8 Steps to Getting Hired After a Long Time Unemployed

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As time has passed, your job search may have gone from a targeted pursuit of relevant positions to an anything-goes, resume free-for-all, as you apply for pretty much anything within your commuting area. You’ve got nothing to lose, you figure, by sending your resume in response to every available opening, when it takes so little extra effort online. But the effort put into flinging your resume around the Web can be better directed. “There’s nothing that takes the place of a strategic and targeted job search,” says Judy Conti, federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project. “You will be taken seriously for the jobs for which you are truly well-qualified.”

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