I lost my job a couple of years ago due to a mass layoff and returned to college to earn another degree. I graduated in November and have been applying for jobs since. I work in IT and am trying to transition into an entry level role in a different area of IT than the one I was laid off from. The role I'm trying to transition into is very specialized and different from the area I formerly worked in. I've obtained two years worth of hands on professional training specific to the role I want to transition into and picked up a certification in that area as well. However, I'm still finding it difficult to actually find employment in the new role. Recently someone told me that I should apply for jobs in my old role just so that I can show a current employer on my resume because hiring managers aren't favorable to unemployed people. Is this true? Will taking a job in my old job role make me more favorable/attractive to employers while I'm trying to transition into the job I really want? This is my first time ever being laid off. Is there a stigma towards people who are unemployed in the eyes of hiring managers?
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