Addressing Your Work Gap

Does your resume have gaps?  Are these gaps due to a medical condition?  Wondering how to handle this?  Is your job search stuck in neutral for fear of having to explain?

DON’T Let This Stop You!

Gaps in work history are not as uncommon as you may think, especially in times of an economic recession and high unemployment rates. It certainly DOESN’T mean you won’t be considered as a viable job candidate or that you won’t get hired. What it DOES mean is that you’ll need answers and explanations that will minimize an employer’s potential concerns.

Your answers and explanations should always be professional and truthful, emphasize the positive, and not give too much personal information.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking about them in an interview:

 

Work Gaps & Resumes

Work Gaps & Interviews

DON’T include any details about

your health on your resume

If the employer doesn’t ask,

DON’T bring it up!

Downplay Your Dates:

· Only list years

· Don’t bold or underline

· Use smaller sized fonts

If They Do Ask:

· Be truthful, direct and a little vague

· Emphasize your readiness to work now

Use A Functional Or Hybrid Resume:

· On the Top: Skills & Accomplishments

· In the Middle: Education & Training

· On the Bottom: Job History

· Tip: List most recent & relevant jobs

What You Focused On During Time Off:

· Attended school or training

· Worked as an intern or volunteer

· Learned a new hobby or skill

· Researched careers & companies

· Tended to personal health needs

Integrity Is Key:

· Employers WILL check resume accuracy & references

· Lying is cause for dismissal

Focus On Your Comeback & Future:

· How you feel now

· How you’ve been preparing for work

· How ready and excited you are to work

Check out this short video of young professionals sharing about how to address employment gaps on your resume.

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