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Raj Kumar Hansdah
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Think-out-of the box and jot down how long term unemployment can trigger betterment. This is essential to answers questions related to them during the interview. Here are few suggestions:

The fact is, hiring managers and HR pros do care about what professionals have been doing between engagements, and they’ll expect answers.
In her column, Coleman provided seven examples of good responses:
  1. I decided to start a business.
  2. I am an officer of XYZ organization.
  3. I took some college courses to stay current in my career.
  4. I am currently researching XYZ subject (ensure that it has business relevance).
  5. I volunteer at a local mission.
  6. I started a networking organization to help those out of work.
  7. I decided to coach a season of my child’s baseball league.
“Whatever you do,” Coleman writes, “say something to demonstrate you know enough about the hiring process to have expected this question. Whatever you say, don’t answer, ‘Looking for a job.’ That’s the wrong answer.”
Bottom line: Like it or not, HR professionals are looking at your recent activity. If a full-time job is not part of it, you must come to the table prepared to discuss how you’ve used the time to make yourself even more valuable to your next employer.

The complete article : Seven Good Reasons for Long Unemployment - CBS MoneyWatch.com

From India, Mumbai
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Thanks for referring the article.

It is high time that organizations and HRs open their eyes to the benefits of "long breaks from work" - (it may be wrong to call it 'long unemployment' as it connotes negative impressions) - and do not discriminate persons (inculding young mothers) having taken long breaks from work. They tend to treat such applicants with an imaginary handicap.

Apart from those cited, there are several good reasons and benefits. I am sure, post-recession some management guru will come up with some studies corroborating this.

Above all, such long breaks -
  • enable a person to 'grow and develop' as a 'human being' unaffected by the pressures of a regular job
  • provide opportunities to indulge in one's own passion and hobbies
  • provide opportunities for learning and keeping up or catching up with the developments
  • provides time to attend to family and social responsibilities
  • not to count the benefits the rest provide to the body, mind and soul of the person.

In my opinion, everyone should take a long break, at least once in a life time, during his most active, productive life.

I have seen people waking up at the time of their retirement and repent that they could not SPEND THEIR ACTIVE QUALITY TIME WITH "THEMSELVES" AND THEIR FAMILIES.

I think they are FORTUNATE to get an opportunity to REPENT; many do not even reach this stage - they die prematurely due to overwork, stress and tension, cardiac and other health condition and complications.

Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Dear Raj,

Agreed to the points you have made. It’s so true that when a career progresses naturally, most of the time, there's no chance to introspect. Professionals focus on what is working out for them in the current environment. They do not research beyond the existing opportunities.

A transition offers a better due diligence, hence a redefined career path thereafter.

These areas are generally not considered at interviews. Hence, it remains valued to the candidate.

In the long term, when the greater share of workforce would manage this transition for even once, it might be viewed differently.

I completely agree with the point of women facing difficulties after a child care sabbatical. They are either reduced to fresher or are required to re-skill and re-certify. So far I am aware of the program by Tata where they allow women who wish to resume working, to enrol for an internship which helps them to be placed in the industry.

Hope to see such support programs for everyone with long term unemployment.

Regards,
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From India, Mumbai
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