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gaps in your Resume?

N

ot everyone works a full-time job their entire life. Many people find
themselves with gaps in their resume — breaks between employment
for a wide variety of reasons, from layoffs to personal choices.

Some hiring managers
see these gaps as a problem.
If you’ve had a lot of breaks
from your work, they’ll
wonder why you couldn’t
keep a job and would assume
that you’re not going to last
at their company.
Having breaks in your
employment record isn’t
necessarily a bad thing,
though. You might have been
highly skilled and a great
employee but, for whatever
reason, didn’t need or want a
job at the time. Some things
in life are more important
than work, after all.
Here are some things to
think about.

If you don’t have a logical,
concise answer, it will raise
red flags. If you do, it will
give them some comfort
about it.

Focus on years

One way to direct the focus
away from the employment
gaps is to focus your resume
on your total years of
experience in the industry,
not necessarily the specific
dates of employment.
Probing questions from
the interviewer may force
you to be more specific
about it, but you don’t need
to intentionally shine a
spotlight on your periods of
unemployment.

JOB TIPS
Don’t be too pushy

Different employers follow
all different time scales for
hiring workers, so never
assume that you’ll hear back
from them within a few
days. Some companies may
make a hiring decision in
24 hours while others could
take months to fill a job.
Following up too often or too
soon could be irritating.

were actually doing, it could
turn those gaps into positives
for the future employer.
If the skills you gained
during those gaps could be
applied to your new job,
that’s even better.
Be clear aBout
Taking time off to raise
show other a child, for example, might
the reason
have helped you discover new
When there are gaps in
experience
skills or interests. Designing
your resume, there’s usually
When people are
the
newsletter for your local
a good reason, and you
unemployed, they aren’t
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shouldn’t hesitate to point
sitting around doing nothing.
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that out.
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newsletter.
Employers don’t need to
work? Try starting your own
If your interests and
know all the drama and
business? Devote more time
hobbies
led to any new
details about it — just a
to your favorite volunteer
skills
you
could use in
reasonable explanation for
groups? Take time off to care
the workplace, be sure to
why you were out of work for for an aging parent?
highlight those in a job
a period of time.
If you explain what you
interview.

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