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Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 4:45am

WORKING: Unemployed Need Not Apply

Updated: 5 years ago.
Being unemployed can actually hurt your chances of getting a new job. Career and workplace expert Brandon Smith says the key to overcoming the stigma of unemployment when you are applying for jobs is to fill the gaps on your resume. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)

Georgia’s unemployment rate ticked back into double digits in July and August. It’s been close to 10 percent for at least two years now.

Many of the thousands who can’t find work have had no job for months, and it turns out, their long-term unemployment might actually be hurting their chances of finding new jobs.

Our resident workplace and career expert Brandon Smith says it’s key to fill those unemployed gaps on your resume with some kind of work.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is at And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.