You could be one of those people who fell in to the clutches of economy, destiny or circumstances and have been out of work for a long time now. Although in this highly competitive market, experience counts a lot and if you have been out of job for a very long time now, say exceeding six months, job hunt can be really difficult for you. But it is not altogether impossible. You can try and gain back the foothold, if you avoid certain silly mistakes and follow some simple rules.
Refresh Your Resume
If you are smart enough, you will omit that “recent experience” part from your resume. Instead of giving a list of all your past employers better write a brief summary of what fields you have worked and concentrate more on your skills and accomplishments.
Fill The Unemployment Period Gap
You need to cite a productive reason for being unemployed for such a long time. For this you need to gain some additional experience (no need to spend money). You can include a self development online class session or volunteering at a charity organization.
Rely on Networking
In this competitive market, if you are heading for a search with no recent experience at hand there will be several instances where you will not be even eligible for applying. Therefore you should have bigger network with friends, family and relatives. Keep their contact numbers at hand and always be aware of any job openings that you might be considered for.
Prepare For the Obvious Question
If you make it to the interview be prepared with a well designed answer when asked about the reason of your unemployment. Don’t give reasons like, the job market is competitive or the economy is horrible. Tell something like you or working on self development or taking time to figure out what to do next.