Aug 15, 2018 - 11:32 AM
• Don't try to hide the gap
• State if the gap was voluntary or involuntary
• Briefly address the gap in your cover letter and/or resume
• Be ready to explain the gap in the interview
Being out of the workforce doesn't mean you haven't developed relevant job skills. If you kept up professional certifications, took classes, volunteered or consulted, include it on your resume. If the gap was to care for a family member, talk about how your time management, organization and communication skills improved. Took time off to have a child? Household management, budgeting and again, time management, scheduling and organization come into play.
Even if you've retired for a few years and want to re-enter the workforce, there are options for addressing these gaps effectively on your resume. Use sites like LiveCareer for advice on addressing employment gaps on resumes, in cover letters and in interviews.