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How do you convince someone to hire you when you haven't worked in 7 years?

  1. jencooper profile image61
    jencooperposted 6 years ago

    How do you convince someone to hire you when you haven't worked in 7 years?

    I am currently job hunting and finding it very hard.  I haven't worked in 7 years and I think that is scaring people away.  What are some ideas for getting employers to look past the lack of current experience.

  2. Khal Blogo profile image61
    Khal Blogoposted 6 years ago

    Convince them that you're a perfectionist and that you spent the last 7 years learning things. You can make up stuff, for example i know a guy who got a job lying that he can speak rare african dialects. He is no such thing, but nobody there can tell:)

  3. Jeff Gamble profile image72
    Jeff Gambleposted 6 years ago

    I hear you. I left my last "real" job in 2002. I've done a lot since then, but for the most part have been self employed for the last 10 years. I'll apply for seasonal jobs to supplement income during the holidays. I sometimes feel that if I had no job history at all, I would have a better shot. What I try to do during the interview process is focus on what I have done recently that may be relevant to the role (volunteer work, personal projects, consulting work, school, etc.).

  4. JanHeath profile image75
    JanHeathposted 6 years ago

    Network, network, network.  Meet and talk to as many people as you can - it's the best way to get a job.  You could find your next job talking to someone in the supermarket.  Also think about the skills you have been using that are transferable to a work situation - with sporting, school, church or social activities that you've been involved with.  Volunteer work (even for a couple of hours a week) is also a way to get some current experience and references.

 
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