You can't simply cover up a number of years of unemployment on your CV. But there's no need to put it at the top of your CV. It's better to begin with your qualities and ambitions. However, it takes more than that. Those who have been out of work for a long time need guidance.

applying for jobs with a 'gap' in your CV.

'If you don't find the perfect job as a long-term job seeker make a start anyway. Those who are employed are quicker to receive job offers.' - Greetje Allaert, employability expert at RiseSmart.

A mediator - who can be found through VDAB, Forem or Actiris - will help you to contact employers professionally. Your mediator knows companies and their vacancies and will introduce you to employers, focusing on your competences. Be aware that it's a rocky road. The most important thing is that you never stop believing in yourself. And send as many applications as possible. Then, if you have a negative response, you still have other irons in the fire.

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain new work experience. They will also help you to discover the type of jobs that suit you. It never hurts to try. Meanwhile you can add something to your CV.

If your apprenticeships goes well you can subsequently do an IBO (individual job training). This type of contract costs the employer very little and you are guaranteed a contract afterwards for at least the length of your IBO.

If you don't find your perfect job make a start anyway. From experience we know that those who are employed are quicker to receive job offers.