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Help for long-term unemployed
WASHINGTON (9/29/10)--The nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover near its highest level in 27 years at 9.6%, despite 3,000 fewer Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits during the first weeks of September (MarketWatch.com Sept. 16). While this reflects a slight improvement in the jobs market, long-term unemployment continues to be a problem. Four of 10 (42%) of those filing for unemployment have been out of a job for six months or more (SmartMoney.com Sept. 15). It can be difficult for those who have been out of work for a long time to think of different methods for finding employment. These three ideas can help the long-term unemployed land a relevant job:
* Temp agencies. Temporary work lets you continue searching for work while generating income, provides an opportunity to network with other professionals, and potentially to be hired full time by a company for whom you perform temporary work . * Résumé gaps. Potential employers may view large employment gaps on your résumé negatively. Fill gaps by including any volunteer work, business blogging, or other relevant activities on your résumé. This demonstrates you have been actively using or improving job skills during your long-term unemployment. * Job search. More work opportunities become available when job seekers expand their search beyond previous roles. Examine how your skills might apply to different positions in your industry, or consider how your abilities could apply to a different industry.
For more information, read “Keep Your Head When Facing Job Loss” in Home & Family Finance Resource Center.


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