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Gaps In Job History and The Impact It Has

Gaps In Job History and The Impact It Has

Update: 2020-06-151
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There could be many reasons someone has a gap in their resume



  1. Laid off

  2. Company folded

  3. Person left before finding something new

  4. Contract ended

  5. Needed to take time off to care for a family member

  6. Caring for young child

  7. Medical reasons

  8. Addiction recovery

  9. Relocation

  10. Start your own company

  11. Traveling

  12. Spiritual / religious reasons

  13. Personal development



Impacts:



  1. Could be viewed as negative

  2. People could think you couldn't find a job

  3. Could give you an opportunity to re-charge

  4. Opportunity to re-evaluate priorities

  5. Time to learn something new

  6. Start / finish new projects

  7. Start your business

  8. Part time work

  9. Changed careers / industries

  10. Opportunity to pick up contracting work or temp work

  11. Volunteering



Tips:



  1. Explain the gap, keep it short, be confident

  2. Keep it positive

  3. Provide productive things you did during the time off

  4. Networking

  5. Resume - try using years vs mm/yyyy format

  6. Don't dwell on the gap

  7. Be honest and transparent

  8. Prepare to discuss but don't focus on it



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Gaps In Job History and The Impact It Has

Gaps In Job History and The Impact It Has

Stephanie Dennis