8 Steps to Getting Hired After a Long Time Unemployed

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Job seekers generally have the best luck finding a job through their friends and contacts, given that nearly a third of external hires are found through referrals. Networking is even more important for people over 50, according to a study on job search methods by Impact Group. New friends can be found in person and quickly connected with online—thank you, Facebook and LinkedIn. Once you’ve made an online connection, there are easy applications you can use to search for jobs where friends work. Check out the Facebook and LinkedIn integrations offered by SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com.

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