Being long term unemployed is never easy, but for some people the stigma attached to being long term unemployed is even worse. Some employers will outright reject candidates that, through no fault of their own, haven’t worked for around a year or longer.
Here at Point Recruitment we want to help jobseekers. We work with our candidates, whether they are straight out of work, still employed or long term unemployed.
In this blog post we share some top tips for those that are long term unemployed to get back into work, Into a job they enjoy and to take the next step on that career ladder.
Your chances of getting a job without a CV are slim to none, so prepare a CV that outlines the bulk of your experience and skills. It can be tricky to get all your skills and experiences across on a few pages. However, if you create a generic CV including everything, then take bits out to tailor your CV for the job you are applying for.
Consider It All
While the hope is for a permanent position, taking those temporary roles, contract positions and interim roles can be really useful. Not only will you be improving your skills while getting paid, you will also be adding more experience to your CV and making contacts for your future. We have lots of temporary workers that are offered a permanent role by the business when they see how great the candidate is.
Apply For Relevant Roles
While it may seem obvious to only apply for the roles you are qualified for, it can be very tempting to apply for all sorts of jobs when you are desperate to get back into work. However, this can leave you feeling disappointed as discouraged when you are turned down for these jobs. Take the time to look at the ‘Experience and Qualifications’ part of the job role to check you fit the requirements. If you meet the requirements or are only a few months out of the ‘5 year experience’ requirement then we would recommend that you do apply.
Prepare & Prepare Again
Make sure that when you get the chance of interview you really prepare for the interview. Look at your CV and think about the sort of questions they may ask you, research the company and fully understand the role. Consider questions to ask them at the end of your interview too. Maybe even have practice interviews with friends or family members to help calm your nerves.
It can be really tricky to approach job seeking with a positive outlook when you have been unemployed for a long period of time. However, by taking a positive and enthusiastic to every step of the job seeing process, you will be helping yourself. People like positive people, and employees want to hire enthusiastic and positive people. Be that person!
If you need any advice or guidance at any part of your job search, please contact us directly and we would be happy to help.