How to Get Back in the Job Market After a Long Absence
Have you not worked in a while? Whether it's because you've been laid off or took time off to care for children or family members, it can be difficult to get back in the job search and secure an offer. But there is a way.
You can secure multiple interviews and overcome any employer's doubts about you, like this job seeker did:
I [directly contacted] CEOs and [got] personal responses back that led to more interviews than I can handle.
I also have used the closing of "now that we've talked how do you see me fitting the role and what concerns do you have?"
[A] hiring manager ... had one concern which is that the job is in NYC and there was a bias in the market that you needed to be from NYC to run a market there. That gave me a chance to give examples of how I have tackled similar challenges and when I spoke with HR in a follow up I found I had overcome the objection.
I have also used the 90 day plan which gave me great confidence.
I took almost two years off from work and was concerned about getting back in the game...your recommendations totally changed my job search and stirred up a ton of activity. Thank you.
If you are in the job search after an absence for whatever reason, you can get a great job. To do this, you need to:
- Develop and practice great answers to common interview questions
- Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to lessen the 'risk' of hiring you and help them see your value
- Close for the offer in the interview to uncover any issues they may have with you (this is just good communication)
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