There’s no need to be embarrassed at job interviews when asked this tough question—

Why is it taking you so long to find a job?

Now that’s a tough interview question and it can be answered in several ways.

You can fines it. Tell the interviewer who asked the question that this was your first break in twenty years so you spent time traveling.

You can give an interviewer the facts. Tell the prospective employer who asked by explaining, “The reason I’ve been out of work for over a half year is because it takes longer these days to find a fulltime position.”

The average amount of time it takes to land is often based on how much you make. According to an old rule, it took a month for each ten thousand dollars in salary to find a new job. If you earned sixty thousand dollars, a half-year is about average, according to the outdated formula. However, there’s no way of predicting when you’ll land these days. It takes as long as it takes.

You can try to fill your unemployment gap. You can give a more exquisite answer—when someone asks why you haven’t found a fulltime position yet—by consulting in your field, taking a temporary position, or by doing volunteering work.

Even if you offer your services without pay, you’re still the winner. That’s because you’re maintaining your skills and, most importantly, you can list those consulting, volunteer, or temporary jobs on your resume.

Then when prospective employers see your resume, they’ll be impressed that there hasn’t been a wide gap between jobs and you won’t be asked that embarrassing question.

RANDY PLACE is author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach where you’ll get lots more tips about how to answer the important tough interview questions you could be asked at interviews.

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.