Job Hunting After Long-Term Unemployment

Looking for a job ranks as one of the most stressful life events that we all face at one point or another. Some say that it can be even more stressful than divorce! It’s also a common thought that the longer someone is unemployed, the harder it is to land a job.

Here are some tips on how to find a job if you have dealt with long-term unemployment.


Volunteering for a charity or non-profit is a great way to put something on your resume that showcases your skills and fills in the unemployment gap. Charities need plumbers, computer techs, photographers, accountants – pretty much any skillset!

So, find somewhere to volunteer and then get to work!

Educate Yourself

Think about going back to school to pick up some new skills. You may be able to find cheap courses online to help you improve or learn something new.

Also consider picking up a trade, which leads us to:

Change Careers

If you’ve been out of work for a long period of time, it may be best to start thinking of a different career altogether.

You may want to pick up a trade and learn to weld. Or you may find a similar career path that compliments your past. For instance, if you used to work in marketing, specializing in social media may be a logical next step for you.


Get out there and network with as many people as you can. It doesn’t have to be job-related functions either. You can meet people anywhere, and if you can turn the conversation into something related to your skills (be careful not to drop the ‘I need a job’ line), then you may find yourself with a recommendation.

Networking is especially great when combined with our first tip. You will meet a lot of people while volunteering. Don’t be shy! Be friendly, reliable and honest.