Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Longer you're out of work, the harder it is to find your next job

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Studies by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Bruce Myer of University of Chicago show that the longer a person has been our of work, the harder it is for him to find a job.

Prolong periods of unemployment can negatively affect job seekers because they could potentially fall out of touch or lose valuable skills while being out of work. The feeling of hopelessness and despair set in and drive some people to give up on their job search completely.

If you are finding yourself in this situation, stay active! Consider consulting work or even volunteering for free - yes, free... at least it sounds better than telling people you haven't been doing anything at all. You may pick up new skills or make new connections that just may help you in your job search.

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