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What To Do When You Have a Gap in Your Resume

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Mar 13, 2019

People can take time off of working for a variety of reasons: They may needed to take care of a small child or elderly parent, they may have gone to school, or they may have had a major illness or accident. But no matter the reason, some potential employers may look askance at resume gaps, which could harm your prospects. So what to do? An article in Fast Company offers some advice: 

* Don't leave it out or otherwise try to avoid it as a subject, since it will come up. Instead be up front and ready to explain. 

* If that gap is because you were fired, don't use hostile or negative language when talking about the incident. Instead try to frame it in terms of what you learned and how to make sure it doesn't happen again. 

* Turn the gap into a selling point by linking what you did then with the skills needed for the job. For example, if someone needed to care for an elderly relative, emphasize the organization needed to do things like schedule medical appointments, address bills, and deal with legal and insurance issues. 

Overall, though, human resources professionals advise job applicants not to stress out too much about any gaps, as people will tend to understand that not every job works out. The person conducting the interview may have even had a similar experience.