My boss, Guy Pickrell, just published an article I thought I would share regarding resume gaps and how to deal with them - Enjoy!
It could be a sabbatical, a prolonged illness, a personal family issue or, increasingly common thanks to the downturn, you might have found yourself out of work for a while. Inevitably, all of the aforementioned reasons will leave a glaring gap in your resume. A red flag like an angry boil, demanding attention and casting a shadow on an otherwise spotless resume. The bad news is, unlike a boil, you can’t cover it up or wait until it disappears. This is a blemish that needs addressing. The good news is that any potential damage can be mitigated or completely avoided if the situation is handled correctly.
Firstly, make no mistake; you must be honest about it. Hiding, fibbing, changing dates – don’t do it, the truth will come out, and I have seen people fired for less. Having said that, the resume is no place for a life story – keep it short, keep it sweet and keep it accurate.
Regardless of the reason for the gap in your resume, the best way to handle it is to put yourself firmly in the shoes of the interviewer. This isn’t easy; rarely do we know the interviewer that well and here is where a good recruiter can help you out with some inside information. What you can assume is that your gap will be noticed and queried, so be ready, remain up-beat and deal with it concisely. Here are the most common reasons for resume gaps and how to spin the negative into a positive:
No matter the reason for the resume gap, remember one thing – do not go into lengthy explanation in interview or on paper. Have a story, look him in the eye, be concise, answer the question and move on.
This article was orgianlly published here on Nationstaff.com
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