For most people there is a break in their employment history where they have taken time off. This could be for any reason from returning to school, taking care of an ill relative, starting a family, to taking an extended trip to Africa. For many potential employers this is not a "deal breaker". Here are some ways to address the issue: 1) In your cover letter automatically explain why there is a gap. 2) Structure your resume to highlight your expertise and longevity to past employers. 3) In an interview stress how the time off has added more knowledge and skill to your background. 4) Only use the year and not the month when listing dates of employment. 5) If you took time off to volunteer list the volunteer work as another position in your work history. 6) If you do not wish to state the reason for time off be prepared with a statement similar to this: "I am greatly appreciative of the time I had off and I am anxious to return to work and spend my time and energy making your firm successful." Most importantly do not lie, be honest and straightforward with your answers. Subscribe to our twice a month newsletter to get the latest and hottest job opportunities and candidates out there plus helpful articles!

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