Long-term unemployment: How to explain it in a job interview

The recent jobs report had mixed news: Overall unemployment levels have settled at a relatively lower 8.5 percent (despite a post-holiday jump), but 5.6 million Americans have been out of work longer than 6 months, and 3.9 million for more than a year. When someone who has been out of the workforce for more than six months applies for a job, potential employers will have questions about that resume gap. I spoke to career strategist J.T. O’Donnell, author ofCAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career and founder of the virtual career centerCareerHMO.com about how candidates should address these concerns. Find out how here.

Categories: Blog, Career Tips, Interviews, Recession

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