Pitch yourself to your last employer
Many companies cut their payrolls too deep, and as demand has picked up in the nascent recovery, employees have struggled to keep up with their workloads. Still, employers are hesitant to take on permanent hires, so they’ve been using temps. This presents an opportunity for you, given your institutional knowledge of your last employer and your willingness to take on freelance or contract work. “Go back to former companies and even former bosses and coworkers, wherever they are,” says John Challenger of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. These people know you and your work, and freelance work now can help fill the hole in your resume.