If you have been out of work for 6 months or longer, employers tend to avoid you like the plague. They will automatically think that something must be seriously wrong with you if you are still unemployed. You must be lazy, unmotivated, or an incompetent employee. Of course, that's not fair, but it's how things happen for many job seekers. The only way to combat that stigma is to be incredibly productive during your unemployment. Learn several incredibly effective things you can do that will pay great dividends in your job search.