Strategies for Getting Out of Long Term Unemployment

In today's economic environment, many people, even those with advanced degrees and years of experience in their fields, are out of work. Looking for a new job can be stressful, especially if months have passed you by without so much as a promising career prospect. Some job seekers have even given up looking for work out of a sense of frustration and a belief that their searches have become futile.

Don't be one of the people who fall into this trap. While frustration is an understandable feeling, especially given the high unemployment rate and the seeming lack of opportunities on the job market, you're certain to never find a job if you give up on your search. Staying active in your job search and avoiding this sense of despair are not difficult, however. With the right attitude, you can pull yourself out of long term unemployment.

Before you do anything else, make sure you're collecting your unemployment benefits. If you are unemployed through no fault of your own, you are almost certainly eligible for them. Benefits are generally extended for 26 weeks past the date of job termination or longer under conditions of high unemployment, and they can be obtained by filing a claim with your state's unemployment office.

Out of all your employment strategies, your first step should be to review your resume. Often, we find it hard to express our accomplishments in a clear and succinct way. Make sure that you have well represented all of your relevant experience and skills. Be sure to avoid overused terms and meaningless buzzwords, both in your resume and in your cover letters. Recruiters who have to read dozens or hundreds of resumes daily will mentally gloss over yours if it contains too many clichéd terms. Use the most straightforward language possible in your resume in order to grab the attention of its readers, and whenever possible, be sure to tailor your cover letter according to the position to which you're applying.

Another way to find a job more easily is by joining an association or guild of experts in your area of work. Depending on your field and where you live, such an organization may provide you with great opportunities for networking at social events. The organization may also have a website where recruiters post job opportunities not available at the large recruitment sites such as Monster.

While you continue your job search, remember to stay active. Following a regular exercise routine is a excellent way to keep in shape physically and to maintain a positive and healthy mentality. You might also consider joining a charity organization and working as a volunteer. Participating in charity work will also keep you active and may help you network even further and find job opportunities you would have otherwise missed.

Your job search may be stressful, especially after a long period of unemployment, but if you use these employment tactics to your advantage, you are sure to maintain a healthy mindset and succeed in your search.

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