Why Aren’t You Working?

There are plenty of valid reasons, and we’re here to help you overcome them.

For whatever reason, you don’t think you’re hireable. It could be as simple as not being prepared to rejoin the workforce, or as complicated as an illness or a disability.

These are all valid reasons to stay out of the workforce. However, there are opportunities that could fit your unique situation. We’re here to help.

You Aren’t Ready

For whatever reason, you’ve spent a number of years out of the workforce. Maybe you had a child and decided to stay at home fulltime to take care of them. Perhaps you were taking care of a sick friend or family member. It could even be you gave up on the job search because you became discouraged.

Getting back into the job search after a gap is difficult, but not impossible. If you’re having trouble getting interviews, the key is to change the way you job search. You can’t pretend the gap doesn’t exist. Acknowledge it, then revamp your accomplishments. You did things while you were out of the workforce. Maybe you joined volunteer organizations like the PTA or worked on side projects.

Have a plan (use your gap as your job – what did you learn? What kind of job do you want?), be willing to learn (online classes are valuable, as are volunteer positions at your local library), and avoid comparing yourself to others. Your job journey is unique and different!

You Need Help

You’re ready and willing to work, but you don’t know how. You can’t figure out the right answers to interview questions, have no clue on what your resume should look like, and can’t figure out which job search websites to use.

That’s where Job Journey comes in. We have articles for everything, from revamping your resume to acing your next interview and more. Here are a few links to get you started:

Poll Results: Answering the Hardest Interview Questions

Answering the Interview Question: What Are Your Top 3 Strengths and Weaknesses?

Answering the Interview Question: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

Category: Resume Tips

What’s the Best Job Search Website: Part 1

What’s the Best Job Search Website: Part 2

You Suffer from an Illness or Mobility Problems

Perhaps you’re physically unable to handle some tasks (lifting a certain amount of weight in a warehouse, sitting all day at a cubicle) due to illness or mobility problems.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Don’t limit yourself because of your illness or disability.

You might be tempted to think you can’t handle the job. As noted by Monster, Dan Ryan of the University of Buffalo and author of the Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, “there is a tendency among people to make assumptions.”

But you know yourself and your body more than anyone else. Think about what the job requires, and figure out what you can do to match that job description. If there’s quite a bit of walking involved with the position and you’re in a wheelchair, note you’re perfectly capable of moving from place to place.

If you can’t work in a traditional work environment due to illness or disability, consider freelancing from home.  There are multiple jobs that can be performed from home, from telemarketing to content writing to transcription.

Careeronestop.org has an entire page full of job posting sites for job seekers with disabilities to explore.

Contact Express Employment Professionals

No matter what the reason, if you aren’t working, Express can help. We work with employers across a wide selection of industries, and can work with you to find a position that fits your unique requirements.

If you’d like to get in touch, contact your nearest Express office, register online, or download the ExpressJobs app on Itunes or Google Play.

Are you working? If not, why? Let us know in the comment section below so we can help.


  1. Kimberly Arrington

    I came off work because my blood pressure was elevated a lot and I had to get it under control. Now I am ready to start working again

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