3 Ways to Get Hired After A Long Career Gap

Posted by ReliableVA on April 19, 2020 at 11:53 AM

If you have been out of the workforce for more than 9 months, it's almost impossible to get an interview and when you do, it will undoubtedly be at a lower salary than you were at before, unless you filled the gap with training or volunteer work to show your skills are still fresh. So, if it's near impossible after 9 months of unemployment, what if your last job was 2, 3 or even 6 years ago? I've heard you and I can assure you, it is possible if you change your approach. Here are the best 3 ways to get your career back on track, short of asking aunt Barbara to get you a job where she works.

1. Technical training programs may be a good route for gaining new experience and obtaining assistance finding jobs hiring in your field at the end of training. If you're interested in healthcare, or a trade school this may be a great way to jumpstart your career in 6-12 months depending on your trade. Keep in mind, while most schools will advertise job placement programs, always ask for their success rate in getting graduates hired. If the answer is less than 95%, find another school, or find an employer that will guarantee you placement upon graduation.

2. Jump start your job search by applying with companies that offer a "Returnship" program. Returnships are similar to internships, where you are hired on paid contract and work while refreshing your skills. Some companies will offer a permanent position after, but if not you have new skills and recent employment to add to your resume.

Returnships are most popular in finance, engineering and technical industries, however companies like Walmart and Amazon may have programs in other fields. To find jobs hiring workers returning to the job market, search "Returnship" in your state to learn more.

Note: Returnships are available in the US and abroad.

3. Reboot your resume by focusing your job search efforts on temp staffing agencies, or small businesses that hire in your desired field. For example, Accenture is a well known agency for technical contracts, while has general labor, nursing, administrative and technical contracts and has jobs hiring for startup companies. If the job that matches your skillset is not listed, find a startup in your area and visit the career section of their website. This will help to identify all jobs they're trying to fill. You will also find an email address to forward your resume to HR, if you don't see the role that suits you.

HOT GHOSTING TIP: If you have a long gap in your work history, you should NEVER send a resume without a cover letter, unless the employer asks not to include one. Feel free to ignore this advice if you like being GHOSTED!

That's it, 3 easy ways to put your career back on track. I'd love to hear your success stories, feel free to add your comments to this post.

Happy Job Hunting!!!

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