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Reply by jimjazz

Have you thought of registering with employment agencies? They promise the earth but are generally naff jobs. However, temping can get you a foot in the door and give you a better chance to prove yourself, rather than rely on an outdated CV. Usually in the months leading up to Xmas, when many firms are at their busiest, they are crying out for workers. (But, of course, these are far from normal times.) After so long out of work you might be best advised to accept anything, even if it is unappealing or well outside your normal line of work, just to get back in the game. At least if you are temping you can console yourself knowing you won’t be stuck there too long. Register with half a dozen or more agencies to increase your prospects, visit their websites daily and pounce as soon as anything comes up. Even if nothing comes of this, the process of registering is akin to applying for a “real” job and any interviews are good practice for the real thing.