Weekly Job Byte

Explaining unemployment in the job interview

Though the unemployment rate has slowly been decreasing over the past year—finally settling at 4.1 percent in October 2017 and holding steady since—there are still 6.6 million people in the U.S. who want to work, but don’t currently have jobs.

Regardless of the reason, if you currently find yourself among that 4.1 percent, you may feel nervous about addressing your employment gap in an upcoming interview. But don’t worry! While the circumstances of your unemployment are sure to come up, these strategies will help you handle that tough question like a pro. Read More.

How To Re-Enter The Workforce After A Long Absence
First, I recommend that you stop thinking about the competition because it sounds like doing so is making you anxious! If you have been sending a resume to employers who don’t know you, I can see why it feels like all those other people are seeking the same thing as you and it is tough to differentiate yourself, so here is what I would do to stand out from the crowd:

1. First, choose a focus… Read More. 

​7 Tips for Explaining Gaps in Employment

Getting laid off, fired, or plainly leaving a job is a difficult thing to handle. In fact, a recent study found that the lingering mental effects from being laid off or fired can take longer to recover from than a breakup.

As is the case after a breakup, many people find themselves taking some time before getting back on the proverbial horse and looking for a job. In fact, the most recent unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average period of unemployment is about 23.6 weeks as of December 2017.

But, when you’re looking for a new job and you’re sending out your resume to prospective employers, your employment gap, is going to stand out. It will also be a topic of conversation when you interview. Read More.

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