Depending on the industry, gaps in work history can be normal, even seasonal. However, the length of the absence in employment will determine how to best talk about it during an interview.
How to Address Employment Gaps
There are a few different types of employment gaps, and you can deal with them accordingly.
Short Gaps in Employment
If you have short gaps in your career path, or seasonal breaks, list the years of each job on your resume, instead of specific start and end dates. Highlight your strengths and responsibilities to draw attention to your experience rather than the length of time at each job.
If you have a job that has regular breaks or seasonal low times, plan to get involved in opportunities to grow in your trade or enhance your skill set. This will not only make you a better worker, it will make for positive conversation points during your interview.
Long Gaps in Employment
Unfortunately, there can be times when you may have a long gap in employment. Especially in these lapses, it’s important for you to stay current with trends and prove that you’re not out of touch.
If you left the workforce for a reason like raising your kids, caring for a loved one, recovering from an injury, or continuing your education full-time, talk about that with confidence. Don’t be apologetic about your decision, but instead, showcase how that decision makes you a strong and capable candidate for the job.
No matter what the reasons may be for your employment gaps, it’s beneficial to stay positive during your interview if they are a part of the conversation. Never talk negatively about a previous employer and recognize how you’ve grown during those gaps to become a better professional. If you feel like you might need practice before talking about this during an interview, then definitely do so!
Employment Guidance and Resume Tips
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