Recent research commissioned by the American Staffing Association found that unemployed adults in the U.S. identified lack of experience as the main obstacle that prevents them from finding a job. Other obstacles identified were: gaps in work history, lack of education, lack of available jobs in their area and being too old. With the current need for employees from entry level to highly skilled, the listed obstacles can often be overcome.
Consider accepting a temporary position. Temporary jobs are a wonderful way to learn about a company, to improve work and communication skills and to gain needed experience.
Educational and training opportunities are often available online, through community resources and on-the-job. If you don’t have your high school diploma, consider taking a GED course. For skills improvement, try online programs or visit America’s Job Center for advice.
Gaps in employment are best honestly explained. Staying home to care for a child, parent or other family member is not an obstacle. Returning to work after several years of retirement is not an obstacle.
Age is definitely not an obstacle for most positions. Many people are working well past retirement ages of the past. Some work because they need to supplement retirement income; others work because they continue to enjoy being productive in the workplace.
The obstacles identified in the research can often be overcome. It’s time to rejoin the workforce!
Julia S. Aguilar