some type of training process; but where to get the skills, especially without a big financial investment?

Finding a New Job after a Long Absence from Work

A federally funded program called One-Stop Career centers, with locations throughout the country, offers a variety of free resources to job seekers. These may include resume-writing seminars, Internet access for online job searches, individualized counseling and job training.

Another resource for training is the local community college. While not free, community colleges do offer low-cost training programs and in some instances there are adjunct programs at occupational centers, like in Los Angeles at the West Valley Occupational Center near Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills.

In order to find local community resources that offer job training and other job programs, job seekers can conduct an Internet search using “free job training” along with their specific city. For a listing of community services in the Los Angeles area, check out this Los Angeles Times article.

Conduct a Proactive Job Search

The final step in the process is to make sure job seekers combine several job search options when looking for employment. That means not just sending out resumes to postings at Monster, but includes tapping into government resources for training and employment opportunities, attending job fairs, conducting informational interviews, networking with friends and family and any other method available.

Job seekers also need to keep in mind how they behave during this process. While it can sometimes be tough, don’t let negativity creep into the interview. Be sure to tell the truth about employment gaps. For anyone who was fired from his last position, experts recommend changing the reason for leaving to “involuntary separation,” because it sounds less negative. Finally, job seekers should be prepared to explain how they have constructively used their time while they have not been working.

Yes, it can be difficult to pound the pavement every day; however, it is necessary in order to find the right employment opportunity. And for job seekers who are returning to the workforce after a long absence, it can ultimately be rewarding.

About the Author

- I am an internet marketing expert with an experience of 8 years.My hobbies are SEO,Content services and reading ebooks.I am founder of SRJ News andTech Preview.

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