Aug 08, 2018 - 10:21 PM
Some gaps happen because you deliberately choose to take time off between jobs or between graduating from school and beginning employment. Some people participate in volunteer programs, go back to school, or work on independent projects. Other times, a gap can happen because of unemployment, health issues, or caring for a sick family member.
Figuring out how to discuss your gap with employers starts with looking at the reason for your gap. You should also be creative in coming up with ways your activities during the gap enhanced your candidacy for the position you want.
Trying to hide a gap tends to backfire, as employers can usually identify the gap anyway and wonder why you feel the need to obfuscate. As a general rule, focusing on positive aspects works better than assuming a defensive posture.
Sep 11, 2018 - 07:19 PM
A gap in employment is an absence from the workforce of such a length that when you return, you face the challenge of picking up where you left off.
There are many reasons for an employment gap: attending school, caring for an elderly or ill family member, parental leave, military service, taking personal time off, work sabbatical, travel, volunteering/charity work, illness, disability, prolonged unemployment spell, or incarceration.
None of these on its own will necessarily prevent you from rejoining the workforce or resuming your career at or near the same level as when you stepped away from the workforce. Many recruiters and hiring managers can empathize, as they will likely have a family member or close associate with a similar experience. Or they themselves may have experienced a gap in their own employment history.
The point is as you reenter the workforce, you have nothing to be ashamed of. But you do need to be able to account for your absence. The best approach is to be open about it with the recruiter or hiring manager, as well as on your resume. Avoid going into detail in explaining your absence, Instead, show that you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve made the best of your situation, and most importantly, your absence will not negatively impact your ability to succeed at the job.