There is no evidence to suggest this is true, although it sometimes can appear that there is a bias for employed candidates over unemployed candidates.
There may be an assumption that if you are unemployed, having previously been in work, that any potential employer should hire with caution.
However, in reality, there are many reasons why companies may make cuts to staff which are not performance related. If this is the case for you, take the opportunity to explain this to a potential employer, whether it is in a cover letter or in an interview.
An employment break is not a negative to your application, if you are happy with the reasons for this break and your position to return to work.
Make sure the job is right for you. Being a ‘bad hire’ is both expensive for the business and costly for you as well. Whilst it can cost them time and money, it can ultimately cost you your job leaving you in the same position again.
Don’t be too eager. As important as it is to sell yourself, it is equally important to not oversell yourself. Don’t promise that you can do something you can’t.
An employer would rather your honesty and may very well find a way to work with you on this particular skill, if they can.
If you’re looking to get back into employment, or looking to change roles, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call on 0115 929 0224.