Trend: employers passing over the unemployed.
If you have lost your job one of your concerns may be the employment gap on your resume. Most companies you will interview with will ask you to explain the employment gap. That is, if you get the interview in the first place. The February 17, 2011 Yahoo! News article "Help Wanted - jobless need not apply" stated "Job-placement professionals say that over the last year, more and more employers have made it clear they won't consider job candidates who aren't working." "Some employers have said they're unwilling to hire unemployed workers because they believe that if a worker has once been let go, that's a sign that he or she is probably not a great hire."
"And as Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke has said, when people are out of work for a long time, their skills can erode, which may understandably make them less attractive to employers."
Taking part-time work while searching for full-time work may benefit you with additional income (you can earn x amount of money while unemployed without losing your unemployment benefits) and having a current job to list on your resume. Remember you don't list how many hours you work on your resume; you list the jobs you are holding or have held. An employer reviewing your application may not know you are only working 15 hours a week, but will see that you are a working, that someone else believes you are employable.
A part-time job while you search for full time work could provide you new skills, new contacts, and new ideas in addition to building your resume and your household income.
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