Top 5 Challenges for the Long-Term Unemployed
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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A recent CareerBuilder survey revealed the challenges those who have been unemployed for 12 months or longer face everyday. It gives a glimpse into what they perceive to be roadblocks to their success in finding gainful employment.

Check out the top five that professionals cited:

66 PERCENT said age is a disadvantage, especially among those ages 55 and older, where 92% feel their age works against them.

63 PERCENT said the longer they’re unemployed, the less responsive employers become.

37 PERCENT said the number of jobs in their profession dropped significantly post-recession.

30 PERCENT have issues with relocation or commutes.

16 PERCENT cited difficulty transitioning skills to a new field or industry.

Though these challenges exist, the survey also found that those who have been jobless for extended periods of time still hold hope and continue pushing for better. Respondents provided the following examples of how they are keeping active and learning new skills:

SOCIAL MEDIA & NETWORKING: 20 PERCENT said they expanded their professional network online and offline.

SERVICE: 20 PERCENT said they have volunteered.

HIRED HELP: 18 PERCENT said they signed up with a staffing firm or recruiter.

EDUCATION: 12 PERCENT said they took a class and 5 PERCENT went back to school full time.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.