Hi guys, I'm in a bit of a weird situation and I'm wondering how others in my position have or are dealing with it. I was hired as a S & T analyst at a. I worked there for a year, and although I survived the layoffs, I had to take an extended leave of absence for some personal (family) stuff that I absolutely had to go home for. It took much longer than expected, and after 12 months of being away the let me go (company policy). All the family stuff is behind me now and I'm ready to get back to work. But now I'm in an awkward situation: I have one year of experience (and 3-4 months of that was training). I'm starting to look at advertised positions on company websites, etc. and most are looking for people with at least 2 years experience - there's not too many positions for a "2nd year analyst" because most companies don't want to touch someone leaving a firm after only one year, and I haven't really fully developed transferable skills. On the other hand, I can't apply to entry-level analyst positions because I've been out of school for two years.
So I'm in a similar situation as analysts who were laid off during the financial crisis in 2008, after one year of work. The job market seems to be a little bit better than back then, so I'm wondering if there are others in a position like mine (or who have been in a position like mine). How do you market yourself, and what kinds of jobs do you apply for?