Continuing in the series of helping people find jobs from a hiring manager’s point of view, I thought it helpful to offer some suggestions as to what to say if you’ve been out of the job market for a while. Everybody knows 2008 and 2009 were atrocious years, so you don’t have to be defensive about your long employment gap. Instead, be confident and truthful about your situation and woo your interviewer. You should always be confident and truthful regardless, however in times of distress, you should be even more so.
We all feel we are special and deserve more. The truth of the matter is, we’re likely not that special and deserve exactly what we have coming to us. If the firm you were let go from is still in existence and has actually hired other people to replace you since your dismissal, it’s important to recognize you were at the bottom of the barrel. An organization doesn’t fire its best people, they fire their worst people. If you want to feel better about yourself, go visit the many self help/personal development blogs out there. I’m not here to help you feel better about yourself, I’m here to help you find a job.
THINGS TO SAY IF YOU’VE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR A WHILE