Help for the Long-Term Unemployed

Even if you've taken extended time off, you can still land a great job. Here are four steps to overcoming the gap in your résumé.

You haven't worked in ages. Maybe you took a few years off to raise your child, or to travel. Or you've been searching and searching and still can't land a decent job. In any case, you're worrying, "Will I ever land more than a McJob?"

Although U.S. employment in August fell for the first time in four years, the unemployment rate is still near all-time lows. And even if the job market continues to weaken, following this proven four-step plan will boost your odds of landing a job -- even after an extended absence.

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Marty Nemko
Contributing Columnist,