May be you have been without paid work for a long time and you are struggling to get an interview or may be you are getting interviews but you are not being passed onto the second stage. Have you considered that the length of time you have been without work is affecting how recruiters view you? Are you also worried about what this length of time away is doing to your technical skills?
Very often here at I&A Recruitment we interview candidates who may have not been working for 6 months or longer. We like interviewing candidates in this situation because we often see that they are very motivated, eager to work and have a thirst to learn but unfortunately, most have let themselves down because of what they did not do during their time away from the office.
For most technical people it can take 2/3 years before we become really experienced at something technical (thinking of Software Developers but this could apply to other technical roles where specific technical skills are needed to complete a role). You have spent all this time learning, making mistakes and improving the quality of your work until you can see it in your sleep and fix issues with your eyes shut. You think you are never going to forget this because you have spent so much time doing it but unfortunately from our experience you are very very wrong!
Learning a technical language takes many years to learn and only a few months to get rusty but luckily only a couple of months to get good at it again! So how do you solve this and how does putting in this work help you secure that second stage interview? Easy keep doing the work! Build a game (Sudoku, Connect 4 or any other game or hobby interest), work with a non profit or work on some open source projects. My advice would be to do it weekly at the very least. Secondly and this is where it can help you get more interviews – post your work publicly and include the information within your Resume (for example with Software Developers post your work on GitHub and include the link). Most importantly this will demonstrate to any recruiter that you are still active, that you are still passionate about the work that you did/do and that your length of time outside of work has not damaged your ability to complete the work you are paid to do.
So what do you think of this posting, if anybody has any ideas or suggests for people who may be out of work – please post your comments below.