According to a recent U-T San Diego article, the saga of the long-term unemployed continues, with millions of Americans still unable to find new jobs in a timely manner. The article profiles two San Diegans who are among the 5 million Americans who have been unemployed more than 27 weeks. Significant gaps in work history have led employers to become hesitant about hiring a job candidate without a consecutive employment history. In fact, the article reports that some employers won’t even consider an applicant who doesn’t have a job. For this reason, it is important to minimize these gaps when applying for a job. Consider using a functional resume format to emphasize your skills and accomplishments, rather than the familiar chronological resume that focuses on dates.