Being unemployed isn’t easy, especially with such discrimination as unemployment bias . Want to know what employers really think of the unemployed? CareerBuilder surveyed more than 3,000 employers on their perspectives and tips for the unemployed.
“More than 5 million workers in the U.S. have been unemployed for six months or longer, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for CareerBuilder. “While job seekers have voiced concern over how they may be perceived if they’ve been out of work for a while or took a job for which they were overqualified to make ends meet, the study shows employers understand the tough challenges the economy has created for workers. What is most important to employers is that workers show they have stayed active in sharpening their skills.”
Some notable findings from the survey:
- 85% of employers said they’re more understanding of employment gaps post-recession
- 94% said they wouldn’t think less of a candidate who took a position during the recession that was a lower position than they had previously held
Employers also had some great job seeking tips for the long-term unemployed:
- 79% said take a temporary or contract assignment
- 61% said take a class
- 60% said volunteer
- 28% said start your own business
- 11% said start a professional blog
CareerBuilder also had some tips from its experts:
1. Follow Stories on Hot Industries and Job Functions
Fields such as Information Technology, Engineering, Healthcare, Sales and Customer Service are top hiring industries nationwide.
2. Use Keywords
Keywords will help your application get picked up by electronic scanning devices used by employers to screen candidates.
3. Come in with Ideas
Show your excitement about a job opportunity by coming in with an idea for the company.
4. Make Connections
Expand your professional network to make personal connections at a company in which you’re interested.
5. Follow Through
Take the extra step to follow up with an employer after submitting your resume, and don’t forget to send a thank you note!
Are you unemployed? How do you think employers view you?
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About the Author: Kate D’Amico is a recent Virginia Tech graduate where she is studied communications with an emphasis in public relations as well as psychology and special events management and marketing. She has prior internship experience in corporate communications and public relations for technology, nonprofit, and association clients. Follow Kate on Twitter.