An Effective Resume Despite Job Gaps?


SEH writes:
How do you build a ‘”good resume” if you have LOTS of gaps in your job history?
I know that to get in to explain to someone face to face you need a way to get
your foot in the door and trust me with my resume I’m not going anywhere!



The Career Doctor responds:
Employment gaps are always a challenge when developing a resume. Small
gaps are not that unusual anymore as the employment landscape has changed
over the last decade or so. If you have a large gap — or multiple gaps — however
you will need to be a bit creative in dealing with the issue.
The ideal situation is when you can show you were doing something productive
during your employment gap — getting additional training education certifications or working part-time freelancing consulting or volunteering.
If you were ill or dealing with a family emergency or simply out of the workforce
by choice your best bet may be to develop a chrono-functional resume. A functional
resume is organized around three or four skills areas (such as communications leadership customer service project management etc.). You then list key
accomplishments from all your experiences within each skills cluster (such as
directed marketing campaign that doubled annual sales over a three-year period
while industry growth remained stagnant).
Be forewarned that employers and recruiters look suspiciously at chrono-functional resumes. However for some job-seekers
a chrono-functional resume is really the only choice; thus the key is then developing a
superior resume that wins over even the most diehard skeptic (and keeping your chronological resume handy in case the chrono-functional version isn’t effective).
For more tips and advice read this article from Quintessential Careers:
How to Handle a Gap in Your Job History.

 

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SEH writes:
How do you build a ‘”good resume” if you have LOTS of gaps in your job history?
I know that to get in to explain to someone face to face you need a way to get
your foot in the door and trust me with my resume I’m not going anywhere!



The Career Doctor responds:
Employment gaps are always a challenge when developing a resume. Small
gaps are not that unusual anymore as the employment landscape has changed
over the last decade or so. If you have a large gap — or multiple gaps — however
you will need to be a bit creative in dealing with the issue.
The ideal situation is when you can show you were doing something productive
during your employment gap — getting additional training education certifications or working part-time freelancing consulting or volunteering.
If you were ill or dealing with a family emergency or simply out of the workforce
by choice your best bet may be to develop a chrono-functional resume. A functional
resume is organized around three or four skills areas (such as communications leadership customer service project management etc.). You then list key
accomplishments from all your experiences within each skills cluster (such as
directed marketing campaign that doubled annual sales over a three-year period
while industry growth remained stagnant).
Be forewarned that employers and recruiters look suspiciously at chrono-functional resumes. However for some job-seekers
a chrono-functional resume is really the only choice; thus the key is then developing a
superior resume that wins over even the most diehard skeptic (and keeping your chronological resume handy in case the chrono-functional version isn’t effective).
For more tips and advice read this article from Quintessential Careers:
How to Handle a Gap in Your Job History.