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Overcoming Long-Term Unemployment: Tips for Finding Work and Rebuilding Confidence

Written by Mark Healy
Mark Healy is the Graduate Coach and has 20+ years work experience in Australia’s mining and resource sector, including the construction of gas pipelines, power stations, alumina refinery plants, and rail plants & equipment.

Overcoming Long-Term Unemployment: Tips for Finding Work and Rebuilding Confidence

Are you a long-term unemployed individual? If so, you may be feeling embarrassed, concerned, or even hopeless. But don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling this way. Even those who have been looking for work for only 6-12 months after graduation often experience similar emotions until they secure a job.

It’s important to overcome your fear of talking to others without feeling judged. Reach out to people, whether it’s me or someone else, with no intention of joining anything or doing anything. It’s okay to ask for help, even if you have a first-class degree and still haven’t found a job. Don’t let your pride get in the way of seeking assistance.

Your confidence may be low or nonexistent, and that’s okay. It’s something that eases as you move in the right direction. Joining the GAP program won’t fix your confidence issues overnight, but if you persevere and talk about this issue with me or others, it’s easy to rebuild confidence over time. Confidence is crucial when it comes to securing work, especially for those without any work experience.

Don’t be worried about the length of your unemployment. Ask questions like “What can I do?” or “Is it too late for me?” Many people feel the same way, even after they secure a job. The next set of concerns will be, “What happens if I can’t do the work?” or “Can I do the work?” followed by “How do I keep the job?” We all have different stages of these questions challenging us daily, so remember that you are not alone.

So, what can you do to improve your chances of securing work? Here are a few tips:

  1. Update your resume: Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the job you’re applying for. Highlight your relevant skills and experiences.


  1. Network: Reach out to your contacts and let them know you’re looking for work. Attend job fairs and networking events to meet new people.


  1. Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, learn new skills, and make connections. It also shows potential employers that you’re proactive and dedicated.


  1. Upskill: Take online courses, attend workshops, or earn certifications to improve your skills and knowledge.


  1. Stay positive: It’s important to maintain a positive attitude during your job search. Rejection is a part of the process, but don’t let it discourage you. Keep trying and stay motivated.


Remember, securing work takes time and effort. Don’t give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help. With perseverance, a positive attitude, and the right support, you can find the job you’re looking for.


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